Battlestar Galactica

Season 2 Episode 10

Pegasus

3
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Sep 23, 2005 on Syfy
9.6
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The Galactica crew is overjoyed when they encounter another Colonial battlestar, the Mercury-class Pegasus. The elation fades when Admiral Cain takes command of the fleet. The Galactica crew learn about the harsh practices onboard Pegasus. The tension boils over when Helo and Chief Tyrol learn about Lt. Thorne, the "Cylon Interrogator."

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  • Pegasus

    10
    Pegasus was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Battlestar Galactica and I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of surprise and tension as Admiral Cain decided to integrate the two Battlestar crews. It was interesting to see how everyone interacted with each other. Colonel Tigh learns some disturbing news about Cain, Tyrol and Helo learn about the Cylon "Interrogator" and Baltar tries to help the Pegasus Cylon prisoner. There was a major shift in power and the ripples started to show right away. The overall production was amazing. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The one where: they find another battlestar! Yay!

    10
    In television land, this is what I'd like to call a jaw-dropper. A mind-blower. A new bar for an already stellar piece of science-fiction storytelling. ''Pegasus'' is, without a doubt, one of the strongest episodes of BSG, and one of the most compelling hours of sci-fi I've had the pleasure of watching.

    This was one tough cookie.

    What begins as an hour of celebration – as Galactica discover the presence of another battlestar ship – soon descends into brutality, rape, power plays and possible character deaths. To say there are a few shocking instances here would be putting it very lightly. I mean, I'd win ''understatement of the year'' by all accounts.

    BSG has always been a gritty sci-fi show, but the rape scene involving Sharon was completely unexpected and made me feel very uneasy. I simply wasn't prepared for the series to take me there. Gold acting stars to Grace Park during said scenes, they were particularly tough to watch because of her authentic performance. I was glad to see Helo and Tyrol arrive to offer up some much needed ass kicker-y (and accidental deathery); however, it has only made matters worse as Admiral Cain has sentenced them both to death.

    Michelle Forbes is alarmingly compelling as Admiral Cain. She has such a vital screen presence, it would be difficult to note any other actor in the role. Ruled with an iron fist, Pegasus certainly serves as the road not taken for Galactica, something that could have easily happened had Bill Adama not recovered, and Tigh was left in charge with his serpent wife whispering in his ear.

    Gaius' scenes with a captive Six were really well done. Completely traumatised by her excessive physical and sexual abuse, it came as such a shocker to see such a defeated version of Six lying helpless, bloodied and bruised on the cold floor. I think head-Six's reaction is what really stirred my emotions, cos she really broke down and away from her usual self.

    The final few moments are hair-raising. Adama has sent a marine squad to retrieve his men, and Cain has launched vipers on her end, in retaliation. It doesn't get any better than this.

    And like I said, this was one tough cookie.moreless
  • Overall, this is without a doubt, the best episode that this season delivered so far.

    9.6
    ***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.***



    With so few materials to cover, the writers best choice would be put new character or new material to cover and they did the best bringing another colonial battlestar – Pegasus. But as we can expect, this only could bring a new problem too. And what a problem, with so many people and Adama superior (was the best way to create the tension) all our characters little by little find their problems. This is without a doubt one of the most interesting conflict phase I have saw in BG. The climax of this episode was again in Sharron side, the level of tension was simply great and this provided another great complication for Chief. The ending is just what you can expect, simply great.



    Presentation Phase - » (9/10) very interesting,

    Complication Phase - » (10/10) one of the best, different sides, different eyes,

    Climax Phase - » (9/10) high suspense,

    Ending - » (9/10) great ending,



    This episode progressed a lot if you take all the happening in consideration, so hard to say if there was filler, no flaws noticed and a storyline where I cannot see nothing that turned me off.



    Details/Progress (To point A to B) -» (10/10) fine,

    Time and Scene Management - » (10/10) perfect,

    Plot Details/Holes- » (10/10) fine,

    Storyline -» (10/10) one of the most interesting Storylines,



    The main focus is drama because of the conflicts and then we have a great tension.



    Drama - » (10/10),

    Suspense/Tension - » (9/10),



    Overall, this is without a doubt, the best episode that this season delivered so far.moreless
  • Like a dream.

