TV Club: Battlestar Galactica’s third season finds the Cylons in charge
“Occupation” (season 3, episode 1; originally aired 10/6/2006)
Okay at this point, they’re just showing off. “Lay Down Your Burdens, Part 2” ended with one of the best time jumps in television history; the first episode of season three starts with a second time jump, this one nearly as big as the first, but throws it out casually in the subtitles like it ain’t no big thing. We left New Caprica just as the Cylons were arriving, and “Occupation” picks up one hundred and seventy-four days into their, well, occupation. We had just a few minutes to get used to the last shocking status quo, here’s a new one to wrap our heads around. Tyrol and Anders are setting bombs! Tigh lost an eye! Starbuck is a prisoner! Roslin’s journaling! It’s a lot to take in.
But while the episode’s cold open …