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BSG Preview: “Islanded in a Stream of Stars” March 6, 2009

by Rosario T. Calabria , Filed under: BSG , trackback

Tonight is the last episode before the three hour series finale (spread over two weeks) for our adopted show, Battlestar Galactica. "Islanded in a Stream of Stars" has some more loose ends to tie up, including with the ship herself. See below for all the preview goodness, plus the latest frakkin links.


“Islanded in a Stream of Stars” [Season 4 Ep. 18]
US: Airing March 6th on SciFi at 10 PM (9 Central)
Canada: Airing March 6th on Space at 10 PM (7 Pacific)
UK: Airing March 9th on Sky1 at 9 PM

Synopsis: The rebel Cylons and the Colonial humans react to Hera’s kidnapping while the physical condition of the Galactica continues to deteriorate

Bill tries to hold the old girl together

[more photos]

Preview (SciFi – USA)

Preview (Space – Canada) [sorry for crappy quality]



Last Week’s Episode ("Deadlock") Roundup

The episode is not yet available for streaming, but here is the recap:

Also check out Ron Moore’s podcast for the episode, it is enlightening.

Ratings analysis
Episode 17, "Someone to Watch Over Me", drew 1.66M viewers. That’s a slight improvement of 8% over the 1.53M viewers for episode 16, "Deadlock" (which is a season 4.5 low). Through seven episodes, season 4.5 is averaging 1.73M viewers.

Frakkin BSG links

Even more BSG
If that isn’t enough for you, keep track of all your Frakin needs at our favorite BSG site, Battlestar Sitrep.


1. Capt Mike Of The Terran Empire - March 6, 2009

Bsg should be good tonight. Last week was much better then the week before. Hopefully a lot of questions will be answered.

2. Capt Mike Of The Terran Empire - March 6, 2009

It will be interesting to see how the Galactica holds up. or if she gets so bad they havt to go to the Cylon Ship. But I hope it can stay together. But next week should be all the fun for the series finaly.

3. OM - March 6, 2009


…Duh, third?


…Of course, the last few eps have been getting raked over the coals on other forums. Mischaracterization on the part of Jane E,, too much soap opera and not enough space opera, and the whole Slick = Starbuck’s Father thing just wasn’t made clear enough for even the die-hard fans to grasp. One can only hope the finale actually ties up enough loose ends to make a satisfying ending, or Moore & Eick are going to get strung up higher than Berman and Braga would have been if the fans could have gotten ahold of them over the Enterprise ending debacle.

4. Enterprise - March 6, 2009

Only 3 more left after this one

5. CmdrR - March 6, 2009

Islanded, not Island.

I can’t see them leaving Galactica just yet… not before the finale. Even if they abandon her, they’ll be back for the big shee-bang in the next two Fridays.

God, this show scares and delights me. Great acting. Dark as hell. I don’t know whether I hope for a happy ending or will only accept a dismal one in keeping with the whole tone of the series.

6. spock - March 6, 2009

I don’t think Galactica will get abandoned or destroyed until the end.

7. Enterprise - March 6, 2009

I kinda hope it does. They all get marooned on the Earth.

8. Viking - March 6, 2009

I can sympathize with the Galactica. Getting old and creaky is a bitch. LOL

9. Warren - March 6, 2009

When are they going to tell the Chief that Tori killed Kalie?

10. Enterprise - March 6, 2009

You mean Callie?

11. Mazzer - March 6, 2009

Rosario T. Calabria. What a great name. It sounds like a TV star, or someone they dedicate a freeway section to. “Rosario T. Calabria Memorial Highway”.

12. Fourthmealer - March 6, 2009

Meh. Let’s see how much of this episode I’ll be fast forwarding through to see something interesting.

From that last 2 episodes, I think I watched a total of about 15 minutes of actual show. I’m just waiting to see how this series ends.

13. Brad - March 6, 2009

Who cares about BSG? I just want Star Trek!!!

14. Mr.AtoZ - March 6, 2009

#3 OM

The word “retard” is offense and shouldn’t be used here or anywhere else.

15. Captain Otter - March 6, 2009

Gee Brad, troll much?

16. beltegeuse - March 6, 2009

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17. beltegeuse - March 6, 2009

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18. Enterprise - March 6, 2009

illegal downloads, much?

19. Sean - March 6, 2009

@ #1:
“Hopefully a lot of questions will be answered.”

