Battlestar Galactica

Season 2 Episode 14

Black Market

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jan 27, 2006 on Syfy
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The new commander of the Pegasus, Jack Fisk, is murdered by black marketeers. Lee Adama is charged with solving the crime. Roslin seeks to stamp out the black market by introducing new trade regulations.

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  • Black Market

    Black Market was a superb episode of Battlestar Galactica and I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of drama, intrigue and character development as the President wanted to take drastic action against the fleet's black market. The Black Market was run by a great character and actor and it was fun to watch him in action. I also thought it was great for Apollo to take the stance he did, better the devil he knows than some random people in control of the Black Market. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • In a departure from anything we care about, Apollo leaves Galactica to investigate Black Marketeers that are wreaking havoc with the fleet's economy.

    This episode crashed and burned, and really ought to be retitled, "Black Mark--on an Otherwise Great Series". The military is requested to help remedy a situation with black marketeers. (We haven't really heard of this being a problem before, mind you.) Apollo investigates, some people die, the black marketeers are slapped on the wrist, and we are back where we started as if the episode never took place.

    "Black Market" is a great example of a "filler episode". Problem, plot, and solution are all synthesized for one episode, and then never mentioned again. Another classic "filler episode" is this season's "Scar", which at least had some cool space combat action.

    Just assume this episode never happened (and assume that the commander of the Pegasus was replaced by a new actor), and BSG will continue to be a gripping, groundbreaking series.moreless
  • Lines you can't cross.

    -Fisk's death was done well. The cubit(qubit?) was a nice touch, old school. But I always thought it symbolized the victim had been running his mouth to the wrong people, not that they had gotten greedy.

    -Apollo's confrontation with Tigh could have been written a little better I think. I thought Apollo should be too angry and disgusted to be smug and cocky. I mean, did Tigh know Fisk was involved/running the black market or did he just think he was making a one time trade with a drinking buddy? Because the former is inexcusable. All those other people Tigh says are doing it aren't XO's and they probably aren't trading directly with a Commander.

    -Phelan was great in his small role, big fan of the actor(Bill Duke), but I was a little disappointed he never got to tell Apollo, "You know ya done f***ed up, don't ya?" Though the lines they did give him were pretty good, "It's hard to find the moral high ground when you're all standing in the mud." And just his presence on screen is powerful. Great actor and I think they made good use of him.

    -Oh Apollo, don't you know that as much as he is for misery the pimp is a whore's familiar? So the sudden strange or violent draws her to him(thanks Deadwood). But seriously, I enjoyed the plot with her. I was shocked when it was revealed she was a professional and I loved that they would do that with Apollo's character, especially as they had been working in the plot with him being interested in Dee(not to mention whatever still might be between him and Starbuck). Revealing that he isn't a fairy tale prince who can only be with the woman he loves, but is a human being that's as flawed and broken as any of us, made me gain respect for the character. Even if he did seemingly manage to find a hooker with a heart of gold.

    -Roslin wanting to remove Baltar as VP was to be expected and after his actions at the end of the last episode I'm glad she didn't waste any time in doing it. If it was any other character I would respect them being able to look past the fact that Baltar had just saved their life and do what needed to be done, but I'm not quite there with Roslin. Especially since she made him VP in the first place, despite having misgivings about him even then. Not to mention the fact that she bolloxed the whole thing up, by not only not getting him to resign but pissing him off in the process. Who knew that going from insulting, to patronizing, to threatening, wasn't a good way to convince someone to do something?

    Apollo grew on me a lot with this one episode, and not just by putting a bee in Roslin's bonnet over the trade sanctions/black market issue. His acting was grounded and convincing all the way through and I think it was a good move tarnishing the white knight he so often seems to be.

    I've taken some heat on another site for giving this episode such a high rating, but I honestly enjoyed it, though it does sit in the middle of some not so great episodes.moreless
  • This episode simply was bad executed.

    ***This review details –» this is a "I" perspective, based in what I like and recognize to be good or interesting, this is not a "god" where the guy thinks what he thinks is the true or the "you" perspective where I know what you will like and what you don´t.***

    This Black Market situation is well explored in terms of situations that could happens, but seems to me a mere filler and nothing more, even if a commander is dead. Then they decided to do another episode centered, this time in Apollo and my problem is that not only Apollo doesn´t have any interesting plots in the moment, he Is not a very interesting character, but he serves great like a support for some characters or for some situations.

    This is why suddenly he is sleeping with a hooker and he have his own drama form the past the he didn´t overcame, this came from nowhere to give meaning to the episode, this girl was not mentioned one single time before. The structure of the episode can come as a joke for some people, but could be worse.

    Presentation Phase - » (6/10) not bad,

    Complication Phase - » (5/10) Apollo as a detective, did not combine, poor treatment of the conflict,

    Climax Phase - » (5/10) didn´t see it,

    Ending - » (5/10) predictable and strange,

    The black market continues, what they did in this episode was just make Apollo make two conclusions, one about the situation, other about his past, the Storyline is bad executed, the is some things that don´t make sense, like Apollo detective or murderer. For me, this was pure filler.

    Details/Progress (To point A to B) -» (6/10) fair,

    Time and Scene Management - » (5/10) or the episode is bad or this is a bad filler,

    Plot Details/Holes- » (3/10) there is no connection between the past and present, But far worse was the existence of a crime syndicate so powerful that it could eliminate the commander of a military vessel so easily (like there is no security) and without consequences.

    Storyline -» (5/10) weak,

    Very hard to care for the drama or feel the tension.

    Drama - » (5/10) didn´t care,

    Suspense/Tension - » (5/10) poor,

    This episode simply was bad executed.moreless
  • Some at the bottom, some in low...

    So, we are having new kind of Lee - he is stressed out and somehow off after the accident with him in Blackbird.. And he has taken it all down himself and gets in trouble - a new commander of Pegasus gets killed again and Lee is investigating it while being involved with those people who were part of it, in real or just connected way, too closely.

    I most say - the story was not the best and the whole feeling was missing. The past of Lee and his regrets and what they wanted to show - it was not working too well.

    A weaker episode than those marvelous last ones.moreless
Claudette Mink

Claudette Mink


Guest Star

Amy Lalonde

Amy Lalonde


Guest Star

Hayley Guiel

Hayley Guiel


Guest Star

Kandyse McClure

Kandyse McClure

Anastasia "Dee" Dualla

Recurring Role

Paul Campbell

Paul Campbell

Billy Keikeya

Recurring Role

Richard Hatch

Richard Hatch

Tom Zarek

Recurring Role

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