This review is very late and rather brief because I’ve been very busy with the Real Life thing and also National Novel Writing Month. We’re concocting plans to avoid the rest of November’s Galactica reviews being so delayed.

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 “Athena” Agathon/Boomer

Tahmoh Penikett as Helo
Aaron Douglas as Galen Tyrol
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

The Colonials recommence the search for Earth based on Baltar’s abandoned research. On the Cylon Basestar, Baltar uses this knowledge to buy his life, but the Cylons encounter a virulent disease after following his suggestions.

High Points

  • Gaeta’s summary of why they could trust Baltar’s research into Earth’s location: his instinct for self-preservation. We, of course, have observed this since the first season. It’s nice to see a character seeing it.
  • People may disagree with it (one of my friends definitely does) but I found the information about Cylon perception and ‘projecting’ to be extremely interesting, and leads to some interesting questions about the Six in Baltar’s head — and the Baltar in Caprica-Six’s head, if he’s still there.
  • Admiral Adama has a scary way of making his officers behave. I really hope he doesn’t do that again.

Low Point

  • Why hasn’t Adama thrown Tigh out of an airlock yet?

The Scores

Originality: 5/6

Effects: 6/6

Story: 5/6. A bit slow, but otherwise excellent.

Acting: 5/6. Nothing exceptional, nothing bad.

Production: 6/6. I particularly appreciated the seamless transitions between Baltar’s perception of the Basestar, and Six’s projecting perception of the forest.

Emotional response: 4/6. Nothing huge here.

Overall: 5/6, but I expect this to be disputed. People I know don’t seem to like this episode as much as I did.

The grand total is thirty-six out of forty-two.