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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

‘Battlestar Galactica’ blogging: “The Hub”

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

(previous: “Sine Qua Non”)

Is it just me, or was there a lot of kinda funny stuff happening last night? I mean, subtle, dry, but… funny.

C’mon: Baltar and Roslin squabbling like kids about the best way to get info out of the hybrid? That was funny. Baltar’s “Shh, shh. Hey, hey, stop jumping the ship, all right?” Hilarious. And then Baltar preaching to the Centurion? And how the big robot cocks its head like a dog when Baltar tells the dog story? Fantastic!
Funny: D’Anna joshing with Roslin that the president is one of the Final Five. Who knew a Cylon could have a sense of humor? And D’Anna in her bathrobe has got to be a little nod to Arthur Dent, the “hero” of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, right? Arthur’s left with literally the clothes on his back — his pajamas and bathrobe — when Earth is destroyed… kinda just like how D’Anna is left with nothing, too.

There was a lot of not-so-funny stuff, too, of course, like there always is. Surely everything is really, truly, finally falling apart if Helo has to lecture the president on morality… though it’s interesting, too, that in the process he defends the Eights. I’m not sure how to take his learning about the Eight’s eavesdropping on Athena’s memories — that’s a bit ick. Maybe he’s not sure how to take it yet, either. “I don’t want it to be strange,” the Eight assures him. And his response of “right, sure” could be sarcastic, or it could be that maybe he doesn’t want it to be strange either.

Maybe everything’s coming apart just as everything’s coming together — apart for the humans, that is, but together for a new kind of coexistence with the Cylons. There’s all that distrust among the human pilots, who don’t want to put their lives in the hands of the Cylons during that strategically brilliant move to get the Vipes towed out to the battlefield. But then the Eight points out that they’ve flown with Athena and put their lives in her hands, and you can almost hear the gears of paradigm change grinding in the humans’ brains…

Also not so funny, and in fact very intense: Baltar admitting to Roslin that he helped the Cylons. Maybe this is the first time he’s ever even said it aloud to himself. (I didn’t have time to go back and rewatch the last three and a half years of the show to confirm or refute that. Sorry.) Will she let him die? Will she not? Has she learned, thanks to her visions, the power of love even for a slimeball like Baltar? Am I being unfair to him in calling him a slimeball? I dunno…

And then: aww, Bill and Laura. So sweet.

Next Friday’s episode is the “mid-season finale,” the last one we’re going to get until 2009. They better give us something good to think on over the next six months…

(coming next Friday: “Revelations”)

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

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