Battlestar Galactica: “Kobol’s Last Gleaming,” Part 1

The Galactica finds the lost planet of Kobol– and several new problems.


Title: “Kobol’s Last Gleaming, Part 1”

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
Lorena Gale as Priest Elosha
Aaron Douglas as Chief Petty Officer Tyrol

Kandyse Mclure as Dualla
Paul Campbell as Billy Keikeya

Writer: David Eick and Ronald D. Moore

Director: Michael Rymer

Plot:

The Galactica discovers Kobol, the planet of their origin, and Starbuck must make a difficult decision. (and I don’t mean the one about doing Baltar)

On Caprica, Boomer and Helo face each other, while Galactica-Boomer considers suicide.

High Point:

1. We discussed the question last week; this episode doesn’t provide any more of an answer, but only deepens the mystery. Are the prophetic visions and the mission which they have inspired real, a colossal error of judgment, or a calculated Cylon con? Kudos to the show’s creators for raising a question that is not merely a cheap plot device.

2. Hey! An Away Team that makes sense.

Low Point:

So no one’s running the Cylon tester while Baltar does his vice-presidential work? I know that I’m repeating myself, but I’m sorry, that wouldn’t be permitted to happen.

And just how much obvious insanity are they prepared to take from Baltar? (Perhaps that should just be under “Annoying Point.” I realize they have somewhat limited options).

The Scores:

Originality: 4/6. This promises to be a strong season finale, with some interesting implications. It remains very similar to the standard American Action Movie Plot: a hero must go against society (direct orders and all logic) in order to save society. Of course, they’ve problematized this premise, because we really don’t know if the hero in this case is correct in doing so, or is heading off on a fool’s errand.

Effects: 6/6. This episode boasts some strong visuals, with Kobol, swarms of Vipers, and a rough forced landing.

Story: 5/6 It’s difficult enough to fairly assess a story in a show that has a strong element of the serial; it’s even harder when they expressly identify an episode as “Part 1.” The set up works well, and develops several unanswered, interesting questions. It is, however, a very cluttered Part 1.

Acting: 5/6 We see a less positive aspect of Lee’s personality, believable emotion in the President, and relatively little of Number 6’s acting.

Emotional Response: 5/6.

Production: 6/6.

Overall: 5/6

In total, “Kobol’s Last Gleaming, Part 1” receives 36/42

The Timeshredder’s reviews may be found here.

15 replies on “Battlestar Galactica: “Kobol’s Last Gleaming,” Part 1”

  1. J_W_W says:

    A thought during the episode
    After one scene all I could think of is:

    “Baltar’s suicide hotline, how may I help you?” Man Baltar’s advice to Boomer was amazing in its polar oppostion to what someone is supposed to say.

    Not really spoilers, really but sentiment derived from what would be spoilers makes me black this out: To bad she MISSED! I don’t know which Boomer will die, just which one I want dead now.

    • Kaki says:

      Re: A thought during the episode

      “Baltar’s suicide hotline, how may I help you?”…. I don’t know which Boomer will die, just which one I want dead now.

      The suicide advice was great. But really, you only want one Boomer dead?! I want them all dead. Be they metal based or clones with some extra nano-tech and brainwashing, it doesn’t matter. You can’t trust a Cylon.

      • rune says:

        Re: A thought during the episode

        I want them all dead.

        We should keep at least one of them around, so we can enjoy the gentle harmonies of Cylon and Garfunkel.

      • nkuzmik says:

        Re: A thought during the episode

        “Baltar’s suicide hotline, how may I help you?”…. I don’t know which Boomer will die, just which one I want dead now.

        The suicide advice was great. But really, you only want one Boomer dead?! I want them all dead. Be they metal based or clones with some extra nano-tech and brainwashing, it doesn’t matter. You can’t trust a Cylon.

        Oh, but think of the drama, not to mention the trauma, associated with that premise.

  2. white.roses says:

    Wow, Quiet
    Man, this is a quiet discussion for a BG episode. I suspect it’s because, like me, the US people have seen the season finale. And, man, it’s just unspeakable, unless you want spoilers. And I’m not even willing to put them in black text.