    9.0
    During my first watch-thru this episode felt really rushed and I was surprised(and a little pissed) that they wouldn't be taking more time with what was one of the biggest plot developments in the series. But after thinking about it and rewatching some of it, I have to say that it was a brilliant choice. I almost felt helpless as these shocking and horrifying scenes keep coming one after another. With no chance to process or come to terms with what I'm seeing, I'm left feeling off balance and every scene after has that much more impact. In times of distress you always just want a few extra seconds to try and understand what's happening, by not giving the viewer that the drama and suspense were increased ten fold.



    The chaos started not long after the arrival of the Pegasus, with Adama losing command of the fleet to Admiral Cain. Again there was no break as their scene was interspersed with Tigh and his Pegasus counterpart's scene, wherein he layed out the fate of the Pegasus' last XO. Fisk laughing it off as a joke only made it that much more disturbing.



    Baltar's scenes with the Cylon prisoner aboard Pegasus were also brilliantly done. I loved how Six's eyes stayed on Thorn with a look of pure hatred as she's almost bristling with rage and contempt over her copy's treatment. I thought Baltar's description of his relationship with Six made for a heartbreakingly beautiful moment. And I'll just say it once now but it applies to the whole episode, the music was brilliant, like more so than usual.



    The scenes during and leading up to Thorn's attempted "interrogation" of Sharon definitely had my ass closer to the end of my couch than any before them. With the Pegasus crew being so cavalier in discussing having their way with the captured Six, and their plans to do the same to Sharon once Thorn finished with her, I almost felt sick as the shots of Sharon being held down started. Honestly, this show has never come close to eliciting that much reaction from me. As much as I love Chief's character(Helo I'm still lukewarm on), no matter what happens to him my only regret will be that it was his first blow that killed Thorn and that Chief didn't get to beat him to death slowly.



    The final moments came close to rivaling the suspense of the scenes that spawned them. I loved the cold blue lighting of the Pegasus' CIC to contrast with the warm, red interior of the Galactica as Adama and Cain squared off. I swear Cain's line, "Commander, why are you launching vipers?" gave me chills, her delivery was so perfectly authoritative and almost malevolent, especially on the word "commander." I know it's a small thing but I rewound it like three times it was so good.



    I can't decide yet if this beat out Kobol's Last Gleaming Pt. 2 as my favorite episode, but it's definitely close.moreless
  • Rape, torture, bondage and then rape-interrogation. This has ruined this series for me.

    1.8
    Everything was going well with this episode, but the whole rape thing ruined it for me. I was rather shocked and disgusted. I don't think I can watch the show anymore. I assume there was some kind of point they were trying to make, but I was too disgusted to notice. Although the character "six" is supposed to be an android, for all intents and purposes she was human and had been subjected to brutality and totures that would be inflited upon humans. Add to that the rape interrogation of boomer, and you have an episode that crossed the line for this series. I don't think I'll be able to watch again, the whole thing turned my stomach.



    What is worse is that there are injustices like this going on in the real world today.moreless
Fulvio Cecere

Fulvio Cecere

Lt. Alastair Thorne

Guest Star

Derek Delost

Derek Delost

Vireem

Guest Star

Michael Jonsson

Michael Jonsson

Pegasus Guard #1

Guest Star

Aaron Douglas

Aaron Douglas

Galen Tyrol

Recurring Role

Kandyse McClure

Kandyse McClure

Anastasia "Dee" Dualla

Recurring Role

Paul Campbell

Paul Campbell

Billy Keikeya

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (11)

    • Before the confrontation between the Galactica and the Pegasus, Pegasus can be seen to be directly "above" Galactica in the fleet, yet during the attack - only moments later - it is much further away.

    • The Pegasus is a Mercury-class battlestar, a more advanced type of vessel than the Galactica.

    • With the arrival of the Pegasus, there are now 49,605 survivors in the fleet.

    • With the arrival of Admiral Cain, Adama is no longer in command of the Colonial Fleet.

    • It was Director Michael Rymer's idea to have Cally and the other woman walk out of the room where the Pegasus crew members were boasting about having raped Gina.

