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  • Episode: Crossroads Part 2
  • Stars: Mary McDonnell, Edward James Olmos, Katee Sackhoff, James Callis, Jamie Bamber, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park
  • Created By: Ron Moore

"Battlestar Galactica: Crossroads Part 2"

By Stephen Lackey     March 27, 2007

OK, BSG fans, can you honestly tell me that after the season finale of this series that you have no problem waiting until 2008 to see the final season?  I thought it was a bad idea to wait so long before, and now after the season finale it’s going to be an excruciating wait.  The final fifteen minutes of this episode were more intense and suspenseful than anything else I’ve watched this year.  There are two parts to this episode that are equally important to the future of the series; Baltar’s trial and the fleet reaching the signpost to Earth. 

Baltar’s trial has been the key to a major character arc for Lee Adama, and now as soon as it began, I’m afraid it might be over.  Lee lost the respect of his father, his position as an Officer, and even his wife over this trial, over his belief that Baltar deserved a fair trial.  The trial started in this episode with the testimony of Gaeta, Baltar’s assistant on New Caprica.  Gaeta verified that Baltar did indeed sign the kill order but he also lied about how he knew.  He said he was there, and that Baltar signed the document with hesitation.  We and Baltar know that Gaeta is lying but for everyone else in the courtroom is Gaeta’s word against Baltar’s.  Baltar’s attorney knows the game is lost unless he can pull one last rabbit out of his hat and he does when he calls his partner Lee Adama to testify.  He wants Lee to recount a conversation he had with his father where the Admiral stated that Baltar is guilty and that he doesn’t even deserve a trial.  During the examination if becomes clear that Lee will not testify directly against his father but he will answer questions as to why he believes Baltar deserves the trial in the first place.  Lee then gets a lengthy monologue where he not only discusses the mistakes Baltar made during his time as President on New Caprica but he discusses the decisions that haunt him from that time and all the other crimes that were perpetrated during that time.  While I felt this monologue was a bit on the cheesy side and in a court setting it would never have been allowed he did make a point about the pardon the President gave to everyone who did a wrong thing during the New Caprica era.  If that pardon protected everyone else then why not Baltar?  So of course, Baltar is set free.  The real turning point is after the trial when Baltar is swooped up by some supporters and told he is on his way to his new life.  I think I mentioned before that Baltar may find himself on another ship wielding power as a religious leader and it looks as if that is just what’s about to happen. 

I mentioned that this may be the end of the new story arc for Lee because his little speech convinced his father to vote in favor of Baltar and when the Cylon fleet arrives at the nebula Lee grabs his uniform and jumps in a viper.  The only thing we can hope for is that the residual effects of what Lee admitted to will affect him as a leader in season four.  He admitted to trying to convince his father to take what few people they had on their ships and just keep moving back during the occupation of New Caprica essentially leaving the majority of the Colonials to die at the hands of the Cylons.  Now, at the time this decision may have seemed to make sense but this has gotta tick some people off, especially those soldiers he is expected to lead that would have died on the planet’s surface.  At any rate, Lee and Daddy are surely made up now and Lee will be getting those wings back. 

While the trial obvious started a new plot thread that’s going to be integral to the series it’s what happened right after the trial that’s the most interesting about this episode.  Tigh and Anders have been hearing this strange music, and now Chief and the President’s assistant are hearing it too.  When the fleet makes its last jump to the nebula, the sign post to Earth, there’s a power surge throughout the fleet knocking out power and causing the ships to reboot.  At this time the music becomes clearer and clearer.  The song is an odd redo of Bob Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower.  Those that hear the song find themselves moving to a central location on the ship where they all finally meet, there are four of them.  Immediately they believe they are Cylons, and at first I did too because they could be part of the missing five, especially after the reappearance of Starbuck (I’ll get to that in a minute).  To further push this idea, Caprica, and I assume President Roslin, have a vision of the missing five in the opera house.  Thing is, if these four are Cylons because they all heard this music then why didn’t Caprica Six and Sharon hear it too?  I actually think these four have some deep connection to Earth, and they are part of the key to the rest of the journey.  Remember Chief’s father was a religious man and Chief just sensed the location of the temple back on New Caprica.  Whatever their eventual role in the series the following of the music and the decision after the Cylon fleet appears for the four of them to return to their duties was intense and extremely suspenseful.  These sequences are why I watch BSG, just phenomenally executed and completely gripping.   

