I don’t know how many times I uttered that last night during the premier of season 4.5 of Battlestar Galactica.
Warning! If you haven’t seen the episode, you better not read any further.
So last season, or rather the ending of the first half of this season, we saw the fleet and the allied cylons arrive at Earth only to find the place devastated with no signs of human life. This episode picked up right where we left off. Reports from teams around the world report the same thing: devastation, no living humans, and radiation. We learn that a nuclear holocaust occurred about 2000 years prior but something more interesting is found. They find human remains along with cylon-like machines. I say cylon-like because these toasters are not like the ones from the colonies. And perhaps the most interesting were that these humans weren’t really humans—they were also cylons. The Earthlings were skin jobs just like the final five and not the previous seven.
Since Earth is not what they hoped for and they can’t stay there because of the radiation, this causes the entire fleet to despair. In one of the most heart-wrenching, and disturbing scenes I have ever seen on television, Dee shoots herself in the head. Admiral Adam tried to commit suicide by XO. President Roslin has a breakdown. D’Anna gives up and is ready to die on Earth.
Some other interesting things:
The colonial signal that they followed to Earth on was from Starbuck’s real fighter. She find the wreckage and her body. How did her Viper get to Earth? If that dead body is her, then who is she? It’s enough to make a cylon freak out.
The final five were alive on Earth when the nuclear holocaust occurred. I say the final five because we apparently know who the fifth cylon is and it’s not Starbuck. A flashback sequence shows that is it Ellen Tigh. What happened on Earth? How did they get to the Colonies centuries later?