First of all, if you’re snickering to yourself and about to leave an inflammatory comment, go and rent the first disc of season 1 (which is actually the miniseries) then come back and talk to me. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, how fucking incredible was this week’s episode (3×04, Exodus Part 2)? I’ve watched up until the end of Season 2 with my wife at least 3 times in its entirety and we thought we had seen “the best episode” a few times already. Well, I do believe Exodus Part 2 takes that crown, at least for now. For those that haven’t seen it or aren’t up to speed in Season 3, there are serious spoilers ahead. You’ve been warned.
When season 2 ended, I was upset, angry, disappointed, frustrated… I couldn’t believe they would leave off with the human race being beat down so badly when it finally seemed like they were going to find a way out. I thought for sure they would back-pedal and find a way to ensure Baltar doesn’t become president. But season 3 picked up right where they left off. With 40,000-odd under Cylon control on New Caprica and a couple thousand scattered across the fleet who had jumped away. Just when it looked like all of season 3 would take place on the concentration camp that is New Caprica, a plan was set in motion to evac the barren planet and rescue the entire population.
I really had no idea what was going to go down, but I knew it was going to be a great episode. There were so many incredible moments I don’t even know where to start. But when I saw Galactica jump into the atmosphere, barreling toward the ground while deploying Vipers, I nearly shat myself. I think that could have been the single greatest moment in the show’s history. And then to see the damage they took because of it and the pounding they received from the Base Ships, man… it was just beyond anything I could have imagined.
I absolutely love the emotional, tear-jerker endings as well. They’re few and far between, but they always seem so well deserved. Like when Lee returned his grandfather’s lighter and Starbuck just grabbed the President and hugged her after the Tillium Refinery assault mission. Or the unveiling of the Blackbird stealth ship. I just wish they hadn’t focused so much on Tigh. I hate that man and really enjoyed seeing him suffer. Having to kill his own wife was something that seemed so appropriate, for both of them.
I’ve never been into any TV/film series as I am with BSG. I’m super glad that my faith has been restored so quickly (I was actually hooked again after episode 3×01 aired) and BSG is back to it’s old greatness… not that it ever departed from it for long. There were a couple obvious “filler” episodes in season 2, but aside from them…
Now that I’ve laid my inner-geek on the table for you all to poke and prod, anyone else want to share their love for BSG? I know I’m not alone. 🙂