Monday, July 7, 2014

Battlestar Galactica 1.15: “War of the Gods, Part 1”

Airdate: 1/14/79

Crazy white flashes of light blind and seem to abduct several Viper pilots, while on the Galactica a rousing game of “Triad” is in progress (sort of a futuristic-looking version of racquetball). Apollo, Starbuck and Sheba go to investigate the Viper situation and land on an eerily-lit planet where they find the lone survivor of some kind of spaceship crash – an elder, regally-dressed man named Count Iblis. The dude is uber-mysterious, having something of a seductive effect on women while ostensibly having no heartbeat or set of vital signs. He claims to have supernatural powers, too, and when they crew takes him to see the peons of the fleet, he wows them with the promise of multiplying their food (which he makes good on). Even skeptical Adama seems won-over when Iblis offers to lead them to their long-sought destination of Earth, and to prove his trustworthiness, he even does he impossible  - an arrangement of a truce between Adama and the Cylons, led by Baltar!

Moderately interesting tale, with the standout being Patrick Macnee’s performance as the enigmatic Iblis, a character arousing as much dread as he does mystery. Crew members compare him to God but there’s just as much Moses and Jesus symbolism going on here (in keeping with Glen Larson’s penchant for Judeo-Christian iconography). Slow but at least not dopey, as has been the case with recent episodes. And BTW: those Triad outfits worn by Starbuck, Boomer and Apollo are just about the gayest looking clothes you’ll ever see.

Rating:  **1/2

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