    • Ronald Moore explains in his "podcast" commentary that the sexual assault scene was filmed just as it was written. He says, however, that they also filmed a version of the scene where Lt. Thorne has already begun raping Sharon. There was a lot of debate among the writers about which version to use, but they decided to go with the one where Helo and Tyrol are able to avert the sexual assault.

    • The scenes onboard the Pegasus were shot on sets originally constructed for a failed pilot for a new, re-imagined Lost In Space TV series.

    • The Pegasus Deck Chief, Laird, designed the DDG-62 engine used in the Blackbird.

    • Admiral Cain is from Tauron.

    • Baltar makes a faux pas, calling Cain a Commander instead of an Admiral, after which she corrects him. The original series' Cain was Commander Cain.

    • In the original Battlestar Galactica, the Galactica came across the Battlestar Pegasus, which had been sent away to fight at Gamoray before the great Cylon attack. The Pegasus was under the command of Commander Cain. After a pitched battle with three basestars under the command of Baltar, it was never confirmed if the Pegasus was destroyed or not. Adama simply says that if Cain survived, he would maintain radio silence to protect the fleet. The story was presented in a two-part episode, "The Living Legend".

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Pegasus CAG: Starbuck.
      Starbuck: Yup.
      Pegasus CAG: You have something to add?
      Starbuck: Your plan sucks.

    • Baltar: (referring to his kinder, gentler interrogation techniques) Simply put, Admiral, you have already used the stick. It's time to use a carrot.
      Cain: (pause) Please give the Doctor whatever he needs.

    • Cain: (referring to Baltar's interrogation methods) Have you become too close to your subjects? Lost perspective, perhaps?
      Baltar: Quite the opposite. The Cylons are a brutal and deadly opponent. The universe would be a substantially better place if they were...exterminated entirely. But my job isn't extermination. My job is investigation.

    • Pegasus pilot: (referring to kill symbols on his Viper) That's forty-eight kills right there.
      Starbuck: Special. Do you have caps and t-shirts, too?

    • Gaeta (regarding the Pegasus library): Got any porn in there?

      (from the extended DVD version of the episode only)

    • Adama: Please arrange for Chief Tyrol and Lieutenant Agathon to be handed over to my Marines as soon as they arrive.
      Cain: I don't take orders from you.
      Adama: Call it whatever you like. I'm getting my men.

    • Adama (to Roslin): Admiral Cain is my superior officer. She will take complete command of the entire fleet.
      Cain: I was wondering how to broach that topic.

    • Adama: Allow me to present to you the President of the Colonies, Laura Roslin.
      Roslin: It's a long story. Welcome.
      (later on)
      Cain: The Secretary of Education?
      Adama: She's come a long way.

    • Apollo: Galactica, Apollo. You are not going to believe what I'm looking at out here. It's like a dream.
      Adama: It is a dream.

  • NOTES (5)

    • This episode was nominated for a 2006 Hugo Award for "Dramatic Presentation: Short Form."

    • Although her name is never mentioned in this episode, Ronald Moore revealed in his podcast that the Cylon prisoner aboard the Pegasus is named Gina. He further explains that the name is a joking reference to a vocal group of diehard fans of the original series who intensely dislike the new version of Battlestar Galactica. Those fans refer to the new series by the acronym "G.I.N.O." ("Galactica In Name Only"). Just as "GINO" is a target of abuse for these fans, "Gina" is a target of abuse for the crew of Pegasus.

    • In an earlier episode of Season 2 ("Resistance"), Chief Tyrol said that he had served aboard the battlestars Columbia, Atlantia and Pegasus in the past. That earlier statement is not acknowledged in this episode.

    • The Season 2.0 DVD set includes the original broadcast version of "Pegasus." The Season 2.5 DVD set includes the extended version of the episode.

    • Following the third commercial break, the Sci Fi Channel aired a Viewer Discretion warning. The warning was removed from repeat broadcasts after the original air date.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Use of Cain as the surname for the admiral
      God said to Cain "And He said, What hast thou done? The voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; when thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth." Gen.4:10-12
      God forsook Cain for killing his brother.
      Admiral Cain having killed other fellow soliders may suffer the same fate.

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