This show is meh. I wrote some predictions a third of the way through this episode and they came true (kid is pregoc, there was a plant, some other crap). Instead, I'll just leave these here:
Top Three Reasons Why This Show is Meh:
1. Gravity Generators weren't discovered in the 60's (and still haven't been). The compensation for this in EVERY SINGLE piece of sci-fi and actual science is a rotating habitat (usually around a 0g hub). The stars don't spin on the observation deck (or any observable shot of "outer space" from within the ship) which means no part of the ship has rotation; a child should be able to figure this out (oh wait, she did).
2. There's no way they could get non-racists from the Civil Rights Era onto a ship and impose another caste system. Hippies (even closet science hippies) would be way to free-thinking to put another set of chains around their minds. Further, a pig farmer is infinitely more important than a whore; you can eat pussy all day and not get the caloric intake requisite to function. Hippies/Hippie Scientists (this all started post Kinsey-era too, remember that) and asst. Freethinkers would've recognized that, and also would've been more likely to give away their hot-dogs/tacos for free. But I guess this gets waved away with some "4400" meets Lost Boys-esque baby-snatcher subplot?
3. At a certain point, someone would have to do outer hull maintenance checks (as in the case with the "ion storm", some tiles or antennas would've been ripped off); the instant they stepped out the hatch, they'd be looking at the underground base. Never mind sneezing near the hull and wondering if they can hear you, how about damn fool teens triple dog daring each other to do an outer hull crawl un-tethered? Or how about anyone trained for maintenance and engineering having to do space-walk training, you know, just in case a satellite gets hit by space debris?
That said, I love Tricia Helfer and Ryan Robbins (BSG alums), Brandon P Bell (go see Dear White People) and Rachel Crawford (Continnuum, for a real fucking good sci-fi show...everything great seems to be coming from the BBC nowadays) and am glad to see they're pulling a paycheck.
@Metroid05: Gemma is a darker version of Queen Gertrude, an integral part of the Hamlet inspiration for this show. She couldn't simply be complicit in John Teller's murder (the analog of King Hamlet) since this is the 21st century and we already unraveled that thread in the Ireland arc. Further, Gertrude is the announcer of Ophelia's (Tara's) death which, again, plays nicely into a reinterpretation. The only question now is how the cup of poison she drinks will be reinterpreted...though lead is a poison...
People, people....read the comics. Eugene is worth saving.
Side note; this show is amazing because it demands so much emotion from the actors. How many times in movies or shows do you see grown men cry? this is cathartic, displaying the full range of human emotion for everyone. don't go back to sleep.
I have a theory, I'd like to share. I think the Snow Queen got here by direct or indirect intervention from the Sorcerer. I think also that, this show always being about family, one or the both of these new introductory characters is directly tied to the origin story (who wrote the Book). It would be nice if they tied everything in a neat little bow (Peter Pan and Cora have to have parents too, after all), but I doubt that will happen.
It's important to note, when going into a series purported to be based on a preexisting piece of art, how true to the source the new artists intend to be. It's an indicator of the new artists talent to present old material in a new way; an artist may seek to re-interpret the source in minute or grand ways, but the common underlying structure (which is sometimes tied to the overall essence of a character) should be preserved. Pointing out inconsistencies from the get-go is a baseline for gauging the show's trajectory. No one is investing more than their time and effort of analysis.