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Drop The Pilot

The Plan - The Cylon demonstrate their administrative weaknesses while wearing various costumes; Brother John Cavil One finally explains himself.

11.22.2017 N/A

Jacob Clifton

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Title

Air/Pub'l

Grade

Author

4-20
Recap

When Will The Work Be Done?

Daybreak, Part II - Pretty much All gets Revealed, just like they said. Maybe we should have been more specific.

03.20.2009
03.26.2009
C

Jacob Clifton

4-19
Recap

Naked Lunch

Daybreak, Part I - Sides are chosen for the final journey; homes are invented and revisited; orphans make better survivors.

03.13.2009
03.20.2009
A+

Jacob Clifton

4-18
Recap

All My Darling Daughters

Islanded In A Stream Of Stars - Last episode before the finale. Galactica finally gives up, Bill makes some major decisions about his personnel, Boomer pulls it together, and a funeral brings up more answers than questions, for once.

03.06.2009
03.12.2009
A+

Jacob Clifton

4-17
Recap

When The Pawn Hits The Conflicts

Someone To Watch Over Me - Boomer returns, horribly, and there's another Hera Amber Alert; Kara gets a little closure.

02.27.2009
03.06.2009
A+

Jacob Clifton

4-16
Recap

The Girl Who Fell To Earth

Deadlock - Ellen's return and a bunch of yelling lead both the Cylon and human leaders to submit to the inevitable culture mashup, while the angels of God ramp up their war on Colonial society and Caprica pays for her first murder.

02.20.2009
02.25.2009
A+

Jacob Clifton

4-15
Recap

Queen Me

No Exit - Ellen's whereabouts, the history of the Final Five, the fate of the Thirteenth Colony, and the mysteries of Sam's brain. And a fair amount of talking.

02.13.2009
02.20.2009
A+

Jacob Clifton

4-14
Recap

Blood On The Scales

Blood On The Scales - The mutiny ends, the last act of the show begins.

02.06.2009
02.13.2009
A+

Jacob Clifton

4-13
Recap

All Aboard The Battlestar Handbasket!

The Oath - We've said it before, but this time we mean it: EVERYTHING GOES TO HELL. And a surprising amount of people use the mutiny to visit destruction on their ex-boyfriends.

01.30.2009
02.05.2009
A+

Jacob Clifton

4-12
Recap

What Kind Of Father

A Disquiet Follows My Soul - With Earth an irradiated mess, humanity descends into chaos, while Bill and Laura get it on.

01.23.2009
01.29.2009
A+

Jacob Clifton

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A List With Nothing On It

BSG Webisodes: The Face Of The Enemy - A little bit of background on why Felix Gaeta is now completely crazy.

11.22.2017
01.29.2009
N/A

Jacob Clifton

4-11
Recap

The Stockdale Paradox

Sometimes A Great Notion - "FRAK EARTH" pretty much covers it.

01.16.2009
01.22.2009
A+

Jacob Clifton

4-10
Recap

The Garden Of The Scar

Revelations - The humans make peace with the Cylons, and find Earth. With ten episodes left for next year! Just kidding, but wouldn't that be so crazy?

06.13.2008
06.19.2008
B

Jacob Clifton

4-9
Recap

This Is Not A Love Story

The Hub - Among our returning friends? Laura Roslin. Missed you.

06.06.2008
06.12.2008
A+

Jacob Clifton

4-8
Recap

Because It Is Bitter

Sine Qua Non - Everybody turns into something else.

05.30.2008
06.05.2008
A+

Jacob Clifton

4-7
Recap

Things Fall Apart

Guess What's Coming To Dinner? - Everything works out for like five seconds, but then Athena goes crazy; the Prez and Baltar go on an involuntary excursion; and Felix's ghostly leg serenades everybody the whole time.

05.16.2008
05.22.2008
A+

Jacob Clifton

4-6
Recap

The Girl On The Pale Horse

Faith - Demetrius comes home, bearing scary new friends; Roslin and the Admiral find hope in the strangest of places.

