Battlestar Galactica: Season 4, Episode 3

The Ties That Bind (18 Apr. 2008)

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The aftermath of a coup among the Cylons leads to further violence, Lee finds himself facing off against Roslin during his first meeting with the Quorum of Twelve as the new representative of Caprica, and Cally discovers the horrible truth about her husband Galen Tyrol. Meanwhile, Starbuck aimlessly searches for Earth with Anders and other Galactica officers. Written by Kevlar01

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Tigh, Tyrol, and Tory's clandestine meeting takes place in weapons locker 1701D. 1701-D is the Enterprise's hull number in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), which Galactica creator and executive producer Ronald D. Moore wrote for and produced. See more »

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When Cally enters the launch tube, she looks out a side window and sees open space. In all exterior special effects shots, the launch tubes are depicted as being housed internally in Galactica's landing bays, with only the outer hatch exposed to space. It would be impossible to view space from the side of the tube. See more »

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Kudos to Nicki Clyne **minor spoilers**
18 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Don't get me wrong, I love Battlestar Galactica and watch it faithfully. But, as the series enters it's final season, I find it more difficult to believe the final outcome will be worthwhile. Every human character is becoming less likable and fatally flawed.

This episode was very upsetting. In 'The Ties That Bind', President Roslin demonstrates her increasing disregard for democratic principles and seems more like a deceptive dictator. Characters we used to be fond of (Chief Tyrol, Torrie, even cantankerous Colonel Tighe) are now known to be enemy conspirators. Who's left to root for? Every story needs a protagonist. Surely there could be a few with such a competent cast and creative staff. If Admiral Adama takes a turn to the dark side, you may lose me as a viewer. Ultimately, don't we want a positive conclusion to the long journey we've taken?

In this episode, Nicki Clyne gives her best performance yet as Cally Tyrol. Her character has been loyal, with integrity and perseverance through the toughest of situations. Though, in the final scenes of this episode, fans of the show (and Cally) are given another reason to give up hope.

Starbuck had another gratuitous and unnecessary sex scene that did nothing to move the story along. The only comic relief this season, Gaius Baltar, didn't appear in this episode. Overall, this episode served as a transition to a larger story. But in the process, characters were wasted that still had better stories to tell.


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