Friday's Battlestar Galactica episode, "Hub," reaffirmed my belief that Cylon politics are more interesting than human ones. We got to follow the rebel cylon Base Ship around, and find out even more weird things about cylon consciousness — as well as conscience. Written by former Buffy scribe Jane Espenson, who has been responsible for a lot of the best Battlestar episodes, "Hub" delivered goodness on all kinds of levels, some of which I would never have predicted. I mean, who knew that Baltar could be . . . funny? Or that a dose of humor was exactly what the show needed to get back on track? Spoilers ahead!
One of the big problems Battlestar has is its self-seriousness. I mean, it's hard not to be grim when the subject matter is the galaxy's last group of humans hanging on to species survival by a thread while being menaced by dangerous robots. But this season we've gotten a lot of egregious seriousness in episodes filled with Baltar's sermons and last week's abysmal cat-related brooding and Lee becoming the Emo President. "Hub," however, proves that you can have some pretty intense stuff happen while still taking the time to throw in some dark humor and cylon shit-talking.