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?