Episode Reviews (18)
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An unusual transitional episode
By the end of the first act, I understood the transitional nature of this episode, and I concluded that it would be better to sit back and enjoy the ride. After all, the introductory phase of the season arc had taken some time to build momentum, which finally came to fruition with "Faith", so it only makes sense that the complication phase of the arc would involve a bit of pawn-taking. Sure enough, that's exactly what happened.
That's not to say that the episode was without action; it's just that it was more about careful consideration of specific plot points. It's very much like a chess game between the Humans and the Cylon Rebels, played out on several levels. And like a chess game, the true intrigue and fascination is not in the checkmate, but in the quiet and delicate movements long before the endgame. Because this season is more serialized than ever before, the nuances require careful attention.
In the larger scheme of things, the proposed alliance between the Humans and Cylon rebels had to be contentious, and it's great to see all the complications emerge. It's now perfectly clear why the writers had to build up the tension between the Quorum and Roslin. Without that background, the depth of disagreement between them would have felt abrupt. Natalie's speech in front of the Quorum was one of the best elements of the episode.
The Cylon civil war, and the deep philosophical differences at its core, was also necessary to explore in previous episodes, because now there's no question that finding the Final Five is more important to the rebels than the promise of eternal resurrection. This, of course, ties into the many prophecies regarding Kara Thrace. Her role as the "harbinger of death" could very well mean her role in bringing true death to the Cylons. In turn, this makes them more human, and sets the stage for their eventual mergence (in my speculation) with the Colonial survivors.
The topic of Roslin's visions is also front and center, initially in terms of Baltar's sermons and then in a far more active role. It always seemed incredibly important that Roslin was sharing the visions with Athena and Caprica Six, but oddly enough, it never occurred to me that Hera would also be actively sharing them. Hera's dash through Galactica, leading to Natalie's horribly-timed death, was one of the more disconcerting elements. (The callback to Baltar's vision from "Kobol's Last Gleaming" is also a great continuity nod.)
Taken in context with Roslin's vision and Gaeta's endless singing, it could be interpreted that Galactica itself is the "Opera House". After all, if the Final Five are supposed to be in the Opera House, and the Cylon rebels know they're in the fleet, it all adds up to that possible conclusion. And that makes sense, because if there's any stage where the final endgame should play out, it's on the Galactica.
The sudden jump of the rebel basestar, with so many main characters now trapped upon it, should make for some interesting drama. The mission to the resurrection hub may still be viable, if the hybrid leaps to the previously programmed position, but the operation is no longer as relatively clean as it was. In particular, it puts Kara, Roslin, and Baltar all in a unique position to see their destinies unfold.
Kudos must be given to the writers for letting all of the character movements play out with subtlety. Some of the character interactions are more powerful than the snippets of action for a reason. This is an episode that delves into the complex emotions of a sudden and unexpected chance to level the playing field. It might have been a bit better to see some reactions from the command staff regarding the mutiny or the crew of the Demetrius regarding Cally's death, but there's really no time for it. The attention is better spent on the varying reactions of the newly revealed Cylons to the new status quo.
Kudos must also go to Mary McDonnell for her performance all season. I don't know if the actress is intentionally starving herself a bit to sell Roslin's illness, or if it's a masterful makeup job, but the effects of the cancer are pronounced. There's a visceral feeling, just from one look at Roslin, that the end is near, and it helps to sell the notion that her methods are truly driven by that relentless specter.moreless
Guess What's Coming to Dinner?
The episode "Guess What's Coming to Dinner?" was a superb episode of Battlestar Galactica and I really enjoyed watching because there was a ton of juicy character and plot development, great special effects, and awesome acting! The story was well written and played out perfectly. It was cool to see the Cylons and Humans working together. The ending was fantastic and a great surprise as the President is determined to speak with the Hybrid. Athena has another shared vision and afterward Hera really runs off and comes into the hands of a Six. Athena makes a drastic decision which was a bit shocking but not unexpected. I certainly look forward to watching the next episode to see what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
Rosilen gets jumped away and athena shoots the cylon leader. Both sides are trying to betray each other.
