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Fragged
"Fragged"
An episode of the Re-imagined Series
Episode No. Season 2, Episode 3 (discuss)
Writer(s) Dawn Prestwich
Nicole Yorkin
Story by
Director Sergio Mimica-Gezzan
Assistant Director
Special guest(s) Richard Hatch as Tom Zarek
Production No. 203
Nielsen Rating 2.0
US airdate USA 2005-07-29
CAN airdate CAN 2006-01-28
UK airdate UK 2006-01-24
DVD release 20 December 2005 US
28 August 2006 UK
Population 47,862 survivors (Population decline. 12)
Extended Info {{{extra}}}
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Contents

Overview

Colonel Tigh deals with the Quorum of Twelve and the press over Roslin's removal from the presidency, while Cylon Centurions prepare to hinder any rescue attempt on Kobol by setting up an anti-aircraft battery.

Summary

On Galactica

  • Dr. Cottle arrives on Galactica from the Rising Star, and informs Colonel Tigh that Commander William Adama is still bleeding internally, and that he will have to operate to stabilize his condition.
  • The pressures of the day (coming up on two, without sleep) have gotten to Tigh, as he begins drinking while on duty. In his confusion, he questions why Lee Adama is leading a crew to rescue the survivors from Kobol, and acts very rudely to members of the crew.
  • After being informed about their arrival on Galactica, Tigh meets the Quorum of Twelve, who demand access to the imprisoned Laura Roslin. Tigh contends that Commander Adama removed Roslin from power, believing she was a threat to the stability of the Fleet, and denies accusations by the Quorum members that he will try to initiate martial law upon the Fleet.
  • Meanwhile, Roslin experiences delusions caused by Chamalla withdrawal while being held in Galactica's brig, which prompts Billy Keikeya to ask Corporal Venner, a devout follower of the Pythian prophecies, to obtain Chamalla extract for Roslin.
  • Ellen Tigh visits Roslin in the brig, and believes Roslin is going crazy. She states that Saul Tigh should allow the Quorum members access to the imprisoned President, as it will prove (in her delirium) that she was a threat to the stability of the government.
  • The Quorum members visit Roslin, and, having taken the Chamalla and regained some lucidity, Roslin makes a statement to the members, stating that the military coup has failed, and that she retains the position of President. She tells the members that she is dying from terminal breast cancer, and the Quorum members realize that she is the "dying leader" who will lead the fleet to Earth as stated in prophecy. Realizing he has severely underestimated Roslin, Tigh herds the Quorum members out of the brig.
  • Tigh later appears before the press and declares martial law over the Fleet, which throws the press into chaos.

On Kobol

  • After holding a funeral for Socinus and Tarn, the ground crew stranded on Kobol discover that the Cylons are cannibalizing parts from their own Heavy Raider to build an anti-aircraft battery.
  • Crashdown deduces that the Cylon Centurions won't look for them, but will instead use the battery to shoot down any aircraft that come looking for the survivors.
  • Despite Tyrol and Gaius Baltar's objections, Crashdown decides to destroy the anti-aircraft battery to ensure their rescue, despite over half of the group lacking firearms proficiency.
  • In a hallucination, Six tells Baltar that one of the crew will turn against the others, and that it is Baltar's duty to accept his role as the father of the new race of human-Cylon hybrids.
  • When the crew ready their assault on the battery, they discover that more Cylons have reinforced the security around the battery, which leads Tyrol to believe the makeshift DRADIS dish that the Cylons are using to guide the missiles will be left unprotected. In spite of this, Crashdown pulls rank and continues with the original plan.
  • During this time, Lee Adama and a complement of medical personnel and Marines pilot two Raptors to the planet's surface.
  • When Cally objects to being a diversion for the attack, Crashdown pulls a gun on her and threatens to shoot her unless she follows orders. Tyrol pulls his gun on Crashdown, but when it looks like Crashdown will fire, Baltar shoots Crashdown in the back, killing him instantly.
  • The gunshot reveals their position to the Cylons, who chase the group through the forest. Seelix is shot in the leg, and Tyrol is shot in the arm, but he manages to use a grenade launcher to take out the DRADIS dish. In a "last stand" gesture, angry and reckless, Tyrol stands up and opens fire on the advancing Cylons just as the Raptors in the air use their missiles to destroy the Cylons.
  • As the rescued crew leaves Kobol, Six tells Baltar that he is fulfilling his role in the prophecy, and that she will act as his conscience.
  • Tyrol and Baltar cover for Crashdown's demise, indicating to Lee Adama that Crashdown died while fighting the Cylons.

