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February 25th, 2006


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12:51 am - I Am the Voice Inside Your Head
And I control you.

It's about fucking time an episode kicked ass like this.

Let's talk about this teaser, shall we? Because I love the dramatic NINE MONTHS AGO followed by a drum-accompanied CAPRICA, as we get the first part of a scene we saw back in the mini. It's so lovely that Six is telling Baltar about the fact that she can't die, she'll just go to a new body, only seconds before she basically saves his life and dies standing up because the tableau is much more aesthetically pleasing than if she'd tossed them both to the ground.

And then the editing of Six's memories? LOVE. God, it gives me chills, the flow of the fast cuts, some repeating, one or two scenes that show in real time for effect, SO AWESOME.

Then Six wakes up in Matrix goo, and her buddies are there, and it's very disorienting, as one would imagine. And then Baltar is there OMG IS HE A CYLON?! No, he isn't. OH MY GOD SIX HAS A BALTAR IN HER HEAD I FUCKING LOVE THIS. Brilliance, guys. Brilliance. If I haven't said it before, and I'm sure I have, Baltar/Six is one of my very favorite things about the show, so I adore that there is now Six/Baltar. And it's so perfect because, dude, Six died. That is a traumatic fucking experience, and I can totally buy that it triggered a psychosis similar to Baltar's. Add to that the fact that she really did love him, it seems, and it's twenty kinds of awesome wrapped in a package of awesome.

Then, suddenly, TEN WEEKS AGO. Huh? Where? Oh: BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. And...dude! They're going to go through another Cylon death! This is so damn cool! Another sweet editing job, and back to the Goo of Covering Nudity. And poor Sharon, who went through enough existential crises when she was alive, freaks the fuck out now that she's died.

After the teaser, I proclaimed that this episode just may kick a lot of ass, and I turned out to be right.

Present day, Cylon occupied Caprica! Eeee!! I just love the phrase "Cylon occupied Caprica" for some reason. It really dances on the tongue. I got a little worried here because it felt somewhat contrived that Six was still having problems adjusting after nine frickin' months. Personally, I've never died and been downloaded into the same body, but I can't imagine it would be that difficult to get used to. Now, I know Six has been having psychological issues, but that bit of dialogue seemed much more for the audience than for D'Anna. I wish we'd gotten to see a little more of those nine months for the Six and Sharon models that basically carried this episode, because I have to assume they're not the ones we saw in the MST3K room at the end of "Final Cut." Maybe the Sharon, actually, whose cute little "I told you I was alive!" would be in-character. Not the Six, though. Caprica Six is a very new, very interesting character. With a Baltar in her head who is so perfect. He fulfills a different role than Baltar's Six, but yet, he still clearly represents the parts of her she tries to deny.

I'm going to take care of the minimal Galactica stuff now. I didn't expect the baby to be born already, and so...anti-climactically. I thought it was finale material, but it looks as if they've got bigger things planned for that business. Aw, the baby's named Hera. Let's throw some more Greek mythology into the mix. But HA HA HA to the airlock talk. Roslin loves airlocks like Adama loves slow claps. It's sure going to suck if they gave the baby to a Cylon. All the possible mothers must have just recently lost babies, making it unlikely that they are Cylons, because Cylons don't go around getting pregnant. Usually. And, finally, great scene with Baltar and Six because you realize that Baltar wasn't in on the devious plan. He honestly thinks the baby's dead too, or else his subconscious wouldn't be giving him shit about it. And throwing him into walls. Baltar is SO FUCKING CRAZY. I love him.

You know, Tricia Helfer has played so many different versions of Six, and she's managed to give them all distinct personalities. And it's all very subtle; it's not just in her deliveries but in the way she carries herself. They probably cast her because they wanted a hot model (pun intended), but boy, did they get lucky.

In Sharon's apartment, we see Baltar play the role Six so often plays for Baltar. He guides her, tells her what to do, because she can't see the proper course of action, clouded by her emotions. The moment when he prompts her twice and they both speak in concert is wonderful. Baltar + Six is CRAZY LOVE.

And in a great twist, Baltar makes Six paranoid, just as Six makes Baltar paranoid. Okay, maybe he does play the same role. But not exactly! He's got a very different vibe, obviously. He's not as sexually aggressive; instead, he's got a heightened sense of self-importance.

Oh man, she didn't know Baltar was alive all this time. Oh man. I want her and Baltar to be reunited. They're so my OTP for this show.

Doral serves food to Doral. Heh.

