With weeks left in the series, Battlestar Galactica gives us bad decisions, soap opera, and barroom piano.

Title: “Someone to Watch Over Me”

Cast and Crew

Written by David Weddle, Bradley Thompson
Directed by Michael Nankin

Edward James Olmos as Admiral Adama
Katee Sackhoff as Kara “Starbuck” Thrace
Aaron Douglas as Chief Petty Officer Galen Tyrol
Grace Park as Athena/Boomer/Number 8
Jamie Bamber as Lee “Apollo” Adama
Michael Hogan as Colonel Saul Tigh
Kate Vernon as Ellen Tigh
Tricia Helfer as Number 6
Mary McDonnell as Laura Roslin
Rekha Sharma as Tory Foster
Roark Critchlow as Slick
Erika-Shaye Gair as Young Kara
Michael Trucco as Samuel Anders

Premise

The Cylons want to put Boomer on trial, and the Chief helps her escape. Meanwhile, Kara meets a piano player and discovers more clues regarding her own origins and recent rebirth, but no answers. After destroying the religious elements the show had carried for so many seasons, we see increasing evidence of some other power at work in the Galactica-verse.

High Point

Athena encounters Boomer in disturbing but well-stage scenes.

Low Points

The Chief, once one of the ship’s most grounded characters, has grown increasingly unhinged. Tt really feels (as J.W.W. observed of last week’s episode, though I thought it less apt then) contrived to make the plot work.

The Scores:

Originality: 2/6. The only thing really original about this episode is the Chief’s unusual behavior and utter lack of forsight.

Effects: 6/6. The ship takes some serious damage.

Story: 3 or 4/6. I’m not certain what to say about the story. We’re seeing pieces of a story arc that may or may not eventually make sense.

Acting: 5/6. Several regulars put in excellent performances, including Katee Sackhoff as Starbuck and Grace Park as multiples of eight. The Final Five seem a little off this week. Maybe it was the ambrosia.

Emotional Response: 4/6. This episode provides a good example of what the Turkey City Lexicon calls “Squid on the Mantelpiece.” This episode, the most soap-operatic we’ve seen, experiences difficulties balancing the small character moments with the ongoing epic events.

Production: 6/6.

Overall: 4/6. Given how few episodes remain, I’m surprised they devoted so much of this one to small moments.

In total “Someone to Watch Over Me” receives 30 or 31/42

Notes

The toothpaste is called “Felgercarb,” which was the original series’ word for B.S.. Not surprisingly, it’s a Tauron product.

Where the frak are they getting all those cigarettes? Under the circumstances we’ve observed, would they really dedicate a farm ship to growing tobacco? Or have the existing supplies just lasted that long, Doc Coddle’s habit notwithstanding?