Battlestar Galactica

Season 2 Episode 4

Resistance

8
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Aug 05, 2005 on Syfy
9.1
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Episode Summary

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Martial law is having a bad effect on the fleet as ships are refusing to resupply Galactica. The Chief is arrested as a suspected Cylon, and it's up to Gaius Baltar to prove his innocence. The President, with the assistance of Lee Adama, escapes her imprisonment aboard Galactica and takes refuge on Cloud 9 with the help of the most unlikely of allies.

Starbuck and Helo discover a group of fifty-three survivors on Caprica.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Make it look good, but not TOO good.

    9.5
    This show is ridiculous. And utterly addicting, by the way. Like, this is episode four of all things - not an episode where you'd expect for some serious crap to go down. But NOPE! we get an episode like Resistance. What the hell.



    So much happens here that you can easily sit down and watch it twice, and pick up as much plot detail on rewatch as on the first watch. It's an extraordinarily thought-out depiction of the awful things that come when dictatorship is introduced suddenly to a community. So it's, of course, all centered around Saul Tigh. Pretty much through the whole episode any reasonable viewer will want to punch him very hard in the face, because what a frakking asshole! He starts by insulting Baltar, making very clear that he's "nobody" because of the martial law declaration, and then systematically moves on to insulting various crew members. Not to mention the insurrection subplot, where he proves himself to be as utterly incompetent as he is a jerk. Civilians not happy about declaring martial law? Threaten them with violence. This makes it worse? Wow, what a surprise! Send in some troops to take the supplies by force! This resulted in civilian deaths? NO PROBLEM, JUST BLAME THE INEXPERIENCED PILOTS you sent to do your dirty work. Good lord, it's just so awful. When Adama wakes up at the end of the episode, I spent the full scene of his reunion with Tigh waiting for things to get out and Tigh to get thrown out the airlock. Can that happen, please? (I think I'm a little too engaged with this show,



    So, if that wasn't engaging enough, there's also a cool prison-break storyline as Lee and Roslin escape the ship (having the support of pretty much EVERYONE except Tigh, *cough*) and fly over to where none other than our own Tom Zarek, now a full enemy-of-my-enemy Roslin supporter, is ready to help them escape further. And no, Tigh deciding not to SHOOT THEM OUT OF THE AIR isn't redemption. Sorry, buddy.



    On Caprica, the scenes aren't quite as good, but we get introduced to a cool new set of characters. The episode title, Resistance, I interpreted to mean not only the resistance against Tigh's martial law but also the resistance of this small band of survivors against the Cylons. Pretty cool stuff.



    Then there's the subplot going on where Tigh accuses Tyrol of being a Cylon and throws him in the same cell as Boomer, which is just painful from start to finish. Do I even need to say anything about the stupidity of this decision by Tigh? It's hard to tell at this stage whether or not Boomer's confession that there are eight Cylons still aboard is genuine or a bluff, but it did sound real, and in the heat of the moment with Tyrol's life in the balance you'd expect her to give up real information.



    Then, finally, there's the last minute, which is NOPE. Can you even imagine this situation for Sharon? She's being hauled off to a new cell where she'll be poked and prodded like a lab rat, while being booed and slurred all the way, all the while not even having any memory of doing any of the things that got her that status. And being shot by Callie (hello, MAJOR character death alert frak) is probably the best thing that happened to her the entire episode. Could it get any more depressing?



    yeah, probably.moreless
  • Resistance

    10
    Resistance was another perfect episode of Battlestar Galactica and I really enjoyed watching this episode as the ramifications of declaring Marshall Law start to develop and cause a rift between the fleet. The President draws those around her into an elaborate escape plan that was pretty awesome. Baltar tries to help Chief Tyrol by proving he isn't a Cylon. Helen berates Colonel Tigh throughout the episode but luckily in the end there is a pleasant surprise. Sharon is shot and dies in the arms of Tyrol which was sad. I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The one where: it's Martial Law. (And, no, not the awesome TV show.)

    8.5
    My disc started skipping so I'll have to come back to this episode and review it properly at a later date. Bill doesn't quite know just how big of a hole Tigh dug himself into while away with the fairies. Tigh is such a beautiful mess of a character. It was fairly predictable that Lee chose Zerak to hide Roslin. The resistance stuff was great :D It's good to know that the Battlestar needs the fleet for supplies just as much as they need the Battlestar for protection.moreless
  • A strange and wonderful thing.

    8.5
    Scenes on Caprica weren't great in my opinion. Anders is about what I'd expect from an actual athlete in terms of acting and believability. I did love Starbuck's face right after her match with him though, that little eyebrow arch that said, "Someone is getting gently laid tonight!" I have to admit I always thought I would hate her character from my preconceived notions of the show, but she consistently adds something to any scene she's in, and often makes things better that weren't necessarily great on the page(See You Can't Go Home Again).



