Battlestar Galactica

Season 3 Episode 20

Crossroads, Part 2

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Mar 25, 2007 on Syfy
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Col. Tigh attempts to decipher the strange music he is hearing in his head while Baltar's trial comes to a conclusion. Key members of the fleet discover that they may be the Final Five Cylons.

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  • Jim Hendrix lyrics in battlestar episode 3-20

    10
    officer w/ patch says: "There's too much confusion" then a few minutes later says "there must be a way outta here" -- both are lyrics from Jimi Hendrix' "All Along the
  • A great episode to end a great season.

    10
    The ending is probably what viewers are going to remember about this episode, with Tigh, Chief Tyrol, Anders and Tory appearing to make up 4 of the Final 5 cylons.



    I'm not wholly convinced that this makes complete sense, given the limited knowledge we have about the Cylons, but I'm defintely up for having it explained next Season.

    I'm wondering whether this means that the Chief's and Kelly's baby is another Human/Cylon hybred? Where Starbuck fits also remains a mystery to me, but I may have missed something. I hope that she will not be the last Cylon. It does seem reasonably obvious that Earth will be discovered quite soon in to Season 4. I'm still open as to whether this will turn out to be a good thing or a bad thing, I just hope there won't be any scouts leaping 30 feet in the air...



    Roll on 2008.moreless
  • Crossroads, Part 2

    10
    Crossroads, Part 2 was an absolutely perfect episode and season three finale of Battlestar Galactica. I really enjoyed watching this entertaining episode because it was riveting, suspenseful, dramatic, and full of revelations, surprises, and mixed feelings. There was a ton of character development and the actors played their parts amazingly. In Baltar's trial and verdict there was a lot of interesting points brought to the surface. This episode was very awesome for hinting or false flagging us into believing we know who the other Cylons may be. I did find it interesting that those who heard the mysterious "mucis" all assembled together in a room, though they were only four. Meanwhile President Roslin had another vision involving Hera, Athena, and Caprica Six which was interesting. The ending was really superb and what I'll call Bad#$$ because of the Space Zoom Out Scene where we see the Colonial Fleet in or near the Nebula they jumped to with the Cylon Fleet in pursuit, and it sort of reminded me of the days when I drooled over Goa'uld Mother Ships closing in on SG-1 or their allies. The Cylon ships are beautiful, and seeing them in space is peaceful and they just seem so shiny and clean! I feel every thing is connected some how and I look forward to finding out by watching the next season!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Battlestar Galactica is close to the nebula that separates the ship from the final road to earth. In the final 5 we'll find 4 members of the crew. Who is the 5th? Is truth what Lee sees from his ship? Is Starbuck alive? She might be the final cylon?moreless

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    Battlestar Galactica went big like always. So we have to wait for season 4 to see what the final 5 will choose to do. Who is the last member of the final 5? Is it Starbuck? They will find earth? How is earth? Is a modern civilization, or a dead world? Oh, it will be a long year. So many questions and so few answers. If this season 4 it will be the last, I only hope that all our questions will have an answer. This final episode makes you scream of frustration but surely make wait the next season toomoreless
  • Contains many, many spoilers!

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    SPOILERS!



    What an episode. when the four characters heared the music running up to this finale, i thought it could be rationalised logically, that we would get a cop-out theory... i was wrong. I loved it when Sanders, the presidents aid, Tigh and Chief walked into that room together and they know what and who they are. Everything that they stood for means-nothing now!!! i remember back to the episode where Dean Stockwell is introduced as a priest to help chief, who is having nightmares of killing himself and he jokes "you're not a cylon because i've never seen you at our meetings" Classic episode. i guessed only Sanders to be a cylon but never Tigh or the others!moreless
Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

