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Battlestar Galactica: Exodus, Part 2

by Shannon Nolley, Filmfodder Editor

HOLY CRAP! Um. I'll say it again. HOLY CRAP! Where to start? This one was quite a ride for sure. Because it's the second part of one long episode that got chopped up during production, there's not a whole lot of complicated dialog or shocking revelations in this episode. What there IS, is a HELL of a lot of action.

I can honestly say that this episode contains my new favorite scene of the entire series so far. Oh, yes. It's that good. I'll even go out on a limb and say it's "Mal and Serenity leading the Reavers to the Alliance" caliber of good. (Yes, different show, but you if you know what I'm talking about, you KNOW what I'm talking about.) Now that's what television should be!

Per usual, at the end of this entry is a section called "Observations, Thoughts and Questions" to further focus on particular plot points and enable specific discussion on, well, things I want to talk about. If you've seen the episode and just want to discuss what happened, skip to that section.

Now...

Exodus, Part 2: Episode 3.04

The Tighs that kill

In the underground Resistance command center, Anders is laying into Tigh about Ellen's betrayal. Men died. The Cylons could have learned of Galactica's rescue attempt. Sharon could have been killed and they never would have gotten the launch keys for the ships. Tigh is defensive, but knows that everything Anders is saying is right. Anders tells him "You know what has to be done. It's better if you do it." Tigh doesn't argue, he just looks broken.

Tigh makes a drink (tea or moonshine, it's unclear) and goes to Ellen, who has been sitting alone. Tears stream down her face as she tells Tigh that she had to do it. She would have done anything for him. She even tells him that it was she who got him out of the detention center by sleeping with Cavil. "I'd frak anybody! Do anything!" she yells. Somewhat relieved for getting that off her chest, she takes the cup from Tigh and drinks. Tigh gets his crazed eyeball look as she drinks. Either it's his last glass of precious booze or its poison. Either way, he looks horrified. "You've always been there for me when I needed you," she says. "I should have listened to you and we should have stayed on Galactica." She's almost instantly tired. Tigh tells her to not worry about anything and just go to sleep. She does. The BIG sleep. Tigh cries. Not for nothin, he really did love that crazy broad. Bye bye, Ellen. Maybe if those rumors about you being a Cylon agent are true, you'll be back later. But... I doubt it.

Know when to fold 'em

On Colonial One, Baltar is rambling on at the Cylons about their defeats and the prisoners at large, the solidifying insurgents, blah, blah, blah. The Cylons look bored and annoyed (notably, Cavil is absent). D'Anna asks what he would have them do. Quite simply, leave, he says. D'Anna counters with a vision of the human future alone on the planet - humans telling their children about the evil Cylons, nursing a dream of vengeance to generations who will one day hunt down the Cylons. "Blood for blood has to stop one day," he says. Gaeta breaks the tension by pointing out the explosions occurring all over the city. The insurgents are hitting targets everywhere.

Soon, Sharon enters with news. Two Battlestars have jumped into orbit! The Basestars in orbit launch ships to investigate but find no Battlestars. They realize that Adama launched probes with decoy signals! Where's Galactica? That's the question of the day, isn't it.

The Cylons are taking a beating and know the Galactica isn't far. They decide to evacuate the facility. D'Anna will stay behind to set off nuke and destroy the city and every human left. She tells Caprica Six to go and take Baltar with her - he was right about the humans so he may be of some use yet. D'Anna exits stage left.

Six tells Baltar that they've got to go.. now. But, not.. so.. fast! Gaeta finally acts like he has a pair and pulls a gun on Baltar. "I believed in YOU! I believed in New Caprica! You lead us to the apocalypse!" The slick, slippery Baltar we all know and hate does a little dance and says that nobody will get off the planet alive unless Gaeta lets him stop D'Anna from setting off the nuke. He walks right up to Gaeta and puts the gun under his own chin, begging Gaeta to shoot him. Then, the stupid Gaeta resurfaces and LETS BALTAR GO and GIVES HIM THE GUN! Argh. He tells Baltar he's got one chance to put things right - stop D'Anna. Grumble. Gaeta, you poor, poor foolish idealist. Politicians like Baltar live and breathe because of you - literally.

