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Battlestar Galactica: Flesh and Bone

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This may be one of the strongest episodes of the series so far. Tense from beginning to end and leaving me with far more questions than I had to start with. Several of the ongoing sub-plots get some air time, although once again Apollo doesn’t get any real attention.

The overall feel of the show is of growing paranoia and the unhealthy effect this is bound to have on everybody as it drags out. The actual motivation for the Cylons manipulations are not at all clear so far though. If they wanted to play games with the humans, why almost wipe them out? Where did their belief system come from? Do they consider themselves more human than humans now? If so, where do the old-fashioned centurions fit into that scheme of things.

On top of all that we have a whole new set of questions. Why did this Cylon claim he could see the future? Why did the President see him in her dreams? Just what the hell is going on?

I like that the characters in this series are allowed to show a depth of feelings and a range of emotions. They aren’t simply one thing all the time. But I am starting to want to see what the fleet is actually doing. It was fascinating to watch Starbuck, never the most stable of characters, slip slowly over the edge and then at the end, come round to view her prisoner as equally as human as she.

At first I wasn’t at all sure about the whole “the cylons look human” thing. It just seemed like a way to save money. But actually the series has really embraced this new concept and it may well become the best thing about the whole show if they continue to develop it in this fashion.

Oh and one final thing. So they will find Kobol and from there they will find earth huh?

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