The Galactica is having a boxing tournament of sorts. As Admiral Adama explains it to President Roslin, the purpose is to let the crew step into the ring and release their frustrations against an opponent of their choice, regardless of rank. As the crew watch or participate the fight, they recall past incidents between them. Adama calls out Chief Tyrol, who he let go live on New Caprica when he really needed him on the ship. He has a message for the crew on duty and obligations. Starbuck and Apollo have a long history together and have never fully comes to terms with their feelings for one another. During the initial establishment of the colony on New Caprica they made love after a drunken wild party and Apollo was ready for them to make a life together. Starbuck refused to accept their need for one another and married Sam Anders the very next day. Written by
This episode is an example of why BSG is not only a great Sci-Fi, but also a great drama period.
A character driven episode like no other, Unfinished Business reveals events that took place on New Caprica before the Cylon occupation. The focus on various love triangles (and rectangles) that have been undercurrents throughout the show makes this the best episode since Resurrection Ship. Here's hoping Michael Taylor continues writing for BSG. His first episode here was amazing.
The episode is made complete by the slightly lilting and haunting soundtrack. It would fall apart without it.
Some sci-fi fans complain that BSG lacks actual sci-fi, and episodes like this will only louden their voices. There's no Cylons, it takes place mainly in a boxing ring, and nothing 'plot-wise' actually happens.
But that's not what BSG has ever been about. It's focus has always been character, and complaining about a focus on character is just a symptom of not liking the direction of the entire show. So stop watching if you don't like character development.
If best-of-TV drama doesn't suit your style, look elsewhere.
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