Season Three, episode 5
Tyrol participates in the Circle, a secret tribunal on Galactica that tries and convicts those accused of collaborating with the Cylons during the Occupation in their absence. The death sentences that are administered without the knowledge of Roslin or Adama begin to weigh on Tyrol’s conscience.
Baltar faces a similar jury among the Cylons, who must decide whether he is allowed to stay with them.
This episode dealt with the aftermath of the Cylon occupation on New Caprica. Eleven people disappear after being charged with collaborating with the Cylons and found guilty. It was extremely chilling to watch Jammer being spaced after being found guilty of crimes against humanity. I hoped that the Chief could somehow turn the tide but it was not to be for Jammer.
Kara Thrace inadvertently saved the day for Gateta with her outburst against him. She is obviously in pain from her treatment at the hands of the Cylons and is looking to take it out on anyone available. I hope that Anders doesn’t give up on her as left alone I can see her sinking into a bottomless pit of despair. I can’t believe I said that considering she is not my favourite character. Please don’t tell me she’s growing on me. This is probably left over pity from her experience on New Caprica.
It was a revelation to discover that President Tom Zarek had signed off on the secret prosecutions and although his reasons seemed to make sense – he didn’t want Roslin to have to deal with the situation – I much preferred President Roslins way of dealing with the matter. I’m just glad that Zarek stood down as president. This was an extremely dark episode and I imagine the repercussions of the Cylon occupation and the parts played by many will reverberate for quite some time.