I rofl’d at that. Isn’t that what we’ve been asking for every episode for the last 4 seasons? BSG could have been a ton better if they hadn’t taken so many huge breaks and spread out some of these “answers” over the series instead of cramming them into the last handful of episodes.

20. OM - March 6, 2009

“The word “retard” is offense and shouldn’t be used here or anywhere else.”

…If it’s in the English language, it’s fair game. Deal with it.

21. Enterprise - March 6, 2009

Wow, another bad episode so close to the finale? I’m getting worried.

22. Chingatchkook - March 6, 2009


I couldn’t disagree more, I thought the episode was as great as ever. I feel edgier than ever knowing that they are making preparations to abandon Galactica. I keep wondering about Thrace’s Raptor and how it came back, brand new and in pristine condition. I wonder if that is to be the destiny of Galactica?

I keep thinking over the course of the last 4 years how RM and company have given us so many plot twists, fascinating story lines and situations that I never thought that Galactica and crew would never escape from. Yet the ship and crew seem to emerge every time. My guess is that this finale will be the grand daddy of all escapes and triumphs.

Thankyou, Mr Moore and company for some absolutely fantastic story telling, this has been a terrific story. I look forward to seeing what you have to offer with Caprica!

23. Enterprise - March 6, 2009

It was her Viper. And I was hoping they’d talk about that two episodes ago.

24. McCoy's Gall Bladder - March 6, 2009

Yup Yup Yup

great episode

Grace Park is an actress of the highest caliber.

I’m glad Galactica is going out in a blaze of glory.

I want to know what’s in that nebula

Poor Hera!

“Brought a tear to me eye” ~~ Scotty

25. Enterprise - March 6, 2009

The beings of light are in that cloud!

26. Izbot - March 6, 2009

“Islanded”? Is that a word?

27. Commodore Lurker - March 6, 2009

Defrakking . . .

It’s going to frakking SUCK when this show is over and done with. }:-(>


28. McCoy's Gall Bladder - March 6, 2009

islanded is a pun, a play on words

Its something us old timers used to do before they invented pong…

Damn I’m going to miss Tygh…

29. Jax Maxton - March 6, 2009

You know, as I get older and watch and analyze more TV, I realize that when a show is coming to an end, you should never have the highest expectations for the last 5 episodes until the very last. You will always looks for big reveals and will always be let down because the writers almost ALWAYS save those reveals for the final 2-3 hours. Heck, “Lost” does it each and every season. BSG has done it as well.

That being said, the last 2 episodes were terrific. The writers on BSG are great at the emotional set-ups, and with the end of every season they’ve somehow built their stories into great emotional crescendos that explode in a grand finale.

What’s been terrific about this 4th season (yet somewhat depressing), is that the season almost modeled itself after the stages of grief. They hit depression after finding Earth a burnt cinder, and tonight reached acceptance.

Now, like a lonely widow, humans have to consider what’s next. They don’t know what to expect, but they seem like their now mature enough to accept it. Starbuck especially embodies this idea of moving on.

I’m really ready for the end. Tonight’s episode really wrapped up a lot of things emotionally for our travelers and for us viewers. Now we just need closure, and I trust these writers to give us something remarkable.

30. Daoud - March 6, 2009

#26 Yes.

In a sentence:

The mutineers had to be islanded so that we could safely make it back to port.

Apparently, the title seems to refer to Kara being miraculously dropped off back into existence. As best I can make it.

Interesting to see Boomer suddenly start to develop a conscience.

31. Mr. AtoZ - March 6, 2009

#20 OM

Lets hope no one in ur family or friends ever have a handicap. What an ass…

32. McCoy's Gall Bladder - March 6, 2009

I took it to mean “I landed in a stream of stars” but then I’m old and have a much more active imagination than others…

Divine Fiat by R&D returned Starbuck to us.

I just want to see her kill people/shoot toasters…

33. CmdrR - March 7, 2009

Islanded is a verb, meaning to be made like an island… as in isolated. The Galactica is on her last few jumps and will soon be islanded. I love this show. I don’t ask for answers to every question. I just hope it all makes sense story-wise and character-wise. I strongly disagree with the bashers who say this is too soapy. Of course it is. Didn’t you see the pilot? What were you expecting? If you don’t like this show, donate a buck to Richard Hatch’s Galactica 2010 project. *snicker* Maybe he’ll name a dagget after you.

