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Season 2 Primer: Episode 2.9 - "Flight of the Phoenix"

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"....

Flight of the

Flight of the Phoenix

Episode #2.9
16 September 2005

Morale in the fleet is low, low, low. "Months on the run with little to show for it but casualties and deteriorating conditions" is causing despair among just about everyone - and Commander Adama knows it.

Chief Tyrol is in an even bleaker mood. Still haunted by the memories of his Sharon (yes, he's still in love with her), Tyrol fights with just about everyone including a verbal spar with Lee and a drunken brawl with Helo because of his romantic commitment to the current Sharon and their baby-on-the-way.

Always having an odd sympathy with machines, Tyrol takes it personally when he has to send another dilapidated Viper to the scrap heap. He decides to focus his frustrations in a positive way by attempting to build a new stealth ship from salvaged parts. After meeting with cynicism from nearly everyone at first, the crew becomes inspired by his tireless work and eventually everyone pitches in to help.

Meanwhile, a "bug" in the computer system is wreaking havoc on the Galactica by creating power surges and an oxygen shut-down in the firing range that nearly kills Lee, Kara and another pilot. They determine that it's a virus that was acquired when they were forced to network the computers to find the rest of the fleet when Adama was injured. Baltar identifies the virus as a Cylon "logic bomb" that has been pinging around the system, learning the system's weaknesses. Helo is asked to take a print out of the system's behavior to Sharon who immediately recognizes the virus and says that it's a prelude to a Cylon assault that will kill them all - including her and her baby.

Adama orders the fleet to jump to new coordinates while the Galactica stays behind to wipe the virus from its computers and deal with a massive assault by more than 200 Cylon Raiders. (The Cylon formation looked really cool) Adama resorts to trusting Sharon enough to hook her into the computer network to wipe out the virus. When the Raiders get close, Adama uses a gun to her head to give Sharon some additional incentive, but she didn't need it. She wipes out the virus and actually turns it against the attacking fleet, disabling all of the Raiders who can then easily be picked off by the Vipers. Our heroes win the day without any casualties. (Of course, we don't know whether getting Adama to trust Sharon had been the Cylons' plan all along.)

Flush with the thrill of victory, the crew decides to push its luck when Kara test flies Tyrol's lab project. The test is a resounding success - she even sneaks away from Lee who was flying with her and gives him a good scare. This powerful new stealth ship (the Blackbird) sends the crew's spirits even higher. They all celebrate during a christening ceremony for the new ship. President Roslin is moved to tears when Tyrol reveals that the crew has dedicated the ship to her, writing "Laura" on its nose.

Posted by Shannon on January 3, 2006 2:57 PM
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