The end of New Caprica

Around the city the sirens begin to blare as the Resistance attacks multiple targets at once. It's the cue everyone's been waiting for - to evacuate to the ships. The Cylon Raiders take to the sky and begin bombing the city, attempting to quell the rebellion. While everyone is scrambling for their ships, Roslin and her crew run into Tom Zarek. Seemingly genuinely concerned, Zarek asks where her ship is. Roslin points to Colonial One. That's her ship. Zarek jokes about her flair for the dramatic. Just then, Jammer rushes by and Zarek grabs him. Defensive, Jammer says he didn't do anything. (Guess he's getting his story ready for later.) Zarek brushes that off, hands him a gun and tells him to keep an eye on Roslin. Zarek and Roslin share warm smiles and good wishes, then head off. Roslin's team meets little Cylon resistance on Colonial One - it's been abandoned. They stake out the ship, Roslin takes her presidential chair and announces that she's ready to go. Well. Ok, then. If you say so!

Meanwhile, Anders and his crew unearth their hidden weapons and head to the detention center to release the prisoners. They make it without much trouble (that we see, anyway) and begin blowing the cell doors, freeing their comrades. Naturally, Anders is searching for Kara. He finds her somewhat surprisingly quickly (and not behind that extra set of bars we saw in the season premiere). She's unconscious on the floor. Leoben knocked her out when she made a little fuss as he tried to leave when the Resistance bombs started going off. Anders throws her over his shoulder after giving her bunches of joyful, wet, sloppy kisses, and heads out.

On the way out the door, Kara wakes up and demands to be put down. She and Anders share a tender moment, then Kara's thoughts turn to Kasey. She really does love that kid. Realizing Anders has no idea who or where Kasey is, Kara runs back to her cell/apartment to look for her. Naturally, Leoben appears with Kasey in tow. He says he knew Kara would be back for her. He "saw" it in one of his creepy psychic fantasies. He wants Kara to say the words and do the "rest." He insists. Reluctantly, Kara tells him she loves him. Now "the rest," Leoben demands. Kissing and dirty, nasty sex in front of a horrified Kasey ensues (ok, maybe just the kissing... but I think there was tongue). I'll never forget this moment, Leoben says. Neither will I, Kara replies and introduces him to Stabby McPointything (the knife she took off of Anders) and stabs Leoben in the gut, with an extra little twist for good measure. Off to download city he goes. Then, just in the nick of time.. to.. um.. see Leoben's body, Mr. Punctual (Anders) appears with his handy gun. Ah well. At least he opened the door and provided the knife. Kara picks up Kasey and they head out. I'll explain later, she tells Anders.

Meanwhile, in another part of the city, D'Anna is trashing the Oracle's tent. She's either looking for the Oracle for more answers or she's looking for some evidence of Hera's existence. Baltar and Six are on the hunt (supposedly) for D'Anna. There are lots of dead folks strewn on the ground. For the moment, all is eerily quiet except for a baby crying. Baltar and Six track down the wails and turn over the dead body of Maya, still clutching Hera who is very much alive and unhappy. Guess the red shirts "protecting" her didn't do such a good job. Big surprise. Baltar picks up the baby and gazes at it in wonder. Fantasy Six appears behind him (wearing her usual skanky red dress) and says "It's her!" As he's still ogling Hera, Caprica Six walks up (Fantasy Six disappears) and says that it's a miracle, god spared her. As Baltar is comforting Hera, D'Anna who had also heard the cries, approaches and asks to hold her. Baltar turns Hera over without any fuss. D'Anna walks away with her, Farrah Fawcett hair waving in the wind behind her. Baltar aims Gaeta's gun at her, but does nothing.

The big rescue

Before Galactica begins its serious assault on the planet, Dualla and Apollo discuss the civilian fleet on the Pegasus. Apollo is despondent - he thinks he'll never see Adama again. Dualla lamely attempts to comfort him by saying that all they can do is make plans for the future - otherwise no one will be left. Keep humanity going no matter the cost. Apollo, not really hearing what he wants to hear, turns the conversation around and says he's proud to serve with her.. and call her his wife. They kiss. Bleh.

With the civilian fleet safely tucked away somewhere, Galactica goes all out. It begins by launching the drones to trick the Cylons into thinking that two Battlestars have jumped into orbit. While the Basestars are checking out the decoy, the Galactica pulls a move that will go down in the history books. Here's where my FAVORITE scene comes in. Are you ready?

On the planet, Tigh, Tyrol and other Resistance fighters are pinned down by a Centurion guard tower. Far above in the pretty blue sky, a shiny object appears. It grows bigger and bigger.. and bigger. Something is falling into the atmosphere fast. OH... MY... GODS!!! It's the GALACTICA! Adama has jumped the ship right into the atmosphere and is dropping like a stone toward the planet!!! Why the heck is he doing that?!?!? Can he LAND on the planet?? Holy crap this is just cool, whatever he's doing. Adama orders the Vipers to launch. Hot Dog and his crew are ready. They launch ... and are close enough to jump right into the mix and kick some Cylon Raider butt!