34. Enterprise - March 7, 2009

It’s odd we get another stall in the storyline before the last three episodes. Come on. We should be in a roller coaster. Adama has stared at the bulkheads for three episodes.

35. Requiem1971 - March 7, 2009

WOW, tonight was so interesting. First off some HIGHLIGHTS I need to point out: Starbuck sitting on the toilet taking a leak… First time ever I actually saw someone sitting on the toilet and using it. It’s a classic already! And how about those original Cylon Vipers in the cave??? Did you guys see them? They were from the original breed alright. I just knew I would see the original Cylons, but sadly didn’t. And when they hooked up Sanders to the Galactica, I just knew he would jump the ship away. I kept looking for something to end the episode in a twist. But nope. Next week Galactica goes out in a Blaze Of Glory!!!!!

36. Chingatchkook - March 7, 2009


Right you are. I stand corrected.

37. Norbert - March 7, 2009

I hope the finale will be better than tha last two episodes.

38. Seven Of Nine's Panties - March 7, 2009

#14 well mr atoz, I’m retarded (I have ceratin problems) and I don’t have an issue with people using the word ‘retard’, so neither should you

39. Cody - March 7, 2009

Maybe it’s just me, but shouldn’t this be on I mean, it’s a good show, but this should be about Trek.

40. Capt Mike Of The Terran Empire - March 7, 2009

Last nights Ep was ok. it had a few good Moments. But I do see that they are leading us to a big time ending. i just hope it is great. I do think that we will see the ship of lights and in turn will find our Earth. Maybe even before we have our war with the machines. But would it not be something if they meet up with a man on our Earth named John Conner.

41. Capt Mike Of The Terran Empire - March 7, 2009

How about a Cylon vs a Termanator!!

42. dalek - March 7, 2009

Good filler. Some great scenes with Adama.

But did we really have to have the sound effects of Starbuck peeing??? I know “real” and “gritty” have been used to describe the show, but I don’t want to hear anyone taking a leak on any TV show thank you!

43. Dr. Image - March 7, 2009

Yeah, filler.
They’re wasting valuable episode time.

So, did the five go to the colony after the war on Caprica? That era? Or the Earth war? WTF?

44. Mr. AtoZ - March 7, 2009

My brother is and I do have a problem with it and so does he.

45. JeFF - March 7, 2009

I LOVE THIS SHOW!!!! Galactica kicks ass.

I’m sad it will be over, but wow, what an amazing ride it’s been.

46. Requiem1971 - March 7, 2009

Ok, I’ve heard it before and I’m sure I will here this again. Luckily along the way I got a good explanation toward this. Those who wonder why were discussing BSG on a Star Trek sight must take into account 2 things: although this discussion us under the banner of Trek, it is science fiction. Science Fiction shows will be discussed. Secondly and most importantly BSG is a Ron Moore show and we all know that Ron Moore is a Star Trek alumni.

47. McCoy's Gall Bladder - March 7, 2009

Frakin retards!

If you want equality, you have to be treated as equals and that means you get insulted the same as anyone else! Think I havent taken my lumps? Think anyone gives a damn about my feelings? That’s right, they dont and neither do you, so shut it.

Special treatment is for sissies

Remember this quote from Dean Martin, “They cant hurt your feelings if you never have any.”

Whatever happened to being a man?

End of discussion. Dont make me turn the internet around.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled programing already in progress…

Cody, BSG is the closest thing to Trek since Farscape went off the air.. deal with it. You dont have to look at the articles, you can just read the centerfolds.

I dont care that Starbuck pee’d. People pee. Except Star Trek people. I think Frakes mentioned his was the only cabin on Enterprise-D that had a toilet. No wonder Picard and Worf were so uptight.

Kids if you think Starbuck peeing was out of line just wait until you take gym class and have to shower with the other girls.

Final thought: The title also makes me think of Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers’ Islands in the Stream, known to day as Ghetto Superstar.

Cant get that Frakin song out of my head now… maybe it means I’m a Cylon?

Plus: Whatever happened to Terminator v. Robocop? Why did that movie never get made?

48. Grag - March 7, 2009

Stall, stall, stall…. And I’m not referring to Starbuck on the toilet.

I know some folks here are fine with the focus on characters rather than accelerating the story to its conclusion, but I’m not among them. I agree with Enterprise (#34). We should be starting to see the unfolding of the mystery instead of just seeing the mystery continue. And conisdering how plot-heavy this series has been, this episode was close to inert. The only new thing that happened was Adama deciding to mothball Galactica. Everything else was talk, or else finishing out actions that were essentially a done deal already (e.g., Boomer delivering Hera to Cavil).

