Battlestar Galactica

Season 3 Episode 3

Exodus, Part 1

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Oct 13, 2006 on Syfy
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Exodus, Part 1
Sharon helps the Resistance on New Caprica as Adama leads Galactica on a dangerous rescue operation. Tyrol races to save Cally from the execution squad. Meanwhile Anders uncovers treachery among the humans. D'Anna Biers/Number Three meets the Oracle Selloi after having strange dreams about the temple.

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  • Exodus, Part 1

    Exodus, Part 1 was a perfect episode of Battlestar Galactica and I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of character development as Helo's Sharon was instated as a Galactica crew member, number three or D'Anna Biers had some interesting visions, and a traitor close to the resistance is discovered. It's really fun to see more of the Cylons and how they act, question and reason. I have to say I'm impressed with Grace Park, especially shooting Lucy Lawless in the knee caps! What a great scene full of intense emotion and information. There were some good action scenes. Seeing Kara and Casey together was touching and makes you think about the implications of her existence. I look forward to finding out what happens in the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • First two seasons of BSG are flawless and television at its best: character-driven drama that is constantly challenging the viewer and keeping us hanging on every moment with excellent writing and top-notch acting and visuals; first 3 eps of S3 fail...moreless

    The first mistake of Season 3 actually started at the end of Season 2, with out of character decisions made to create this occupation by having the president and admiral allow Baltar to become president and the colony to settle.

    The admiral left behind thousands of civilians to die early in the first season, deposed president roslin over a stolen ship yet renders the fate of humanity over to a suspected cylon aide?

    the whole point of good television is challenging writing, and this is using post hoc rationalization to create a situation which the writers will assume breed good television by having an occupation.

    this spirals out of control with a plotline of the cylons changing their mind and trying to control the human colony and this flimsy plotline is supported by unoriginal and played out concepts of citizens joining the cylon policing ranks, as more unoriginal and predictable, formulaic rescue of the 200 humans marked for death by the chief et al., the betrayal of the exo\\\'s wife, etc.

    moreover, the transformation of apollo is unconvincing and fails to serve a purpose. the only noteworthy subplot is that of kara being coerced through the use of a child. not the most riveting drama, but an interesting development and a sign of hope. also, baltar, one of the most enigmatic and interesting characters on the show, has been reduced to a boring, typecast role of \\\'under the gun\\\' leader; lets hope once the crew escapes his relationship and role take on a more demanding form.

    this episode and the opening three aren\\\'t bad, it\\\'s still moderately entertaining; however, in contrast to the prior flawless dictation of the last two seasons this is a far cry from what BSG is in my mind, much like Godfather 3 is to the first 2 classic movies.

    let\\\'s hope a return to familiar ground aboard the BSG brings about the top-notch writing and drama we\\\'ve been spoiled with in the past.moreless
  • Still they will remain.

    -I wasn't crazy about basically rewatching the same scene of Sharon and Anders reunion or how Cally ended up running in that direction, but the action in the first few minutes made up for it. Chief and Seelix teaming up was giving me flash backs to their time on Kobol.

    -I guess Three's dream proves androids do dream of electric sheep, or half electric ones anyway. I enjoyed her scene with the Kamala junkie(good use of Amanda Plummer), I like those half nonsensical, half prophetical ramblings. I also liked Three's scene with Dr. Cottle. The prospect of the Cylons getting their hands on Hera, despite Roslin's best efforts, pleases me greatly. If only for it proving how wrong Roslin was for taking the baby off Galactica.

    -I also enjoyed Three's confrontation with Sharon when she was getting the launch keys. Sharon expressing her trust in Adama was sort of bittersweet, as I'm still not sure where I want her loyalties to lie. But that faith combined with her love of the uniform confirms she's made her decision. Her learning the truth should make for an interesting day though.

    -Ellen selling out the resistance to save Tigh was a good way to take the character I think, as her storyline in season 3 is the only time I've been interested in her during the series.

    -The two battlestar crews saying their goodbyes was a moving scene as was Apollo's moment with Adama before his departure from Galactica. The Admiral's final words to the crew before they jumped for New Caprica were inspiring and well written as well.

    -Not quite up there with the last two episodes, but it had it's moments. Beyond my immediate reaction to the storylines though, it just didn't generate enough thought to really flesh out this review.moreless
  • Starting the rescue...

    So, Adama is coming and finally there is hope they will get off this planet.

    First we get quite a lot those actions we saw very end quickly in last episode but now we get much larger picture and see what was really going on.

