Battlestar Galactica

Season 3 Episode 4

Exodus, Part 2

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Oct 20, 2006 on Syfy
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Tigh must decide the fate of his wife Ellen after the assistance she rendered to the Cylons. Lee struggles with his assignment to protect the civilian fleet on its journey toward Earth while Adama returns to New Caprica with just the Galactica. The Resistance coordinates an attack on the Cylons just as Galactica arrives. As the Cylons begin to lose control, Number Three (D'Anna Biers) vows to put a final end to the New Caprican experiment.moreless

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  • Exodus, Part 2

    Exodus, Part 2 was a perfect and vividly entertaining episode of Battlestar Galactica and I really enjoyed watching this episode because the character growth and development was deep and intensely satisfying. As the Cylon occupation of New Caprica takes some drastic turns, Adama makes a rescue mission while sending the rest of the fleet forward to Earth. It was great how Apollo came in and saved the day at the end. The ending of this episode was very touching, it felt like where we were supposed to be all along, and the characters were all happy and glad to be back to some what normal. All of this because Roslin and Adama couldn't steal the election from Baltar. The Cylons were really Frakking with Starbuck and it was pretty crazy. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Exodus, Part 2 is the best episode since the pilot / mini-series.

    This episode is the best episode since the pilot / mini-series!

    It contains everything that makes a drama series wonderful, exciting, adventurous, compelling, emotional, and the list goes on and on. Exodus, Part 2 gives the viewer non-stop action covering all the major characters and begins or ends several of the pivotal changes seen in the original series.

    The majority of the action sets up or ends these pivotal plot lines. It accomplishes these actions using the high quality dramatic methods Battlestar Galactica 2006 always uses for its viewers.

    The Pegasus dies defending the Galactica. As in the original, the Pegasus takes on multiple Bay ships. While in the original series we don't know the Pegasus' fate, here (because of improved special effects) we see her destruction; as she takes out at least three (if not four) Bay ships. She dies with honor defending her crew and all of humanity. May she rest in peace? So say we all!

    Baltar is now with his Cylon friends, who admit they were wrong and he was right about humanity. Just as in the original series, Baltar is now a Cylon resource and puppet, not just a puppet. If the current series continues to follow the original, Baltar will command his own Bay ship and/or fleet.

    We see where Hera (the first human/Cylon hybrid) comes into the possession of the Cylons. She already changes their normal actions (in this case to nuke the city). This plot line is original and increases the adventure and drama of the series.

    Former President Roslin regains control of her starship and while technically she isn't the President, no one can doubt she'll be leading the council of twelve soon as its President.

    Starbuck learns an important lesson on deception and love. Where there was a possibility she would side with the Cylons, there is none now. She proves her loyalty remains with humanity.

    Col Tigh takes on what has to be the most difficult task of his military career. He shows us his inner strength and beyond any shadow of a doubt proves his ability now and in the future to lead.

    Unlike the original series and with the destruction of the Pegasus, the 2006 series has more commanders than there are commands. Time, and I suspect drama, will work these issues out and isn't that why we watch BSG 2006 - for the drama?

    Where the original series was light viewing, Battlestar Galactica 2006 is a hard hitting serious drama, which happens to have a science fiction background. The sci-fi never becomes too important for the viewer to follow.

    This must see episode continues and expands upon the high quality we expect from this wonderful series.moreless
  • One way trip.

    -Tigh taking Ellen's life was a powerful scene, I never expected Tigh to have that in him. His absolute commitment to the resistance still shocks me. That single wide rimmed eye made for a macabre image as Ellen laid out all she had done "for him." Tigh's storyline has definitely been one of the best parts of what was one of the best plots in the series.

    -The end to Starbuck's storyline with Leoben also made for some good scenes. At first I was questioning that Leoben would force the words and actions out of Kara, versus her saying them unsolicited. But the reveal of his lie about Casey proved he was never after the real thing. Which just makes it all the more disturbing that he would subject Starbuck to all of that.

    -Baltar leaving with the Cylons was an interesting turn. While I definitely didn't want him to die(yet) part of me wishes Gaeta had pulled the trigger, if only for the resolution it would have brought his character. Baltar's final scene with Three and Six was an eerie moment as he let Hera be taken in amongst the Cylons. Watching Three hold her made me realize the joy of Roslin being wrong isn't worth the child falling into their hands.

    -Galactica's in atmo jump was one of the bigger, "Holy ****!" moments in my television watching career. And I was once again impressed by how impressed I was by the effects. Especially when Galactica jumped away, just before the vacuum it leaves behind collapses. Hot Dog never really seemed worth mentioning, but he became an instant favorite for his line just before he fires out of the launch tube.

    Hot Dog: "Well, this oughta be different."

    That quiet cool(bordering on indifference) in the face of calamity is always an admirable trait in my book. The action took on a more somber note as Galactica continued the fight in deep orbit trying to draw the Basestars away. The long pullback shot of it getting pelted again and again by the Basestars surrounding it was incredible, as were the interior shots of Adama and crew resigned to their fate. And when all seems lost, that beacon of hope showing up in the form of Apollo and the Pegasus was built up really well I thought. The reversal of the Pegasus being the one to go down, though kind of inevitable, was handled beautifully. I loved that even with her destruction she managed to take out two Basestars. I think Cain would of been proud of Pegasus' final moments.

