Review: Battlestar Galactica Daybreak, Part 1

by Maureen Ryan

Chicago Tribune

True to form, the Old Man is going to roll the hard six.

Adama is going to take the grand old lady out in style. With an all-volunteer crew, they're going to jump the Galactica into the heart of Cavil's evil empire, to find out once and for all who or what Hera is and what the hell it all means.

True to form, Gaius Baltar, when forced to make a choice, didn't make the altruistic decision. By staying with the fleet, he cements his position as its de facto leader, or at least its pretender to the throne. How can he deny Caprica Six the moment she has sought -- the moment when, together, they might know the truth of the Opera House visions and finally get some answers about what it all means?

Because he's the kind of man who would hit his father with a newspaper and scream at him for ruining Baltar's hot date. As Skulls said, "The more things change…"

True to form, Anders searches for the perfect connection, the illuminating moment of action. Even as a Cylon tethered to the Galactica's innards, his quest is the same -- to forget himself and be the still point inside the "perfection of creation."

What's the Old Man's plan? What will he even do if he gets Hera? How is one old bucket going to take on the Cylon mothership?

We only have to wait a week to find out. Grrrrr…..

What if you went to the theater and they told you, after the first act, to get out and come back a week later to see Act 2 and Act 3? You would grind your teeth into dust and grumble.

Truth be told, I don't feel as though I can judge this first hour of the three-hour finale until I've seen the whole thing. The final 15 minutes were admirably taut. The rest was evocative, yet there were some pieces that were obviously meant to be seen within a greater whole.

What was the "one hour" duty that Adama was being asked to do? Does that refer to the decommissioning of the Galactica or something to do with that assignment?

What was the purpose of showing a drunk Lee trying to get a pigeon out of his house?

The scenes that showed the characters' lives "before the fall" were perhaps meant to highlight what had changed -- or what had not changed -- over time. Were we supposed to gather that Lee was a lost cause back then, a hard-partying pilot with little direction? (He couldn't be the driver who killed Roslin's family, could he? Surely not.) If so, we got so little context with the pigeon scene that it was hard to know what that was all about.

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