If you're not caught up with this final season of "Battlestar Galactica," read no further. If you are, come ponder with me.
Last week's information dump, while clunky, was certainly useful in helping us get a handle on the Final Five and the story of Earth -- and I love the idea (and execution) of Ellen Tigh as mother to the petulant Cylon children. Poor Kate Vernon had some awkward expository dialogue to deliver, but she still managed to do it well, with a mix of parental frustration and scientist's resignation. The Sam's-recovered-memories device was even clunkier, and Doc Cottle's repeated interruptions gave me flashbacks to "Lost," in which no relevant questions are ever answered in due time. (At least, here, the questions were asked.)
Of course, the "BSG" writers still left us with a lot of unknowns. Chief among them, for me:
1) How did Ellen Tigh get resurrected? Did Cavil/John leave more models of her body lying around? Did he keep models of the other Final Five, as well? And now that the Resurrection Ship is gone, is there hope for a new Sam?
2) How exactly does Cylon anatomy work? This has always been a bit of a pet peeve for me; if these folks are machines, the writers have never given us any insight into the form and nature of their machinery. Does their wiring just happen to look and function exactly like human neural cells, so that a human neurosurgeon/sometime P.C. can operate on them easily?
3) Who is Daniel, and how is he related to Starbuck? (I'm guessing we'll find this out soon enough.)
4) Maybe this is a particular obsession of mine, and not completely relevant to the show, but I keep trying to figure out where this puts us, the viewers, in the timeline of our dear old Planet Earth. Here are some useful answers directly from the writers, courtesy of the Chicago Tribune's Maureen Ryan. It seems the humanoid Cylons left Kobol at some point, then populated Earth, then figured out how to build machine Cylons, which rebelled and killed them. So are we those humanoid Cylons? Is the destruction of the Earth in our not-all-too-distant future? And does it all start with the iPhone?
Post your own questions and answers here, and check back this weekend...I'll try to ruminate on tonight's episode before too long!