Sneak Peek: Battlestar season four premiere

Warning: Season three spoilers inside, as well as details on the first episode of season four. Read at your own risk!

When last we left the crew of the Battlestar Galactica, more than a year ago, things had gotten a little crazy.

An impending assault by the Cylons, four integral crew members were revealed to be Cylons, Baltar was deemed not guilty for trying to kill everyone, the fleet had suffered a massive power outage leaving most of the ships adrift, the shocking return of Starbuck, her blathering about Earth, and, of course, a cover of "All Along the Watchtower: that left most of America scratching their heads. To tell you the truth, I was a little frightened by what was happening to my beloved Battlestar. Well, this Friday marks the long-awaited return of the critically acclaimed series, and as you can imagine, they have plenty of explaining to do. Moore and the crew waste no time--the story picks up immediately where last season ended (no "one year later" here people), with Starbuck joining the fight against the massive fleet of Cylons and blathering about Earth.

Before I go on, I must say that the visual effects on Battlestar have become some of the best to ever grace the small screen. The opening battle scenes are amazing, and give movies like Return of the Jedi a run for their money. Believe me, I will be glued to an HD TV this Friday just to see it again.

Beyond just how pretty the battle is, it does serve as one of the more pivotal moments in the countless series of hit-and-runs by the Cylons. There is plenty of concern on the part of the four newly ordained Cylons as to whether they should enter battle at all and whether they can trust themselves. Two scenes in particular hint at the direction the writers seem to be taking in dealing with this new batch, and let me tell you, this is very different from Boomer’s journey. This seems like one of the most fertile arcs for the new season, as it brings Tigh to the center again, and who doesn't want to see more episodes about Colonel Tigh?

At the conclusion of the battle, most of the questions pertain to where exactly Kara, and her brand-spanking-new Viper, came from. She is, of course, continually blathering about Earth, but the possibility that she is a Cylon seems to be everyone's primary concern.

Baltar continues with his Jesus bearded fantasy, and we are shown the slightly fundamentalist side of our space-faring refugees. Staying true to form, Baltar beds the first doe-eyed adherent to his growing cult and begins to extol the virtues of a monotheistic system of religion.

While I expected far more action and resolution to last season's bigger questions, I can see how this episode establishes what is to come. Clearly Earth is fast approaching, and Kara, although not trusted by anyone on Galactica, is the only one who knows the way. But, the question as to who is the last Cyclon will most likely take up most of this season's episodes, and we have plenty of candidates after this one. All in all, it's a good premiere for a series that has far too much to deal with. But frak it, as long as it's not all Adama's dream, or everyone is a Cylon, or it just fades to black during a Journey song, I will probably be happy.

"He That Believeth in Me," the first episode of Battlestar Galactica's fourth season, premieres on April 4, 2008, on the Sci-Fi Channel at 10/9 Central.

Comments (22)
Submit
Sort: Latest | Popular
As a fan of Battlestar i found the start of season 4 disappointing.Too slow and boring.
Reply
Flag
great episode!
Reply
Flag
Oh, this episode did defy belief. Way too slow for my liking, but am still interested in what is to come. And now there is the Apollo factor to consider - was taken aback and am now excited by his determination to move on from that past.
Reply
Flag
Watching the last couple episodes of Season 3 to refresh myself
Reply
Flag
I can't wait.... it's eating my up inside.
Reply
Flag
I feel like a little kid waiting for Christmas. These last few hours are just torturous!
Reply
Flag
This show IS the best... and one could hardly call Buffy Sci-Fi...
Reply
Flag
can,t wait
Reply
Flag
YEA111111111111



This show goes on my list as the BEST Sci-Fi shows ever on TV which also include Lost and Buffy.
Reply
Flag
I am from Romania and I've been watching this show from the very beginning , It's awesome , The plot is intriguing and I'm counting the hours till the new episode is aired.
Reply
Flag
I agree with the going consensus: it's one of the few shows that actually have you drooling for more. It should be quite a journey!
Reply
Flag
The first series in quite a few years that has me excited with each and every episode that arrives.
Reply
Flag
i am counting down the time
Reply
Flag
i cant wait
Reply
Flag
I'm so excited to see the new episode!!!!! :D :D
Reply
Flag
This is going to be amazing!!! Friday can't come any sooner!
Reply
Flag
I am so excited for this show to come back on!
Reply
Flag
Bring it on!
Reply
Flag
Hey from reading this news i just had a flash... We all know that the galactica will reach Earth... But we just don't know when... Maybe they will between 0-33 AD so that Baltar that is all that religous will become Christ... Or maybe the return of Christ, bringing the armageddon to Earth.
Reply
Flag
Am I a Cylon too?I can't get out of my head the cover of "All along the watchtower"!Well..I'll know pretty soon but...I'm in Italy...barely 12 hours of delay...impossible to wait..."I can get no relief"...oh my God again.Then I'll fly to you!
Reply
Flag
Just cannot wait. Read a review - oh I missed them all so much... :)
Reply
Flag
Just 2 days away! I'm so excited to finally have BSG back on the air :D
Reply
Flag

Like TV.com on Facebook