Battlestar Galactica

Season 1 Episode 10

The Hand of God

6
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Mar 11, 2005 on Syfy
9.2
out of 10
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The fleet is facing a fuel shortage; the only possible relief comes from an active and heavily armed Cylon fuel refinery. Adama decides to launch an offensive against the base. This puts Lee on the spot since not everyone believes that he's up to the challenge of leading the assault. Baltar, the resident "Cylon expert," makes a guess that could put the entire mission in jeopardy if he's wrong.moreless

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  • Hand of God

    10
    Hand Of God was a superbly entertaining episode of Battlestar Galactica and I really enjoyed watching this episode because the story was intriguing, the action was awesome and the actors were perfect in portraying their characters. After searching for fuel as they are running low, the fleet finds a source occupied by Cylons. It was great how Adama decided to roll the hard six, as he said, to get the fuel here and now while there is a chance. There was much more character and plot development and the space scenes were amazing. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The one where: they took our ore!

    7.0
    A fairly straight-forward, capture the flag episode, ''The Hand of God'', like the last instalment, purposefully leaves out chunks of the storyline to create tension. Now, don't get me wrong, there's tension dripping from every pore of the rest of the episode, but the denouement, that Starbuck had a back-up plan that was kept secret from the President (and the viewers) felt a little bit like cheating.

    Gaius has finally given himself over to God. He is apparently a Divine instrument. Or just a cylon lackey, it's early days yet. This plot does keep you guessing and is genuinely the most intriguing aspect of the show. We literally have no idea what's going on, but the pace and different story elements from episode to episode keep you glued to your chair.

    So are Roslin and Baltar both prophets? Is Baltar dying too, then?

    Meanwhile, Sharon and Helo are still on the lamb. This really is starting to grind my gears. Unlike Gaius and Six, most of the time it feels as though this story is treading water. Sharon does throw up in this episode...was it the cold beans, or morning sickness? I'm not really bothered either way right now.

    Spoilerish Title Sequence: I watched this episode last night...hmm. I'm gonna say the 5 min mark?

    Frak-O-Meter: 5 fraks. (This aint a guess, I remember I counted 5.)

    Cylon Sex: Sharon and Helo enjoy a nice cuddle, but that's as close as we get during this eppy.

    Spot the six: Cap-Six makes a cameo while head-Six dispenses Pithia scripture.

    Death/Injuries: 4 viper pilots are killed here, including Chuckles. I liked Chuckles.Boomer or Sharon?: Sharon, I guess?Ships Lost: Aside from Vipers, nada in the fleet.

    Battlestar Bleakness: Well, the fact that there are only about a dozen pilots left doesn't exactly inspire confidence. A good hour, but not great. Once again Starbuck is called upon, this time for her ''out of the box'' thinking, cos she's literally a one-woman army and the absolute best at everything ever. She is a frakkin' awesome character, so I guess I shouldn't mind more screen-time. And that celebration towards the end was delightfully cheesy. Gotta love the Celtic music.moreless
  • Out of the box.

    8.0
    Damn, now that was alright. It's almost like they knew they needed to make up for that last episode. This one had everything; snappy dialogue, fire-fights(pulled off with some clever strategic planning), and some well acted dramatic moments.



    The attack on the Cylon controlled asteroid made for a riveting plot and was a nice way to reestablish the drama after the last episode kind of derailed it. I also loved that their military finally got to be on the offensive and go after the enemy themselves instead of waiting for the Cylons to find them. I was as happy for their victory as they were and they definitely needed/deserved a win.



    Baltar was excellent, as he has been, in his scenes during the attack, half hoping the mission fails so he doesn't end up being wrong about the bombing site and then worrying about them surviving the attack at all. He really is one of the most perfectly written cowards, and his performances almost always add to what's on the page. His scenes were also the first time I enjoyed the use of the word frak, with his line, "This sounds fraking awful." As the Strike Team 1's Vipers were torn apart by the Cylon Raiders. Just sounded very natural when he used it.



    Well it took seeing another copy of Six to do it, but Helo is finally questioning who this woman that works with Cylons is. So that's good. Sharon's morning sickness kicking in also provided some plot development. Even though I was expecting her to be pregnant, it still freaked me out a little.



