Battlestar Galactica

Season 2 Episode 5

The Farm

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Aug 12, 2005 on Syfy
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A week after last week's exciting episode, Adama returns to an excited CIC and retakes command of his ship. He orders a ship-to-ship search to find the President, but fails to find her before she sends out a message informing the other ships in the fleet that she knows where Earth is, and that she will lead them there. Over a third of the fleet leaves Galactica's protection and jumps back to Kobol to await the return of Starbuck.

Back on Caprica, Starbuck has been shot and is under medical care in a strange looking and sounding hospital.

Caprica Boomer returns to Helo, and helps him lead a raid on the hospital where Starbuck is being held which leads to a chilling discovery.


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  • The Farm

    The Farm was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Battlestar Galactica and I really enjoyed watching because Starbuck gets wounded on a mission and wakes up in a hospital with a suspicious Dr. named Simon treating her and all is not what it seems, the President makes s major move to embrace Destiny, and Commander Adama is welcomed back with all that is going on. The Cylon Farms are quite disturbing. Starbuck is reminded of her mission and realizes she needs to go as soon as possible. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The one where: Old mc'cylon had a farm.

    The idea of farming humans to breed cylon babies is as twisted as they come. The majority of the episode focuses on Starbuck's recovery at an abandoned asylum. There, we meet Simon, who has cylon written all over him. I love that it happened to be Starbuck's first guess and she was bang on the money.

    Meanwhile, Laura decides to play the religious card and purposefully splits up the fleet, even after hearing about the fact Adama has recovered. I didn't think that Lee would still up and leave his father like that, but he did. This splinter in the fleet will surely have dire consequences. But I'm glad that Adama is back, even if he does seem a little off (''closer to the ground''). His scene crying over Boomer's body was extremely powerful.

    The farm was just a tad bit lacking in security, given how vital it is to the cylons. Nevertheless, Starbuck's scenes were superb, and once again Katee gives a stellar performance. What of her new scar? Did the cylons take some of her eggs (ala Alias)? Simon's death was impressively brutal and to the point.

    And so it turns out Sharon didn't fly away to the other cylons after all. She managed to pick up a hefty piece of transportation instead. I wonder why they didn't give more people a chance to fly back with them to galactica. Selfish gits.

    Another very good offering from season 2. I'd appreciate less extremely unflattering close-ups of our actors' faces though. Just sayin'.moreless
  • Be fruitful.

    Starbuck's scenes on Caprica were much better than in the last episode. Neither the title of the episode nor Simon's obsession with Starbuck having children really prepared me for the room full of semi-comatose women carrying Cylon fetuses. It was a disturbing sight to say the least. I guess I was concentrating to much on Helo and Sharon's situation to think about how else the Cylon's might go about achieving their goal. My favorite moment from the Caprica storyline though was when she killed Simon, I loved her desperate, angry plea for him to "just die!"

    I couldn't believe Lee would go so far as to even record a message denouncing his father. Stopping before he finished still didn't earn him back the respect he lost just by saying those words. Roslin sitting by, and all but encouraging him to do it, is about what I've come to expect from her, so no respect lost there. I'd be lying though if I said she didn't gain a little by being uncomfortable handing out blessings. Though at the same time I was like, "Come on, you let quorum literally bow and scrape to you and you subverted military command, but patting a few heads is too much?"

    Adama's scenes aboard Galactica definitely stole the show. Seeing him try to come to grips with what Sharon had done to him while he watches ship after ship, as well as his own son, side with Roslin and the safety blanket of religious prophecy was hard to witness. His conversation with Chief was incredible and his struggle to understand how either of them could have loved a machine was one of the more powerful moments of the series. Though it was topped by Adama's scene in the morgue with Sharon's corpse, his breakdown was played perfectly.

    A couple brilliant moments, though not quite up there with the last few episodes.moreless
  • This episode was very good and finally another development happened and we have another important information.

    ***This review details –» this is a "I" perspective, based in what I like and recognize to be good or interesting, this is not a "god" where the guy thinks what he thinks is the true or the "you" perspective where I know what you will like and what you don´t.***

    The beginning is intriguing, could one of the main cast be dead, impossible, but was a nice beginning. The conflict and climax phase was more a mix of psychological exploration with setups, entertaining to follow. The closure was good and informative with a revelation.

    Presentation Phase - » (8/10) nice beginning,

    Complication Phase - » (7/10) entertaining,

    Climax Phase - » (8/10) entertaining and cool,

    Ending - » (7/10) nice closure,

    The progress is the necessary for the setups and the information's that we need to know, so it is hard to say what was filler this time. Didn´t notice flaws in the plot and the Storyline was entertaining to follow.

    Details/Progress (To point A to B) -» (8/10),

    Time and Scene Management - » (9/10),

    Plot Details/Holes- » (10/10),

    Storyline -» (8/10),

    In terms of emotions things are more lower, since this is not a apocalypse type of episode.

    Drama - » (7/10),

    Suspense/Tension - » (7/10),

    This episode was very good and finally another development happened and we have another important information.moreless
  • Just when you thought Starbuck couldn't get any more screwed up...


    Was there ever really any doubt that Simon was a Cylon? A hospital that big, when the only living people on the planet were a bunch of jocks and survivalists posing as a resistance movement? Plus, just the one guy, with no one else coming in to see her, is bound to raise a red flag. I don't know how long they expected to be able to keep up that subterfuge.

    I wonder; since the Cylons wanted Starbuck to carry one of their little hybrid babies, who were they planning to use as the fater? Simon? Was that supposed to be his attempt at seducing her? Not very persuasive, but I guess the ladies do tend to go for doctors.

    What else was going on? Oh, Adama returns to command, and is immediately faced with chasing down Roslin and Lee. Tough assignment. I wonder why Lee had so much trouble denouncing his father's actions. He pulled a gun on Tigh; could it really be so hard to say that a military coup is a bad idea? Grow a pair, Apollo.moreless
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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

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