President Roslin declares a crackdown on the black market, and Apollo is tasked with hunting down the ringleaders.

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
Richard Hatch as Tom Zarek

Synopsis

President Roslin declares a crackdown on the black market, and Apollo is tasked with hunting down the ringleaders.

High Points

  • Roslin’s offer to Baltar
  • ‘Did you really expect some… utopian fantasy to rise from the ashes?’
  • ‘It’s hard to find the moral high ground when we’re all standing in the mud.’

Low Points

  • Doing the 48 hours earlier thing again. That might get tired if they do too much of it.
  • Also, more of Apollo’s flashbacks. It worked this week, but it could get tired as well if it continues.

The Scores

This episode didn’t feel particularly original. New territory for Galactica, but not anything that’s not been done before. Three out of six.

Nothing special in terms of effects this week. Because they used hardly any, it’s difficult to know how to score it — but the ones they did use were perfect as usual. Five out of six.

The story is fairly straightforward on the top, but layered nicely with what we know has gone before and helped along by some flashbacks from Apollo. We also get to pick up a couple of threads from previous weeks and earlier, lending the usual feel of continuity to the episode. Four out of six.

Jamie Bamber was the only actor who really got a chance to shine in this episode; most of the others felt like side players. Not that they didn’t do a good job, but it didn’t feel like a strong ensemble group this week. Five out of six for acting.

The emotional response was pretty low. Apart from a few moments, this episode doesn’t grab, as it’s largely dealing with new situations and new people. Three out of six.

I cannot complain about production. I particularly feel that the production team did an excellent job with the interior of the Prometheus, which also has an interesting exterior design. It’s nice to see that nobody in the Twelve Colonies feels that deep-space-only ships need to look aerodynamic. Five out of six.

Overall, I give this episode five out of six. Some of the individual scores are low, and that’s going to give it a low total, but I don’t want anybody reading this to conclude that this isn’t a good episode. It is, but it’s not the kind of fast-paced, gripping drama that we’ve become accustomed to over the past five episodes or so. I feel, however, that this change of pace is a good thing, because it gives the writers a chance to explore other avenues and other aspects of life on the fleet. Which is exactly what they have done this week.

And that gives us a total of thirty out of forty-two, but please don’t think that means this episode wasn’t worth watching. It was, but the unusual structure (for a Galactica episode) manages to hit all the wrong parts of the Bureau’s scoring system.