Brilliant plan. If launched from orbit, the Vipers would have encountered the Raiders from the Basestars. This way, the Vipers can get right into the fight and lend the most support to the evacuation. The Vipers bomb designated ground targets for the insurgents, including the guard tower that was giving Tigh and Tyrol problems. With all its Vipers launched, the Galactica jumps away - but had been so close to the ground that Tigh and Tyrol feel the heavy down drafts before it goes! Now that the air support has arrived, the Colonial ships that have been immobilized since the Cylon occupation begin to launch and jump away. The exodus has begun. Best. Scene. Ever.

The Galactica successfully jumps out of the planet's atmosphere, but has sustained some serious damage. Lots of things are badly broken, including the FTL drive. Even Adama has hurt his hand. Quickly, things get worse. The two Basestars that had been circling the planet are closing in. Then, two more Basestars appear. That's FOUR. Adama wasn't prepared for four. They can't hold off that many. As they're taking a pounding from the Cylons, Adama tells his crew that it's been a honor working with them. They all prepare for the grim reaper to swoop in.

Instead..... the Pegasus closes in. With Apollo at the helm, they dispatch one of the Basestars quickly. Apollo tells Adama to get his FTL online and he'll draw away the Basestars. In one breath, Adama curses and thanks Apollo for his disobedience. The Pegasus heads into the center of the Basestars. They have no Vipers to launch - they were left behind to defend the civilian fleet, so the Pegasus has to depend on its own weapons to hurt the Basestars. Galactica fixes its FTL drive and recalls its Vipers as the rest of the ships from the planet jump away. With everyone tucked in, the Galactica jumps away. Meanwhile, the Pegasus is taking on too much damage. It was a suicide mission - at least for the ship. The crew, including Dualla and Apollo, abandon the ship and jump away - but not before Apollo thanks Pegasus for her sacrifice. The Basestars close in and pound on the Pegasus. It drifts out of control ... straight into one of the Basestars and explodes! Then, some of the debris hits one of the other Basestars and destroys it! Talk about going out in a blaze of glory. That's three total Basestars for the Pegasus - just in this fight! Swoon.

Reunited and it feels so good

Back on Galactica, everyone is meeting up in the hangar. Ships full of folks are unloading. Tyrol runs into Kara who is holding Kasey. Tyrol asks who Kasey is and Anders emerges with a cleaver. "Yeah, that's what I'd like to know!" Kara introduces Kasey, but before she can get out another breath about who Kasey is, a random cute blonde chick ... who just happened to be walking by... screams KASEY!?!?! Yes, apparently the Cylons had taken this woman's kid from her. Kasey isn't Kara's and isn't part Cylon. She's just an irresistibly cute kid with blonde ringlets. Kara doesn't say anything. Kasey, obviously overjoyed to see her real mom, leaps into her arms. They walk off. Kara is devastated.

Meanwhile, Adama is welcoming folks on board. He sees Apollo and well, they're in love. They hug. From behind, we hear Tigh say loudly "Permission to come aboard, sir?" Both Adama and Apollo turn. They're shocked to see what has become of poor Tigh. He's frail and old looking. He has to be helped down from his ship. And of course, there's the missing eye. Adama approaches and salutes him. "You DID it!" he says to Tigh. "You brought them home Saul." Choking back tears, "Not all of them," he says. From behind, the crowd swells with cheers for Adama. Shouting his name, they lift him up on their shoulders and parade him around in a victory stomp. Dejected, Tigh sulks off. As he goes, we briefly get a glimpse of the crowd and see that Gaeta has made it back aboard the Galactica. Hooray?

On Colonial One, Tory tells Roslin the news that Maya didn't make it off of New Caprica. Hera either. Tory cries. She has let Roslin down. She saw Maya and Hera before everyone left the planet, but she didn't make sure she got away safely. Roslin tries to reassure her that she didn't let her down. "This is bigger than us. This is life," she says.

Finally, we see Adama in his quarters - the bathroom to be precise. Thankfully, he's just getting rid of that pesky soup catcher on his face. Cue the lofty Hans Zimmer a la Gladiator music. After shaving and dressing (phew!), Adama walks into the busy hallway and surveys the scene. He is pleased. Like a proud papa he smiles. All his children are home.

