I fess up. I teared up on more than one occasion during this episode, and I may have uttered a sob or two on occasion. I was a bit miffed by the whole 'one hour earlier' construction, and this episode is obviously a necessary bridge between the premiere and getting them off New Caprica, but it still managed to tearjerk me, despite the obvious limitations in its format.
The problems I was having with Fat!Lee's characterisation were mysteriously absent in this episode. Possibly because he was only on screen for half a minute. Possibly because he wasn't actually stuffing his face in the scene with his father. And yes, that was one of the scenes where I got teary. Lee can still make me cry--when Adama asked him not to make him cry, I completely lost it. And I said I didn't care any more! Clearly this was a BIG FAT LIE and I was in DENIAL. *owns her immaturity*
Not much Kara in this ep, but I see why. I wondered if they were forshadowing Galactica's Sharon rescuing her in the conversation Sharon had with Anders. In which case, there will be two frightened and conflicted mothers fighting their way off the planet.
Poor, poor Sharon! My heart bled for her in the scene with Three--especially when she said 'Adama wouldn't lie to me'. She's fought so hard for those dog tags, and now she's going to learn that the person she put so much faith in betrayed her. And gods help Galactica's crew when Sharon turns on them!
Three's dreams were very mysterious. Was it just one Three model having them? And the human oracle seemed to imply that the Cylons worshipped a specific god--i.e. one of the human gods. I'd always thought (and now I'm not sure why) that they believed all the human gods were one. Of course, the human oracle could be putting her own spin on things, but it was very interesting to see the interaction between oracle and Cylon--particularly the oracle saying Three must be 'terrified'. In other religious themes, I really enjoyed seeing the ceremony between Galactica and Pegasus crews. The reading was perfect for the humans right now--but it is equally relevant for the Cylons. There are divisions on both sides of the war ('Consensus used to be so easy').
My heart bled for Gaius--it was surprisingly painful to see a rift between him and Six. I'm also still caught up in Jammer's plot--I really want to see what happens to him. But the other character who I really felt for this episode, despite myself, was Ellen. Her fragility in the early scene with Tigh was heartbreaking--she seemed on the verge of telling him, before they were interrupted. It seemed as if she knew not only that she'd done something dispicable, but that she'd done something that Tigh himself would not forgive--and yet not even the possible loss of his love could stop her from 'saving' him. What she did was appalling, and part of me wanted to see her punished. But another part hurt for her, especially when she finally crumbled and told Tigh the truth--the horror in both their eyes was very powerful.
I also found Tigh's journey interesting. At the start of the episode he told the Chief to pull it together or he'd risk all their lives. Now he's facing his own personal crisis--will he be able to pull himself together sufficiently? Humans seemed so fragile and self-destructive in this episode, betraying each other and bickering when they should all be fighting to get themselves rescued.
It was interesting to see how insistent Roslin has been on guarding Maya and her child. I think Anders has a brain--I'm sure he's guessed who the child is. Probably his lackeys have too. I think it's going to prove a hard secret to keep hidden for very long.
There was a lot of tension in this episode and no catharsis--appropriate for a briding episode. I got a lump in my throat at all the 'it's on!', 'they've got the keys', 'Galactica's on its way: we're getting off this rock' moments. But I've also got a lot of fear about what will be lost in the struggle. Sharon's child? Sharon? That seems almost certain, but what else? What about Kara and Leoben and Kasey?
And 18 hours. We've still got to get to (and through) those 18 hours of Pegasus waiting for Galactica. And that means more ouchy Lee moments. Eep!
ETA: First time round this post read 'get them off New Krypton'. *headdesk* Possibly my funniest typo ever. Clearly I'm not cut out for this dual fandom thing... ;-)