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Battlestar Galactica 4×10 ‘Revelations’ Impressions Pt. II

Posted by melancholygeek on June 15, 2008

BSG(MAJOR SPOILER ALERT, WATCH EPISODE FIRST! This time for real!) Roslin and co. are held hostage, Tory’s out of the closet and Leoben has a new haircut. Let’s see what else is in store for us this episode:

CIC. Slight change of plans (I like D’Anna’s attitude). Dee’s got a lot of lines lately. Wannabe under pressure, letting them do what they would have done anyway. Tigh getting another moment of enlightenment:

Three’s a charm, eh?

Hangar bay, guess who’s Chief now? I like it. Specialist Tyrol picking up static again.

Ready room, yup, Kara is CAG. And Athena is WannabeCAG, stating, um, the obvious. Anders picking up static as well.

CIC, Tigh picking up… yeah, you know it.

Basestar, Tory, yeah, that. Only she collapses. Leoben to the rescue:

He did get over Kara fast, no?

Cylon Anonymous weekly meeting (No Tory though, guess she’s busy, nudge, nudge, wink, wink) at Kara’s Viper. Tigh’s marvelous. Something’s changed. Could Anders please stop looking so whiny. And use his nose for breathing just once?

Hallway, yup, the moments of enlightenment are over I guess, time for action:

Um Bill, got a minute? The Adama/Tigh interaction was about the only thing I liked about Sine Qua Non, and again I’m in for a treat. And so are you, picspam-wise:

I’m a cylon.

No, you’re not.

Am too!


You had hair! (Nickel for every time I get that…)

Take your paws off of me you damn dirty cylon!

Anyone seen The Incredible Hulk yet, by the way?

Hogan and The Olmos. What can I say? I throw around the words awesome and marvelous a lot lately. So, well, you know what I think, no?

Enter Wannabe, comforting drooling daddy. OK, this is disturbing, not because of Bamber’s lack of talent, more because of The Olmos’ abundance of it.

Launch tube, Wannabe taking care of it. Tigh:

Would you please airlock my frakking cylon ass already? Godsdammit.

D’Anna’s on the line. – This is the President. I still hardly think so. We have no wish for further bloodshed. See above.

The Remaining Two Final Five Which Are Four plus Kara at the Viper. Is Tyrol sarcastic? I like it. Lot’s of feelings in this scene. Enter Marines. Guess who’s getting arrested?

The relief Tyrol shows is marvelous. I love it how these Four are all true to the path they decided to go from this season’s first episode on. Kara:


Basestar, Random8 with not-Sparklys rounding up the Viper jocks (whose leader seems to be Hotdog. Take what you can get, eh?).

Cylon Anonymous weekly meeting, part two. This time: Launch tube. OK, I’ve never been much of a fan, but Tyrol’s great. Just great. Wannabe? Not so much. Dee’s doing well though. Got her one-liners down.

Viper, Kara.

Basestar, Laura and Baltar witnessing the round-up. Desperate Leoben. This is one likable model. And he kinda answers to Laura, I like that. He’s right, take him. Let’s go.

Wannabe bringing D’Anna up to date. Twos and Sixes realizing they got more than they bargained for:

Should’ve kept her boxed. – Too true.

Viper, Kara, um, doing stuff.

Basestar, discussion how much of a wuss Wannabe really is (you know my opinion). Let’s see if he wants to play Hardball. Like in wearing Seelix’ underwear?

Viper, Kara, um, discovering something.

Basestar. Baltar: Wannabe is no wuss. Tory: Is too. Baltar: Is NOT! Tory: (and so on).

Galactica, Kara running.

Basestar, readying nukes.

Wannabe being only half a wuss – so far. Tyrol:

I can haz airlock too?

Basestar, Baltar trying to talk some sense in D’Anna. Proceed. – Kara running. – Launch tube. Yeah, thanks for the nod, Tyrol, that’s gonna make this easier. – Basestar. – Kara (still running) – Wannabe getting the key (Dee really gained responsibility around the Galactica). – Kara (yup, that). – Basestar. – Launch tube (are you getting dizzy yet? I surely am). What are you waiting for Apollo? Enter Kara! Those three frakking cylons just gave us Earth. Tigh:


Viper. Ground Control to Major Tom. Gaeta’s confirmed it. And to you Kara/Lee shippers out there: I’m curious what you make of this scene. Seriously, this is one dead horse if I’ve ever seen one.

