‘Battlestar Galactica’ blogging: “Deadlock”

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

(previous: “No Exit”)
Or the “Ellen was, is, and always will be fundamentally a bitch” episode. If we might have thought the mean-spirited, vindictive Ellen we knew and hated from before was gone, had been some sort of result of her blocked memories or something, we see now that that’s her default mode of behavior, because here she is again.

On the other hand, gotta love actress Kate Vernon, who’s so damn good at being so damn bad.

I was feeling sorry for Ellen at first, with her bit about only five survivors instead of 50,000, but she had to go and toss it out the airlock with her pointless cruelty to Caprica Six. It’s probably a good thing she never had children, because she clearly thinks of the skinjobs as her children, and look how willing she is to hurt one of them just to get at Saul.

So, did Caprica Six lose the baby because of the altercation at the food distribution, or because the baby just wasn’t ever going to be viable? Or is it so mystical as Caprica suggested, that it was just about love — their love, God’s love, whatever? Because as soon as the love seemed to be in doubt — Caprica is threatened in her relationship with Saul because of Ellen’s return? or is God displeased over the Cylons fighting with one another? — the baby died.

I hope it’s not the mystical stuff.

Looks like I was wrong about the humans starting to cope with Cylons among them — Capica Six getting picked on was nasty. Except the skinjobs obviously are starting to feel like they’re part of the human society, what with the posting pictures of their own on the wall of remembrance. Looks like it’ll be kicking and screaming toward human-skinjob neighborliness…

Nice to see revolution brewing among the citizenry. Well, not nice, but you know what I mean. I’ve been wanting to see more of how ordinary people are coping with their lot, and I assumed the answer to that would be “not well.” Do we really want Gaius as the counterrevolutionary, though? Does he really, genuinely care about anything other than regaining his power among his followers? Isn’t Paula going to be trouble? (Disillusioned ex-believers can be scary and dangerous.) Isn’t religion and revolution a powder keg of a combination?

I predict that things will not go smoothly over the last few episodes.

I’m still wondering: If Earth was the home of the 13th colony, then where did they all colonize from? Kobol?

I’m also wondering, along with Hot Dog: “How many dead chicks are out there?” Is someone else gonna show up?

Oh, goody: Sam is waking up. I hope…

(next: “Someone to Watch Over Me”)

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

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Kathy A
Kathy A
Sat, Feb 21, 2009 6:52pm

I’m becoming very intrigued over the return of Head!Six, who’s been gone for most of this season. It was her suggestion that Baltar acquire bigger and better guns for his group, and not something that seemed to have been in his head already.

We found out last week that head!characters were around on Earth, appearing to Tyrol and Tory with warnings about the upcoming apocalypse and getting them to reinvent resurrection, so I’m wondering if these are independent entities with agendas of their own.

Sat, Feb 21, 2009 7:11pm

Yeah, everybody colonized from Kobol. At least that’s what I got from the “No Exit”…and the scrolls of Pythia.

Sun, Feb 22, 2009 8:03am

No kobol ain’t the point of “origin”…earth is. This show’s timeline is waaaay downline in the future from our time.

WE left earth at some point (perhaps “us earthlings” being the “lords of kobol” over the 12 tribes of ‘normal humans’.

Kobol is where the 12 created the 13th (first set o’ cylons), and away it went after that per the storyline.

If Ron Moore isn’t trying to turn BSG into blatant ‘fantasy’, then Earth (our earth) was the point of origin…originally.

Earth has to be the human origin point as it is what evolution shows us. We diverged from a line of apes 5-7 million years ago. For the show to say we started at Kobol takes BSG from ‘science fiction’ to ‘fantasy’ in genre, and I’m seriously doubting Moore is doing that.

Thu, Feb 26, 2009 12:05pm


Except that in an interview with Maureen Ryan in the Chicago Tribune, writer Jane Espenson was asked that question, and said that Kobol is the birthplace of humanity in the series.