Okay, skipping to the post-explosion parts, because that's where the good shit is. First of all, D'Anna's reaction to Six's injury is very, very interesting. Because this is the Cylon view of death: whatever. Death is practically meaningless, and, hey, you get a brand new body, so why suffer in this one? Is the trauma of dying all that bad? How many times has D'Anna died to be so blasé about "putting [Six] out of [her] misery"?

Next incredibly juicy piece of dialogue: Six and Sharon are celebrities in a society based on conformity. A race of people who go only by numbers, who share those numbers, and these two are special. They are more important than the others because they were instrumental in the destruction of humanity. Heroes, these two, and that's why they're dangerous. Any time D'Anna had the gun, I was so afraid she was going to shoot one or both of them, and yet, I was confident she wouldn't because she wanted to box them, not give them new life.

Of note: historically, the Six model has been very disdainful of the Sharon model. Yet, here we see them bond over their shared status and tainted love of humanity.

Starbuck was in this episode in dog tags only, and it was nice that Anders wasn't vocally mooning over her. But someone frakked up, because Starbuck's been gone for months, and D'Anna said she was there a couple weeks ago. Anders wasn't so bad in this episode, really, and one can only imagine what was going on in his head, like, "What the frak is going on?!"

Oh man: the idea that maybe the Cylon God didn't sanction the extinction of humanity. How does that gel with Galactica Boomer's idea that perhaps humanity doesn't deserve to survive? I think these two Sharons need to have a sit-down. Also, I'll take this opportunity to stick up for Grace Park because I don't think she's as terrible an actor as most everyone else does.

Finally, their last lines: "We're alive." What does alive mean to the Cylons? It was Doral who used the word first, and clearly Sharon spun another connotation into it. To Doral, alive is simply "not dead," but to Sharon and Six, alive is something else, something connected to the humans, who really are alive, who possess life. Without death, how can there be life? Isn't death what makes life so important? The fact that it ends?

You know, I made that Matrix reference at the beginning, and it occurs to me that Sharon and Six are going to be the Neos of the Cylon. They're enlightened. They're going to show them a whole new way of looking at things.

Man. Such a great episode. And I can't wait for Jacob's recap because he's going to analyze the shit out of this.
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From:blixie
Date:February 25th, 2006 06:06 am (UTC)
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How does that gel with Galactica Boomer's idea that perhaps humanity doesn't deserve to survive?

And hey how about that Cap Boomer is now Gal Boomer and Gal Boomer is now Cap Boomer.

I think Gal Boomer is actually unique amongst the Cylon because she was a model of Boomer that always knew what she was and yet...was still corrupted by the taint of human love, the purest and most true version of love on the show and it comes nicely back to something Lee said to Kara. Trust. OG Cap Boomer trusted Helo and Helo trusted back, but still she has yet to extropolate her love for Helo in partiuclar to all human kind. And really why would she? They haven't shown her much of their good side, of the side worth saving. She's betrayed her own kind to save Humanities ass time and time again and for her trouble she's been imprisoned, isolated from Helo, nearly raped, and now has had her baby stolen. Nice. Again that folds into a line in this ep about being poisoned by experience, there will be hell to pay to Hera's momma.

Gah fucking brill ep, and to think they actually considered holding this back and never airing it? While the aired all those dog eps in a row? What the frakking FRAK?
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From:lonesomepioneer
Date:February 25th, 2006 06:38 am (UTC)
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FYI, although I'm not super into Galactica based on the episode-and-a-bit I've caught so far, I nevertheless now have a gimongous crush on Jacob. My first recapper crush!
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From:alliterator
Date:February 25th, 2006 07:24 am (UTC)
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I KNOW! SO AWESOME!

That's all I have to say right now because I just bicycled for an hour omg and the pain the pain.
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From:littlelesh
Date:February 25th, 2006 07:39 am (UTC)
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Sheesh, this was a wonderful episode. Really, very well done all around.

OH MY GOD SIX HAS A BALTAR IN HER HEAD I FUCKING LOVE THIS. Brilliance, guys. Brilliance.

The parallelism of Six hallucinating Baltar is beautiful, just.....ahhh, I love this SO MUCH. And I love that both of them are hallucinating idealized (for lack of a better word) versions of the other that don't quite exist in reality. That's just great. Dear Lord, as if I didn't love these two enough as it is.

Oh man. I want her and Baltar to be reunited. They're so my OTP for this show.

Dude, for real.

Random moment that I loved: the Centurions planting the tree. It makes me laugh, but also it's like- these guys are so associated with death and destruction, and what are they doing here? They're bringing new life back to Caprica. They're planting a tree. How bad can that possibly be? I love that that stayed in.

Also, the title of this post and the obligatory line before the cut? Awesome. Whee, NIN.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 25th, 2006 01:32 pm (UTC)
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Whee, indeed! Glad you appreciated it.

