Monday, May 5, 2008

Battlestar Galactica 4.5: Mutiny on the Demetrius

Well, Mutiny on the Bounty it wasn't, but Episode 5 of Battlestar Galactica's final season provided some interesting moments, as Kara Thrace's grumbling crew of the Demetrius moves towards mutiny in its so far unsuccessful attempt to find Earth.

Actually, I thought the most interesting part was the arrival on the Demetrius of Leoben the Cylon, fresh with news of the Cylon civil war. This fight within the Cylons is the most significant element of this final season, and points towards some ultimate permanent reconciliation between the better Cylons and humanity.

But Leoben only aggravates tensions on the Demetrius, and it's pretty clear that Helo won't be able to maintain order much longer. One character whose motivations seemed somewhat unjustified to me was Sharon - shouldn't she have a little more confidence in Leoben, and what we pretty much know to be his true story - Sharon being a good Cylon herself, after all?

Meanwhile, back on the Galactica, and speaking of Cylons, Tyrol undergoing some not unexpected Cylon transformations of psyche, including accepting the one god.

Battlestar Galactica has a habit of having great beginnings, sagging a little in the middle, and coming on strong at the end. Season 4 seems no exception, though next week's episode promises some exciting, important developments.

See also ...

Battlestar Galactica's Back and Bristling!
... 4.2 Mysteries and Satisfactions ... 4.3: Deaths, Lessons, Questions ... 4.4 A Little More about Cylons ... 4.6 Cylon on Cylon ... 4.9: Finally, Bill and Laura ... 4.10: Earth

and So Say We All: The Battlestar Galactica Blog Carnival, vol. 5




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