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Season 2 Primer: Episode 2.4 - "Resistance"

by Shannon Nolley, Sci-Fi Fodder Editor

To gear up for the January 6th resumption of Season 2, here's a cheat-sheet of the major plot points from the season so far. SO MUCH has occurred, it's impossible to include everything in a concise way. Of course, it's also hard not to go on and on about the show so I TRIED to be as brief as possible. If you think a major point has been left out, feel free to post it below!

Previously on "Battlestar Galactica"....



Episode #2.4
5 August 2005

Lots happened in this episode! Bear with me here:

Col. Tigh has imposed martial law. Naturally, that's causing a rift in the fleet. He's thrown Chief Tyrol into the brig with the Sharon copy on suspicion of being a Cylon (for sleeping with her and not knowing she was a "toaster"). Tigh has also dismissed the Quorum, provoking the other ships to refuse to send fuel and other supplies to the Galactica. With precious booze and his conniving floozy of a wife blurring his better judgment, Tigh sends armed troops to one of the ships to take supplies by force. Of course, that ends in horrible disaster when four unarmed civilians (throwing coffee cans) are killed - and it's all caught on tape.

Meanwhile, Baltar heads to the brig to test Tyrol to see if he's a Cylon. In an effort to get Sharon to talk, Baltar gives Tyrol a drug that stops his heart. Sharon tries to revive Tyrol, but Baltar bargains with her over Tyrol's life and uses her love for Tyrol to intimidate her into revealing how many Cylons are lurking in the fleet. Eight is apparently the number.

On Cylon-occupied Caprica, Kara (Starbuck) and Helo find themselves in a standoff against other humans - everyone thinking everyone else is a Cylon, of course. After Helo recognizes the other humans as a somewhat renowned pyramid team (a sporting game type thing), everyone eases off and the group trots off together. The other group had survived the nuclear holocaust because they were training in the mountains. They have been raiding Cylon outposts for supplies since then. Kara and Helo are taken to the group's stronghold where they meet 53 survivors. Later, Kara and Anders, the resistance leader, square off in a game of pyramid and build some nice sexual tension (rawr!).

Amid all the chaos on the Galactica, Lee schemes to free President Roslin to establish a democratic opposition and, with much ado, is able to get her off the ship. Tigh, showing some humanity, is unable to shoot their ship down. After escaping, Roslin learns that Lee has pulled out all the stops and even enlisted Tom Zarek (shout out to "Galactica"'s original Apollo, Richard Hatch!) to help Roslin move undetected through the fleet.

The episode ends no less dramatically. While pesky wife Ellen is ripping into Tigh for backing off and not taking out Lee and Roslin, they are interrupted by a walking, talking Commander Adama who shows Tigh his support. Meanwhile, Cylon Sharon is being escorted in chains down the hallway when Cally (obviously in not-so-secret love with the Chief) walks up to Sharon, shoots and kills her. Tyrol catches her as she falls. She tells him that she loves him and then dies in his arms.

WOW! Now that's an event-filled episode!

Posted by Shannon on January 3, 2006 2:50 PM
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