Tyrol gets to be a union chief again. Do we care?

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
Kandyse McClure as Anastasia “Dee” Dualla
Alessandro Juliani as Felix Gaeta

Synopsis

A developing class divide in the fleet is inflamed as a book written by Gaius Baltar begins to circulate. After a Raptor is destroyed by contaminated fuel, Tyrol has to resolve a workers’ dispute on the fleet’s refinery ship.

High Points

  • Tyrol to Starbuck: ‘Be nice.’ As if she was ever nice to new pilots.

Low Points

  • I’m hankering for some primary arc plot.
  • I never believed Adama would go through with his threat.

The Scores

Originality: Class divides, labour disputes. It feels familiar, and it’s really a continuation of some of the themes from New Caprica. There’s nothing astoundingly new here. Three out of six.

Effects: Not much in the way of effects, but I was extremely impressed by some of the virtual camera work in the space scenes. A shame they chickened out of showing the collision with Colonial One. Five out of six.

Story: The story was good and solid, but frankly it’s getting boring. We’ve had several episodes of housekeeping without much in the way of primary arc, and it’s a bit dull now. I know it’s important, but at the moment they’re just drifting through space and bickering. It’s realistic bickering, but it doesn’t live up to what we’re used to. At least there was a happy ending. Three out of six.

Acting: Nobody did anything particularly out of sorts, but nobody really had the chance to survive, other than the second in command from the refinery ship, who did a superb job of being insane. Also, if James Callis really did that accent, then I’m impressed, but I wasn’t sure if it was actually him or not. Five out of six, because even normal acting from these people is excellent.

Production: There’s nothing special here. Nothing really wrong with it, but I thought the shots of Tyrol just before he starts the strike were rather drawn out. You figure out quite quickly what he’s going to do, and he doesn’t look like he’s considering it, he looks like he’s waiting for a cue. Four out of six.

Emotional response: I remain fairly unmoved by this episode, largely because of the dullness of the story which I mentioned earlier. It’s not something I particularly care about because the threat never really seemed real. Three out of six.

Overall: A mediocre episode which changes some of the political landscape of the fleet, but completely fails to engage the interest of the viewer in the way which we have become accustomed to. Four out of six.

That leaves a grand total of a rather disappointing twenty-seven out of forty-two. This one’s not going to be popular to rewatch on DVD.