Battlestar Galactica


3.5 stars

Air date: 10/27/2006
Written by Mark Verheiden
Directed by Michael Rymer

Review by Jamahl Epsicokhan

It's strange to start a season off with an arc that's such a departure from the norm of a series. I think back to that six-episode arc that started the sixth season of Deep Space Nine. More recently, we had the Kobol arc bridging seasons one and two of Battlestar Galactica. When things are so shaken up, you find yourself wondering how situations will ever go back to being the way they were — or at least resembling something similar to what they were. And yet somehow they still do — with enough change to avoid feeling like a cheat.

Obviously, with this most recent storyline, humanity wasn't going to be trapped on New Caprica forever under the rule of the Cylons. But I still nevertheless found myself asking: What's the rest of season three, which is to be some 20 total episodes, going to be about if the Galactica was able to rescue the human survivors from New Caprica by the end of episode four?

"Collaborators" seems to let us in on some of that. Here's an episode where the whole point is that even though we might not be on New Caprica anymore, the consequences of what took place there will continue to play themselves out now that everyone is back aboard the Galactica and the fleet. "Collaborators," as its title implies, is all about how characters deal with the aftermath of the failed occupation, and specifically about dealing with those who worked for the enemy. Even though "Exodus" might have gotten the characters off New Caprica, it was not a Reset Button Plot.

Take, for example, the small details. Although there isn't a single line of dialog about it, the Galactica is shown here as overcrowded, which makes sense considering that the Pegasus has been destroyed and there are now two crews occupying one battlestar. How exactly are the crews going to be integrated? Also: When so many people left both ships to go live on New Caprica, that left a lot of changes in the duty roster. Now that no one lives on New Caprica, what will the new duty roster look like? This episode brings up that question without dealing with it directly. For example, we see Helo is still the XO of the ship. Will he continue to be now that Tigh is back aboard?

The answer appears to be yes, at least for the time being. There's a scene in CIC where Tigh, as a character of this show, seems to represent the living proof that the events of New Caprica are not, by any stretch of the imagination, forgotten or forgiven. Tigh calls out his replacement, Helo, a "Cylon lover" in full view of the CIC, and then bemoans the fact that Gaeta, who was Baltar's chief of staff, has been given full access to the CIC simply because "the old man needs his phones fixed." Adama has to call Tigh off as if he were an attack dog. Every once in a while you get a scene that announces, loud and clear, that things are not simply going to be okay, and this is one of those scenes. Tigh is going to be a problem. Michael Hogan's performance portrays a bitter and damaged man who has been through hell and back and has earned his bitterness. "I'm not just going to forget," he says.

The episode's plot is actually about dealing with the scars of New Caprica. In the strong opening sequence, we see Jammer being tried for collaborating with the Cylons as a member of the New Caprica police force. Jammer's trial is a secret tribunal conducted by six jurors (called "the Circle") in alarming swiftness. All the jurors were residents of New Caprica and probably members of the resistance. Among them are Tigh, Tyrol, Anders and Seelix — familiar faces that demonstrate how this is not an episode about good guys and bad guys, but about a big mess that is now in the process of being cleaned up by the regular characters in a very messy way. Jammer's crime is treason. The sentence is death. To be carried out right now.

I see now that the "Resistance" webisodes are more crucial than I initially thought, because they further flesh out Jammer's arc. He went from a fellow resistance member to a misguided puppet of the Cylons who hoped he would be making things better for the human citizens of New Caprica instead of worse. If history is written by those who survive rather than those who die, then Jammer's obituary is one of a traitor. The reality might not be so clear cut. In his defense, he pleads to Tyrol for forgiveness, and he explains how he helped Cally escape from being executed by the Cylons. Tyrol doesn't necessarily believe him (and even if he does, the rest of the Circle weighs Cally's survival against dozens of other deaths), but when Jammer is put out the airlock, Tyrol can't watch. It's an interesting moment, made more interesting when you consider that Jammer was once a member of Tyrol's deck crew. People are being put to death by their own former friends.

