“You rebel scum!”

The original 70s Galactica ripped off Star Wars for television. Now the reimagined series takes us back to Lucas’s concept of a civil war in space– but it’s an entirely different look at that premise.

Cast and Crew

Written and Directed by Ronald D. Moore

Edward James Olmos as Admiral Adama

Mary McDonnell as Laura Roslin
Katee Sackhoff as Kara “Starbuck” Thrace
Jamie Bamber as Lee “Apollo” Adama
Michael Hogan as Colonel Saul Tigh
Alessandro Juliani as Lt. Felix Gaeta

Richard Hatch as Tom Zarek

James Callis as Dr. Gaius Baltar

Tricia Helfer as Number 6
Aaron Douglas as Chief Petty Officer Galen Tyrol
Bodie Olmos as Brendan “Hot Dog” Costanza
Grace Park as Athena

Premise

A rebellion breaks out on board the Galactica and elsewhere in the fleet.

High Point

Mass-media SF has often presented interstellar civil war, but rarely like this. Galactica gives us the Rebellion from the Empire’s perspective. We see plausible issues on both sides– issues that would sway people. While the Admiral and the President are not blameless, the show clearly sides with them. We’re seeing the dark side of self-proclaimed freedom fighters.

It’s also great to see the principal characters in Heroic Action again– though the outcome remains very much in doubt, and we may see things very differently in a few episodes.

Low Points

While I enjoyed seeing the Old Man and his Cylon sidekick leap into two-fisted action, their initial escape from the Marines seemed a little too John Wayne.

The Scores:

Originality: 3/6. The characters have been divided amongst themselves frequently throughout this series, though never to this degree. However, as much as I like this episode, I cannot consider it terribly original. We’re dealing with a Space Rebellion. The Starbuck/Apollo plot plays like a videogame, though one with convincing characters.

Effects: 6/6.

Story: 5/6.

Acting: 5/6. The acting remains very strong in this show. Did anyone find Juliani’s performance a little too ratlike and shifty this week? Then again, maybe Gaeta would be.

I really liked the interaction between the President and Baltar. As a famous rebel once said, “Necessity never knew a good bargain.”

Emotional Response: 5/6. The final episodes, clearly, will take us on an unpredictable ride.

Production: 6/6.

Overall: 5/6.

In total “The Oath” receives 35/42