Preparations are made for the recovery of the human population of New Caprica as Tyrol attempts to rescue Cally and Laura from the Cylons.

Cast

James Callis as Dr. Gaius Baltar
Edward James Olmos as Admiral Adama
Mary McDonnell as 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
Richard Hatch as Tom Zarek
Kate Vernon as Ellen Tigh
Luciana Carro as Louanne “Kat” Katraine
Kandyse McClure as Anastasia “Dee” Dualla
Callum Keith Rennie as Leoben Conoy
Nicki Clyne as Cally Henderson
Christian Tessier as Tucker “Duck” Clellan
Michael Trucco as Samuel T. Anders
Alessandro Juliani as Felix Gaeta
Rekha Sharma as Tory Foster

Synopsis

Tyrol moves to save Cally from the Cylons while Anders discovers a traitor in the resistance. Sharon proceeds with the plan to recover the launch keys from the Cylon compound, and D’Anna Biers visits a human Oracle seeking the meaning of her strange dreams.

High Points

  • Starbuck and Casey
  • People finally starting to figure out how slimy Ellen is
  • Sharon’s encounter with D’Anna

Low Point

It might be considered that the resolution to the previous episode’s cliffhanger is a low point, as had we seen what we know in this episode it wouldn’t be much of a cliffhanger at all. I’m not going to complain too much though, because it probably wouldn’t have fitted well into the previous episode without spoiling the timing, and this episode remains well-paced and dramatic.

The Scores

Interestingly, this episode feels more original than the previous one despite being in the same situation. Perhaps it’s because things are rolling rapidly toward an attempted resolution of the occupation. Five out of six.

The effects appeared less often than last week, although I would be surprised if there were many shots which didn’t feature at least one effect, as there’s no way they built the entire city as a real set. As usual though, the effects are only noticeable where they depict something that is obviously impossible to film in a conventional manner. Six out of six.

Story-wise, things proceed with a good pace and there’s plenty going on to keep us interested. Another cliffhanger means we’re holding on for resolution still, and I feel slightly disappointed with only one Starbuck scene. Five out of six.

The acting was again superb. It’s clearly a true ensemble show, with everyone pulling their weight. Six out of six.

Production is good once more. One thing which particularly struck me was a scene in Galactica‘s rec room, showing the stark contrast between previous scenes set there when it’s full of celebrating pilots (as at the end of Scar) and now, when the Battlestar is clearly undermanned and it’s a dim, quiet place. Five out of six.

Emotional response is much the same as last time, although there’s a greater sense of both anticipation and threat as both sides move toward taking drastic action. Because we’re seeing the conflicts faced by individuals as well as by humans and Cylons as groups, we get more closely involved than we would otherwise have done. And poor Sharon. Six out of six.

Overall, six out of six. Another episode validating the course taken at the end of season two, and as I discussed with another Galactica fan after we’d seen it, this storyline is giving rise to the best episodes of the series so far.

Which gives Exodus, Part One a grand total of thirty-nine out of forty-two.