This episode is about the ones being executed, and also the ones carrying out the executions. In a civilized society, the reason a criminal trial is made up of jurors is so that the verdict is rendered by impartial individuals. The Circle members are clearly too close to the case to be impartial, and that's the whole point. Guilt or innocence is being decided by a biased jury that's in too much of a hurry to get through the cases (they have only a few days to judge more than 50 people). What's interesting is how the Circle perceives itself: "We're not just thugs out for revenge. There was evidence against Jammer," Tigh says. They may not be thugs out for revenge, but the presumption is definitely one of guilt, and not innocence. Is that appropriate under the circumstances? Perhaps that depends on what your definition of the law should be, and whether those accused are worthy of still breathing.

The episode's central plot is that the Circle intends to bring Gaeta to trial. We know, and the Circle does not, that Gaeta was the crucial source that supplied the resistance with inside information. Can Gaeta relay this information before being found guilty, and even if he does, will he be believed? At the heart of "Collaborators" is the sinking feeling that an unjust execution is going to be carried out simply because the system set up to carry it out is an implacable machine that presumes guilt and doesn't have the time to look for truth. Tigh points out that while it's true that everyone used to like Gaeta, the price must be paid by all who collaborated. After all, Tigh's own wife paid the price for collaborating, and as Tigh dryly puts it, "I liked her a hell of a lot more than I like Gaeta." Anders is undecided on the evidence and would rather quit than convict Gaeta purely on unconfirmed circumstances.

In the rec room, Gaeta is shunned by everyone, and Kara sits down with every intention of picking a fight with an unpopular traitor. His professions of innocence fall on deaf ears, because the court of public opinion has already convicted him. Later, Kara is put on the Circle jury in place of Anders, who resigns because he doesn't intend to railroad a potentially innocent man. A scene where Kara confronts Anders (ending with their apparent break-up) is a powerful one for two reasons: (1) It further demonstrates how damaged Kara has been left in the aftermath of her ordeal on New Caprica ("I got out of that room, and it was like someone painted the world in different colors"); and (2) it demonstrates precisely how the Circle is not an impartial jury at all. In Kara's case it's the end result of a dangerous collision course: She's bitterly angry and looking to punish somebody — anybody — to feel better. Might as well be Gaeta.

If human beings are defined by their actions, then Gaeta is defined by his dignity, even in the face of a jury that is operating more on emotions than on facts. When the Circle pulls him in to read the charges, Gaeta doesn't grovel the way Jammer did; he simply and pointedly states that re-explaining his innocence to those who refuse to believe him is pointless. Surely, Gaeta would've been killed had the information about the dog bowl not surfaced at the crucial moment to reveal to Tyrol that Gaeta was the secret inside source.

Like the New Caprica storylines (this episode is basically the New Caprica coda), "Collaborators" asks tough questions: Do traitors deserve to die, and should the law be circumvented in order to get the job done quietly and quickly so that government can move on with more pressing matters? That brings us to the central issue of the government's role in all this: the revelation that Zarek, as outgoing president, is the one who ordered the formation of this secret tribunal to carry out these executions "legally." (Of course, they aren't legal, because they're conducted in secret and there are no lawyers.)

Early in the episode, Roslin makes an agreement with Zarek that includes his resignation, with the understanding that he will become her vice president once she resumes her role as president. It's interesting to ponder whether that offer still applies (the episode isn't clear) once she learns that he initiated this secret tribunal. Zarek makes good points, however: Trying collaborators in the open public would bog down the system for months if not years and would turn Roslin into "executioner in chief." Zarek's secret tribunal was an attempt to deal with the traitors quietly, efficiently, covertly. And, in some cases — let's face it — unjustly. Roslin's solution perhaps does not fulfill justice either, but it is pragmatic in terms of moving forward: She pardons everybody.

What makes "Collaborators" such a terrific episode is that it asks these big questions and allows for all these differing points of view. And it allows the various characters to play their reactions on all parts of the spectrum. This story showcases a wide-ranging cast of characters who have experienced wide-ranging hardships and have wide-ranging ways of responding.

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38 comments on this post

Robert Murphy
Thu, Jan 31, 2008, 10:40pm (UTC -6)
I liked this episode and I liked your review. There is one area that puzzles me though, and I hope you can shed some light on it.

