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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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Battlestar Galactica

"The Hub"

TV episode

Written by Jane Espenson

Directed by Paul Edwards

Original air date: June 6, 2008

 

A misfit band of colonial warriors and Cylon rebels launches an attack on their mutual Cylon foes.

 

Read the summary of the episode at the Battlestar Wiki 

 

Notes from the BSG chronology

 

This episode takes place concurrently with "Sine Qua Non".

 

Didja Know?

 

The opening titles show the fleet at a population of 39,673, down one from the previous episode "Sine Qua Non", which took place concurrently with this episode, so the population count should probably be the same. Possibly the count is meant to acknowledge the corpse of Gonzo already seen in "Sine Qua Non" (though his death is not seen until Act 3 of the current episode), but, in that case, the death of the Raptor's Electronic Countermeasures Officer aboard should also have been counted.

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode

 

President Roslin

Leoben Conoy

the hybrid

Helo

Number Eight

Baltar

Elosha (in Roslin's visions only, deceased)

Natalie Faust (mentioned only, deceased)

Dr. Cottle (in Roslin's visions only)

Apollo (in Roslin's visions only)

Starbuck (in Roslin's visions only)

D'Anna Biers

Athena (mentioned only)

Boomer

John Cavil

Number Four (mentioned only)

Number Five (mentioned only)

Hardball

Gonzo (dies in this episode)

Hot Dog

Redwing

tattooed pilot

Number Six

Hera (mentioned only)

Caprica Six (mentioned only)

Smith (Colonial Marine)

 

 

 

Didja Notice?

 

Throughout the episode, President Roslin seems to be having visions whenever the baseship she's on makes an FTL jump.

 

    From the title of the book and Adama's readings from it, it seems to me Searider Falcon may be a mix of Robinson Crusoe and Waterworld, with maybe a dash of Cast Away. Robinson Crusoe is a 1719 novel by Daniel Defoe about a man shipwrecked on a desert island. Cast Away is a 2000 film about a man whose flight crashes into the ocean, leaving him stranded on an uninhabited island where, after several years, he is able to construct a raft and sail from washed up debris and island materials to cast off to an eventual ocean rescue. Waterworld is a 1995 post-apocalyptic film of a future time when the Earth's polar ice cap has melted, submerging most of the land; the main character, known only as the Mariner (seafarer or searider), has a self-constructed, speedy trimaran which also has no name, but is often considered by fans of the film to be its version of the "fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy" the Millennium Falcon in the Star Wars films.

    Hence, Searider Falcon

 

Cavil tells D'Anna that the Twos, Sixes, and Eights have started a civil war with the other humanoid Cylon models and have allied with the humans. Obviously, he does know that they have rebelled against the Cylon establishment, but how does he know they've allied with the human fleet? We might be tempted to think Cavil's "pet Eight" Boomer had downloaded the memories of one of the other Eights, but it is said that memories cannot be shared without a particular unit's will...maybe one of the rebel Eights began to think the rebellion was a mistake and allowed her memories to be shared? A potential candidate is the Eight who will be revealed to have been a double-agent to the human resistance to Gaeta on New Caprica in "Face of the Enemy".

 

At 12:49 on the Blu-ray, it can just barely be seen that actress Lucy Lawless as D'Anna is wearing a skin-tight top in the resurrection tank as she turns to look at Boomer wondering why Boomer isn't with the other Eights in rebellion.

 

Throughout the scene between Baltar and a Centurion from 18:30-19:04 on the Blu-ray, a metal stud on the Centurion's shoulder plate keeps changing position from the right shoulder to the left from shot-to-shot.

 

When Baltar tells the Centurion the parable about the dog who is told when to eat, the Centurion cocks its head at the human quizzically, just as dogs often do when spoken to.

 

Roslin bandages Baltar's abdominal wound over his shirt! She should have removed the shirt. I suppose since she's not a medical person and under a pressure situation and not necessarily in her best mental state herself, she didn't think the situation through all the way.

 

The Resurrection Hub is destroyed in this episode, preventing Cylons from Resurrecting from this point forward.

 

When the rebel baseship returns to the last known coordinates of the fleet and finds Adama's Raptor waiting, he sees it arrive through the Raptor's cockpit window. The constellation Orion as seen from Earth is clearly visible in this shot, suggesting they are close to Earth.

 

    At the end of the episode, the baseship allows Adama's Raptor to land and Laura Roslin greets him. As the two hug and say they missed each other, Laura says, "I love you," and Adama responds, "About time." Since he doesn't simply say "I love you" back, it implies to me that he already said it to her some time in the past and she wasn't ready to respond in kind. Now she is, hence Adama's "About time."

    I also wonder if Adama's line is a nod to the 1980 film Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, in which to Princess Leia's confession of "I love you," Han Solo famously replies, simply, "I know."  

 

Notes from the audio commentary by Ron Moore on the Blu-ray release

 

The Number Eight model Cylon (with Athena's memories) that Helo is seen dealing with in this episode was killed by Cavil's troops during the escape from the Hub in a scene that was cut from the aired episode, explaining why we never see her again.

 

Moore specifically states that the Elosha that Roslin sees in her visions this episode are not a "Head" character like Head Six and Head Baltar.

 

Memorable Dialog

the Six who went among the Makers.mp3
end resurrection for all Cylons.mp3
a genuine Cylon civil war.mp3
Boomer's my pet Eight.mp3
you're a little full of myself.mp3
for humans only.mp3
with a whimper.mp3
about time.mp3

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