Battlestar Galactica

Season 4 Episode 2

Six of One

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Apr 11, 2008 on Syfy
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The Cylons realize that their Raiders now refuse to attack the Colonial human fleet after one of the Raiders identified a Final Five Cylon among the humans. The decision to lobotomize the Raiders leads to tension among the human-form Cylons. Starbuck is desperate to stop Galactica as it continues to jump away from the Ionian nebula. Apparently alone in her quest, she finds an ally in an unexpected place.moreless

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  • Six of One

    Six of One was another perfect episode of Battlestar Galactica with its stellar space scenes, phenomenal acting, and superb story writing. It was so awesome to see more of the Cylons and learn more about them. Their story played out in a really cool way and I can't wait to see more. What the Six did in the end was so awesome!!! Starbuck holds to her way and is confined, though in the end the Admiral lets her search for Earth, meanwhile Apollo decides not to re-enlist and has a farewell ceremony. There were many intense character driven scenes with great revelations. The story lines are intriguing and engaging. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Starbuck lose's it. Lee is leaving. The Cylon's have a big problem. The four are so lost they need a map and a flashlight.

    Starbuck kicks us off, by pointing a gun at the president. Then reminds her about what she did. The arrow ,the plant and all the people who died following her visions. Then she tells the president if you think i'm a cylon, then shoot me. then offer's the gun to the president. Who shoots, but misses (WOW) Then she is hauled off to the brigg, kicking and screaming. The final four thinks Baltar may be one of them or he may know something about who it may be. So, they pimped out Tory Foster to pump him for answers. (wink,wink) Apollo is leaving and he is given a hero's send off. We get to see Adama get drunk and have it out just a little bit with the president. The Cylon's are have really big problem.

    They are fighting with each other. In the end four of the models will lose. It looks like civil war. The hole show is just filled with emotion for begining to end. In the end Adama and Lee believe Starbuck. An Adama just can not bear to lose her again. So, he tells Starbuck that he has pick out a crew, and then gives her a ship and tells her to go find Earth...moreless
  • The goodbyes in the episode parallel those that the cast and crew will be saying as the show wraps later this year. Perhaps an early farewell party for the close-knit group behind BSG? A melancholy episode with a touch of humor too.moreless

    This episode is almost like the real-life goodbyes that the cast will be saying soon, as they wrap up the show this summer. :( I think those goodbye scenes had much more meaning because of the show's approaching end. The cast and crew have been working together for 5 years now, going through a lot of emotional struggles with the deep, dark storylines, and the emotional highs of seeing the praise and success of the series. I'm betting some of those tears weren't just acting.

    Now onto the story itself... (spoilers below)

    I wasn't sure where Kara's story was going even until the very end. (Glad I didn't read any spoilers ahead of time.) This is a masterful plot development. I was wondering how they would be able to keep Kara on the Galactica and maintain interest in her story. It would have gotten boring quickly just to see her in a cell screaming "We're going the wrong way" every episode. Now she will be a lone explorer like the original Starbuck in the final episode of Galactica 1980. This may also begin a throwback to the split episodes of Season 1 and the first episodes of Season 2, when we switched back and forth between the Fleet and Cylon-occupied Caprica (Helo and Sharon's story). Season 4 will have a much different feel because of this. Will Kara ever see the rest of the fleet again? I'm not sure. How would she ever find the Galactica again? How would she be able to catch up to the fleet, even if she knew where to go?

    Lee is also breaking all of his old ties as he transitions into a civilian role. Maybe he will become the new president if Roslin dies or becomes incapacitated. This development upends his character and throws him into completely new situations, just like the new story changes Kara's path completely. Even though Lee was involved with Baltar's trial defense, that was only a temporary role. Now he will be working as a civilian full-time.

    Some of the old "No more Mr. Nice Gaius!" humor returned with the appearance of "Head Baltar." I don't think it was Head Six in disguise. Head Baltar's visit indicates that the imaginary person is either a dark side of Baltar's personality or an external being, and not just a mix-up of Baltar and Number Six from the nuclear blast on Caprica.

    I have to say that the sex scene with Tory was pretty hot. A nice bit of spice for the episode. She gave up some of her pride in seeking the information about Baltar, but it's the first time we've truly had a glimpse into Tory's soul and heart. Until now, we've only seen her advising Roslin and meeting with the other Final Four members. She really grew as a character in this episode. We've never seen her in such an intimate setting. Even her scene with Anders last season wasn't very personal or revealing. That was almost a throwaway scene. Not this time. I just wish the actors could have whispered a little louder so that it was easier to understand that scene, but that's a minor quibble.

    This episode was a little more ponderous than the season premiere. Maybe they could have moved through Lee's story more quickly or cut down a scene or two. However, it was still a very good episode, just not as outstanding as "He That Believeth in Me" was. This final season is shaping up very nicely.moreless
  • Normal service (Pure Awesomeness) has now resumed.

