Battlestar Galactica: Season 4 (2008 - 2009)

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Season 4
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Battlestar Galactica's final season proves a satisfying conclusion to TV's best science fiction offering.

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Critic Ratings: 36

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User Ratings: 221
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Episodes

1
Air date: Nov 24, 2007
2
Air date: Nov 24, 2007
3
Air date: Apr 18, 2008
4
Air date: Apr 11, 2008
5
Air date: May 2, 2008
6
Air date: May 9, 2008
7
Air date: May 16, 2008
8
Air date: May 9, 2008
9
Air date: May 16, 2008
10
Air date: Jun 13, 2008
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The fourth season opens with the crew of the Galactica dealing with the aftermath of Kara's (Katee Sackhoff) return. The Cylons go to great lengths to bring the "final five" Cylons out of hiding. Kara is sent off to find Earth and makes a disturbing discovery. An unlikely alliance results in a joint operation against a resurrection hub. Military and civilian leadership square off again in a desperate bid for power. The "Final Five" emerge as the shaky alliance is in jeopardy. The crew scrambles to try to repair Galactica but the damages are very great. Adama (Edward James Olmos) launches a final rescue mission.

Cast

Edward James Olmos
as Adm. William Adama
Mary McDonnell
as Laura Roslin
Jamie Bamber
as Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama
James Callis
as Dr. Gaius Baltar
Tricia Helfer
as Number 6
Grace Park
as Lt. Sharon Valerii
Michael Hogan
as Col. Saul Tigh
Aaron Douglas
as CPO Galen Tyrol
Tahmoh Penikett
as Capt. Karl 'Helo' Agathon
Alessandro Juliani
as Lt. Felix Gaeta
Kandyse McClure
as Lt. Anastasia 'Dee' Dualla
Katee Sackhoff
as Lieutenant Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace
Paul Campbell VIII
as Billy Kiekeya
Sam Witwer
as 'Crashdown'
Kate Vernon
as Ellen Tigh
Dean Stockwell
as Brother Cavil
Michael Trucco
as Samuel Anders
Rekha Sharma
as Tory Foster
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Critic Reviews for Battlestar Galactica Season 4

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (17)

It's a relief to have the series back to pick up a strange, uneven TV season.

Jan 23, 2020 | Full Review…

Riveting as ever, "Battlestar Galactica" proves again that sci fi doesn't have to be clap trap.

Apr 4, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Tonight's episode is superb, and barrels - relentlessly - toward the answers.

Jan 2, 2018 | Full Review…
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To be honest, I'm weary of Baltar and his endless visions/hallucinations, as I am of the fleet's wandering as the surviving colonists try, somewhat fitfully, to find their way back to a home planet none of them remembers.

Jan 2, 2018 | Full Review…

The action has enough flavor to make clear what's at stake with the personal dramas.

Apr 4, 2008 | Full Review…

For a series that had always used familiar trappings of sci-fi like robots and spaceships to comment on our present-day circumstances, it was the perfect final sequence.

Jan 2, 2018 | Full Review…

The mutiny storyline was the highlight of the season, which overall had an unusual number of highs and lows - there were very strong episodes and storylines throughout, but usually some noteworthy weaker elements would also show up along the way.

Jan 23, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

This final season of BSG surely contains many faults, most of which are the direct result of mysteries the show had imposed on itself. But when it comes time to send off the crew of Galactica, it is done in the small moments, just as it should be.

Jan 23, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The return of Battlestar Galactica reminds us why it's so often considered one of the best shows on television.

Jan 23, 2020 | Full Review…

Yes there were missteps, but this will be remembered as a show delivering compelling, emotional moments in nearly every episode, along with some of the most layered and thought-provoking situations and characters you'd find on television.

Oct 12, 2017 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…

There are certainly a number of issues that continue to haunt the show, but the story is infinitely fascinating regardless and we can't wait to see how things play out.

Jan 23, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

With a renewed sense of purpose and enthusiasm season four is more cohesive and creatively invigorating than the third installment of the series, which often felt disjointed and needlessly didactic.

