Apollo: "If Fisk was trying to starve you out, why didn't you bring it to the Quorum?" Zarek does not actually answer this plot-defining and very apposite question: "Roslin's acting like the black market's some sort of aberration, but I thought you were smarter than that. Did you really expect some utopian fantasy to rise from the ashes?" Didn't...Zarek? Wasn't that the point of his character? Way back when? "I heard the security officer. They gave you Fisk's killer for a reason: they're offering you a way out." The penny drops, kinda, and Lee gets in Zarek's face: "You know something, don't you?" Zarek, cucumbrous: "Just rumors. There's a freighter, Prometheus. Some people say it's gone off the grid." I have a minor, not a major, problem with that concept, but it has to do with remoras and how the only thing you'd need for this to work is access to the emergency jump coordinates, and the wireless can't cut you off from those, so it's possible. Shuttles to and from other open ports are more questionable, but I guess if even famous Captain Adama can manage one a bit later, it's not that hard. Zarek goes on: "If you want something bad enough, that's where you go. The deals are brokered by an ex-military mercenary named Phelan." This is like Final Fantasy where the bubbles full of useful info come out of their mouths and then they go back inside their creepy houses. This is like Batman Begins where every character tells you how many roads must a man walk down before you can call him a man and then say, "The princess is in another castle!" and then tell you exactly where that castle is, including street address. All very pulpy, like those suspenseful books where the chicks would just show up, hand you a fresh gun, fuck you, and disappear. Zarek and Apollo smile at each other like Lee is just so good, just such a hardcore interrogator with an eye for darkness who'll catch you in a lie without betraying a thing, just such a hero, when the reality is that Zarek just said, "I would love it if you would go kill Phelan for me so that I can be the new Mob Boss, please" and Lee said back, "In your face! I totally am going to!" I guess Sharon never told Apollo the actual story on Kobol about how Zarek was going to shoot him in the head for no real reason. Lee takes off for the next level of the game, Prometheus, via highly-uncomfortable Raptor, but not before Zarek's all, "Lee -- I hope she's worth it." Whatever, dude. If I believed that was what this was about, I would quit. Come on. Zarek provideth the necessary viewpoint, and Zarek taketh it away. Just like every time.
Episode Report CardJacob Clifton: D | 1513 USERS: C+
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