Fissures develop in the fleet as the last remnants of humanity prepare to war on each other.
Cast and Crew
Written and Directed by Ronald D. Moore
Edward James Olmos as Admiral Adama
Richard Hatch as Tom Zarek
James Callis as Dr. Gaius Baltar
Adama’s alliance with the Cylons causes fissures among the fleet, and civil war looms.
Star Trek featured, say, two-tone aliens who provided commentary on human racism and alien conflicts as a means to examine terrorism. I can still enjoy these, but with shows such as Charlie Jade and Galactica, real-world political commentary in mass-media SF has grown up. These episodes demonstrate very plausible (if often stupid and destructive) human behavior. We see how civil wars develop, how prejudices take hold, why terrorism can appeal, and why people will sell out deeply-held, hard-won ideals under pressure. Heroes and villains cannot be easily identified, nor can solutions.
The baby’s father conundrum may have an important part to play, and I thought they handled it well, but it paled next to the rest of the episode, and felt kind of soap opera—-what the Turkey City Lexicon calls “false humanity.” However, it’s a minor point, and one I’m willing to recind as a “Low Point,” depending on how it turns out.
Originality: 3/6 Very little that is original happens here, though it happens well.
Effects: 6/6. I particularly liked the shots of the ships interacting. Galactica‘s visuals have always had a worn, workaday quality that supports its status a drama with an SF setting, rather than the typical media SF franchise.
Story: 4/6. It’s always difficult to fairly assess a portion of a larger story. This episode obviously sets the basis for some very significant developments that will occur over, likely, the remainder of the series. What I find worth mentioning is how plausibly and naturally the plot follows from the circumstances of the previous episode.
Acting: 5/6. The acting remains strong, though this episode has fewer standout scenes than last week’s, and they’re more subtle. I like the fact that even minor characters, such as Paramedic Ishay, receive their moments and play them well.
Emotional Response: 5/6.
Overall: 5/6. This episode has me anticipating next week’s.
In total “A Disquiet Follows My Soul” receives 34/42