Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)
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The Oath 

The Fleet refuses to cooperate with Cylon engineers and Adama decides to put an end to it. He sends the Quorum a message stating that unless they wish to join Zarek in the cell, they get ... See full summary »


John Dahl


Ronald D. Moore (developed by), Mark Verheiden | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Edward James Olmos ... Admiral William Adama
Mary McDonnell ... President Laura Roslin
Katee Sackhoff ... Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace
Jamie Bamber ... Lee Adama
James Callis ... Dr. Gaius Baltar
Tricia Helfer ... Number Six / Caprica
Grace Park ... Lt. Sharon 'Athena' Agathon
Michael Hogan ... Colonel Saul Tigh
Aaron Douglas ... Chief Galen Tyrol
Tahmoh Penikett ... Captain Karl 'Helo' Agathon
Michael Trucco ... Ensign Samuel Anders
Alessandro Juliani ... Lt. Felix Gaeta
Richard Hatch ... Tom Zarek
Sebastian Spence ... Lt. Noel 'Narcho' Allison
Bodie Olmos ... Lt. Brendan 'Hot Dog' Constanza


The Fleet refuses to cooperate with Cylon engineers and Adama decides to put an end to it. He sends the Quorum a message stating that unless they wish to join Zarek in the cell, they get their people in line. However, Gaeta has already freed Zarek with the help of other would-be-revolutionists. They allow Zarek to leave Galactica on a raptor. He lands on Colonial One and enters a gathering of the Quorum. Meanwhile, Anders gets ambushed and captured. At the CIC, Gaeta cleverly manipulates everyone else until the time is at hand for the revolution to begin. Written by Toni Tapola, Finland

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30 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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This marks the second time the "Cylon" introduction was not used. The first time was the previous episode. In this case, it's already an established fact and there are no more mysteries about who the Cylons are or where they are or what the plan is. The See more »


President Laura Roslin: [trying to convince an unsympathetic Baltar to let her use his wireless to make a fleet wide broadcast] The thing is that I never really believed in your conversion, so I was counting on your well-honed sense of self-preservation.
Dr. Gaius Baltar: I'm so sick of your insinuations. I recall your sudden allegiance to the priestess Elshoa and the Scrolls of Pythia the last time your political fortunes were in doubt. Tell me, how is that working for you now?
President Laura Roslin: If it makes you happy, maybe we're both frauds and this is...
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Losing the plot.
31 January 2009 | by MoviefileSee all my reviews

Well I was hoping the series would go out with a bang but it's looking more like the writers are floundering. Mutiny in reality is a rare thing, because any commander worth their salt has learned how to lead. You lead by example, by the book and because your experience and track record recommend you to your superiors and to your subordinates. Inspirational leaders are less common because they require something more both in themselves, and in those they command. If you lack experience in the military field I recommend you read this page which provides a good overview:

All I will say is that in my view, regardless of the seeming hopelessness of their position there is no way that a successful charismatic leader such as Adama would be removed from his command by mutineers. The fact that the arch mutineer is Mr Gaeta is beyond belief, no one in their right mind would follow him anywhere, he is a whiny malcontent whose military career prospects would be extremely limited even if he had not lost his leg. The fact too that he is allied with Zarek would make for little prospect for stability or a proper command structure, and it is infantile to imagine that long serving and experienced personnel would not realise this. The idea that they would rise up and murder their colleagues is mad, as military law is explicit and there would be no prospect of any amnesty or commutation. As characters Zarek and Gaeta are weak venal and uninteresting and should be pushed out of the airlock forthwith.

Shame, I had enjoyed the series up to now, but it really does appear that the writers have lost their way.

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