Battlestar Galactica

Season 3 Episode 6

Torn (1)

3
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Nov 03, 2006 on Syfy
8.7
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Lingering feelings of rage lead Saul Tigh and Kara Thrace to cause problems aboard Galactica between the survivors from New Caprica and those who stayed with the fleet during the Occupation. Baltar assists the Cylons in an attempt to stay alive. He uncovers details about Cylon civilization. Meanwhile, a Cylon baseship -- sent to investigate the area near a nebula -- falls victim to a mysterious disease.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Torn was Perfect!

    10
    Torn was a perfect and amazing episode of Battlestar Galactica and I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of character development as well as plot development. It was cool to see more of the Cylons and how they act and interact aboard the Base Ship. Baltar made a very intriguing discovery and had some great scenes. I thought it was interesting how the Six in his head claimed to be an Angel from God. The Hybrids were very awesome and it was neat how they were described to Baltar. I Lucy Lawless was awesome and brilliant in her role, and I loved the way she said they've decided Earth will be their new home! Tigh and Starbuck are having a hard time letting go of the past and are forced to decide how to move on. Sharon Agathan gets the call sign Athena which was cool, and has intriguing implications if Admiral Adama is Zues. There was still fall out about the past and the drama was great. The actors really humanize their characters well. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Too much pain for some..

    8.8
    Oh - and they continue with the aftermaths of New Carpica and there are much to ease - too much pain, suffering and blood. The main story goes around Starbuck and Tigh who maybe lost both too much there. Tigh lost the eye and then he was refused the revenge he was getting with the circle.. noone seemed to understand and appriciate what he did and they all went on but not he.. and the anger just eats him.. and I think more than he hates others, he just cannot give for himself.. and seeing that pain on screen - it really hurts watching..



    And Starbuck.. I really have started to like that char so much and now she is in her depth but it looks like she loves flying and she respects Adama and she is getting out of that mystery - the ending at least promised it.



    And then we have the storyline of Gaius who have to survive with those Cylons and he is walking very slippery slope.moreless
  • Outstanding. This weeks episode has class oozing from every last frame.

    10
    From the second the episode begins you just know that you are in for something spectacular - again!



    Wether it is the artful blending of music with image or the sheer emotion of the actors in the middle of it, this one has it all.



    Similiar to the last season there are now two strong plotlines, Gaius with the Cylons and Odama with Battlestar Galactica with one endgame in sight - Earth.



    This is the perfect opportunity for us to learm a little more about what its like aboard a cylon ship and gain a deeper understanding of the cylon psyche.



    Meanwhile over on Battlestar Galactica Odama's challenge continues to be putting things back together again with some powerful scenes involving Saul and Starbuck.



    Perhaps one of the classiest episodes to date.moreless
  • Great work as always.

    9.1
    While the last episode was a little bit slow, the pace certainly picked up in this episode. I like they showed a lot more of the inner workings of a base ship this season. The way the walls are, I am surprised Baltar can even find his way around given the bland look to humans but serine look to cylon skin jobs. The story is carefully devised to the search for earth but this time the cylons are looking for it also. Religion seems to play a major role in the story lines especially with the cylons. The Felix and the president also has their views and how it relates to real life.moreless
  • Finally, things are heating up....

    9.2
    "Torn" poignantly and cleverly portrays the conflict between the colonists who struggled on New Caprica and those who stayed behind on Galactica. Unlike in the previous episode, the discontent Tigh and Starbuck convey their bitterness in a series of dramatic scenes, and the episode ends with them choosing different paths towards reconciling their sense of isolation.



