The second half of season two opens on a cliffhanger… and finishes with
one too. Apologies for the late review; they should be more prompt in the
coming weeks.

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
Michelle
Forbes
as Admiral Helena Cain

Synopsis

A stand-off between Galactica and Pegasus
threatens to turn Colonial troops against each other, and Baltar obtains
vital information about the mysterious ship in the Cylon fleet.

High Points

  • Six’s breakdown
  • The final scenes of Adama and Cain giving their orders

Low Point

The resolution of the cliffhanger was a bit too convenient,
although it feels much like neither side really wants to fire on the
other, and they grabbed at whatever excuse they could find to avoid
it.

The Scores

Apart from the opening, it feels fresh and original,
although it’s difficult to characterise exactly how. Five out of six.

Again we are treated to some beautiful effects. Starbuck’s scouting
mission was fantastic, as were the opening scenes of the chaos
involving the Vipers. They really have the physics of the ships looking
excellent. Six out of six.

The story picks up quickly from the disappointing start (yes, I am
going to keep mentioning that). The developing Baltar/Six relationship
(with both Sixes), Roslin’s talks with Adama and Adama’s own
developing realisation of Cain’s true nature all leave us demanding to
know what will happen next week. Five out of six.

My comments about the acting from Pegasus stand. I
particularly appreciated Mary McDonnell’s performance as Laura Roslin
during her scenes with Adama and with Adama and Cain together. The
actors particularly shine in the final scene, and Tricia Helfer has
surpassed herself playing the defeated Six. Six out of six.

Emotional response has two main high points for me
— pity, for Six, and awe, at the end. Still, it doesn’t take me to
the extremes of the emotional spectrum. Five out of six.

Full marks on the production, particularly the Viper
choreography and the cuts in the final scene. Six out of six.

Overall, I’ll give this episode five out of six, because of
the disappointing start.

This leaves a total score of thirty-eight out of forty-two. I’m
hoping that next week’s episode will come in slightly higher than this,
as I don’t see any reason why it shouldn’t be able to.