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BSG TOS 1978 - Season 1 - Episode 09

My Rating - 3

Fan Rating Average - 5.95

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Synopsis
Apollo, Starbuck, Boomer and their polar demolition team lead a desperate attempt to destroy the Cylon cannon. [DVD]

Problems
- All ships in the convoy increase to maximum speed, yet it still takes forever for the ships to get across. Either their maximum speed is painfully slow or that weapon had some crazy range.

Factoids
- Ships in the fleet destroyed: two, at least!
- The Cylon Imperious Leader is named Barkol.

Remarkable Scenes
- Apollo confronting the creator of the clones.
- Thane suiciding the Centurions.
- Seeing ships in the fleet destroyed!

My Review
Part 2 wastes a lot of time. Having the clones and their creator added little to the story; the Viper dogfights got especially repetitive, mostly thanks to Baltar's erratic and poor strategy. The basic idea behind this story was to depict a mission to destroy a Cylon weapon so the RTF can escape the Cylons and live for another week. But we end up with lots of side stories. There's the clones and the cloner's responsibility for his work. There's Baltar and the Cylons internally conflicting, there's Starbuck trying to save his lost comrade (and his pursuit of clone women), there's the issue of the prisoners wanting their freedom, and of course the main plot. Most of these ideas are good ones, but without the right recipe, the souffle flops.

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