Battlestar Galactica

Season 4 Episode 12

A Disquiet Follows My Soul

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jan 23, 2009 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Admiral Adama wants to outfit Colonial ships with superior Cylon jump drives to help the fleet find a new permanent home. As part of the deal, the Cylons ask for complete acceptance by the humans. Not everyone agrees with the plan. Tyrol uncovers some family secrets when he brings his ailing son to Doc Cottle for medical treatment. Meanwhile, Baltar rails against his God and stirs up his followers in the wake of their tragic disappointment over Earth.moreless

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  • A Disquiet Follows My Soul

    A Disquiet Follows My Soul was a perfect episode of Battlestar Galactica because it showcased what every one was feeling after discovering Earth and being served disappointment. The Cylons make a bold suggestion and the Admiral wants to utilize Cylon Jump Technology so the fleet can find a new home faster and more efficiently. This all causes an uproar among civilians and those in the service alike. It was also interesting to see Roslin dealing with things in her own way. Tyrol is given some surprising news and later gets into a fight, but in the end he helps Hot Dog adjust to becoming a Father. It was great to watch the Admiral bluffed Tom Zarek. Things seem to be heating up and I certainly look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Gallactica is going no where fast.

    what was the point of this episode? sometimes this show feels like an outer space soap opera. you start to realize that they shot it on a sound stage with bad lighting and then it starts to feel cheap. they owe us some action & special effects after this long a wait. do something cool. we don't care about politics, cyclon babies, or smoking doctors any more than we care about grandma & grandpa's love affair. or grandma and grandpa's guilt. get over it. and why are they giving so much screen time to characters we dislike? it's as if the writers themselves don't know where to go with this after they discovered Earth.moreless
  • An intensely dramatic episode, dealing with the uprising in the fleet.

    A pure drama episode; being called a 'filler' would insult it to the bone.

    Very strong character developments and lots of build-up towards the mutiny aboard the Galactica. I'm actually very eager towards the next episode, to see how the action unfolds.

    At the same time I'm disappointed at the lack of development on the various 'mysteries'. I'd really like to see more scenes about the final five and their memories, and learn more about what happened to Earth.

    Overall this episode had a lot happening, but still felt like a lot was missing:

    Kara - One amazing scene, left me wanting more of her.

    Gaius - No god? Why's the sudden change of heart? And what about Head Six? She's been missing for too long.

    Tyrol - Wooah, he's getting along with his Cylon buddies now? It came out of nowhere, kind of. I'm glad Niki is a regular kid, makes more sense about the importance of Hera. That story felt a little... thrown in, though.

    Too many things to do in 45 mins, if you ask me. I don't expect the next episode to deal with anything but the mutiny, but I hope it's done better than this episode.moreless
  • Another side to Gaeta is revealed and Nicky turns out not to be Tyrol's. A big step down from last week this acts as set-up for future episodes

    After last episode which was truly the best thing on television all week this was a major let-down. It sets events in motion for future episodes but sometimes haphazardly so. Out of the blue Gaeta in particular has become more bitter than he was, and the script and Allesandro Juliani performance felt a little rushed and staged, not in service of the character rather the plot. It's good to see Gaeta come out of the shadows as I like his progression over the last Season but why did it happen so hurriedly and with such malice (Starbuck more than holds her own in one of these scenes though).

    As in tune with the end of last episode it seems Ellen is most definitely the Fifth. I will like to see where this goes once she returns. Also, it seems that Adama is taking pills, could he be the dying leader and not Roslin? Only time will tell.

    Speaking of Roslin, she seems to have given up hope and is determined to let her cancer take it's course. She doesn't care anymore and would prefer to be selfish and in some ways Adama I think feels the same. Only unlike her he isn't going to give-up for the sake of his people's survival. Roslin's sudden fitness boom felt a little out of place but I guess she needs to occupy herself somehow.

    Leaving Zarek in Charge (as is obvious by his past) was clearly going to be a mistake, where as this intersected with Gaeta's storyline it felt more true to the character and I liked it. It once again felt rushed though. Baltar's dissolution will obviously come back to haunt him however as Head-six will surely come back to preach the Cylon gods word to him. I liked this although if there was more time then more from Baltar would have been great. More from Tyrol as well should have been made as he finds out that Nicholas is not his Son. As it's revealed in a scene straight after Caprica's baby scan you can't help but feel that this revelation paves way for the new kid on the block however. Finally, the last 2 scenes come out of almost nowhere. Gaeta forming an alliance with Zarek and Adama in bed with Roslin feel plastered on to the end. So important set-up we may have here but in terms of a satisfying episode, not so much.moreless
  • Sometimes, this show blows us away. And, unfortunately, other times, like with A Disquiet Follows my Soul, it makes us wonder if the writers even know what they're doing. A tremendous fall after last week's spectacular premiere.moreless

    Battlestar starts off season 4.5 with one of its greatest outings yet. And then you have a disaster of remarkable proportions, like this episode, which really makes you question if the writers of this show have any idea, at all, what they're doing. It speaks to the horror of what's on the screen when the best thing to say about this episode is: "The season would have been ten times better if it simply disappeared from existence." The problems are far too numerous to count, but I'll make an attempt anyway.

    Why the creators of the show would imagine that a political plot between Gaeta (a secondary character at best) and Tom Zarek (most definitely a tertiary one) would be interesting enough to hold our attention for an hour is mind-boggling. We are not invested in these characters enough to care so deeply, and attempting to (re-)characterize Gaeta now in season 4 by pitting him against characters we like (Adama, Tigh, and Kara) is all the wrong ways to do it.

