Apollo enters the Pegasus CAG office, praying that he doesn't come off smarmy or whiny. And he doesn't! "A CAG's work is never done," he smiles, and Starbuck...oh, Starbuck. I don't think she meets his eyes this entire scene. Well played, Sackhoff. Starbuck: "Hi? How ya...doing?" He does a fair job of sweet no-offense: "You mean apart from being, uh, demoted? Finding myself working for one of my pilots? Great! Never better." Without looking into his eyes, she'd never know he's trying to get her over it, but that's the entire problem with these two: when he's conciliatory, she's defensive, and when she's flirty-friendly, he's scared to death. Jumpy. Starbuck: "You...know I had nothing to do with that, right?" He's like, totally, duh, look at me please, but whatever: "Never thought you did. I just checked on Helo and Tyrol. They're hanging tight for now." Starbuck and Apollo simultaneously switch emotional corners: "Help me plan this op. I've been staring at this roster..." And his response: "You wanna just carry on? As if nothing's happened?" But they've also traded SOP corners, too: "Lee, she's in command. What do you want to do? There's nothing we can do." Like you can talk sense to Apollo when his sense of justice and protocol are offended. Or, for that matter, like you can talk sense to Starbuck when her feelings -- in this case, for the Caprica Resistance, of which Apollo knows little -- are on the line. I really do appreciate what Starbuck's going through here, because it's happening on multiple fronts. She's like one of those "shows high potential" kids that always fucks up until some smart teacher gives her the opportunity of responsibility. Her demeanor, behavior and even appearance are more tip-top than we've ever seen, and though she's clearly scared to death of the idea, she's willing to demonstrate that she's capable and up to the challenge, even as it's tearing her allegiance in two. And like she says: there's fully two Basestars, a bajillion Raiders, and a mysterious vessel on the line. Just play along.
Episode Report CardJacob Clifton: A | 1020 USERS: C+
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