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Battlestar Galactica

Season 1 Episode 12

Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 1

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Mar 25, 2005 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

In a moment of bad judgment, Kara sleeps with Gaius Baltar. Boomer and Crashdown discover a planet that Roslin believes is Kobol, the ancient homeworld of humanity. Boomer continues to struggle with her Cylon instincts, leading her to thoughts of suicide. Adama believes that the fleet could settle permanently on the new planet. However, the Raptor scouting party discovers a Cylon fleet near the planet. On Cylon-occupied Caprica, Helo encounters Caprica Sharon for the first time since he learned that she is a Cylon.moreless

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  • I need every pilot I have. Even the screw-ups.

    For one, short half hour, this episode sort of spins its wheels. I mean, that's not to say that things don't happen - in many ways, this half hour is the culmination of all of the personal story lines that have formed the bulk of this season. But it's only in the final ten minutes of the episode where everything starts to go to hell, and that's the excellent cliffhanger we're left with.

    But let's start at the beginning, with that gorgeous opening montage. Every single story that the montage shows is the culmination of someone's character arc, but let's start with the biggest one: Starbuck slept with Baltar, AFTER he became vice president. In hindsight, this doesn't really seem that surprising - after all, despite the scenes we saw in Colonial Day Starbuck was never in an active relationship with Lee. As for Baltar, I don't think it surprises anyone. The most interesting part of this, however, is that during all this Starbuck calls him Lee. Oops.

    That, of course, isn't enough for Lee himself, and watching him resort to blows over Starbuck's choices is really sort of disgusting. Starbuck doesn't owe Lee anything personally, and certainly nothing worthy of throwing punches.

    In any case, the other very important storyline is Sharon's. (Twice over, in fact). On Caprica, the Not!Boomer version of Sharon is shown to feel nothing less human than utter desperation. It's hard to know whether or not to sympathize with Helo in these scenes as he shoots Not!Boomer and throws hefty verbal blows about her humanity. It's obvious that these human Cylons feel emotions just as much, if not sometimes more, than humans do, and if you weren't convinced of that before look no further than this dejected, utterly beaten version of Sharon. Of course, she's not faring much better up on Galactica either. It was incredibly sad, and more than a little perplexing, to watch Baltar essentially talk this version of Sharon into suicide. Is this some act of loyalty towards humanity, or just an accident? As always with Baltar, it's hard to tell.

    But all of this happens even independently of the main plot of the episode, which is one of the most genius ideas for a finale that I've ever had the pleasure to see. If there's an issue I've had with the plot of this season, it's that the storyline on Caprica seems like it could never naturally connect with the Galactica main story, and that eventually they would just conclude separately. Luckily, that's not what the writers appear to have in mind, sending Starbuck back home on a mission to find the "arrow of Apollo". The religious symbolism here is more present than ever before, and watching Roslin, in the space of twenty minutes, transform into a true believer is riveting. It's possible to interpret her scene with Starbuck where she claims to be the reincarnation of an ancient leader from scripture as arrogance, but that's not how it's meant at all. It's a genuine belief that she can, with Starbuck's help, find the way to Earth from Kobol even where Adama might fail.

    Oh yeah, there were Cylon battles in here too. But there's so much going on setting up for the big finale that they get a little bit lost. But now we have no less than four storylines set up for the last episode - Starbuck, Sharon and Helo, Galactica, and the crew down on Kobol. That's a lot of story to tell, and I'm excited to see how it will all play out.moreless
  • Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 1

    Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 1 was a riveting episode that started out with a beautiful opening of the various characters engaging in different activities, though the camera shots and dialogue complimented each other in a very effective yet subtle way. There was so much character development as the relationships between characters are put to the test. Helo encounters Sharon after realizing she is a Cylon, Boomer had an "accident" and the President starts to really believe in prophecy. The people who work on this show really know how to put all the elements together to make a spectacular production and I was intrigued, surprised, and enthralled through out the episode. I look forward to watching what happens next in the season 1 finale!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The one where: there's one arrow to rule them all. Or show them the light. Look, it does something.

    What a fantastic episode! Straight-away, there was something different about this one. From the opening montage, which was beautifully shot and aided by some gorgeous pieces of music, to the little tidbits such as Appolo and Starbuck trading blows, right down to its riveting finish, Kobal's Last Gleaming packs a hell of a punch.

    Sharon and Boomer are having it rough. Helo shoots Sharon in the shoulder and Boomer shoots herself in the face. Double ouch. Grace Park nails both characters. She may not be the strongest actor on the show, but both arcs are steadily making their way to forefront as contenders for best of the season, now that both have gained some much needed momentum. After quite a bit of treading water, they're finally paying off.

    I thoroughly enjoyed head-Six's interaction with Gaius here. While I did feel it somehow belittled the character showing how crey crey she became over Gaius having sex with Starbuck, the majority of their scenes together proved to be a real highlight. Gaius' exchange with the president and Six simultaneously was pretty darn funny too.

