Galactica returns after a horribly tense holiday cliffhanger. Was it worth the wait?

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
Lucy Lawless as D’Anna Biers
Dean Stockwell as Brother Cavell

Synopsis

At last, the resolution of the cliffhanger we were cruelly left with last year. With the Cylons and Adama in a face-off over the Eye of Jupiter, somebody has to blink…

High Points

  • All the Cylon models overruling the D’Annas.
  • The relationship between Apollo and Anders and their relationship with Starbuck, and the scenes which result from it.
  • Sharon and Helo.
  • Tyrol’s final realisation about the Eye.
  • …and all the action moves back to Galactica.

Low Points

  • It’d probably be too easy, but I think we would all have loved a shot from D’Anna’s point of view during her vision.

The Scores

Originality: I’m not really sure how original this episode is. It uses some familiar elements, but everything’s spun together into a story which feels fresh and interesting all the way through, and it’s got plenty of surprises for good measure. Five out of six.

Effects: The effects are good, but I’m not convinced that they’re the best the series can do. Five out of six.

Story: Just about every plot thread we’ve been introduced to so far is moved along in a dramatic fasion, and some come to at least a temporary conclusion. All of it is wonderfully paced and superbly written. Six out of six.

Acting: I can’t find fault. Some actors weren’t able to shine as well as we know they can, but that’s only because their characters had very little screen time this week. This week’s primary characters — and there are a lot of them — were all spot on. Six out of six.

Production: Five out of six.

Emotional response: I’m not going to say what emotions this episode elicts because you can discover that for yourself, but it’s got a lot of them. Six out of six.

Overall: This is a superb episode, truly a high point of the series. Six out of six.

And so The Eye of Jupiter, Part Two gets a grand total of thirty-nine out of forty-two.