And I love that both of them are hallucinating idealized (for lack of a better word) versions of the other that don't quite exist in reality.

Yeah, exactly!
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From:alannaofdoom
Date:February 25th, 2006 02:17 pm (UTC)
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I [heart] this episode so much.

I got my boss into Battlestar, and I was starting to worry that she'd be terribly, terribly disappointed when she finally caught up. No worries now!

(Ron Moore was on a local NPR show yesterday and I tried to call in but it was only a 15-minute segment so they didn't get to me. Oh well.)

And I second lonesompioneer's recapper crush. Is it bad that I've started, like, seeking out PH shows that he's recapped and reading those?
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From:alannaofdoom
Date:February 25th, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC)

Oh yeah and also:

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I want her and Baltar to be reunited. They're so my OTP for this show.

Hee. "Baltar and Six: They are the magic!" I'm gonna go make a banner.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 25th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
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I didn't know you were a BSG fan! (You know, 'cause we haven't talked in, like, A YEAR OR SOMETHING.)

Jacob is way crushable. He uses words I don't know.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 25th, 2006 02:36 pm (UTC)
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Six said there are 12 models. Did she mean there are only 12 models of Sixes, Sharons, D'Annas, etc and each time one dies, a new one is resurrected? Or that there are 12 different models of skins, but there can be 1000 Sixes, Sharons, D'Annas, etc?

The latter. Twelve physical bodies, basically. Also, each model seems to have a distinct preprogrammed personality.

How come they each have different memories? As computers, shouldn't they have access to the same info?

The memories thing is a little unclear, because I think it was implied that GalBoomer has some of CapBoomer's memories. In general, I think of it like reincarnation: a model is "born" for the first time with whatever memories it needs to perform its function, and when it dies and is reborn again, it carries its own memories with it. If every model had the memories of every other model, I imagine they would get very, very confused. Remember, they're not just computers; they're computers who are supposed to act like humans. I don't think there's some big memory databank they can all access since the downloading process seems to be very specific.
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From:maka2000
Date:February 25th, 2006 03:49 pm (UTC)
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Ok, I did get a chance to watch this epi, and I loved it! The 6 we got to know this epi made me cry! I have managed to see a few other epis since that one about Apollo's hooker, so in the few epis I've seen, the 6 in Baltar's head...I didn't like very much. Mostly because Baltar is so fucking crazy, and his 6 helped feed his insanity - which I can't support. Heh. Plus, I just didn't understand what the hell she was going on about "our child" and such. But this Caprica 6 was amazing to me.

I enjoyed the idea of her being driven by LOVE, above everything else. The cylons I'm familiar with have talked about Love as a concept, God's Love, and Love for one another, but it was (in my eyes) a perversion of what love really is...so when Caprica 6 began to make that connection, I got really giddy! It was quite beautiful, and she made me cry. Dammit. Plus, I felt so happy for her when Baltar told her he loved her, because...

He's not as sexually aggressive; instead, he's got a heightened sense of self-importance.

Yes, but more importantly – to my mind – is the fact that she seemed more interested in gaining his love and approval. It sort of plays into the stereotype that men are ruled by their libidos and women their hearts, but I didn't mind. That actress really had a wonderful handle on the nuance of what was happening to her. I really felt for her!

Oh man. I want her and Baltar to be reunited. They're so my OTP for this show.

This is where my limited viewings really trips me up. I'm actually nervous about them reuniting since the 6 in Baltar's head doesn't really seem to exsist, and neither does the Baltar in 6's head. The real life Baltar seems to be a mess, while the real life 6 is much more wounded and thoughtful. Does that seem the case to you? If they really do reunite, do you think it'll be successful? Isn't the 6 in Baltar's head helping him betray the human race, while the Baltar in 6's head is helping her save it? When they reunite - how will those 2 things mesh with one another? I'm scarrid!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 25th, 2006 04:01 pm (UTC)
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It sort of plays into the stereotype that men are ruled by their libidos and women their hearts, but I didn't mind.

Ooh, nice catch.

The real life Baltar seems to be a mess, while the real life 6 is much more wounded and thoughtful. Does that seem the case to you? If they really do reunite, do you think it'll be successful? Isn't the 6 in Baltar's head helping him betray the human race, while the Baltar in 6's head is helping her save it? When they reunite - how will those 2 things mesh with one another? I'm scarrid!

