Battlestar Galactica 4x18: "Islanded in a Stream of Stars"

Discussion in 'Battlestar Galactica & Caprica' started by Agent Richard07, Mar 6, 2009.

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Grade the episode...

  1. Excellent

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  2. Above Average

    41.9%
  3. Average

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  4. Below Average

    7.3%
  5. Poor

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  1. Agent Richard07

    Agent Richard07 Admiral Admiral

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    I wonder what Cavil's gonna do with Hera onboard V'ger. Sounded like he was gonna make copies of her.
     
  2. Brent

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    I was thinking Daggits when he said she'll have playmates lol
     
  3. scotthm

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    Below average.

    Most episodes are over before I know it; this one seemed to last two hours. Nothing of significance happened.

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  4. Brent

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    I disagree whole heartedly
     
  5. startrekwatcher

    startrekwatcher Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    It does make it worthless to me but I'm not the least bit concerned that all the outstanding questions on BSG won't be answered. I think the writers have earned my trust that they will based on their track record.

    This has nothing to do with BSG but a series in general--an interesting mythology is not a required element for a series to be good however if the writers introduce questions and mysteries that the viewers take the time to invest in and reflect on it is absolutely incumbent upon them to not only answer them but to do so in a way that is satisfying and consistent with the tapestry of that mythology. If writers don't want to be burdened with it, then just don't go there and simply be a character-driven drama with no mythology.
     
  6. T'Pers0n

    T'Pers0n Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Average. Not bad. But nothing great. No cohesiveness like last episode.

    Where was Tyrol and who was that filling in for him? Unless I see him again I'm going to assume Helo and Athena killed him and destroyed the corpse.

    Ship captains are better than the flakes in the Quorum.

    I don't have a problem with Baltar saying anything. I mean it's kind of important information people should know. People on this show never talk to each other and compare notes. So, the simple 'mysteries' get stretched out to whole seasons. It's like these guys have some sort of anticuriosity/knowledge aversion.
     
  7. Robert Maxwell

    Robert Maxwell Comfortably Numb Premium Member

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    Was it that hard to discern that this episode was all about acceptance? Acceptance of who these people are, acceptance of loss, acceptance between human and Cylon.

    Although I don't think it was perfect, most of it worked very well and I thought it was poignant without being overly grim (for BSG, that is).
     
  8. Chess Piece Face

    Chess Piece Face Commodore Commodore

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    wow, ANOTHER yawner this close to the end. The only interesting things were seeing the colony and hearing ellen talk about their past life for 2 seconds. Major fail.
     
  9. Jimmy_C

    Jimmy_C Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Sigh, like I said before. Some people may say this was filler like the previous episode, but neither were filler! The characters have to come to realize their decisions. You just can't have action, action, action. You have to get there somehow. This explained how Adama came to that realization. It was just as important as the others, perhaps moreso.
     
  10. Brent

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    Did anyone else laugh out loud at the bathroom scene, when Kara was on the toilet, and Baltar was shaving. I did, when she said "the latch was broken" and then you heard the sound of her taking a whizz, I LOL'd!
     
  11. Velocity

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    Once again Roslin tells Adama what he should do and he takes her advice after a little angst.
     
  12. T'Pers0n

    T'Pers0n Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Love the show. But, does setting up the finale have to be so bland? Sure it's not filler. But, they can't just throw a bunch of scenes (though decent scenes) up against a wall and expect it to work as a solitary episode. The direction, editing, pacing, and music were all flat and rote. Loved the last episode so much partly due to it having so much of its own identity.
     
  13. MeanJoePhaser

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    Kara on the toilet...just what fans were asking for.

    I was thinking Anders as Hybrid would help heal the Galactica somewhat or maybe accidently jump the ship.

    All Adama had to do was ask Helo where the frak he expected to go with a Raptor...with no apparent leads on Cavil's location. I mean, really.

    I liked Bill Adama's Jackson Pollock impression after the funeral.


    Will Rick Worthy or even Matthew Bennett appear again before the show ends? I'm beginning to doubt it (No I don't read spoilers).
     
  14. sidious618

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    Adama's breakdown and then discussion with Tigh was heartbreaking. Not just because it was a sad scene (it was) but just because you could really feel the end of the show coming. I've wanted to know how it's going to end so badly but... I realized how much I'm going to miss this show. Sniff.
     
  15. Brent

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    I find it interesting that the Final 5 can act as Hybrids.
     
  16. omnirad

    omnirad Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Adama, Roslin, Kara and Lee have accepted the cards they've been given to play.
    Tigh, Helo, and Boomer are fighting what they've been dealt.
    Baltar is always playing a game, so I'm not sure about him.

    You may say this is just buildup to the end, but necessary buildup emotionally. Otherwise all the mythology and explosions ring hollow.
     
  17. Crusher Disciple

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    Slow, plodding, and for the most part frittered away precious time. A few good reveals, but for the most part wasted potential.
     
  18. tomalak301

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    Interesting comments. I write reviews on my Livejournal page about this show and one of the things that was brought up this week was the idea of answering questions vs. dealing with human emotion. My main point, and the reason why I didn't really enjoy the episode last week was because I'm all for human emotion and drama, but it should be interesting and if it isn't, than things should be revealed. This is the final 3 episodes of the show, and things should start being brought to closure. I think the writers have taken too much time meandering and not letting the characters feel the effect (Based on the concept of cause and effect) of thier consequences. I'm talking of course mainly about Kara, but the other characters too. I mean how many times can we see Adama walk around his ship being all gloomy because it's dying? How many times can Balter preach without it getting boring. Good character development requires allowing the characters to jump to that next level, and that and the mysteries that have been facing us two years now is really what I expect from this show.

    With that being said, I find these comments interesting because this episode was full of human emotion and I absolutely loved it. I did feel this week a sense of closure coming, and a sense that whatever we learn about Starbuck is going to be coming really really soon. I do wish we knew by now but I think this episode still dealt with the "effect" portion quite well. Adama having to let go finally, Kara letting go finally, and we got to see more of Lee.

    What I really liked about this episode though were the character moments. I loved the funeral scene and hearing the old Season 1 theme song again (The one everyone hated that wasn't done during the Britain showings), or the Hand of God theme at the end, or the scenes with Ellen and Saul, or the final scene with Adama and Saul. It's these moments that did give me a sense of things starting to wrap up and I thought it was a great set up for the finale. In fact, I think this is in my top 3 episodes of the season. Next week is when the storm comes, but this week was the calm before.

    Excellent excellent episode.
     
  19. Velocity

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    Poor Tory. She only gets to sit around and look. She never speaks anymore. Her character has had little to do. Only Simon does less.
     
  20. tomalak301

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    One other thing, I really hope we see Doral and Simon again before the series ends. They have been criminally neglected and I was thinking about that this week.