“Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy” is a series of webisodes that were produced by SYFY and originally aired in the mid-season break of season 4. It was written by Jane Espenson and Seamus Kevin Fahey and is situation between the Battlestar Galactica season 4 episodes “Sometimes a Great Notion” and “A Disquiet Follows My Soul“.
The episodes are between 3 and 6 minutes in length, with two released per week and were put online between December 8, 2008 and January 12, 2009. The webisodes provide a key insight in the reasoning behind Felix Gaeta’s participation in the attempted coup.
“The Face of the Enemy” won several Streamy Awards: Best Dramatic Web Series, Best Writing for a Dramatic Web Series, and Best Male Actor in a Dramatic Web Series for Alessandro Juliani. The series was also nominated for an Emmy Award in the Short-format Live-action Entertainment Program category.
Webisode 1 – December 12, 2008
A blood-covered Felix Gaeta is in a Raptor adrift in deep space, nine days after the events of “Revelations”. When found, he is ordered by Colonel Saul Tigh to take a week’s leave aboard the Zephyr to recover. With Gaeta’s Raptor 15 minutes away from the Zephyr, DRADIS picks up hostile Cylon contacts and the Fleet is forced to make an emergency jump. The Raptor completes its jump, but discovers that the Fleet is nowhere to be seen.
Webisode 2 – December 15, 2008
Shark broadcasts on wireless to any ships that might be nearby, On Galactica, Hoshi is worried for Gaeta. The DRADIS contact was a false alarm, the Fleet has jumped back to their original coordinates, and there has been no sign of the missing Raptor for two days. He asks Tigh for a Raptor and a pilot to search for the missing Raptor.
Webisode 3 – December 17, 2008
Gaeta recognizes Sweet Eight. A flashback to 15 months earlier on Cylon-occupied New Caprica shows the two meeting in a tent, with Gaeta looking over a list of names and handing it to the Eight.
Webisode 4 – December 22, 2008
Gaeta quashes a growing argument aboard the Raptor resulting from the death of an Eight. Back in the Fleet, Lt. Margaret “Racetrack” Edmondson and Hoshi launch from Galactica in a Raptor.
Webisode 5 – December 24, 2008
The crew aboard Gaeta’s Raptor jettison Hard Eight’s body. The other Eight asks Gaeta to cover for her while doing work on the corrupted data that caused them to jump to the wrong coordinates.
Webisode 6 – December 29, 2008
Hoshi’s Raptor jumps into empty space on the first leg of their search for the missing Raptor. Aboard Gaeta’s Raptor, Eight has freed herself from her bonds. They find a trace of the Fleet and jump.
Webisode 7 – December 31, 2008
Aboard Hoshi’s Raptor, Racetrack and Hoshi discuss Gaeta. Gaeta’s Raptor completes its jump. The occupants’ air supply is almost empty. With the Raptor’s power reserves almost depleted, the fleet is nowhere in sight. More unexplained deaths occur on the Raptor.
Webisode 8 – January 5, 2009
Hoshi’s Raptor completes its third jump, and, again, Racetrack and Hoshi see no sign of the other Raptor. Racetrack offers to plot another jump, and Hoshi agrees, Back on the other Raptor, Gaeta begins to piece everything together.
Webisode 9 – January 7, 2009
Gaeta listens in horror as Eight reveals that she had most of the people on the lists he gave her killed, leaving only enough of them alive to make him think she had saved them all, fooling him into thinking he was doing some good by collaborating with her.
Webisode 10 – January 12, 2009
As the last survivor aboard the ship, Gaeta tries to kill himself with an overdose of morpha. Back on Galactica, Tigh tells a recovered Gaeta that the incident will not be investigated, as Admiral Adama does not wish to jeopardize the alliance with the Cylons. Gaeta leaves the CIC and meets Hoshi in the corridor. Gaeta insinuates gloomily that he has a plan and that something important will happen soon.
Alessandro Juliani as Felix Gaeta
Grace Park as Eight
Michael Hogan as Saul Tigh
Brad Dryborough as Louis Hoshi
Leah Cairns as Margaret “Racetrack” Edmondson
Michael Rogers as Brooks
Jessica Harmon as “Easy” Esrin
William C. Vaughn as J. “Shark” Finnegan