Wow…It has taken me all weekend and most of the day to get my breath back after watching the BSG episode “Sometimes a Great Notion?” I am not sure where to begin…
I guess I will have to say that if this opening scene is a glimpse of what is to come for the final act of this tragedy, then I am confident the audience will be treated to one grand piece of theater as we slowly climb to the climax at the end of these 10 episodes.
Ronald Moore and company have once again in less than 60 minutes turned the BSG universe upside down. This 180 began with the confirmation that the planet that was found at the end of Episode 12 is the prize they have been all searching for long and hard- Earth. Now the fun begins with turning everything upside down once again.
Not only is this Earth, but this planet was destroyed more than 2000 years from their present time by a nuclear holocaust. If that was not shocking enough…we learn that Earth was not only destroyed it is also…wait for it…wait for it – not only the home of the 13th Colony, but the 13th Colony is Cylon. Yes, you read that correctly…Cylon. These are not Cylons we have come accustom too aka Six and Sharon, but a new breed that all models are not identically the same and are even more “human” than previous thought. Plus they had their own Centurions that look nothing like anything other model in the Cylon Empire.
If that was not wasn’t enough; Tigh, Chief Tyrol, Tory, and Anders were on Earth when it was destroyed more 2000 years ago and have discovered memories of that tragic day when their civilization was wiped out in a single blow by a nuclear hammer. Each of their memories are different, but are linked by not only this single event, but with each other.
If that wasn’t bad enough, Dualla “Dee,” who’s sea of hope and optimism represents all that is good about human race, committed suicide when it is reveled that the dream called Earth is nothing more than grey sky wasteland. If Dee has lost hope, then you can image how the rest of the Fleet will react to the news about Earth.
Last but not least, Starbuck, on aquest to locate the Colonial beacon that lead this rag tag fleet to Earth, makes a startling discovery. She finds the crashed Viper the included the pilot’s corpse. Too my surprise and the rest of the viewers, the corpse is Starbuck! Yes, Kara Thrace…I would say flesh and bones, but really more bones than anything else. So, who is runnin,g looking, talking, and acting like Starbuck these past episodes? Cylon copies, reincarnation of the original Starbuck or something supernatural…all good questions which I hope will be answered before the final episode airs.
So, a lot of questions have been raised since the discovery of Earth and even more after watching this episode. Well, I could speculate like the rest of the BSG universe about answers to these questions or develop my own hypothesis, but I have chosen the easy way out.
On Jan 17th Ronald Moore provide a pretty insightful interview with Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune. In this interview, Moore discloses several answers to the burning questions that came out of “Sometimes a Great Notion.”
- Ellen is indeed the fifth Cylon. As the season progress the viewers will be shown who else knew this secret and there is a strong possibility that Ellen may return.
- The Earth that is found is really Earth – the 13th Colony.
- The Human Cylons we see in the flashback that Tyrol had on Earth incorporates more than 12 models we know of.
- Starbuck’s existence is still in question…Moore is quite coy on providing an answer to this burning question.
That is it so far. First episode is now in the books…nine more to go and with many more twists and turns before this series wraps up.