Last week’s coup leads to civil war and general kickassery as folks loyal to Adama try to reclaim the Galactica and the folks of the Quorum develop grave doubts about Zarek.

Title: “Blood on the Scales”

Cast and Crew

Written by Michael Angeli
Directed by Wayne Rose

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
Grace Park as Athena/Number 8
Aaron Douglas as Chief Petty Officer Galen Tyrol
Michael Trucco as Samuel Anders
Tricia Helfer as Number 6

Bodie Olmos as Brendan “Hot Dog” Costanza
Mark Sheppard as Romo Lampkin

Premise

The divided colonists face off against each other.

High Point

The show couldn’t sustain this sort of combat week after week—- that would grow boring and predictable. However, these last two episode have shown how effectively they can stage hand-to-hand combat, without losing the human dimension.

Low Points

I found this episode compelling. It had, however, a few too many plot contrivances and narrative tricks. We didn’t need, for example, the second imagined death of Adama; the story holds up fine without that sort of trickery.

The Scores:

Originality: 2/6. The chief villain reveals that, whatever valid concerns the rebels may have, he really is evil. The brave band of heroes work together. Pressure brings out the best and worst in people. Someone crawls through the shafts and vents. Key developments happen at the last possible moment.

Effects: 6/6. Galactica sets the current standard for visuals in SF television.

Story: 4/6. This resembled last week’s episode, but more so. Zarek behaves in a way that eliminates any sympathy for the rebels. Our heroes, including the lawyer, show themselves to be hard-fighting toughs. Nevertheless, Galactica presents a gripping narrative the leads to a strong conclusion, and leaves many questions to be answered.

Acting: 6/6. In an episode focused on action, we still see many strong personal moments and plausible character development.

Emotional Response: 5/6.

Production: 6/6.

Overall: 5/6.

In total “Blood on the Scales” receives 34/42