2.6: Home: Part I
Written by David Eick
Directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan
So now that all the early season plot threads are coming together, theres too much story for just one episode. The result is a two-part story that slowly but surely triggers all the little plot elements that have been waiting for their time to shine. Since this is the first half of the story, theres not a lot of action, and the focus is on character development. Thats not a bad thing; its simply not as exciting as the last few episodes before it.
Everything thats been happening on the series this season traces back to the first season finale, where Roslyn asked Starbuck to violate orders and retrieve the Arrow of Apollo. Its just taken a long time to hash itself out, and I couldnt be happier about it. In this case, we get to see Adama slowly work through his emotional response to the fragmentation of the fleet, Roslyn struggle to maintain her control, Zareks underhanded plots, and a little Apollo/Starbuck action. Oh, and theres the small matter of Boomers return as well.
I like how Adamas psychological space is so controlled, yet everything can be discerned by one look in his eyes. Olmos brings such an intensity to the role; its a joy to behold. I think theres a tension and distance growing between Adama and Tigh, however. For all the support Adama promised upon his return, hes seen the cost of Tighs heavy-handed dictatorship. The only way to heal the wounds (if they can be healed) is to make peace with Roslyn, which is going to take a lot for Adama to accept. Odd that Dualla is the one that gets him to see that.
Thats something that happens a lot on Galactica. Minor characters provide an amazing level of support for their commanding officers. Normally, that would go unquestioned, especially in a siege crisis like the one they are enduring. But this is also a fleet with unknown Cylon infiltrators, one of which was just as trusted a family member. Its hard not to wonder about motives.
Speaking of which, theres Boomer and all the questions surrounding her motivations. Im surprised that Apollos the only one who assumed that the ambush was Boomers doing. Whatever Boomers role in the big picture, she provides a great trigger point for conflict within and between the humans. Roslyn in particular seems to have little use for Boomer, despite the fact that Boomer is probably the only source of real intel that the humans know they have.
Richard Hatch must be incredibly happy. After all these years of trying to get the original series resurrected and fighting against a reinvention, hes not only come around to see the light, but hes been handed what is possibly the best role of his career. He brings a relish to Zareks plotting, even if the dialogue is a little heavy-handed; they didnt need to say nearly as much as they did to get the point across.
And then theres Apollo and Starbuck. A lot of critics of the new series were expecting these two to get together within seconds of the first episode. Take that, naysayers! It actually works when the characters have time to grow into an appreciation of each other. Or rather, when Apollo starts recognizing that a hot pilot with a rebellious streak is more than just a strange reflection of himself. I dont see Kara settling down with Lee anytime soon, but would any future return for Anders be much fun if there wasnt personal conflict for Kara in the process?
The next episode should see, based on the promos and the podcast, the next turn in the plot arc. The whole Arrow of Apollo thing ought to get a payoff, and Adamas desire for some kind of confrontation with Boomer (even if its a different one than the one who shot him) should come to fruition. I dont want to see this more serialized storytelling disappear completely, but it ought to be satisfying to see so many plot threads come to momentary fulfillment.
Final Rating: 8/10