    After the travesty of an episode last week, this one has made me believe once more in the franchise. Not much happened, but the dialogues and scenes were fracking fantastic.

    I'll be honest - I wept at least 3 times in this episode - one when Lee is given his drinking send off, two when everybody salutes him and three, when Adama hugs Starbuck. That is pure genius - I have *never* wept over any tv before, and this show has made me into a blubbering idiot - right from that first moment when Adama told Lee in season "If it was you we would never have left".

    Starbuck does not shoot the president, but gives her the gun. In turn the president fires on Kara at close range and *misses*. pathetic. Guards intervene, Adama yells at her, talks to president, has his doubts, and finally covertly lets her go find Earth again on a borrowed sewage treatment ship.

    Also, the scene between Roslin and Adama was a power-packed one. The two titans of the fleet spoke their hearts and really did justice to a powerful script. I loved Adama's line "You can stay in the room, but stay out of my fracking head!".

    Lee kisses the Galactica goodbye to work for Zarek (why, oh why?). Seems like a promising storyline, though.

    The Cylons are *really* convincing me now. They get excited about the last 5, but are warned not to openly discuss it. Then, 6 organises a coup to stop the raiders being lobotomised, by giving the centurions their own free will. Needless to say, the centurions are pissed and kill those models who voted in favour of the procedure. Strangely - Boomer votes against all her other models. An unprecedented step, and one that I hope gets her smug ass shot.

    Were it not for their annoying God line, I think I would be fully behind the cylons.

    Gaius is boring as ever. I cannot believe they got Tori to sleep with him, and to make matters worse, he starts seeing himself instead of number 6. For crying out loud - I already know he is a narcissistic frack, so why take away the only reason I bother watching Gaius scenes? Unfair.moreless
  • "Overall, another tremendously enjoyable hour from the final season of what has to be one of the best TV series of all time. Gripping, intense, funny and action packed, it rarely gets better than this."moreless

    "Six of One" (love the title!) continues to assure fans everywhere that this show won't be reaching its big bang through various whimpers, oh no: we're getting explosive material and some of the best story developments the show has ever offered up. Ok, so you might think I'm exaggerating, and I'm willing to point out this isn't the best episode ever, but since there's an underlining certainty of when the show will be coming to an end, the stories carry that extra bit of threat value; and considering most of the plot points that were promised a season ago are coming to fruition, there's genuine payoff from the fans' perspective (take that, followers of Lost!).

    The opening sequence didn't quite pan out the way I expected it to and for that I'm grateful. Expecting some compromise to occur, I suddenly realised it was Battlestar Galactica I was watching, so of course Roslin took the shot! Both Katee and Mary do a fantastic job in these few scenes, especially Katee who really gives it her all. As has been pointed out in the recent episode thread, the show is very self-aware, and I simply loved how Kara chastised Roslin over searching for the arrow because of a vision Roslin supposedly had. Is the favour repaid? Not at all. And I thoroughly enjoyed these characters addressing that point face-to-face like it should be.

    I always enjoy when the show enlightens us on the Cylon side of things (one of the reasons why I loved season three); and the conflict between all of the numbers was a gripping, insightful look into the gradual deformation of the Cylon race. Pity Lucy Lawless couldn't have appeared, just to give the story a bit more weight, but it was definitely intriguing seeing one of the Boomer's go against her own model. Fascinating stuff altogether. And wow - how amazing did Tricia look in this episode. A stunning woman in every sense of the word who manages to outdo her special-k attire, by appearing how she actually looks, and she's 10 times the hotness for it. Wow.

    Whoops, had a bit of a guy moment there.

    You know you're in love with this show if you recalled Boomer's treatment of the Raider in season one when No.1 said something like "They're fighters, not pets" - it's interesting how each number views one another. With Boomer and Six embracing the "human" aspect the Cylons have been craving, with the rest opting to mechanise themselves and their Raiders further. Of course, the denouement is an excellent one, with No.1 eating his own words and the bullets of the centurions (will Six suffer the same fate soon enough since they have the ability to reason?). The idea of a centurion rebellion is a truly wicked prospect!

    The four of the final five - ya know, I almost pity them. It's interesting how sinister these lot are behaving now. While I understand the urge to survive, how callously Tigh suggests to Tory she bed Baltar for information was almost as chilling as his season three suicide bomber days. Does he intend to do whatever's necessary - pick off any possible threats on the fleet? Who knows… this story is one I'd gladly allow the writers to milk for a while, because it's fun watching these desperate toasters plan their own survival. It's intense.

    ~~ Other moments like Roslin and Adama's chat about Kara and mortality was beautifully handled; Lee's goodbye scene was cheesy, sure, but a good 'un all the same; and, of course, one of my favourite parts - the old man giving Kara her own ship to prove everyone wrong. Woohoo! It's fitting really, to have Kara journey by herself for a while, as she has always been the lone-wolf, and it'll make for a nice change of pace, too (what with cutting to Lee on the civilian fleet; Galactica, and then the Cylon base, and where Kara ends up), it'll be fun to see it all mixed up and eventually reform and link as one story again.

