Battlestar Galactica

Season 1 Episode 7

Six Degrees of Separation

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 18, 2005 on Syfy
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A woman accuses Dr. Baltar of being the one who let the Cylons access the defense mainframe. As proof, she presents a disc that contains photographs of a man looking like Dr. Baltar entering the mainframe the day before the attack. As the contents of the disc are being analyzed, Dr. Baltar must wage a lonely battle to prove his innocence, while also dealing with the sudden disappearance of Number Six from his life.moreless

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  • No more Mr. Nice Gaius!

    As of yet, this is so far the best episode of the series besides 33. It manages to be an emotionally tense, sexy, deep piece of drama, while at the same time being as close as I ever expect the show to come to doing outright belly-laugh comedy. In some scenes I was on the edge of my seat and laughing at the same time, and for a single episode to do both of those things is really quite incredible.

    The main plot of the episode is, of course, Baltar-focused, and for that alone it gains some points. Baltar is just a really cool character, and James Callis times his reactions just right that you can't help but like him, even as you yell at him for being such a socially incompetent idiot. Here, at the beginning of the story, we see Baltar railing on and on about religion to the Six inside his head, and in the first really funny sequence of the episode she just walks out on him. I think it's really interesting, if not altogether surprising, that Baltar has come to be so pathetically dependent on Six - in later scenes when he's alone in his mental home with Six nowhere to be found, he's practically begging for her to return.

    As if this isn't enough for him to be going through, it just so happens that yet another copy of Six, disguised as a friend of the doctor that was going to turn him in before, shows up with incriminating evidence. Baltar quickly finds himself detained as all of his previous allies - Gaeda, Adama, and even the President - turn their back on him. Baltar's desperate attempts to convince ANYBODY at all that he's innocent are the source of most of the excellent dramatic tension in the episode, as well as the comedy. The scene in the unisex bathroom where Baltar attempts to convince Gaeda to help him is genuinely iconic. "You forgot to wash your hands!"

    But none of his attempts work, and poor Gaius Baltar's face ends up showing on the screen and he's thrown in jail. The scene where he attempts to destroy the evidence-holding computer in a genuinely desperate race against time is the most tense part of the episode, since by this point I was utterly rooting for him to make it out unscathed. Unfortunately, that just couldn't happen and Baltar finds himself in the brig awaiting execution.

    This is where the story peaks, though, with an interesting commentary on religion. I can't say I really like the suggestion this episode provides that accepting God into your life can solve your real, everyday problems (that's NOT how we as a people should be thinking) but in the desperate case of Gaius it makes perfect sense in character. He doesn't repent because he's genuinely sorry - he just doesn't want to get executed. One could argue for a long time over whether he deserved to be freed and have Six returned to him just because of this. I think the correct answer there would probably be no - after all, he was in reality integral to the genocide of the human race, but James Callis made me care enough about the character that I hope he flies under the radar for a little longer.

    There were a few subplots in the episode, but they were all entertaining and none of them felt like they were dragging the episode down. Lee does an admirable, cliche-filled job of trying to get Starbuck to walk again but unfortunately that's just not how you get Starbuck to do anything. Instead, it takes an insult from Tigh to her pride to finally get her on her feet. And then there's that trippy Cylon sex sequence which was kind of scary, but I'm not sure I know what it means yet. Overall, a really fantastic episode.moreless
  • Is all in his mind?

    A really great episode. The best part of the episode was the relationship between Baltar and the Cylon. How she came to be real, and seen by the other members of the crew, and disappeared as quickly? What were the motives for what happened, and why does she insist on talking about God all the time? Why does she have such a strong belief in God, or is it all part of a plot? I like Baltar but I find his whole addiction to sleeping with the Cylon strange, as he seems to be very good at rationalizing, but perhaps it is all part of the mental breakdown he appears to be going through, as he seems to exist in two realities. I was really pleased with the episode and again can't wait for the next installment!moreless
  • Six Degrees of Separation

    Six Degrees of Separation was amazing and very entertaining. This episode was filled with superb character development and it was fun to watch the drama play out. It was funny when the Six model posing as Shelly confronted Baltar and he thought she was just in his mind. This was an intense episode with a lot of depth and really makes viewers think about some things. Helo and Sharon are still surviving on Caprica as the Cylons watch them. I liked the suspense and the bold style of this episode and the series in general. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The one where: they can all see her!

    Battlestar Galactica isn't particularly known for belly laughs, but this episode is as close as the show will come to a full-on comedy episode. In no small part due to Gaius Baltar, such a hoot of a character, played wonderfully by the very talented James Callis. The script is filled with cracking one-liners and sight gags, and James' delivery is next to none.

    So what is Head-Six exactly? Is Gaius a Cylon and she's a sort of sexy-as-hell mainframe dishing out orders to him? Or is she some sort of Angel? Excuse me: some sort of sexy-as-hell angel. And what did happen to Shelly? I am very much intrigued by all of these sexy-as-hell questions!

