Battlestar Galactica

Season 4 Episode 17

Someone to Watch Over Me

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 27, 2009 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Kara befriends a piano player who reminds her of her father. She also receives a mysterious drawing from young Hera Agathon. "Boomer" faces punishment for her support of Cavil in the Cylon civil war. She reconnects with Chief Tyrol and shares her visions of a peaceful life on Picon. However, her life on Galactica is much less tranquil.moreless

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  • Someone to Watch Over Me

    Someone to Watch Over Me was a perfect episode of Battlestar Galactica and I really enjoyed watching this episode because it was rich with character development, story line progression and interesting clues. Boomer took advantage of the Chief's trust and escapes with precious cargo after stealing every thing from Athena. The Cylons want hear a familiar tune after Starbuck plays the song her father taught her as well as the notes randomly drawn by Hera. This episode seemed to have so little going on, when in fact it had multitudes of depth. I was very entertained and certainly look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Probably the best episode of the season, so far, and one of the best of the series. Incredible, inventive, and refreshing. A joy to watch.

    As someone very interested in the cinematic aspects of TV-making, I highly enjoyed this episode. The imagery, metaphors, camera angles, lighting, and music were fanfrakkintastic! They told a story we rarely get to see, even on BSG.

    I highly suggest everyone go read Bear McCreary's blog on how he made the music in this episode; it's amazing. Just search for his name on Google. What I find most fascinating is that the song in the show isn't even "All Along the Watchtower." It's a variation of it based on the "Final Five Theme." That was a stroke of brilliance.

    This episode was in-the-making for a long time; they started making it a year ago (though I don't know exactly when they finished it, but it took almost a year for it to go from idea to finished product). The show's composer was even on set for the shooting, to get the music just right. Seriously, read the blog.

    My favorite scenes were the opening sequence, which conveyed a beautiful brand of monotony, the dream sequence, which was chilling and even revelatory, and the reveal that the song Starbuck is trying to play is "All Along the Watchtower" (well, kind of). I also LOVED the reveal that the man was Starbuck's dad. It was so subtle and sweet, and it seemed to provide closure for Starbuck. This was very much so a Starbuck episode, and anyone who says it doesn't do anything for character development is missing the point of it.

    I could go on, but I'll stop there. I can't say enough about this episode!moreless
  • The quite before the storm

    This episode really was the quite before the storm, we got possibly the last joyfull and silent moments some of the characters will ever get. The show is ending and Kara did deserve a few hours drinking in the lounge, reconecting with something, apperaring to be her father...

    Chief, the poor man, became a murderer for his love, how do you top betrayel with two holes into the old man? You put one hole into the old girl!

    Grace Park did a tremendous job, I real saw two complete diffrent characters on screen... really amazing!

    What is most amazing and terrifing in this show... is it's ability to take a joyfull moment and transform it into a terrible nightmare...

    Finding earth - joy

    Finding out its nuked - nightmare

    Reconecting with Boomer - joy

    Betrayel part two - nightmare

    The second exodus - joy

    Watching and expieriencing it through THE EYE of Tigh - nightmare

    Hands down, another great installment... maybe the last rather piecefull episode... (not counting the end, wich was awesomeness materialized)moreless
  • Given that we are only two episodes away from Battlestar Galactica's swansong, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the production staff might be upping the ante.

    Given that we are only two episodes away from Battlestar Galactica's swansong, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the production staff might be upping the ante, spearheading the drive towards the hopefully explosive and revelatory closing hours with something rather more epic than this introspective, character-examining instalment. But then, that's Battlestar for you, confounding expectations and generally succeeding in giving us what we actually need, rather than what we think we do. 'Someone To Watch Over Me' is a beautiful piece of television, no two ways about it. The marriage of well written, believable dialogue for a soul-searching Starbuck with Bear McCreary's glorious soundtrack works wonders, and then the effect is multiplied by taking the latter from the diegtic to the mimetic, finding a suitably moving place for it within the plot. Granted, it really doesn't make all that much sense and you can bet your bottom dollar that any semblance of an explanation as to why the notes from a song that Cara's dad played her when she was young appear to be some galactic co-ordinates will be suitably avoided in the coming weeks, but hell, there's just so much to enjoy here that it hardly seems to matter. Amidst the quiet mood set by this storyline, and the corollary with Tyrol and Boomer, there is a wonderfully executed surprise too as Cavil's ploy to kidnap Hera comes to fruition and, like the Galactica crew, it almost passes under our noses. Typically fine, fine stuff.moreless
  • Someone to Watch Over Me