Notes

  • As of the opening credits, the Fleet population is now 47,862, reflecting a casualty count of 12 during the Cylon boarding action in the previous episode. This seems barely sufficient to include the bodies seen on screen, let alone the number of casualties implied in "Valley of Darkness", but perhaps a number of the casualties haven't had time to expire yet. At the end of the episode, factoring in Crashdown's death, the total stands at 47,861.
  • Crashdown dies in this episode, shot by Baltar as he threatens to shoot Cally.
  • "Frag" is American military slang for intentionally killing a superior officer of one's own force in the field; allegedly to save oneself from their incompetence or recklessness. Popularized during Vietnam, when discipline lagged and a few officers got grenades in their bunkers or caught "friendly fire" during a skirmish. The word is derived from "fragmentation grenade" which is shortened to "frag grenade" or just "frag".
  • Gemenon is the most fundamentalist of the Twelve Colonies, interpreting the Sacred Scrolls very literally. It appears that many Gemenese believe so strongly in the Pythian prophecy that they will almost automatically side with President Roslin.
  • President Roslin has revealed to the entire Quorum of Twelve, as well as Colonel Tigh, that she is dying of breast cancer. Presumably her illness is now public knowledge.
  • Cally only joined the Colonial Fleet as a way to pay her way through dental school.
  • This is the first episode without an appearance by Starbuck.
  • This is the second episode without an appearance by Sharon Valerii, the first being "Valley of Darkness".
  • This is the first episode without scenes on Caprica.
  • Raptor 305 was stripped for parts in this episode by Apollo so that they could mount the SAR for downed Raptor 1 as soon as possible - it is unclear if Raptor 305 was ever put back into service.
  • This is the first episode since the Miniseries without an appearance by Helo, even though Tahmoh Penikett is still in the opening credits.
  • This is the first episode in which Tigh calls Galactica "my ship".
  • The discussion between Tigh and Billy Keikeya firmly establishes that Keikeya was not arrested.
  • Raptors are capable of carrying missiles. We also saw this in "Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part II".
  • Seven Vipers are down for repairs in this episode, probably damaged offscreen during the sortie in "Scattered".
  • Cottle's hurried arrival means that this episode must begin very shortly after the end of "Valley of Darkness", during which Roslin still seems to be in good health. For her to exhibit the degree of symptoms shown, either chamalla's withdrawal effects are highly acute, or her delirium is the result of the extreme progression of her cancer, no longer masked by the anesthetizing properties of the drug.
  • The five 'graph orders given by Crashdown approximately follow the 5 paragraph NATO orders format (which is Situation, Mission, Execution, Service and Support, and Command and Signals). Also, in giving orders an infantry commander would use an improvised map model as was done by Crashdown.
  • The writers for this episode, Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin, used to be writers on Katee Sackhoff's old show, The Education of Max Bickford.
  • The fight between Tyrol and the Centurions is similar to the climactic battle in the film Saving Private Ryan: in the film, Tom Hank's character Captain Miller desperately tries to defend himself from on oncoming German tank by shooting his pistol sidearm at it, at which point the tank explodes in spectacular fashion; for a moment the stunned Miller thinks he caused this with his pistol, only to look up and realize an Allied plane dropped a bomb on the tank. In "Fragged", Chief Tyrol desperately fires at oncoming Cylon Centurions with just his pistol, they are destroyed in a spectacular explosion, and for a moment Tyrol thinks he caused this before looking up and realizing a Raptor behind him fired missiles at the Centurions. Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, who directed "Fragged", was actually first assistant director on Saving Private Ryan under Steven Spielberg.

