Battlestar Galactica

Season 3 Episode 2

Precipice

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Oct 06, 2006 on Syfy
9.1
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Adama plans to return to New Caprica and drop off a surprising person to act as a liaison between Galactica and the Resistance. Tigh's insistence on the use of suicide bombers and ever escalating violence stuns even the fellow leaders of the Resistance. Eventually, the suicide bombings cause the Cylon occupiers to crackdown on their human subjects.moreless

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  • Precipice

    10
    Precipice was a superb and very character driven episode as the Cylons decide to crack down on the humans for the resistance, who make contact with Galactica. It was interesting to watch Sharon plea for Cally's life. It was really scary when Cally was taken, and it was even scarier to think that it was by the people she used to know and trust. This episode explored a great moral dilemma within humanity. The ending was awesome and shocking and I look forward to finding out what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • this series gets better and better.

    10
    i thought this episiode was just as good as the previous one. a++ in my book.

    and this is the kind of set up to the second part of the war. i hope the writers keep to the story and not stray from it. you know what i mean. i am new here so i hope i gave you a good feel of my review.

    i also like the two gates. and am glad MGM will be continuing and finishing the war against the ori movie form.

    i hope i did ok this my first time here. may the force be with you and keep this site going.moreless
  • Just as dead.

    8.5
    -Sharon becoming an officer was certainly a shock. While I like the relationship her and Adama have formed , I was half hoping, half expecting more to come from her anger over losing the baby, granted she might still have other ideas in mind than just earning back her stripes. And I guess I can see how their camaraderie could come about, so long as Adama understood why Sharon let Cavil come upon them unbeknownst and that she was deserving of that payback.



    -I really enjoyed the scene when Adama tells Apollo he should take Pegasus and the fleet to continue the search for Earth and all but acknowledged that he was headed back to New Caprica on a suicide mission. Adama explaining why he had to go back was a moving piece of dialogue.



    -Chief discussing the fate of collaborators with Jammer was also a good scene. The idea of that day coming true is a little frightening to me(I like Gaeta), though much less so than it is for Jammer I imagine. Not that I think those who have collaborated shouldn't face punishment. I think that's what I like so much about this whole storyline, the conflict that it brings not only for the characters but for the viewer also. I can't agree with the resistance 100% because of the extreme choices they have to make, but at the same time I celebrate their small victories and can't help but hope they "win."



    -Starbuck's scenes continued to impress. That second scar she got back in The Farm always freaked me out and I liked how it came back into play. Starbuck's distancing language("Don't leave me alone with this.") was a nice touch and the scene where she finally cracks and calls her Casey, while holding Leoben's hand without even realizing, was well acted on her part.



    -Tigh was also excellent in this episode, both in his scene in the cold open and his moment with Roslin. I loved his facetious description of the resistance in his scene with Anders and Chief(when they send the sitrep), though it seemed to hit eerily close to home with what Tigh considers to be acceptable casualties. And after hearing him vocalize my exact thoughts on Roslin I couldn't help but like him more.



    Tigh: "You know, sometimes I think that you've got ice water in those veins and other times I think you're just a naive little school teacher."



    His dialogue, delivery, and physical acting were top notch throughout that entire scene actually. The idea that this cause has given him the the want and desire to lead as well as the determination to do it after what he's been through, all while maintaining his gruff demeanor, is a great way to take the character in my opinion. Made better by the fact that his decisions as a leader are still highly questionable. But it's that assurance that his choices are correct that I used to hate about Tigh, but now makes me like him given the circumstances he is in. What they're doing is necessary, but to what extreme they go and the loss of human life that comes with it has to be limited. But for Tigh that limit won't be reached until they or the Cylons are off New Caprica.



    -The round up of Roslin, Cally, Zarek(way to stand tall on those months by the way, Tom), and 200 others for a firing squad execution provided some tension and suspense. I have to admit, when Cally got set free by Jammer I was thinking everyone else might really get killed, but the episode ending on the just the sound of gunfire had me second guessing it. Either way it added some good drama, especially in Baltar's reluctance to sign the order and Gaeta's subsequent confrontation with him.



    This storyline is definitely starting to give Resurrection Ship a run for it's money.moreless
  • Another good hour of entertainment.

    8.8
    This episode is a continuation of the season premiere. A lot of hard choices are being made and it seems to blur the lines on what is right and what is wrong. The use of human suicide bombers is a big moral issue in our world today and its one of the center points of this episode. Also the choice of liaison is an interesting one and the right one. While it seems a logical choice, given the circumstances it would be hard to trust another cylon. There are not a lot of space actions sequences but there is plenty of action on the ground to enjoy. Not one of the best but still a good episode.moreless
  • Dark times...

    9.2
    Oh, I most say I loved the storylines - first Starbuck's child: she just cannot want to believe it and I was wondering when they will bring that continues up from "Farm" Here they did..