    There are quite a few stand-out moments here. From the dramatic (President Roslin coldly – and rightfully – accusing Baltar of having direct connections, in some shape or form, to the holocaust) to the wildly hilarious (Gaius trying to have a chat with Gaeta whilst he's on the loo). There's a great balance of genres here, and Gaius' attempts at putting out fires adds a great deal of energy to what is a very dialogue-driven episode.

    Spoilerish Title Sequence: 6mins and 25secs into the episode.

    Frak-O-Meter: 3 fraks. ''Frak you'' being my favourite.

    Cylon Sex: Did anyone else need a cold shower after this one? When wasn't head-Six taking her clothes off? I mean, I'm sure she had clothes on at some point, but I can't remember anything before she stripped down to her high-heels. I'd certainly commit to her ''One True God'' if it meant coming home to that every day. Sharon and Helo also make with the pelvic thrusts. And, boy, if I had a dollar for everytime someone's spine started glowing when making with the sex. I'd be OBSCENELY wealthy right now. And can we count Boomer feeling up the raider as sexual? She definitely had her sexy voice going on. And there was a lot of touching. AND tyrol mentions to Starbuck, ''if you don't mind getting girl goo on your face'' in relation to the raider. Very subtle, you guys. I'll be in my bunk.

    Spot the six: Head-Six...naked. I just thought you should know had you skipped the paragraph above. She also pops up as Shelly Godfrey, where everyone can see her. I think that was a Six, right? CONFUSED.

    Death/Injuries: The reaper was kind this time.

    Boomer or Sharon?: Sharon wins out for her spine-glowing awesomeness.

    Ships Lost: Not a scratch to be seen.

    Battlestar Bleakness: Nothing too serious here, but I got a kick out of the budding bromance between Gaeta and Gaius. I just wanted to add that somewhere.

    A ton of great character moments this week, especially for Gaius. And Tricia Helfer gives a pretty darn good performance as Shelly. She's also naked in this episode. Good times.moreless
  • "...I find really interesting and something I certainly didn't expect to see in a show like this. It really adds a whole new dynamic." SPOILERS

    Something I certainly began to pick up on in this episode was the idea that the cylons worship one God while the humans worship multiple (I think two, one male and one female) that I find really interesting and something I certainly didn't expect to see in a show like this. It really adds a whole new dynamic. If the cylons are machines, why do they worship a God? Wouldn't they have to be programmed to worship a God? Really gets me thinking. The main point of the episode, for me, was to show that Six can project herself out of Baltar's head, or at least that's what it looks like. I'm very intrigued. What was the point of the president collapsing? Was it only used for suspense or will this have a further meaning? One of the theories I began having was that when we see Boomer petting talking to the Cylon Raider and no one else really has that connection besides Starbuck. Starbuck is the only other person that can make the ship fly. Is she a Cylon, perhaps? The one thing that really took me out of the story and just screamed bad writing was when Six said you can "enlarge and sharpen" the image. It is impossible to do that with a digital image and I am happy that the picture wasn't some game changing event in the series and it was revealed it was fake. I would have been very upset otherwise. I loved the sex scene between Helo and Boomer while the Boomer on Galactica found "cylon" written on her mirror. 9.0/10moreless
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

Donnelly Rhodes

Donnelly Rhodes

Doc Cottle

Recurring Role

Aaron Douglas

Aaron Douglas

Galen Tyrol

Recurring Role

Tahmoh Penikett

Tahmoh Penikett

Karl "Helo" Agathon

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • During the scene where he is speaking with Lt. Gaeta from an adjacent bathroom stall, Baltar whistles a portion of the anthem from the movie Top Gun, although at a faster tempo than the original version.

    • When Kara enters the hangar bay, she hands her crutches to Lee, who grabs both of them with his right hand. Immediately after that, when the view changes to a wide shot, Lee is seen with one crutch under each arm.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Baltar: You'll forgive me, Madam President, if I don't wish to be executed based solely o­n your gut feeling.

    • Baltar: Are you running a glitch in the program or something? Because you say the same thing over and over again. Now I've accepted your God and all that. Can't we reboot the hard drive?
      Number Six: He's not my God. He IS God.
      Baltar: Yeah, your God, my God, everyone's God. He's big enough for all of us, isn't he?

    • Ms. Godfrey: Dr. Amorak gave the disk to me before he died.
      Baltar: What--as opposed to after he died?

    • Baltar: No more Mr. Nice Gaius!

  • NOTES (4)

    • Ms. Godfrey's glasses are made by Venus Eye Design, an Edmonton-based eyewear company.

    • The name of Christina Schild's character is listed as "Playa Kohn" in this episode, as it was in the preceding episode and in the following episode. However, she states her name as "Playa Palacios" in the episode "The Hand of God."

    • Biski Gugushe was credited with playing a reporter named "Eick" in the episode. In later episodes, he played a television journalist named Sekou Hamilton. It's unclear whether these are the same character. The name "Eick" is a reference to David Eick, who serves as executive producer of the series, along with Ronald D. Moore.

    • This episode first aired in the United Kingdom on November 29, 2004, on Sky One. Sky One co-financed the first season of the show.