    What will the fleet do now since Starbuck abandoned her crazy, almost suicidal mission to blow up the cylon base ship, and instead opting for a crazy, almost suicidal mission to find a mythical arrow based on a drug-induced prophecy. And how come Six doesn't want Gaius on the battlestar? Shit is gonna hit the fan, folks. Hit it hard.

    And a special mention for the score. It was just all kinds of brillopads. I particularly loved the piece when Boomer found Kobal, it was so haunting and delicate. [/nerd]

    Frak-O-Meter: 4 fraks!

    Cylon Sex: No cylon sex, but we do get some human boinking!

    Spot the six: Cap-Six and head-Six.

    Death/Injuries: 11 deaths here! Yikes!Boomer or Sharon?: Boomer, for sure!Ships Lost: Just a bunch of vipers.

    Battlestar Bleakness: Uhm, does the entire episode count?

    Great stuff!

  • "Seemed to bring things nicely together." SPOILERS

    The tiny suggestions to "The Lords of Kobol" have finally seemed to come to a head. If anyone knew, when Lost started becoming mystical/spiritual I was a little disappointed and thought it was an easy way out. Something doesn't sit right with so much mysticism happening in an otherwise scifi show, but I can't really put my finger on why it doesn't sit right with me. Did anything else feel this way? I do like that Kara and Adama think the President is going wacko when they first hear about her plan. Things like this, with religion, happen to real people all the time so I don't see this being such a huge step out of character. I just wish we knew more about the religion, considering it is made up, which would make the story that much more believable but I don't feel like the show will continue down the mystical route. I feel like this story may lead to Laura's downfall or maybe crush people's ideas of religion within the show. The scenes of Boomer trying to commit suicide was really well done and I was shocked when the gun sound went off when Baltar left the room. Woah Baltar and Starbuck sex! Did this happen in episodes prior? I don't remember, but then again, I was very sleepy. I did like how they brought together the idea of the "cylon technology" from earlier parts of the show and the cylon raider. Seemed to bring things nicely together. I also enjoy seeing how Six talks about the Boomer model of cylons. I just don't know how I feel about the mystical stuff... 9/10moreless
  • Something's wrong.

    That was the best cold open so far in the series, so much going on but it was all done well. The shots of Sharon struggling with taking her own life were brilliantly acted on her part. Grace Park seems to be one of those actresses who does better without dialogue. Cdr. Adama's words to Apollo after their boxing match were written and delivered with equal aplomb.

    Cdr. Adama: "You don't lose control."

    Capt. Adama: "Thanks."

    Cdr. Adama: "No...you gotta lose control. Let your instincts take over."

    Capt. Adama: "I thought we were just sparring."

    Cdr. Adama: "That's why you don't win."

    And the string of scenes were tied together with such a beautiful piece of music, it was suspenseful yet somber, and thus fit perfectly with the the cold open.

    My favorite scene, besides the cold open, was definitely the one between Baltar and Sharon in her bunk. Baltar really surprised me by even going in there, let alone showing that much compassion. If the two of them weren't already amongst my favorite characters they would have been after that scene.

    Roslin, on the other hand, pretty much secured a permanent position as my least favorite character by convincing Starbuck to take the Raider back to Caprica. The thing that pissed me off the most about is that she's basically telling Starbuck, "I have no faith in you're ability or plan to take down the Basestar and don't think you'll make it back with the Raider." Plus, the Basestar has to be destroyed before they can use the arrow on Kobol anyway. So why not just do that first, potentially rescue a couple very important members of the fleet(Chief and Baltar), and then go off looking for the arrow in Cylon-held territory? Even if it was an issue of them being able to track the transponder in the Raider that was used to destroy the Basestar, they could have swapped it out with the other fully functional one before she headed off to Caprica. Awaggghh! I frakkin' hate her.

    I did enjoy the entire episode, even when I was angry at Roslin.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

Stephen Spender

Stephen Spender


Guest Star

Lorena Gale

Lorena Gale

Priest Elosha

Recurring Role

Donnelly Rhodes

Donnelly Rhodes

Dr. Cottle

Recurring Role

Tahmoh Penikett

Tahmoh Penikett

Karl "Helo" Agathon

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (wondering why Starbuck slept with Baltar)
      Lee: Why'd you do it, Kara? Just tell me why?
      Kara: Because I'm a screw-up, Lee. Try to keep that in mind.

    • (After a sparring session)
      Adama: You don't lose control.
      Lee: Thanks.
      Adama: No, you gotta lose control. Let your instinct take over.
      Lee: I thought we were just sparring.
      Adama: That's why you don't win.

    • Kara: Hi, Gaius.
      Baltar: Mr. Vice President, if you please, Lt. Thrace. Some level of decorum has to be maintained after all, or is it a pirate ship you're running?
      Kara: No, just a battlestar, sir.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Featured Music: Passacaglia by Bear McCreary.

      A passacaglia is a musical form. Its name derives from the Spanish pasear (to walk) and calle (street), supposedly to denote the music played by wandering musicians.

      Originally a slow Italian or Spanish dance in 3/4 time, the passacaglia later came to be an instrumental work in 3/4 based on a ground (that is, a melody which repeats unchangingly throughout while other lines are freely varied).