This episode was one of the best I'd ever seen in my life. It totaly deserves a 9.6. This 9.5 business is crap! I loved the clif hanger and the way that both the humans and cylons planned to betray each other. Season 4 deserves better ratings than it got. The opera house is awesome so Awesome!!!!. I realized that gaeta was giving words to the backround music that had been playing all season. Its pretty cool. There needs to be some resultion to the baltar and gaeta thing. I cant get my head around the idea that gaeta hates baltar. It kinda kool anyway. This episode was the best ever.moreless
Kara and her crew return to the fleet-with a cylon baseship! Let the games begin!
This episode starts to take the series in a new direction-working with the rebel faction of the cylons. I chose "pivotal" to describe the episode for the following reasons:
Despite being enemies, Natalie will trust Adama's word(sign of things to come?)
Roslin bridges the gap between herself and Kara,actually asking for help.
While each side plots to betray the other, a cylon(Natalie) is the one that wants to break that cycle.
The final four we know are getting nervous. What happens when they get exposed?
Roslin brings Baltar back in the mix by having him go with her to the baseship.
I loved that they ended the episode with the baseship jumping away, with the President and half Galactica's pilots aboard. This show continues to create great story arcs that last several episodes rather than stand alones. It gives the time needed to tell the stories well and in detail.moreless
New kind of relationship with Cylons
Wow.. that was amazing episode - and I have no way where to start.. first the whole start - baseship jumps in but the trashship don't and they are all afraid to be blown out and saved in last minutes - and then cylons thinking about acting out but then they take Natalie to the core (I think it was called like that) to make those people see cylons should not be afraid and they working with them to destroy the hub is still on.. but then Natalie sees that they do not have to afraid people - but it all goes wrong when Sharon freaks out about Hera's drawings.. and she gets missing and Sharon goes after.. to find Hera running into the arms of Natalie..
and President who went to baseship with Gaius.. and with all the other people - they get lost when hybrid jumps...moreless
FINALLY!The action has COME back to Galactica!!!
This review may contain spoilers...
After a really disappointing start to the season i am finally starting to see the good and kick butt galactica stories that i liked. The pace as quickened, there is no more Gaius is god for half the episode crap going on. The usual twist and turns in the plot are back and this show is by far the best in the season.
The show as started to have new life and i hope they kepp it this way until the end. On a side note I think Thigh sold himself out to Adama who may just have figured out just who Saul really is by not opening fire on the base star when it appeared....
peace out and enjoy the show!moreless
"And so it begins...."
SUMMARY - WITH SPOILERS
- Thrace and Athena return to the fleet with the damaged baseship, only to have Tigh intervene to prevent Galactica blowing it out of the sky after Demitrius fails to jump
- Natalie/Six meets with Roslin and Adama and persuades them into an alliance to destroy the Cylon reserrection hub; if the hub is destroyed, all reserrection ships everywhere will cease to function and the Cylons will know death
- Baltar reveals that Roslin has been sharing her visions with Athena and Caprica/Six; it is revealed that Hera shares the visions also
- Thrace reveals she knows about Roslin and the opera house and is enlisted by Roslin to help find answers
- Fearing that the humans will not keep to their side of the bargain vis. the reserrection hub (allowing the Cylon rebels to leave with the "final five" after the mission), the rebel sset in motion a plan that _might_ undo the whole alliance
- Felix Geata reveals himself to be the latest individual to be affected by music (Tyrol, Tigh, Tori and Anders when their true natures were revealed; Thrace while seeking Earth; now Gaeta in dealing with the loss of his leg), and his singing potentially reveals something about the story
- Tori finds her new-found self-confidence following the murder of Cally to be a hollow thing; without Roslyn's trust and friendship, she collapses inwardly
- In seeking answers, Roslin reveals to Baltar that _he_ is in her visions, and forces him to accompany her to the basestar to confront the hybrid
- Confused by her daughter's apparent empathy with Natalie/Six, and terrified that she may (again) lose Hera, Athena shoot Natalie/Six (thus potentially thwarting the Cylon attempt to overcome their mistake in activating their Centurians)
- In insisting the hybrid answer her questions, Roslin insists that it is reactivated - only to have it initiate a jump away from the fleet, taking her, Baltar and half the fleet's Viper wing with it and the onboard Centurians programmed to take over the baseship when it jumps....