Maybe I missed something earlier but ...."Zarek, as outgoing president"? When did Zarek become president? Why is it not the former president? and why does it sort of "default" back to her anyway? (The story needed Zarek to do its dirty work, I know. Yes, he was a good choice for the master of this secret tribunal -but were there points in the past that properly establish these developments?) Maybe I did miss an episode at some point... Did the webisodes establish any of this somehow?
Wed, Feb 6, 2008, 1:31am (UTC -6)
Robert, Zarek was legally Baltar's vice president (he was his running made in 'Lay Down Your Burdeons'), so when Baltar was presumed dead by the fleet, Zarek inherited the throne. He then said he'd make Roslin his veep, resign, so that she succeeds him and she then makes him her veep.
Wed, Feb 6, 2008, 3:04am (UTC -6)
Thanks for clearing that up for me!
Wed, Feb 6, 2008, 9:16pm (UTC -6)
I think one thing you didn't mention was that during the scene of Gaeta's execution, it was Starbuck who felt remorse. Maybe I saw it wrong, but it seemed like she was begging him to beg for his life, because she wanted to believe what he said about his helping the resistance.
Sat, Mar 8, 2008, 7:27pm (UTC -6)
No, I rather think she wanted him to plead for his life.
Sat, Mar 8, 2008, 7:30pm (UTC -6)
Eh, now that I read your comment again, that seems insufficient.
I don't think she wanted to believe him. She wanted to see him humiliated, which is the more common reason why you'd want to see someone beg for his life. If you really want to spare someone's life, you don't ask that person to beg first.
Sat, Mar 8, 2008, 7:36pm (UTC -6)
Maybe she wanted to spare his life, but felt he deserved to suffer the loss of his dignity too. I don't know, just my $0.02
Mon, Mar 17, 2008, 7:59pm (UTC -6)
One thing thats slightly convenient here is how Kara references "the dog bowl" as if it was some key point to his story... if not for the fact that thats how Tyrol knew about it, it would be a fairly benign aspect of how Gaeta helped the resistance.

It also got me thinking how that signal came to be in the first place when neither of them knew who each other were.... how did Tyrol find the first message without knowing the signal, or how did he know the signal first without some kind of communication?

I like this episode alot, just pointing out some things.
Thu, Apr 24, 2008, 1:55am (UTC -6)
Brendan, go back to the scene in the mess room when Gaeta was eating (alone) and Starbuck came over to harrass him. Gaeta protested and mentioned the dog bowl then. So it wasn't as if Starbuck thought of it first.
Tue, Jun 10, 2008, 8:31pm (UTC -6)
There are probably more significant things to remark on in this episode, but there was an exchange between Lee and Adama that'll go down as a favorite:

"I have a date with a jump rope. What? I've lost half a stone."
"Keep jumping."

It was the look on Lee's face and Adama's tone that sealed the deal.
Sat, Nov 1, 2008, 2:33pm (UTC -6)
I'm with the majority on this one. Starbuck's tone when demanding that Gaeta beg was clearly one of anger. As Jammer rightly pointed out, she lashing out at anyone she can plausibly justify.

On the subject of the Presidency, I'm thinking now that having Zarek resign in order for Roslin to return was a little contrived. Why is he now so humble? He wasn't in whatever episode it was next season.

And Roslin's legitimacy would clearly be in question. She has only ever fought one presidential election and lost. At least Zarek won as a running mate.
Wed, Jan 7, 2009, 8:28pm (UTC -6)
FWIW, I viewed the "beg" scene the same as Sumedh, as if Starbuck was trying to put the pieces together. Ron Moore's commentary, however, suggests that the angry interpretation was intended.

Why did Zarek willingly give up the presidency? Zarek said Adama wouldn't stand for it (despite Adama's loyalty to legal authority), and that the government couldn't function without the military. Contrived, but sufficient. As for Roslin's legitimacy, she turned out to be right on the issue that decided the election. New Caprica sucked, and then the Cylons came. She wins the "anybody but Baltar" vote.
Fri, Aug 28, 2009, 10:35am (UTC -6)
Brendan was referring to the fact that Gaeta couldn't have set up the dog-bowl signal without talking to Tyrol or another member of the Resistance. The only way I can figure it is that Gaeta left a message explaining the setup somewhere where Tyrol (a known Baltar opponent) could find it.

