Knowledge of the presence of a Cylon aboard Galactica is leaked to the fleet, and leads to a group taking hostages on Cloud Nine, demanding the Cylon in exchange for the hostages’ lives.

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
Paul Campbell as Billy Keikeya
Kandyse McClure as Petty Officer 2nd Anastasia ‘Dee’ Dualla
Dana Delany as Sesha Abinell

Synopsis

Knowledge of the presence of a Cylon aboard Galactica is leaked to the fleet, and leads to a group taking hostages on Cloud Nine, demanding the Cylon in exchange for the hostages’ lives.

High Point

‘It was a calculated risk.’

Low Point

Come on Starbuck, that was never going to work.

The Scores

Well it’s not the most original premise in the world, but it’s beautifully done. We all know that hostage situations usually lead to people getting shot. The big questions are: who gets shot, who do they get shot by, and why? Five out of six.

A slight departure from the normal effects line this week, but still wonderfully done. Five out of six.

The story is nicely loaded with twists, turns and climaxes, gradually building up to the ultimate ending. Perhaps what happens is something we could see coming, but not necessarily something we believe they’re going to do (not that surprise is always good, and this doesn’t come anywhere near predictability). It also gives us some good character development. Six out of six.

This week we were treated to a strong ensemble performance, displaying everyone’s acting talents. As the major guest star this week, Delany deserves a mention for a strong and convincing portrayal of a woman with some deep emotional issues. Other notable performances from McClure, Sackhoff and McDonnell in particular, although that is not to say that anybody was lacking. This is what we’ve come to expect, and although nobody slipped up, nobody did anything spectacular either. Five out of six.

Strong emotional response gives this episode a lot of its lure. It’s a heart-in-mouth journey through the story, but it doesn’t feel deliberate, it’s just a natural consequence of the events portrayed. This is good: I don’t particularly like being beaten over the head with the things I’m supposed to be feeling. Five out of six.

The production was superb. Direction, camera work, everything drew together to make a tight and cohesive whole. Six out of six.

Overall I give this episode six out of six. Definitely a high point of the season, and it leaves me wondering what we’re in store for in the run up to the finalé. Whatever it is, I’m sure it will be excellent.

So after that, Sacrifice receives a total score of thirty-eight out of forty-two.