EPISODE REVIEWS: Battlestar Galactica: "Islanded in a Sea of Star" (Season 4, Episode 18) *REVISED*

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The Galactica and the Fleet are *still* in earth orbit, still making repairs to the damage Boomer did last week. Roslin is dying in sickbay, having intermitent dreams of Herra in the opera house and playing in the control room.

Meeting in his quarters, Adama refuses to let them chase after Boomer and the girl, despite the fact that everyone advises it. Starbuck does manage to talk him in to letting a Heavy Raider go look for "The Colony" that Ellen Tigh told him about. They don't find anything - it's been moved.

The ship is in a bad way and falling apart, constantly creaking and rattling. The ships in the fleet want to strip her for parts, the Cylons want Adama to transfer his flag to their base ship, and the Cylon repairs really haven't helped much.

We see a near-riot be...ah, Lord. I'm too tired for this, and my fingers hurt.

I apologize. If you're just reading this now, it's 12:16. and I'm going to bed. Tune in tomorrow morning, however, and I'll have a full review online for you, ok? It'll be up before noon. I'm sorry, but I just can't keep my eyes open


9:21 Saturday

Back. Ok. Much better. Anyway, where were we?

We see a near-riot take place between a human repair crew and a cylon repair crew, but the Cylons back down. Shortly thereafter, there's a hull breach in Galactica, and one of the sixes sacrifices herself to save the human who was pushing to fight her earlier. Is it just me, or does all this "Repair crew in the hull" stuff have the look and feel of second-unit work? It seems like it was all filmed in a block like six episodes ago, and they're just dropping bits of it in each episode. It feels rough and jaring, and very oddly repetetive.

Anders is still in a coma, so the Cylons have put him in a tub-o-goo to try and 'jumpstart' his brain. It fails. Starbuck decides to mercy-kill him, but he suddenly snaps to life, babbling like a Baseship Hybrid, and stops her. The entire ship lurches and the power supply goes wonky. Turns out Anders is essentially turning in to a hybrid for the Galactica itself, and his power is increasing because of the hull-goop the cylons have been smearing everywhere. Theoretically, he can control the newly-upgraded FTL drive. Adama gives the word to power him down, so they do.

Boomer and Hera bond en rout to "The Colony," with Boomer and the little girl projecting in to the Virtual house from last week.

Baltar talks breifly to Caprica 6, whom he apparently has feelings for. She doesn't have feelings for him, though.

Starbuck talks to Baltar about her weird death experience, and gives him her dogtags. He experiments with them and finds she was, in fact, dead.

Roslin and Adama smoke a big fat spliff in sickbay and talk about New Caprica. She tells Bill that he needs to abandon Galactica, if they stay, they'll all die.

Adama refuses to let Helo take a raptor out to look for Hera.

At the funeral for the people who died in the hull breach (61 or so), Baltar uses Starbuck's dogtags to preach his new gospel of whatever vague claptrap the irreligious writers are throwing at the wall this week. This offends everyone, and starbuck slaps him. Apollo goes to talk to starbuck and make her feel better, which appears to have some effect. She puts a picture of herself on the memorial wall (Evidently coming to grips with the fact that she isn't Starbuck, she's Starbuck 2.0), then goes to talk to Anders. She plugs him back in and says that she's not leaving until the two of them have worked out what's going on with "All along the watchtower."

At "The Colony", Boomer hands Hera over to Cavil, but she's clearly having misgivings about it.


The Cheif was conspicuously absent during this episode, he didn't appear at all. I wonder what he's doing? Obviously it has something to do with his complicity in helping the Boomer/Hera situation to arise.

The Special Guest Cheif says they've got maybe 5 jumps left, then a 90% chance that the ship will collapse and destroy itself.

This episode really drives home the fact that things have gotten raggedy and are falling apart at a heck of a pace. The endless creaking noises help that out, but I think what really drives it home is the other ship captains squabbling aobut how to divide up the Galactica's corpse. Incidentally - did you notice - the lady captain from Baltar's trial turns up again!

I'm getting sick and tired of Adama poigniently taking off/putting on his rank. Also, when we saw Bill freak out and roll around on the floor in anguish and emotional breakdown in episode 9 of the season, that was heartbreaking and moving and painful to watch. Having seen it like six times sense, eh, not so much. I think they're over-playing that card.

I had assumed "The Colony" was a habitable planet that Ellen Tigh and the five had done their biomechanical research on, but no, turns out it's not a planet at all - it's a super-big space station. According to Battlestar Wiki,

>>>The Colony[1] is a large biomechanical structure similar in composition to the Basestars where the Cylons went after the armistice. (Islanded in a Stream of Stars)

It is also the place where Ellen Tigh supposedly stored her resurrection research equipment (No Exit).

Prior to the Cylon civil war, Cavil kept the colony secret (No Exit). Cavil moved the colony shortly before the start of the Cylon civil war, indicating that the structure is FTL-capable <<<

( http://en.battlestarwiki.org/wiki/The_Colony )

While this is fascinating and all, I have an annoying fear that it'll end up being just a big dumb Cylon knockoff of The Death Star from Star Wars, and that the Galactica will end her days by ramming it, as we saw somewhat foreshadowed in Roslin's dream of Hera in the beginning of this episode. If so, that's silly and sad and derivative and cliche, and it completes the circle Galactica started in 1978, when it was widely criticized for being "Derivative of Star Wars" and "Nothing but a ripoff."

I guess this means "Terra" won't make an appearance on the show, unless of course "Terra" is the world the surviving humans and rebel cylons end up settling on 2 episodes from now. "Terra" was - in the original Galactica - the focus of a several-episode arc (From "Message from Earth" to "Experiment in Terra"), a comparatively low-tech human world that the fleet felt might be earth, but no, it was simply a world that grew from left-behind stragglers of the original migration to Earth 5000 years earlier.

This is interesting, since the new show has shown us every major element of the original series in some form or another, excepting this one.

* The Cylon apocalypse = the modern version of the same apocalypse
* Food shortages in the fleet, and the nova of Madagon = the Algae planet and "The Passage"
* Count Baltar commanding a base ship = Gaius Baltar as prisoner on a base ship
* Count Baltar as a politico who colaborated with the cylons for his own personal gain = President Baltar collaborating with the Cylons on New Caprica
* A Mutiny on the Celestra = A mutiny on the Galactica
* "Lost Planet of the Gods" = the Kobol arc from season 1 and 2
* The Ship of Lights folks = The Final Five
* The Pegasus 2-parter with Commander Cain = The Pegasus arc and Admiral Cain
* Finding a disappointing earth in Galactica 1980 = Finding a disappointingly burned-out earth 8 episodes ago

And lots of others, so I wonder why they've neglected the "Terra" arc?