Anders' brain injury has opened up a flood of Cylon memories, and he's sharing with the rest of the class. Also, Chief shows Adama the huge cracks in Galactica's infrastructure, and suggests an interesting fix. But the most exciting part of the episode is seeing what our long-absent fifth Cylon, Ellen, has been doing for the last 18 months.
OK, so I'm going to make things easy on myself and easy on you guys by just giving a simple run down of the three main storylines in this episode. If you've watched it, you know that almost the entire episode is exposition. I'd be here all day if I were to give you a real play-by-play, so I'm gonna try it this way. But, since the beginning sequence changed again, I'm going to write it here:
This has all happened before. And it will happen again. The Cylons were created by man. They rebelled. Then they vanished. Forty years later they came back. They evolved. 50,298 human survivors hunted by the Cylons. Eleven models are known. One was sacrificed (Ellen!).
We flash back to 18 months ago, and Ellen is downloading into the vat o' goo on a different ship than the resurrection hub. She's with Cavil, who she calls John, and they begin a long series of conversations that explain exactly who Ellen is and what she means to the Cylons. We also learn that even though Ellen and Cavil have a long and twisted history, they act like a couple of bickering siblings, and I love every second of it.
We learn rather quickly that Ellen is basically the "mother" of all Cylons. She was a research genius and along with the others in the final four, she created the other eight models. Yes, you heard me right. Eight models. We discover, first through Anders rant in the sick bay and then through Ellen, that Cavil destroyed one of the Cylon models named Daniel. More on that later.
Cavil detests Ellen and lets her know it every chance he gets. He detests that she made him in the image of a human. He feels that the humans enslaved his ancestors (the Centurions) and he wants justice. Boomer appears to bring Ellen lunch, and at first, she seems under Cavil's spell. Ellen warns her to watch out for Cavil and his intentions.
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