William Adama

Mary McDonnell

Mary McDonnell

Laura Roslin

James Callis

James Callis

Gaius Baltar

Jamie Bamber

Jamie Bamber

Lee "Apollo" Adama

Tricia Helfer

Tricia Helfer

Number Six/Caprica Six

Grace Park

Grace Park

Sharon Valerii/Sharon "Athena" Agathon

Mark Sheppard

Mark Sheppard

Romo Lampkin

Guest Star

Susan Hogan

Susan Hogan

Captain Franks

Guest Star

Chelah Horsdal

Chelah Horsdal

Didi Cassidy

Guest Star

Lily Duong-Walton

Lily Duong-Walton

Hera Agathon

Recurring Role

Nicki Clyne

Nicki Clyne

Cally Henderson Tyrol

Recurring Role

Leah Cairns

Leah Cairns

Margaret "Racetrack" Edmondson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • After the conversation between Tigh and Adama regarding the music that Tigh was hearing, Tigh says, "There's too much confusion" and "There must be some kind of way out of here." These are lines from "All Along the Watchtower," the song that is featured in this episode.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Lee: Did the defendant (Baltar) make mistakes? Sure. He did. Serious mistakes. But did he actually commit any crimes? Did he commit treason? No.

      I mean, it was an impossible situation. When the Cylons arrived, what could he possibly do? What could anyone have done? (looks at the courtroom audience) I mean, ask yourself, what would you have done? (looks at the judges) What would you have done?

      If he had refused to surrender, the Cylons would have probably nuked the planet right then and there. So did he appear to cooperate with the Cylons? Sure. So did hundreds of others. What's the difference between him and them?

      The President issued a blanket pardon. They were all forgiven, no questions asked. Colonel Tigh. Colonel Tigh used suicide bombers, killed dozens of people. Forgiven. Lt. Agathon and Chief Tyrol. They murdered an officer on the Pegasus. Forgiven. The Admiral. The Admiral instituted a military coup d'etat against the President. Forgiven.

      And me? Well, where do I begin? I shot down a civilian passenger ship, the Olympic Carrier. Over a thousand people on board. Forgiven. I raised my weapon to a superior officer, committed an act of mutiny. Forgiven. And then on the very day when Baltar surrendered to those Cylons, I as commander of Pegasus jumped away. I left everybody on that planet alone, undefended for months. I even tried to persuade the Admiral never to return, to abandon you all there for good. If I'd had my way, nobody would have made it off that planet. I'm the coward. I'm the traitor. I'm forgiven. I'd say we're very forgiving of mistakes.

      We make our own laws now, our own justice. And we've been pretty creative in finding ways to let people off the hook for everything from theft to murder. And we've had to be, because... because we're not a civilization anymore. We are a gang, and we're on the run, and we have to fight to survive. We have to break rules. We have to bend laws. We have to improvise. But not this time, no. Not this time. Not for Gaius Baltar.

      (to Baltar) No, you... you have to die, you have to die because, well, because we don't like you very much. Because you're arrogant. Because you're weak. Because you're a coward, and we the mob, we want to throw you out the airlock, because you didn't stand up to the Cylons and get yourself killed in the process. That's justice now. You should have been killed back on New Caprica, but since you had the temerity to live, we're going to execute you now. That's justice.

      (murmuring in the courtroom)

      Judge Franks: Order. Order!

      Lee: This case... this case is built on emotion, on anger, bitterness, vengeance. But most of all, it is built on shame. It's about the shame of what we did to ourselves back on that planet. (looks at Adama) It's about the guilt of those of us who ran away. Who ran away.

      And we're trying to dump all that guilt and all that shame onto one man and then flush him out the airlock, and hope that that just gets rid of it all. So that we could live with ourselves. But that won't work. That won't work. That's not justice, not to me. Not to me.

    • Chief Tribunal Judge Franks: Like everything human, justice is imperfect. It's flawed. But it's those very imperfections that separates us from the machines, and maybe even makes us a species worth saving.

    • Baltar: (referring to Gaeta) Look, it's, it's no secret.
      Lampkin: Quiet --
      Baltar: The whole fleet knows this man tried to stab me through the neck -- and you missed! Butterfingers!

