TV Review: Battlestar Galactica 4.14 – The Disquiet That Follows My Soul

Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica, SciFi, Airs Friday 10/9c

Episode: “The Disquiet That Follows My Soul” (Season Four, Episode 14)

Synopsis: With the hopes of a home on Earth dashed, the fleet has fallen into emotional despair. Adama wants to retrofit the fleet with Cylon hyperdrives, but this causes dissension in the ranks when the Quorum of Twelve vote on anti-Cylon motions. Tom Zarek sees this as his opportunity to gain power over President Roslin, who has been in hiding since the discovery of Earth.

Review: If there are two words that explain why Battlestar Galactica is one of the best dramas on television, they are “shifting alliances.” And this episode takes a strong step into the unknown by giving the characters more things to think about and revealing how certain people are getting in bed (sometimes literally) with each other.

My wife has started watching this series now that it has replaced Stargate: Atlantis in its Friday night time slot. She got up to speed by watching the special “The Top 10 Things to Know About Battlestar Galactica,” but I find myself having to pause the show many different times to explain the more complex relationships, like what happened between Felix Gaeta and Starbuck or why things revealed in this episode are so impactful on the relationship between the Chief and his son. Needless to say, the plotlines in BSG are wound so tightly that it makes it almost impossible to explain, but that is also indicative of why these past three and a half seasons have given us such an awesome series.

If you thought that last week’s mid-season premiere was a bit soft, you’ll enjoy a return to greatness with this episode. Bringing Tom Zarek back in the limelight is always great for dramatic effect. And now that we know the dream of Earth has been shattered and we’ve discovered the identity of the final Cylon, we now see the tensions mount for some infighting in the fleet, whether the renegade Cylons are involved or not.

Oh, and we all know the other group of Cylons is just waiting out there in space ready to cause some problems down the line.

Last week was the official return of Battlestar Galactica to the airwaves. This week was the official return to greatness.

Up Next: Mutiny on Galactica!

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Did you watch Battlestar Galactica this week? If so, feel free to discuss below.

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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