    Meanwhile, Gaius Baltar's story is taking an interesting turn. Contrary to the purposeless scenes last week, Baltar is now becoming immersed in the world of the Cylons, with his Cylon guide filling him in about their differences as well as hinting at Cylon models he is (and we are) not yet aware of. How exciting will it be when these questions and conflicts pay off later in the season?moreless
Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

William Adama

James Callis

James Callis

Gaius Baltar

Jamie Bamber

Jamie Bamber

Lee "Apollo" Adama

Katee Sackhoff

Katee Sackhoff

Kara "Starbuck" Thrace

Mary McDonnell

Mary McDonnell

Laura Roslin

Tricia Helfer

Tricia Helfer

Number Six/Caprica Six

Rachel Hayward

Rachel Hayward

Blonde Woman

Guest Star

Madeline Parker

Madeline Parker

Kacey Brynn

Guest Star

Emilie Ullerup

Emilie Ullerup

Julia Brynn

Guest Star

Michael Hogan

Michael Hogan

Saul Tigh

Recurring Role

Lucy Lawless, MNZM

Lucy Lawless, MNZM

D'Anna Biers/Number Three

Recurring Role

Callum Keith Rennie

Callum Keith Rennie

Leoben Conoy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the opening scene on the beach in Baltar's dream, the mouths of Baltar and Number Six were blurred out to allow the insertion of completely different dialogue than was originally shot.

    • Some of the proposed (and rejected) call signs for Sharon Agathon were Chrome Dome, Titania, Micro Chick, Digital Dame, Raptor Adaptor, Windup Toy, Tin Can and Vermin Chaser.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Doral: The Hybrid objects.
      D'Anna/Number Three: She doesn't get a vote. Jump the ship.

    • Baltar: What do you care about finding Earth?
      Caprica Six: Because we're looking for it.
      Baltar: You are.
      D'Anna/Number Three: Yes, we've decided that Earth's going to be our new home.

    • (in Baltar's daydream)
      Baltar: Right. I think I understand projection, but it's a bit of a coincidence, isn't it? That I could see such a vivid reality that I've created and the Cylon projection experience seems to be so similar.
      Number Six: Is it a coincidence?
      Baltar: Well what are you saying. There's a connection? What, because of my experiences with you.... Am I a Cylon?
      (in reality)
      Caprica Six: What was that?

    • Caprica Six: Instead of staring at blank walls, I choose to surround myself with a vision of God's creation.

    • Adama: (to Kara) You were like a daughter to me once. No more. You're a malcontent and a cancer, and I won't have you on my ship. So you have a choice. You can figure out how to become a human being again and an officer, or you can find another place to live, off of this ship. You're dismissed.

    • Adama: (to Kara and Tigh) Now one of you, and I don't care who, pick that weapon up and shoot me.
      Kara: Admiral, I don't know…
      Adama: I didn't say to talk. You've done enough of that already. I said to pick up that weapon and shoot. What's the matter? No guts. You don't got a pair? You're both frakking cowards.

    • Number Six: (to Baltar) And if you're really a Cylon, one of the final five you haven't seen yet, then wouldn't you just rather get it over with and die?

    • Tyrol: How'd you land this thing, Captain?
      Starbuck: Pointed it toward the deck and stopped when I got here.

    • Athena: When God's anger awakens, even the mighty shall fall.

    • Kara: (to Julia Brynn) You seem like a really nice person so I'm gonna be honest with you. The last thing I need is a 2-year-old friend and Kacey sure as hell does not need me in her life. So do us both a favor and do not bring her around here again, okay?

  • NOTES (7)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Torn/Tron

      The Hybrid ends its sentences with the phrase, "end of line." In the movie Tron, the Master Control Program also finished its sentences with this phrase. Additionally, the episode title Torn is an anagram of Tron.

    • The Hybrid is reminiscent of the Precogs from the movie Minority Report.

    • Athena

      Sharon's call sign Athena is a reference to the Greek goddess of wisdom, war, weaving, and certain crafts. Athena was born fully grown from her father Zeus' forehead, and fully armed.

    • Because she considers "Boomer" a separate person, Sharon Agathon receives a new call sign: Athena.

      This is a reference both to the ancient Greek god and to the character Athena in the original Battlestar Galactica series. Athena was Commander Adama's only daughter. She served as a bridge officer, although she also piloted a Viper in combat in the episode "Lost Planet of the Gods, Part 1" when most of Galactica's pilots were incapacitated by a deadly disease.

      In Season 3, Admiral Adama treats Sharon Agathon almost like a daughter, an honor he previously bestowed upon Kara "Starbuck" Thrace.

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