Battlestar Galactica

Season 4 Episode 9

The Hub

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jun 06, 2008 on Syfy
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Colonial Viper pilots plan an attack on the Resurrection Hub with their Cylon rebel allies. Meanwhile Laura Roslin struggles with her morals and ethics as she makes a momentous decision.

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  • The Hub

    The Hub was a spectacular episode of Battlestar Galactica and I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of character and plot development as President Roslin continues to try talking with the Hybrid, who keeps jumping, and Baltar goes through a lot. Lee Adama is now acting President and has to deal with the responsibility. The space scenes were really cool, and it was great to see D'Anna reactivated. I liked when she crushed Cavil after discussing the destruction of the resurrection hub. Admiral Adama gives his command to Tigh so that he may stay behind and wait for Roslin, and in the end she does come back and it was very touching. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • 'There was this dog see and the master had placed a bit of food on the edge of it's snout and the dog had to wait until he was told he could eat it'moreless

    After last episode which gave us an important episode in the form of messy filler material we finally get back to events with Laura Roslin, and thank the gods its a good and meaningful episode.

    Trapped on the Cylon base star the hybrid jumps towards the resurrection hub and the opposing Cylon fleet. While in hyperspace Laura receives visions about her death and the fact that she has closed herself off. Her spirit guide Priestess Elosha even says to her 'You don't love people!'. Meanwhile D'Anna (Cylon model no.3) is brought online and the fleet gathered on Roslins base star set out to retrieve her.

    What I loved about this episode is that 2 of the best actors on the show worked together again. Roslin and Gaius Baltar were both great in this episode especially when Baltar tries to preach about slavery to a Centurion. His story about the dog doesn't just seem to apply to slavery either as Roslin is clearly waiting for an instruction to lead her as well. It's an intriguing allegory.

    When he tells Roslin in his wounded state that he gave the Cylon's the access codes, and she reacts by removing his bandages and letting him bleed it was nail biting to watch. I really prayed that she wouldn't let him die although felt that it might actually happen. Thankfully she had a change of heart thanks to Elosha.

    The re-introduction of D'Anna was well played as well - killing Cavill and not trusting anyone. Although her nasty trick at the expense of the audience in saying to Roslin that she was one of the final five then cheekily retracting it was cruel.

    There is so much more in this episode including the beautiful explosion caused by the destruction of the Resurrection Hub but the ending is the most important thing as Roslin is re-united with Adama and admits to him that she loves him. His reaction 'about time' sums it up so much and then the kiss on the forehead was so sweet.moreless
  • This episode is about the discovery of who we want to be; about the distance between who we are, and who we will one day be.

    An episode about how we achieve humanity, and how we often go wrong. The direction, writing and acting is flawless. I was in tears on four occasions, feeling the yearning of all the characters to be better than they are, stumbling and blind, seeking the sun.

    The agonizing confession of Baltar, the redemption of Roslin, the courage of Athena, the pain of Helo, the resolution of D'Anna, the steadfastness of Adama, and the loss of immortality.

    This is truly the finest episode of an extraordinary TV series.

    Don't worry if it's been a while, go back and watch this episode, then watch it again.moreless
  • BSG continues to deliver quality drama (contains spoilers)

    I'm beginning to wonder if BSG is becoming more resonant because we know the end is near. Maybe I'm just savouring what's left as we know our time with the show is nearly over, but BSG continues to deliver some great episodes, and I know I'll miss it when it's gone. Things coming to an end is a theme that echoes through the episode.

    An end to Adama's unrequited love for Roslin, An end to the incarceration of D'Anna, An end to resurrection, and of course flash-forwards to the inevitable end to Roslin's life. There's even the end to Baltar's secret that he unknowingly provided the Cylons with the ability to destroy the colonies.

    And yet, while I'm sure the most hardened cynic could write off the episode as one that wraps up several plot threads, BSG has delivered one of the best episodes in the season which almost feels like we've reached the moment of calm before we're thrown headlong into the consequences and culmination of what has gone before.

    As I frequently say to friends who are not sci-fi fans, BSG isn't sci-fi, it's drama, whcih just happens to be in a sci-fi setting, and it's episodes such as this which make me feel that BSG always deserved better recognition.moreless
  • A major way to level the playfield..

