Yes, there are skeletons in Admiral Adama’s closet.

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
Alessandro Juliani as Felix Gaeta
Rekha Sharma as Tory Foster
Lucy Lawless as D’Anna Biers
Carl Lumbley as Daniel “Bulldog” Novacek

Synopsis

The skeletons in Admiral Adama’s closet start to make themselves known with the return of Bulldog, a pilot from one of Adama’s former commands who was thought to have died three years ago.

High Points

  • “Do you want to tell me what really happened?”
  • The return of Tigh

Low Points

  • Why did it take Starbuck so long to realise that there was something up with the Cylon raiders? I would have thought she was the kind of pilot who would have noticed that more quickly.

The Scores

Originality: let’s see what we have here. Skeletons in the closet, a main character revealing that he thinks he’s responsible for a great deal of mess, the return of somebody thought to be dead who’s been manipulated into serving the enemy’s purpose, and a crisis leading to the redemption of another main character thought lost. This episode is a pile of well-known story elements, mixed together in a way that doesn’t feel stale, but isn’t exactly fresh either. Four out of six.

Effects: some new effects shots this week thanks to flashbacks. I thought the exterior of the Valkyrie and the stealth ship looked a bit poor though — as if the models hadn’t been textured to the same sort of quality as the majority of the fleet. Five out of six.

Story: it’s a good story. It moves and fits the time it needs to well, flows nicely and doesn’t leave you with any more unanswered questions than is normal and healthy for an ongoing series. By the end, though, it feels like you sort of knew what was going to happen from the start, and it looks like they’re not going to be talking about this again for a while — and this means it’s not a great story. Four out of six.

Acting: we get to spend a lot of time with a new actor this week, and he’s a worthy addition to the cast. I hope we’ll see him again — there’s clearly more to be stirred up with Bulldog, and he’s portrayed well by Lumbley. Everyone else does their usual superb job, but particular credit to Paul Hogan this week I think. Six out of six.

Production: I was particularly pleased with the staging of Bulldog’s emergence from the raider, and his flashbacks to the Cylon cage were effective. Five out of six.

Emotional response: if we care about Adama and Tigh, this episode’s bound to raise a few emotions — and I, at least, do, so it does. Old secrets from characters’ pasts are always fun for this part. Five out of six.

Overall: It’s not impeccable, but it’s very good despite the plot which is more like a build-a-plot construct than something emerging out of the scenario. Five out of six.

Thus the grand total for Hero is… thirty-four out of forty-two. The season continues on track, but I’m sure we’d all like another exceptional episode soon.