It’s a little late, but look at it as my way of reducing the time between the review and next episode, which won’t be until March 2010.

Title: It’s Only the Beginning

Cast

Elizabeth Mitchell as Erica Evans
Joel Gretch as Father Jack Landry
Morris Chestnut as Ryan Nichols
Morena Baccarin as Anna
Scott Wolf as Chad Decker
Christopher Shyer as Marcus
And the rest on IMDB…

Synopsis

The Visitors continue to try and win favor with the population, this time by announcing that they will share their medical knowledge. Not only are they sharing advanced medical scanning techniques but they announce they will make available to all a new supercharged vitamin treatment. Erica, Jack and fifth columnist Ryan Nichols learn that they are in fact putting a drug in regular flu shots. Meanwhile, Anna agrees with Lisa that Erica’s son Tyler is exactly the person they want for their future plans. Anna also learns that Dale, Erica’s one-time FBI partner, was killed aboard the ship and takes steps to identify the fifth columnist who may be responsible. Ryan’s wife Valerie has some important news for him.

High Points

  • Pregnant? Saw it coming, but not from that angle.
  • Self-Sacrifice. Now that ramps up the tension. Though it would have been better if it wasn’t a throwaway character.
  • Some good old-fashioned shoot-em-up, blow-em-up action.
  • I’m looking forward to seeing more of Joshua and the "in-house" fifth column.

Low Points

  • March? F-ing sucks! I wonder how many people will tune in after a four-month break?
  • The whole "Ten hours earlier" bit is a cheap trick. It’s an artificial way to create tension in post-production.

The Scores

Originality: 4 out of 6. They’ve changed so much of the original plot that I’m genuinely unsure what’s going to happen next. And that’s a very good thing.

Effects: 4/6. The Gravity Drive was cool, but the sequence seemed a little pointless.

Story: 5/6. Still hooked, but I want more.

Acting: 4/6. I liked the whole sacrifice/skinning plot line, but it could have been "heavier." I guess BSG spoiled me.

Production: 5/6. Great action sequence.

Emotional response: 3/6. The stabbed-character-cliffhanger didn’t really shake me and the outer-space revelation didn’t suprise me either.

Overall: 4/6. A good episode, but it may be too little, too late with a long break and already waning ratings.

The episode "It’s Only the Beginning" receives twenty-nine out of forty-two.