Battlestar Galactica

Season 2 Episode 17

The Captain's Hand

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 17, 2006 on Syfy
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Episode Summary


Apollo assists in the search for a missing Raptor team as the new commander of the Pegasus grows increasingly unstable.

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  • Good, But......

    But how in the hell is "eve" part of the word "receive" unless you're spelling it wrong? Pretty sloppy. They could have done a LOT better with that.

    Excellent episode. I absolutely loved the Cylon battle and the way Garner had to save the ship.

    The abortion storyline was perfection, a brilliant political issue to put Baltar in the presidential race.

    But, let me just say, Dualla and Apollo DO NOT WORK. It's blindingly obvious how entwined Starbuck and Apollo's souls are... they are absolutely meant to be together. Just look at their final scene. That scene was beautiful. Beautiful. If this wooden relationship with Dualla continues and Starbuck and Apollo do not end up together... I will die!!! but the writers still have two full series to sort it out, don't give up hope!

    STARPOLLO FOREVER!!!!!!!moreless
  • The Captain's Hand

    The Captain's Hand was another perfectly entertaining episode of Battlestar Galactica and I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of action, drama and character development. It was interesting to see Garner in command and how much he disliked Apollo and Starbuck, though in the end he came through for the Pegasus. The space battle scenes were awesome with the Cylon Base ships and Pegasus. It was touching when Admiral Adama promoted Apollow to Commander. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Great episode.

    Starbuck and Apollo are now assigned at the Pegasus under the command of an inexperienced commander. Things are routine aboard the Pegasus until two raptors go missing. The inexperienced commander orders Pegasus to rescue the missing raptors only to find themselves in a middle of a cylon trap. Apollo rises on the occassion and saves the day aboard the Pegasus. This is perhaps a pivotal episode for Battlestar, the action scenes were awesome, the effects were mind blowing. The writers made this episode very watchable and exciting. I really had a good time watching it. This is one awesome episode.moreless
  • Asylum.

    Well, I quite enjoyed that, another mostly standalone episode but still very entertaining and there were a couple major advancements to the running plot.

    I kept flip-flopping on what I thought of Roslin's decision to outlaw abortion, at first I was pissed, then I felt for her, then I was pissed again. Went back and forth like that for awhile. Either way I knew after the first time watching that I enjoyed the plot, as it provided a nice dramatic counterpoint to the action and suspense of the Pegasus storyline. I would have loved for this to have been the final straw so I could right her character off completely and under any other circumstances besides extinction of the human race, I would've been(and stayed) furious at her. But if I can truly believe Baltar's numbers, than I can't help but agree it's a necessary evil. Then there's the fact that Adama was the one to really put the idea out there, plus Roslin was clearly struggling with the decision. So in the end I think I might just have gained some respect for her because she had to make such a difficult decision and one I would have had to agree with. I was definitely behind her(if only for the rest of the scene) after her line to the Geminiese delegate, in fact I think it was the first time I really felt like applauding Roslin. The vehemence of her words(and eyes) was intense.

    Roslin: "You have your pound of flesh and I suggest you take your victory and you move on."

    Baltar seizing the opportunity to break stride with Roslin and announce his candidacy was a nice reminder that he's definitely back to his old, snake-in-the-grass self(not that the nuke didn't help to bring that point home). It almost makes me feel bad how behind him I would've been just a short while ago, and that it wouldn't have just been from a dislike of Roslin. He's so charismatic and I like his character so much that it's easy to forget that self preservation(or even worse, his own happiness) is always his number one priority(See 33), and I can only imagine how that would impact his decisions if he became president.

    I liked the plot involving the Cylon's phony distress call, some of the scenes almost had a sci-fi horror feel to them. Especially the scene with the two intact Raptor's occupants all dead. The mystery of what actually happened to them combined with the reveal of the Cylon trap had me on the edge of my seat. The suspense built up nicely throughout and led to another intense firefight. I liked getting to see the Pegasus in action again. Aesthetically speaking I actually prefer it to the Galactica(call me crazy), I think it's much more aggressive looking on the exterior(which makes sense considering the storyline had it as the "evil" Battlestar), whereas Galactica seems more defensive.

    I thought Garner's "Damn the torpedoes!" attitude made for some interesting scenes between him and Apollo. Though his voice sounded like it had been recorded to cassette and played back at increased speed. Apollo's scenes in the CIC played well with the firefight happening outside and Garner sacrificing his life down below(though that was a little hokey), combined they made for some entertaining moments. I like Apollo taking command of the Pegasus, if only because it finally means there is someone running it that Adama can trust(I hope).

    A good mix of drama, action, and suspense.moreless
John Heard

John Heard

Commander Barry Garner

Guest Star

Amber Rothwell

Amber Rothwell

Rya Kibby

Guest Star

Kavan Smith

Kavan Smith

Lt. Richard "Buster" Bayer

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


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Kara: (about Garner) So, barely competent and paranoid. Huh. There's a hell of a combination.

    • Kara: All I have done since I got to The Beast is try to help and all I've gotten is Garner's foot in my ass.
      Lee: Well maybe you need a kick in the ass!

    • Adama: In your opinion, off the record, what was Garner's flaw?
      Lee: He was used to working with machines. Command is about people.
      Adama: Remember that...

    • Adama: (to Roslin) I'm just remembering what you said, right after the Cylon attack... that if we really want to save the human race, we'd better start having babies.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Pound of Flesh

      Roslin's reply to the Gemenon delegate is a reference to the debt owed Shylock by Antonio in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (Act IV, Scene i, lines 99-100). The phrase has come to mean a debt that a creditor insists on collecting regardless of how much suffering it might cause the debtor. However, as Ronald Moore noted in his podcast, it's unlikely that Roslin has read much of the Bard.

    • The music playing toward the end when Apollo received his new promotion was the same music played in "Hand of God" when Apollo returned to Galactica after his successful attack on the Cylon Refinery Base.