Cylons United first meeting (Leobens got locked away again?). Random8 (or is this QuasiAthena all along?) nodding ever so slightly. Final Four are now the advisory committee, Tigh being chairman. Like it. All of this has happened before. – But it does not have to happen again. Good line, I give you that, Wannabe. I’ve granted them an amnesty. Because, you know, I’m the President. I can do such things. For I’m the President. Yup, I am. Now, let’s all be friends.

Admiral’s quarters. Wannabe: I projected a course towards the signal. Because, you know, I’m the President and can totally let Gaeta’s work pass as mine. Daddy’s not impressed. Seriously, the artistic range of The Olmos amazes me. I don’t know. Enter Laura \o/ You don’t know what? Hm? What don’t you know about? Hm? Tell mommy. It’s hard to describe that scene. Be back. Wannabe is now officially Hasbeen. Kind of. Madam President. Mr. Adama. Yeah, sounds better. Bill being back to normal (that was quick), frak the recon. We only have 7 minutes left in this show. We gotta roll the hard six. Frak yeah!

Fleet in jump formation standing by. Thanks Dee. Is she still/again XO? Madam President, without you, we wouldn’t have made it. This all sounds so final Finale, no? There are at least another 10 episodes to go. Maybe that’s why this all feels… strange. Anyway:

Take us to Earth.

This might have been the longest 5 second countdown ever.

Gaeta, confirming position, Hoshi reporting fleet all present and accounted for. Drama Gaeta:

Visible constellations are a match.

That would make this Earth then, eh:

Adama spreading the news. And yeah, I might have just a tiny problem with my allergies again. A wee bit. Party everywhere (Gaeta and Hoshi so have something going on, oh, and, way to go Figurski!):

Oops, wrong movie.

Alrighty, let’s head down there, shall we?


You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!

The End, see you next year.

Alrighty. I have to say, I might still be a bit biased by last week’s The Hub, so I try not to be too harsh. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good episode. It was an OK mid-season finale. I guess. But still, it doesn’t feel right.

The Final Four are out of the closet, the human-cylon alliance is alive and kicking and they found Earth. Yes, I’m pretty sure it is Earth. I really can’t see RDM planning something like Gaeta telling us in the next episode: Oopsie, wrong planet.

OK, there’s lots more to resolve. Who’s the Final Cylon? What about the cylon civil war? The Opera House. Starbuck coming back from the dead. All of this happened before.

But still. This episode left a strange taste in my mouth. Right now I couldn’t care less who the Final Cylon is. Or what the deal is with the Opera House, Starbuck or Lee’s underwear. I feel unsatisfied and disappointed and have no clue why.

So, taking into account a possible bias and giving RDM the benefit of the doubt, my final verdict:

4/5 (I’m gracious here)

One word impression: Hm.

A good six months to the next Impressions of a recently shown Battlestar Galactica episode (again, sorry for all the delays and breaking-into-parts). What am I gonna do with my weekends now? Well, check back next week (or better even: daily) and see if I might have come up with something.


3 Responses to “Battlestar Galactica 4×10 ‘Revelations’ Impressions Pt. II”

  1. Doctor Zee said

    And so, Battlestar Galactica is reduced to a simple fable – we run from our past, believing the future holds something better for our species, while praying we can rise above our dark “human nature” before we do ourselves in. This episode was a mirror, showing how despite hope for a bright technological future, we’re simultaneously on the knife’s edge of destruction.

    In one episode, Battlestar Galactica moved beyond the addictive, nit-picky details like “who is the last Cylon?” and “how did Tigh get Six pregnant?” and reminded me of the big picture – our irrepressibly hopeful yet frustratingly misguided humanity.

