11 February 2008

A Galactic(a) Endeavor - 33 (1x01)

This first regular series episode is in my top 5 of the entire series run. The episode opens during the 5th day of nonstop Cylon attacks occurring every 33 minutes. Each cycle, the entire fleet must calculate a Faster Than Light (FTL) jump. Galactica launches Vipers to fend off Cylon Raiders while the fleet jumps. Then Galactica jumps. Everyone is exhausted, having performed the routine over 200 times. Eventually, one ship is left behind, and the pattern in broken. Then the ship inexplicably shows up. Fearing that this ship, the Olympic Carrier, has been compromised, it and its 1,300+ passengers are blown up by the fleet.

This episode is extremely tense, capturing the desperation of the characters who are fighting for the survival of their species against terrible odds. Its a definite 5 out of 5 Vipers.

Watch it for yourself.

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