05.09.2008
05.14.2008
A+

Jacob Clifton

4-5
Recap

All That We Are

The Road Less Traveled - Starbuck invents new ways to be crazy, and as usual the universe plays along.

05.02.2008
05.08.2008
A+

Jacob Clifton

4-4
Recap

There's Beauty In The Breakdown

Escape Velocity - Gaius gets messianic, Tory gets weirder, the Colonel gets what he paid for, and everybody pays for what they get.

04.25.2008
04.28.2008
A+

Jacob Clifton

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Ten Pounds of Geekiness Is a Five Pound Bag

2008 NYC Comic Con - The intrepid Lulu Bates braves starvation, swarms of rabid Star Wars fans and bad body odor to get the inside scoop on the annual geekfest.

11.22.2017
04.23.2008
N/A

LuluBates

4-3
Recap

The Girl On The Cliffside

The Ties That Bind - Tory eliminates a threat to the Four, Lee fights Roslin over her growing tyranny, and Cavil silences his Cylon opposition.

04.18.2008
04.22.2008
A+

Jacob Clifton

4-2
Recap

Six of One

Six of One - Adama once again drops everything to help Starbuck out of a jam, Tory joins a cult, and there's a new Six killing everybody.

04.11.2008
04.17.2008
A+

Jacob Clifton

4-1
Recap

He That Believeth In Me

He That Believeth In Me - Everything gets complicated for good old Starbuck.

11.22.2017
04.10.2008
A

Jacob Clifton

Mondo Extra

Cylons and Hotties and Writers… Oh My!

Battlestar Galactica Press Conference/The 2008 Sci Fi Channel Upfront - For the love of Cylons, our coverage of the geekiest event on the planet: a Battlestar Galactica preview.

11.22.2017
04.02.2008
A+

Angel Cohn

Mondo Extra

Cylons and Hotties and Writers… Oh My!

Battlestar Galactica Press Conference/The 2008 Sci Fi Channel Upfront - For the love of Cylons, our coverage of the geekiest event on the planet: a Battlestar Galactica preview.

11.22.2017
04.02.2008
N/A

Angel Cohn

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The Girl Hanging By One Foot

Razor - Major Kendra Shaw remembers Admiral Helena Cain, the Pegasus, the attacks and everything after. Then she kills herself, and God.

11.23.2007
11.27.2007
A

Jacob Clifton

3-20
Recap

Breakaway Song

Crossroads, Part II - New alliances bust out like chicken pox and everybody's brains get radically realigned in the wake of the trial and God's mysterious ways. The Final Five are maybe revealed. Oh, and Earth!

03.24.2007
03.30.2007
C-

Jacob Clifton

3-19
Recap

That Old Song They Used To Play

Crossroads, Part I - Everybody goes both politically and personally nuts as hallucinations abound, civil liberties take the long walk, Baltar's trial finally begins, and everything starts moving at once.

03.17.2007
03.24.2007
A

Jacob Clifton

3-18
Recap

You Are All A Lost Generation

The Son Also Rises - Gaius Baltar's new defense attorney is a piece of work; Sam and Lee mourn Kara; a magical cat makes an appearance.

03.10.2007
03.16.2007
C+

Jacob Clifton

3-17
Recap

The Girl Kneeling By The River

Maelstrom - Kara clears things up with Leoben, the Eye of Jupiter, Lee, Bill, and basically everybody but the Chief. Then she kills herself.

03.03.2007
03.08.2007
B-

Jacob Clifton

3-16
Recap

The Engine You've Built With Your Blood

Dirty Hands - The Chief faces off with Roslin and Adama after an unofficial strike of worn-out workers leads to an official strike of everybody, and Cally almost pays the price for getting confused about the role of collective bargaining at the end of the world. But don't worry! She's fine!

02.24.2007
03.02.2007
B+

Jacob Clifton

3-15
Recap

Looking Up At The Admiral

A Day In The Life - Cally and Chief work their stuff out while in mortal danger; the Circle is finally redeemed; Laura and Bill manage to outdo their kids' proficiency for cock-blocking each other; the trial tiptoes forward another inch or two.