Jan 23, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Battlestar Galactica: Season 4

  • Jan 25, 2020
    One of the best series that I ever watched.
  • Aug 17, 2019
    Best thing I have seen on television in my lifetime. I'm 48. The last 2 minutes of the last episode explains what was going on the whole time. You'll have to go back and rewatch it all again in that context.
  • Jul 29, 2019
    A believable look into the fate of a society dependent on technology. Perfect mix of action and drama. Cannot rate this underrated series, or this season, high enough.
  • Jan 14, 2019
    Season 4 is where the Battlestar Galactica reboot series started to go down in quality in the writing a bit imo. It is still good, but has some problems that earlier seasons did not. It starts being a lot more religious with some unexplainable miracles happening, people who are dead or never existed appearing like angels to save people, visions by people guiding them towards their new home etc.. It starts getting away from the strictly logical sci fi show it was in prior seasons and more into religious fantasy, which I am not sure if I like so much. That being said the original show in the 70s was pretty religious so it is in spirit with the original version of the show. The Cylons and Baltar also undergo more character development. The one thing that really bugged me about this season the most is that the song "The Watchtower" by Jimi Hendrix was playing throughout the season. I mean talk about breaking the 4th wall, this is a sci fi show about a race coming from far away across the galaxy that has never been to Earth and somehow they are hearing song repeatedly written by Jimi Hendrix on Earth in the 60's? I found that to be pretty dumb. So this season, although enjoyable, has gotten less than a 5 star rating from me because it was a little bit corny compared to the previous 3 great seasons.
  • Sep 04, 2018
    A really exciting and thoughtful sci-fi with very nice actors and a really cool plot. I feel bad about the budget CGI effects this series would have deserved more than this.
  • Aug 11, 2018
    Things get round up nicely, and there's a bit of mysticism thrown into the mix!
  • Jun 02, 2018
    Guess their "plan" was telling everyone they have a plan. haha. Ending straight out of Hitchiker's guide to the galaxy. They really were the B Ark after all. :D
  • Mar 05, 2017
    After two seasons of slowly developing its character-based drama, "Battlestar Galactica" come on strong in Season 3 with more intensity. The same can be said for this first half of Season 4, as literally every single episode crackles with dramatic development, action, and even philosophy. I won't give away any major spoilers here, but this season begins with the aftermath of the Gaius Baltar (James Callis) trial and the miraculous "return" of Kara "Starbuck" Thrace (Katee Sackhoff). From there, it also deals with the revelation of four of the final five Cylons (and how they deal with that knowledge), as well as a potential human/cylon alliance in order to find Earth. There is so much going on this season both plot-wise & character-wise that I could write for paragraphs and still not cover it all! This set also ends with a cliffhanger that you will NEVER see coming (even if you know it is indeed coming). Again, mirroring what I liked about the third season of this show, the beginning of this effort is just as much about the Cylons as it is about the humans. To me, the human/Cylon relationship has always been the backbone of this show, and this season gets off to a great start by exploring that relationship in even greater depth. Of course, as per usual, the acting and character drama is also incredible. Each member of the large ensemble cast is given a juicy role (no one is left out), while the show even proves it can survive for a few episodes without a strong Admiral Adama (Edward James Olmos) presence. We're talking LOST-like character progression (the highest compliment I can give a TV show). Overall, this beginning half of Season 4 continues the strong BSG tradition of crafting intense, character-driven drama that truly makes you care about the participants. You might as well have 4.5 ready, because you won't want to wait to see what happens next! Sometimes, the term "science fiction" gets a bad rap, being lumped in with other descriptive phrases like "nerd", "junkie", or "social outcast". If you mention you're a fan of "Star Wars", "Star Trek", or any similar sci-fi fare, and many people will automatically brand you as "that kind of person". Those people making those types of judgements will likely never give a show like Battlestar Galactica a chance, and that is a shame, because it is truly one of the greatest shows ever produced for television (with an epic conclusion among the greatest of its kind as well). I don't want to give away any spoilers about the episodes in this set, but suffice it to say that every single one is an incredible tribute to BSG's storytelling. Not a moment of plot development or character development is wasted...it's pure human drama that builds with each episode and concludes with a touching send-off to the characters we have all come to love. In terms of shows beginning the winding-down process, BSG 4.5 far outpaces the final episodes of my three other favorite TV efforts: LOST (too many unanswered questions), 24 (no true ending at all), and The X-Files (too drawn-out to provide true closure). Though there are potentially a few little things (as always) that can be nitpicked, this show comes about as close to perfection as possible in terms of wrapping up such an epic tale. To conclude, I would categorize Battlestar Galactica as a drama, first and foremost, that just happens to be set in space. It is much closer to LOST or 24 than any sort of Star Trek fare. In fact, and I say this as a long-time Trekkie, my interest in watching "Deep Space Nine" (the one Trek series I haven't seen and was going to begin before stumbling across BSG) is almost completely "zero" after concluding this journey. BSG (especially in its conclusion here) just set the bar too high.
  • Jan 09, 2014
    Starbuck returns. The hunt for the Final Five escalates.

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