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‘Battlestar Galactica’ blogging: “Faith”

(lots of spoilers! assumes you’ve seen the episode!)

(previous: “The Road Less Traveled”)

Far as I can see, there’s just one thing to talk about in this episode: the Hybrid’s oracular prognostication:

The dying leader will know the truth of the opera house. The missing three will give you the five who have come from the home of the thirteenth. You are the harbinger of death, Kara Thrace. You will lead them all to their end. End of line.

The dying leader is Roslin, clearly. Is there a truth about the opera house that we don’t already know? I mean, yes, the opera house was about revealing the identities of the secret Cylons, right? But this sounds like there’s another truth beyond that, doesn’t it? The missing three? Only one is missing, from our perspective, and five are missing from the perspective of the humans and the Cylons. So obviously there’s another, different three, and the five — the four we know: Tigh, Tory, Galen, and Sam; plus one more — are all from Earth? Cuz Earth is the thirteenth colony, right? And if there are twelve Cylon models, one, it seems, for each of the twelve colonies, then is there actually another secret thirteenth Cylon we don’t know about yet?

Harbinger of death? My Battlestar Galactica buddy and I speculated last night that it would kinda interesting, if extremely frustrating, if no one got to Earth, and they all died in the process. Though fans might riot if the show tried to pull that. I might lead the riot.

Anyway: Arrrrgh!

“God’s plan is about to be revealed,” Leoben says. He’d better hurry it up.

Oh, I guess we could also talk about how there is a further schism in the Cylons: between the Eights and the Sixes. Conspiring against Six? Oh dear…

Two other minor questions haunt me, though: Why is Gaius quoting Shakespeare on the wireless? And Roslin’s mother is Barbara Bush?

(next: “Guess What’s Coming…”)

(Watch full episodes and get recaps at Sci Fi’s official site for the show.)

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