Battlestar Galactica

Season 4 Episode 3

The Ties That Bind

3
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Apr 18, 2008 on Syfy
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Kara Thrace seeks her own path in the search for Earth as the commander of a lone freighter. The Cylons face the threat of the newly sentient Centurions unleashed by Natalie, a copy of Number Six. On the Galactica, a member of the crew learns a dark secret about a loved one.moreless

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  • The Ties That Bind

    10
    The Ties That Bind was a perfect and explosively entertaining episode of Battlestar Galactica with one shocking moment or surprise after another. The story was awesome and really tied everything together well. The characters were all dealing with various issues, though Callie may have had the worst out of all at the time. Still suspecting Tyrol of cheating on her she finds a note with a time and place and she finds him meeting with the other three newly realized Cylons. It was cool how things played out afterwards, though sad and touching at the same time. I really wonder what will happen next. Meanwhile the Cylons seemed to all come to terms until there was another surprise and more civil unrest between the two factions over the idea to un-box the Threes. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • well written. One minor character death. Lee is introduced to the quorum. Starbuck is lost in space. Cylons fight each other.

    8.5
    Strength in this episode is the cylon storyline. The writer's seem to know what to do with them now. In previous episodes, I felt they did not have an overall arc and questioned whether showing them took something away from them as villians. (mystery usually makes an antogonist more scary) It looks like they are no longer unified now that humanity has been dealt with. (which may be the point, their genocide solved nothing for them).



    Lee is now a member of the quorum, and this plot was only so-so. I do not understand where this is going yet, and still have trouble believing they would let him retire from being a pilot, since they is a shortage of experienced pilots.



    The tory storyline was above average, Cally was a minor character and they do not lose much in killing her off. Tory seems to be the most "evil" of the final five now that she knows what she is.



    Starbuck storyline is too incomplete to grade, like Lee's story, we do not know where this is going yet. Other than manipulating Anders, not much occurred.moreless
  • shocking..

    9.0
    Oh - from the first moments that opening have very fast those some scenes from episode - and I saw Tory attacking Celly I was nailed to the screen and wandered what is going to happen. I most say - I loved the way this episode was built - it was just matter of time someone will realize the four is not the same anymore and as chief and Celly were close - it was logical and I love the way the portrayed her pain, confusion before she even learned the truth - and the way she gets closer and closer to it and when she learns it.. and the choice she makes.. They really told that kind of shock so well - to realize the man you have lived with, who is your father of your child.. is cylon. in the world they live.. I cannot.. and I realized on the moment she walked into the airlock what she is going to do- but Tori there and then pushing the button - that girl is more and more slipping away.moreless
  • this episode should also be called "Cally got owned"

    9.0
    in the start we see flashbacks of cally and chief very much in love, then we see that their relationship is on the rocks. cally goes to joes bar one night and thinks she see's chief cheating on her with torrie and makes a scene! after visiting Doc Cottle she gets given some pills and sympathy, however she seems to be cracking up. Later she finds a note that tigh has left for chief and follows him to a secret meeting. there she listens in and learns chief is a cylon- racked with insanity she takes the baby and goes to an airlock to kill herself, there torrie seemingly talks her out of it and takes the child off her- only to smack her upside the head and kill cally by opening the hatch on her... Another name for this episode could also of been:- "if Doc gives you pills cause he thinks you're crazy, take them" but that title would have been too long, a good endinf for the character Cally though .moreless
  • great episode

    10
    On galactica, reporters are curious about the freighter ship that was sent out to search for a way to earth. cally becomes jealous with tyrol talking to tory in the mess hall. a cylon ship gets attacked by other ships when they see number six as a threat. it's a really exciting episode, this episode takes the story and the characters to uncharted territory. we're not sure what are the four hidden cylons doing or what their purpose inside galactica. it's a very exciting episode, i can't wait for the next one. the writers are able to raise to suspense and the roller coaster ride.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

Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

William Adama

Jamie Bamber

Jamie Bamber

Lee "Apollo" Adama

Mary McDonnell

Mary McDonnell

Laura Roslin

Ryan McDonell

Ryan McDonell

Lt. Eammon "Gonzo" Pike

Guest Star

Biski Gugushe

Biski Gugushe

Sekou Hamilton

Guest Star

Donna Soares

Donna Soares

Speaking Delegate #1

Guest Star

Richard Hatch

Richard Hatch

Tom Zarek

Recurring Role

Nicki Clyne

Nicki Clyne

Cally Henderson Tyrol

Recurring Role

Alessandro Juliani

Alessandro Juliani

Felix Gaeta

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Nitpick: Cally and Galen sleep with their heads at the end of the bed that is farthest from Nicky's crib. In Season 3, and in Cally's flashbacks of their lovemaking, they sleep with their heads at the other end of the bed.

    • In the scene where the rebel Cylon fleet jumps into the ambush, the stars of the Orion constellation are visible on the left side of the screen, including the three prominent stars that make up the "belt" of Orion.

    • Lee Adama joins the Quorum of the Twelve in this episode as the Colonial delegate representing Caprica.

    • The action in this episode takes place three weeks after the events of the previous episode, "Six of One."

    • Kara Thrace's crew aboard the freighter Demetrius includes at least nine other individuals. Among them are Sharon "Athena" Agathon, Karl "Helo" Agathon, Felix Gaeta, Diana Seelix, Lt. "Gonzo" Pike, the unnamed tattooed pilot (played by Leo Li Chiang), and Kara's husband, Samuel Anders. At least one of the crew members (Anders) volunteered for the mission (to find Earth).

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Kara: It's like everything seems so far away. The way things feel, the way they taste, like I'm watching myself but not really experiencing it, not living it. Like my body is just this alien thing I'm still attached to. Does that seem crazy to you?

    • Kara: (to Sam) You dumb motherfrakker. I only married you because it was safe and it was easy, Sam, and you were just pathetic enough to go along with it. So get the frak out. (Sam doesn't move; Kara shoves him back until they are against the wall)

      I don't want to fight, Sam. I want to frak. You don't get it, do you? I'm not the same girl you married. All I want to do right now is frak. Really frak, like it's the end of the world and nothing else matters. So go on, Sam. Make me feel something. I dare you.

    • Cottle: You're not crazy.
      Cally: What would you call someone who all but proposes to a man after he breaks her jaw?

    • Cavil: Now really, Six, if you had wanted some room to spread out, you could've just asked.
      Number Six: Is there anything that isn't fodder for a joke with you? Or is that really how you see our very existence, as some sort of nihilistic punchline?
      Cavil: Nihilistic punchline? I like that. But quite honestly, I'm feeling very serious. Getting riddled with bullets affects me that way.

    • Tyrol: (to Tory) I used to know who I was. Galen Tyrol -- crew chief, husband, father. I look in the mirror nowadays, I don't even know what I am.

    • Boomer: But we're killing them. I mean, we're truly killing them. My own sisters.
      Cavil: They can trust their god to watch over their immortal souls.
      Boomer: But what about ours?
      Cavil: We're machines, dear. Remember? We don't have souls.

  • NOTES (5)

    • When Tory strikes Cally, it is a good indication that the Final Five possess the enhanced strength of the regular human-form Cylon models.

    • This is at least the second episode to indicate that President Roslin enjoys mystery and detective novels. At her bedside, Adama reads the beginning of Chapter 1 from the hardboiled detective story Love and Bullets by fictional author Nick Talo. ("It started like it always did. With a body.")

      In the Season 3 episode, "A Day in the Life," Roslin gave Adama a book titled Blood Runs at Midnight. She said that it was a good mystery story despite the title.

    • As of the opening credits, there are 39,676 survivors in the fleet, the same number listed in the previous episode.

    • Tricia Helfer read the "Previously on Battlestar Galactica" line at the beginning of this episode.

    • James Callis was credited in the opening titles although he did not appear in this episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Tom Zarek: A government of the people, for the people and answerable to the people.

      This is a reference to the famous passage in President Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Gettysburg Address.

      "...that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

    • Star Trek: The Next Generation

      The number of the weapons locker, 1701D, is a clear reference to the registry number of the starship Enterprise-D on the famous sci-fi series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Developer and executive producer Ronald Moore got his start in the television industry as a writer on that show.

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