THE END! (I need a drink)

Observations, Thoughts and Questions

Did Ellen know that Tigh was giving her a poisoned drink? Based on what she said, I think she probably did. Despite her long history of cheating and general bad-wifey-ness, she loved that old coot. My grandma was right, I guess. There's a lid for every pot. How bad do we feel for Tigh? Man!

I was reflecting back on Gaeta's idealism and faith in Baltar's promise of New Caprica. Remember way back during the election when Tigh was in league with Roslin's "people" to rig the votes? It was Gaeta who spilled the beans. Do you think his penchant for an "honest" election had more to do with wanting Baltar to win? Hmmm. I think this character's only real redeeming quality now is that he helped the Resistance. We'll see how far that gets him with folks like Tyrol in the weeks to come.

Did D'Anna find that true love thing when she held Hera? She seemed happy, but who knows?

Did the Cylons set off the nuke on the planet? The ships jumped away before we could find that out. Would the Cylons do it just as a "clean up" measure?

Baltar has gone off with the Cylons, in keeping with the theme of the original series. Good riddance. Think they'll do painful tests on him? Hope, hope!

We all knew the Pegasus was going to be sacrificed at some point, no? I mean the show is called "Battlestar Galactica"... not "Battlestars Galactica and Pegasus" or "The Galactica and Pegasus Show" or "2 Battlestars and a Bunch of other Ships." It's "Galactica." I always wondered if they would lose Pegasus on some big mission - as in not sure if it's destroyed or just "missing"- like in the original series. What they did tonight was wayyyyyyy better. So sweet!

As for Kasey, well, I guess we all kinda knew that was coming. It certainly explains why none of the other Cylons ever mentioned a second human/Cylon baby. There was no way that was going to end well for Starbuck. At least now, there's no creepy medical testing or riotous crew uprisings involved. Just Kara being made a fool of by Leoben. After four months of trying, he finally broke her down by tricking her into believing she was a mother. She even said and did the "things!" She's not going to be a happy camper. At least she has her true love, Anders back. Right? Right?

I haven't listened to the podcast yet. My brain is still spinning from the episode. If there are any poignant bits from that, someone post them here. Pretty please.

The next episode, "Collaborators," airs October 27 at 9pm ET.

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Posted by Shannon on October 21, 2006 10:00 AM
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I absolutely loved this episode. It brings to mind why in fact this is the BEST show on TV.

-- Posted by: jon at October 21, 2006 7:53 PM

I am speechless. No I'm not -- BEST EPISODE EVER! I didn't think they could top some shows from last season, but this one rivaled favorite MOVIES of mine.

Man, I haven't felt this exhilarated since watching the original Star Wars trilogy as a kid. The budget must have been through the roof for this one!

And I'm in total agreement on your fave scene - frakking amazing!

-- Posted by: perrin at October 21, 2006 11:18 PM

Wow. I am a huge sci-fi fan. I loved Star Trek and love LOST. This episode was the best single episode of TV drama I have ever seen. Amazing. This show deserves to be seen by 15 million people a week like LOST rather than the 2 million it gets. Superb.

-- Posted by: John Fischer at October 22, 2006 3:48 AM

Yeah. Good episode. Great scene with Galactic plummeting through the sky launching vipers. That was classic.

Most importantly, this is the end of the whole New Caprica story arc, and all of its problems.

It looks like we may be headed back to the show that I fell in love with, since everyone is being reunited on one battlestar--the Galactica--with the rag tag fugitive fleet behind it. I thought there was A LOT of symbolism in that scene where Adama shaved off the mustache he grew during the New Caprica story arc. In addition, we saw Roslin back in her office. I am hoping Apollo hits the gym next.

-- Posted by: Hurley at October 22, 2006 5:44 AM

I agree that the episode is one of the 5 best to air to date. The Galactica jumping into the atmosphere and the Pegasus destroying 3 basestars are the kind of special effects that enhance the over all story and a worthy of a big screen movie. I also enjoy reading your reviews of the show, but your review of this episode does not follow the order of the story and was hard to follow.

-- Posted by: Ed W at October 22, 2006 10:59 AM

Everything about this episode was brilliant. It was beautifully executed on every level (the bagpipe-like music absolutely KILLED me and the acting, editing and action were stunning).

The two scenes that got me were:

1. The Galactica "jump." Shan already described this beautifully, so I'll just say this: GREATEST FRICKING SCENE EVER IN THE HISTORY OF ANYTHING.

2. The zoom out on Galactica that went back back back back as Galactica was getting pummeled by the two Cylon base ships. And then ...

PEGASUS COMING BACK! Holy Jesus. Holy Jesus on toast.

