This is the second episode of the season to be written by former Battlestar Galactica writers Bradley Thompson and David Weddle, and they’ve outdone themselves. The episode is action packed and fast paced, but also moves the plot forward and includes some sad parts.
There isn’t really a lot I can say about this episode without giving away spoilers, and as many people (especially outside the US) are a few episodes behind I’ll have to limit myself to a few general thoughts (below the screen caps) this time.
While the many darkly lit scenes add a lot to the atmosphere of the series, you can’t really make out a lot in many of the screen caps (and the motion blur doesn’t help, either ;-), so I had to concentrate on the sequences that take place in daylight.
“Molon Labe” picks up exactly where “Homecoming” left us. I’m glad the story arc about the skitter rebellion still drives the plot, and it’s pretty clear now whether the rebellion is real or not (pretty much confirming what was hinted at when Pope returned at the end of the last episode). Crazy Lee gets to shoot her gun pretty much at the beginning of the episode already. It’s great to see her in the middle of the action as well as in some quieter scenes, and Luciana does a great job on both. We still don’t know what exactly the fish heads want on Earth, but we get enough info to keep the audience excited and there seems to be more to their plans than just conquering humanity. The Second Mass finds itself in a particularly difficult situation this time, and not everyone makes it. It’s war, and several brutal deaths in this episode make it clear war isn’t pretty, and coping with loss isn’t either. Don’t worry, Crazy Lee doesn’t buy it. At least not in this episode, but being a resistance fighter is always a rather risky job and the writers obviously don’t shy away from killing off characters, so you never know what might happen.
There isn’t really a lot more I can say without giving too much away, only that this gripping episode is probably my favorite one so far, especially in combination with the previous episode. I’m looking forward to finding out what the remainder of the season has in store for us.