    Enter Doctor Zee – The Fifth Cylon

    “The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr

  2. I’m right with you there, melancholygeek, about the ending to this episode. I know many people are cheering this as some sort of epiphany, but really, did any of us expect them to arrive to a ticker tape parade? How out of character would that be for this show.

    What I’m really surprised to see among the BSG fans is how little everyone is talking about the real meat of this episode which occurred during those first 45 minutes. I’ll agree with you that Apollo as of late hasn’t been much more than another Helo-type. But I think this episode served the character better since he was more truthful to himself instead of doing what people expected him to do.

    In any case, I went into more detail about my likes/dislikes about this episode in my blog entry BSG Episode “Revelations” – We’re Off To See The Wizard . I invite you and your readers to check it out and see what you think, especially why I hope this isn’t Earth (and no, it has nothing to do with the fact it’s gone bye-bye).

  3. t-Asarlai said

    I can not say this often enough. It’s Earth. It’s a future Earth.

    Let’s review.

    paraphrasing: Leoben/Lee

    Remember, Last time we were the ones to be nuked.
    The roles change but the players remain the same.

    Only this time,
    this time maybe we can change our “destiny” but first we have to change ourselves.

    The stage has been set. We’ve seen it coming for the last five years. The episode “Maelstrom” began the last leg of this journey and through subsequent episodes that began with Season Fours’ “He That Believeth In Me”, here we are at last. Kara Thraces whole journey and interrogation was written in the film “Contact” during it’s final closing moments.

    “He That Believeth In Me”

    …and yet every scientific instrument confirms your Viper was out of contact for two months, isn’t that correct, Kara?

    Starbucky: Two months, Galactica Time, yes.

    Chief Tyrol: Galactica Time?

    Starbucky: I believe that the Maelstorm opened up a wormhole, a tunnel through the fabric of space-time. Also known as an Einstein-Rosen bridge. Now because of the laws of general relativity, what I experienced as six hours, took two months on Galactica because I was in transit that entire time.

    Roslin: Now isn’t it true that these wormholes you speak of are theoretical predictions. There is no evidence they actually exist, is there?

    Starbucky: There is no direct evidence, no.


    Roslin: Wait a minute, let me get this straight. You admit that you have absolutely no physical evidence to back up your story?

    Starbucky: Yes.

    Adama: You admit that you very well may have hallucinated this whole thing.

    Starbucky: Yes.

    Roslin: You admit that if you were in our position, you will respond with exactly the same degree of incredulity and skepticism?

    Starbucky: Yes.

    Adama/Roslin: (Yelling) Then why don’t you simply withdraw your testimony and concede that this journey to Earth, in fact, never took place?!

    Starbucky: Because I can’t. I had an experience I can’t prove, I can’t even explain it, but everything that I know as a human being, everything that I am tells me that it was real. I was part of something wonderful, something that changed me forever; a vision of the Universe that tells us undeniable how tiny, and insignificant, and how rare and precious we all are. A vision that tells us we belong to something that is greater than ourselves. That we are not, that none of us are alone. I wish I could share that. I wish that everyone, if even for one moment, could feel that awe, and humility, and the hope, but… that continues to be my wish.

    And finally the explosive conclusion:


    Hello Kara Thrace, you are the “Herald of the Apocalypse”

    Let us all bid a warm welcome to the “Ghost of Galactica Yet to Come.”

    She is the herald of the Apocalypse. They must not follow her. She will lead them to their end.

    … and lead them to their end she did. this is a future earth. this is what happens when you let the children play with matches. this is what happens when third graders play around with nukes. This is the end result of Hatred on Hatred and brother against brother.

    Starbuck saw a Comet and painted it. It turned out to be a BaseStar with a cloud of smoke trailing it. And she saw it long before it happened. This should be our first clue that something else is happening here outside the normal parameters of the “Arrow Of Time” It matters not if there appear to be two different time lines in effect here. We’ve all seen lots of things that seem outside the normal human experiences.

    This is the same thing, except this time they are all of them seeing their future. How will they reconcile this.? Let’s not forget that the Cavel Group is still out there. They may no longer have the ability to resurrect but they also have more than enough BaseStars and numbers to give this shaky alliance the once-over once again.


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