    Even though I wish she hadn't made it Roslin's escape was done well. I like that she has to work with Zarek, I hope it reminds her of who she is now. I definitely don't blame Apollo for going with her or Dee for getting them clearance, as I said in the last review, Roslin was the lesser of two evils at that point. Though during the scene when Billy was telling her he's staying behind all I could think was why he hadn't quit on her sooner. Granted his choice could of been more about staying with Dee than not going with Roslin.



    I think I might have even said, "Thank the Gods" whenever the Commander appeared in Tigh's doorway. While he was understanding with Saul, I liked that Adama was also curt, as if he was implying, "I know you screwed up something, just tell me what and how bad." I'm glad Adama realizes it's going to be 52 card pickup right from the start, not that he'd have reason to expect anything else after he woke up.



    The best storyline again centered around Sharon and Baltar. Their scene with Chief in the brig was excellent and I loved that in Baltar's crazed need to get information he never realized that Sharon just blurted out the first number she could think of, the next one in his countdown. I also loved Baltar's conversation with Chief as Sharon is being secured for transport to the new cell. The way Baltar relishes in Six's touch was eerie and beautiful at the same time.



    The final shot's were by far the best moments though. Callie had already impressed in her scene threatening Baltar and she did again in this scene. I loved how there were no shots of her waiting in the crowd or approaching, just right to her pulling the trigger. The pleased look on her face as Sharon lay dieing was truly disturbing. Chief not being able to tell Sharon he loved her too was one of the most tragic moments in the series so far and one of the best.



    Some of it wasn't great, but the parts that were, were incredible.moreless
  • Great episode. Action, Drama, Romance, Intrigue - you name it, this episode's got it!

    8.0
    Episode 4 of season two, 'Resistance' is a good, well rounded episode. As I mentioned in my episode summary, this episode contains a dash or two of action, drama, romance, and intrigue. Here in the Battlestar Galactica universe there stands one or two episodes per season that stands a cut above the rest. The fourth episode, 'Resistance', is one of those above mentioned episodes that stands above the rest.



    A couple of story arcs have either come to a stunning conclusion, or have moved along. There have also been a few new story "arcs" created in this episode. One such new arc, is the meeting of the Caprica stranded Starbuck and Helo with the so-called "resistance" they meet up with.



    Colonel Tigh manages to screw thing up while the "old man", Admiral Adama, is convalescing in sick bay. The activation of martial law, not to mention letting President Roslin escape from the Battlestar Galctica, along with Apollo, Admiral Adama's son. Not a nice thing to wake up to.



    I was not as surprised with the shooting in this episode as I was with Boomers shooting of Adama in the season one finale. I think it was more than anger that caused this shooting; it reeks of a Lee Harvey Oswald type conspiracy shooting. Cylon? Who knows? I guess we'll see.



    In general, I really had no problems with this episode. The acting, directing, and cinematography, were spot on. With the time restraints I guess I can't blame editing with not including some of the extra footage, aka deleted scenes, but you can't have everything. Nice job with this one BSG!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

Tamara Lashley

Tamara Lashley

Sue-Shaun

Guest Star

Jeremy Guilbaut

Jeremy Guilbaut

Lt. Joe "Hammerhead" Palladino

Guest Star

Heather Doerksen

Heather Doerksen

Marine with a Sandwich

Guest Star

Aaron Douglas

Aaron Douglas

Galen Tyrol

Recurring Role

Alessandro Juliani

Alessandro Juliani

Felix Gaeta

Recurring Role

Kandyse McClure

Kandyse McClure

Anastasia "Dee" Dualla

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In the original Battlestar Galactica series, a game similar to pyramid is played, but it is called triad. The game was played in teams of two. Apollo and Starbuck played as a team. In the original series, pyramid was a card game.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Ellen: This is just great. Bill Adama's little baby boy pulls the wool over your eyes, and you let him get away scot-free. You're a laughingstock! You didn't want this command. Well, don't worry about it. You won't have it for much longer. All because when push came to shove, you got shoved.

    • Starbuck: Didn't see any shiny silver out there. I think we're dealing with the human variety.
      Helo: Hope so. They're not as tough as mechanicals.
      Starbuck: Yeah, they do bleed good, though. You gotta like that.

    • Roslin: Well, Mr. Zarek, it would seem that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

    • Roslin: Doctor, I need your help, but its illegal, dangerous, and a violation of your oath as an officer.
      Doc Cottle: You're a lousy salesman.

    • Dee: Martial law isn't going down too well. Protests. Demonstrations. Some ships are even refusing to resupply Galactica.
      Lee: And this is the honeymoon period. What's a dictator to do?

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Jack Ruby: The Assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald

      Jack Ruby was the man who shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald during a live national television broadcast. Oswald was believed to have assassinated President John F. Kennedy. The way Cally murders Boomer is very similar in style to the murder of Oswald.

      This is the second allusion in the series to one of the key events that followed the assassination of President Kennedy. The swearing-in of Laura Roslin in the Miniseries reflected the scene of Lyndon Johnson's swearing-in after Kennedy's death.

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