Against a backdrop of increasing frustration and despair on board Galactica, Chief Tyrol decides to build a new fighter from parts. Meanwhile, the safety of the fleet is put in jeopardy when Galactica‘s computers start to malfunction.

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
Michael Hogan as Col. Tigh
Tricia Helfer as Number 6
Grace Park as Sharon “Boomer” Valerii

Tahmoh Penikett as Helo
Aaron Douglas as CPO Galen Tyrol

Synopsis

Against a backdrop of increasing frustration and despair on board Galactica, Chief Tyrol decides to build a new fighter from parts. Meanwhile, the safety of the fleet is put in jeopardy when Galactica‘s computers start to malfunction.

High Points

  • Roslin’s meeting with the doctor
  • The scene in the firing range
  • The naming ceremony

Low Point

  • The continued ‘what the hell is she doing?’ at the critical moment. I thought it was pretty obvious what she was doing.

The Review

The originality suffered a bit because we’ve seen both parts of this episode’s primary plot before, and they didn’t have a significantly unexpected twist to either of them. Not that it isn’t a good treatment of the material, but you do feel that you’ve seen it before somewhere. Three out of six.

We were treated to some more excellent effects this week with some large-scale space scenes at their usual quality. Once more I cannot fault these. Six out of six.

Although it lost out on originality, the story was excellent, if surprisingly predictable in a couple of places. It did leave us with the usual array of questions – we’ve got some more hints, but as usual they just raise more questions. Five out of six.

The acting was excellent. We’re starting to see a lot of characters who are at their emotional limits, and that leads to some severe demands on the actors, but everybody held their end up extremely well this week. Five out of six.

There are a couple of scenes of strong emotional response in this episode. It feels teased out in an extremely natural way, because the writers have you caught up in the characters before you realise that they’re the ones making your heart beat double-time. Six out of six.

I’m not going to complain at all about the production this week. It wasn’t breathtakingly good, but they got everything right to the point where you just don’t notice it anymore. Five out of six.

As an overall score, I’m going to give this episode six out of six. Although it’s not really perfect in most respects, it’s extremely satisfying and gives us a nice dose of information, intrigue and character development.

In total, Flight of the Phoenix receives a very healthy thirty-six out of forty-two.