Sunday, January 18, 2009

Battlestar Galactica - Season 4, Episode 11 - "Sometimes a Great Notion"

Like all the other BSG fans, I have been waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting for this moment to arrive- the first episode of the final season. Some people had very high expectations - some, disillusioned by the previous season, weren't expecting much. I just wanted to know what the heck was going on, and this episode promised to answer a whole bunch of questions. So what did I think of it??


Wow.

It's taken me a while to even think about being able to review the episode, because Wow was basically my only reaction for a while. Wow. Those BSG boys sure know how to mess with your head.

It's going to be nearly impossible for me to share my thoughts without revealing some pretty important plot points, so if you haven't seen the episode but plan to, STOP READING NOW!!!


Okay, so here goes. I think this was hands down the most depressing episode of this series, and for BSG fans, that's saying a lot. This is a show known for gritty realism and despair. But watching this episode, and seeing all the characters who have held the fleet together slowly crumble and fall apart was heartbreaking. Laura laying on her bed, clutching the plant from Earth. Earlier, burning the Pythian prophecies page by page. Adama, drinking himself into a crazed stupor, trying to goad Tigh into killing him. Apollo, desperate, trying to find something to say to keep the people from complete despair. And Dee. Beautiful, tragic Dee. Watching her sob on Earth, and then tell herself to pull it together. Watching her move slowly through her life, saying goodbye to the people she loved. Watching her once again give Apollo the strength he needs to do what needed to be done. Watching her remove her wedding band. I'm not sure anything in the history of the show has shocked me as much as this one, single scene. In losing Dualla, the fleet has lost its moral center, its core of strength, and I don't know who can arise to take that place.

And then, of course, there is Kara. Putting her trust in Leoben, allowing him to come with her on her search, and then finding the completely unexplainable. Watching crazy Leoben find something too crazy for him to deal with. Building the funeral pyre, and burning what she found. Lots of people have accused Katee Sackhoff of overacting - being way too emotional and annoying. I thought her performance in this episode was perfect. Honestly, I found all the acting in this episode to be amazing, and am once again appalled that BSG will never be nominated for any of the awards - this was a heartbreaking hour of television, and it deserves recognition.

And then we found out the identity of the final cylon....

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