It’s got punching in it, but none of them are aimed at us.
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
Against the backdrop of a ‘dance’, where the Galactica crew fight in the ring, old grudges come to the surface and we discover some of what happened on New Caprica before the Cylons arrived.
- ‘I’m not going to win.’ Adama is always one with an eye for the grand gesture.
- Nothing actually happens.
Originality: It’s not the newest of structures for a flashback expository episode, but it’s a lot better than the version were a bunch of characters sit around a table, have a drink and tell stories. Three out of six.
Effects: Very few effects save for some of the shots of materials being airlifted for the construction on New Caprica, and standard stock footage. I can’t penalise an episode that’s not supposed to have whizz-bang effects for not having them though. Five out of six.
Story: It’s not a story which stands by itself, but it fills in the gaps in stories which we’ve already been told. Dedicated Galactica fans are bound to appreciate what it tells us about the relationship between Lee and Kara, and will be speculating wildly about the implications of this episode’s present-day events on their relationship in the future. It does not, however, actually advance anything which might be termed ‘the plot’. Four out of six.
Acting: This sort of acting is bread and butter to the Galactica cast, although I’m beginning to worry a little about Edward James Olmos. We know he is a fantastic actor, but most of his acting lately seems to have consisted of delivering long speeches. That said, he was excellent in the ring. Five out of six.
Production: Good, but unremarkable and perhaps a little boring. Four out of six.
Emotional response: How much you react to this episode is going to depend how much you care about the backstory-induced simmering that’s going on between the characters. I care quite a bit, but there were points in the episode where I was wondering if anything was actually going to happen, and that tends to damp down the mood. Three out of six.
Overall: Ultimately the episode conveys important information, but is rather unremarkable and one that people are more liable to skip once they’re going through their season DVD box set. Four out of six.
That gives Unfinished Business a grand total of twenty-eight out of forty-two. Let’s all hope that the next episode is something spectacular, as I do not believe we should have to accept mid-season doldrums from this show.