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"Battlestar Galactica" The Hand of God (2005)

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Back to the action!

9/10
Author: Tweekums from United Kingdom
15 September 2010

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After a few episodes without large scale action we get an episode which has the most action in the season so far. The fleet is running desperately short of Tylium, their fuel source, and if they don't find some very soon they won't be able to continue fleeing the Cylons. As they search Boomer and Crashdown discover a large deposit, there is a problem however; the Cylons got their first. Adama has a choice; the fleet can look for more elsewhere or they can attempt to take it from the Cylons... with their reserves so low they have to go for the latter option. With her knee still too bad to fly Starbuck is asked to draw up a plan; something unconventional that the Cylons won't suspect. They know how to get to their target, now they just need to know which of the structures in the Cylon refinery they have to hit, Baltar knows that they must target a certain part of the refining process but he has no idea which building that is housed in. He asks the Six that only he can see but she just tells him he must trust God to guide him, not wanting to admit he doesn't know he points at a structure and tells them that is the target. At first it looks as if the mission won't succeed when the Cylons don't fall for the decoy but it soon turns out that was part of the plan and after a daring flight Apollo destroys the target which was the correct structure... was it a lucky guess on Baltar's part or was he indeed guided by God? That wasn't the only religious question raised in this episode; President Roslin had an hallucination featuring a dozen snakes; something which matched an ancient prophecy. Despite all this action on the fleet time was found to show us more of Sharon and Helo's time on Caprica; Helo sees a Six which confuses him as he saw one die the day Sharon rescued him but he thought she was human so can't understand where this one came from.

This was a good episode, it was great to see some proper action again. Character driven episodes can be excellent too but every so often one just wants to see spaceships blowing each other up! It made an interesting change to see Starbuck back on Galactica during the battle; it was clearly harder for her to listen to her pilots in difficulty than it would have been for her to fly with them. The action itself was fairly spectacular with several Vipers lost and a thrilling scene where Apollo flew his Viper through a tunnel.

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7 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

Instrument of God

8/10
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
14 September 2008

When the Tylium reserve of the fleet is running out and enough for two more jumps only, Boomer and Crashdown find a deposit enough for a couple of years in an asteroid. However, the Cylons are exploring and processing the fuel in a well protected refinery with a base with many raiders. Commander Adama decides to attack the base and asks the unconventional Starbuck to analyze their strategy with eyes wide open and based on Dr. Baltar's guess. President Roslin, who is delusional and suffering hallucinations with the treatment with chamalla, agrees with the plan. Meanwhile in Caprica, when Helo sees Number Six alive after dying on his hands, he questions Boomer what might have happened.

"The Hand of God" recalls the original series, with many strategies and airborne battles. The runaway of Helo and Boomer has reached an interesting point with Helo questioning how Number Six could be chasing them if she died. The guess of Dr. Baltar seems to indicate that he is an important part of the Cylon plan. Again the unpleasant part of the episode is related to the useless character of President Roslin, participating in military decisions in another ridiculous sequence. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Mão de Deus" ("The Hand of God")

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