    But let's say they want to split the Fleet anyway, since this is good drama, right? And mutinies are always interesting, right? Then don't show it from a MILE AWAY. This is TV 101. Battlestar can get so wrapped up in showing how everything happens that they remove any iota of drama that could have been gleaned out of it. I was watching the previews for the next episode -- with Gaeta staging a mutiny in the CIC -- and the only thing I could think of was that that would have made a much better episode this week. Not only would they have skipped a lot of boring, terrible dialogue had they skipped this episode's events entirely, they would have also made the next episode's events that much more exciting because they would have been a plot-twist.

    These problems are all compounded by horrible writing. Every second line that comes out of Gaeta's mouth is so bad I can't believe it was written into the script ("A pity frak's out of the question?!" he shouts), and his whole rant about how he almost died at the hands of the Evil Cylons & Wife in season 3 had me waiting for Kara's reply: "Yeah, and those are the same people that lead the Resistance and made sure you got off of New Caprica alive you ungrateful SOB." That would have put things in perspective... but it would also highlight the inconsistency in turning the likable Felix Gaeta into a ranting, raving lunatic.

    And let's not forget Tyrol's part in this episode, which is a retcon of laughable proportions which only serves to make DIFFERENT scenes make no sense. Okay, so they didn't know back in season 3 when Chief and Cally had a baby that he'd be a Cylon, and that a half-Cylon child would take away from Hera's thunder. So now they have to retcon away that Tyrol's not Nicky's real dad (can someone get Maury?), emphasizing their earlier mistake by this crappy resolution. As if that's not bad enough, now Cally's attempt to airlock the baby in season 4 makes even less sense -- it was always questionable that she would try to kill herself instead of alerting the Fleet (at least before killing herself), but we could rationalize it by a desire to not confront the shame of bearing a half-Cylon child. But wait, she knew all this time that Nicky was human? So her first instinct was to go and kill a perfectly fine baby when she found out there were Cylon stowaways onboard the Galactica? Riiight.

    So we spend half of the season 4.5 episode characterizing Gaeta and Zarek, and we spend the other half fixing a plot hole from yesteryears. And some other half breaks all sort of mathematical laws that we previously took for granted, to show that Roslin is getting on with her life. In a greater episode, that could have been a subtle, critical characterization -- in this one, it is simply more filler. Baltar's appearance attempts to redeem the whole mess, and even then, his destitute countenance only graces us for some thirty-odd seconds.

    This show is not about Felix Gaeta or Tom Zarek, and it's far too late to change that. Which means that focusing on these two characters as they go about building a resistance for an entire episode has the dramatic depth of a random character, say, Helo, going about his daily routine, say, locking up crazy doctors. Didn't we already try that? It didn't go over so well. What they should focus on is the reaction to these events from the characters we do care about, and it looks like next week will be about just that. The question remains, "What in Gods' names were they thinking?" Additional points docked because this episode actually makes others (the next one; Cally's suicide; anything with Felix) worse on re-viewing.

    Apart from appreciating the political action for its theoretical depth, there's just absolutely no way to positively look on this episode. This isn't bad Battlestar, which usually has very high standards... this is bad TV.moreless
Donnelly Rhodes

Donnelly Rhodes

Doc Cottle

Recurring Role

Richard Hatch

Richard Hatch

Tom Zarek

Recurring Role

Aaron Douglas

Aaron Douglas

Galen Tyrol

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: An overhead boom microphone is visible briefly in a scene in Adama's quarters about 18 minutes into the episode (broadcast version). Admiral Adama and Lee Adama are discussing Roslin and the plan to use Cylon jump drive technology when the microphone enters the shot.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Hot Dog: I don't know anything about being a father.
      Tyrol: It sucks... except the parts that don't.

    • Baltar: What have you done to deserve this punishment? What sins have you committed? What dark thoughts have you harbored, that condemn you, condemn you, to wander through the universe without hope, without light.

      So you have to ask yourself -- What kind of a father abandons his own children to despair and loneliness? Perhaps we are not the ones in need of forgiveness. Perhaps we're not. Perhaps we have been wrong. Perhaps it is God who should come down here and beg for OUR forgiveness! Am I right? Am I right?

    • Kara: Well, you know where to find me, Felix. And in case you're wondering, I will definitely hit a cripple. (Looks around at the others in the room.) Or anyone else.
      Gaeta: (as Kara walks away) So I guess a pity frak's out of the question, then?

    • Gaeta: One day, one day soon, there's gonna be a reckoning, Kara. And then once again, people are gonna have to answer for what they've done.
      Kara: Is that a threat?
      Gaeta: You're gods-damn right that's a threat.

    • Kara: (to Gaeta, an amputee) Are you enjoying yourself? Is this how you get your kicks these days? Oh, wait, I'm sorry, I meant half kicks.

    • Tigh: I still don't see anything.
      Doc Cottle: Try looking with your eyes. (pause) Eye.

    • Adama: You know, there are days that I really hate this job.

  • NOTES (5)

    • The two child members of the Cult of Baltar are portrayed by Ronald Moore's children, Robin and Roxy.

    • The events seen in "The Face of the Enemy" Webisode series took place between "Sometimes a Great Notion" (the 11th regular episode of Season 4) and this episode (the 12th regular episode of Season 4).

    • As of the beginning of this episode, there are 39,644 survivors in the fleet, six fewer than at the close of the previous episode. Lt. Gaeta notes that the suicide rate in the fleet has increased. After accounting for the three deaths on the Raptor in the "Face of the Enemy" webisodes, as many as three people have committed suicide since the close of the previous episode.

    • Alessandro Juliani read the "Previously on Battlestar Galactica" line for this episode.

    • Executive producer Ronald Moore makes his directorial debut with this episode.