02.17.2007
02.22.2007
B-

Jacob Clifton

3-14
Recap

The Helo Suit

The Woman King - If you love Helo so damn much, why put him front and center in the worst episode of this or any other show in the history of television?

02.10.2007
02.16.2007
D

Jacob Clifton

3-13
Recap

States Of Union

Taking A Break From All Your Worries - Everybody lies and everybody betrays everybody else but nothing really terrible happens. The trial of Gaius Baltar begins. Lee and Dee and Kara and Sam continue to do their thing, but now even the show's convinced it's a matter of global importance.

01.27.2007
01.31.2007
B+

Jacob Clifton

3-12
Recap

Nurture Girl

Rapture (2) - The season starts with a bit of the old ultraviolence as Cylons and Colonists -- and the tiny cult of Baltar and Biers -- converge on the Temple of Five, resulting in Hera getting babynapped for the eighth time, Boomer turning her back on Galactica once and for all, and Three finally seeing the Five Cylons You Meet In Heaven, then getting boxed.

01.20.2007
01.26.2007
A+

Jacob Clifton

3-11
Recap

Once Had Love...

The Eye Of Jupiter (1) - Only Chief and Cally's relationship survives part two of the Algae trilogy; everybody else is a pain in the ass. The Cylons and the Colonies converge on a planet with religious significance and a sun going nova.

12.14.2006
12.20.2006
C+

Jacob Clifton

3-10
Recap

With Honors

The Passage - Kat manages for the first time in this show's history to actually make redemption stick.

12.07.2006
12.13.2006
A

Jacob Clifton

3-9
Recap

Asking For It

Unfinished Business - The Longest Mutual Apology In The History Of Space Travel continues as Kara volunteers to let Lee beat her up for ditching him naked on New Caprica. Ditto Bill, only with Chief and Cally. I think also he might have slept with Madam President. I know they at least got stoned and cuddled.

11.30.2006
12.04.2006
A+

Jacob Clifton

3-8
Recap

Speaking Truth To Power

Hero - A pilot from Adama's suddenly confusing past shows up and gets everybody all nervous and confused and mad, but some quick thinking from Roslin soon calms everybody down. Again.

11.16.2006
11.22.2006
B-

Jacob Clifton

3-7
Recap

When The Know-Nothings Get Control

A Measure Of Salvation (2) - Roslin and Adama must make a hard choice when presented with the possibility of Cylon extinction. Helo and Sharon make counterintuitive choices, Apollo goes kill-crazy, and Three tortures Gaius right into a pervy threesome with his own imagination.

11.09.2006
11.13.2006
A+

Jacob Clifton

3-6
Recap

The Girl With Her Hand In A Lion's Mouth

Torn (1) - The Cylons and humans simultaneously locate the next step toward Earth, but a mysterious virus left behind by the Thirteenth Tribe may prove to be the end of the Cylon race for good. Also: Cylon basestars are ten times weirder than you might assume, Kara might be getting her soul back, and Saul Tigh is on the serious outs.

11.02.2006
11.06.2006
A

Jacob Clifton

3-5
Recap

The Truth About Reconciliation

Collaborators - Laura takes back the office of President, and Zarek presents her with a bouquet of murders in order to win her favor. Adama's all, "She's mine!" and threatens a military coup unless Zarek hands her the reins once and for all, but Tigh is just thinking about his wife that used to cheat on him all the time, and is no help at all. It's just like Dawson's Creek with old people!

10.26.2006
11.01.2006
A

Jacob Clifton

3-4
Recap

Without Crutches

Exodus, Part II - "Neither side is glorious. On either side they're just frightened men messing their pants and they all want the same thing -- not to lie under the earth, but to walk upon it -- without crutches." (Peter Weiss, In War) Pegasus is lost, but the colony of New Caprica is finally rescued from their captors, in various states of disrepair.

