Battlestar Galactica

Season 2 Episode 3

Fragged

8
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jul 29, 2005 on Syfy
9.0
out of 10
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Adama is still in surgery. Meanwhile, the men and women on Kobol are searching for a way out of their desperate situation. They discover that the Cylons have built an anti-aircraft battery, which is designed to destroy any rescue craft. Crashdown leads the group on a raid to destroy the weapon before their rescue ship can arrive. Back on Galactica President Roslin is experiencing withdrawal symptoms after being deprived of chamalla. Colonel Tigh is facing off against the Quorum of Twelve. Fed up with their interference, he declares martial law.moreless

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  • I just joined to pay for dental school.

    9.0
    Leadership is hard. Or that's the message that this excellent BSG episode gives. Despite a few bumps occasionally in execution, this episode was leaps and bounds ahead of the opening two-parter to season two, and it promises a new, exciting chapter in the show.



    Fragged sees the culmination of the four-episode Walking Dead arc on Kobol, and it's surprisingly exciting. There's the epic sequence at the end where Tyrol fires on a bunch of Cylons, they blow up. It's hilarious to watch him get really excited for a moment thinking that he blew them up, but nope! the Viper flies overhead. Oh well.



    The buildup to this rescue is, though, done really well. Up until the shocking moment where Baltar shoots Crashdown (another hidden lie for the good vice president - he's practically Hillary Clinton!), he consistently makes a lot of sense over Crashdown's childish little military dictatorship. After all, he's right: how can these soldiers who haven't shot a gun in years expect to go up against Cylon centurions? Crashdown, of course, doesn't listen to a word from the voice of reason, and just goes right ahead with his plan... and look where it got him! This idea that leaders who don't listen to their advisors will inevitably screw up over and over again is the main theme of the episode, which brings us to the even better scenes on Galactica.



    Tigh's leadership of the fleet is, to put it in the nicest possible terms, an utter trainwreck. From the very beginning, he starts off in this episode by forgetting completely about the group stranded on Kobol, but it only gets worse from their. The Quorum of Twelve is getting increasingly antsy to see what's happened with Roslin, which means that we get yet another guest appearance from Richard Hatch as Zarek. Once again, he's changed his allegiance - obviously he'd prefer to be president over Roslin, but he realizes that being under Roslin's command is a hell of a lot better than being under Tigh's. Seeing him essentially acting as a Roslin supporter here is jarring after Colonial Day, but because of this it makes perfect sense. With Tigh screwing up left and right, it's what I'd do!



    Tigh also utterly fails in his last desperate attempt to turn the Quorum against Roslin by showing them the insane woman that she's supposedly become. Is it a bit too convenient that she got her meds back just in time? Maybe, but it's completely worth it to see the looks on Tigh's face as she overpowers him with religion, no less, from inside a prison cell. Utterly classic. You go, Madam President.



    Then, of course, Tigh declares martial law and dissolves the Quorum. Dear god, could the situation be any worse?



    Also, I did have one question about the plot of this episode. Why couldn't the soldier who Crashdown had his gun to move? Is she a Cylon? I don't know!moreless
  • Fragged

    10
    Fragged was an awesome episode of Battlestar Galactica and I really enjoyed watching this episode as things escalated for Colonel Tigh now that he is in command, the President reveals her beliefs to many, and the survivors on Kobol endure some serious hardships. The Cylons are ruthless and quite terrifying, as Cally who only joined the military to pay for dental school soon found out. Colonel Tigh declares Marshall Law and this sets the stage for a whole host of new problems. I certainly look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The one where: a mission doesn't go as planned. (Total shocker.)

    8.5
    My disc started skipping so I'll have to come back to this episode and review it properly at a later date. I will, however, comment on the Kobol plot: it was a startling finish to an arc that was wearing out its welcome. Crashdown was a terrible, terrible leader. I'm pretty sure Cally would agree...
  • Overall, a great improvement compared with the two previous episodes.

    9.0
    ***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.***



    After the previous episode, I was expecting something better than the first two episodes of the season, maybe I am a little exigent, but even if those episodes were good, they lack in something to be very good or great. The main storyline are not being addressed and if we have 20 episodes for this season, we only can expect more and more delays, because I like interesting plots, just seeing my favorite's characters and being distracted by fillers isn't enough. Take the beginning of this episode, I you had missed the first two episodes, you wouldn´t missing almost anything.



