BATTLESTAR GALACTICA “Guess What’s Coming to Dinner?”: Are Two Heads Better Than One?

Gah! “Jump!” Gaaaaaaah! There’s the Battlestar Galactica we’ve been waiting for, where they pile on two or three “you did not just do that” moments in the last minute that change the whole game. Sci Fi’s Memorial Day break seems especially cruel now. “Guess What’s Coming to Dinner” also reminds us what a gorgeously shot (swinging around the Galactica’s guns! Gah!) and edited (Athena running through the Galactica’s halls and the opera house) show this can be.

In trying to fit together all of the pieces leading to Battlestar‘s endgame, the “all of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again” trope keeps coming up. One proferred explanation for this has been the idea that the humans and Cylons mirror each other, reflecting back to each other and reabsorbing potentially warped messages about birth and life and death. The mirror theory gets a boost this week with the reintroduction of the shared visions among Caprica Six, Athena, and Roslin; the confusion Tori feels when pulled between two leaders; and the surprising tie between the Cylon baseship hybrid and, of all people, Felix Gaeta. Gaeta is now the Galactica’s hybrid–he’s their best chance at jumping correctly (the Demetrius had all kinds of trouble without him); he’s set apart from the rest of his species by missing limbs that would grant him greater freedom; he’s hooked into the ship now, laid out in isolation from everyone else; and he’s proclaiming sing-songy stuff, pretty oblivious to what anyone around him thinks of it, that sounds like nonsense–but I wouldn’t count on that.

Alone she sleeps in the shirt of man/with my three wishes clutched in her hand/The first that she be spared the pain/that comes from a dark and laughing rain/When she finds love may it always stay true/This I beg for the second wish I made too/But wish no more, my life you can take/just to have her, please, one day awake.

Yikes. Genius manchild Bear McCreary (seriously, isn’t he, like, 12? No, really, he’s literally 29. Cylon!) wove what might be a dirge, what might be a prophecy, what might be a beacon throughout all of the hyperkinetic, jaw-dropping moments at the end, forcing all the mirrors to face each other. I don’t have the foggiest idea who’s hiding in the shirt of man (Hera?) or who’s waking up (the hybrid sat up in a hurry), but I hope they hurry up and get Kara and a Leoben into sick bay to figure it out.

If there are mirrors on each side, who are the others? Is Leoben the Cylon Baltar, more sensitive to spritiual matters and hung up on the ravings of a mystical blonde? Is the Six Athena shot another dying leader? Will the Eights ever stop flashing a cycle of violence and death by bullet back and forth at each other? Do the Final Five not have reflections? I don’t want to wait a week to find out more.

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