Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Battlestar Galactica - Hand of God

Hand of God did sort of have a Star Wars vibe to me as Apollo must fly his Viper into a narrow tunnel located in a base on an asteroid containing much needed ore, occupied and featuring a swarm of cylons. Commander Adama picking Starbuck's unorthodox brain for an attack strategy that the cylons might not anticipate really is quite a statement of his respect and interest in her unique space fight perspective.

Because the cylons would tactically coordinate attack plans based on how the military have conducted themselves in the past, Starbuck could perhaps offer Adama a different approach to surprising them. The base on the asteroid needs to be taken out so the ore can be used for fuel the BG and Colonial ships are in desperate need of. In fact they have enough fuel for like two jumps and the cylons could always challenge them at any time. Using cargo holds to hide Vipers and Colonial ships as decoys, the attack plan might just work, but Apollo will counted on to use some fancy flying in order to get to a certain vulnerable, sensitive target area inside the base, pointed out by Baltar Gaius as the ideal bullseye (although he later admits to "fantasy Six" when off in his delusion with her during discussion that he just picked it at random, later determining such a guess as "guided by God").


The show continues to address realistic problems that would obviously plague a fleet as it travels in space towards a destination. Water problems in the past have been mentioned, and in this episode it is fuel. And the cylons are always a nuisance the fleet cannot always avoid. But this episode, thanks to Starbuck and Apollo, and Adama's belief in them, shows how ingenuity and courage can work in the favor of the BG and fleet. Adama concealing the attack plan from Roslin does earn a bit of tension but not all military tactical strategy will be shared so freely between them. Again trust is still something that appears to be lacking to some degree.

 Helo and Boomer's progression on Caprica still hasn't quite captivated me, but I reckon his isolation and her attachment to him gives context in comparison to what the fleet is going through so far from there. Roslin seeing snakes and this vision eerily similar to ancient text, unable to get through a press conference because of it (previously she had seen Leoben before he was found and interrogated), appears to be a supernatural possibility...Gaius also considers his potential spiritual significance, somewhat convinced by Number Six's constant hallucination that he is far more than just a brilliant scientist.

I thought this was a good action-oriented episode has fine performance interplay between the principles, conducting what the best attack strategy could be, ultimately a success because of "outside the box" thinking.

3.5/5

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