Battlestar Galactica

Season 4 Episode 8

Sine Qua Non

3
Aired Friday 10:00 PM May 30, 2008 on Syfy
8.3
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After President Roslin's disappearance, Admiral Adama is reluctant to recognize Tom Zarek as the new president. Lee realizes that his father will never accept Zarek so he seeks the assistance of attorney Romo Lampkin in finding another candidate. Meanwhile, Adama continues the search for the missing Cylon base ship, and President Roslin.moreless

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  • Sine Qua Non

    10
    Sine Qua Non was a perfect and entertaining episode of Battlestar Galactica and I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was good political intrigue, changes of authority and lots of great character development and story progression. It was great to see Romo Lampkin once again, and it was cool to see who he came up with for the new President. There is change in the air, and some are nervous with the outcome. I know that I certainly can't wait to watch the next episode to see what happens!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Amazing series, another amazing episode

    10
    While it may not be the best episode, there is no worst episode...They are all 10's. How dare anyone give this series below a 10?!



    Fact: BSG is amazing in every way possible. There is not much else to say. Why do they make you write 100 words for the reviews? I will just have to fill it up, then:



    ! ! ! B A T T L E S T A R G A L A C T I C A I S T H E B E S T S H O W E V E R ! ! !moreless
  • Some unexpected turns with quite expected turns

    8.5
    This episode was in some ways a shocker - first that guy with dark sunglasses - it was quite sure he was little crazy but when he takes an aim on Lee.. and his all talk.. that was just.. and then - I think it was Tyrol who once wondered will there be anyone else leading that ship whose last name isn't Adama.. - and yes.. Tigh takes it after Adama decides to stand behind and the way he needed this to realize.. that was amazing.



    And ofcourse - the whole political mess they are now in as president is missing. Adama refuses to talk with Zarek and to be honest, I got him but you have to say - he is a changed man - not the one we knew in season one.. And that was not shocking that in the end, they decided to have Lee as president.moreless
  • The fleet's side of what happens after the rebel cylon baseship jumps away. Some key questions: who's in charge of the civilian govt and what will Adama do in response to Roslin disappearing.moreless

    9.5
    While overall I didn't find this to be one of the best episodes I found some aspects interesting.



    Romo pointing out to Lee that he really does strive for power and control, he just goes about it in a different way. He is patient and sets himself to be the best answer to a problem.



    Adama-we learn that there is one thing that will keep him from putting duty first and that's his love for Roslin. He backed down and would've left when Starbuck was lost in " you can't go home again". Here he gives up command to go sit in a raptor and wait for the baseship to return. He has basically told everyone his one true weakness, let's see if it comes back to bite him!



    Romo backstory filled in some, I think Lee related to him because he also had regrets about someone he left behind.(see Black Market)moreless
  • I used to love this show and considered it my all-time favorite. But this episode was appallingly bad... easily the worst of the whole series.

    2.0
    As a huge fan of BSG (which has been my all-time favorite TV show), this episode was a profound disappointment... easily the worst episode of the entire series. It was ridiculous on so many levels, I don't know where to start. [SPOILER ALERT - do not read further if you have not seen the episode]



    Lee Adama as president? What is he, 35? And we're supposed to believe the whole Quorum and Tom Zarek would roll over and agree to it so quickly, just because William Adama won't return Zarek's phone calls?



    Colonel Tigh sleeping with and impregnating Six?? What the frak??? Aside from the sheer absurdity of Tigh and Six sleeping together, there is the question of how Six could possibly be pregnant, given that we've been told all this time that Cylons can't reproduce with each other.



    Then there was Admiral Adama's impulsive FTL jump away from the fleet to search for the baseship, which left 35,000 people defenseless against a Cylon attack. This was by far the stupidest thing he's ever done. For all he knew he could have been heading right into a Cylon trap (with the battered Raptor they discovered having been the bait). And then the icing on the cake was Admiral Adama resigning his command and handing the reins over to Tigh -- right after discovering that Tigh had been sleeping with Six, of course!! Yes, that makes perfect sense -- find out your senior officer is secretly consorting with the enemy, then promote him! Adama said Tigh is a better person than he was in the past -- oh, please! You just found out he's sleeping with a Cylon prisoner, for frak's sake! As recently as the season 3 finale he was a drunk basket case and humiliated himself on the stand at Baltar's trial. Putting Tigh in charge is even riskier for the fleet than staying in charge with your own judgment clouded by your desperation to find Roslin.