    I also most say the whole dark feeling of the occupation, the resistance.. how the people next to you can be traitor.. or secretly helping you and you just do not know.. I like the irony of Gaeta and Tyrol and then the man who took Celly.. he let her go, thanks god, but Roslin and Zarek...



    But the whole thing going on in New Carpica.. Gaius signing that order.. they arresting Roslin.. Oh.. eager to see what comes next...



    I really most say this episode had amazing atmosphere - they have all so far managed to survive.. but now they are so in that mess.. and mostly because Gaius. I like when Zarek said he wishes Roslin would have managed to steal the elections. But the point - stunning atmosphere creation.moreless
Mary McDonnell

Mary McDonnell

Laura Roslin

Katee Sackhoff

Katee Sackhoff

Kara "Starbuck" Thrace

Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

William Adama

Jamie Bamber

Jamie Bamber

Lee "Apollo" Adama

James Callis

James Callis

Gaius Baltar

Grace Park

Grace Park

Sharon Valerii/Sharon Agathon

Madeline Parker

Madeline Parker

Kacey Brynn

Guest Star

Lucy Lawless, MNZM

Lucy Lawless, MNZM

D'Anna Biers/Number Three

Recurring Role

Michael Hogan

Michael Hogan

Saul Tigh

Recurring Role

Kandyse McClure

Kandyse McClure

Anastasia "Dee" Dualla

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Tigh: (to Roslin) I've sent men on suicide missions in two wars now, and let me tell you something--it don't make a godsdamn bit of difference whether they're riding in a Viper or walking out onto a parade ground. In the end, they're just as dead. (pause) So take your piety and your moralizing and your high-minded principles, and stick 'em some place safe until you're off this rock and you're sitting in your nice cushy chair on Colonial One again. I've got a war to fight.

    • (Galactica Sharon hugs Anders)
      Sharon: Sam, it's been a long time.
      Samuel Anders: Funny, I feel like I see you every day.

    • Baltar: You don't need my signature.
      D'Anna Biers: Well, actually we do. We're here as allies and friends of the legitimate government of the colonies. You are the president so everything we do requires your signature.
      Brother Cavil: In other words, they are worried about what God might think if they commit murder. They are covering their existential asses!

    • Sharon: How do you know? I mean, how do you really know that you can trust me?
      Admiral Adama: I don't. That's what trust is.

    • Tyrol: You know, we need to figure out whose side we're on.
      Tigh: Which side are we on. We're on the side of the demons, Chief. We're evil men in the gardens of paradise, sent by the forces of death to spread devastation and destruction wherever we go. I'm surprised you didn't know that.

  • NOTES (7)

    • Ronald Moore was nominated for a 2007 Emmy Award in the category of "Outstanding Writing For a Drama Series" for the script of this episode. The nomination treated "Occupation" and "Precipice" as one double-length episode.

    • This episode establishes that Karl "Helo" Agathon and Sharon Valerii are now married. At the swearing-in ceremony, Adama says "Sharon Agathon."

    • This episode premiered on Space in Canada on October 7th, 2006, one day after it was shown in the U.S.

    • The young girl, Kacey, is named after series producer/writer David Weddle's niece, also a young blonde girl.

    • Ronald D. Moore has referred to "Precipice" as Episode 1.5.

    • This episode marks the first time that all seven of the currently known humanoid Cylon characters have appeared in the same episode.

    • This episode aired with "Occupation" on October 6, 2006, as a two-hour season premiere. Opening titles and credits did not appear at the beginning of "Precipice" while closing credits did not appear at the end of "Occupation".

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Tigh: Which side are we on. We're on the side of the demons, Chief.

      This may be a reference to the famous speech of Benjamin Disraeli, twice Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the 19th century, in which he said about the recent theory of evolution: "Is man an ape or an angel? I, my lord, I am on the side of the angels. I repudiate with indignation and abhorrence those new fangled theories."

    • The Swirl

      In his podcast, Ronald D. Moore, an avowed Seinfeld fan, confirmed that the "twist" and "swirl" are references to the Seinfeld episode "The Fusilli Jerry".

    • The Great Escape

      In this episode's cliffhanger, the Cylons allow their human prisoners to step out of the transport under the pretense of a "rest break," apparently only to mow the prisoners down with gunfire.

      This parallels a scene near the end of the John Sturges movie The Great Escape (1963) in which fifty escaped POWs are captured by Gestapo officers, allowed to "stretch their legs," and then executed by machine gun.

      In his podcast, Ronald Moore confirmed the reference to the scene in The Great Escape.

    • Tigh: We're evil men in the gardens of paradise, sent by the forces of death to spread devastation and destruction wherever we go.

      The phrase "gardens of paradise" is a reference to the heaven that many Islamic suicide bombers in the modern-day Middle East hope to attain through acts of martyrdom.

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