Season three ends in style (but no bang).

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
Rekha Sharma as Tory Foster
Michael Trucco as Samuel T. Anders

Synopsis

Baltar’s trial concludes as the fleet reaches the next clue on the road to Earth. Unfortunately, the Cylons arrive shortly afterwards.

High Points

  • Roslin’s morning phone call
  • Lee’s rant on the witness stand
  • “Much as I hate to use a cat metaphor…”

Low Points

I can’t say I really thought any of this episode was a low point.

The Scores

Originality: Well I can’t say I didn’t see it coming, because some of it was at least suspicions, and the trailer at the end of last week’s episode gave away something extremely important, but that’s not the episode’s fault. Five out of six.

Effects: The nebula looks okay, but we’re getting a lot of this flying Vipers in the clouds these days. The shot of the entire fleet arriving at the nebula is fantastic though. Five out of six.

Story: This is a truly worthy conclusion to the season, although it leaves many new questions to be answered next season — as all good season enders should do, unless it’s the last season of course. Six out of six.

Acting: Not much to be said about this really because it’s simply too good. Six out of six.

Production: I’m very fond of the swooping camera shot of Galactica‘s command centre after a jump, and it was done utterly perfectly this week. Six out of six.

Emotional response: How could this not have an enormous emotional response? Six out of six.

Overall: Everything we could have expected. Six out of six.

Crossroads, Part Two is a fine old way to end the third season of the best show on television. Forty out of forty-two.