This episode brings together the many threads that have been put out in the previous six eposides and, building on "Faith" clearly demonstrates that Season 4 of BSG is going to be the finest yet seen. While some decried the first five episodes of this season as "retreads" of earlier plots (which they most assuredly were not), it is fair ro say that without them, much of what "Guess What..." reveals would have come over as abrupt plot turns and (where the characters are concerned) out-of-character actions and reactions. As it is, "Guess What..." takes all of the themes established to date: the question of identity, the need for faith, the isolation of leadership, hubris, the broader events in ranks of both Colonials and Cylons, and weaves tham in a tapestry that promises much for the rest of the season. In particular, we now see why the growing rift between Roslin and the Quorum had to be played out, and why her growing hubris in her abilities as leader needed to be emphasized: without the former, the confrontation seen is "Guess What..." would not have played out so powerfully; similarly, Roslin's wavering in her own self-belief brought about by the events in "Faith", culminating here in her plea to Thrace, would also have rung hollow. Here is a woman who has come full circle; she still apparently has a pivotal role to play, but she now understands that, whatever front she presents to the Colonials as a whole, she is far from understanding everything - and her faith in scriptures and visions may not be sufficient to see her through. She still _needs_ people. And of all the people she should need, it is no coincidence that she again comes to rely on.....Kara Thrace...
Thrace herself also realises she a bound to Roslin's fate; as Natalie/Six speaks to the Quorum, with Roslin beside her there is a moment of revelation for Thrace as a part of the hybrid's words click into place for her relating to the "dying leader" and the "opera house" - something that leads her to seek out Roslin in the ship's sickbay later, and to agree to help her.
There is also a more subtle possible revelation as Thrace hears Natalie/Six's words to the Quorum. As well as hearing the hybrid's words relating to Roslin, Thrace also hears the words relating to her role as the "harbringer of doom"....at almost the precise moment Natalie/Six tells the Quorum the destruction of the reserrection hub will result in the humano-Cylons facing mortality. Could this been the fulfilment of the hybrid's words? It has been previously established that Thrace has a gift for out-of-the-box tactical thinking: will it be her plan that brings down the reserrection hub (given the baseship she is now on is isolated from the fleet)? If so, she is indeed bringing a form of "doom" to the Cylons: with the hub gone, they will have no option other than to face death - _just as all humans must_. And even if she does not plan the actual attack..it is very likely she'll be at the forefront (if not leading it, in her capacity as CAG); thus we possibly have the fulfilment of a part of the hybrid's "prophecy". And what of Roslyn's vision - and Baltar's presence in it? Theer are several intrigues surrounding this that may point towards future directions for the show, or actually help answer some questions.
By including Baltar in the vision, we again have a reaffirmation of his still-to-be-defined pivotal role in the final events; a role that very much revolves around Hera herself. We also have a stunning throwback to Baltar's own "visions" as seen in "Kobol's Last Gleaming" - and while the child in the two visions is clearly different in age (Hera in Baltar's vision is a baby) - the similarity in the two visions is nevertheless stunning.
Taken together, both visions seem to unequiocably point to Baltar representing something unique and special to both Cylons and Humans...that he not only unites them - he will carry them (in the form of the hybrid child) - into a new, yet-to-be revealed future (the light beyond the opera house doors), and in doing so will close the doors on the past and its divisions. If this is true, then it is fair to say that Baltar is _not_ the final humano-Cylon. He is potentially something greater. Could it be, in keeping with the messianic parallels we've seen to date, that he is actually "God made man"?
Then there is the opera house itself...in Baltar's vision, we assumed it was a representation of Kobol and the linking o of the past to the future. Yet it features heavily in Roslyn's visions - and Kobol is far, far away....
