Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)
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The Woman King 

When a group of refugees board Galactica with a curable illness, it becomes very mysterious when they begin to die after taking the injection they do not believe in.


Michael Rymer


Ronald D. Moore (developed by), Michael Angeli | 1 more credit »

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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 ... Major Lee 'Apollo' 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
Alessandro Juliani ... Lt. Felix Gaeta
Tahmoh Penikett ... Captain Karl 'Helo' Agathon
Nicki Clyne ... Crewman Specialist Cally Tyrol (credit only)
Kandyse McClure ... Lt. Anastasia Dualla
Richard Hatch ... Tom Zarek
Donnelly Rhodes ... Dr. Cottle


When a group of refugees board Galactica with a curable illness, it becomes very mysterious when they begin to die after taking the injection they do not believe in.

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Release Date:

11 February 2007 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


'The Woman King' is Tahmoh Penikett's favorite episode from 'Battlestar Galactica' season 3. See more »


When Roslin and her assistant are watching Number 6 kissing the invisible Baltar, the boom mic can be seen in the upper left corner. See more »


Main Title Theme
Written by Richard Gibbs
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Medical Ethics and Uneven Episode
17 November 2016 | by christian94See all my reviews

The content of the episode is one of the best in terms of philosophical musing on medicine profession dilemma of patient right to refuse treatment, religion/superstition vs public interest. We can think of vaccine or pharma refusal or typical Jewish observance of Sabbath and Jehovah's Witnesses and blood transfusions parallels to name a few. The episode features great scenes, conflicts and dialogs, but is plagued (pun intended) with a few unconvincing performances from non core characters and stereotypical one-dimensional portrayal of Sagittarons, save a quick not particularly insightful comment from Dee (Anastasia Dualla). The themes and story elements are strong, but directing and acting could have been better to hit the point home. The writing created a perhaps simplistic story arc with personal internal drives which led to an unsatisfactory ending instead and of raising more questions and reflection.

All in all a good watch and canvas for further discussion. The Helo and Sal personal opposition was noteworthy, but more time could have been used to examine the themes and weigh the pros and cons like Star Trek usually does.

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