Most significant episode ever? Possibly, but you’re going to have to decide that for yourselves.


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
Callum Keith Rennie as Leoben Conoy


Starbuck has a series of visions of Leoben, who guides her through her memories of her mother’s death and leads her to make a drastic decision.

High Points

  • Starbuck and Apollo’s scene in the corridor where the photos are
  • Starbuck meeting Adama and Roslin in the corridor
  • Adama’s final scene
  • The rest of the episode

Low Points

  • Nooooooooooooooooo!
  • The Scores

    Originality: I saw where it was going, but I didn’t really see how it was going to get there, or what was going to happen afterwards. I definitely wanted something to happen afterwards. This sort of thing is definitely not done very often — and certainly not this well. Six out of six.

    Effects: Those are some very very pretty clouds, and at one point we were treated to a fantastic external shot of Galactica‘s unused flight pod, the one which was turned into a museum before the miniseries. Beautiful, and utterly convincing. Six out of six.

    Story: Undeniably significant. The effects of this story, whatever they are, are going to be resounding through the entirety of the rest of the series. It was paced superbly, and nothing wasted. Six out of six.

    Acting: Katee Sackhoff’s finest hour. Six out of six.

    Production: Everything moved very nicely between dream and reality, with some good transitions chosen. I won’t say this was exceptional though, although the production wasn’t a let down either. Five out of six.

    Emotional response: I don’t think I need to say anything here really. Six out of six.

    Overall: Wow. Simply wow. Brave, and maybe we’ll come to regret these events later on, but there are paths which could lead to even greater and more mysterious things coming from this and it will definitely be worth watching to find out if they’re taken. That slight niggling uncertainty though gives me five out of six here. Not because it’s not a six out of six overall, but because I don’t feel quite comfortable giving the episode forty-one.

    So Maelstrom roars onto the screen with a total of forty points out of forty-two. Truly one of Galactica‘s finest moments.