    The title gives us the concentration of this episode - it is the hub and it is amazing what they story does - Halo has orders to get D'Anna to president and knows that he is breaking the trust but they go - and they all have to trust each other - cylons and humans as they are going to attack the hub. Very impressive space battle, amazing visual effects.. and we have so much emotions..

    First we have the Roslin and her visions.. took quite long time to get her on that point but we all see where it was going.. and she and Baltar - he finally confessing - yes, he took part of the genocide on human race.. and how Roslin reacted - she had known it all the time but now those words were said.. and she decided to let him die and then turned around.. that was a great..

    And the ending.. just a brilliantmoreless
Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

William Adama

Mary McDonnell

Mary McDonnell

Laura Roslin

Katee Sackhoff

Katee Sackhoff

Kara "Starbuck" Thrace

Jamie Bamber

Jamie Bamber

Lee "Apollo" Adama

James Callis

James Callis

Gaius Baltar

Tricia Helfer

Tricia Helfer

Number Six/Caprica Six

Lorena Gale

Lorena Gale

Priest Elosha

Recurring Role

Callum Keith Rennie

Callum Keith Rennie

Leoben Conoy

Recurring Role

Tahmoh Penikett

Tahmoh Penikett

Karl "Helo" Agathon

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Orion Constellation: Near the end of the episode, when the rebel Cylon base ship makes the final jump back and Adama looks out his viewport, the Orion constellation appears big and bright right next to the base ship.

    • The date shown on the vital signs monitor next to Roslin's sickbed reads 27 May 2006.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Cavil: Boomer's my pet Eight. She's seen the light of reason. An Eight can make a passionate ally.
      D'Anna: Until she sees something shiny.

    • Baltar: (to the Cylon Centurion) I can see a real hierarchy around here. And I have to tell you, you're on the lower end of the scale, my friend. Yes, you are. Which is odd when you think about the Cylon God. They told you about God, didn't they?

    • Elosha: The thing is, the harder it is to recognize someone's right to draw a breath, the more crucial it is. If humanity is going to prove itself worthy of surviving, it can't do it on a case-by-case basis. A bad man feels his death just as keenly as a good man.

    • The copy of Sharon: (addressing Roslin while speaking about the Hybrid) It doesn't work like that. She makes her own decisions. And we can't unplug her because now she's wired herself into life support.
      Baltar: Alright. Then, then, then why don't we give this a go.
      (to the Hybrid, in a gentle tone) Shhhhhh. Hey. Hey, stop jumping the ship. Alright?
      The Hybrid: Cease countdown. Cease countdown.
      (The Hybrid begins to utter technical words and phrases)
      Baltar: (very pleased with himself) Did you see that? I just opened myself up to it on a spiritual level --
      The Hybrid: Jump!

    • Baltar: (referring to the Hybrid) Look, it knows me. It trusts me. I think, I think it even likes me.

    • Helo: So you're not denying you'd keep the way to Earth to yourself if you could.
      Roslin: I'm not saying that's true. I will say that if the Cylons had the option, that's exactly, exactly what they would do.
      Helo: No, I don't think so. Not the Sharons, the Eights.
      Roslin: Captain, you are not married to the entire production line.

    • Baltar: (talking to the Cylon Centurion) There was this dog, see, and the master had placed a bit of food on the edge of its snout. And the dog had to wait until he was told he could eat it.
      (The Centurion tilts his head)
      Baltar: I know. Pathetic. Pathetic, isn't it?

  • NOTES (4)

    • Bear McCreary purposefully refrained from using an adrenaline-pumping theme for the battle scene. He wanted the music to emphasize the significance of the event. He tried to avoid the "energetic action music" that most viewers would expect for a major battle scene.

    • No scenes in this episode feature the Galactica although the ship's interior is seen in Roslin's visions.

    • As of the end of the teaser, there are 39,673 survivors in the fleet, one less than the total listed in the previous episode.

    • Mary McDonnell read the "Previously on Battlestar Galactica" line at the beginning of this episode.


    • Baltar's wound

      Baltar is wounded on the side of his torso, possibly a reference to the spear wound that Jesus Christ received while on the Cross. Other episodes have included allusions to Jesus Christ in reference to Baltar, including Baltar's bearded appearance and head covering near the end of "Crossroads, Part 2," Baltar's religious preaching, and Baltar's willingness to sacrifice himself for the sake of another in "He That Believeth in Me."