Previously on Battlestar Galactica
: Gaeta and Zarek's attempted coup ended poorly as Adama took back control and had them executed. Chief Tyrol saw something mysterious on the wall of the engine room and Anders was shot.
“All this has happened before. And it will happen again.” So begins this episode of Battlestar Galactica
that's followed by a detailed description of humans creating the Cylons, their revolt and return 40 years later, and the nuclear blast. It all leads to Ellen's death on New Caprica, after which she wakes up in a Resurrection Pod. Wow, welcome to the most revelatory episode of BSG
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Twelve Months Ago
: Ellen (Kate Vernon
) sees a Centurion and asks for some help getting out after she calms down. Clearly she's not done using her womanly charms to get what she wants, even from a machine. Brother Cavil enters and Ellen calls him John.
Apparently she and the rest of the Final Five created the other Cylons, because John is named after Ellen's father. He claims she is a machine as well, but she's not so sure. How is it possible for this show to blow my mind seven times before the opening credits?
It seems the Final Five worked with the Centurions to create the seven skinjob Cylons. After bantering back and forth, Boomer (Grace Park
) arrives. Wait, Boomer has known all along that Ellen Tigh was the final Cylon?
: Sam Anders (Michael Trucco
) is also getting his old memory back while Doc Cottle drills into his head to relieve the pressure of the bullet in his brain. Anders talks about the forgotten people in the forgotten land with their forgotten language. When he wakes up, he asks Kara (Katee Sackhoff
) to gather the rest of the Final Five, because he remembers everything about their previous time on Earth and why they're here.
Once they arrive, Anders proceeds with the greatest exposition ever. They all worked in a research facility on Earth recreating the old 13th tribe's dead resurrection technology. Ellen and Saul (Michael Hogan
) were still married, and Tyrol and Tory were in love.
The Final Five succeeded in fixing resurrection technology, so they downloaded into new bodies when the Centurions they created attacked and destroyed Earth. The Final Five traveled at regular speed across the galaxy to find the original 12 tribes and warn them about the dangers of creating Centurions, but when they arrived, the first war had already begun.
The Centurions were working on creating skinjobs but only succeeded with the Hybrid. So the Final Five made a deal to show them how to create skinjobs if they left, hence the 40 year gap. Anders says that they created the eight skinjob models.
Yes, eight. Not only does that explain the missing Number 7 since Boomer is Number 8, but it means there's another frakking skinjob Cylon!
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