Battlestar Galactica

Season 3 Episode 14

The Woman King

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 11, 2007 on Syfy
8.3
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The Sagittarons allege that a doctor is discriminating against them. As Helo investigates, he becomes concerned that the doctor may even be murdering patients. Meanwhile, Athena unwittingly brings Hera to the doctor for treatment.

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  • The Woman King

    10
    The Woman King was a perfect episode of Battlestar Galactica and I really enjoyed watching this episode because it was a side story focusing on great characters deserving of the attention. I thought the story was well written and perfectly timed giving viewers awesome entertainment while delaying the larger season long story arcs. Helo was amazing and truly is a good person though by human standards he may be strange for marrying a Cylon. Sharon or Athena has earned her place among Galactica's crew and it was great to see her interacting as one of them. It was heroic and courageous for Helo to follow the right path and see it through and in the end it really payed off, making others really think about the man that Helo truly is. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Helo Centric

    8.5
    So in this episode we take a breack from the explosions, space flying and deadly robots and focus more on the survie-ing last remaining living humans left in the world (so yeah this will be depressing)

    After making it pass the Star Cluster back in episode 'The Passage', the fleet loses two or three civilian ships so the ex-passengers of those ships have to be intergrated to another ship , but most of them are already overful. Except of course for the Galactica, one of the biggest ships in the fleet. So the Civilians are foursed to take up quaters in the large empty unoucpied space of a military war ship which is nicknamed 'Dog-Town'. Since it is still a military ship the people of Dog Town are forbided from going into certain areas, but they have to be taken care of or at least have their Complaints heared. This episode shows the true importace of the pilots misson to guide the ships pass the Cluster, which makes Captain Kat's sacrifice all the more heroic. (RIP Captain Kat)

    So Helo has been named mayor of Dog Town which has no percks what so ever to the title. To make matters worse it seems some of the Dog Town people are dieing due to not getting proper medical attention. Now all the victims are Sagittaron's which should seem odd but apearently Sagittaron's have been known to refuse medical treatment because it goes against their religious beliefs. No one in Galactica is giving this any second thought, or time to properly investigate this event, except of corse for Helo.The problem with that is...well it's Helo. everyone doesn't act surprise when he stands up for the Saggittaron's due to his constant defending of his cylon wife and hybrid child, so Helo has to go all out even putting his status and relationship with his family on the line to prove that a racist doctor from killing more innocent people.

    Now of course Helo is sucessful, but it wasn't as easy as I said. I like this episode because we get to see a main charecter that all of us have come to love have an episode of his own were he progress or at least does something differnt. Ok he's still standing up for the beat down race people, but this time he has a honest and pure motive (aside from it being about the women who he loves and sleeps with). I kida wanted a more revealing episode were we leared a little bit more about Helo's life before the Fall, maybe get a little back story on his relationship with his own father.But this was a good episode.

    I find what the doctor's motives for killing to be complely disturbing and above all racist. I hate that even when the world has endded and all you have for survial are the people around and you still find something to discrimanate against!

    I reallyenjoyed this episode, but I have to point out a few flaws. For starters I think Helo was worried for nothing when the murdering doctor did a check up for Dee and his daughter Hera, and he was afaid he'dkill them.Dee isAdmiral Adama's daughter-in-lawfor goodness sake! Even if she is a Saggittaron, if she dies the Admiral and Lee will be wanting some answers and that would get the killing Doc expose (Plus Dee isn't even religious, at all)Second, ok I get that a father should be consired if his child (esspeacially one that's been missing for over a year, and just recently returned home) is in the presents of a potential murderer! But again like with Dee, that would just get him exposed. If he's lucky, because if Hera died in his arms Helo would open fire on him before or after Athena rip's his limbs off. beside the Doctor only killed Saggittaron's and while Hera is a cylon (and every human hates them) she's still half human and since her daddy Helo, is Caprican (or some other coloney not counting Saggittaron) they she doen't fit the Doc's M.O. .

    Most people didn't like this episode because it didn't have and action or speacial effects, but if you watched to the previews you should have known that their was no hint of action or effects in this episode. And that's not a bad thing people!We need a little dram that fits in with the storyline so the series actually makes since and seems real to us. (Ok not counting all the syfi and cultural stuff, but you know what I mean)moreless
  • Filler, but good fluff.

    8.0
    Bruce Davidson. Need I say more? As a big fan of X-Men,and his role on Lost's episode "Dave", I was excited to see him in this episode. And it was also good to see Doc Cottle back. This is an episode much in the vein of Black Market, but I still enjoyed it. It won't be found on any 'essential BSG' lists, but it's worth rewatching.



    I enjoyed the scene where Helo punched Tigh. I like Tigh, but that guy deserves all the punches he receives. He can really piss me off sometimes. I need to get a hold of the bonus scenes, the preview of the Adama/Helo scene looked pretty interesting.moreless
  • Another decent episode, it could have used more action sequences.

    8.0
    One great thing about this show is the topics it tackles. A lot of the topics deals with religion and morals. This episode clearly is about religion. While the colonies had a dozen planets than banded together there was one planet which the other planets considered an outcast. Their belief system was clearly different than the others. One of them was hygiene, another was medical treatment. In this episode one of the doctors seems to always have patients that die under his care. Helo must decide what to do with this doctor even though it looks like the doctor is doing everything possible to care for his patients. It becomes more a trying situation when it involves the care of his daughter.moreless
  • What a boring episode, one of the worst of this season!