    -The reunion/victory celebration in Galactica's hanger deck was by far my favorite moment. The joy of the occasion being marred by those who didn't make it home, Tigh's voice cracking on the line, "Not all of them," the shot of Starbuck reeling from finding out Casey isn't her daughter, and Adama's look over his shoulder to Tigh as the chants of his name ring out all added up to an amazing scene. My only regret is that the episode didn't cut to the credits right then, as it felt like the perfect way to end it.

    In the end Resurrection Ship is still my favorite storyline, but New Caprica has been a close second.moreless
  • The Galactica, in concert with the Resistance on New Caprica, overthrow the Cylon control of New Caprica.

    This episode is very nearly perfect. I was surprisingly touched by Ellen's death scene, and Tigh's hard choice leading to it. The profound effect this has on Tigh is illustrated towards the end, when almost every one on the flight deck is celebrating, but Tigh and Starbuck are less jovial. They have been dramatically changed by their experience on New Caprica; Tigh by the death of his wife and Starbuck by the "torture" imposed on her by Leoben.

    A true fist-pumping moment comes when Galactica is getting pounded by the basestars, and the camera pans back to reveal Pegasus barreling toward the fray. Also, Pegasus rams the basestar and unwittingly takes out two of them.

    For all these moments, the best scene is the last one. Adama shaves off his moustache and walks down a corridor on Galactica while the "Good Lighter" theme plays. I'm partial to any scene using this theme, as it's amazing, but this scene truly represents a new beginning.

    This is one of the best episodes of television I've ever seen. Here's to new beginnings.moreless
  • End of occupation in New Caprica..

    So, this is it - Cylons were wrong and Gaius was right.. they did not manage to control it - they loose but they gained something what can be even more important than anything else - they have Hera.

    And Colonies.. President gets her ship back.. and they get off the planet - I think it was just the best thing to happen..

    I most say there were many heart broking moments - first: when Adama realize they cannot take four ship and says: "That's it.." the scene fading out and then we realize Pegasus has come.. it was beautiful moment..

    And then ofcourse Pegasus going down.. Lee leaving, thanking the ship and ship taking down two Cylon ships.. I most say this episode really had stunning visual effects - all those space battles, and Galactica jumping into atmosphere..

    And third.. I just cannot not mention when Kacey finds her real mother.. the look in Starbuck's face.. it was just..

    And the end.. everyone sharing.. but the prize.. the prize they paid in New Carpica.. it is just so high...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

Madeline Parker

Madeline Parker

Kacey Brynn

Guest Star

Emilie Ullerup

Emilie Ullerup

Julia Brynn

Guest Star

Lucy Lawless

Lucy Lawless

Number Three/D'Anna Biers

Recurring Role

Callum Keith Rennie

Callum Keith Rennie

Leoben Conoy

Recurring Role

Michael Trucco

Michael Trucco

Samuel Anders

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • As Lee orders the evacuation of Pegasus, several of the windows in the doors behind him can be seen to have been smashed. However, a few seconds later as he says thank you to the dying ship, all the windows are intact.

    • In the scene where the fleet is lifting off from New Caprica one of the Olympic Carrier style ships has what appears to be a logo on the underside of its tail that looks very much like that of the now defunct Pan American World Airways.

    • According to science adviser Kevin Grazier, if the real Galactica were to jump into an atmosphere of a planet and then free-fall to the surface, the gravitational forces would rip it apart long before it hit the ground because of the ship's shape and size.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Gaeta: (pointing a pistol at Baltar) I believed in you!
      Caprica: Whoa, whoa, Gaeta.
      Gaeta: I believed in the dream of New Caprica.
      Caprica: Gaeta, we all did.
      Gaeta: No! No. Not him. He believed in the dream of Gaius Baltar. The good life. Booze, pills, hot and cold running interns. You led us to the Apocalypse....

    • Ellen: I got you out of detention Saul. It was me. I got you out. I went to see them, the Cylons. I finally got to the one in charge and I got him to notice me, the way men notice me. I slept with him and I felt like puking everytime he put his filthy hands on me. But I smiled, and I faked it, to save you Saul. But you listen to me. I'd do it again. Frak anybody! Do anything! Even give them the map.

  • NOTES (6)

    • The Futon Critic website named this episode the best episode on television for 2006, stating that "this is what TV should be."

    • The visual effects team won a 2007 Creative Arts Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Special Visual Effects For a Series for their work on this episode.

      Director Felix Alcala received a 2007 Emmy Award nomination in the category of "Outstanding Directing For a Drama Series."

      The episode was also recognized with an Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Sound Editing For a Series."

    • Edward James Olmos read the "Previously on Battlestar Galactica" line at the beginning of this episode.

    • The visual effects team won a 2007 VES Award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series for this episode. The team members included Gary Hutzel, Michael Gibson, Alec McClymont, and Brenda Campbell. The award was given at the Visual Effects Society's 5th annual VES Awards gala on February 11, 2007, at the Kodak Grand Ballroom in Los Angeles.

    • Marvel Comics released a "Battlestar Galactica" comic book titled "Exodus!" in the spring of 1979. The story was based on "Saga of a Star World, Part 2," the 2nd part of the opening story from the original Battlestar Galactica" TV series.

    • "Exodus" was originally planned as a single-episode story, but was later expanded into a two-part story.