Battlestar Galactica

Season 1 Episode 2


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jan 14, 2005 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Boomer wakes up in a storage locker soaking wet and carrying a bag with a bomb in it. Moments later, several explosions rip through the Galactica, bleeding her of 60% of her water. Now the crew struggles to find another source of water before riots threaten to destroy the convoy.moreless

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  • You don't know anything about women, do you?

    I couldn't be happier after watching this one.

    33 was definitely a test outing for the series. It had the advantage of being the pilot episode, and so all of the layers of drama that the show was building were showcased. Because of this, 33 could easily have been a fluke and the actual rhythm of this show could be slow or boring. Luckily for us, it's anything but.

    I'm actually really surprised (and happy!) to see just how serialized this whole thing really is. Sure, there's one issue (the water supply) that dominates the episode, and is for all intents and purposes fixed by the end of it, but that issue is actually part of a much bigger plot. As we watch the characters scramble around with water rationing and dealing with riots, at the same time we subtly get a lot of crucial information on how Boomer's Cylon-ness affects the story overall. Grace Park is great here (I really don't think there's a single subpar actor on this whole show!), especially in the opening scenes of the episode which were, quite frankly, awesome. Without wasting any time, the show throws us right into a "we're frakked" situation, as Boomer realizes that she might be responsible for blowing up the ship's entire water supply and begs Tyrol to protect her from getting caught.

    In terms of what we've learned about Boomer's "possession", we now know that the Cylons can take control of her for periods of time, and according to the last scene she can apparently fight back against this. I really like that they didn't just make her eeeevil and kill her after a few episodes, but instead we get to see an inner struggle made more complicated by that fact that it seems that she doesn't even know she's a Cylon.

    The other plots in the episode were pretty scarce. We saw one good Baltar scene, and a few on Cylon-occupied Caprica. But mainly this was Boomer's episode, and the way that it focuses on her while still telling an overall story makes me think of Lost in the best possible way.moreless
  • Water

    Water was another stellar episode of Battlestar Galactica and I really enjoyed watching this episode as it opened with Boomer waking up from a black out to realize she may have planted bombs and could be a Cylon. This episode had drama, suspense, and a lot of character and plot development. I really like the style of this series and how intense the character scenes can be, but in an awesome way. Meanwhile the other Sharon on Caprica plays a game with Halo to make him believe she is there to help him. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The one where: There's hardly a drop to drink. (Or bathe in.)

    Any episode that begins with Grace Park – dripping wet – is fine by me.

    This particularly moisty, hot Asian-Cylon has no idea that she's a sleeper agent. Drenched from head to toe after looking like she just snapped out of a daydream, she finds a rucksack with a towel and some other essential trinkets. Like, ya know, some explosives. Bummer. She is definitely a hot Asian-cylon, no doubt about it. Boomer soon discovers that even more explosions are missing from the small arms locker, but where are the rest of them?

    Spoilerish Title Sequence: 4 mins and 28 secs into the episode.

    It's an admitedly slow-paced hour, exploring the different dyanamics between the military and the presidential side of things. The urgency to find water isn't as nail-biting as last week's genuine stakes to evade Cylon attacks, although Boomer's inner conflict is handled nicely enough. (Though she does seem a bit peewee for such an authoritarian figure. I guess size doesn't really matter.) The character work between Adama and Roslyn is easily the best thing going right now (outside of awesome robots, which we see very little of here). I genuinely bought their budding respect for one another's tough positions as respective leaders, as well as the hinted flirty exchanges between them.

    The visual effect as the water leaked into the black was quite the spectacle. Less awesome, especially if you have vertigo (I don't, but I sympathise with those who do), is this show and its relentless camera shakiness. I felt it took away from the drama of certain scenes, particularly when juxtaposed with Baltar's cerebral get-away with Six.

    Frak-O-Meter: Only 2 fraks this week. This show is still so young.

    Cylon Sex: Nada! Although we did get a nice shot of Six in a hot tub.

    Spot the Six: Just Head Six this week. Once again, looking like she just stepped out of a Special K advert.

    Injuries: This was a fairly tame episode, wasn't it? Does Starbuck's pride count for injury?..

    Boomer or Sharon?: Boomer and Sharon both get drenched in this episode. Possibly a tie, me thinks.