Jax Maxton (#29), I take your point, but I honestly expected better. This show has generally been really good about mixing plot with character, but apart from the bolus of story a few eps ago, the backstory hasn’t gone very far this whole season.

One thing that bugs me is that nobody on Battlestar seems to care about the implications of Earth and what they’ve learned about Cylon-human history, except some of the Cylons. Or at least, if they’ve been havng those conversations–which would seem pretty interesting–we’ve never seen them.

All i can say is that the payoff better be worth it. I’m just worried that the climax will be avout fighting and explosions and mass death, and the bigger-picture implicatons will be thrown away in a few asides and will prove to have been plot gimmicks all along.

But I hope I’m wrong….

49. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - March 7, 2009

Love the show but good Lord – Depressionstar Galactica. The Nihilism and wallowing in depression, self loathing, ect is way too over the top. This is like the ending of the movie Stalingrad which I am quite certain Moore has seen. If you have not seen the film I suggest you watch it. It is how Battlestar will end

50. Chris Basken - March 7, 2009

#44: I have a problem with excessive political correctness. Does that mean you can’t talk?

51. The Angry Klingon - March 7, 2009

I guess Star Trek isnt the show for you then because it’s as bout as touchy feely politically correct as anything ever produced. You may want to change your thinking or your viewing habits.
Kind of hard to picture Spock calling someone a retard or Kirk saying,”Thats so gay”.
Food for thought…and if its not appetizing then this may not be the restaurant for you.

52. dalek - March 7, 2009

I didnt think it was out of line. I thought hearing her pee was unnecessary. It just took you out the scene. Instead of listening and following the conversation, instead you were jumping out of the scene thinking “hang on i can hear her peeing!”.

53. Jax Maxton - March 7, 2009

48. Grag

“One thing that bugs me is that nobody on Battlestar seems to care about the implications of Earth and what they’ve learned about Cylon-human history, except some of the Cylons. Or at least, if they’ve been havng those conversations–which would seem pretty interesting–we’ve never seen them.”

My question is what would you expect them to do after finding Earth? Think about it for a second. All but a small handful of humans gets completely wiped out. The ones that are left hang all their hopes on finding the mythical Earth. Along the way you see things that seem to bolster the credibility of your culture and religion (Tomb of Athena, Eye of Jupiter, etc.). Then you get to Earth and, not only is it destroyed, but t was an entire trine of your enemy. Everything you’ve come to believe in the last 4 years just went out the window.

What do you do now? You’ve hung your entire future on making a new home on Earth. Your leaders seemed to have led you astray. You have to work side by side with the enemy.

I’m sorry, but I think you’d feel pretty hopeless about the future. A lot of people think the show has stalled. But that’s the point, isn’t it? These people have stalled. They have no destination and are running out of options. I think that if the writers do one thing right it’s to convey those types of emotions through their story telling.

And I know, you all want answers. So do I. But 3 hours is a lot of time for those answers. Heck, most movies tell a pretty compelling story in 90 minutes. For now I’m putting my trust in the writers and hope to be satisfied by what they come up with in the next 2 weeks.

54. NoRez - March 7, 2009

“” When are they going to tell the Chief that Tori killed Kalie?””

Kalie’s not really dead – Mal was just screwing with Simon.


55. Anthony Pascale - March 7, 2009

OM after repeated warnings for bullying and trolling, banned for a month…next time = permaban

56. Anthony Pascale - March 7, 2009

btw…i liked last nights episode

and again, we do bsg updates because i want to.

end of line

57. Chingatchkook - March 7, 2009


Personally, I’m glad you do the BSG threads. It’s kind of like chatting with the neighbors about how life is going with them. I hope you continue the tradition when Caprica hits the air.

58. RAMA - March 7, 2009

Just can’t wait for the show to end. Its like a car wreck, but I need to see it. Islanded was terrible. Once again Adama needs to make decisions and act and what does he wind up doing…sitting by the president’s bedside smoking some version of weed. Great, an alcoholic, now this. There’s a lot more nonsense I could comment on but I guess I’ll leave it at that.

59. TonyD - March 7, 2009

#58 – “Just can’t wait for the show to end. Its like a car wreck, but I need to see it.”

