Battlestar Galactica

Season 4 Episode 13

The Oath (1)

3
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jan 30, 2009 on Syfy
9.4
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Adama continues with his plan to use Cylon drive technology on Colonial ships. The closer ties between the rebel Cylons and the humans sets off a violent uprising in the fleet.

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  • The Oath

    10
    The Oath was an explosively entertaining episode of Battlestar Galactica and all preconceived notions are blown out the window! This episode was a pleasure to watch because it had so much action, character development and an excellent sequence of events! I couldn't believe how far Gaeta's reach had stretched. Starbuck was awesome when she rescued Lee. The Admiral and Colonel had their own good scenes. The President spoke to the fleet until cut off, and it did have some effect. I couldn't believe how the episode ended, I am on the edge of my seat ready to watch the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Oh my God!!!!!!!

    9.0
    This was a great episode, one of the best in BSG history! The onl problem i found was that it was hard to watch. Not because of bad acting, special effects or story plot or anything like that, this was hard to watch for me because I hate charecters I care about (even the minor ones) and have followed throw out these past 4 seasons, turn evil and become the villians of the series.

    Now Tom Zarek was a shoe in for staring a mutiny, It just took the writers a season and a half to make him play a much bigger role as a bad guy other that being the shadey political vice-prez. And as for Gaeta I've had a feeling he'd do something like this since the last episode as well as from the websode 'Face of the Enemy'. But if you would have told me that he'd betray Adama back when the mini-season was aired, I would have called you crazy (I also would have done the same thing if you told me Tigh was a cylon). But if you go over every episode in which Gaeta has a higher role (andI know that will take quite awhile) you'll see sign's of him becomeing morejaded and less likethe good soilder that he was when all thisstarted. And it seems like he'sbeen able to convice a lotof crew mebers to join him, many of who I really liked.Racetrack, Skulls, Captain Kelly, Seelix and others.All of this shows how feed up the people are and how losing earth had such a big effect on them and how they now view life. Although what really started this was the alliance with the Rebal Cylons, and hopefully the Rebals will prove their worth to the human race by helping Adama. (By the way you think the people would get a kick out of a group of cylons practically begging for their help and having no clue how to survie on their own with limited supplies and the fear of death on their door steps.)

    On a lighter note (very rare in BSG now a days) Starbuck is finally acting like her good old kick ***, hot shot, loveable self. this is the first time I have seen her like this since the end of season 2. I guess it takes your friends becomeing your enemy and alot of gun fire to make Starbuck-- well StarBuck. And I am alos glad,(as other fans are) that she's taking a breack from her littleID crisses.

    But I have to rant about something that really iritated mein this episode,-- Lee Adama!Actually I take that back, I have to rant about something that really iritated mein this whole Series!,Lee Adama!Ok so near the end of this episode Starbuck, Bill Adama, Lee and Tigh are on the run and Lee desides to vent some feelings he has about cylons to Tigh. Basicly he's saying the same old thing we've been hearing 'we can pretend to be friends and put the past behind us but when you get right to it your people killed the human race' Lee is saying that Gaeta and Tom are right, Lee most likely would have joined them if they were'nt trying to over throw his father.Now if I wereTighI would lay it on him, Here is what I would say!"Well are'nt you a little Fracking-flip-floper, you going to kill me to like you tried to do back whenI tried to arrest the Prez and you pulleda gun on me, or the other time you were a about to flush me out a airlock that i fully agreed to by the way, but your undead lover stopped you to reveal the path to a nucked earth! You need to pick a sideand stick with it! Oh wait i forgot you have problems picking sides or making choices, so instead of picking them you just blame people, like you did with your father for two years before the fall, now I know he wasn't always their for you but he was still a good father, unlike you whoditched your child before it was even born and didn't bother to look for your knocked-up girlfriend untill the world ended! Yes my people nucked your world and i know what your people have been through, Because I've been dealing it with you! Oh but plese keep on telling me how right Zarekis, after all you are his puppet, I just assumed that since you've been doing what he's wanted ever since you ditched the military for politics! Yes if it wasn't for my robot race we wouldn't be in this mess, but we also wouldn't be in this mess if you had just killed Zarek backin prison (minseries)! Oh and FYI, when Starbuck slept with Baltar (miniseries) she was screaming your name, so if youhad'ent over reactied and stared a fight or if you had just got thelow down from Baltar you would have known she was in love with you before you screwed it up and she went back to Caprica and meet her future husband (and cylon) Sam Anders. So if you had'ent opened your big mouth Starbuck would have thought twice before hooking up with Anders, You wouldn't have fallen back on Dee, Dee would still be with Billy, Anders would have ended up with Jean and you could of ended up with Starbuck and had a few Crazy kids! So by all means contue with what you were saying."I apoligize to all Lee fans but I had to say it, I'm really hoping they make a point to Lee's strugels and use him more because he's starting to get on my nerves.

