Fortunately everything worked in good time this week.

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

Tigh has increasing difficulty with his status as a Cylon, while Tyrol has to deal with his grief and Baltar’s cult suffers increasingly violent religious persecution.

High Points

  • “We have thirty thousand people left and they’re not happy unless they’re kicking each other’s teeth in!”
  • Tigh’s meetings with Six
  • Tyrol and Adama in the bar

Low Points

I really don’t think there are any.

The Scores

Originality: The parallels with the modern and historic worlds are increasingly obvious. The story’s still fantastic, but the originality suffers when you see bits of human history being played out in this little fleet of spaceships (albeit with some… modifications). Four out of six.

Effects: The Raptor crash wasn’t as good as most of the exploding ship effects we’ve seen. Unfortunate. Four out of six.

Story: There’s an awful lot going on now, and it gives a wonderfully pacey episode with significant events almost continuously throughout it. The only problem with this is that there’s not time to visit all the threads in each episode, but at least we do get a suitably-sized piece of each one each time to make sure things are progressing. Six out of six.

Acting: James Callis has a lovely ‘I’ve-been-hit-in-the-head’ look, and a great way of giving sermons. Six out of six.

Production: There is some gorgeous incidental music in this episode. Bear McCreary is a genius. Roslin is also looking subtly but increasingly ill, and that’s very well done. Six out of six.

Emotional response: It’s not quite up there with the end of last week, but it holds the emotions up and there’s a lot to care about. Actually it’s probably a good thing it’s not quite up with last week, I’m not sure I could handle that every episode. Five out of six.

Overall: Another excellent episode. Six out of six.

Escape Velocity receives thirty-seven out of forty-two. More please!