|'A Measure of Salvation'
Story Code: '307'
by Michael Angeli
Having found the Lion’s Head Nebula, the crew of the Galactica have begun their journey along the road to Earth – only to encounter a seemingly-abandoned Cylon baseship along the way. Taking an armed boarding party inside the derelict vessel, Apollo and Athena find the ship’s control centre, its floor strewn with apparently dead Cylon replicants. However, when Athena uses the ship’s wetware to access the Cylons’ records, five of the ‘corpses’ suddenly come to life and begin crawling towards each other in an attempt to link up; Athena finds herself compelled to join them, and is instantly uploaded with the details of recent events: the Cylons’ discovery of a beacon from Earth’s Thirteenth Tribe, which, went brought aboard, infected their systems with an unknown virus. Concerned that they have also all been contaminated, the boarding party and their Cylon captives immediately head back to the Galactica, just as the baseship self-destructs. Elsewhere, Caprica and D'Anna confront Baltar over his apparent betrayal, having kept his knowledge of the beacon that infected their ship a secret; while Baltar is taken away by two Centurians and subjected to questioning and torture at the hands of D'Anna, Caprica enters their shared reality in an attempt to take her lover’s mind away from the pain. Back on the Galactica, Doctor Cottle gives Apollo and his team a clean bill of health – all except Athena, whose blood samples have yet to be analysed, much to Helo’s anger. The doctor identifies the virus as the Black Death, a virulent plague that once decimated mankind; humanity has since developed a natural resistance to the disease, and the Doctor is confident he can develop a vaccine that, whilst not curing them, will at least keep the Cylons alive. Interrogating one of the Cylon captives, Admiral Adama learns that Baltar is still alive, and is leading the enemy’s fleet to Earth. Apollo sees a way to destroy the Cylon menace forever: by executing the infected Cylon prisoners near a Resurrection Ship, the plague can be unleashed throughout their enemy’s entire network – an act of genocide that is met with resistance by both Helo and Roslin…
Edward James Olmos (Admiral William Adama), Mary McDonnell (Laura Roslin), Katee Sackhoff (Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace), Jamie Bamber (Major Lee 'Apollo' Adama), James Callis (Doctor Gaius Baltar), Tricia Helfer (Number 6 / Caprica 6), Grace Park (Lieutenant J.G. Sharon 'Athena' Valerii), Aaron Douglas (Chief Petty Officer Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Lieutenant Karl 'Helo' Agathon), Alessandro Juliani (Lieutenant Gaeta), Kandyse McClure (Petty officer 2nd Dualla), Lucy Lawless (D'Anna Biers), Rick Worthy (Simon), Callum Keith Rennie (Leoben Canoy), Donnelly Rhodes (Doctor Cottle), Matthew Bennett (Aaron Doral), Leah Cairns (Lieutenant Margaret 'Racetrack' Edmonson), Aaron Douglas (Chief Petty Officer Galen Tyrol), Alessandro Juliani (Lieutenant Felix Gaeta), Tiffany Lyndall-Knight (Hybrid), Kandyse McClure (Lieutenat Anastasia Dualla), Bodie Olmos (Brendan 'Hot Dog' Costanza), Eileen Pedde (Mathias)
Directed by Bill Eagles
Produced by Harvey Frand
Co-Executive Producer Toni Graphia
Executive Producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick
Consulting Producer Glen A. Larson
TX (US - Sci-Fi Channel):
10th November 2006 @ 10.00 pm
*Featuring Admiral Adama, Colonel Tigh, Major Apollo, Captain Starbuck, Lieutenant Athena and Laura Roslin