As for Starbuck, she actually started kicking Gaeta during the "Beg!" scene, and her comments to Anders made it clear she was looking to work out her anger on anybody convenient.
Sun, Jan 3, 2010, 11:45pm (UTC -6)
I thought they might have found out just by accident about the dog-bowl signal because it was upside down, so someone putting it up again spotted it the first time.
Nick P.
Mon, May 30, 2011, 9:55pm (UTC -6)
I had a completely different interpretation of the Zarek giving up the presidency scene. His line about everyone accusing their neighbors of collabarating was the give-away. I feel like he was giving her bait. She knew he was right and walked right into his hands. He knew she wasn't going to go around killing people, and would likely call a general amnesty (I predicted that 20 minutes before she did it, thus the end was not a surprise).

But the amnesty would probably be even frustrating for a lot of people (maybe a majority), so he willingly gives up the presidency even though he has the popular opinion on an issue, and lets Roslin tie her own noose. This way instead of trying to start as an unpopular president with the military against him, he sets himself up as the popular martyr against the weak unellected teacher, which he gambles, will get him popularily elected president.

That makes mroe sense to me, anyways. I guess I will find out in time.
Mon, Aug 1, 2011, 8:34am (UTC -6)
Great episode. Again, the resolution of all the loose ends seems to be happening a bit too fast, but I'm not going to complain when the show is this riveting. Kara's mention of the "bowl" seems a bit convenient (just as the random appearance of Kacey's mother on the Hangar Deck last week) but I'm glad they didn't kill Gaeta.

The Circle's actions are wrong. They're trying to punish those who collaborated with Baltar and the Cylons. But they're using Baltar's own unjust laws to do it "legally". Two wrongs don't make a right.
Sun, Nov 20, 2011, 8:07am (UTC -6)
A solid show but not worthy of 3.5*; more like 3*.

High point: Gaeta leaving the lynch mob in stunned silence after it emerged he had been responsible, in effect, for their salvation.

Low point: Yet more machinations to get that ghastly Roslin woman into the office of the president. As Josh said: She fought only one election in her life and bombed it ignominiously; yet, she ended up being APPOINTED president twice. Oy vey.
Mon, Jul 23, 2012, 2:40pm (UTC -6)
Very good episode, but I kept wondering why Tyrol never even considered the fact that Gaeta might be the source until the evidence came out. Obviously someone was the source, and it had to be someone with a lot of access. Well, I know why, dramatic tension... and it worked for sure, just bugged me a bit.

I've always really liked Starbuck as a character, but her bloodlust here was pretty ugly. It makes sense of course, she's been through psychological hell and back. The "beg" thing was obviously about power and humiliation. She wanted blood, and wanted it bad. Remember how quickly she voted guilty?
Thu, Nov 1, 2012, 10:38am (UTC -6)
Lee: Now if you'll excuse me, I have a date with a jump-rope.

Adama: ...

Lee: Hey, I've dropped half a stone.

Adama: Keep jumping.


That being said, after all the misery and suffering I've seen in previous episodes, I can now say that this is the darkest episode yet.
Tue, Apr 30, 2013, 6:05am (UTC -6)
Really a perfect episode in my opinion, probably my favorite "quiet" episode of BSG, as quiet as it ever gets anyways.

I surmise there was an understanding underlying the exchange between Zarek, Roslin and Adama. The last decision that was left up to a vote almost resulted in the destruction of humanity's last chance for survival. I think the explanation that was given, in that Adama wouldn't support a Zarek administration, makes sense.

