"Things We Lock Away"
Written by Drew Z. Greenberg
Directed by Tim Hunter
Zoe is forced to duel Tamara; Daniel forces a vote at Graystone
Industries; Lacy is held captive at the Willow house.
Read the Syfy synopsis of this episode at the Internet Archive
The gladiator arena in New Cap City seen at the beginning of the
episode is a dark version of Atlas Arena, the home stadium of
the Caprica Buccaneers pyramid team.
In the dream sequence of child-Zoe drawing a picture of the
house fire she was caught in, notice that the girl uses
square-cut crayons, not round. Is this the normal shape of
crayons on Caprica? There are several brands of square crayons
in our own world, cut that way so they can be stacked, won't
roll off the table, or just for uniqueness.
This episode introduces Messenger Zoe. The Messengers seem to be
somewhat analogous to the Beings of Light of BSG70, but these
"angels" are cast in the image of someone familiar to the
experiencer, as seen in BSG2000. In this case, Zoe's teenage
self is the image seen by young Zoe and who apparently rescued
her from the house fire many years ago. In the now, the avatar of the teenage
Zoe sees the Messenger as well, guiding her to use her
strength to rise against her tormentors in the gladiator arena.
When Amanda opens the cabin's kitchen cupboard at 12:10 on the
DVD, one of the mostly-obscured boxes on the shelf looks to be a
box of Post Shredded Wheat from the package's design.
The flashback scene at 21:19
shows Daniel's early designs for
the Cylon prototype, inspired by
drawings done by young Zoe as a
As the Zoe avatar runs her hands along Daniel's bookshelf at
23:39 on the DVD, the books NCLEX-RN and
Internet Piracy Exposed are seen. These are actual
books in our real world.
NCLEX-RN is a reference to National Council Licensure
Examination, an exam for the licensing of registered nurses in
At 25:38 on the DVD, notice that the mug Lacy is using has a
picture of a cat on it. As far as I know, this is the only
appearance of a domestic cat to have appeared in the BSG
When Clarice tells Lacy she's going to send her to Gemenon to
join a special program there, Lacy asks about her mother. Lacy's
mother is not mentioned again after this episode, Clarice only
saying that they'll take care of her.
Exactly how is it that Messenger Zoe saved young Zoe from the
fire? The Messengers do not traditionally have a physical effect
on the environment, either by choice or inability. So it seems
unlikely the Messenger carries Zoe out. Did she simply point out
an escape route and encourage the child she could make it out of
Were young Zoe's visions of the Messenger Zoe her inspiration
for wanting to create a perfect copy of herself as an avatar? It
seems possible, as in one flashback here, we see the Messenger
encouraging Zoe in the creation of artificial sentience.
Why is the Messenger interested in the creation of artificial
sentience? Since we know from BSG2000 that the Sacred Scrolls which
form the basis of much of Colonial religion state "All this has
happened before, and all of it will happen again," does that
mean the Messengers have been instrumental in human creation of
artificial sentience previously as well?
It's possible that Clarice has some knowledge of the Messengers.
She seems to believe that Amanda's visions of Darius may be
divine intervention. It's also possible that Zoe told her of
Messenger Zoe, though this is speculation.