Analysis

  • Baltar appears in his virtual home with Six, but dressed in his fatigues and not at all spiffy as in past visions. Is this an indication that Baltar's mind is becoming more tortured, or is more or less brainwashed by Six than before?
  • The somewhat delusional Roslin complains of a ringing sensation when Ellen Tigh appears. Immediately after she leaves and the hatch closes behind her, Roslin no longer hears the ringing and appears visibly relieved. She exclaims, "Oh my gods...Ellen Tigh." Could the chamalla extract and the visions she sees be giving Roslin herself a way of detecting Cylons with her own senses, or is it just a coincidental side-effect from the medication? Given that Roslin has had past visions that have later been logically and correctly identified as factual (to scripture or to current events), this may not be a stretch.
  • Another interpretation to Roslin's complaint of ringing may be that Roslin may barely realize that Ellen Tigh is in her presence and, in her delusion, thinks she was talking to someone else. In this case, Roslin would have good reason to want to speak with the wife of the acting commanding officer that could set her free.

Questions

  • What does Number Six mean when she says that people that die on Kobol simply die, and that God has "abandoned" Kobol?
    • Also, how can God, being omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient, abandon anything?
  • Will Tyrol, Cally, or Seelix ever reveal the truth about Crashdown's fate? Or perhaps use the threat of doing so as leverage against Baltar, to force him to perform a favor later? (Answer)
  • Why is it necessary to cannibalize Raptor 305 for parts? Galactica had four Raptors in good condition earlier that day during "Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part II", and none seem to be deployed during the battle in "Scattered".
    • Is fielding all six for any extended time period beyond the ship's ability? Have Galactica's Raptors been in chronically poor condition?
  • Could Ellen Tigh's attempts to manipulate the downfall of President Roslin be an indication that she is really a Cylon sent to spread chaos in the Fleet? (Partial Answer:She is a Cylon, but that might not be related to her actions.)
  • Why is the shuttle bearing the Quorum delegates en route from the Zephyr, rather than Cloud Nine?
  • Who is the one who betrays the others? Cally, for her refusal to carry out orders? Crashdown, for turning his gun on one of his own? Baltar, for killing the group's leader? Or even Tyrol, for his failure to defend Cally by killing Crashdown before the count of "three"?
  • Baltar appears bloodied and disheveled in his daydream, as he is in reality, instead of nattily well-dressed as he's always been before. Is he losing his mind?
  • The Cylons know the location of Kobol (Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part I), and still have forces in the area (Scattered). If they had wished to intercept the SAR party or rescue their forces stranded on the planet, they could have done so easily. Instead they leave a handful of Centurions to improvise an ineffective missile battery. Why did they not send another basestar to Kobol?
    • Given that the actions of the Pegasus are not all known, it is possible that Cylon military forces in the area had to be diverted to respond to an offensive launched by Admiral Cain.
    • The Heavy Raider that landed on Kobol may have been leftover from the original Baseship destroyed in orbit.
    • There is also the fact that the Colonial landing team includes a member of the Final Five: Galen Tyrol. The Cavils may have programmed the Centurions and Raiders to avoid killing him until he agreed with their viewpoint concerning humanity, which he doesn't. This doesn't explain why they didn't just kill everyone else though.

Official Statements

Interviews

Tom Zarek is challenging Tigh’s authority and leadership, and his declaration of Martial Law. The storyline speaks to the huge issue of balancing individual freedom with survival, something those of us in the United States are all familiar with right now. And even though Zarek’s highly competitive with Laura Roslin, he has tremendous respect for her, and in this case it’s civilian vs. military, so I’ll let you guess where he falls in that struggle.[1]