I'm glad to see the Zarek character fleshed out more, he was handled somewhat clumsily in the past.
Nebula Nox
Tue, May 28, 2013, 11:58pm (UTC -6)
For me, the one false note in the episode is when Starbuck lets out the information about the dog bowl. Didn't sound right.
Mon, Jul 29, 2013, 5:34pm (UTC -6)
I felt like this episode got Zarek's politics all wrong. I always viewed Zarek as an extremist on the side of civil liberties and democracy. If anything, he would be fighting for *more* visibility in the justice system and fighting *against* capital punishment.
Wed, Aug 21, 2013, 4:26am (UTC -6)
To me, Kara mentioned the dog bowl as a way of mocking Gaeta. She thought his story was ridiculous, and was throwing it in his face to ridicule him.
Sun, Sep 8, 2013, 11:56pm (UTC -6)
I think Roslin's pardon is not just of the "collaborators" but also for those who convened the illegal tribunal. If BSG laws were similar to ours, then the jury of six would be facing murder charges themselves along with Zerek facing impeachment (high crimes and misdemeanors). The so-called six "peers" were very biased: one lost his son, one his wife and an eye, Chief almost lost Cally and Starbuck went through psychological torture. So I wonder if the pardon just let's everyone move on. The Circle reminds me of the Star Chamber.
Mon, Sep 30, 2013, 3:51am (UTC -6)
Anybody else wish Gaeta had shot the Circle the finger and told them to go frak themselves as he was walking away?
Fri, Jan 3, 2014, 4:57pm (UTC -6)
Interesting about Baltar. Lucy Lawless said the seven Cylon models are debating Baltar's fate. I know earlier in the series they said there were 12 models. What about the other five? Are they not with the Cylons? Maybe those models don't have "many copies" as the intro tells me everytime? Maybe they are way deep undercover? I know it wasn't an oversight. I'm intrigued....
Fri, Jan 3, 2014, 7:54pm (UTC -6)
Without giving anything away... yes, the final five are distinct from the other seven. So much so that, in retrospect, the simple statement "There are 12 models" was grossly misleading. That is, Six would not have phrased it that way if the writers had known, as early as the miniseries, how the whole "12 models" thing would be addressed.
Fri, Jan 3, 2014, 8:41pm (UTC -6)
One other thing, Cureboy, as I watch you march your way through the series: Be careful reading your way through the comments. I cannot guarantee that there aren't spoilers, perhaps even major ones, that made their way into the comments, particularly as you get closer to the end of the series.

I've tried my best over the years to remove or redact spoilers for later episodes in the comments as I've seen them, so to preserve surprises for those like yourself who are just watching the show for the first time -- but I know that in a few cases I've failed, and previous people making their way through the series found comments for later episodes that gave things away. Just a warning.
Jason D
Mon, Mar 31, 2014, 2:11am (UTC -6)
I just wish someone had said "thank you" to Gaeta. Of course, so much was said with glances once he was cut loose. I guess Chief sitting down with him at the end was 'thank-you' enough, and part of the healing process.

Jammer - good call on the overcrowding. I noticed that, and it raises questions about the state of Galactica and the fleet.

Also, thanks for the caution you threw Cureboy. I don't know why it took me ten years to start watching BSG, but reading these reviews after watching the eps helps it feel more contemporary, like I'm not so far behind!
Wed, Aug 13, 2014, 3:48pm (UTC -6)
Watching this whole series for the first time right now (and just got to this episode). Amazing show, I wish I had gotten to it earlier.

I've more or less liked Starbuck up till now. She's never been good at dealing with her problems, but until now she's at least restricted it to self-destructive behavior.

But here she tries to get Gaeta killed. Just because she's frustrated. That is unforgiveable. She is scum.
Tue, Apr 14, 2015, 12:44am (UTC -6)
When Starbuck is verbally beating up Gaeta in the mess hall, in the background is one of the members of the Circle who voted "Guilty" on Gaeta -- this is after Anders walks out. Next thing we know, Starbuck is on the Circle. Coincidence? -- I don't think so. Starbuck was brought in because she already thought Gaeta was a traitor.

