Battlestar Galactica (2003)/Black Market
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Black Market is the fourteenth episode of the second season of Battlestar Galactica, and is the twenty-seventh episode overall.
Captain Lee Adama is tasked with stopping the burgeoning black market in goods and services in the fleet.
- In the podcast commentary for this episode, Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore called Black Market "an episode that I don't particularly like."
- A black market is forming in the fleet. Its hub is the freighter Prometheus which is "off the grid" - nearly totally lawless.
- Jack Fisk, commander of the Battlestar Pegasus, is killed by black marketeers.
- The black market is a location where you can get pretty much anything you want, from commodities like medicine, alcohol and fresh fruit on to "services" as extreme as child prostitution.
- Apollo is seeing a "professional escort" in the Fleet. The escort, Shevon, turns out to be working for Phelan, the "boss" of the black market.
- Before the attack on the Colonies, Apollo was involved with a woman on Caprica. When she became pregnant, he was unwilling to commit to a relationship, and she left him shortly prior to the Cylon attack on the Colonies.
- Apollo shoots Phelan and tells the black marketeers that they can keep their black market but without the extreme things like the child prostitution ring, and that the military is going to be keeping an eye on them.
- Adama works to repair his relationship with his son, going so far as to take Apollo's side against Laura Roslin regarding the Black Market.
- Colonel Tigh has been using the black market to get ahold of various commodities such as fresh fruit and real liquor, finally explaining how Tigh keeps himself stocked with bottles of booze.
- Roslin doesn't like the idea of a black market and wants it eliminated. She is opposed to Apollo's eventual solution, which is to leave the black market intact but under scrutiny.
- President Roslin gives Baltar a chance to resign as vice president. Baltar takes offense and tells her that he never wanted to be vice president before, but he does now.
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