Battlestar Galactica

Season 2 Episode 3

Fragged

5
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jul 29, 2005 on Syfy
9.0
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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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  • 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
  • Always going uphill.

    8.0
    The scenes on Kobol definitely stole the show, as I think they were supposed to. They also provided some excellent dialogue. Mainly between Baltar and Six, starting with Six's comments at the funeral service for Tarn and Socinus.



    Six: "Nothing awaits them. No eternal life, no damnation. Only oblivion."



    They built up Crashdown's mental collapse well throughout the last three episodes and the culminating moment made for an intense scene. Baltar was incredible throughout the episode and having him be the one to kill Crashdown was a good way to further develop his character. He was also good in the scenes following as they fought to take down the radar dish, I loved those crazed, wide-rimmed eyes as he emptied clips at the Cylons. The final scene on Kobol was my favorite though, his conversation with Six might of been the best piece of dialogue thus far in the series.



    Six: "I'm so proud of you, Gaius."

    Baltar: "Why? Because I've taken a life?"

    Six: "It makes you human."

    Baltar: "Is it? Not conscious thought? Not poetry or art or music, literature? Murder. Murder is my heritage."



    Baltar's face and Six's final line, "I'll be your conscious," were a hauntingly sad way to end the storyline on Kobol.



    Why couldn't Roslin have just stayed crazy? I think I liked her better that way. Two minutes after she's better she's back to her haughty and conniving self. She and Adama both lie for the good of the fleet(Adama by saying he knew where Earth was, her by not revealing her cancer). She then decides to reveal both secrets to one of Adama's closest and most trusted officers for her own purposes. Then once she's gotten nothing else to lose she decides to expose her lie publicly to rally support. Politics aside that's just a scummy thing to do.



    What's scary, is that in spite of all that she's still clearly a much better choice then Tigh to be in control of the fleet. Of whom you're literally scared to find out what he'll screw up next. I'm guessing there might still be some flashbacks to come that reveal Adama and Tigh's past, but at this point I'm still wondering why Adama would keep him as XO. I have to assume that Adama owes hims something pretty big to allow someone so unfit for duty to continue to hold such a powerful position.



    Scenes on Galactica didn't do much for me, but the Kobol storyline more than made up for it.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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