Saturday, October 28, 2006

Reviews of Collaborators

Several sites have posted up reviews of Collaborators:

TV Squad:
Battlestar Galactica: Collaborators
Posted Oct 27th 2006 10:01PM by Keith McDuffee
(S03E05) Finally, we're back on Galactica for good ... or at least it seems that way. The episode wastes no time getting right into the thick of things, showing us why it's titled 'Collaborators'. You can tell Tigh doesn't exactly feel comfortable with the methods used to deal with those who they feel betrayed the human race on New Caprica, and Chief feels even more opposed, though still only really in the back of his mind. Everyone just wants to see someone get hurt back for what happened.

You can't help but feel for Jammer right away. I mean, we know a lot more about him than the others do. We know for a fact that he let Callie go, but the others are only able to take Jammer's word with a grain of salt and wonder if that much is even worth his life. You just want to reach into the TV and yell "Jammer really let Cally go!" But instead we have to sit and watch it all play out before us.
Full Review Here.

Battlestar Galactica: "Collaborators" Advance Review
With the exodus over, the punishment for the guilty begins.

by Eric Goldman

October 26, 2006 - Everyone may be back in space and onboard Galactica as Battlestar begins this week, following the intense events of "Exodus Part 2", but things are hardly back to normal. As the title infers, there's still a lot of fallout to deal with from the many months spent under the Cylon occupation on New Caprica, starting with those deemed collaborators, who aided and abetted the Cylons. The first scene makes this abundantly clear, as we see a mysterious (and mostly familiar) group aboard Galactica deal with someone they believe helped the Cylons, in an extremely harsh way.

As always on this show, nothing is simple or as black and white as it appears, and the punishments this group is dishing out don't come without a crisis of conscience for some of the members. Things get even messier when the group recruits a new member; Starbuck, who having gone through some of the most harsh and upsetting events possible the past few months, is eager to get some revenge, and falling into a very dark place in the process.

Full Review Here.

Entertainment Weekly:

Trial and Airlock
On ''Battlestar Galactica,'' Tigh leads a secret tribunal that prosecutes collaborators; plus, Baltar and Number Six have a lovers' quarrel by Marc Bernardin

Sorry, Jammer. Nice knowing you.

Excuse me while I drop some 18th-century philosophy: The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. But what happens when good men do the wrong thing for the right reasons? Do you really believe that Jammer was acting with malicious intent when he joined the New Caprica police force? Do you blame him for being the kind of guy who can't really make decisions in a vacuum, who can't operate in a morally ambiguous atmosphere? He actually thought he was doing the right thing, the only thing he could to help his fellow man. It was only after he followed that decision down the primrose path that he found it led to hell. But questions remain: Did he deserve to die? When does justice become vengeance?

I was talking to a friend who loathed the New Caprica story line because he didn't like seeing characters he loves do things he hates. While I don't agree with him, I understand where he was coming from, because I don't like where the Adama-Tigh relationship is heading. It's perfectly logical that they'll head toward a blowout — Tigh unwilling to let go of what happened during the occupation, Adama trying to get on with the business of keeping the fleet together — and it'll make for great drama. But I just want them to be friends again, for Tigh to be Adama's resolute ally.
Full Review Here.

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