I think we had much of the discussion last week, owing to the fact that the Brits have already watched the first season, and the Americans are one week ahead of the Canucks– whose country, curiously, provides the show’s locations.

Anyway, the acting remains strong in Part 2, but the writing grows weaker.


“You Can’t Go Home Again”

Cast and Crew:

Katee Sackhoff as Kara “Starbuck” Thrace
Edward James Olmos as Commander Adama
Mary McDonnell as President Laura Roslin
Jamie Bamber as Lee “Apollo” Adama
James Callis as Dr. Gaius Baltar
Grace Park as Sharon “Boomer” Valerii
Bodie Olmos as Hot Dog
Michael Hogan as Col. Tigh
Tahmoh Penikett Helo
Tricia Helfer as Number 6

Writer: Carla Robinson

Director: Sergio Mimica-Gezzan

Plot:

Adama places the entire fleet and the only known human population at risk in the hopes of rescuing one pilot. Meanwhile, Starbuck must survive on a desolate moon, a crashed Cylon her only hope of escape.

High Points:

1. The episode handled Starbuck’s initial experiences on the moon effectively.

2. Although it moves rather slowly, the Caprica plot has become interesting. It could be interesting to see an entire episode concerning soldiers surviving in occupied territory.

Low Points:

Do I need to say it? This show has taken great pains to be realistic, within the context of their necessarily handwaviated premise. This episode throws plausibility out the window. I understand that Adama has mixed feelings, but he would not put the entire human race at risk for that length of time in order to save a single pilot, especially after that pilot’s air supply was exhausted. As for Starbuck’s miraculous ability to fly an unfamiliar ship with a bizarre interface after a day of repairs…. Did she take part in a training exchange with Starfleet Academy, or what?

The Scores:

Originality: 2/6. Duty vs Personal Feelings. It’s not that it’s a bad plot premise at all, only that it is an old one. Additionally, the story bears a strange resemblance to one of the few Galactica 1980s I’ve watched, “The Return of Starbuck.” The manner in which this Galactica’s Starbuck tries to save herself, meanwhile, has become an SF cliche.

Effects: 6/6. Apart from the usual excellent space shots, this episode features a great visual when Thrace’s parachute pulls her along the ground.

Story: 3/6 I enjoyed this, but…. See “Low Points”

Acting: 6/6

Emotional Response: 4/6.

Production: 5/6.

Overall: 4/6

In total, “You Can’t Go Home Again” receives 30/42

Additional Comments and Musings:

1. Have they referred to alcohol as “ambrosia” before this episode? Ambrosia was, of course, the Food of the Gods in Classical Mythology, and the alcohol of choice in the original Battlestar Galactica.

2. Puking in space– yet another good reason to have artificial gravity.

3. You know, it would’ve been the ultimate grim twist if Apollo had shot down Starbuck.