TV Review: Battlestar Galactica – Daybreak: Part 1

Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica, SciFi, Airs Friday 10/9c

Episode: “Daybreak: Part 1” (Season Four, Episode 21)

Synopsis: Galactica is being dismantled, and the crew is preparing to move to the other ships in the fleet, including the Rebel Cylon Basestar. During this process, Adama plans a rescue mission for Hera while various members of the fleet flash back to their lives on Caprica before the fall.

Review: For the past couple weeks, I have accused this show of marking time in anticipation for the series finale next week. And while it may appear that this week had some time being marked, particularly in the flashback sequences, I took this to be the direct set-up for the two hour season finale.

The more introspective moments of this episode, like Laura Roslin’s backstory and Gaius Baltar’s cold dealings with his father, were okay by me because I have faith they will come into play next week. Let’s keep our fingers crossed about that. Still, it was fun to see some of the characters – particularly Sam Anders – in his pre-fall, pre-Cylon personality.

Not enough screen time was devoted to the reality of Starbuck’s situation, although I think we’ll definitely learn the truth next week. Other less obvious seeds were planted in this episode, including the fact that Athena is ready to go nuts over the loss of her daughter, and we all know how dangerous a situation can be with an unstable Eight running around. Helo and the Chief’s conversation in the middle of the episode pointed pretty strongly to the fact that Athena is a ticking time bomb. After all, remember how she killed herself to kidnap Hera back when Boomer had “custody” the first time?

What really excites me about this episode is that it is leading into one hell of a finale with Galactica taking a suicide mission towards the black hole perimeter where John’s Basestar is located. I think we’ll see some action like we saw when New Caprica was liberated.

Sure, some of the recent episodes may have been a little slow, but I think we’re heading towards one hell of a series finale.

Up Next: The two-hour series finale, with Bill Adama crying havoc and letting slip the dogs of war on the bad Cylons.

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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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