Battlestar Galactica

Season 2 Episode 2

Valley of Darkness (2)

8
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jul 22, 2005 on Syfy
9.1
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The Galactica successfully reunites with the fleet, but the Cylons are still onboard the ship. Col. Tigh orders Lee to stop the Centurions from reaching Aft Damage Control before they vent the atmosphere from the ship. On Cylon-occupied Caprica, Starbuck and Helo visit her old apartment. Helo takes note of the abstract paintings on the wall. On Kobol, Baltar has a nightmare about Adama. Tyrol and Cally go on a supposed rescue mission.

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  • Thank the gods I didn't have kids.

    7.5
    For an episode that was about very physical, materialistic things like Cylons on the ship, it's impressive how much of a character-driven story this manages to be. I'm particularly happy that the writers managed to bring most of the characters (except, of course, Boomer) back into the spotlight for at least a little while, and for that reason I thought that this episode was a better contribution to the story than the one before it. At the very least, at the end we've settled down back to some sort of relative calm. On Caprica, even though Helo and Starbuck are stranded, they now have a car and are in a much better place than last episode. On Kobol, tragedies are dealt with and by the end the much-reduced group has no immediate threat. And on Galactica, even though Roslin is still imprisoned and Adama is still critical condition, there's a sense that at long last the immediate cliffhangerpalooza that was the last finale has finally been dealt with. That's not to say that I think the show will ever return to the episodic format that it had in season one, but what do I know?



    My favorite story this episode, though, has to go to the one on Caprica. Tahmoh Penikett and Katee Sackhoff have a lot of chemistry, and their scenes in Starbuck's old home are incredibly touching in a desperate, dejected sort of way. The last note, thought, where they drive off in the car, is more upbeat than the show has been since Colonial Day, and I appreciate that the writers aren't planning on maintaining utter darkness for the entire season.



    Oh wait, but it's still pretty much a Walking Dead experience back on Kobol. I mean that sort of literally - the dirty look that the characters have, the gory deaths of minor protagonists, the trudging through the forest with guns running from an ever-present enemy all gives off the vibe that Walking Dead does. The fact that a network show on Syfy can give that atmosphere is really incredible. Nice job to all involved, once again.



    Meanwhile, up on Galactica there's a lot of tense action, but also a lot of character stuff especially for Lee. There's not really time to illustrate any sort of inner conflict as to whether he was right in his decision to assist Roslin. That, in hindsight, is almost a good thing, as it demonstrates his sense of conviction. Lee truly believes he did the right thing, and who are we to argue? That's why I have to side with him over Tigh in the final scenes, but both sides of the debate are, as always with this show, completely compelling and valid.



    Overall, nice episode and an improvement on the last one. I guess it's notable for being the first one not to end on a cliffhanger since Hand of God, as we prepare to settle into the midseason pace that this show does so well.moreless
  • Cylons make it onto the Galactica

    9.0
    In this episode there is a lot of carnage. Everything seems to be going wrong for the survivors on Galactica. The Cylons that arrived on a ship that crash landed on the Galactica, get into the ship with clear plans to destroy the ship and the fleet. Fortunately Tigh, figured out their plan and is able to put a plan of his own in place. It is also revealed how the Cylons were able to almost breakdown the Galactica's whole infrastructure with a virus, that entered when the crew got the coordinates for the rest of the fleet in the last episode. The crew seems to take a hell of a lot of losses in the fighting.

    Its a great episode, and leaves you wanting more!



    The best thing about BG is it takes itself seriously, it stays true to its central ideas, everything that happens seems plausible and builds on something that has happened previously.moreless
  • Valley of Darkness

    10
    Valley of Darkness was another perfect and vividly entertaining and character driven episode of Battlestar Galactica. I really enjoyed watching this episode because it had lots of action yet moments of peace as well. There were lots of great moments through out the episode adding to the depth of the characters. How scary it was to be having a good time only for a Cylon to crash the party and start killing every one. There was a lot of urgency and fear along with hope and courage. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The one where: things get bloody.

    8.0
    There was always going to be the inevitable decline from last week's amazing episode, but it's only a slight dip. The cylons have boarded the fleet and are causing bloody, bloody havoc. They leave a stream of dead bodies wherever they go; this episode does well to hit home that they're not simply canon fodder. These machines are badass. And speaking of blood, there's so bloody much of it here. Everyone is covered in the red stuff.

    Dee and Billy enjoy a cute sub-plot that sees their cold relationship thaw out quite a bit. I have a feeling something horrible will happen to one of them, or both. Billy's close encounter with death here was thankfully cut short by Laura, who dives in to save him from being riddled with bullets. Isn't the opposite supposed to happen? Oh, Billy!

    I really enjoyed Starbuck and Helo just chilling out back in Caprica. Starbuck has a sweet pad, in an artsy-fartsy kind of way. Someone really needs to tend to her wounds before they get infected. Doesn't Helo have a medi-kit or something on him? That piece of music that that Starbuck plays is beautiful, by the way.

    And on Kobol things aren't looking so bright. At least the guys are breathing fresh air again and are in the open, unlike their colleagues in space, trapped with cylons. Gaius' dream was a little weird. Did Six plant that dream in his subconscious? Bill Adama drowns their new baby in a rather shocking sequence, but I'm not too sure what it all means. Will he be the end of the new cylon race?

    Not bad at all!moreless
  • A great episode.

    9.2
    A great episode, but I hope to NEVER hear that damn annoying piano sonata EVER again. I honestly believe the Sound Effects and Sound Tracking is the only part of this show that is at times less than great. They could do SO much better. Last note to reach 100 words: I'm getting a little tired of Gaius' conversations with Number Six(except for seeing Number Six in her sexy outfits). I know it MUST be vital to the storyline. However, after 1 whole season of her dipping in and out and him fumbling over himself, I've grown a bit weary and find myself just checking out Six's body and then wanting to move on. 1 more note: it would be cool if Starbuck and Helo meet the cylons again and another Sharon ends up taking Starbuck's Hummer. "That B**ch took my ride AGAIN!!" lolmoreless
Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

William Adama

Grace Park

Grace Park

Sharon "Boomer" Valerii

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

Michael Tayles

Michael Tayles

Flyboy

Guest Star

Garvin Cross

Garvin Cross

Collishaw

Guest Star

Brad Loree

Brad Loree

Bonnington

Guest Star

Nicki Clyne

Nicki Clyne

Cally Henderson

Recurring Role

Aaron Douglas

Aaron Douglas

Galen Tyrol

Recurring Role

Alessandro Juliani

Alessandro Juliani

Felix Gaeta

Recurring Role

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