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Battlestar Galactica

Season 1 Episode 23

Take the Celestra

Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Apr 01, 1979 on ABC
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Starbuck runs into his long-lost love, Aurora, who is involved with a group trying to take over the electronics ship Celestra from its supposedly dictatorial captain.

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  • Just as Starbuck rediscovers an old flame, Aurora, the electronics ship Celestra is caught up in not one, but two mutinies.

    Again, perhaps driving home the differences between the 1978 and 2003 versions of Battlestar Galactica, this episode offers us a glimmer of complexity in its treatment of class amongst the fleet, but generally weakens the tension with a lack of development and an overly-tangled plot.

    Starbuck's relationship with a new character (but an old flame) Aurora gives us some new perspective on his relationship with Cassiopeia, but things remain generally where they were before the episode started.

    More interesting is the development of a critique of civilian life among the fleet -- Kronus is offered as an tyrannical ruler, constantly insisting on double shifts and meeting unrealistic quotas. It reminds us how much the show focuses on a single perspective (the military elite) without much exploring what life might be like for the other 219 ships in the fleet.

    However, the first wave of mutineers are slapped on the wrist after helping to save their own skin when Charka plans a mutiny of his own -- apparently, they return to the Celestra and life continues on as usual. Kronus saves the Celestra from crashing (?), and thus dies a heroic death without confirming or refuting his own crimes of worker exploitation.

    All in all, the episode goes some interesting places, but backtracks on a lot of avenues that might illuminate life in the fleet. The plot gets in the way of asking some harder questions -- but the episode is enjoyable nevertheless.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: During the funeral service at the end of the episode, as Adama is giving the tribute, Kronus can be clearly seen breathing in his transparent casket though he's supposed to be dead.

    • Goof: The shuttle belonging to Commander Kronus is described as being a non-military version, differently equipped than are the Galactica shuttles. But an exterior shot shows the shuttle to be 'GAL 356' yet again, which is the most-often-used Galactica shuttle.

    • Kronus commanded the Battlestar Rycon earlier in his career and was apparently retired when the events of "Saga of a Star World" occured. Kronus came out of retirement at that point to take command of the Celestra.

    • Highlights from the episode are shown prior to opening credits and narration.

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