    4.2
    What a boring episode, one of the worst of this season! There happened nothing, not even at least character developement. We just have a doctor who kills some people and gets caught, whoa, what a fun! There is noch story developement, no action, no special effects, i guess when you open a vocabulary by the word "filler", you would see as an example "Woman King, BSG S03". Thanks to the production team of BSG, that we have such great episodes as "Exodus, pt.2". What do i have to say? Maybe there was a contract about exactly 20 Episodes and they had enought plot only for 19, i don't know. Fact is - thts episode s**ked!moreless
Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

William Adama

Katee Sackhoff

Katee Sackhoff

Kara "Starbuck" Thrace

Mary McDonnell

Mary McDonnell

Laura Roslin

James Callis

James Callis

Gaius Baltar

Jamie Bamber

Jamie Bamber

Lee "Apollo" Adama

Grace Park

Grace Park

Sharon Valerii/Sharon "Athena" Agathon

Gabrielle Rose

Gabrielle Rose

Mrs. King

Guest Star

Bruce Davison

Bruce Davison

Dr. Michael Robert

Guest Star

Chris Boyd

Chris Boyd

Cheadle

Guest Star

Tahmoh Penikett

Tahmoh Penikett

Karl "Helo" Agathon

Recurring Role

Michael Hogan

Michael Hogan

Saul Tigh

Recurring Role

Richard Hatch

Richard Hatch

Tom Zarek

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (10)

    • Imaginary Baltar: So you're here to save him, are you?
      Caprica Six: I told you -- I don't know.
      Imaginary Baltar: You're here because you want to be human. (Caprica Six smiles in acknowledgment) There's a trick to being human. You have to think only about yourself.

    • Helo: (to Adama) Sir, people could be dying under Robert's care.
      Cottle: People die under my care every day. It goes with the damn job.
      Helo: Killing doesn't.

    • Tigh: You may as well take whatever credibility you have left and chuck it out an airlock. You seriously wanna stand up for these crazy frakking people? What is it with you? You just like being on the outside, lookin' in, don't ya?
      Helo: I don't quite know what you mean by that sir, unless you're referring to my wife. Again.

    • Helo: If you thought Dr. Robert was dangerous, why let him treat your son? I mean, you said you were warned.
      Mrs. King: I couldn't believe anyone could have that much hate inside of them.

    • Athena: (about the Sagittarons) Yeah, I want you to look the other way. I have to fight every single day on this ship to be accepted.
      Helo: This has nothing to do with you, okay? You think that's who I am, that's what I've become? That's my defining characteristic, the guy married to a Cylon? This guy's dirty. I think he's a liar, and I think he's killing people because he's a racist son-of-a-bitch.

    • Dr. Robert: (talking about the Sagittarons) Now why waste time and meds and space on them when all of those resources could go to those who really deserve it. Who gets the medication when there's not enough to go around? The Sagittaron who won't even raise a finger to save his own race, or a Viper pilot?
      Cottle: And what the hell happened to "Do no harm," doctor?

    • Adama: There's hate, and there's allowing hate. Two sides of the same coin, really. We're guilty of both. Somewhere, we got lost. You being the lone voice in the wilderness, we were bound to stay that way for a while. This is my ship, and I owe you an apology.
      Helo: That's not necessary, sir.
      Adama: All the same, you still have it.

    • Dr. Robert: Remember what you used to say, Saul? "Aside from a Cylon, is there anything that you hate more than a Sagittaron?"
      Tigh: I'll tell you what I hate, Mike. Being wrong.

    • Tom Zarek: (to Roslin) Baltar will get his trial and this is what you'll get: a hurricane. The media will descend on you and watch and scrutinize and question your every move. You will have sectarian violence. You will have assassination attempts. You will have civil unrest on a scale we've never seen. Work, labor, everyday routine in this fleet will come to a complete halt. This trial is going to bring this entire fleet down.

    • (discussing the Sagittarons)
      Cottle: For the last 3,000 years, medicine's been the great curse.
      Tigh: That's because they're a bunch of stubborn root-sucking jackasses holding onto traditions that are a thousand years old.

  • NOTES (5)

    • At Joe's Bar, Connor refers to Racetrack as "Marge." This is the first time in the series that anyone has used that nickname in reference to Racetrack. Her full name, Margaret Edmondson, was first revealed in the episode "Final Cut" from Season 2.

    • The game that Racetrack, Chief Tyrol, Apollo and Dee are playing at Joe's Bar is called Pyramid X.

    • Unlike the lymphocytic encephalitis disease that affected the Cylons in the episodes "Torn" and "A Measure of Salvation," the disease in this episode (Mellorak Sickness) does not appear to be a real disease. The medicine (Bittamusin) does not appear to be taken from real life either.

      However, there is a real-life animal disease called African horse sickness. One of the noted researchers of the disease is a Dr. Philip S. Mellor of the Institute for Animal Health in the town of Woking, Surrey (United Kingdom). Woking was also the town where H.G. Wells wrote the famous novel The War of the Worlds.

    • As of the beginning of this episode, there are 41,401 survivors in the fleet, two fewer than at the beginning of the previous episode.

    • Tahmoh Penikett read the "Previously on Battlestar Galactica" line at the beginning of this episode.

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