Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica, Part II

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Aaron: B | 5 USERS: A
The Day After

The Fifth Law of Science Fiction: Be careful. It could be in any one of us! (See: The Thing, The Stepford Wives, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and pretty much every third episode of The X-Files.)

Hangar Bay. Apollo is talking with Starbuck, who is getting ready to head out on a reconnaissance mission to see if anyone is outside the storm. The big reveal here is that Zak failed basic flight, but Starbuck was his instructor, and she was also banging him at the time, so she passed him anyway. Dad had nothing to do with it. And herein lies the problem with the new-model Starbuck. The old one was a great, fun, happy-go-lucky kind of guy. You wanted him to be your wingman, and then you wanted to party with him after the fight. The new Starbuck is petulant and angsty, and has a nasty tendency to gloat, mumble non-sequiturs, and crash her Viper into anything within ten parsecs. In other words, you wouldn't want to fly with her, and if she asked about the party afterwards, you'd probably give her bum directions. Katee Sackhoff isn't bad (plus I love the name "Sackhoff"), and there's probably some potential here, but they've GOT to lighten her up for the series. Otherwise she's season-six Buffy in a flight suit, and no one wants to see that.

Out in The Corridor, Private Ryan makes a surprise reappearance as the head of a SWAT team that's arresting Poor Man's Kevin Spacey. Then we cut to the brig, where McCain and Baltar are trying to figure out for sure whether the guy actually is a Cylon. PMKS loudly and repeatedly proclaims his innocence, but he's still got the red blazer on, so no one believes him. He should have switched back to the green when he had the chance. As proof of PMKS's guilt, Baltar offers up a print-out of a computer analysis he ran on everyone's hair samples, and we all know that the octagons never lie. That's good enough for McCain, who orders the guards to kill PMKS if he even tries to move. Which would be pretty difficult, when you consider that they've got his hands cuffed outside the bars of his cell. That looks painful. Also present in the room is Number Six, who congratulates Baltar for inventing "the amazing Cylon detector." She's even more impressed when Baltar claims to have seen PMKS messing around with that Cylon device that's still on the bridge.

The Sixth Law of Science Fiction: If a voice in your head tells you do something, do it. (See: Star Wars, Farscape, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Dune.)

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