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Battlestar Galactica: Season 4

By the end of season three, things seemed to be going all but well with our favorite Battlestar and the fleet it’s protecting.

Gaius Baltar gets released after his trial where he was found innocent and President Roslin revealed her cancer has returned, the Cylons have started an all-out attack on Galactica, and in the middle of the battle, Kara Thrace – who was presumed dead – suddenly comes back from the dead with a brand new Viper, claiming she’s found the way to Earth. To make things worse, Saul Tigh, Galen Tyrol, Sam Anders and Tory Foster find each other after hearing the song All Along the Watchtower and can do nothing but conclude they’re four of the five final Cylons. Luckily for Galactica, the Cylon raiders recognise Sam when he’s in battle and break off the attack which finally leads to a complete break between the Cylon factions that support the Ones (John Cavil) on one hand and the Sixes on the other.

After the Cavils try to destroy the rebel Cylons, (the Sixes, Eights and Twos) the latter decide to join forces with Galactica and help them by destroying the resurrection ship. Meanwhile, aboard Galactica there’s confusion to whether or not believe Starbuck’s claim she knows where Earth is, especially as all memory from her Viper has been wiped clean and it looks as if she could be a Cylon. However, Baltar – who’s now fully devoted to his religion and spreads the word of God with the help of a group of followers – believes Kara is an angel and should be followed.

This and a lot more complicated storylines that I don’t want to spoil (which is hard when trying to explain what’s going on) in the final season of Battlestar Galactica where Earth is finally found.

Sound and Vision:
The image and sound quality are almost equal to that in the previous seasons. There are some minor compression errors here and there but overall things look pretty good eventhough it’s not always pleasant to see. The makers have done an excellent job in using different filters and levels of detail to make it easier to follow the different storylines and see the difference between flashbacks, dreams, scenes inside the battleship and outside combat. Only minor downpoint for me was that the CGI at certain times looked a bit too computer-generated.

The soundtrack perfectly uses all speakers and the subwoofer as appropriate. At all times do dialogues sound crystal clear (even Adama’s mumblings) and the effects used nicely achieve their goal. The radio used by Baltar sounds like an old model from the 1950s, the song that activates four of the final Cylons truly seems to come from everywhere eventhough it’s very subtle and the music perfectly supports each seperate scene, making it easy for the viewer to understand what’s going on. Fantastic!

Extras:
– Several Audio Commentary tracks
– Season 4.5 The Untold Story – Untold
– Caprica Sneak Peak
– Deleted Scenes
– 21 David Eick’s Video Blogs
– The journey
– Cylons: The twelve
– The music of Battlestar Galactica
– Evolution of a cue
– What the frak is going on with Battlestar Galactica
– And they have a plan
– The journey ends: The arrival
– So Say We All
– Manifesto Destiny
– Martyr to a Cause
– Battle-stlyle Galactica
– The sins of forgiven
– Battlestar Revelations

Where the previous releases were kinda empty when it comes to extras, this fourth season release makes up for a whole lot. Plenty of features are present that give additional information on the series, plug the upcoming TV movie “The Plan” as well as the prequel TV show “Caprica”, and have the cast talk all about their experiences while shooting. Only minor downpoint for me was that the writers get hyped a bit over the top. For the rest: top stuff!

Conclusion:
What’s there still to be said about Battlestar Galactica? It’s a magnificent show that picks up the pace tremendously in this fourth season, making you want to go through all eight discs in one go.

Things move a lot faster than in the previous seasons and at the end there’s still some open questions left, but the makers plan to release a TV movie called “The Plan” to cover those.

Galactica is possibly the best sci-fi show to have aired up to now and the fact that it doesn’t use alien beings and focuses on people and psychology makes it also entertaining for non-sci-fi lovers. A must have!

Our Score:
8.0

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