Battlestar Galactica: Episode 4.17 "Someone to Watch Over Me" Recap (Page 1/3)
Battlestar Galactica: Episode 4.17 "Someone to Watch Over Me"  Recap (Page 1/3)
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Previously on Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck found herself dead on Earth and burned her body, repeating the phrase, "If that's me then what am I?"  It was all very metaphysical.  Boomer was thrown in the brig while the Final Five Cylons held a family reunion.

Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff) wakes up and goes about her day which has become a dull routine. She takes a shower, gives the Viper pilots their daily orders, gets drunk, and repeats. It’s a stunning piece of film making showing the monotony of her life.

She repeats that their mission is the same as the week before, which was the same as the week before that, etc, etc: find a planet to inhabit. The prize for the pilot who finds a planet to live on gets a special prize, the last tube of Tauron toothpaste in the universe. That’s both hilarious and sad.

Starbuck enjoys some alcohol at the Galactica pub where a mysterious man is playing the piano. She’s tired of listening to his futile attempts to compose an original piece, but he continues to play, and it’s all hauntingly beautiful.

Helo (Tahmoh Penikett) tries to cheer Starbuck up by showing her that he bought all her possessions that went on auction after she was presumed dead. Hera also gives her a drawing of some stars.

Starbuck returns to the bar, this time supporting the Piano Man. She gives him some pointers and before you know it they’re best friends. She tells sad stories of how her dad used to teach her to play the piano. It’s at this point that I’m starting to put some pieces together. Maybe Kara’s dad is named Daniel?

She has more bad dreams about her dead self on Earth, eventually confessing her dark secret to the Piano Man. He retaliates with a sob story of his own how he left his wife and kid because she wanted him to quit playing the piano. He reminds her of her dad who did the same thing.

The two work on finishing the composition when Starbuck notices Hera’s painting of the stars resembles music notes, so the two play the melody from the drawing. It’s the same song Starbuck learned from her dad. It’s also “All Along the Watchtower.” The Final Five freak out and rush over to learn that, for some reason, Starbuck’s dad taught her to play the same song they remember from Earth.

Armed with the knowledge that Daniel, the final Cylon, was artistic and that Starbuck’s dad suddenly and mysteriously disappeared, I’m now 99 percent certain that the reason Starbuck found herself dead on Earth is that she was truly the first half-Cylon, half-human child as her dad was Daniel, aka Number 7. Anyone care to disagree?

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