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Battlestar Galactica

Season 3 Episode 8


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Nov 17, 2006 on Syfy
out of 10
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706 votes

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Episode Summary

A figure from Adama's past returns to haunt him. His return raises questions about why the Cylons launched their initial attack against the Twelve Colonies.

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  • Hero was intense!

    Hero was a very intense and outstanding episode of Battlestar Galactica and I really enjoyed watching because we meet Bulldog, and learn more about Admiral Adama's past and his part in perhaps provoking the Cylons into attacking the Colonies. It was also great to see more of the Cylons and how they are progressing. The President had a touching tribute for Admiral Adama, which also became his personal punishment. There was action, drama, intrigue, along with character and plot development. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Not great aka why?

    This episode does not flow well with the history that came before. Suddenly the Cylons were a known threat and we were running missions to gather information, etc...and Adama is blaming himself for the Cylon attack?

    Also- the Cylons figured by letting their POW escape it would obviously conclude with the death of Adama? VERY far fetched....even more so than usual.

    not a good episode. and that's all i have to say, even if i have to say it more than once in order to reach the minimum review length of one hundred words.

    Not a good episode.

    Not a good episode. Period.moreless
  • Quite pointless

    Ok - I do not know.. maybe it will lead something else as it showed some potential but as it, stand alone, it was quite a waist of time is main line development.

    It's always good to have come char development and looks back into the past to get more deep into the char but with all the else going on - there has not been that kind of episode so far.

    I think the whole Adama worrying that he started Cylon war was little.. naive - maybe when using Roslin words and I think even unbelievable as I did not get much of his self doubt. I hope this will be one of its own and we do not have that kind of slow episodes anymore. The only bright light was the thing going on in cylon side.. specially that D'Anna and her visions.moreless
  • Better than most of the episodes of season three but not overall.

    One thing I noticed in Season Three is there is a lot of flash backs into previous episodes. While I don't like the most of them, the time during the Truce is an interesting one. It does bring up a lot of questions of who started hostilities and who is responsible. It brings to question the amount of control as a person and as a leader of a mission when given orders. Which do you follow, which ones do you break. I say about half of the episode is very interesting. The other part for me just dragged on. While I cant blame them for the ending, I wasn't surprised one bit. It resonated the main theme of season three of single episodes.moreless
  • One of the many reasons Adama is hands-down the most fascinating character in BSG.

    Episodes wholly centered on one character tend to be amazingly good (STTNG's "Frame of Mind," BSG's own "The Farm," etc) or God-awful (too many to count), depending on the authors' grasp of the character and his/her role in the show's big picture. From this point of view, HERO is an excellent episode, for it fully captures the essence of Adama as it relates to the overall quest: a hardened man with very heavy responsibilities who keeps quiet and whose feelings run very deep. Many plots would achieve the goal to develop his character, and this one has nothing to envy to any other.

    The episode beautifully intermingles three strong personalities: Adama, Bulldog, and an ever-wonderful Tigh, whose rich and multilayered character has alone benefited from the horribly hurried New Caprica storyline. The parallel was clearly and cogently laid out between Adama's coming to terms with his errors, Bulldog's coming to terms with his past, and the further step in Tigh's recovery. All three threads are perfectly collected and capped off in the final two intense scenes. It must be noted that once again the authors use outer changes to symbolize inner ones, in this case with Tigh's new eye patch and his wearing of the uniform. The bruise left on Adama's eye also symbolizes the scar that has been burdening him for years, and which now, again symbolically, has resurfaced. Quite great.

    What the episode can be accused of is the usual for any TV show: it is too quick and suffers from a few organizational mishaps. For example, the discovery of the truth behind Adama's black ops was hasty and convenient, like a deus ex machina coming up from beneath the stage at just at the right time. What the frak was Kara doing looking over those tapes anyway?! And how the heck did Bulldog learn to pilot a raider (presumably in the heat of the moment) when it took Starbuck, the best pilot, several hours to do so? Moreover, the timeline itself of the episode is unclear, as it could have happened in two hours as in two weeks... which isn't a good sign. Clearly enough, when focusing so much on characterization one loses sight of some other requirements that are however also pivotal to good screen-writing.