    I thought it was a solid episode all around.moreless
  • "Most of the episode was action and helped us learn more about Cylon's fighting tactics." SPOILERS

    8.5
    This episode seemed to have a lot to it. The idea that the Galacica needs "fuel" in order to jump adds another sense of realism in this world. The tension in this episode was done very well, and without just being shallow action, there was some character depth learning that the audience perceives during it. Adama gives Apollo a lucky lighter this episode and it really helps show the relationship of the two. One thing I found strikingly odd was how insecure Apollo was with himself and how much he got annoyed the people wanted "starbuck." I guess it really showed through to the viewer once Starbuck took a back seat, but still in the end, looking good after the battle. Most of the episode was action and helped us learn more about Cylon's fighting tactics. We learn that the humans CAN and have the power to DEFEAT the Cylon's and out wit the cylons when it comes to battles. The cylons seem to have technology that changes the paths of missiles which is kind of cool. The idea of religion continues to be a striking presence these past couple of episodes. We learn that Laura seems to be hallucinating during the day and these hallucinations tell of an ancient prophecy. Is this true? Who knows but it certainly shakes of Laura. Helo is starting to figure out that what might be happening is not what he thought. He sees No. 6 a live and seems to start making questions. He also figures out that Boomer gets sick when she doesn't take her radiation medicine. 8.5/10moreless
  • A STAR WARS ripoff! But a very good one!

    9.5
    I am a big fan of the Star Wars Saga, and what I most like about BSG is that it is trying to avoid the original series mistake of beeing a quite obious "rip off" of Goerge Lucases saga. This one was a definit step backwards... but a nice one. The space action was not as heroic as Star Wars, but more military focused, so it was a diffrent take on the Death Star Mission... but it still felt like a "Death Star - Best Of"... we had the trench run, we had the "flying through a tube" thing, but hey when you have to copy something... than copy from the best there is... so no hard feelings! The religous aspect of Baltars charakter was quit nice developed! His arogant way of beeing and his vanity made him a true beliver... a believer of himself as the hand of god! Man I love this guy!



    Minus pionts are for the plot itself... of course the search for Starbuck used up a lot of fuel... but hey... they should have once or twice mentioned it in the earlier episodes.. and what kind of strategic masterminds are they when they start to worry when there is only 5% fuel left! This one was a lot of fun... my heart says 10 points... but my brain resists... therefore its only 9.5!moreless
Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

William Adama

Grace Park

Grace Park

Sharon "Boomer" Valerii

James Callis

James Callis

Gaius Baltar

Jamie Bamber

Jamie Bamber

Lee "Apollo" Adama

Katee Sackhoff

Katee Sackhoff

Kara "Starbuck" Thrace

Mary McDonnell

Mary McDonnell

Laura Roslin

Terry Chen

Terry Chen

Perry/Chuckles

Guest Star

Paul Cummings

Paul Cummings

Pilot/Fireball

Guest Star

Cailin Stadnyk

Cailin Stadnyk

Ensign Davis

Guest Star

Aaron Douglas

Aaron Douglas

Chief Petty Officer Tyrol

Recurring Role

Tahmoh Penikett

Tahmoh Penikett

Karl "Helo" Agathon

Recurring Role

Kandyse McClure

Kandyse McClure

Dualla

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Starbuck is presenting her plan to attack the Cylon baseship, she says the decoy ships will jump to a position at "extreme radar range" from the Cylons. The Colonials use a scanning system called DRADIS, not radar.

    • When Adama gives Apollo the lighter, he asks Apollo if he can see the engraving. Apollo replies he can barely make it out. It very clearly reads Joseph Adama.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Adama: (to Roslin) If you keep running from the schoolyard bully, he keeps on chasing you. But the moment you turn around and stop and you punch him really hard in a sensitive spot, he'll think twice about coming back again.

    • Tigh: With all respect, this is hardly the time to attack a superior force.
      Adama: It's exactly the time. We know where they are. They don't know where we are. We'll catch them with their pants down.
      Lee: If we fail?
      Tigh: End of game.
      Adama: So we don't fail.

    • Baltar: I was...
      Number Six: Am.
      Baltar: I am an instrument of God.

    • Adama: Sometimes you have to roll the hard six.

    • Lee: (referring to Adama's lighter) I'll get this back to you.
      Adama: You better or I'll kick your ass. That's a good lighter.

    • Adama: We're not gonna win this one by the book. I want Starbuck in here because she's not weighed down by conventional thinking. All due respect, gentlemen, we're not as crazy as she is.

    • Starbuck: Rumor mill has it that you're planning an op.
      Adama: Rumor mill's right for a change. Captain Adama and Colonel Tigh are working up a plan now and I need some serious out-of-the-box thinking.
      Starbuck: Out of the box is where I live.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode first aired in the United Kingdom on January 3, 2005, on Sky One. Sky One co-financed the first season of the show.

    • 3 kT represents a Severe Blast Radius of 1.1 km (equivalent to 25 g of refined tylium or 170 g of Pu-239). Nevertheless, without any atmosphere no air pressure shockwave was formed.Cylon Refinery Dimension was not specified.

    • This episode received the 2005 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series.

    • This episode is the first adaptation of an episode from the classic Battlestar Galactica series. "The Hand of God" served as the finale of the original series, and it also involved Adama taking the fight to the Cylons.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The Pythian oracle:
      Pythia (aka Sibyl, meaning prophet) was the name of the Greek oracle at Delphi, a priestess of the serpent Python.

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