Two resurrected Cylons on Caprica have trouble adjusting to their new lives, while on Galactica, Sharon’s pregnancy develops complications.

Cast

James Callis as Dr. Gaius Baltar
Edward James Olmos as Commander Adama
Mary McDonnell as President Laura Roslin
Katee Sackhoff as Kara “Starbuck” Thrace
Jamie Bamber as Lee “Apollo” Adama
Michael Hogan as Col. Tigh
Tricia Helfer as Number 6
Grace Park as Sharon “Boomer” Valerii

Tahmoh Penikett as Helo
Aaron Douglas as CPO Galen Tyrol
Lucy Lawless as Number 3

Synopsis

On Caprica, two resurrected Cylons are having difficulty coping with their experiences: the Number Six who died in Baltar’s house during the initial attack, and the Sharon who died on Galactica after shooting Adama. In the mean time, on Galactica, the other Sharon’s pregnancy has complications.

High Points

  • Baltar’s first appearance
  • What this episode means for our understanding of the Cylons

Low Point

To be absolutely honest, I can’t think of one.

The Scores

This is pretty original. Not totally new — one could argue quite effectively that Six and Eight are suffereing from something akin to Stockholm Syndrome, which has definitely been seen before — but the Cylon society is rather unusual, and this exploration of it shows that up more than we would normally see. Five out of six.

There was one slight problem with the effects this week which did spoil it for me a bit. Although they usually do an excellent job, the Cylon centurion in the basement was far more fake-looking than normal, as if the lighting didn’t quite match its surroundings. The space shots were as good as ever, of course. Four out of six.

The story is a cracker. Lots of new information for us about the Cylons and how they operate and even some tantalising hints about their real agenda. We also see the progression of the Cylon/human baby story, in a fashion which is mildly predictable but which will strengthen that plotline for quite a while to come. There’s plenty to keep us going for the rest of the season here, even discounting the other plot threads not touched on this week. Six out of six.

This episode delivers a strong emotional response, as we are invited to feel sympathy for just about everybody except Three. It doesn’t sound subtle, but it is a natural outgrowth of a well-produced and well-acted story. Five out of six.

The acting was once more impressive. The true stars of this episode are Lucy Lawless, Grace Park and Tricia Helfer. This is Lawless’ second appearance in Galactica, and this time I completely forgot that she was Xena, that she is a guest star… she was simply the character. Grace Park, we’ve seen, has improved significantly since the start of season one and this episode saw her reach a new high. Playing two different versions of the same character can’t be easy, but Park and Helfer both manage it superbly. Six out of six.

We revisit Caprica, giving the production team a chance to show off (and presumably a large budget). They don’t fail to deliver, giving us the slightly strange colour cast to the sunlight we remember from Starbuck’s sojurn on the planet (although it now appears slightly lessened, presumably as the planet continues to recover from the attack), and everything that identifies it to us as Caprica. I was particularly pleased to see that the resistance are more or less exactly as we left them, but with slightly tattier clothes. Six out of six.

Overall I have to give this landmark episode six out of six. It’s going to change our perspective on future happenings, and give rise to some direct consequences which will be very interesting to watch.

And that gives Download a grand total of thirty-seven out of forty-two.