    Presentation Phase - » (7/10) could be better,

    Complication Phase - » (7/10) sometimes was a little boring, Chief Storyline was better,

    Climax Phase - » (9/10) great tension, action and drama, even the President part was funny,

    Ending - » (8/10) very good,



    The beginning didn´t put anything very interesting into play, and the complication development was better in Chief Storyline, until the lieutenant was dead, in president side things wasn´t interesting, until the climax phase where the best part happened, also in this phase Chief storyline get even better with good action, great drama and tension. The closure was good, consistent with the story development.



    Details/Progress (To point A to B) -» (9/10) finally,

    Time and Scene Management - » (9/10) less filler than I expected,

    Plot Details/Holes- » (9/10) nothing that could put the episode in danger,

    Storyline -» (8/10),



    Chief and Gaius Storyline is very good, not the same thing was applied to the president storyline, but in the end managed to be good. Finally we have some progress, people being saved, secrets revealed to the public and some character taking decisions with will have consequences.



    Drama - » (9/10) Chief Storyline provided great drama and hard choices,

    Action -» (8/10) they did the best they could do,

    Suspense/Tension - » (9/10) the climax provided the best tension,



    Great emotions was played, we have great tension and drama and good action.



    Overall, a great improvement compared with the two previous episodes.moreless
  • AMAZING!

    10
    This is one of my favourite episodes bar-nun. The best parts are the action that takes place on the planet kobol and brings a conclusion to the stranded BS crew members there. after a recon they find that 5 cylons are building a weapon that would prevent any ships saving them, so have to destroy it. the only problem is that crashdown is losing his cool, cheif is running the show, and Cally is worried that she isn't capable and Gaius has never even held a gun let alone fired one. after bitting the bullet the group go all out to destroy it but after Cally freezes on the spot and refuses to move into battle, crashdown threatens to kill her, cheif tries to mediate but cradhdown ignores him and says on the count of three he will kill her if she doesnt join in, on three Gaius saves her by killing crashdown! then he turns full on Rambo at cheif's side shooting aimlessly at Cylons whilst running. at the end all are trapped in the woods and Cheif decides to sacrifice himself and stands up and fires off rounds to the cylons only for them to blow up! he looks to the sky to see a raptor piloted by Apollo firing at the baddies. quality episode personal favourite with the president and col. Tigh at war with each other and him listening to his wife Ellen about her being crazy.moreless
Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

William Adama

Grace Park

Grace Park

Sharon "Boomer" Valerii

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

Kurt Evans

Kurt Evans

Paramedic Howard Kim

Guest Star

Patricia Idlette

Patricia Idlette

Sarah Porter

Guest Star

Malcolm Stewart

Malcolm Stewart

Marshall Bagot

Guest Star

Aaron Douglas

Aaron Douglas

Galen Tyrol

Recurring Role

Alessandro Juliani

Alessandro Juliani

Felix Gaeta

Recurring Role

Kandyse McClure

Kandyse McClure

Anastasia "Dee" Dualla

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • While planning the rescue of the crew stranded on Kobol, Apollo says that Raptor 3 crashed. However, Raptor 3 was destroyed in orbit over Kobol. It was actually Raptor 1 containing Tyrol and Baltar that crashed, with Raptor 2 returning to Galactica.

    • Cally reveals that she had joined the military to pay for dental school.

  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode won a VES Award for Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in a Live Action Broadcast Program, Commercial, or Music Video. Visual effects team members cited were Andrew Karr, Louie Hinayo, Gary Hughes and Allan Henderson for their work on the Cylon Centurion seen in the episode.

    • In the title sequence for this episode it states that there are now 47,862 survivors

    • Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck), Grace Park (Boomer), and Tahmoh Penikett (Helo) do not appear in this episode, despite appearing in the opening credits.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Saving Private Ryan

      Tyrol fires at the Cylons with a pistol until they blow up in a spectacular explosion. He is surprised and thinks that he caused the explosion until he sees the Raptor overhead that fired a missile. The scene is similar to the climactic scene in the movie Saving Private Ryan. Tom Hanks' character, Capt. Miller, desperately fires his pistol at a tank until it blows up. Miller thinks he caused the tank to explode until he sees that a plane overhead dropped a bomb on the tank.

      The similarity is probably not coincidental as the director of this episode, Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, served as first assistant director for Saving Private Ryan.

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