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TV Review: Battlestar Galactica – Islanded on a Stream of Stars

Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica, SciFi, Airs Friday 10/9c

Episode: “Islanded on a Stream of Stars” (Season Four, Episode 20)

Synopsis: The Cylons aboard Galactica confer with the Admiral on how to mount a rescue mission for Hera, while Boomer is well on her way to bringing the child to Number One. Meanwhile, Adama struggles with the decision to abandon the Battlestar while Starbuck wrestles with the truth behind what happened to her on Earth.

Review: While there wasn’t a whole lot actually happening in this episode, I didn’t feel that this installment was marking time or padding the show out. Rather, this episode serves as a set-up for the two-part series finale on the next two Fridays.

First, we see that the Cylons are as frakked up as we are when it comes to emotional issues and politics. Just look at Mr. and Mrs. Tigh, and you’ll be sure that the Cylon way is not always the easiest. Then, there’s the awkward interaction between Baltar and Caprica Six, which shows that human/Cylon relations aren’t much better.

I will say that I am curious as to what Number One’s plans are with Hera. It seems that no one but he knows exactly what’s in store for her. The Final Five think he’s going to dissect her, but with Boomer’s reaction at the end of the show and John’s own words, there’s something more planned for the future of the human and Cylon races.

On the Gaius Baltar front, I’m getting tired of his character. Ever since he started his own religion, I’ve found him pretty much dispensable. Go back to the days of three-ways with the sixes and the fives, and maybe my interest will come back. But otherwise, his character really seems to have played his best cards at least a season or two ago.

This episode was directed by Edward James Olmos, which probably accounts for the excessive screen time for Bill Adama to emote. I am getting a be weary of the scenes where he rages out then falls to the floor, crying.

I am most interested in the significance of Kara Thrace’s story. It’s been proved that it was her body she found on Earth. And she’s not a Cylon, at least not one of the initial models (although I have a sinking suspicion that her “dad” might have been one of the Daniel models Ellen mentioned a few episodes ago). Still, the biggest revelation that I saw in this episode was the fact that Starbuck doesn’t wash her hands after taking a crap.

Up Next: As the inhabitants of Galactica prepare to abandon ship, more is revealed about Kara’s fate.

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Kevin Carr crawled from the primordial ooze in the early 1970s. He grew up watching movies to the point of irritation for his friends and was a font of useless movie knowledge until he decided to put that knowledge to good use. Now, Kevin is a nationally syndicated critic, heard on dozens of radio stations around the country, and his reviews appear in a variety of online outlets. Kevin is also a proud member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Central Ohio Film Critics Association (COFCA).

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