Sunday, September 10, 2006

Battlestar Galactica: The Resistance, Parts 1 and 2

The upshot: Col. Tigh and Chief Tyrol attempt to organize the budding resistance movement on Cylon-occupied New Caprica—but recruiting soldiers is proving to be difficult and dangerous. As former Viper pilot Duck turns down a role in the resistance, Jammer objects when Tigh issues the order to have their weapons hidden from the Cylons inside the colony’s religious temple. Tigh’s order crosses what Jammer considers to be a religious and moral line.

After a half-year drought of BSG episodes, those clever fellows at Sci-Fi Channel have come up with a neat way of providing thirsty fans with some drops that do just enough to momentarily slacken our thirst but then immediately makes us want another taste.

These “webisodes”—about 2 minutes in duration--are a 10-part filler that started last week, designed to fill in some of the time and story between the end of Season 2 and the resumption of Season 3 next month. The webisodes are posted on Tuesday and Thursday at

Recap: When we left things at the end of Season 2, it’s One Year Later. New Caprica is a dreary rock of a planet. New Caprica City, population 39,192 is little more than a giant shanty town. People are living in tents and eaking out an existence arguably not much better than what they had cooped up in the space ships of the rat-tag fugitive fleet.

Out of the blue, the Cylon fleet shows up. Outnumbered and undermanned, the Battlestars Galactica and Pegasus with the other ships in orbit are forced to jump away to safety leaving the people planet side defenseless. President Baltar offers his surrender to the Cylons and we see New Caprica under the chrome-plated heel of the Cylons.

The Resistance: It’s 67 days into the Cylon occupation. It appears the spotlight of these Webisodes will be Tigh and Tyrol. We’re glad that Tigh will be getting some attention. After two seasons of seeing him as Adama’s loyal first officer but lost when left on his own, this will be Tigh’s chance to shine but don’t expect him to be likable.

What we’ve liked about Tigh’s character that he’s a salty S.O.B. and doesn’t’ give a frak if he bruises feelings or steps on toes. What we haven’t liked about the character is that we know he is a drunk with a confidence problem and that he and Adama share a very strong bond of loyalty.

Throughout two seasons, we’ve seen that Tigh was once much greater than what he has become. We hope that both The Resistance and the upcoming Season 3 will offer BSG viewers more hints of this character’s past (but lost) greatness so we can get a better understanding of the man he is today.

Look for parts 3 and 4 of The Resistance to “air” on on Tuesday and Thursday with FanBoyWonder commentary next weekend. “So say we all!”


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