    • Tigh: I'm telling you, Bill, they put the music in the ship. I can hear it.
      Adama: I believe you. I'll look into it.
      Tigh: You'll look into it? You'll look into it? I am here telling you there is Cylon sabotage aboard our ship!
      Adama: Sabotage. With music?
      Tigh: I know, I know. I can't quite understand it myself. There's too much confusion.

    • Baltar: Yeah, well I can see why you'd want a mistrial.
      Lee: I'm sorry. What's that supposed to mean?
      Baltar: Well, that'd be the quickest way, wouldn't it, for you to absolve all your responsibility? Wash your hands of the whole affair. You get back to your life. (turns to Lampkin) You get back to... (pauses) wherever you get back to, and I get back to a cell and I have to go through this all over again.

    • Lee: (reading from Joseph Adama's book "Trial Tactics and Strategies") Forcing a mistrial may seem of little benefit to either side but in fact it can be a boon to the defense. The prosecution has shown their hand. At retrial, the defense has all the tactical advantages and the statistical chances of an acquittal rise... by 25 percent.

    • Lampkin: Our tactical victories are pissing them off.
      Baltar: Right. So now because we're winning, we're losing, actually.
      Lampkin: Perverse, isn't it? One of the reasons why I love what I do.

    • Tigh: My name is Saul Tigh. I am an officer in the Colonial Fleet. Whatever else I am, whatever else it means, that's the man I want to be. And if I die today, that's the man I'll be.

    • Adama: (on the telephone) If you still need to be yelled at, I think I can give you some volume.
      Roslin: OK. Alright, give it your best shot.
      Adama: (calmly) Get out of that bed.
      Roslin: That's not your best shot.
      Adama: (pretending to be angry) Get your fat, lazy ass out of that rack, Roslin!
      Roslin: (laughing) Yes, sir. OK, sir. Anything you say, sir. (pause)
      Thank you.

  • NOTES (9)

    • This is the first episode of the series to feature background music in which English-language lyrics ("All Along the Watchtower") are used.

    • Jamie Bamber guest starred in an episode of Cold Case, titled "Blood on the Tracks," that aired five weeks before this episode. Bob Dylan's song "All Along the Watchtower" was featured in both episodes. (Bob Dylan's original version was used in the episode of Cold Case.)

    • Bear McCreary's newly composed theme underlying the lyrics of "All Along the Watchtower" is repeated throughout the episode using electric sitar, harmoniums, duduk, yialli tanbur and electric violin. At the end of the episode, Steve Bartek plays the theme on an electric guitar, tuned down to C# minor. (The lowest string on a guitar -- in terms of pitch -- is normally tuned to an E note.)

    • The new arrangement of "All Along the Watchtower" features the guitar and electric sitar playing of Steve Bartek. He has provided the guitar work for other episodes of the series, most notably for "Black Market." He has served as composer, producer and conductor for other television series, including Desperate Housewives. He has orchestrated dozens of film scores (including Spider-Man) and previously served as lead guitarist for the New Wave rock band Oingo Boingo.

    • The singer featured in the final scene is Brendan McCreary, whose professional name is Bt4. He is the brother of series composer Bear McCreary.

    • The famous Bob Dylan song "All Along the Watchtower" was the source for the lines of some of the main characters near the end of the episode.

      'There must be some way out of here,'
      Said the joker to the thief.
      'There's too much confusion,
      I can't get no relief.'

    • For the second episode in a row, the usual opening title sequence was removed and the names of the main cast members appeared on screen during the teaser. The number of survivors in the fleet was also absent.

    • Jamie Bamber read the "Previously on Battlestar Galactica" line at the beginning of this episode.

    • The total broadcast time for this episode is approximately 1 hour and 5 minutes, slightly longer than the usual run-time of 1 hour.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The song featured at the end of the episode is Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," first released in 1967 as a sparse folk song featuring acoustic guitar and Dylan's harmonica solos. Perhaps the most well-known of the many cover versions of the song is that of Jimi Hendrix in 1968. He transformed the song with his famous electric guitar solos and emotional singing. The version heard in the episode is a new arrangement from series composer Bear McCreary.

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