Episode Reviews (2)
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The Galactica is besieged by mysterious balls of light, pilots are disappearing, and a stranger claims to be a hero, a savior, who can solve the fleet's problems and get them to Earth, though perhaps at an unseen cost...
This episode sets up a lot of dominoes, poses a lot of interesting questions -- too many, in the end, to answer in one episode, but several which are very good.
A welcome change from episodes where the questions are practical -- how do we get more fuel? how do we escape the Cylons? -- to an episode where a more philosophical question arises: if a mysterious stranger offers you the chance to end the war, to escape from the Cylons, to find Earth, only at the cost of giving up control, should you do it? At what price does salvation come too high? What profiteth a man if he gain the Earth and lose his soul?
This episode does a great job at building and sustaining suspense -- fuzzy med scanners and mind-reading and telekinesis. But the ending -- Gaius Baltar's dramatic return -- perhaps lacks a little motivation. Sheba's immediate submission to Count Iblis also seems a touch contrived (and hardly a good vote for the character of a female pilot only recently added to the cast line).
But all in all, the episode asks some questions often overlooked during more straight-forward survival missions. This reflection deepens the characters, and raises the stakes of the plot.moreless
One of the best episodes of the series.
The original Battlestar Galactica always managed to alternate between amazing episodes and extremely poor ones. This, and the conclusion of the two-parter, are no exception.
Like the other best episodes of BSG, this one works well because it really fits the premise. What this is about is the trip home-- but at what cost? Should the fleet be willing to throw themselves to someone they hardly know, in exchange for hope and a possible passage home? But it becomes obvious fairly quickly, at least to Apollo and Adama, that Iblis is more than he appears to be.
Not as good as "The Living Legend" by any stretch, but this is precisely what makes BSG fun. (Even if it gets preachy at times.)