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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A bleak beginning to the final half-series
8 February 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After a long mid-season break due to a writers' strike we finally learn about Earth. Surveys of the planet show that it is dead; everything killed in a nuclear way two thousand years previously. There are bigger surprises to come though, much bigger; analysis of bones show that the population was entirely Cylon and when Starbuck and Leoben search for the source of the colonial signal they make a startling and perplexing discovery that leaves even Leoben lost for words. With the dream of Earth lost fleet moral plummets and in one shocking scene a character who has been with the show since the mini-series commits suicide. Even the Cylons seem depressed with D'Anna opting to stay behind and die on Earth rather then in the cold darkness of space and the four known members of the Final Five having flashbacks to the time long ago when they were on Earth at the moment of its destruction.

I had been expecting more answers than questions as the series approached its ultimate conclusion; instead unexpected questions are raised... how did five Cylons from Earth get to the Twelve Colonies and why do they know nothing of it? Just what is Starbuck? And where will the fleet go now that they know there is no Thirteenth Tribe waiting for them? I thought the bleakness of this episode was fantastic; even the way the scenes on Earth were filmed, with the colour slightly washed out, added to the bleakness and sense of desolation. The acting was as good as I've come to expect from the series; I especially liked the confrontational scene between Edward James Olmos and Michael Hogan as Adama and Tigh. If the rest of the episodes are anywhere near as good as this viewers are in for a treat.

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