Tensions mount when Zarak gets elected to the Council of the Twelve, and an assassin gets uncovered who may or may not be connected to the one-time terrorist leader.

Meanwhile, on Caprica, Helo and Boomer reach their goal, only to make a startling discovery. and it’s about bloody time, too


“Colonial Day”

Cast and Crew:

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

Writer: Carla Robinson

Director: Jonas Pate

Plot:

The colonists finally hold elections to the Council of Twelve. Baltar takes the position for Caprica. Zarak gets the Capricans’ goat by shooting for and getting elected as the Sagitarran rep, and then becoming a candidate for vice-presidency.

Back on Caprica, Boomer and Helo reach their destination, as Helo reaches some frightening conclusions.

High Points:

The conclusion of the episode, when Helo realizes the truth about Boomer, and we realize that Boomer almost certainly has broken from the other Cylons, makes for a dramatic ending, and changes the direction of the Caprica plot.

Low Point:

I recognize that Baltar’s ascension creates excellent dramatic possibilities, but I do not for a nanosecond accept the circumstances under which it happens. He gets elected to the Twelve without even knowing? And, already one of the busiest people in the fleet, the only person who knows how to operate the Cylon detector upon which so much supposedly rests, he must now take on the responsibilities of public office?

The Scores:

Originality: 4/6. The political intrigue thickens on Galactica, and this episode will definitely have far-reaching implications. While the events bear no direct parallel to any real-life events, the similarities to several unsavory political doings, past and present, are clear, and worth pondering.

Effects: 5/6 I thought they did an admirable job of making an actual outdoor setting look like an artificial outdoor setting.

Story: 4/6 Save for the “Weak Point,” I thought this was a strong story which raised, once again, the series’ sense of realpolitik. Ethical issues get raised, and the show does not posit simple solutions.

Acting: 5/6.

Emotional Response: 5/6 The bar fight, the handling of the assassin, the revelations in the final moments…. We have another strong episode, as Galactica’s first season winds down..

Production: 6/6.

Overall: 5/6

In total, “Colonial Day” receives 34/42

Lingering Questions

If Valance was working for Zarak, then Zarak had a reason to have Valance killed, and Ellen appears to have provided the necessary leak. But if he is telling the truth when he said he had nothing to do with Valance’s death, then…?