The second part of last week’s episode doesn’t disappoint.

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

Pegasus and Galactica launch the attack on the
Cylon resurrection ship.

High Points

  • Starbuck and Cain’s scene in Cain’s quarters near the start of the
    episode.
  • Boomer: You said that humanity never asked itself why it deserved
    to survive. Maybe you don’t.
  • Adama: It’s not enough to survive. One has to be worthy of
    surviving.

Low Point

Find me one and I’ll put it here.

The Scores

This episode feels nice and original. Elements have been
seen before of course, but it’s combined in an interesting and exciting
way. Five out of six.

Full marks for effects. The sight of two Basestars and two
Battlestars duking it out with hundreds of fighters between them is
unmatched in the series and utterly, utterly beautiful. Six out of six.

As a continuation of last week’s episode, the story lives
up to all expectations. I can’t say much because to give away a great
deal about this episode to those who haven’t seen it would be criminal,
but the tension at the end of the previous episode is resolved, and it’s
not done in a trivial or insignificant manner. Six out of six.

There was a little bit of over-acting in this episode, from
the two Pegasus Specialists, who were rather too stereotypical.
I don’t think anybody could fault Katee Sackhoff and the others,
though. Sackhoff in particular always seems to know the perfect
expression to show what’s going on inside Starbuck’s mind. Five out of
six.

This was emotional response of the pulse-pounding,
heart-hammering, breath-coming-shallow variety. Six out of six.

The production was superb. I’m not going to overanalyse
it because I’d end up describing most of the episode. Six out of six.

Overall, I can’t look back out of this episode and be
disappointed in any part of it. Except perhaps that it wasn’t twice as
long. Six out of six.

And that gives a massive total score of forty out of forty-two.

Unanswered Questions

I’ll put these in black as they’re inherently spoilerish.

Where is Six? Why does Baltar know
somewhere she can go and be safe, and how did he arrange it? What
has happened to the Six inside Baltar’s head? Has he banished her?
Does this mean she was a delusion all along, as she once suggested?

On what basis were Tyrol and Helo released?
Why was Dualla listening to Starbuck and Apollo at the end, and how
much does she know about what Starbuck almost did? What does she
think of it?