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Battlestar Galactica

Season 2 Episode 16


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 10, 2006 on Syfy
out of 10
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Episode Summary


A woman takes hostages on Cloud Nine and demands that Adama turn over Sharon in order to avenge her husband's death at the hands of the Cylons.

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  • Sacrifice

    Sacrifice was a perfect and entertaining episode of Battlestar Galactica and I enjoyed watching because there was action and intrigue from the start as the crew are having some fun down time and a hostage situation takes place. Poor Billy looked so hurt! Apollo played the hero as usual and took some risks. Sharon and her baby remain safe aboard Galactica for the time being. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • This is over.

    Yeah, things seem to be at an absolute standstill with any kind of season or series arcing plot, besides character development and personal relationships. I understand that the destruction of the Resurrection ship dealt a huge blow to the Cylons, so it makes sense why there haven't been any major run ins with them. But they should take advantage of that, especially with two battlestars at their disposal. Make some serious headway towards Earth or go back on the offensive, maybe some hit and runs like Cain was talking about. And its not that I just want action sequences, but some kind of advancement to the plot.

    I kind of like Billy(character is okay, not big on the actor), but I thought his death was done really badly. And I thought the plot they had hinted at with him one day stepping into Roslin's shoes would of been an interesting way to take the character down the line. The way they killed him off seemed so pointless, like they needed to do something and that's what sprang to mind. So his death didn't do much for me other than make me regret not seeing his character develop the way I was hoping he would. I was begging him to remember how things went the last time he held a gun but, love is a strange and wonderful thing, that'll make you do crazy things...I guess.

    I probably would've missed Apollo but at no point did I really fear for his life, didn't seem at all likely this would be the time they killed him off. Also, romantic relationships always walk a fine line with me, because most of the time they're my least favorite aspect of a drama. I think the Billy, Dee, and Apollo triangle(or square if you wanna toss Starbuck in there) was one of those times. Though if Starbuck being the one to shoot Apollo has some lasting effect on their relationship then the whole thing might be worth it. Not that Dee in a dress with her hair down wasn't bad either.

    The main plot didn't really hold my interest, I couldn't develop any feelings or empathy for Sasha. Everyone has lost someone, that doesn't give you the right to dictate military strategy. And your going to kill humans, so you can kill a Cylon, because your favorite human was killed by them? Seems like you're going about this the wrong way. So I was basically just waiting for someone to kill her. I think the development in Adama and Sharon's relationship was the best aspect of that storyline and those last couple shots of her were a nice way to leave the viewer still wondering where her loyalties lie.

    Not one of my favorites, and in fact probably amongst my least so far in the series.moreless
  • This episode vomits on the otherwise superb, thrilling Battlestar Galactica. AVOID this episode !!!

    How to begin? Well, the acting was okay, the direction was okay, the production values were good...

    But the WRITING: Arrgghh? Did some writers lose the script? Did their dog eat it? Did they forget EVERYTHING a writer should know about writing and dialogue?

    I guess so.

    1) The "villains" in this episode are never developed as people. We see the same old flashback of the woman, over and over, no other clue as to who she is or the complexity of her motives.

    2) Her henchmen aren't even given names, much less characters. They merely stand in as props for this laughable plot.

    3) Lee Adama escapes into the bathroom with Col Thai's (sp?) wife, and has a distinct advantage, which the writers dance up and down to throw away. They rush out with no thoughts about consequences (just like the writers). What a bunch of baloney.

    4) Mad gunfire and confusion, and the Marines Retreat from their positions? I don't think so. What a bunch of crappy, unbelievable tripe.

    5) Billy just has to go, so they send him out in the stupidest way possible.

    6) This has all the hallmarks of the Hollywood Writers Guild on it. It is not even sophomoric in its quality.

    I cannot imagine how the producers ALLOWED this one to be filmed, much less aired !