....is the image of the opera house actually metaphorical? Three has seen the faces of the Five. The Five (or at least four of them) are aboard the Galactica. The incidental music for the series has, since "Kobol's Last Gleaming" become more orchestral over the seasons (dare one say, more operatic)...and here, bound with the visions of the "opera house" we have Gaeta singing - taking the notes of the incidental musics and giving them a voice.
So...is the "opera house" a metaphor for the Galactica herself, and we'll see the final outplay of events and revelations not so much in orbit above "earth" (whatever that may turn out to be) but within the battered hull of our beloved battlestar?
This would be entirely in keeping with the show and come as a fitting denuement to many of the the plotlines established over the last four years. And beyond this...what is the significance of the lyrics Gaeta sings...are they incidental or integral? They occur at pivotal moments as the episode unfolds - and are there right at the end. A hint that Gaeta is the fifth Cylon? Hmmmm....not sure on that. A reference to Hera herself; possibly. While the song appears to be a lover's lament, it possibly goes much deeper than that. Listen to the words and judge for yourself.
Overll, "Guess What..." serves to move BSG forward in the most intricate and subtle of ways. In int we possibly start getting answers - or at least a glimpse of answers - to questions established through earlier episodes. At the same time it brings together tha finest nuances of acting, chanacter interplay, plot and action to demonstrate that, prior to comments from other on these pages, BSG is far from "dead" or "boring"....
...it is very much at the top of it's game.
P.S. Has anyone else been wondering why there are two variants of the Six...subtlely different to one another?
There is Caprica Six (the platinum blonde) and the Natalie / Gina ash-blonde variant. None of the other models exhibit such a glaring physical difference, and personality-wise, the Natalie/Gina variant seems somewhat less "spiritual" than the Caprica model.
Also...has anyone wondered why the Natalie variant is standing behind Roslin with an accusative finger pointing at the Caprica variant in the promotional picture on the Sci-Fi channel's Battlestar main page?moreless
They aren't afraid to "go there"
At the end of season 2, Baltar was president, the humans had landed on New Caprica, and the Cylons had just invaded. The show showed us back then that they weren't afraid to change the story line. Now in its final season, the show can take bold steps without deus ex machina resolutions.
What was nerve-wracking about this episode was seeing Roslin & Baltar on the base station; seeing Boomer assassinate Natalie; and wondering the mystery behind Gaeta's singing. The promos for the upcoming weeks were also awesome. Will Lee become President? What will the role of Zarek be in the new government? How will the humanoid Cylons and the Centurians respond to Boomer's act?
This episode is an excellent example of exactly what this show is capable of achieving.moreless
Gaeta's singing made this an instant classic. The last ten minutes of the episode certainly made this episode pivotal.
I agree with the other reviewers that BSG is picking up steam. Too bad there are only a few episodes left this year. I have not felt about a show like this since the Sopranos. Like that show, which only had ten or twelve episodes a season, by the time it gets good its over and leaves you irritated that that is all there is.
Like "Faith" before it, this episode is one where you want to show your friends as to why you watch this program. All the actors are amazing, and what makes it even more amazing is that this is the Sci-fi network, where the vast majority of the actors were not well known, other than Olmos and McDonnell(with Dean Stockwell from Quantum Leap fame). This show should be shown in acting classes how actors can rise to the material.
I have a bad feeling that Gaeta will be exiting stage left soon. His character seems to be heading to a bad end. At least he had his high note on this episode. His singing in the last scene after watching the jaw-dropping shooting of Natalie and the cylons jumping away made one wish the show wasn't going away so soon.moreless
A new season on the path of pure awesomeness !
One of the finest episode of the series.
Because I loved Battlestar Galactica so much, I was quite afraid of this fourth season. What a fool I was. This new (last ?) season is sooo good that's incredible. How do the writers do to keep everything so intense while developing characters, mysteries and confusion ?
An alliance with the Cylons ? Who saw that coming !?
This episode is a beautiful and significant milestone in the story. And we can expect a great deal of back stabbing a head. And a probably some "space explode everything action".
And who is the last final five ? All eyes are on Starbuck, but the president would be a nice candidate too.
I just can't wait for the next episode !
PS: I love Helo !moreless