Oh, man, the insanity! I think the real-life versions are, indeed, pretty messed up, but I love that they loved each other so much that since they parted, they've had to invent a version of the other in their heads in order to continue to function. That's the thing, really; they honestly can't live without each other. Your limited viewings don't allow you to see the true complexity of the relationship between Baltar and his Six because it's gone through a lot of ups and downs through the course of the series. Earlier this season, they almost broke up! As you saw in the previouslies, there was this awesome episode where they finally addressed the idea that she might be a chip in his head, and they "disproved" it enough for him, at least. What's great is the fact that Baltar knows she's not real, but he can't help but listen to her as if she is, anyway. And in recent episodes, the two of them have been at odds, especially since he discovered a Six model on Pegasus who had been abused. Here was a physical version of the woman he loved (there was also a great episode in the first season where the presence of a real Six model totally frakked with him), and his imaginary Six got jealous. He really cared for Gina (she hasn't been named on the show yet, but that's Ron's name for her), and it makes me think that Caprica Six would be well received.
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From:debetesse
Date:February 26th, 2006 03:49 am (UTC)
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Here was a physical version of the woman he loved (there was also a great episode in the first season where the presence of a real Six model totally frakked with him), and his imaginary Six got jealous.


Which, had we been thinking about it, should have been a clue to the individuality of CapricaSix.

I rather want Gaius and Six to meet again, because there is a hell of a disconnect between who they are and who they each think the other is. I almost hope that Six is a little disgusted with Baltar.

I do think that, at some point, they'll hit "Six is becoming more human than Gaius". There are lots of ways of being a Human/Cylon hybrid.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 25th, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC)
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I would also imagine that, while Cylons may appreciate love, lust is not much of an issue for them, as it seems like a petty emotion like hate or whatever. CapricaSix wasn't seducing anyone in this episode. Also, Baltar may have had a heightened sense of self-importance, but less of a sense of self. He rarely talked about himself or what Six did to him personally. He didn't even make much of an issue about the real Baltar being alive except to sow the seeds of doubt and paranoia in her head.
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From:ankai
Date:February 25th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
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aaaand that was me. Oops.
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From:warden96
Date:February 25th, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)
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You know, I made that Matrix reference at the beginning, and it occurs to me that Sharon and Six are going to be the Neos of the Cylon. They're enlightened. They're going to show them a whole new way of looking at things.

Yeah, maybe. But can they fly?
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From:kiwikazoo
Date:February 25th, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)
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I thought this was an absolutely phenomenal episode that lacked something in the execution. There was a lot of (I thought) unnecessary exposition and filling in that made me wonder when between "33" and now the writers decided we were dumb instead of smart. And the thing that would have been nice to have explained (how exactly did Cottle fake a dead baby?) was conveniently swept under the rug. And there was the blatantly obvious screw-up about Kara having been on Caprica a couple weeks ago. Seriously, do the writers no longer watch their own show?

Don't get me wrong, it was a good episode -- Baltar in Six's head is awesome, and I love the way all the pieces fell together as CapricaSix and GalacticaSharon filled each other in to get the whole picture. I just still get this overall feeling of writer laziness/over exposition/assuming that the audience has the attention span and I.Q. of a turnip and it annoys me, because they used to do episodes like "33" and "Act of Contrition" where they assumed we would catch up without heavy exposition and over-use of subtitles.
From:vandalisimo
Date:February 26th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
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OMG, SO good. So, so good. I don't even have the words to describe how awesome the Six/Baltar relationship is. I love the versions they've created of one another and how they are these perfectly calm and totally together versions of the actual messed up and kind of crazy real Six and Baltar. And how they're both working against their own kind, kind of to save one another or at least to feel closely connected to one another. Gah. Must find Six/Baltar icon...
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From:dcjensen
Date:February 27th, 2006 05:23 am (UTC)
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I think her saying that Kara was on Caprica a couple of weeks ago was just a figure of speech. It's possible that she only has reports about Kara being there and has no idea exactly when.
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From:shutterbug1
Date:March 1st, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC)
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This episode ate my brain. I was yelling "OMG!" at the tv, and thinking I couldn't wait to read the online analysis/speculation. And I totally agree with you about the waiting in breathless anticipation for Jabob's recap.

The one thing I thought was lacking was the waste of a prime opportunity to reveal another Cylon model, specifically a surprise twist about someone familiar on Galactica. Although I guess I can see how they didn't want to toss it in and take away from the Six-and-Sharon-as-neo-Neo's setup.

Mainly, I kept thinking that they would reveal Doc Cottle as a Cylon, after the enigmatic way he was looking at Laura at the end when she's talking about how the child's now safe, the Cylons are fooled, and they are the only ones who know. But I guess they want to save that punch for later... maybe the finale. (And I also tend to agree with Jacob that Tory is a likely Cylon candidate.)

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