    Keeping mouth shut, for once.

    • J_W_W says:

      Re: Wow, Quiet

      Man, this is a quiet discussion for a BG episode. I suspect it’s because, like me, the US people have seen the season finale. And, man, it’s just unspeakable, unless you want spoilers. And I’m not even willing to put them in black text.

      That what I’m thinking too. I will definately have more to say next week.

      • joe__gee says:

        Re: Wow, Quiet

        Man, this is a quiet discussion for a BG episode. I suspect it’s because, like me, the US people have seen the season finale. And, man, it’s just unspeakable, unless you want spoilers. And I’m not even willing to put them in black text.

        I love the hell out of this series. I can’t wait to see next week’s reactions to the season finale. :) The dead tree edition of TV Guide, http://www.tvguide.com last week had some teasers for next season. It sounds to me like next season is very promising.

        Everyone have a good week!

        -Joe G.

      • joe__gee says:

        Re: Wow, Quiet

        Man, this is a quiet discussion for a BG episode. I suspect it’s because, like me, the US people have seen the season finale. And, man, it’s just unspeakable, unless you want spoilers. And I’m not even willing to put them in black text.

        I love the hell out of this series. I can’t wait to see next week’s reactions to the season finale. :) The dead tree edition of TV Guide, http://www.tvguide.com last week had some teasers for next season. It sounds to me like next season is very promising.

        Everyone have a good week!

        -Joe G.

      • joe__gee says:

        Re: Wow, Quiet

        Man, this is a quiet discussion for a BG episode. I suspect it’s because, like me, the US people have seen the season finale. And, man, it’s just unspeakable, unless you want spoilers. And I’m not even willing to put them in black text.

        I love the hell out of this series. I can’t wait to see next week’s reactions to the season finale. :) The dead tree edition of TV Guide, http://www.tvguide.com last week had some teasers for next season. It sounds to me like next season is very promising.

        Everyone have a good week!

        -Joe G.

      • joe__gee says:

        Re: Wow, Quiet

        Man, this is a quiet discussion for a BG episode. I suspect it’s because, like me, the US people have seen the season finale. And, man, it’s just unspeakable, unless you want spoilers. And I’m not even willing to put them in black text.

        I love the hell out of this series. I can’t wait to see next week’s reactions to the season finale. :) The dead tree edition of TV Guide, http://www.tvguide.com last week had some teasers for next season. It sounds to me like next season is very promising.

        Everyone have a good week!

        -Joe G.

        • white.roses says:

          Re: Wow, Quiet
          Whoops. Looks like Joe had the same problem I had over in the SW:CW thread yesterday . . .

          • joe__gee says:

            Re: Wow, Quiet

            Whoops. Looks like Joe had the same problem I had over in the SW:CW thread yesterday . . .

            Only five, not ten. :X WHOOPS. :)

            -Joe

          • OrangeCarrot says:

            Re: Wow, Quiet

            Whoops. Looks like Joe had the same problem I had over in the SW:CW thread yesterday . . .

            Either that or he loved the hell out of the ‘Post’ button too!

            • joe__gee says:

              Re: Wow, Quiet

              Whoops. Looks like Joe had the same problem I had over in the SW:CW thread yesterday . . .

              Either that or he loved the hell out of the ‘Post’ button too!

              I don’t love it THAT much. :) Nope, clicked on the post button, up came the “server not found” page. Looked like a network error, so I backed up, clicked on POST again, same result. I ended up pressing it four or five times before I finally gave up. Later on I came back in and I saw there were eleven posts to this discussion, woohoo! :)

              Then I saw that almost half of them were mine. not woohoo. :/

              -Joe

    • Babbster says:

      Re: Wow, Quiet

      Man, this is a quiet discussion for a BG episode. I suspect it’s because, like me, the US people have seen the season finale. And, man, it’s just unspeakable, unless you want spoilers. And I’m not even willing to put them in black text.

      Keeping mouth shut, for once.

      I’ve been forced to change my shirt three times a day since last Friday. Drooling in anticipation of the next season…

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