    Ships Lost: Nothing this week. It's just The Olympic Carrier as of now. But just yoooou wait.

    Battlestar Bleakness: I can't believe Dee was so cold towards Billy. Like, ok, her hair was far from good looking. He knew it, she knew that, heck we all did. But a compliment is a compliment, lady! Geesh. (Again, such a tame episode, amiright?)

    Boasting solid performances and some great FX work, as of right now, the show is still finding its feet and an adequet pace to work at. It's glacial at the moment, but soon things will run smooth like water. (OK, that was effin' lame.I know it, you know it, but I'm tired, so shut up.)moreless
  • "It was really a Boomer episode, very serialized." SPOILERS.

    So, the episode opens with Boomer being soaking wet and realizing that 6 or so mini explosives have been left throughout the ship. It was interesting how they did this right after the scene with Boomer in the rain on Caprica with Helo because I actually thought she didn't remember that she TRANSPORTED from Caprica. Only an hour after watching the episode I said, "Oh! It's because the bombs were in the water tank!"

    I really do like The President a lot and I want them to touch more on the one general that is an alcoholic more. I have a feeling him measuring how much alcohol he has left means something significant. This episode was definitely not as dark as 33 and I actually kinda liked that...even though I like dark. :P It was really a Boomer episode, very serialized. From my understanding, towards the end of the episode it seemed like Boomer was SUPPOSED to detonate the bomb that was on her ship and not tell the others that she found water, but she did. Is she fighting back against her cylon ways? This was truly interesting. I also really liked her smirk/serious face at the end of the episode. Does she know she's a Cylon? I personally don't think so but they seemed to hint at that at the end. Another thing I enjoyed was the flirtatiousness between Baltar and Starbuck after the game of cards. Also, is Helo's story going to move any faster? Seems like a waster of space. Kinda like how in the episode where Spike tells Buffy how he killed slayers there are random shots of Riley trying to kill a nest of vamps and it takes away from the story. That's where Helo is at right now. :P

  • One big educational experience.

    Well Sharon's first act as a Cylon was full on, to say the least. It was a brilliant choice to start the episode with her dripping wet and the viewer wondering right along with her, "what the hell did she do?" Especially after the C4 was revealed in her bag. It was almost creepy how well thought out the plan was, planting a charge in her own Raptor in order to remove all suspicion from herself was good thinking. And I have to admit the final shots of her walking down the hallway gave me chills.

    Adama gained even more respect in his scene with President Roslin(who I'm still lukewarm on), by not wanting the military to become a police force he showed the kind of restraint needed by someone in his position.

    The stuff on Caprica had me a little confused. I'm just wondering if/when Helo is going to question who that woman(Six) was that was rolling with Cylons or why Sharon knew to shoot her, or why Sharon isn't questioning it? He wasn't on board Galactica when the rumors started about Cylons looking like humans and I can't imagine Sharon would want to risk arousing his suspicions by telling him.

    Once again the card game was one of the high points, Baltar and Starbuck had great back and forth.moreless
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

Paul Campbell

Paul Campbell

Billy Keikeya

Recurring Role

Sam Witwer

Sam Witwer

Alex "Crashdown" Quartararo

Recurring Role

Michael Hogan

Michael Hogan

Saul Tigh

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Roslin: (speaking to Apollo) You know, I remember when President Adar sent the Marines into Aerelon. Fifteen people died. In public of course, he had to say all the usual things. He was sure of what he had done, he made the right choice, he stayed the course.

      But he knew it was a mistake. And he kept the names of the dead in his desk drawer. He said that it was imperative for a leader to remember and learn from the mistakes, even if they can't admit to them publicly.

    • Baltar: (to Starbuck) However, without a little risk, life would be so dull, wouldn't it?

    • Roslin: (Adama gives Roslin a book) Thank you. It may be a while before I get this back to you.
      Adama: It's a gift. Never lend books.

    • Commander Adama (to Roslin): There's a reason why you separate military and the police. One fights the enemy of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people.

    • Roslin: I don't think I'll ever get tired of this outfit, seeing as I only have three for the rest of my life.
      Billy: It looks fine.
      Roslin: "Fine"?
      Billy: It looks great.
      Roslin: You don't know anything about women, do you?

  • NOTES (3)