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Cult | News | 04 January 2005

Battlestar Galactica

Review: The Hand of God

Baltar relies on divine intervention to save the fleet, as Adama plots to steal vital fuel from a Cylon refinery.

The emphasis on Cylon religion increases as Number Six asks Baltar to have faith in their god when the scientist is called to provide vital intelligence that could make or break Adama's plan.

After a few episodes on the sidelined by a dodgy knee, Starbuck takes centre stage as she tries to lead the attack is declared unfit by Adama and the President, taking þherbal' medication for her condition, starts seeing snakes. Apparently ancient prophecies are involved. Aren't they always?

The original Galactica unashamedly rode off the back of Star Wars' success, so it's amusing to see a fun pastiche of A New Hope's Death Star bombing run. Apollo's Viper blazes through a service tunnel on the Cylon base in an effects sequence so impressively big-budget that it's just begging to be made into a shoot-em-up videogame.

Despite all the great moments, the episode is somewhat let down by a peculiar soundtrack. A touching scene between Adama, Apollo and an intergalactic Zippo lighter is drenched in so much sub-Lord of the Rings wailing pipes that you half expect the characters to start calling each other Mr Frodo and hugging a lot. Even worse is the post-mission backslapping scenes which are accompanied by something dangerously close to Mull of Kintyre.

Meanwhile, back on Caprica, Helo and pregnant Cylon Boomer shack up in an old barn. This is odd, as empty houses aren't exactly in short supply.

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