Noteworthy Dialogue

Laura Roslin: [to the Quorum of Twelve] Thank you all for coming. I have a statement I would like to make. The attempted military coup against the lawful government of the Colonies is illegal, ill-advised, and clearly doomed to failure. I have not resigned the presidency, and I will fight this action with everything at my command.
Saul Tigh: She's crazy. She's nuts! She thinks she's a prophet or some such nonsense. Go ahead and ask her, she'll tell you. Just listen to her! What was it, the... Arrow of Apollo will open the Tomb of... Artemis, or some such nonsense.
Laura Roslin: Everything I have done is consistent and logical. We have found Kobol, we have found the City of the Gods, and when we retrieve the Arrow, we will open the Tomb of Athena, and we will find the road to Earth.
  • In an announcement to a group of journalists on Galactica:
Saul Tigh: The events which took place aboard Colonial One are unfortunate. Laura Roslin's actions in supporting mutiny and sedition among the military could not be tolerated. Therefore, Commander Adama was left with no choice other than to remove her from office. Ms. Roslin is now resting comfortably aboard this ship, where she will remain until such time as the Commander deems otherwise. As it appears obvious that the government cannot function under the current circumstances, I have decided to dissolve the Quorum of Twelve, and as of this moment, I have declared martial law.
  • In Galactica's sickbay about William Adama:
Saul Tigh: Is he going to make it?
Doctor Sherman Cottle: How should I know? I'm not a psychic. Now get the hell out of here.
  • This appears to be a subtle in-joke to RDM's ties to Star Trek and Dr. McCoy's "I'm a doctor, not a..." quips.
Gaius Baltar: He's crazy. I'm not trained for this kind of thing. I've never fired a gun in my life!
Diana Seelix: I haven't fired one since Basic.
Gaius Baltar: [to Cally] You?
Cally Henderson: I just joined to pay for dental school.
  • After Baltar shoots Quartararo on Kobol:
Head Six: [to Baltar] Now you're a man.
  • In a desperate last stand against Cylon Centurions
Galen Tyrol: [hiding from Cylon gunfire] Stay there! Stay there!
Gaius Baltar: [shooting at Cylons] Chief! Chief!
Galen Tyrol: [pulls a gun out of his holster and starts firing wildly at the advancing Cylon forces] Aah! Aah! Aaaaaaah! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! [Cylons are all blown into pieces, and Tyrol looks at his gun in amazement, then behind him at a hovering Raptor.]
Lee Adama: [aboard the Raptor] You're welcome.
  • While waiting to assault the Cylon forces on Kobol
Alex "Crashdown" Quartararo: Frak orders, frak court-martial! Our people are up there and we have to save them! We don't have any time! Move!
Cally Henderson: I can't do it!
Quartararo: Cally, move!
Henderson: No!
[Quartararo pulls a gun on Henderson.]
Gaius Baltar: Chief!
Galen Tyrol: Whoa, whoa, whoa! Put it down!
Quartararo: You're going, Cally. You're going out there or I'm going to blow your brains out, right here, right now.
Galen Tyrol: Hey LT, easy, easy-
Quartararo: I'm going to count to three.
Diana Seelix: This is crazy! This is crazy!
Quartararo: One...
Galen Tyrol: [pulls gun on Quartararo] Put it down, right now. Listen to me! Drop your weapon!
Quartararo: Two... three. [a gunshot is fired, Quartararo falls dead against a tree, revealing that he has been shot by Baltar]
  • In a hallway on Galactica:
Saul Tigh: Why aren't you in the brig?
Billy Keikeya: [flustered] Um? Because... no one put me there.
  • After Tarn's memorial service on Kobol:
Galen Tyrol: Doc, let's go. We're moving out.
[Gaius Baltar does not react.]
Tyrol: Doc, d'you hear me? We're moving out.
Baltar: I did hear you, Chief, I just don't respond to the title "Doc." A "dock" is a platform for loading and unloading material. My title is "Doctor" or "Mister Vice President," if you don't mind.
Tyrol: You are loading, are you not?

Guest stars

References

  1. Falconer, Robert (14 July 2005). Hollywood North Report: Richard Hatch Talks Season 2! (backup available on Archive.org) (in ). Retrieved on 22 June 2007.




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