Commander Adama and President Roslin grant reporter D’Anna Biers full access to the Galactica to make a film showing the human face of the military.

Cast

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
Tricia Helfer as Number 6
Grace Park as Sharon “Boomer” Valerii

Tahmoh Penikett as Helo
Lucy Lawless as D’Anna Biers

Synopsis

Commander Adama and President Roslin grant reporter D’Anna Biers full access to the Galactica to make a film showing the human face of the military.

High Points

  • The final scene
  • Kat’s interview
  • Gaeta’s interview

Low Point

Baltar. He was irritating rather than interesting, this week.

The Scores

So how original is the reporter-makes-a-film plot? Not at all. This is a superb example of it, but a lot of the effects the camera has on the crew we’ve seen in other shows before. Four out of six, because they did take what we know and add a healthy dose of Galactica-style spin to it.

This week the effects were mostly flawless once more. I found the post-process effect on the reporter’s footage to be a bit strange, but there’s nothing actually wrong with it and that’s probably more of a production decision. Nothing to really blow you away this week. Five out of six.

The story could have been a filler, but it wasn’t. They don’t do fillers on Galactica, I’m pleased to say. It slots in perfectly with the existing arc, moves it along on several levels, and shows us interesting aspects of characters we were starting to take for granted. Five out of six.

I was not particularly encouraged to find that Lucy Lawless would be in this episode, as I’ve never felt that her performance in Xena: Warrior Princess could really be classed as acting. I’m glad to find that she can actually act, and does so in this episode. Good performances from everyone else, but particularly from the actors and actresses behind Gaeta, Kat and Tigh. Five out of six.

This kind of episode will either deliver no emotional response or lots. For this episode, they went for the latter. It won’t have you crying, but it did make me laugh out loud in places. Five out of six.

The production – so why does the video shot by the reporters have that strange effect on it, and why does it have the corners cut off like all their paper? For that matter, why does the paper have its corners cut off? Thoughts like that detracted somewhat from the otherwise excellent production, and perhaps I should just accept it but I’m afraid I can’t. Yes, you need something to distinguish the reporter footage from the normal view we get into that world, and yes it’s better than the white rectangle and flashing ‘REC’ used by so many less imaginative productions. But it just isn’t quite sitting well here. Four out of six.

Overall, I’m going to give this episode five out of six.

And that gives us a total of thirty-three out of forty-two.