Battlestar Galactica

Season 1 Episode 7

Six Degrees of Separation

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 18, 2005 on Syfy

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  • “The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success”

    If there were one word that could be used to describe this series so far it would most likely be "Serious". Week after week we see very serious stories, about very serious people in very serious situations where the consequences can be very serious indeed. Ron Moore might as well just shout "Pay attention! This is serious!" to anyone who might not be listing. The problem is that serious quickly descends into depressing which can lead to alienation by viewers who are sick of being made miserable every week. A little bit of humour here and there won't hurt as long as it is handled with care and it does not undercut the drama. For this episode the writers have decided to throw serious out the airlock and bring farce and silly on board for a little fun.

    Things kick off with Baltar having one of his typical talks with Six about the usual stuff God, sex, God, himself, God and sex. After Baltar goads her about her faith in her god Six finally gives up and buggers off, leaving Baltar all alone for the first time since the attack. It's interesting that now that Baltar has finally managed to get rid of Number Six he instantly goes looking for the moment she leaves, he has reached the point where he can no longer function without her. Instead of enjoy his newfound freedom his panics and wonders around his mind desperately searching for his only real companion. But before he can find her he is quickly accused of treason by…Number Six or Shelly Godfrey as she is calling herself. Am I the only one who didn't get the whole irony of her name straight away. Godfrey meaning that only when Baltar starts to believe in God will he be free. It's clear that Six set this whole thing up not only to strengthen Baltar position in the fleet but to also bring him further into her web until there is nowhere else for him to go. His whole "Trial By Fire" seems to only serve Six own personal agenda whether it is part of the Cylon grand design remains to be seen.

    Watching this episode I came to realise that without Six to hold his hand Baltar is nothing more than a pathetic little coward unable to stay calm is a bad situation which leads to him panicking and doing stupid things. From the vary start of the season Six has been carrying Baltar, keeping him alive by telling him how to build a Cylon detector and without her is lost unsure of what to do. His actions to save himself are all out of desperation and clearly not the workings of a so-called genius who should be able to think of a better plan than plead with Geata while he's on the toilet.

    Away form the central storey Boomer came unto the Cylon Raider in the hanger bay creeping out Tyrol at the same. Roslin suffered a drug overdoes form he medication and collapsed forcing Doc Cottle to give her a stern telling off. We should see more of Doc Cottle, he's one of the series best characters and yet we hardly ever see him. There nothing more entertaining than a cynical old medic, who thinks he knows better than everyone else and in fact does. Make this man a regular now. Shelly made a pass at Adama who in a rather gentlemanly way rejected her and then had security keep an eye on her. Did he suspect she was a Cylon or are blonds just not his thing. On Caprica Boomer and Helo fled form the Cylon and then get busy in…forest? Meanwhile onboard the Galactica someone wrote "CYLON" on the inside of Boomer locker. It could have been "Shelly" but I suspect there is another Cylon agent of the Galactica (Boxly? Geata? Duella? ) or it's just someone idea of a bad joke.

    These are all important plot points that will most likely be developed further in the weeks to come but they all pale in comparison with the A plot. Balter is perhaps the most despicable human alive but he is also so magnetic that you can't help but be drawn to his plight. Even though he is guilty we want him to be vindicated. James Callis deserves top marks for his performance where he carefully avoids making Baltar the fool and instead playing him as man finally driven to the edge when the only thing keeping him sane is gone.

    Good Bits
    -Baltar in the men's room trying to get Geata to prove his innocence. A comedy moment worthy of David Brent himself.

    -Baltar: "But you forgot to wash your hands"

    -Baltar: "NO MORE MR. NICE GIAUS!"

    -Baltar: "You'll forgive me Madame President, if I don't wish to be executed based solely on your GUT feeling!".

    -Baltar (notice a pattern) trying to destroy the evidence.

    -Boomer. Graduated from cute to sexy and then to creepy. Is it just me or did she seem a little turned on by that raider.

    -Baltar: "God's will be done"

    Bad Bits
    -Shelly's sudden disappearance. Galactica security isn't worth s**t.

    -Enough about God already.

    -Helo. The lucky bastard.

    -What the hell is the Cylon's plan? Get Boomer laid.