    So despite a few shaky parts and a below-average moral resolution with a pretty useless Roslin (who, after having been my favorite character throughout season one, is getting worse with every episode), HERO doesn't deserve the "low" ratings it gets. Let us also remember, of course, that only BSG fans can consider 8.2 a low score, spoiled by the show's near constant greatness!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 "Athena" Agathon

Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Daniel "Bulldog" Novacek

Guest Star

Barry Kennedy

Barry Kennedy

Admiral Corman

Guest Star

Donnelly Rhodes

Donnelly Rhodes

Doc Cottle

Recurring Role

Tahmoh Penikett

Tahmoh Penikett

Karl "Helo" Agathon

Recurring Role

Michael Hogan

Michael Hogan

Saul Tigh

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Adama: Once a pilot, always a pilot, Bulldog.

    • Tigh: (to Bulldog) Tell you a dirty little secret. The toughest part of getting played is losing your dignity. Feeling like you are not worth the oxygen you are sucking down. You get used to it. You start to believe it. You start to love it. It's like a bottle that never runs dry. You can keep reaching for it over and over and over again.
      Adama: So how do you put that bottle away, Saul?
      Tigh: I don't know. One day you just decide to get up and walk out of your room.

    • Roslin: (to Adama) It's naive to think that horrible things that we can't understand have simple explanations, because simple explanations make us feel like we have control, when we don't.

    • Tigh: I heard you won a medal.
      Adama: Yeah, they give them out for anything these days. Good behavior, attendance, playing well with others.

    • Roslin: I'd like to propose this. You seem hell-bent on paying some kind of penance for whatever it is you think you've done. So instead of resigning, why don't you get up and walk out of here, meet me on the port hangar deck tomorrow evening for this ceremony, and let me pin a frakking medal to your chest?
      Adama: I can't.
      Roslin: It's not for you. It's for them. Stand up there, acknowledge your fleet, and give them what they need. A hero. That'll be your penance, even if it kills you.

    • Tigh: (to Bulldog) You don't want to believe it, do you? I know. The truth hurts, Bulldog. But it's better to know the truth than to live a lie. We're all soldiers, Danny. We're all expendable. And we did what we had to do to protect the mission. It's ugly, but there it is.

    • Adama: (to Bulldog) You had me worried there for a moment. I thought maybe the Cylons had beaten the bullsh** attitude out of you.

    • Tory: (holding portrait of Baltar) Is there really anyplace left in the universe deserving of such a rare and distinguished item?
      Roslin: I was thinking put it in the bathroom right over the toilet.

    • Adama: How the hell did you escape off a Cylon baseship?
      Bulldog: Well sir, it's like this. The enemy had me locked in a cell for 3 years. The accommodations were lousy. The service was slow and after a while I felt the institution no longer had anything to offer me, so I left.

    • D'Anna Biers/Number Three: There's something beautiful, miraculous, between life and death.

    • Tigh: (to Bulldog) Sometimes surviving can be its own death sentence.

    • Tigh: (to Adama) So are you here to talk to your friend or to your XO? Last time I checked I was neither.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The scene in which Starbuck watches the gun camera footage from her Viper and realizes that the Cylons allowed Bulldog to escape, evokes a scene in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Defector". In that episode, a Romulan defector is chased by two Romulan warbirds that purposely keep their distance, allowing him to reach the USS Enterprise-D. The episode was written by Battlestar Galactica show-runner, Ronald D. Moore.

    • A word was censored from Adama's comment to Bulldog early on in the initial Sci Fi broadcast of the episode. Adama said he had been worried that the Cylons had beaten the ___ attitude out of Bulldog. However, the iTunes version was not censored.

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

    • As of the beginning of this episode, there are 41,421 survivors, one more than in the previous episode. The additional survivor is Daniel "Bulldog" Novacek.