Season One ends with a bang.


Title: “Kobol’s Last Gleaming, Part 2”

Cast and Crew:

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

Kandyse Mclure as Dualla
Paul Campbell as Billy Keikeya
Nicki Clyne as Cally

Writer: David Eick and Ronald D. Moore

Director: Michael Rymer

Plot:

The revelation that the President sent Starbuck on her mission leads to insurrection in fleet. Questions about democracy and the roles of the military, theology, and the press in government get raised. A principal character is shot at point-blank range.

Galactica-Boomer successfully blows up the Cylon Base, but is beside herself when circumstances bring her face-to-face with the truth about her nature.

Starbuck makes it to Caprica, has a run-in with Number Six, and meets up with Helo and the pregnant (which may be a key part of the Cylon plan) Caprica-Boomer. They also find the McGuffin of Apollo, but we have no idea whether it has any significance, or if the Cylons have been using it to misdirect the humans.

On Kobol, the survivors of the crash regroup, while Baltar wanders off to hear about his supposed destiny.

High Points:

The scenes involving Boomer, a strong actress who meets the challenge of this episode’s best scenes:

-on board the remarkably-designed, if rather spacious, Cylon base ship
-on Caprica, where she explains herself and the situation to Helo
-in the episode’s final moments.

Low Point:

Baltar’s visions of Six have grown annoying. Part of this rests with the mystery surrounding the Cylon plot– why is this happening? Part of the problem lies with Tricia Helford, a beautiful woman whose acting doesn’t quite match the level of the rest of the cast, but who must deliver some of the most difficult (because of their oddness) lines. This episode suggests that this plot will finally go somewhere next year. It needs to, because it has been allowed to drag on too long, marring the pace of some episodes.

The Scores:

Originality: 5/6.

Effects: 5/6. The space shots remain excellent. On-planet matte-work, while strong, could have been better.

Story: 4/6 The first half suffers from the choppiness associated with multiple storylines; the second half makes amends, by bringing those plot threads to stunning conclusions.

Acting: 5/6. Generally good.

Emotional Response: 6/6. We really don’t know what will happen next season– but it won’t be a reset button.

Production: 6/6.

Overall: 5/6

In total, “Kobol’s Last Gleaming, Part 2” receives 36/42

The Timeshredder’s reviews can be found here.

Final Comments

I really have been enjoying this show, but they have much to explain next year. At some point, we really need to get a better sense of a Cylon plan that would permit the destruction of their own bases, while leaving the species they tried to eliminate wandering in space when they clearly could have done much more with their agents on board, both to foil missions against them and to stop the fleet. I hope for the best– though I also recall the original Twin Peaks, several hours of brilliant filmmaking which then rocketed down the tubes as it became clear that the filmmakers were making shit up to prolong a mystery that had no sensible solution. I hope that Galactica will not suffer from that show’s season-and-a-half fate.

Still, Galactica boasts one of the finest first seasons in the history of SF television, a fact made all the more remarkable when one considers the source of the show.