The tribunal is an ugly question. You need closure somehow. And years of public trials in a small fishbowl like the fleet probably would -- as Zarek says -- tear the fleet apart.
It *might* be the least bad solution to an ugly problem. But.... anyone who was on New Caprica should have been barred from duty. Put Lee and Helo on the Circle..... at least you have some impartiality.
Tue, Apr 14, 2015, 12:55am (UTC -6)
Oh... and Baltar... slimy as always.
When he's trying to convince Six that she should spare him. At the end he yells "And I need you too! Do you hear me! I need you too!". Then turns away and mutters "Maybe I should have started with that......"
So delightful to watch!
Fri, Jul 17, 2015, 11:58pm (UTC -6)
Jammer, sorry you had to go out the airlock! But thanks for setting up this site! >:-)
Fri, Oct 16, 2015, 4:13pm (UTC -6)
Great allegory for how human society handles "justice". One has to wonder if we get it wrong more than right. Anders wussed out, and failed his duties. He didn't have the spine to hold the line on his innocent vote. He walked away in a no drama attitude knowing he was condemning an innocent man to death.
Thu, Sep 7, 2017, 9:43pm (UTC -6)
What I find intriguing is that humans, all over, when they are victims, can whine and cry about injustice and cruelty, but when it is their turn, so to speak, they have no qualms inflicting the same cruelty and injustice they have just been complaining about, on others - in the name of justice!!!

I find this episode disturbing because here you got these seemingly good folks murdering their fellow crew members and ostensibly last members of the human race in this cruel and horrendous street justice manner and they do so without a modicum of remorse or even introspection.

The tough questions about occupation and being forced by an enemy force to pick up a gun and work against your own people or else lose your life etc. werent addressed at all. And to me THAT would actually have been a much more relevant discussion to be had.

People collaborated, but why? Did they have a choice? Were they given one? What if they had refused? These are not simple times so to be looking for simple solutions, like bam bam execute, wasnt gonna work.

Plus, at this point in war you will be hard pressed to find people who have not done horrible things. Again, I want to point out Tigh, in Season 1, forcing Tyrol to close the door or hatch on his crew so they all died horribly. Or that civilian ship with several thousand humans that was blown up. Sure, Adama had no choice. Or did he? Did Jammer? Did Tyrol? Sometimes people become collaborators because they think at least this way I will be standing between my people and the occupiers. At least this way I can have some control over how people are handled.
Maybe that is what some of the collaborators thought when they joined. Maybe they thought they would rather round up families than leave it to the Centurions.

In other words, this wasnt a black and white issue but both the Circle saw it as that and I dont actually think the writers did a good job presenting the other side either. It was like ok they are traitors, so what do we do with them, when what they should have been asking is why these people did what they did, why and how occupations are hard and that in hard, desperate times you make hard, desperate choices.

Tigh may think he is not being just another thug exerting vengeance, but he is. All of them were and wearing that uniform and giving themselves a fancy name wasnt gonna change that.

What bothers me is that at the end neither Kara or Tigh or any of these people showed even an ounce of remorse for what they had done. This episode would have been much stronger if they had had that inner conflict, that inner turmoil, realizing what they had done was wrong. But they didnt.

So Tigh did what he did for the right reasons. Well yeah, so did Jammer. So Baltar.

The right reasons are in the eye of the beholder.

All that said, why on Earth do people think Gaeta was a traitor? Just cause he was chief of staff and was there? Did these jerks really think he or Baltar could have just said no? Staged a revolution? What should they have done? Quit? Like that was an option? These people are so fucking short sighted. Gaeta wasnt a traitor and neither was Baltar. They were puppets of a ruthless force. Even if Gaeta had NOT slipped the resistance the info, he would still not be a traitor.

And the worst part is, they got away with it. Not even a slap on the wrist for picking out alleged collaborators and throwing them out an airlock. All forgiven, which is ironic later on when they all want to bathe in Baltar's blood because he was allegedly a traitor. But unlike these assholes, Baltar didnt actually get anyone killed. He neither pulled the trigger on anyone nor was he a personal party to anyone's execution. Yet he is condemned as waste of skin while these actual murderers got away scott free. It wasnt even an issue, it's like they hadnt just extinguished 12 lives, you know, those lives Roslin was so adamant about are so darn important that she had to make abortion illegal.
Sun, Oct 20, 2019, 11:43pm (UTC -6)
This is a great episode of BSG, it showed the reality of what "Victors" do after the victory. In many shows, including Star Trek DS9, when war story arcs end, you don't get heavy payoff. Bygones are bygones, but in Battlestar Galactica, you are reminded of the scars of war, the losses, and the consequences of revenge.

Even after so many years, this episode and this show holds up very well to modern times, as any great Science fiction epic should.

