Major plot threads continue to move forward as we return to the issue of Baltar’s trial.

Cast

James Callis as Dr. Gaius Baltar
Edward James Olmos as Admiral Adama
Mary McDonnell as Laura Roslin
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
Mark A. Sheppard as Romo Lampkin

Synopsis

A new defence counsel is appointed for Baltar after the assassination of the previous one, and Apollo put in charge of his safety while still trying to deal with the loss of Starbuck.

High Points

  • “You now own one fifth of Baltar’s skinny ass.”
  • “Suddenly I’m handcuffed to a serial contrarian.”

Low Points

  • We note with sadness that Katee Sackhoff no longer appears on the opening titles.

The Scores

Originality: It’s about growth, finding your purpose and recovering from a loss. We’ve seen these things before, but on this show we’re rarely subjected to tired interpretations and this episode is no exception. Old themes, yes, but polished until they look quite fresh. Four out of six.

Effects: Not many effects shots this week, mostly interior pyrotechnics and some rather impressive makeup. What’s there is good and fitting, so no cause to mark it down. Five out of six.

Story: This episode obviously marks a turning point in the story of Apollo, which was hinted at before and kicked into motion with last week’s dramatic events. It’s also a major point in the story of Baltar, and that of Caprica-Six as well. The best thing is that I can’t complain about any of it. We’re seeing real movement forward, and it’s wonderful. Six out of six.

Acting: I’m not sure I like his tendency to growl everything under his breath like Edward James Olmos does, but apart from that niggle we’ve got a fine new member of cast for what looks like at least the next few episodes. The role of Romo Lampkin is a rather unusual variant on a defence lawyer, and Sheppard handles it well. Needless to say, the rest of the cast do their usual excellent work. I particularly like Mary McDonnell’s approach to Roslin’s press conferences. Five out of six.

Production: Neither great nor terrible, it’s simply there and you don’t really notice it. Four out of six.

Emotional response: There are some definite emotional high spots, although nothing like last week. I don’t know about anybody else, but I’m certainly feeling rather sympathetic toward Caprica-Six at the moment, and I suspect that’s deliberate. Five out of six.

Overall: An excellent episode. Five out of six.

The Son Also Rises receives a respectable grand total of thirty-four out of forty-two.