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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The title is a reference to the folk song 'Goodnight, Irene': "Sometimes I live in the country / Sometimes I live in the town / Sometimes I have a great notion / To jump In the river and drown". This lyric has also inspired the title of the Ken Kesey novel 'Sometimes a Great Notion'. See more »

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18 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

I was a huge fan of this show in the first couple of seasons, but it seems to have lost its direction. It seems like the writers are just making it up as they go along, and have lost sight of the original plan. The story is getting more and more convoluted and unclear. Now the humans have allied themselves with the Cylons, but you'd think they'd ask them why they bombed the twelve colonies originally, but they don't. You'd think the Cylons themselves would know why, but they don't seem to. The Cylon plan, mentioned in the intro to every episode, seems to be gone; they have become as confused as the humans and even split up into two factions. The Cylons, who have created the human-looking twelve models, didn't know who the remaining ones were? How could they not know? And if they are as confused as they seem, there's STILL no explanation for why they bombed the twelve colonies to begin with!!

And now this latest episode opens up another dozen questions without supplying any answers. What do they mean the bones of the people found on Earth (and hence the 13th tribe) were all Cylon??? Can these people even distinguish humans and human-looking Cylons properly? So, are all humans Cylons, or did the Cylons copy all the original Terran humans?

I like to think I'm pretty smart, but this is getting ridiculously confusing and silly. Unless some real answers start arriving very soon

  • some pretty effing damn GOOD answers - this show is becoming a

disappointment of historic proportions.

Get your act together, people!!

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