Unlike most Science Fiction series which focus on the Science Fiction, Battlestar Galactica has made it as its mission to focus on the human drama. What that basically comes down to is at that at this point you can summarize virtually every recent Battlestar Galactica episode as so.
Tensions have Galactica and her crew on the edge and everyone is paranoid and dissatisfied. While Character X finds himself on the brink of despair, Character Y faces the opportunity for redemption. A new foreboding Cylon factor is introduced that may have future ramifications somewhere down the line.
The fact that I can do this so easily sums up much of what’s wrong with Battlestar Galactica. It is very much a self-indulgent actors and writers show and there’s no doubt that the actors enjoy the workout they’re getting, being on the verge of suicide, madness or a tantrum just about every week. This week on Battlestar Galactica 4×07 The Road Less Traveled it’s the Chief who after the death of Cally has shaved his head, contemplates suicide and finally falls under the dubious charms of Baltar’s new religion.
Meanwhile on the Demetrius, Starbuck is being pretty much Starbuck, as we’ve seen for the last two episodes, and in the process alienating everyone. When an old Cylon friend comes calling with the offer of a possible alliance, the die is set and the crew mutiny. And by mutiny, I mean they refuse to follow her orders and relieve her of command.
Battlestar Galactica s4e07 The Road Less Traveled is an episode with little content and a lot of intensity, which also is a good way to sum up Battlestar Galactica itself. On the ship it’s an anatomy of another frak up as Adama and Roslyn appear to be willing to let Baltar gain a whole congregation without say taking someone aside, putting a weapon in their hands and pointing them the right way. On the Demetrius, Starbuck is her usual frakked up self. SNAFU pretty much characterizes BSG. Situation Normal All Frakked up.