With a reference to Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country in the title, how can it go wrong?

No, wait, don’t answer that… fortunately, it didn’t go wrong at all, and that titular reference turns out to be quite appropriate.

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
Callum Keith Rennie as Leoben Conoy

Synopsis

A human-Cylon alliance is formed, but neither side is entirely willing to trust the other.

High Points

  • Lee’s visit to Roslin’s hospital bed
  • Six’s speech to the Quorum

Low Points

  • What’s the point of Gaeta at the moment? It might be leading up to something, but at the moment it doesn’t feel very important and there’s less and less time for unimportant things as the story thickens.

The Scores

Originality: Five out of six.

Effects: I just love watching the whole fleet jump at once, and we get to see it twice! The arrival jump didn’t seem quite right somehow, although it was still very impressive. Five out of six.

Story: We’re seeing very rapid development of the Cylons now, and it’s taking us to interesting places. The addition of the hybrid ensures that we’re never too sure where things are actually going, and that keeps us glued to the screen. Six out of six.

Acting: This week’s acting didn’t have any truly spectacular moments, but didn’t disappoint either. Five out of six.

Production: Better than last week. Perhaps the base ship sets are all finished now. The final non-effects shot was absolutely perfectly framed and timed. Five out of six.

Emotional response: Five out of six.

Overall: Bring on next week, although in a way I’d rather not because I never want the series to end. The consistency of excellence of this series should also be noted: high thirties on a regular basis is no mean feat. Six out of six.

Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner receives a grand total of thirty-seven out of forty-two.