    The more they reveal the more I wonder...

    this episode really gets into the heads of some of the characters - Starbuck, Boomer and the chief. This is one of those times that BSG uses music so effectively, with nostalgic piano music woven through the episode and also being the focus of the Starbuck scenes and apparently tied into the whole big mystery of everything. Boomer is a bad, bad, bad cylon. I didn't quite grasp that before. I thought she was misguided. now i think she is downright evil. I guess this really makes the point that cylons have free will and are shaped by their choices since she is so different from Athena. And, I feel sorry for Chief Tyrol - he took a big hit this time!moreless
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Guest Star

Iliana Gomez-Martinez

Iliana Gomez-Martinez

Hera Agathon

Guest Star

Sonja Bennett

Sonja Bennett

Specialist Marcie Brasko

Guest Star

Kate Vernon

Kate Vernon

Ellen Tigh

Recurring Role

Donnelly Rhodes

Donnelly Rhodes

Doc Cottle

Recurring Role

Aaron Douglas

Aaron Douglas

Galen Tyrol

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The piece of music that Slick plays and Starbuck refers to as "Nomion's Third Sonata, Second Movement" was actually Stu Phillips' "Exploration," which served as part of the opening theme to the original Battlestar Galactica in 1978.

  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (4)

    • Felgercarb Toothpaste
      In the pilots' briefing room, Kara holds a tube of Felgercarb toothpaste from Tauron. The word "felgercarb" is a nod to the original Battlestar Galactica series. The term was a profanity invented for that series, often spoken by the original Starbuck character (played by Dirk Benedict). It was used as an utterance to express frustration or as a noun to describe something as nonsensical or phony (similar to the common term that also describes the excrement of a bull).

      The label on the tube states that Felgercarb is "the best selling toothpaste on Tauron," the colony perhaps best known as the original home of former Admiral Helena Cain.

    • Cast notes:
      -- James Callis (Gaius Baltar) is not seen in this episode despite being credited in the main titles.
      -- Nicki Clyne (playing Cally Henderson Tyrol) appears in a flashback.
      -- Iliana Gomez-Martinez plays Hera Agathon. She is the third child actress to portray the character, following Lily Duong-Walton and Alexandra Thomas.

    • Katee Sackhoff read the "Previously on Battlestar Galactica" line for this episode.

    • There are 39,556 survivors in the Colonial fleet as shown in the main title sequence. The number of survivors has not changed from the previous episode.


    • Nomion's 3rd Sonata, 2nd Movement
      Starbuck accuses Slick, the piano player, of copying Nomion's 3rd Sonata as he is working on ideas for the 2nd movement of his original piece. Slick is actually copying a piece titled "Exploration", which was written by Stu Phillips for the original 1970s Battlestar Galactica movie. Thus, the "famous" Colonial composer Nomion is based on the real-life Stu Phillips, composer for the original Battlestar series. Bear McCreary confirmed this on his official blog.

    • Someone to Watch Over Me

      "Someone to Watch Over Me" was originally the title of a song from the musical Oh, Kay (1926) with music composed by George Gershwin and lyrics written by his brother Ira Gershwin. The song later became a "jazz standard" and one of the most well-known songs of the "Great American Songbook".

      Despite the reference in the title, the Gershwin song was not used. Instead, the episode featured the musical theme that Bear McCreary wrote for his adaptation of the Bob Dylan song "All Along the Watchtower".