Roslin and Baltar face off in the final debates of the Presidential campaign, and Starbuck leads a mission to Caprica.

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
Dean Stockwell as Brother Cavell

Premise

Roslin and Baltar face off in the final debates of the Presidential campaign, and Starbuck leads a mission to Caprica.

High Points

  • The end of the final Presidential debate
  • Tyrol’s conversation with the priest

Low Point

Baltar’s meetings with Zarek felt at times a little too obvious. I find it hard to believe that they’ve been campaigning for a month, but haven’t had any more ideas than this yet.

The Scores

We’re seeing a lot of new things this week, although they’re not really very original. Four out of six.

Nothing spectacular about this week’s effects, although they’re of a kind that we’ve not seen for a while. Nothing wrong with them either, though. Five out of six.

This week’s story is obviously aimed directly at bringing us to the season finalé next week (don’t panic, season three is coming). Introducing a number of new situations, and continuing some which we’ve already encountered, it’s a story that doesn’t really resolve, but then it’s not supposed to — this is a two-parter after all, and may well turn out to be more than that. Six out of six.

The emotional response isn’t enormous, but it’s definitely there. We’re tied into these characters now, we care about what happens to them, and these are significant events. Five out of six.

The stand-out acting for me this week came from Dean Stockwell, but upon reflection this is really because I’m so used to the regular cast turning in excellent performances. Stockwell had a difficult role to pull off, but he managed it superbly, and without behaving like Al Calavicci. We were also treated to some wonderful moments from Mary McDonnell. Unfortunately Grace Park didn’t quite do what I was hoping this week. Five out of six.

Another tricky episode for production, as the locations diversify once more (is this going to be a regular end of season theme?). Fortunately they pull off an excellent job, and I was particularly impressed by the camerawork during the dream sequence. Five out of six.

Overall, another six out of six. Not quite a landmark like last week, but one which has truly reminded us that yes, this is the penultimate episode of the season. And a worthy end to the season it will be.

Which gives a grand total of thirty-six out of forty-two.