President Roslin’s cancer worsens, and a terrorist group within the fleet
starts making its presence felt.

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 Lt. Carl C. “Helo” Agathon
Aaron
Douglas
as CPO Galen Tyrol

Synopsis

As President Roslin’s cancer worsens, the fleet is put under threat
by a new danger: humans willing to stop at nothing to negotiate peace
with the Cylons.

High Points

  • The final scene has to be one of Tricia Helfer’s finest moments so
    far
  • Roslin’s flashbacks

Low Point

Do they really think that Baltar is fit to be in a position of
authority? To an outside observer he must surely appear to be mentally
unstable.

The Scores

Terrorists willing to blow things up in order to get peace is
nothing new, but as usual we are treated to what feels like a fresh take
on the idea. All the elements which make up Galactica are now
combining so that any story they tell feels new, no matter who might
have told it before. Five out of six for originality.

The effects, as usual, were flawless. After last week’s jaw-
dropping space scenes, this week might disappoint fans of
Galactica-style eye candy, but we were treated to a nice
external shot of the luxury Cloud Nine, which we haven’t seen
for a while. Five out of six, because they’re not raising the bar beyond
their established level.

I very much liked this week’s story. Following on from the
last three episodes about the Pegasus was something I was
having difficulty imagining, and I’m pleased that this episode goes
slightly to one side to look at something completely different, yet
ultimately related (as are all things on Galactica). I’m not
entirely happy that we didn’t see more of the President’s reaction to
events, but I very much doubt this issue has been laid to rest; in fact,
the stakes are significantly higher than they were, and this is clearly
going to be a major part of the rest of the season. Five out of six.

As I mentioned in the high points, Tricia Helfer’s acting
continues to improve. Playing two versions of Six in this episode and
making them both different-yet-the-same can’t be easy, but she’s
pulling it off with increasing ease. Both characters display superb
reactions and timing. James Callis is also delivering, and I suspect he
will have to continue to do so in forthcoming episodes. Five out of
six.

This episode inspires a strong emotional response, but
nothing as overwhelming as we’ve seen recently. Certainly, there’s pity
and tension and some definite nail-biting worry going on, but no
crying, laughing or nausea this week. I’m pleased to be given a bit of a
rest, actually. Five out of six — not as strong as we’ve seen
recently, but in this case, any stronger wouldn’t really have been
appropriate.

The point of production which really stands out is the
exposure on Roslin’s flashbacks, giving everything an appropriately
dreamlike cast while retaining the clarity with which she was perceiving
them. In fact, the overall selection and timing of these segments was
excellent. Five out of six.

Overall, five out of six and a big hooray for moving things
forward in a positive, interesting and exciting way.

And that gives Epiphanies a total score of thirty-five out
of forty-two.