The Galactica finds much-needed fuel– but the Cylons already have a refinery there.

Update: if, like y42, you’ve been carefully avoiding a certain much-discussed spoiler, perhaps don’t read the yodapez18 posting.


Title: “The Hand of God”

Cast and Crew:

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

Kandyse Mclure as Dualla
Paul Campbell as Billy Keikeya
Lorena Gale as Priest Elosha

Writer: David Weddle and Bradly Thompson

Director: Jeff Woolnough

Plot:

Apollo must lead a desperate mission to destroy a Cylon refinery and obtain much-needed fuel for the fleet.

On Caprica, the apparent bond between Helo and Boomer grows, as the plot becomes pregnant with potential.

High Point:

This episode creates a real sense of a battle: before, during, and after. Whatever reservations one might have about Star Warsesque space battles, this show executes them well, and it kept me interested. At its best, Galactica gives us strong drama and genuine suspense.

Also, it was nice to see Apollo get a chance to be a hero.

Low Point:

This is a strong episode, and especially welcome after last week’s entry. I will therefore repeat what has been said already: the Baltar/Six interaction grows increasingly annoying.

The Scores:

Originality: 3/6. Old plot, well-handled.

Effects: 6/6. This episode features excellent space battles.

Story: 5/6

Acting: 5/6 The scene between Starbuck and Adama in physio works well, and the actors handle the intensity and the quiet moments associated with battle.

Emotional Response: 5/6.

Production: 6/6.

Overall: 6/6

In total, “The Hand of God” receives 36/42

Questions and a Plug

1. Star Wars, Star Trek, Babylon Five and, increasingly, Battlestar Galactica. Can we possibly have a successful SF series without the mysticism? Just asking….

(Yeah, I realize some of this may be Cylon mind-frackery. It’d be an interesting twist if it all were, but perhaps a bit over the top).

2. WARNING: Serious Hypothetical Spoilers for Non-Brits: If Boomer is throwing up for the reason I think she’s throwing up, isn’t it a tad early? Still, an interesting development.

The Timeshredder’s reviews can be found here.