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Battlestar Galactica 4×12 Revelations episode review

A shorthand way to keep track of the difference between Battlestar Galactica and Lost is that if you drove everyone on Lost nuts and gave them guns, uniforms and spaceships they’d be the characters on Battlestar Galactica. Battlestar Galactica 4×12 Revelations is the series’ mid-season finale, which means no more episodes until 2009 and while Battlestar Galactica s4e12 Revelations does deliver a conclusion of sorts, rather than a cliffhanger, it’s one rooted in Planet of the Apes rather Battlestar Galactica 1980, which may be some improvement.

Battlestar Galactica 4×12 Revelations is really two episodes. One episode is another standoff episode of the type Battlestar Galactica routinely does these days and the kind we had not so very long ago. The stakes may be higher but the basic ingredients are the same, tight rapid closeups, pounding music, both sides moving to the brink of destruction, until the whole thing gets sidelined and everyone divies up what they have. It’s a BSG formula and I suppose all the more relevant in light of the apocalyptic conclusion to the search for earth. The second episode is the euphoric search aborted by the grim reality of the poisoned earth that awaits them.

There are plenty of payoffs in Battlestar Galactica 4×12 Revelations, from Saul finally telling Adama the truth, volunteering to be shot out into space and even telling Lee to hurry up and do it, the revelation of Earth and the Final Five. Starbuck and Lee finally seem to be growing up, as the opening of Revelations testifies and everyone learning to get along, even the Cylons. But the payoffs are there mainly because Season 4 was such thin gruel consisting all too often of characters going nuts and of too little actual plot motion.

In the end we seem to have reduced the Battlestar Galactica universe to a cautionary Cold War warning with human and Cylon history as a cycle that has Earth wiped out in a war between man and machine, with the refugee humans or machines creating their own race of androids on Kobol, who rebel, think of themselves as human and go on to colonize the 12 colonies and then create the Cylons who perpetuate the process. The way out apparently is to embrace monotheism and stop making robots.

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  • Terrahawk June 23, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    I finally saw “Revelations” and was….I’m not sure how to put it. At times it garnered my interest. However, so much junk has come before that it couldn’t help but intrude in this episode.

    – Four of the final five (actually it was only three of them) exist only to say that our best bet on the way to Earth is based on Starbuck saying that her viper is pointing the way. It just trashes the entire garbage ship plotline and makes it a waste (ha, a pun). It also makes the whole final 5 concept pretty worthless as well.

    – Yep, humans trust the Cylons now because….they only spaced one of our pilots. Trust in the BSG universe seems to be predicated on the abused accepting the abuser. Cylons wipe out your civilization, hunt you mercilessly, and space people. Obviously, humanity’s lack of trust is very disturbing.

    BSG reminds me of Japanese anime that makes no logical sense at all. The pictures are pretty but everyone is damaged in some way and everyone or almost everyone perishes at the end.

  • O_Deus June 23, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Yes it really doesn’t make much sense, especially with the Cylon religion seemingly being established as the superior one, but BSG 2.0 never made much sense in the first place. 90 percent of the plot is either driven by visions or by characters behaving in psychotic ways.

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