September 15, 2005
Battlestar Galactica 208 : Final Cut
A fleet reporter, D'Anna Biers, is granted permission to shoot a documentary onboard the Battlestar Galactica with unrestricted access.
Quick Verdict : Back to it's best.
I was slightly dubious about this episode, the hype that preceeded it seemed focus on the fact that Lucy Lawless was in it, and not being a Xena fan, I didn't really care. Happily I thought the episode was brilliant.
Firstly a few comments about Lucy Lawless, (1) She's really tall! Standing next to Dee she looked like a giant. (2) She played the part excellently, with great presence.
What was great about this episode was all the things that made BSG great in the first season, a lack of melodrama, a focus on characters, tight script. It's the first real epsiode of Season Two (the others being Season One wrap up) and I think it shows. The intercut video footage added a nice gritty SF feel (although surely they'd have higher res cameras!?), inteviewing the characters allowed some out pouring of feelings without having to construct some contrived circumstances to show it off. And over all it was great.
Baltar gets demoted from his usual position of character-of-the-episode by D'Anna, although he was still brilliant and barmy.
And then the twist at the end, which I didn't expect, D'Anna is a cylon. Awesome. More of Ms Lawless can only be a good thing.