1. Are the actions justifiable? Yes in some ways, I am actually reminded of the movie "Munich" or "Operation Finale", sometimes extralegal actions are needed to pursue justice when it is not politically or technically palatable. Tom Zarek during the early season had become a slightly better character, still drawn to power, but also capable of doing what is coldly needed. However, the secret executions of collaborators isn't based on justified issues or evidence, it's conjecture and pure emotional drive for vengeance.

Also interesting here, Laura Roslin is again put into power via non-election. If there's a subtle concept Battlestar Galactica explores, it's the concept of the failure of Democratic elected leadership and how people's perceptions are grossly misaligned. Gaius Baltar was a horrible President: poor resource management, poor military planning, and lack of infrastructure focus, despite winning a vote. However, "Spoiler alert", Laura Roslin is no better despite what she tries as she continues to decline as the show progresses under a "false holy quest" to find earth, which turned up to be nuclear wasteland and only got incredibly luck in the end (perhaps with some sick divine mercy or devotion to repeat patterns).
Wed, Apr 15, 2020, 1:47pm (UTC -6)
I understand all the raw emotions and I thought it was nicely demonstrated here... but how did no one in 4 months thought for a second that Gaeta might be the informant?? There were exactly 2 humans with that level of clearance. It sure as hell wasn't Baltar, but no one considered him either. So did they think it was a Cylon? That opens a whole other can of worms over their relationship with the Cylons that obviously "the Circle" is not ready to address. Or they just assume it's a random nobody with magical access to classified material that they don't care if he got off the planet or not? They sure was quick to persecute people but gave zero thought to finding out who the hero informant was and if he was ok.
And the argument that Baltar couldn't have orchestrated the kill list, therefore Gaeta must have been the brains behind it was dumb. What did they think the Cylons were doing? Just sitting back passively and letting Gaeta run the show?
Speaking of the Cylon's role in this, I was a little surprised that Boomer had such a small role in this whole arc. It started with her refusing to reintegrate into Cylon society because she feels human and still attached to the Galactica crew and especially Chief. Then Caprica Six took over and Boomer just tags along looking lost. She didn't look sad at all that Chief has moved on, Chief had no moment of "omg it's MY Sharon", she didn't seem to try to reconnect with her Galactica crew and explain to them how she and Six has convinced the other Cylons to make peace with humans, she didn't look like she tried and failed and is sad about it.... Can't even tell if she IS Boomer other than that 1 conversation she had with Cally in the jail and she ended up doing nothing. Was this explained in the webisodes?
Sat, Mar 11, 2023, 8:08pm (UTC -6)
Very powerful episode and an excellent premise to deal with how the insurrectionists on New Caprica would feel about those who collaborated with the Cylons once everybody's back together. Gaeta was oh so close to getting blown out the airlock... Loved the ending scene when Tyrol joins Gaeta to eat - nothing needs to be said between the 2.

What I was struggling to understand while watching is how Tom Zarek became president and where the order came from (he gave it) for such a circle to try and execute several collaborators. We have to care about Jammer who is executed as he was a character developed over a few episodes (+ webisodes) -- but when it comes to Gaeta, that really raised the stakes.

The Baltar part was weird -- what were the pills Lucy Lawless gave him? Basic nourishment? Also, she says 3 Cylon models were for him staying, while 3 wanted him gone -- weren't there more Cylon models? Isn't Sharon a No. 8? Anyhow, #6 appears to dump Baltar but there's no resolution of his fate yet.

Tigh was great in this episode -- still can't believe Michael Hogan is not part of the main cast. He paid the heaviest price on New Caprica - talks about good people having to pay the price such as his wife. And he's understandably pissed that Gaeta walks into CIC. He was great to watch in this episode. Wonder how difficult it will be for him to work with Adama going forward...

Kara is clearly a different person as well -- she understandably hates collaborators. But it was a bit sudden when Anders shows her her tags and she goes from wanting to hurt him to kissing him...

And Roslin's back as president and talks about truth & reconciliation, general pardon. Zarek was hard to read here -- hard to know if he's sincere in working with Roslin.

3.5 stars for "Collaborators" -- this is an outstanding episode as old habits / roles from New Caprica die hard and it is also a logical follow-up to "Exodus". One has to feel for Gaeta who repeatedly tried to explain himself, but then was prepared to die.

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