Battlestar Galactica: Season 4, Episode 11

Sometimes a Great Notion (16 Jan. 2009)

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Scouting the planet reveals that there is no life except plants. The destruction occurred about 2,000 years earlier. Among the ruins, skeletons and wrecks of a different kind of Centurions ... See full summary »

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Scouting the planet reveals that there is no life except plants. The destruction occurred about 2,000 years earlier. Among the ruins, skeletons and wrecks of a different kind of Centurions are found. But closer examination of the skeletons reveals they are Cylon! Could the 13th Tribe really have been all Cylons? Chief Tyrol, Colonel Tigh, Sam Anders and Tory remember living on the planet and dying there. How did they get to the colonies? Starbuck finds a piece of her Viper, and despite Leoben's warnings, starts to look for the cockpit... Roslin loses her faith in the Scrolls of Pythia. Apollo and Dualla seem to get back together, but he needs to figure out what to tell to the people of the Fleet... A tragedy prompts Adama to confront Saul. Written by Toni Tapola, Finland

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Lost in the Wilderness
29 January 2009 | by (The Society NY) – See all my reviews

Battle Star Gallactica reached its apex in OCCUPATION and EXODUS and COLLABORATORS in season three with a reprise in RAZOR that many fans failed to appreciate. Here as the long awaited new season dawn, the path of the script has become lost in the wilderness as if the writers lost direction.

I agree with other commentators that there is not an adequate explanation for the rebellion among the Cylons. Do some Cylons think of themselves as human? On the other hand the series does show the frosty reaction rebel Cylons might receive. Richard Hatch playing the ever manipulative VP Tom Zarek adds a degree of strength and credibility to the conflict. But the human's and their newly found Cylon allies have reached a devastated earth unsuitable for colonization. Where shall they go? Mary McDonnell as Her Presidency Laura Roslin suffering from terminal cancer tosses her medications along with The Book of Pythias, the testament that has guided humans thus far.

Donnelly Rhodes as the chain smoking Dr. Cottle lends some grim comic relief as he chain smokes away during Her Presidency's treatments. However this vignette which has recurred throughout the series underlines one of the flaws in the basic premises: Where is Dr Cottle getting cigarettes from? Indeed even assuming the Colonists rushing from New Caprica and visiting Kobolt managed to lade some groceries, supplies would be short. A non-essential such as cigarettes might not be readily available. The uniforms even of the elite Colonial Marines ought to be getting raggy and the manipulative Zarek ought to be capitalising on privations and sacrifices that are necessary.

I gave this a firm six. The concept of lost in the wilderness lies at the heart of our earliest literary masterpieces such as the Bible, but the execution of that theme did not meet the level of Battle Star Gallactica's stunning episodes Occupation & Exodus.


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