Battlestar Galactica

Season 4 Episode 18

Islanded in a Stream of Stars

4
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Mar 06, 2009 on Syfy
8.7
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The rebel Cylons and the Colonial humans react to Hera's kidnapping while the physical condition of the Galactica continues to deteriorate.

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  • Islanded In A Stream Of Stars

    10
    Islanded in a Stream of Stars was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Battlestar Galactica and I really enjoyed watching this episode because it was the prelude to great changes and had deep yet subtle character development along with story line progression. It was interesting to see the pieces of the bigger picture starting to come together, with Hera at the center of every thing. The future of Humans and Cylons alike are at stake and Boomer has made some questionable decisions, while Adama struggles with a difficult decision regarding the Galactica and the kidnapping of Hera. Helo tries to find a way to find his daughter only to be denied the chance which was sad. Boomer shares a secret world with Hera. There was so much going on and it was very entertaining. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Not really entertaining at all, and dragging out 3 seconds worth of storyline over 40 minutes. What has this show, once top of the art, come to?

    3.0
    I simply cannot grasp what the writers were possibly thinking. Maybe: "We started into the season well; so much so that the fans almost started believing that the masterful scripts of season 1 could be back towards the finale, so let's show them that we can actually top the nonsense we gave them in season 3."? Apart from failing to deliver any of what made this series great and loved, in this episode not even the craft is above doubt (not the actors' craft, the writers'). The first and obvious question: How did they not deal with Chief Tyrols involvement in the Hera abduction? There is no explanation in the last episode, there is none in this one. Is it just implicitly understood the Chief is in the brigg now? If so, how, as a viewer, can I possibly guess that?

    Anyway... that is just the tip of the iceberg. Another one? Gaius Baltar: last time round arming civilians and plotting mischiev, that plotline is nowhere to be seen now. Instead he is somehow back in a position to do cylon detection research. And the list of discontinuity and time-fillers go on.

    Altogether: If you loved the miniseries and season 1, stay away from this one. If you never understood this show and found season 3 to be mindblowingly revealing and super: Here's one you'll love.moreless
  • Space battles have nothing to do with it.

    1.0
    These are tired storylines. I never watched the show for "thrill-seeking action", and just because you don't like the heavy drama (even though it's not nearly as heavy as it thinks it is) doesn't mean you're only about the action. Clearly, we've made it this far. But I feel that BSG has strayed away from what has made it so great. It builds. It surprises. It does none of that any more. It reduces its characters into these woefully boring shadows of their former selves, and by dragging out storylines to the nth degree (how long has the Starbuck mystery gone on now for??), the suspense dies. This isn't who killed Laura Palmer.



    I'm sticking with it to the end as I've been one of its most loyal fans. I adore the show. But BSG tastes like a burger that has been on the grill for about two hours two long. The last three eps were overcooked. I am hoping the next couple episodes can salvage the flavor by throwing some A-1 sauce to make it somewhat digestable.moreless
  • The yawnathon continues.

    4.0
    I wanted to like this episode, I really did. The last 6 or 7 have been a big disappointment, but I put that to the side, got in a positive frame of mind and watched. I wanted this to be the episode that relit my enthusiasm for the show. And what do we get?...



    Boring. Absolutely boring. Once again, very little happened, and absolutely nothing exciting happened. Nothing. The Starbuck dogtag thing, yeah ok, kinda adds another mystery to the mix, but not exciting. Boring. It's been dragging on so long it's now boring. I don't care if she's dead or not. Move on, writers, move on. Give us something to WOW about. Give us adventure, battles, intrigue, exploration, SCI-FI dammit, SCI-FI!



    The sooner this ailing soap opera dies and Battlestar rediscovers the root of what made it a sci-fi masterpiece, the better. With only a handful of episodes left, I'm still hopeful, but doubt whether the writers call get this show back to its former glory.moreless
  • Please Put BSG Out Of Its Misery

    5.0
    Oi! With the exception of the first few episodes after (spoiler) the crew found earth, the second half of season 4 has limped along and is getting more and more absurd. We don't care about anyone, there are no stakes anymore and the mysteries remaining to be solved feel as if they've been made up as they go along anyway. These last few eps have felt like the writers padding out a tiny middle to get to - WE HOPE - a big kick ass finale. But if you're watching on DVD and getting bored, I think you could easily skip this one. The one before also had nothing happen, but at least it was stylish. Sadly this ep has one laughable, shark-jumpy moment when Adama has a "breakdown" in which he starts throwing paint all over a damaged part of the ship that's being patched - it's like a scene from a bad Lifetime movie when a victim decides to cut off all her hair, or breaks a mirror with a whiskey glass Uhg. Cliche and painful beyond believe.moreless
Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

William Adama

Mary McDonnell

Mary McDonnell

Laura Roslin

Katee Sackhoff

Katee Sackhoff

Kara "Starbuck" Thrace

Jamie Bamber

Jamie Bamber

Lee "Apollo" Adama

Tricia Helfer

Tricia Helfer

Number Six/Caprica Six

Grace Park

Grace Park

Sharon Valerii/Sharon "Athena" Agathon

Kate Vernon

Kate Vernon

Ellen Tigh

Recurring Role

Tahmoh Penikett

Tahmoh Penikett

Karl "Helo" Agathon

Recurring Role

Michael Hogan

Michael Hogan

Saul Tigh

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • As per the wishes she expressed in "Maelstrom", Starbuck posted her own picture next to Kat's on the wall of fallen friends, signifying that she is beginning to believe and accept that she did in fact die on Earth.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Kara: So do you really believe all that bilge you were spewing on the wireless?
      Baltar: Bilge?
      Kara: Angels, the angels walking among us. Angels helping out our better nature, blah blah blah...
      Baltar: Yeah, I do as a matter of fact.
      Kara: And you've seen these angels yourself?
      Baltar: With alarming regularity.
      Kara: Regularity, that must be important when you're full of crap.

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