Damn you! Gods damn you all to hell!

Cast and Crew

Director: Michael Rymer
Writers: David Weddle, Bradley Thompson

Edward James Olmos as Admiral Adama
Mary McDonnell as Laura Roslin
Jamie Bamber as Lee “Apollo” Adama
Michael Hogan as Saul “Whosatoaster?” Tigh
Tricia Helfer as Number 6
James Callis as Dr. Gaius Baltar
Katee Sackhoff as Kara “Starbuck” Trace
Grace Park as Sharon “Athena” Valerii
Lucy Lawless as D’Anna
Aaron Douglas as Galen Tyrol
Tahmoh Penikett as Helo
Alessandro Juliani as Felix Gaeta
Rekha Sharma as Tory Foster
Kandyse McClure as Anastasia “Dee” Dualla

Expect Spoilers

Synopsis

After disturbing revelations, genocidal threats, and unexplained signals, members of the Human/Cylon alliance find earth.

High Points

1. The episode raises real doubts about the outcome, brings us to extraordinary scenes of the fleet’s reaction, and then gives us a familiar, but still impressive conclusion.

2. The conclusion precludes the possibility of next season looking anything like this:

Low Points

1. Does it seem both odd and absurdly convenient to anyone else that Starbuck only realizes at the last possible moment what makes her Viper different?

2. Continued in 2009????? You maniacs!

The Scores

Originality: 3 out of 6.

Effects: The effects remain strong, and this episode features some impressive space shots. 6/6.

Story: This may be the best episode of a somewhat disappointing season. I felt genuine suspense, and the grim ending could serve as a conclusion to the series– if so many questions didn’t remain about the circumstances that have taken the characters to this point. 5/6.

Acting: Edward James Olmos, in particular, puts in a memorable performance. Is it just me, or has James Callis been uneven this season? 5/6

Production: 6/6

Emotional response: 5/6.

Overall: 5/6 The season finally takes us somewhere. Of course, many questions remain unanswered. In particular, we’re in the dark about key issues concerning Starbuck’s disappearance, the Fifth, and Cylon/human history.

“Revelations” receives a grand total of thirty-five out of forty-two.

Notes

D’Anna insists that only four of the five were in the fleet. Does that mean the fifth was already with the Cylons, or….?