Ellen Tigh returns to the Galactica, and the Final Five clash over whether they should stay or they should go. Will combat rock the ship once again?

Title: “Deadlock”

Cast and Crew

Written by Jane Espensen
Directed by Bob Young

Edward James Olmos as Admiral Adama

Jamie Bamber as Lee “Apollo” Adama
Michael Hogan as Colonel Saul Tigh
Kate Vernon as Ellen Tigh
James Callis as Dr. Gaius Baltar
Grace Park as Athena/Boomer/Number 8

Tricia Helfer as Number 6
Mary McDonnell as Laura Roslin
Katee Sackhoff as Kara “Starbuck” Thrace

Aaron Douglas as Chief Petty Officer Galen Tyrol
Rekha Sharma as Tory Foster
Lara Gilchrist as Paulla Schaffer
Michael Trucco as Samuel Anders

Premise

This episode features several plot arcs, tighed tied together by the presence of Ellen and the theme of racial “purity.” The Final Five debate their future. Adama nervously observes the integrated, new world order emerging on Galactica. Caprica Six experiences complications with her pregnancy. In his efforts to regain prime position with his flock, Baltar can’t decide if he wants to be Jesus or Hitler.

High Point

I don’t have a specific high point for this episode. It features many good moments, including Saul and Ellen’s reunion, the Chief’s recognition of Boomer. and Adama’s observations on the changes to his ship. Baltar, meanwhile, realizes it’s not a good idea to believe one’s press releases, but he quickly adjusts his strategy.

Low Points

Baltar can make worthwhile arguments, but I find it difficult to believe that Roslin and Adama would go along with his plan. It feels like a forced set-up for a future plot development.

The Scores:

Originality: 3/6.

Effects: 6/6. This episode features fewer effects than other recent ones, but they work.

Story: 4/6. The closest this episode has to a contained plot involves the effects of Ellen’s return to Galactica. Mostly, we see the development of ongoing story arcs.

Acting: 6/6. This episode provides the actors with a number of strong, frequently smaller, moments, including Olmos’s depiction of Adama’s ongoing, uncomfortably realization that the human/Cylon union is already very much underway.

Emotional Response: 5/6.

Production: 6/6.

Overall: 4/6.

In total “Deadlock” receives 34/42

Notes

This episode confirms that Earth’s population consisted of Cylons—though we do not know for certain if Cylons settled the planet, or took control of it at some point.

The show advertises only “four more” episodes, but the final one consists of three-parts.