So basically, I love BSG a lot. (how much, you ask? Well, enough to base 2 university papers on the show. LOL I'M NOT KIDDING. You should have seen my prof's face though. It was priceless, like, "you're writing your paper on wha-? B-but why?"). I honestly never thought it'd be so difficult to pick out my 5 favorite episodes (well, okay, Downloaded was easy enough, but the rest...). At the end it came down to Taking A Break From All Your Worries and Unfinished Business but in the end the latter won out (sorry, but as much as TABFAYW was so much awesome with Gaius-getting-tortured plot with pretty cinematography and Gaeta with his neck-stabbity-stabbing-with-a-pen antics, Lee's subplot did not interest in the least. He lost his ring and was stumbling around half-drunk looking for it, whoopee. -gets ready to be lynched-)
Arranged episodically/chronologically because, godsdamn, it was difficult enough for me to narrow it down to 5 episodes. I'm not going to torture myself further by ranking them
So the thing is, I first started watching BSG with the miniseries. And while it was definitely brilliant and amazing and worthy of praise, I felt it started lagging a little in the middle portion - yes, I thought this of a show which had the Cylons nuking everyone to hell within the first hour (it probably look me 2 or 3 rewatches of the miniseries to appreciate the importance of all the talky parts but anyway). Somehow, I was still rather unconvinced at the end of the miniseries, and so popped in in 33 and omg fell head over heels for the show. It's really such a brilliant episode, all in all: there's intrigue and suspense, moral dilemmas and Plot Development, complete with things going 'splodey. It jumps straight into the action from the first minute and doesn't let up till 40mins later. What's there not to love?
EASILY MY FAVORITE-ST EPISODE OF BSG EVER. I love everything about this episode, starting with that it was from the Cylon POV which was definitely different. I love that they returned to that Six from the miniseries and showed that she was more than just a loyal soldier of the revolution/sex goddess (she has feelings and regrets and Head!Baltar, which was just a complete WHOA for me, because, in those pre-they-are-actually-angels days, it gave such a new perspective on the relationship between Gaius and her pre-Fall). I love that Boomer was damaged and cynical and bitter about herself. I love that Caprica and Boomer were both affected enough from their encounters with humans to do something about the genocide. And I love that the events in this episode served as a prelude to the Cylon Civil War in S4. (you can trace how, through Caprica and Boomer, and as a result of their actions, the Cylons started becoming more fractured in a society built on egalitarianism). And last but not least, it was the episode where I developed a massive girlcrush on Tricia Helfer and her amazing acting skills. ♥
Unfinished Business (3.09)
The boxing! The flashbacks! The sexings! The flashbacks! This episode (esp the extended edition) made me laugh and cry and cheer with the characters. In an episode devoid of Cylons, it really focused on the Galactica crew: they live together, they fight together
Oh my gods it was so painful to watch this episode because you know that they were going to have their hopes dashed. It was even worse watching the celebrations and the happy, smiley faces and Lee jumping on the DRADIS console and looking like he was going to do a striptease because dramatic irony dictates that. AND DEAR GODS THE MUSIC (insert obligatory, totally true, BEAR MCCREARY IS AWESOME line here). And even though you knew it was going to happen, you know felt 10 kinds of horrible for them to be there on that nuclear wasteland called Earth (seriously, how Roslin uttered "Earth." in that tone of voice? I just wanted to reach into my screen and hug all of them) Also, the 7months they made us wait for Sometimes A Great Notion was excruciating too.
Daybreak, part 2 (4.20)
I'm probably one of the 10 people in fandom who loves this episode to bits (I'm sure it falls apart on closer scrutiny/overanalysis, but honestly, which episode doesn't?). Their final assault on the
(and yes, I had to start the picspam with (a) Six (quote) and end it with one too.
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