The show insisted that the Cylons “have a plan.” Someone here once suggested that the Cylons haven’t revealed the details of that plan to the writers of the show. In this episode, we finally get (presumably) the history of the BSG ‘verse, and an overview of the Cylon plans.

Title: “No Exit”

Cast and Crew

Written by Ryan Mottsheard
Directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton

Edward James Olmos as Admiral Adama

Mary McDonnell as Laura Roslin
Katee Sackhoff as Kara “Starbuck” Thrace
Jamie Bamber as Lee “Apollo” Adama
Michael Hogan as Colonel Saul Tigh
Dean Stockwell as Cavil
Kate Vernon as Ellen Tigh
Grace Park as Athena/Boomer/Number 8

Michael Trucco as Samuel Anders
Tricia Helfer as Number 6
Aaron Douglas as Chief Petty Officer Galen Tyrol
Bodie Olmos as Brendan “Hot Dog” Costanza
Rekha Sharma as Tory Foster

John “And I’m a PC” Hodgman as the surgeon.

Premise

Through Anders, the resurrected Ellen Tigh (in the past), and Brother Cavil, we learn the truth about Cylon/human history.

High Point

I applaud Moore and company for actually making sense of Galactica‘s recent confusing history– or, at least, the part of it that has thus far been revealed.

This episode once again raises the need for humans to use Cylon technology if they want to survive. Welcome to our probable future: Resistance is futile. We will be assimilated.

Low Points

While I really liked getting an explanation for the Galatica-verse’s history, it involved a significant amount of direct exposition. The theological parallels also became a little heavy-handed. However, it all fits together, and the actors kept these elements from becoming overly tedious or completely excessive.

The Scores:

Originality: 3/6.

Effects: 6/6. As always, this show boasts first-rate effects. I’ve never taken to the interior of the Cylon ships, but that’s a design preference, and not a problem with the execution.

Story: 4/6. Does this receive a high mark for making sense of the show’s backstory, or a low one for having a comparatively uninteresting story?

Acting: 6/6.

Emotional Response: 5/6. Galatica has characters in whom I can believe.

Production: 6/6.

Overall: 5/6.

In total “No Exit” receives 35/42

Notes

Assuming everyone is telling the truth in this episode, history happened something like this:

The thirteen colonies spread out from Kobol, with the lost thirteenth colony being earth. At some point in our near future, we develop Cylons. They become slaves. This leads to war and the devastation of the planet. The “Final Five” head back to the original colonies to warn them that artificial intelligence, misused, will rebel, with dire consequences, because apparently humans need to be reminded that slavery has a way of eventually biting the slave-owners in the ass. While Terran future tech is more advanced in the field of artificial beings, we never discovered FTL. Consequently, it took a very long time for the Five to reach the other colonies. By then, the toaster-variety Cylons already existed in the twelve colonies, and war was on.

The Five contacted the Cylons and promised to help them out if they end the war. The Five developed the skin-job Cylons we have known since the start of the series. Cavil, however, led a Lucifer-like rebellion, in part because he disliked being limited to the image of humanity, when he could have been so much more. He boxed the original Five, and then reintroduced them to the colonies with false personalities (rather like Boomer’s) as a means of showing them the truth about humanity.

When Ellen died, she resurrected aboard a nearby ship, with her original memories intact.

All this has happened before and will happen again.

We still don’t know why or how Starbuck returned.

Does that sound about right? Did I miss anything?