    So basically Adama was willing to put the lives of 35,000 people (and the future of the entire human race) at risk just so he could personally look for Roslin. I don't know about you, but this episode has basically ruined the entire series for me. The first four episodes of Season 4 were sublime. It looked like this was shaping up to be the best season of the series. But in one single episode, the show has now completely jumped the shark. Huge, huge disappointment.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

James Callis

James Callis

Gaius Baltar

Tricia Helfer

Tricia Helfer

Number Six/Caprica Six

Mark Sheppard

Mark Sheppard

Romo Lampkin

Guest Star

Alexandra Thomas

Alexandra Thomas

Hera Agathon

Guest Star

Michael Hogan

Michael Hogan

Saul Tigh

Recurring Role

Richard Hatch

Richard Hatch

Tom Zarek

Recurring Role

Rekha Sharma

Rekha Sharma

Tory Foster

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Lee: (as Romo holds him at gunpoint) No one blamed you, Romo, because at a certain point, we all made decisions that saved our lives at the cost of others. You think you're unique, Romo? Think your sins are so special?
      Romo Lampkin: Is that it, counselor? You're going to rest your entire case on that pathetic little bit of insight?
      Lee: No, on this. The clean slate, the fresh start, maybe they are illusions, like you said. But at a certain point, faith in ourselves, in our right to survive as a species, as a people -- that's not a given. That's a choice.

    • Romo Lampkin: Writs of forfeiture. (hands Admiral Adama a paper document) The captains want to be absolved of any blame should anything untoward happen. One of the less ennobling consequences of a legal culture. No one wants responsibility.

    • Romo Lampkin: Word to the wise: sometimes it's better to settle for what you've already got.

    • Romo Lampkin: Lampkin's First Rule of Legal Dynamics: When an irresistible force meets a movable object, stand aside and wait for the class-action suit.

  • NOTES (8)

    • Adama: What do you hear, Starbuck?
      Kara: Nothing but the rain, sir.
      Adama: Grab your gun and bring the cat in.
      Kara: Yes, sir.
      Adama and Kara are repeating the jodie (a military marching chant or cadence) from an early scene in the Miniseries. The jodie was also heard in the first Razor flashback. The young Adama recited the jodie with his lover, Lt. Jaycie McGavin. It is also heard in "Maelstrom" between Starbuck and Adama. Ronald Moore based the lines on jodies he heard during his days in Naval ROTC at Cornell University but he has never written out this jodie completely. Instead he leaves it up to the audience to wonder about the words of the full jodie as well as the reason this jodie holds special meaning for Adama and Kara.

    • During the fight sequence, Adama throws Tigh onto the table, causing Tigh to demolish the model of the old sailing vessel. Adama says, "You know how many times I've had to repair this thing?" This is likely an inside joke referring to the scene from the Season 3 episode "Maelstrom" where Adama smashed the model ship with his hands after Kara's Viper had seemingly been destroyed. Edward James Olmos was not aware that the ship was an expensive model that the production staff was renting. He improvised Adama's actions in the scene. Fortunately the model was covered by insurance, according to Ronald Moore.

    • The song that Athena hummed to Hera was the same tune that Boomer hummed to the captured Cylon Raider in the Season 1 episode "Flesh and Bone." As noted in that episode guide, the melody is taken from a Korean lullaby that Grace Park's mother used to sing to her when she was a child.

    • Lee's full name is Leland Joseph Adama, which is given for the first time.

    • As of the end of the teaser, there are 39,674 survivors in the fleet, one more than the total listed in the previous episode.

    • Jamie Bamber read the "Previously on Battlestar Galactica" line at the beginning of this episode.

    • This episode aired in the U.K. and Ireland before it debuted in the U.S. Sky One (U.K.) broadcast the episode on May 27, 2008, three days before the Sci Fi Channel broadcast. This was the first episode of Season 4 to air in the U.K. and Ireland before airing in the U.S. The Sci Fi Channel did not air an episode of the series during the previous week because of the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

    • Sine Qua Non

      The title of this episode originates from the Latin phrase "sine qua (causa) non," meaning "without which (cause) not." The phrase refers to an essential or indispensable condition or element.

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