Featuring the space battle of the century.

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

Synopsis

As four newly-identified Cylons struggle to come to terms with their identities, Galactica engages the Cylon ships and Starbuck’s rescuers are revealed.

High Points

  • Whoa. Thought we’d seen a space battle before on the show, but they just showed us what a real one looks like. The previous lot were just little playground spats.
  • Original series homage of the best possible kind.

Low Points

  • I think I might have preferred Baltar floating out of an airlock.
  • I’m not impressed with the choice of the fifth of the Final Five.

The Scores

Originality: Come on. Hands up who didn’t see the Ship of Light coming? On the other hand, anything old is always new again on Galactica because they handle it so well, and the entire episode was somewhat unexpected. Five out of six.

Effects: Absolutely awe-inspiring. I hate to think what the rendering times on the Ship of Light shots are like as that looks like some seriously complicated lighting calculations. Six out of six. I’d
give it a seven if I was allowed to, but the staff said no.

Story: Taking up the threads from last week and carrying them forward, some people saw bits of this coming but the big picture’s weaving into a very interesting pattern. Well-paced and apparently rather carefully considered, we can see why this didn’t fit into last week’s episode. Six out of six.

Acting: Michael Hogan’s really getting to grips with Tigh now that he’s got a reason not to be a miserable drunk anymore. With a sober character to work with, he’s demonstrating even more ability than before. This episode is another fine demonstration of everybody’s skills. Six out of six.

Production: Beautiful camera work and outstanding new set design give this the very highest of production scores. Six out of six.

Emotional response: Firefly was the last TV show which made me want to cry. Galactica just made me cry. In a good way. Six out of six.

Overall: You know what I’m going to put here don’t you? Six out of six.

Crossroads, Part Three gets a well-deserved grand total of forty-one out of forty-two. Almost perfection and they’re making us wait until 2008 for new episodes! Oh, the pain.