    Overall, another tremendously enjoyable hour from the final season of what has to be one of the best TV series of all time. Gripping, intense, funny and action packed, it rarely gets better than this.moreless
Katee Sackhoff

Katee Sackhoff

Kara "Starbuck" Thrace

Grace Park

Grace Park

Sharon Valerii/Sharon "Athena" Agathon

Tricia Helfer

Tricia Helfer

Number Six/Caprica Six

James Callis

James Callis

Gaius Baltar

Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

William Adama

Jamie Bamber

Jamie Bamber

Lee "Apollo" Adama

Colin Corrigan

Colin Corrigan

Marine Nowart

Guest Star

Tahmoh Penikett

Tahmoh Penikett

Karl "Helo" Agathon

Recurring Role

Aaron Douglas

Aaron Douglas

Galen Tyrol

Recurring Role

Michael Hogan

Michael Hogan

Saul Tigh

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • On the wall behind Lee and Admiral Adama during Lee's farewell is a plaque containing rank patches for some US Air Force enlisted and ROTC ranks.

    • As Lee receives his official farewell, he shakes hands with all major characters from the Galactica, except Colonel Tigh. This is a subtle acknowledgment to their respective grudges dating back to Lee's mutiny in "Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 2."

    • The model numbers of all seven human-form Cylons (not including the Final Five) are revealed in this episode:

      No. 1 - Cavil
      No. 2 - Leoben Conoy
      No. 3 - D'Anna Biers
      No. 4 - Simon
      No. 5 - Aaron Doral
      No. 6 - Number Six
      No. 7 - ???
      No. 8 - Sharon Valerii

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Roslin: You are so buckled up inside. You can't take any more loss. Your son's leaving, this, me. I know it.
      Adama: (drunk) No one's going anywhere.
      Roslin: Okay, here's the truth. This is what's going on. You want to believe Kara. You would rather be wrong about her and face your own demise than risk losing her again.

    • Kara: I'm no more a Cylon than you are, and you know it.
      Roslin: I wish I did.
      Kara: I've put my life on the line for this frakking ship. I have ate, slept and fought next to the people that I love. I have pissed off my friends. I have broken more rules than I followed. I frakked up, OK? I messed up. (pause) But it's all that I have. Those people are my family. And none of us belong here.

    • The Hybrid: The excited state decays by vibrational relaxation into the first excited singlet state. Yes, yes, and merrily we go. Reduce atmospheric nitrogen by 0.03%. It is not much consolation that society will pick up the bits, leaving us at eight modern where punishment, rather than interdiction, is paramount. Please, cut the fuse. They will not harm their own. End of line. Limiting diffusions to two dimensions increases the number of evolutionary jumps within the species. Rise and measure the Temple of the Five. Transformation is the goal. They will not harm their own.

    • Natalie: (to Boomer) Have you lost your mind? Our identities are determined by our models. Each model is unique. We belong together. (to Cavil) You know this better than anyone. Mechanized copies? Those are your very words.
      Cavil: Something has changed. Those are your very words, and I wholeheartedly agree.

    • Cavil: We're mechanized copies! There's a reason the original programmers clearly felt that it's a mistake for us to contact the Final Five.
      Natalie: No!
      Cavil: Violating that programming threatens our survival.

    • (Kara holds President Roslin at gunpoint)
      Kara: I want to hate you so much. So much. You had a vision, remember? The arrow, the temple? I went down to that planet with you, and it was a frakking toaster party. A lot of good people died, remember?
      Roslin: Yes, I do.
      Kara: I trusted you. On a vision. That's it. A vision! I saw Earth. I saw it with my own eyes, and it's calling me back. We're going the wrong way. Why can't you trust me?

  • NOTES (6)

    • Michael Angeli was nominated for a 2008 Emmy Award in the category of "Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series" for this episode.

    • For the initial UK broadcast of Season 4 on Sky One (April 15, 2008), this episode aired back-to-back with the previous episode, "He That Believeth in Me." The final credits of both episodes were shown simultaneously, side by side, in split screen at the end of the broadcast.

    • The numbers of three Cylon models were revealed for the first time in this episode. The Cavils are number 1, the Leobens are number 2, and the Simons are number 4. We now know the numbers of all of the "Significant Seven" Cylons.

    • As of the opening credits, there are 39,676 survivors in the fleet, 22 fewer than listed in the previous episode.

    • James Callis read the "Previously on Battlestar Galactica" line at the beginning of this episode.

    • The episode title reflects the traditional idiom, "Six of one, half a dozen of the other." The phrase is used to point out that two differently named items or collections are really the same thing.

      "Six of One" is also the name of the "Official Appreciation Society" for the cult favorite TV show The Prisoner (1967). Patrick McGoohan's character "No. 6" inspired the naming of the Battlestar Galactica character Number Six (played by Tricia Helfer).