Battlestar Galactica

Season 3 Episode 17

Maelstrom

3
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Mar 04, 2007 on Syfy
8.7
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Kara continues to have dreams about Leoben Conoy and the mandala she painted at her old apartment on Caprica. While on patrol in her Viper, she encounters a Cylon Heavy Raider.

When Tyrol cannot verify Kara's claim that the Cylon ship struck the Viper, Admiral Adama and Lee become concerned about her mental stability.moreless

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  • Ding Dong the wicked space slut is dead!

    8.0
    Finally,I'd almost given up. Now maybe the series can get back to being about the cylon/human battle in space now that the wreckage of Starbuck has been cleaned up. I might have given it a ten were it not for the suggestions and possibility that they might bring her back as a cylon. Maybe the female character who replaces her can be more believable, palatable and less of a skank-bag. The writers of most Hollywood dreck think that by creating characters like Starbuck they're promoting the interests of women, but in reality they end up portraying them in the most negative ways. Strong successful women need not also be sexually indiscriminate, emotionally damaged deviants with no ethics or morals ... but that seems to be the way Hollywood views women these days.moreless
  • Maelstrom

    9.5
    Maelstrom was a great episode of Battlestar Galactica and I really enjoyed watching it because the story centered around Starbuck and it was intriguing. There wasn't much action, but there were some serious issues that needed dealt with, and they were in surprising ways. It was cool to see Starbuck and the Leoben figure in flashbacks or whatever it was. The suspense of what was going on with Starbuck had me on the edge of my seat. It was sad to see things end in such a manner. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • WOW!!! que episodio fantastico e impressionante

    9.6
    Com certeza esse foi um grande episodio dessa terceira temporada. Esse foi um dos episodios em que eu quando acabei de ver fiquei pensando WOW !!! E tambem pensei que eu com certeza deveria falar desse ep aqui



    Esse foi um ep cheios de efeitos em todos os momentos e os fantasticos voos de starbuck persiguindo um nave Cylon e tentando atravessar a nuvem que tinha o formato do desenho q ela tinha feito...Realmente foi incrivel e tambem temos um final de episodio chocante e impressionante com a fantastica cena da nave de starbuck explondindo



    Ja falei e reafirmo, um dos melhores eps dessa terceira temporada do BSG e que continue assimmoreless
  • Great Episode. Last scene use Matrix line! maybe a hint.

    10
    When Kara tells Lee before the Viper explodes "I'm not afraid anymore" that line is taken from the first Matrix when Trinity tells Neo when he is thought to be dead at the very end...I'm not afraid anymore Neo, before she kises him and he comes back to life. Grat episode. great BSG episode. Great acting and one of the climex in the fate of Kara. Exactly the reson why I see this amazing show. Too bad that the fourth season up to know is not even close to the standards of the 3rd season. Hope they'll improve soon. Waiting for the show to pick up again.moreless
  • Kara meets God and learns the truth of her destiny.

    10
    Kara Thrace is a woman of contradictions, born of a pianist (father) and a soldier (mother) Kara is most assuredly the product of such a strange union. She is at the same time the strongest and most vulnerable member of the rag tag fleet. All of her life Kara has been told by her mother that she is special and she's beaten the message into her literally. Thanks to this Kara has spent her life embracing and running from this idea. The moment she gets in a viper the first time she knows she's not just good, she's fraking great, but she's always making mistakes and lacks discipline (as she is constantly reminded). In the miniseries she's the hotshot pilot who misses out on the first battle because she's in the brig for punching a superior officer. A perfect summation of who she is in one aspect.

    Things change for Kara when she is sent to interrogate a Cylon prisoner, a man named Leoben. When she meets him, Leoben knows her, he knows her mother, he knows her destiny (which she is reminded of by the oracle in this episode). And in a strange way he touches her. The moment at the end of the episode (Season One's Flesh and Bone) when she prays for him has always touched me deeply and I've always kept it as a true indicator of who Kara is at her heart.

    In Maelstrom she's finally forced to confront all of the aspects of her history and what it is her destiny means.

    To do this she must meet God and then confront the most painful memory in a life full of them. Kara learns that you have to let go before you can become.

    As for dealing with the larger nature of the show, the story shows the deeper connection between the Cylons and the Humans that has been the main focus of the Third Season (and in many ways the show itself).