Pretty much my feelings as well. I was a casual fan of BSG as well but tuned out midway thru the second season because the whole thing was just getting too emo for my tastes. I got caught up again in time to catch the final season in real time and have been utterly disappointed by every episode presented. People stand around, looking maudlin, the occasional crisis is presented, more sighs and sadness, a few lingering shots of excessive drinking followed by a few lingering shots of somebody lying in a hospital bed. Hopefully, things will pick up in the finale but so far this final season has been a big anticlimax for me.

60. Enterprise - March 7, 2009

Two Starbucks One Cup

61. RAMA - March 7, 2009

#59 At season 2 I was convinced BSG was one of the best shows ever, after that Moore let the success go to his head and he went as dark and depressing as he could. I have no probs with dark shows, but did he have to make the characters so dumb (as with Kara in this episode plugging hubby back in).

62. Cody - March 7, 2009

Hey #47, calm down about me “dealing with it”… I don’t care if it’s the closest thing to whatever… This is Trek, not….

I do like BSG…. make no mistake…

What I’m saying is, I don’t go to expecting to read about Harry potter…

Why don’t we just include all sci fi shows and talk about them all? Oh, that’s right, we’d have to go to sci or something…. :)

63. dalek - March 7, 2009

#60 LMAO haha fantastic!!!

64. Jax Maxton - March 7, 2009

62. Cody

The dude who runs this site does a great job. He always updates and gets involved in a lot of the comments. If the guy wants to put up a BSG preview, or even a Desperate Housewives preview, he’s more than welcome. After all, he’s doing all the work. So instead of being upset because he enjoys BSG, why not thank him for doing the work to get you the Trek news instead.

65. King Of All Blacks - March 8, 2009

the Old-School Raiders in the Cavil colony was a nice surprise!!

I think were being set up for a New Cylons vs. Old Cylons battle for the finale!

this episode reinforced the the fact that Kara really does love her husband.

the Ellen & Tigh scenes were pretty great this week.

66. THX-1138-The Horn Xpressionist - March 8, 2009


Have you ever checked out the other features on this site? It has a pretty wide range of topics such as Science Fridays, Sci-Fi Saturdays, The Collective, etc. Not all of it has to do with Trek. Or the movie. But the site is caled Trekmovie for now. Anthony has said after the movie premiers he is planning a name change; something like TrekHQ.

I personally like this site. It’s one of my favorites. But like the universe, the internet is vast. If this particular port doesn’t suit your fancy, then cast off for other more suitable climes.

67. SciFiMetalGirl - March 8, 2009 is pretty much my “one-stop-shop” for everything that I love and care to get updates about!

I rewatched this BSG episode a second time, and some of the things seemed to click in with me better the second time around. Some shows are just like that.

It really didn’t bother me to see Kara going pee… it happens! In fact, it really didn’t even register on me until it was mentioned by someone above. Not really a big deal.

68. Weerd1 - March 8, 2009

I think episodes like this, and Deadlocked a couple of weeks ago, really can’t be judged until we see the season in its entirety, and more widely, the show. There have been moments in each of the last three which at first glance are only little character moments, but in context I think will prove quite important. Remember Roslin flashing to her death while jumping with the basestar? She is now in that room. Remember the Galactica being empty in those visions? If they abandon ship, it will be. Anders a hybrid? Hera writing Watchtower and calling it a starmap? I think these little moments will pay off when we see the show culminate, rather like DS9 did under Moore’s direction.

Or else they are going to really tick me off… :/

69. Jax Maxton - March 8, 2009

68. Weerd1

“Or else they are going to really tick me off… :/”

Agreed. I hope I’m not defending this show to only be terribly let down 2 weeks from now. This show may be my favorite TV show of all time right now and the one way that could change is a screwy ending.

70. Tango - March 8, 2009

Well, to me, between the cylon paint and what’s his name is now a hybrid plugged into Galactica, I think it’s going to get auto repared and they won’t have to abandon the ship.


They all get cylon liver transplants from all the drinking


Adama wakes up just to find out it is all a dream–or perhaps simulation.

71. sean - March 10, 2009

I don’t understand all this complaining about the show being depressing or dark. CIVILIZATION ENDED. EVERYONE IS DEAD. THE SHIP IS FALLING APART. EARTH WAS A CRISPY CRITTER. THE PRESIDENT IS DYING OF CANCER. Maybe you’d like them to visit the casino planet and lighten things up, eh? is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.