Datak and the Colonel: This once we are emotionally behind Datak's brutal instincts. The colonel not only used Datak - which both he and we saw coming - he also correctly anticipated that he could not trust Datak, therefore blindsiding him on the mines. I loved how Datak laid his bloody hand on Stahma's white dress, implicating her in murder. They each killed, and in their own style - Datak with violence, Stahma with subterfuge.
This episode was packed. It was brutal. And it should have happened weeks ago.
Kenya and Stahma: Maybe Stahma cared about Kenya. With a character who lies as consistently and fluently as Stahma, it's impossible to say. I really dislike having a character whose motives are so opaque, even though that makes her the almost perfect complement to her impulsive husband. Maybe Stahma spared Kenya. I, too, hope she's really dead, not least because that makes her dying moments, with Stahma singing sweetly to her, that much more poignant and twisted. Bam!
Nolan and Irisa: Didn't see his death coming. Not even slightly surprised that it didn't stick. (Frankly, I thought she was going to kiss him on the lips and unintentionally pass some healing nanobots.) Not entirely disappointed about that. What is Irisa's status now? I don't think it's decided, and I will not be surprised if she spends all of S2E1 battling with the ship/device to decide her fate, and will be even less surprised if the price she has to pay for resurrecting Nolan is something really bad.
Lame bad guys, etc.: As is so often the case in TV shows, the elite mercenary bad guys can't shoot straight. Admittedly, they do hit Rafe and Nolan, but they get wiped out, and even the really sinister baddie, the torture guy, might be dead. (On the other hand, it's more likely they'll bring him back to be a frightening menace in the early days of next season.) The music was too heavily BSG-accented; wake up, composer! This isn't BSG! The editing was choppy and moving among locations was sometimes confusing. They either shot too much material and had to do a hatchet job, or they planned for a 2-parter and really had to do a hatchet job.
Bottom line: This was the best episode of the season. It was intense and occasionally even surprising -- like in the Tarr's tag-team murders. If they were able to bring this level of intensity and depth to next season, it would be incredible. They won't, of course, but we can still hope. And it's going to be a whole year!?!!? Shtako!
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