10.19.2006
10.25.2006
A+

Jacob Clifton

3-3
Recap

Nature Girl

Exodus, Part I - Sharon faces off with Three and somebody loses some kneecaps. Cally faces off with time and space and comes off victorious. Tigh faces off with his wife's bizarre ideas about fidelity, case pending. Pegasus takes off into the sky, and Galactica heads for the big rescue op.

10.12.2006
10.17.2006
A

Jacob Clifton

3-2
Recap

The Dictates Of Conscience

Precipice - As the suicide bombings continue, the Cylons step up their campaign of attrition. Kara learns she has a daughter. Lee and the Pegasus are sent on a new mission, and Sharon becomes an officer of the Fleet. Roslin and Zarek are apparently executed.

10.05.2006
10.11.2006
A+

Jacob Clifton

3-1
Recap

The Part That Stays Free

Occupation - Everybody works overtime to find a way to survive and stay human, mostly failing or screwing it up; Gaeta and Chief finally make contact with the Fleet overhead; a rescue begins to take shape.

10.05.2006
10.07.2006
B-

Jacob Clifton

3-1
Extra

An Argument Against Foxholes

The Resistance - A little taste of the hellish vichyssoise in store this season.

10.04.2006
10.06.2006
C-

Jacob Clifton

2-20
Recap

Nein Kampf

Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II - President Gaius Baltar offers the surrender of mankind. The Cylons take over. We lose. The end.

03.09.2006
03.12.2006
A+

Jacob Clifton

2-19
Recap

A Stupidly Tilting Planet

Lay Down Your Burdens, Part I - The whole Fleet gives up on the scriptures for good after Gaius makes good on his bid for the elections using an accidentally discovered planet. Starbuck finally -- somehow -- gets leave to return to Caprica. Boomer does her wire trick again. Chief accidentally beats up Cally and then Al doesn't even need Ziggy to tell him it's because Chief's afraid he's a Cylon.

03.02.2006
03.08.2006
A

Jacob Clifton

2-18
Recap

Six Of One...

Downloaded - The Six who died in the miniseries and the Sharon who shot Adama download on Caprica and get into a whole mess of trouble with their bosses. Galactica Sharon finally has her baby, but Roslin creepily trades it for a dead newborn and sends the living child off to be raised by Tory-approved Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru analogues.

02.23.2006
03.01.2006
A+

Jacob Clifton

2-17
Recap

Citizen Rya

The Captain's Hand - A young pregnant girl from a politically-conservative Colony sparks a debate that puts Gaius -- and Zarek -- on top of the upcoming elections. Lee becomes a Major, then leapfrogs to Commander of the Pegasus. Doc Cottle is non-partisan awesome. Roslin gets played utterly and completely, and will be going through her own Starbuck-level ego-destruction stuff soon as a result.

02.16.2006
02.22.2006
A

Jacob Clifton

2-16
Recap

Hi, Billy...

Sacrifice - It's a long weekend indeed as Dana Delany holds Billy and Dee and Apollo hostage on Cloud 9, Starbuck shoots Apollo right in the chest, Boomer acts incredibly creepy (to where like even Tigh picks up on it), Ellen runs around all crazy, and Billy...dies for no reason whatsoever.

02.09.2006
02.15.2006
B

Jacob Clifton

2-15
Recap

Meet The Fokker Dreidecker

Scar - It's all Viper pilots, all the time as we focus on Starbuck and her increasibly heavy bag of bullshit. Creepy morbid talk and even creepier, even more morbid sex characterize the endpoint of Starbuck's total Barfly freakout post-Cain, and the mythical, eponymous Raider finally goes down.

02.02.2006
02.08.2006
B+

Jacob Clifton

2-14
Recap

BattleNoir Redactica

Black Market - Apollo investigates a black market bigwig after Colonel Fisk is murdered; he dispatches the guy, but Zarek seems to have inherited control. The hooker he's suddenly dating dumps him, and we learn about the sudden ex he dogged on Caprica. Roslin is displeased with everyone and everything. She is right.

