Battlestar Galactica

Season 2 Episode 8

Final Cut

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Sep 09, 2005 on Syfy
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Episode Summary


A reporter is sent to Galactica to chronicle the harsh realities of life during wartime. Lucy Lawless guest stars as the television reporter, D'Anna Biers.

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  • Final Cut, one of My Favorites!

    Final Cut was a perfect episode of Battlestar Galactica because it was the rare day in the life model episode which really showcased the humanity of the characters. It was awesome to see Lucy Lawless who is one of my favorite actresses of all time because she was amazing in her role as D'Anna Biers and in the end as some one or some thing much more! Every thing that happened was interesting and the video shown to the fleet was amazingly well done and very touching. The unseen footage was disturbing and I especially enjoyed the commentary about it from the Cylon viewers in the theater. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The one where: we get up close and personal.

    I suppose, in a round-about manner, it was a smart move to showcase a relatively stand-alone episode after so many arc-driven ones. Here, with ''Final Cut'' Lucy Lawless makes an awesome guest appearance as an eager reporter driven by the idea of dragging Galactica's name through the mud.

    There are quite a few memorable scenes here, particularly when it comes to an almost naked Apollo and his soaked, bicep-y body. (I'll be in my bunk.) And it was good to see a side of the fleet that felt raw and completely genuine. We got to see a lot of the crew as people for the first time too. I guess it was because they were addressed as individuals and not simply uniforms. We learn a lot of new names here from our regulars.

    It was good to note that what happened on Gideon had some serious consequences, especially for Tigh. And I wonder what's the matter with Sharon's baby? I worry for the cylon. Speaking of which...

    The end reveal was a corker. Although how did they get the footage all the way back to caprica so fast? Can they transmit data that easily? Whatever the case, Xena: Warrior Cylon should be sticking around for a while, at the very least. And that can only mean good things!

  • Fuel on the fire.

    Ahh, the old documentary style episode, a mainstay of dramatic television. I will say the storylines didn't seem at all out of character for the show and there was some nice additions to the running plot with the reveal of a new Cylon amongst the fleet and the Cylons just becoming aware of Sharon's situation on board Galactica. Also the episode did have a ton of good character development for some of the secondary characters, especially Gaeta and Dee, or as I now feel compelled to call her, Anastasia.

    I couldn't help but laugh at that first shot of Gaeta with his collar unbuttoned and smoking like someone who doesn't have much experience smoking, and that tattoo was crazy. It was just so unexpectedly out of character. But beyond the humor what he had to say was really moving. I can sympathize with the fear of your life becoming nothing more than your career and his want to be something more than just Lt. Gaeta. Dee's story about her father and joining up also led to some emotional moments, as did most of the crew's talking heads.

    Tigh was in rare form while suffering under public scrutiny for his foul up during Adama's convalescence. Quick tip for you Tigh, when you realize a reporter is setting you up to look bad, don't then give them better footage than they could have even hoped to have gotten. I thought the death threat against him did make for some compelling drama(I was half suspecting Ellen).

    I think my favorite part was during the two Raiders kamikaze attack. Getting to experience the action the way the crew in the CIC and hanger experience it was and interesting turn. The fear and frustration of being only able to hear what's happening and not see it was a good choice.

    I was nervous about the episode format, but they pulled it off well.moreless
  • Final cut was cleverly done, not as intense- an emotional journey that is irrestable and fully addicting. Apollo in a Towel- priceless

    Firstly, I must gush about Lee. Whoever wrote that scene wrote it JUST FOR ME! OMJ, that was fantastic and amazing and I almost died of a heart attack.

    Other than that, it was a very interesting story, and more fun than serious. it wasn't as intense as they usually are, but how they covered the Gideon Massacre was fascinating.

    Not to meantion Lee in a towel. that scene is forever on my iPod- totally worth the two bucks!

    conlduing #3 as a cylon at the end was cleverly done.

    This epsionde was not as thought provoking as they usually are, but it was a roller coaster ride of emotions. I really got into the show, as always. :D

    Apollo in a towel: pricelessmoreless
  • Overall, this episode was just a distraction, pure filler, however the ending was nice.

    ***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 plot is a good exploration, but switching the cameras was not a thing that I appreciated. Also, through the conflict phase, it seems more like a reality show instead of a Storyline, but this was one of the intentions. What is good about this episode? There are fillers storylines like Tigh or that woman that was with a strange behavior. The only thing interesting is the end.

    Presentation Phase - » (5/10) didn´t interest me,

    Complication Phase - » (6/10) fair exploration,

    Climax Phase - » (5/10) nothing,

    Ending - » (8/10) didn´t see that coming,

    As expected, the plot didn´t move forward was more about delaying things until next episode. This storyline is weak, because of its structure, the only thing good is the payoff in the ending, but that was not big, so essentially, this was pure filler.

    Details/Progress (To point A to B) -» (5/10),

    Time and Scene Management - » (5/10) thanks to the last scene,

    Plot Details/Holes- » (6/10) can´t buy some of the pilots magical sudden bad attitudes,

    Storyline -» (6/10) not the best, but the ending it's nice,

    The only thing that is surprising is the end.

    Drama - » (5/10) didn´t care for the drama,

    Surprises/Shocks/Twists - » (9/10) nice twist in the end,

    Overall, this episode was just a distraction, pure filler, however the ending was nice.moreless
Kevan Kase

Kevan Kase

PFC Scott Kelso

Guest Star

Patrick "Flick" Harrison

Patrick "Flick" Harrison


Guest Star

Yee Jee Tso

Yee Jee Tso


Guest Star

Paul Campbell

Paul Campbell

Billy Keikeya

Recurring Role

Kate Vernon

Kate Vernon

Ellen Tigh

Recurring Role

Michael Hogan

Michael Hogan

Saul Tigh

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Adama: Sit rep.
      Tigh: Fleet's quiet. No enemy contact for the last ten days. (seeing D'Anna Biers with her camera) Aw, no Cylon contact anyways.

    • D'Anna Biers: (speaking to Roslin and Adama) So, is this a social call or are we on the verge of another coup?

    • Apollo: You heard about his death threat?
      Starbuck: Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. I just can't believe that I haven't been called in for questioning yet.
      Apollo: Oh, you were top of the list. But don't worry, I told Tigh that you wouldn't know Caprican poetry if it were hot-soldered across your helmet.
      Starbuck: "From the darkness you must fall, failed and weak, to darkness all..." Kataris, not one of his best. Can I be a suspect again? Please?

    • Bell: So how'd it go out there?
      Apollo: Well, we didn't lose anyone - that's a good day.

    • Biers: So what do you look for in a new recruit?
      Starbuck: Coordination, good reflexes, total commitment, and most of all, someone crazy enough to follow me into combat.

    • Marine: The truth is, it was a command frak-up the moment Tigh put us on that supply ship. I'm not surprised someone's trying to take out that drunk son of a bitch.

    • Biers: (regarding Baltar) What a strange little man.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This is reportedly the first time that guest star Lucy Lawless has used her native New Zealand accent as a purely fictional TV character, or 'Kiwi' accent as she describes it.

    • To prepare for the scene where Kat is pulled from the Viper while suffering from a stim overdose, Luciana Carro drank "about" 8 cans of the Red Bull energy drink, according to Katee Sackhoff.

    • As of the beginning of this episode, there are 47,853 survivors in the fleet, 2 fewer than at the beginning of the previous episode.