Okay, tonight is the third-to-last new episode to air in the U.S. until 2006. We get two more after this, including… (minor spoiler about plot and guest star of final episode)“Pegasus,” starring Michelle Forbes, aka Ensign Ro, as Commander Cain of another Battlestar. And yes, it’ll be a cliffhanger.After that, the UK will start getting the episodes we’ve seen up to this point, and then, the bastards, they’ll continue into the unknown, leaving us to catch up starting in January.
So, where we’re at:
We seem to have turned a major plot corner in the last show. Adama has forgiven the insurrection, realizing that as far as anyone can tell Roslin the Prophet is the real deal. Whether that’s true, or if the Cylons are just frakkin’ with 'em, we don’t know yet.
So they’ve got the Arrow, they found the Holodeck, and they have a Map of sorts. The narrative ambiguities they’d been building are starting to dissolve, and the future direction of the plot is beginning to become clear. This is a dangerous time for the show: No matter which road they start to go down, they’re going to alienate some viewers. If it turns out Roslin really is a prophet, for example, and there’s a mystical undercurrent to a previously hard-edged show, I’m going to grumble, and I don’t think I’ll be alone. We’ll have to see where this goes; including tonight, they’ve got three installments to show that their new direction will be just as compelling as where they’ve come from so far.
Oh, and now Baltar knows he definitely doesn’t have a metallic chip in his head, but what that proves is anybody’s guess.
Tonight: Lucy Lawless (!) plays a journalist, sort of Bob Woodward in Ashleigh Banfield’s body, chosen to show the good people of the fleet just how stressful Adama’s job really is. Given his tense relationship with the press (“remind me not to do that again”), this should be fun. Plus, fun with Saul and Ellen! Woot!