01.26.2006
01.31.2006
D

Jacob Clifton

2-13
Recap

Can't Stop The Signal

Epiphanies - As Roslin lies dying, we flash back to the last day of humanity. A needle of Cybrid blood cures her cancer, just in time to threaten the leaders of the new Gina-led terrorist group, but too late to get back a mean letter written to one Dr. Gaius Baltar, Idiot At Large, who retaliates by handing the terrorists a nuclear bomb.

01.19.2006
01.25.2006
C+

Jacob Clifton

2-12
Recap

Take Me Out

Resurrection Ship, Part II - Nobody gets the death they want, even as suicidal ideation rips through the Fleet. The Battle of the HMS Ernestine goes swimmingly, Lee goes swimming, neither assassination attempt goes through, and Gaius trades his imaginary girlfriend for a real one, who then takes out Cain. Starbuck gives Cain one hell of a eulogy, Chief backs off Boomer and Helo, Adama kisses Roslin, and the Pegasus joins the Fleet.

01.12.2006
01.18.2006
A+

Jacob Clifton

2-11
Recap

The Divine Right Of Cain

Resurrection Ship, Part I - Roslin tells Adama to just kill Cain and get it over with. Cain chooses Starbuck for her new CAG, and demotes Apollo. Both Battlestars agree to put their war off long enough to take on a Cylon Fleet, and Cain and Adama plan each other's assassinations. Adama's choice of killer? Starbuck.

01.05.2006
01.11.2006
A

Jacob Clifton

2-10
Recap

Admiral Cain, She Dead

Pegasus - In this season-ending cliffhanger, our crew gets a free pass on past toaster abuse when we meet the evil crew of the Battlestar Pegasus, a ship whose Cylageddon escape strains more credence even than Galactica's. Headed by the cracked Admiral Cain and crewed by monsters, it also boasts a surprising extra passenger: a broken and horrifically abused Cylon, model Six.

09.22.2005
09.28.2005
A

Jacob Clifton

2-9
Recap

Blackbird Singing In The Dead Of Night

Flight Of The Phoenix - Relations among Helo, Chief, and Boomer come to a crisis point. A Cylon virus has spent all season burning its way into the ship's systems, and it's up to a dangerous alliance to keep it from destroying the entire fleet right this second. Roslin gets a new prognosis, Dualla and Apollo get horizontal, Chief builds a fighter ship from scratch, and everybody freaks out, but the end brings great big hugs.

09.15.2005
09.20.2005
B+

Jacob Clifton

2-8
Recap

KodaChrome

Final Cut - In the tradition of Season 1, the eighth episode features people talking a lot, but nothing much happening.

09.08.2005
09.14.2005
C-

Strega

2-7
Recap

Planetarium Of The Apes

Home, Part II - There aren't actually any apes, but c'mon. The Prez takes everyone on a field trip to Kobol. Zarek and Meier try to put the "pee" back in "spelunking."

08.25.2005
08.31.2005
B-

Strega

2-6
Recap

Chrome Is Where The Heart Is

Home, Part I - The Prez plans a journey to Kobol, and Adama finally gets some counseling.

08.18.2005
08.24.2005
B+

Strega

2-5
Recap

The Parent Trap

The Farm - How're you gonna keep Starbuck down on the farm after she's snuck into the Cylon maternity ward?

08.11.2005
08.17.2005
C+

Strega

2-4
Recap

True Chromance

Resistance - "Is that gunfire, or just my heart beating? Ow! Guess it was gunfire."

08.04.2005
08.10.2005
B-

Strega

2-3
Recap

Paths Of Glory

Fragged - Normally, the phrase "drunk with power" isn't meant literally.

07.28.2005
08.03.2005
B-

Strega

2-2
Recap

Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots

Valley Of Darkness - It's a little bit of Die Hard, a bit of Alien, just a pinch of The Haunting, and a whole lot of screaming when the Cylons get up close and personal.

