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 new perspective on an old episode
20 February 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

This review written 2015.

Were I writing this review in a vacuum, I would simply say it is nothing less than brilliant; I have never seen so many stellar performances in such a compressed space; anyone (foolishingly) tuning in without having seen the earlier part of the series might think they accidentally stumbled on a strange version of Masterpiece Theatre, lacking only British accents; the core theme of the story is a stark reminder how "hope" is more than a 4-letter word, it is an essential part of being human and, if you take it away, bad things follow; and I was generally gob-smacked by this episode since by this late stage in Season 4 I thought the writers were winding down, not winding up.

However, a funny thing happened on the way to this review. I looked at some of the other reviews and found that some IMDb members were actually annoyed at the new twists and turns in the story.

Which provides a segue to a theme that I am using in many recent reviews of 2015 TV (and God Only Knows in what year YOU will be reading this).

The new direction of TV writing is surprise. This is a relatively new development and I think a good one. Congrats to the BSG writing team who were clearly ahead of the curve when they bullpenned this episode.


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