    I have to also point out that if this was truly the end of the character's arc I would have been overly disappointed but as a turning point for her and the story in general it's beautiful and it's heartbreaking. And it's absolutely the right move.moreless
Katee Sackhoff

Katee Sackhoff

Kara "Starbuck" Thrace

Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

William Adama

Mary McDonnell

Mary McDonnell

Laura Roslin

James Callis

James Callis

Gaius Baltar

Jamie Bamber

Jamie Bamber

Lee "Apollo" Adama

Grace Park

Grace Park

Sharon Valerii/Sharon "Athena" Agathon

Dorothy Lyman

Dorothy Lyman

Socrata Thrace

Guest Star

Erika-Shaye Gair

Erika-Shaye Gair

Child Kara

Guest Star

Georgia Craig

Georgia Craig

Oracle Brenn

Guest Star

Callum Keith Rennie

Callum Keith Rennie

Leoben Conoy

Recurring Role

Tahmoh Penikett

Tahmoh Penikett

Karl "Helo" Agathon

Recurring Role

Michael Trucco

Michael Trucco

Samuel Anders

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Starbuck looks into the cockpit of her viper and begins to have a series of flashbacks, one of the images was of her mother smoking a cigarette. As seen in a closeup of the ashtray, the cigarette butt in the center of the pile is a Marlboro Ultra Light.

    • Kara's mother Socrata lived in an apartment in Caprica City during her retirement. Kara's apartment was located in Delphi, a different city located on Caprica.

      Delphi was the location of the Museum of the Colonies, home of the Arrow of Apollo, which Kara recovered in "Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 2," the Season One finale. The ancient Greek city on Earth was the home of the oracle of Apollo.

      The name of the Greek city is usually pronounced in the United States as [del-fahy]. However, in this episode Delphi is pronounced as [del-phee], the pronunciation commonly used in most European countries.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Kara: (to Lee) It's funny though, after all we've been through, we are right back where we started. You're CAG, and I am your hotshot problem pilot. I guess that's all we'll ever be now, huh?

    • (speaking about her mother)
      Kara: She was dealing with a lot, Sam. She told me that I was different from other kids. That I needed to be a warrior like her. Taught me that fear gets you killed. And anger keeps you alive.
      Anders: Well, she gave you plenty to be angry about, didn't she?

    • The Leoben figure: You're free now... to become who you really are.
      Kara: (smiling) You're not Leoben.
      The Leoben figure: Never said I was. I'm here to prepare you to pass through the next door. To discover what hovers in the space between life and death.

  • NOTES (10)

    • The Visual Effects Society nominated this episode for a 2008 VES Award in the category of Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series. Mike Gibson, Gary Hutzel, Michael J. Davidson and Kyle Toucher were cited as members of the visual effects team.

    • The city of Delphi was used as the Cylon base of operations on Caprica. Helo discovered this in the Season One episode "Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down."

    • The model ship that Adama destroys was not a prop, but rather a very expensive model the production team was renting. The scene was not scripted. Adama's actions were improvised by Edward James Olmos, who was not aware of the value of the model. Fortunately, the model was covered by insurance, according to Ronald Moore's podcast.

    • At the time of her death, Socrata Thrace (Kara's mother) was a former corporal, retired from the Caprican Colonial Forces.

    • Christian Tessier (Tucker "Duck" Clellan), Emily Holmes (Nora), and Luciana Carro (Louanne "Kat" Katraine) are seen in photos, but the actors do not otherwise appear in the story.

    • Despite appearing in the opening credits, James Callis and Tricia Helfer did not appear in this episode.

    • As of the beginning of this episode, there are 41,400 survivors in the fleet, the same number as at the beginning of the previous episode.

    • Katee Sackhoff read the "Previously on Battlestar Galactica" line at the beginning of this episode.

    • In addition to the string orchestra, the musical instrumentation for this episode features a gamelan, an erhu, taiko drums, and other percussion.

      "Gamelan" is a term for a variety of orchestras in Indonesia that feature gongs, chimes, metallophones, drums and other instruments. An "erhu" is a two-stringed bowed instrument often called the "Chinese violin" or the Chinese two-string fiddle. "Taiko" is the Japanese word for "drum" but outside Japan it usually refers to various types of Japanese drums.

    • According to SoundtrackNet, this episode is the last one in Season Three to include a string orchestra for the soundtrack music. Series composer Bear McCreary conducted the Hollywood Studio Symphony string orchestra himself.

      Though McCreary did not explain what instrumentation would be used for the remaining episodes of Season Three, he did reveal that there will be a musical surprise in the two-part finale, following directions in the script written by co-executive producer Ronald Moore.

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