    Ok - what else happened. Sharon got the information and there was the great storyline digged up - Hera is alive and Sharon does not believe it yet but when she learns the truth - that will hurt her trust badly. It just looks so much that she has come around..

    Anyway, much hopes for second part of this story..moreless
  • Riveting.

    I am surprised the occupation didn't last more episodes. Even thou this is a two part episode it is full of action drama and suspense. The preparations for the rescue is extraordinary. What I didn't like it started with a flashback. It started with the list and the firing squad. I did like the sequences of the night vision are the masked men. The editing work on those sequences are amazing, you really get the fear those policemen are trying to instill. The torture techniques the Cylons use are very convincing on Starbuck. Unconventional but then again that what this show is all about.moreless
Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

William Adama

James Callis

James Callis

Gaius Baltar

Jamie Bamber

Jamie Bamber

Lee "Apollo" Adama

Katee Sackhoff

Katee Sackhoff

Kara "Starbuck" Thrace

Mary McDonnell

Mary McDonnell

Laura Roslin

Grace Park

Grace Park

Sharon Valerii/Sharon Agathon

Amanda Plummer

Amanda Plummer

Oracle Selloi

Guest Star

Madeline Parker

Madeline Parker

Kacey Brynn

Guest Star

Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell

Brother Cavil

Recurring Role

Nicki Clyne

Nicki Clyne

Cally Henderson Tyrol

Recurring Role

Dominic Zamprogna

Dominic Zamprogna

James "Jammer" Lyman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Chief Tyrol appears in this episode clean-shaven. He filmed his scenes for this episode weeks after the other scenes were shot. The producers felt a fake beard would not appear realistic so Tyrol appeared without the beard.

    • Ryan Robbins, who guest stars as Connor, is better known to Sci Fi Channel fans as Ladon Radim, leader of the Genii on Stargate Atlantis. Mr. Robbins also appeared in the Battlestar Galactica miniseries as the Armistice Station Officer. He was presumably also Boxey's father as he has a photo of Boxey with him.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Racetrack: Their enemies will divide them, their colonies broken in the fiery chasm of space. Their shining days renounced by a multitude of dark sacrifices. Yet still they will remain, always together.

    • Baltar: (to Caprica Six) Well let me tell you about my day. It was a hoot. Had the most fascinating chat with one of the Dorals. He's got this theory about sanitation being the key to regaining human trust and confidence. Something about toilet paper. No, lack of toilet paper, that's it. How if people could only wipe their bums properly, there would be a measurable uptick in the polls.

    • (after tackling Tom to avoid the gunfire)
      Laura Roslin: Are you all right, Tom?
      Tom Zarek: Yeah. It's been a while since I've had a woman throw me to the ground. Not quite as much fun as I remember.

    • Tigh: Chief! Pull it together. You won't do her any good if you get caught too. Besides, the last thing your son wants is me and Ellen for parents.

    • Adama: This is the Admiral. You've heard the news. You know the mission. You should also know that there is only one way that this mission ends, and that's with the successful rescue of our people off of New Caprica. Look around you. Take a good look at the men and women that stand next to you. Remember their faces, for one day you will tell your children, and your grandchildren, that you served with such men and women as the universe has never seen, and together you accomplished a feat that will be told and retold down through the ages. And find immortality as only the Gods once knew. I'm proud to serve with you. Good hunting.

    • Sharon: Adama wouldn't lie to me.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Exodus
      Exodus is the second book of the Old Testament and the second book of the Torah. It tells the story of the departure from Egypt of the Hebrew slaves under the guidance of Moses. The word "exodus" comes from the Greek word for a journey out or a departure.

    • Pergamus Flats
      The name of the Cylon execution site, Pergamus Flats, is an allusion to the ancient Greek city of Pergamus, located near the modern Turkish city of Bergama.

      The city was founded as a place of refuge and was thought to be a colony of the ancient Arcadians. Pergamus was captured by the Greek soldier and leader Xenophon in 399 BC and was almost immediately retaken by the Persians. The city was harshly punished in 362 BC after a revolt.

      Among the famous residents of Pergamus were Galen (Claudius Galenus) (ca. 129-200 AD)--the ancient Greek physician whose views dominated European medicine until the Renaissance--and the bishop Gaius, the recipient of the Third Epistle of St. John.

      Despite its location in Turkey, the modern town of Bergama is approximately 50% Christian.

    • Oracle Selloi
      The name of the oracle played by Amanda Plummer is Selloi Dodona. This is a reference to the ancient Greek oracles at Dodona called Selloi. The cult of Zeus centered around a sacred oak at Dodona where the priests, or Selloi, received divination from the rustling of the leaves and branches of the tree.