    AVOID THIS EPISODE if you love this series.moreless
  • it was "painful to watch" dee throw away her relationship w/ billy, only to ruin some one else`s relationship. dee discusted me in this episode. (spoilers)

    it was "painful to watch" dee throw away her relationship w/ billy, only to ruin some one else`s relationship. dee discusted me in this episode. she might as well have shot billy herself. and she messed up what kara and lee had. off course, they will end up together, in my opinion, but de just pissed me off here! i was a good episode though. kara developed in character, by accidentally shooting lee, and then addmitting it. maybe it`s because she loves him? in the end, great acting(especially by katee sackhoff) and i can`t wait to see the new episode.moreless
  • Another Standalone episode with no important contribution to an arc. But taken as a standalone it's really a good.

    The first time I watched this episode I thought it was really good, improved only if Ellen Tigh had been shot!!!

    And I get that the sacrifice was actually Billy's.

    But after watching it 3 times and stripping away all the emotive stuff - which has been handled more than adequately by other reviewers - I can't help but feel that the second half of BSG is being written by trained monkeys using a formula.

    By this I mean.....We see a scene from some point a day/week/month in the future, and then we track back to the start of the chain of events that brought our characters to that point in time....it's very LOST....and getting old!

    Also, if advancing the relationshp between Lee and that annoying child/woman Dee meant the demise of Billy....then it wasn't worth it!!!

    The whole Lee/Dee thing doesn't convince me at all and I liked Billy and thought he had a real roll to play in the future.

    If Starbuck wounding Lee was a way to send her further down the well of despair....that wasn't worth it either! She seems to be well and truly headed down that track now without needing another page of guilt added to the already weighty tome she seems to carry about with her.

    And if Lee could shoot the Black Marketeer without any pause or compunction in Black Market, how come he didn't just shoot that stupid woman terrorist when he had the chance...she was the heart of the movement after all...or for that matter, why couldn't Starbuck?

    That whole Starbuck and the Marines debacle was unbelievable to me. How bloody inept can a group of so-called highly trained professionals get? And why is it always Starbuck who's put in charge of these things. She a Pilot for fraks sake, not a commando!

    I guess there was some symmetry in Dee sitting at Lee's bedside and Starbuck lurking in the background close to tears....that whole role reversal thing from Epiphanies if you remember, where Starbuck was sitting with Lee while Dee lurked in the corridor outside the bunkroom.

    I thought Roslin was very good at the end in the morgue though.

    One other thing....does anyone else think that maybe Apollo was swapped for a Cylon in Resurrection Ship when he was floating in space after Blackbird was blown up???moreless
Dana Delany

Dana Delany

Sesha Abinell

Guest Star

Adrien Hughes

Adrien Hughes

Lt. Terry Burrell

Guest Star

Erica Carroll

Erica Carroll


Guest Star

Alessandro Juliani

Alessandro Juliani

Felix Gaeta

Recurring Role

Kandyse McClure

Kandyse McClure

Anastasia "Dee" Dualla

Recurring Role

Paul Campbell

Paul Campbell

Billy Keikeya

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Admiral Adama asks Lt. Gaeta who "they have" on Cloud Nine, Gaeta reports that Captain Adama, a handful of marines and Starbuck are aboard, but he fails to mention Petty Officer Dualla.

    • The Cylon M.O. as seen on Sesha Abinell's computer monitor:

      -Sleep Deprivation
      -Assault on Natural Resources
      -Emotional Manipulation
      -Suicide Bombing
      -Cylon impregnation and reproduction
      -Multiple models
      -Sleeper agents within the fleet
      -Takeover by brute force

    • When Lee gets shot, the blood stain and droplets on his shirt change between the point that he gets shot and the point when he's actually lying on the ground.

  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (3)

    • As of the beginning of this episode, there are 49,590 survivors in the fleet, three fewer than at the beginning of the previous episode.

    • Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya) almost left the series after the end of Season One since he wasn't under contract. After his new show didn't work out, he returned for Season Two. The producers asked him to sign a five-year contract. He didn't respond and the producers sensed he wasn't committed to the show. They couldn't write long-term story arcs because they didn't know if Campbell would be available. Thus, they decided to kill off Billy, according to Campbell. Though he appreciates quality TV shows, he is not a science-fiction fan. It was difficult for him to leave the show, but Campbell says it was the right choice.

    • Although credited, James Callis and Tricia Helfer did not appear in this episode. This was the second consecutive episode in which neither actor appeared.