Battlestar Galactica 5x01: "Slowly the Hands on a Shovel"

Discussion in 'Battlestar Galactica & Caprica' started by Aragorn, Mar 28, 2009.


Grade the episode:

  1. Excellent

    15 vote(s)
  2. Above average

    7 vote(s)
  3. Average

    7 vote(s)
  4. Below average

    5 vote(s)
  5. Poor

    4 vote(s)
  1. Aragorn

    Aragorn Admiral Admiral

    Dec 30, 2002
    Inspired by Gep Malakai and JonathonWally... who were inspired by me??? :p

    Welcome to the grading & discussion thread for Battlestar Galactica 5x01: "Slowly the Hands on a Shovel."
    [highlight]***SPOILERS AHEAD***[/highlight]

    "Slowly the Hands on a Shovel"


    Just a week into living off the land of new Earth, a third of Lee's village comes down with a serious illness that like nothing Cottle's ever seen before. Meanwhile, Bill finds out he's not alone, Baltar accidentally makes first contact with a female member of a native tribe and Leoben makes a startling discovery about life after death.
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2009
  2. Chris3123

    Chris3123 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jul 31, 2001
    Pensacola, FL
    It was a decent episode. But I have to give it a Below Average because it totally ripped off the plot to Enterprise's "Interregnum". :mad:
  3. Gep Malakai

    Gep Malakai Vice Admiral Admiral

    Oct 20, 2007
    The Cottle subplot was a little contrived, mostly because we've seen this kind of thing before on Star Trek a million times. I did like that they were willing to avoid pulling a tidy cure out of nowhere by the end, though. Baltar's joke about Helo surviving everything was a nice touch, though knowing this show, it probably means he'll die from the infection next week. :lol:

    EDIT: What was with the cutaway to Tyrol during the negotiation scene? It looked like he was digging something up, but they didn't show us what. Though that explains the title, I guess.
  4. JonathonWally

    JonathonWally Admiral Admiral

    I thought it was funny in an odd way that of all the careers Apollo has had, he has the most trouble adjusting to being a farmer.

    He was a fighter pilot, commander of a Battlestar, a Lawyer, Quorom member, President, but yet has the most trouble being a farmer.

    It just goes to show that even 5 years in the writers can still surprise us with something new and exciting while the actors are still just as fresh in their roles as day 1. Something Jamie Bamber should really be commended on.
  5. Ensign_Redshirt

    Ensign_Redshirt Commodore Commodore

    Aug 3, 2007
    Mark my words: This show is set to become a total rip-off of "Lost" now. I'm just waiting for "the Others" to appear. :rolleyes:
  6. Skywalker

    Skywalker Admiral Admiral

    Feb 24, 2005
    Well, it was okay, but I'm beginning to think that they should have stuck with their original plan and ended after four seasons. I don't see what Hotdog trying to teach cavemen how to play Pyramid has to do with anything.
  7. JonathonWally

    JonathonWally Admiral Admiral

    I don't know, I thought it was a cool way to have an "ice breaker" thing between the Colonials and the Natives. I mean, when you're new to the neighborhood in Tribal Africa you can't just have a house party and invite the neighbors over.

    It lent itself to be a more "primal" ritual type thing while showing us that these Tribal people are indeed human. It was nice how it was able to do so without being to heavy handed or preachy.
  8. Skywalker

    Skywalker Admiral Admiral

    Feb 24, 2005
    Yeah, but Hotdog? Come on, are they really that hard-up for decent characters that they had to use frakking Hotdog? I guess the rumors about EJO starting to push his weight around more on the set were true. :rolleyes:
  9. JonathonWally

    JonathonWally Admiral Admiral

    I'm with you on that, sort of.

    I'm really hoping that with the loss of so many major characters some of the minor ones can really step up into larger heavier roles so RDM and company don't have to go for too much outside talent.
  10. Ayelbourne

    Ayelbourne Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Apr 25, 2005

    The way Helo caught that rabbit was truly inspired, not to mention hilarious.

    They shouldn't have recast Athena with Eliza Dushku, though.
  11. EstoniaKat

    EstoniaKat Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Oct 25, 2006
    Tallinn, Estonia
    Anybody know of a working torrent download for this? I've only been able to find fakes.
  12. Lookingglassman

    Lookingglassman Admiral Admiral

    Mar 22, 2006
    Was this for real? I checked Sci Fi last night and didnt see no BSG on it?
  13. Kelso

    Kelso Vice Admiral Admiral

    May 3, 2001
    On the destruct button until the last minute!
    Worst episode ever. This show was much better in the first two seasons. All of the characters are assholes. I didn't like the mini-series. The ending sucked. They still haven't explained that one line from episode 7 way back in 2005.

  14. cbspock

    cbspock Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jul 17, 2001
    San Antonio, TX
    Someone should really smack Apollo for coming up with the idea of creating flying motorcycles from parts of the destroyed Raptors so they could get to one of the other settlements to find the cure.

  15. Frontman

    Frontman Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Oct 29, 2006
    Was that Starbuck reflected in that pond? It seemed to me when Lee turned his back there was a female figure outlines and looked very much like Starbuck. I'll post caps later.
  16. Caliburn24

    Caliburn24 Commodore Commodore

    Apr 23, 2005
    Gig Harbor, Washington
    This episode did NOTHING to move the plot along. We need action and narrative progress not the slow boring character studies we got last night. Moore only has a 150,000 years to get us from where the show is now to the present day he showed us at the end of season 4.

    I'll give season 5 another few episodes, but if it doesn't start rolling and get a sense of forward progress I'm bailing.

    Oh, but I did like Baltar and that chick. He should get a spin off of just him roaming around banging native chicks.
  17. Harvey

    Harvey Admiral Admiral

    Oct 8, 2005
    Los Angeles, California
    Below average. I'm only giving it that high a mark because it's Galactica, and was so good in the first two seasons. This show has jumped te shark!
  18. Stag

    Stag Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Oct 28, 2004
    Central Florida
    I say lame...I mean that scene where the young tribal medicine man has that vision of the hot tribal girl talking to him...that was sooooo Baltar and Six :rolleyes:

    Although, I have to say the RDM decision to not use subtitles for the tribal folk, while frustrating at first, I find that you do get the hang of it. Like that scene where the one warrior runs past the chief, I totally got it and it DEFINITELY was a tip of the cap to Adama/Starbuck...

    Chief: ugh ugh ugh wha?
    Warrior: ugh ugh ugh rain?
    Chief: ugh ugh ugh ugh meow!

    Tell me you interpreted this otherwise?
  19. TheGodBen

    TheGodBen Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Nov 30, 2008
    Below Average.

    I don't get why they had Baltar banging that tribeswoman, I thought that whole point of the season 4 finale was that he loved Caprica Six. I hate it when shows go down the love triangle route, it brings back the painful memories of the love quadrangle of doom in season 3. It was definitely the hairiest sex scene I've seen since the 70s. :wtf:

    And what was with the final shot of Galactica flying away from the sun? I didn't see the rest of the fleet, did Galactica manage to miss somehow?
  20. Swarles Barkley

    Swarles Barkley Commodore Commodore

    Jul 11, 2001
    The Hub of the Universe
    Meh. Seemed like a filler ep to me. Average. I am however looking forward to the second episode of the season, "The Naked Then".