Battlestar Galactica: Season 1, Episode 4

Act of Contrition (28 Jan. 2005)

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There's a party on Galactica's flight deck as Flat-Top just had his thousandth landing. Something goes terribly wrong however when a drone accidentally goes off and explodes in a group of ... See full summary »

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There's a party on Galactica's flight deck as Flat-Top just had his thousandth landing. Something goes terribly wrong however when a drone accidentally goes off and explodes in a group of pilots. 13 are dead. During the ceremony Kara Thrace starts thinking about her dead fiancée Zak Adama. And those memories even get clearer when Adama orders her to start training new pilots. She seems very uncomfortable in doing so. The favor she did for Zak by letting him pass basic flight seems to bother her more and more. Angrily she stops training pilots after just one day. Meanwhile on Cylon-occupied Caprica Helo and Cylon-Sharon find a bomb shelter in a restaurant. It seems like a good place to stay for a while. There's food, water and anti-radiation medication in abundance. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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The opening bit in "Act of Contrition" where a drone accidentally breaks loose from a storage rack and spontaneously ignites is based on a real incident aboard the USS Forrestal where a missile accidentally ignited and hit several planes on the flight deck. The cadence-like chant the pilots were singing was a rewritten version of a chant sung by A-10 Thunderbolt pilots. See more »

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When Starbuck is crashing (descending) into the moon, her analog pressure altimeter is climbing at a rapid rate instead of descending. Also (not as critical) her artificial horizon shows her in a spiral dive to the right but her viper is in a flat spin. See more »

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Doctor Cottle: You are obviously an intelligent, well-educated young woman. Would you mind explaining to me why you waited five years in between breast exams?
President Laura Roslin: Yes, I would mind. It's none of your business. I was busy.
Doctor Cottle: [lighting a cigarette] And now here you are.
President Laura Roslin: Yes, here we are. Would you mind?
[indicating her displeasure at his smoking]
Doctor Cottle: I do, actually.
[continues smoking]
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Painful Recollections
22 August 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

During the celebration of the one thousandth flight of Lieutenant Flat-Top, there is a fatal accident with thirteen pilots and they die in an explosion in the deck of the hangar. Commander Adama requests Starbuck to train a group of rookies as replacement in an urgent basis. However, the experienced pilot is still traumatized with the lost of her fiancé Zak, who failed in the pilot examination but she approved him. Meanwhile in Caprica, Helo and Boomer find a shelter in a restaurant through a military beacon with the necessary supplies for their survival.

"Act of Contrition" is certainly the best episode so far of the First Season of Galactica. The dramatic show is centered in Starbuck and her painful recollections of her relationship with Zak Adama while assigned to train a group of new pilots, affecting her judgment and evaluation. The conclusion is promising that this series will improve in the next shows. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Dolorosas Lembrancas" ("Painful Recollections")


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