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Episode: "Black Market" (Season 2, episode 14)
AKA: "The One Ron Moore Immediately Apologized For"
For most of the run of "BSG," the show's developer and executive producer Ronald D. Moore released a series of podcasts designed to function as DVD-style commentary tracks for each episode. He opened the one for "Black Market" — an episode dealing with the show's civilian fleet, as Jamie Bamber's Lee "Apollo" Adama gets mixed up in a world of organized crime through his relationship with a single mom prostitute — with a startling bit of candor for any showrunner, saying, "We're going to be talking about an episode that I don't particularly like and discussing maybe the reasons why it doesn't work and the problems that I think are inherent in this particular episode." Other than the performance by character actor Bill Duke as the head black marketeer, Moore finds little to compliment about the episode, which skips too many steps in setting up both Apollo's romance and the origins and side effects of this criminal ecosystem. Early in the series' conception, Moore had hoped to split time close to evenly between action on Galactica and what was happening on the civilian ships; budget problems prevented him from doing it often, and the creative failures of "Black Market" killed most of his remaining enthusiasm for the idea. (Though a later episode, season 3's "Dirty Hands," did a much better job of showing how terrible life must be for the non-regulars.)