And Shan, I totally agree re: the Serenity-Reaver scene comparisons. My jaw hit the ground in both scenes. -- mac


-- Posted by: mac at October 22, 2006 6:02 PM

Simply the best one hour sci-fi episode I have EVER seen! Even beats "Severed Dreams" from Babylon 5 and I didn't think I'd ever say that.

If this doesn't win a Hugo, I REALLY want to know why.

-- Posted by: Kathy at October 22, 2006 6:20 PM

I just had to watch "THE" scene again. I do love it so.

Thanks, Ed, for your input. I'm trying out this new format of grouping things by plot point instead of chronologically. Sorry if anything was hard to follow!

RCN posted a free 2 min segment from the next episode (not the teaser ad running on SciFi Channel). Jammer is really in for it! It looks like Cally didn't know or just didn't tell Tyrol that Jammer was the NCP who set her free.

-- Posted by: shannon at October 22, 2006 9:19 PM

omg i LOVED the jumping into atmo scene!

okay but i want to know what other people think about the new "fat" apollo. and will he suddenly be not fat now that he made this action oriented decision to go save Galactica? how much you wanna bet?

also, why exactly did Tigh have to kill Ellen? i mean, they were about to be rescued... so.. she wouldn’t have been able to keep betraying him. there was just no reason to kill her. punish her sure... but not kill.

-- Posted by: minni at October 23, 2006 2:39 PM

@Minni: The show has shown a willingness to jump forward quickly (even before the one-year jump in the finale, the timeline would occasionally jump weeks between episodes). I anticipate a training montage coupled with a "miraculously skinny Apollo" in the near future ;)

-- Posted by: mac at October 23, 2006 3:48 PM

Minni: I think the point of Tigh killing Ellen is that Tigh knew (because of what Anders said) that someone in the Resistance WAS going to kill her, even if Tigh couldn't bring himself to do it.

By Tigh doing it the way he did, he assured her a much easier death than she would have gotten from some of the other folks in the Resistance. In a strange way, it's really an act of love on his part.

-- Posted by: Kathy at October 23, 2006 8:01 PM

Yes, the Galactica jump in/jump out scene was BRILLIANT but the Tigh and Ellen scene was just beautiful and heart breaking. Tigh and Ellen were the George and Martha (Whose Afraid of VIrginia Woolf) of the ship and in an ironic twist, had the most pure love. I was never a big fan of Tigh but I am soooo looking forward to his arc this season. Adama getting the glory and Tigh not getting any of it - oh it is going to be interesting between them this year.

Zarek and Roslin - what's up with that?

-- Posted by: David at October 23, 2006 11:27 PM

I don't suppose anyone kept this episode and could possibly make a copy of it for me? I was in Va. visiting my mom and my DVR failed me. I am devastated to have missed what sounds like the best episode yet. I really want to see Ellen's swan song. It will drive me crazy (short trip) if I have to wait til it comes out on DVD. Any help appreciated, Brian at sbrianboyle@aol

-- Posted by: Brian Boyle at October 24, 2006 2:59 AM

Brian - If you can't find someone who "taped" it, you might be able to see it for free through your cable provider's On Demand. I know RCN has it available. SciFi may be rerunning during the week if you want to give your DVR another chance to make things right. Of course, there's also iTunes for $1.99 when you can't find it elsewhere. I'd check with your On Demand first, though. RCN has all the episodes so far this season.

-- Posted by: shannon at October 24, 2006 8:10 AM

I guess I will have to give up my hope of a spinoff series "Two Battlestars, a Girl, and a Pizza place"...

Great review, you are totally right about the atmosphere scene. I also loved the way Pegasus went out.

-- Posted by: Matt at October 24, 2006 11:35 AM

Best line:
"Damn you, Lee...Thank you, Lee"

-- Posted by: Nelson at October 24, 2006 3:43 PM

Thanks for the rundown! Awesome. Came looking for this post after finaly getting to Season3 yesterday and I must say when Galactica came plummeting through the sky and I realised what was happening - as Hotdog shot out through the launch tube saying "Well... this will be different!" I really did squeal out loud in delight.

Certainly the most delightful AWESOME moment I've witnessed in SCI-FI since the opening seen of Serenity.

WOW. Big smile on my face! Thanks for your coverage.

-- Posted by: Jarra at December 3, 2006 4:33 PM

Absolutely best BSG episode of all time! Easily replacing Pegasus, my former favorite episode. Excellent writeup on the episode, captures the essence of it well.

-- Posted by: Battlestar Fan at September 3, 2007 9:35 PM

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