Out in space, Vipers are grouping up to face the massive Cylon force, to hold them off until the FTL drives on the fleet ships can be spun up.  I said before that we hadn’t seen the last of Starbuck and here she appears in her Viper telling Lee that she’s been to Earth and she’s here to lead the fleet there.  I believed that she might be one of the missing five and that’s still a possibility, or she could just be appearing in Lee’s mind the way Caprica Six appears to Baltar.  If that’s the case, she could still be a Cylon.  The final special FX zoom from the nebula, into space, and too Earth as a stunning caper to the most suspenseful episode of the season.  My minor complaints about Baltar’s trial are so overshadowed by everything else in this episode that they almost don’t even matter.  I’ve been one of those that say that Battlestar Galactica is the best show on TV, and this episode is easily one of the best examples of why so many critics are saying that.  This summer we are supposed to be getting a two hour movie that fills the gap until next season, when we are getting a full 22 episodes.  It’s going to be a long, long nine months to wait….


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TheRage 3/27/2007 2:13:48 AM
Couldn't have said it better. This was a spectacular finale that left my jaw on the floor. I too do not believe Tigh, The Chief, Anders and the Prez Assistant to be Cylons due to them all hearing a song so obviously from Earth. I hope speculation that Season 4 is the last for this show is false because this is TV at it's best! Can't wait for Pegasus!
dashiel 3/27/2007 2:27:36 AM
RDM has stated in several post-crossroads interviews they *are* cylons, but they're fundamentally different from the seven we've seen to date.
Skoora_home 3/27/2007 3:07:06 AM
Yeah, the last 15 minutes were fantastic television but if next season is going to have as much boring television as this season had I'll be letting this one go. I remember a while back when every week would have me going how they can keep up this quality. I was always telling guys at work on Monday how kickass it was. Well I was answered this season. They can't. I want this show to succeed as it's high quality executed scifi but it's got to deliver more often.
browbeat 3/27/2007 4:31:56 AM
"That made up for the season" I declared as the episode ended, "and has me wanting more." I don't like having Chief, Anders, and Tigh being Cylons but I wasn't thrilled about Boomer being a Cylon when that was first revealed either. Guess we'll see what happens... in an excruciating nine months.
indybyteman 3/27/2007 6:05:55 AM
Anyone know the name of the band that sang the cover of all along the watchtower from the episode?
michaelxaviermaelstrom 3/27/2007 7:35:31 AM
Ah bloody 'ell, I penned my blog entry round about the same time you uploaded your article. I like some of your conclusions and particularly your enthusiasm, part 1 of my prediction/analysis (Starbuck destined to die - Ed) came true in "Maelstrom" and although it's early yet it looks like part 2 of my prediction may be coming true (Starbuck to resurrect as Cylon final fifth - Ed) as *potentially* intimated in Crossroads Part II. latest preliminary (drunken - Ed) unified-BSG-theory/analysis is here in my blog, if anyone's interested. Suffice to say, I can't wait, I hate waiting, and yet I will wait. Because the best show on television takes time to marinate, and we shall serve no BSG wine, before it's frackin time. Ole. (oh dear - Ed) [Pathud]
hfc7036 3/27/2007 7:38:09 AM
Whoa! Can it get any better than this? The build-up actually paying off in the end? Can it be true? TV has a show that does it again and again? Thank you TV Gods. We love you. And thank you for Katee Sackhoff. Was Starbuck's comeback pretty or what? I was cheering at my television(Something only "24" has done for me in the past). Lastly... Dang it man! 2008? A woman could get pregnant today and have the baby before we see this show again! My guess is that the production costs require a long break, and the story they've set up is gonna require some really elevated thinking. Good to see they aren't just pushing out any random frackin' idea. See you guys in 2008.
stryffe2004 3/27/2007 7:56:06 AM
So if Chief is a cylon, then we have another hybrid on our hands, huh? How does that affect Hera and her destiny etc., etc.? This is going to be worst than wating for the showdown between Adama and Cain.
Haunt 3/27/2007 9:26:24 AM
Bear McCreary talks about the genesis of the "Watchtower" cover on his blog, www.bearmccreary.com. His brother did the vocals.
teabagging2000 3/27/2007 9:27:55 AM
Spoilers full speed ahead!!! There were some interesting points in that RDM interview (where he confirms that they are Cylons) like, Tigh fought in the first Cylon War 40 years ago. That means he was around when humanity thought all the Cylons were toasters. This breed is obviously very different and may have evolved seperately. It makes me wildly speculate about an earth where humans and cylons of a type live together on Earth (kind of like that old Coke commercial where everyone is singing) . I admit I was very confused at the story and pissed off at having to wait 9 months, but it's better than feeling nothing if the show sucked. My only comfort will be the TV movie due this fall. Waiting sucks. Link to RDM article: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07085/770732-352.stm
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