Battlestar Galactica: Season 4, Episode 1

He That Believeth in Me (4 Apr. 2008)

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During a seemingly hopeless battle, Kara Thrace appears in a pristine Viper, claiming that she has been to Earth and can lead the Fleet there -- but the terminal Laura Roslin believes otherwise. Meanwhile, four of the so-called Final Five are forced to tackle the repercussions of their newfound nature, while Gaius Baltar discovers he has a commune of nubile female cultists who believe him to be an agent of the "one true God". Written by Amezzeray

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When Starbuck's ship is being inspected, the tail number changes from 8757NC (when Chief Tyrol is speaking to Admiral Adama) to 4276NC (2nd shot of Apollo standing on ladder) See more »

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Ensign Samuel Anders: Hey, hey,this is crazy. What if I get up there and another switch flips in my head and turns me against my own?
Chief Galen Tyrol: [whispering] What the frak is wrong with you? Shut the frak up. It's like the Colonel said, okay? Just think of that. Be the man you want till the day you die.
Ensign Samuel Anders: A lot easier said than done, 'cause I don't know what the frak I am right now.
Chief Galen Tyrol: You're Sameul T. Anders. That's all you gotta remember. Samuel T. Anders. Now get the frak in your ship.
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Fourth Season off to an OK Start
4 April 2008 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

BSG returns for its fourth and final season with a relatively predictable episode. Starbuck is back with the colonial fleet, who are apparently about to be overwhelmed by a massive cylon force, the four newly revealed cylons are still in states of shock and doing what they can to figure out who they are and who they want to be, and Baltar is becoming more of a Christ figure all the time.

The cylons inexplicably break off their attack, and Admiral Adama and his crew must decide whether the presence of an increasingly mystical Starbuck after two equally unexplained months of absence is a coincidence or part of a Cylon plan. Although the first episode of the fourth season follows the paths set forth by Razor and the final episodes of the third season, a great deal remains to be explored through the course of the final season.

What and, more importantly, who, is the final cylon? Is Starbuck really going to lead the fleet away from any hope of a good destiny? Is Baltar going to successfully introduce the cylon religion to the human race, and if so, will there be some unification of cylon and human purposes? And how will Earth be involved?

The fourth season opener sets an ambitious agenda for the show's major story arc, but even after this basically OK episode, the major question remains unanswered:

Will the fourth season entertain us as well as the first three did?

The characterizations in this episode are consistent with the rest of the series, but do not add much to what we already know. Sam develops a little more depth than he previously had, and, as usual, Michael Hogan's Colonel Tigh stands out. All considered, the acting is just as solid as it has ever been. The script, pace and directing are also on par with the series' usual standard as is the cinematography. But this episode's highly transitional nature and relatively simple parallel plots force the episode into a less edgy, less innovative, than usual box.

I still think Season 4 is going to be a wild ride, and I sincerely hope that Baltar's rapidly evolving role does not become the harbinger of earthbound religious cliché that it appears to be heading toward. In short, I hope that some surprises remain in store for us as the season progresses.

Recommended for viewing within the sequence intended by the franchise. Not recommended as an introduction to the show.


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