    The BSG cast gave it their all in this episode and that will make the next one even better.Bythe way the only pleasent moment in this wholeepisode(that didn't invole killing or any dark humor.) was when Tigh stepped into Adama's quarters and Roslin was thier in a robe with a happy glow. the reaction on Michael Hogan's face was priceless!moreless
  • About fraking time they had some real action in this season.

    9.5
    I thought the series was coming to an end and all we were going to watch was Adama rubbing Madam president's bald head for good luck.It might seem a bit harsh but I find myself on the rebel's side, I mean these guys have been brutally chased across the galaxy for four years by the cylons trying to bring extinction to the human race and all of a sudden they are supposed to be each others butt buddies. The final punch line of the show should be firing Admiral Adama's cylon loving sorry ass out of the airlock for betraying the human race gods dammit.moreless
  • Adama continues with his plan to use Cylon drive technology on Colonial ships. The closer ties between the rebel Cylons and the humans sets off a violent uprising in the fleetmoreless

    10
    Completely OUTSTANDING! This episode was one that demonstrated just how great a show or a movie could be when the writers go uncuffed and serious with it and when the acting is true to the core!!! Heroes, Smallville, and many movies could learn a thing or two from this episode.



    I don't know how long it has been since a show or a movie EVER had me engaged, on the edge of my seat, and completely wrapped into the world of the characters. I've found myself completely able to feel, understand, and be apart of the world the writers/actors have created these last few episodes and this one rocked my socks!



    There were no silly and forced cliches, there was no logical madness going on, there wasn't a lack in the emotions in the actors, and everything was just right. I love that these guys are not afraid to take it to the dark and very gritty world of reality compared to other shows out there nowadays.



    It's too bad BSG has to go while it is good but hopefully others will truly learn from how these recent episodes have been put together.moreless
  • Gripping but worrying

    7.5
    Season 4 is beginning to worry me, and I'm probably going to be at odds with the rest of the reviewers here. While what is happening on screen is doubtless compelling and highly dramatic, and shows a lot of development for certain characters....



    ....I have to say the whole "rebellion / mutiny / uprising" theme doesn't wholly ring true for me. Which is odd, because I've generally found the political machinations of BSG and the character of Tom Zarek to be utterly compelling previously. I'm not saying there is anything "wrong" with "The Oath", or "A Disquiet...." before it; certainly there are some loose ends with Zarek that have to be tied-up. Where I do have concerns is that unless all of this is leading to a major revelation that clearly propels the entire story forward, then we're losing a lot of valuable story-telling time simply dealing with the Zarek arc that might better be otherwise used. What kind of revelation am I talking about? Well, I honestly have no idea - but I'm desperately hoping that it will bring about (and via a final confrontation with Brother Cabot, et al) that revelation that there are in fact NO humans....that EVERYONE we've been following these past four years are forms of Cylons. I've posted my thinking on this in the "Theory & Speculation of Earth/Caprica" thread in the forms, and I'm aware that I'm going right out on a limb making such a bold statement. However, leaving aside my theories as to how and why this could and should be...such a revelation would give a far more solid dramatic context to the "uprising" than we presently have. Certainly if in "Blood..." through "Deadlock" we simply get a rapid resolution that leads to Zarek's death, etc., without some major turning-point occurring in the story arc that propels us full-bore towards "Daybreak", then I think the longer term verdict on this arc could be "Good drama, but story padding"..... I await the rest of the season with fingers crossed.moreless
Katee Sackhoff

Katee Sackhoff

Kara "Starbuck" Thrace

Mary McDonnell

Mary McDonnell

Laura Roslin

Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

William Adama

Jamie Bamber

Jamie Bamber

Lee Adama

James Callis

James Callis

Gaius Baltar

Grace Park

Grace Park

Sharon Agathon/Number Eight

Ty Olsson

Ty Olsson

Captain Aaron Kelly

Guest Star

Colin Lawrence

Colin Lawrence

Ensign Hamish "Skulls" McCall

Guest Star

Derek Delost

Derek Delost

Specialist Vireem

Guest Star

Brad Dryborough

Brad Dryborough

Lt. Hoshi

Recurring Role

Michael Hogan

Michael Hogan

Saul Tigh

Recurring Role

Alessandro Juliani

Alessandro Juliani

Felix Gaeta

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Discrepancy with the number of remaining survivors
      The main title sequence indicated that there were 39,643 remaining survivors in the fleet but the whiteboard in President Roslin's office on Colonial One showed a survivor count of 39,644.

  • QUOTES (5)

  • NOTES (2)

    • The ship number on President Roslin's get-away Raptor is 619, the area code for most of San Diego, CA. Series developer and executive producer Ronald Moore attended college on a Navy ROTC scholarship and the Naval Base in San Diego is the largest on the West Coast of the United States. The Raptor ship number may refer to the San Diego area code or it may just be a coincidence.

    • Michael Hogan read the "Previously on Battlestar Galactica" line for this episode.

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