07.21.2005
07.27.2005
B

Strega

2-1
Recap

Lost In Space

Scattered - Remember how bad things were going at the end of last season? Well, Murphy's Law is still in operation.

07.14.2005
07.20.2005
A

Strega

1-13
Recap

Kobol & Chains

Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part II - Apollo's in handcuffs, the Prez is behind bars, one Boomer's pregnant, and the other one just shot Adama. Aren't season finales fun?

03.31.2005
04.06.2005
A

Strega

1-12
Recap

Sex, Drugs, And New Age Music

Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part I - Hook-ups, shoot-'em-ups, break-ups, and crack-ups.

03.24.2005
03.30.2005
A+

Strega

1-11
Recap

Let Baltar Be Baltar

Colonial Day - Zarek runs for office, Helo runs away, and Strega runs on very little sleep.

03.17.2005
03.23.2005
C+

Strega

1-10
Recap

Kick; Splode; Robot

The Hand Of God - It's role-reversal time when Starbuck has to use her head while Apollo tries out the action-hero shtick.

03.10.2005
03.16.2005
B+

Strega

1-9
Recap

Secrets And Tighs

Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down - Tigh's wife returns, and wackiness ensues.

03.03.2005
03.09.2005
B-

Strega

1-8
Recap

The Starcrossed

Flesh And Bone - Starbuck meets Leoben, gives him dinner, washes his hair, and then wishes him the best when she says her prayers that night. It's sweet.

02.24.2005
03.02.2005
A

Strega

1-7
Recap

Murder By Number

Six Degrees Of Separation - Baltar's framed for a crime that...he did commit, actually. But in a different way.

02.17.2005
02.23.2005
B+

Strega

1-6
Recap

The Chrome Scare

Litmus - It turns out that witch hunts are bad. Now we'll never be rid of the Halliwells.

02.10.2005
02.16.2005
F

Strega

1-5
Recap

Way Hay, And Up She Rises...

You Can't Go Home Again (2) - What do you do with a Cylon Raider that you find crashed in a crater? Turn its guts into inhalers while the crew's in mourning!

02.03.2005
02.07.2005
B-

Strega

1-4
Recap

Maybe If Robert Culp Had Narrated...

Act Of Contrition (1) - Meet Starbuck, a twentysomething pilot. After a hard day of training civilians to fly Vipers, she finds herself crashing down onto a strange planet.

01.27.2005
02.01.2005
C

Strega

1-3
Recap

Riot In Spaceship 11

Bastille Day - While Apollo tries to find a diplomatic solution to a prison riot, Strega comes up with several theories to explain the Cylon attack. And makes an inexcusable pun.

01.20.2005
01.24.2005
C+

Strega

1-2
Recap

Lovers Walk (When They Should Run)

Water - Tyrol thinks that he's rescuing Boomer, and Helo thinks that he's been rescued by Boomer. Baltar's relationship with Six seems relatively healthy in comparison.

01.13.2005
01.16.2005
B-

Strega

1-1
Recap

Stress Test

33 - Ever have one of those weeks where millions of angry robots try to kill you every half-hour or so?

01.13.2005
01.15.2005
A+

Strega

1-2
Extra

The Day After

Battlestar Galactica, Part II - The last remnants of humanity gather in a remote corner of the galaxy to engage in interminable philosophical discussions, incredibly cheesy fist-fights, inappropriate preening, and, of course, the requisite giant space battle. It's a testament to mankind's strength in the face of impossible odds, but all in all, I'd still rather be on the beach.

12.07.2003
12.26.2003
B

Aaron

1-1
Extra

Disco Inferno

Battlestar Galactica, Part I - The human race is obliterated in a wave of pretty, pretty mushroom clouds in part one of this postmodern remake of the '70s sci-fi.classic? Cult favorite? Show that no one has gotten around to remaking yet? If you like mediocre sci-fi, this is the show for you. If you like Battlestar Galactica, however, you should probably just go buy the DVDs.

12.07.2003
12.22.2003
B-

Aaron

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