Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Battlestar 4X09: The Hub written by Jane Espenson

Finally watched this ep and was suitably impressed.

Roslin's turnaround was masterful, mostly due to Mary McDonnell's fantastic performance. She's holding on to life by her fingernails. I was gratified to see her get her chance to take Baltar out, but even more gratified -- and surprised -- that she ultimately elected not to go through with it. It would've been satisfying either way, but I was happy to see that she still possesses a soul. (Clearly, that surprised her as well. "About time," indeed.)

Loved the very Espenson-ian line, "if you're my subconscious, you're a little full of myself."

But Baltar remains the most engrossing character this season (possibly in every season, but I'd have to go back and re-watch). His transformation is absolutely genuine -- why else would he confess his greatest sin to his greatest enemy while she ministered to what could've been a mortal wound? -- and yet, he still remains the serpent in the garden, whispering sweet nothings about slavery into the "ear" of that centurion. Who thinks *that's* gonna come back to bite them all in the ass? (Raises hand.)

Another little moment really impressed: D'Anna's reaction on being brought to see Roslin is to go immediately to "Gauis!" I'm glad they remembered, and focused immediately on, that relationship. It's nice to have her back.

Also really liked the music in this ep, though I'm not generally a fan of the show's music.


Blogger Mark G. said...

"he still remains the serpent in the garden, whispering sweet nothings about slavery into the "ear" of that centurion"

I was wondering what the point was to that scene, but after reading your post, I guess it's to remind the viewer what an ass he really is. I was so hoping Roslin would do him in!

I think there are only two episodes left! :-(

6/11/08, 11:42 PM  
Anonymous Brian Combe said...

I think it a full circle thing.

Now that the skinjobs are mortal (which may be the reason two of them can now procreate) for the cycle to continue the slaves (The Raiders and the Centurions) have to rebel against their twelve 'Gods' and start colonies of their own.

Where they will ultimately make slaves of their own.

All this has happened before and will happen again.

6/12/08, 7:29 PM  
Blogger J James said...

Tonight is the final episode before the 'mid season' break...a break that could last until sometime in 2009...

Caprica is currently filming with no set air date....

And we may get another Razor-style prequel film to air between the 4th season halves.

The word over at AICN is that tonight's episode is the most shocking yet...even more so than the shooting of Bill Adama, skipping ahead in time, the death of Billy (ok not so shocking), etc.

I can't wait!

6/13/08, 11:30 AM  
Blogger J James said...

So...um...yeah....Revelations just blew my mind. Awesome, awesome episode!

6/14/08, 12:36 PM  

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