Battlestar Galactica 3.14: The Woman King review

Original US Airdate: 11/2/07

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Written by: Michael Angeli

Directed by: Michael Rymer

Starring: Richard Hatch, Donnelly Rhodes, Bruce Davison


The One Where: There’s a “Doctor Death”.

Karl Agathon is put in a hangar bay housing 300 displaced civilians. Many are
pacifist Sagittarons. There’s an outbreak of Mellorak sickness – potentially fatal, but curable if treated. The Sagittarons believe medicine is a sin, and start dying.

One woman – the titular Mrs King – tells Helo that her son died after she allowed civilian medic Dr Robert to treat him.

Robert says the treatment simply came too late, but after a second suspicious death, Agathon takes his concerns to Adama – who dismisses them.

Agathon’s anxiety increases when first Hera and then Dee (a Sagittaron) are treated by Robert. Checking the doctor’s records, he discovers a high mortality rate amongst Sagittaron patients. Blood checks reveal the truth: the doctor’s been injecting Sagittarons with toxins to save the vaccine for “more deserving” people...

Another bottle episode, and it’s a medical ethics one. How thrilling. It’s good to see an aspect of the series that hasn’t been touched upon for a while – the cultural differences that divide the fleet – brought to the fore, but still: this is one of those episodes where you know exactly where everything’s heading. Maybe, though, it seems more predictable for British viewers cos we know what Harold Shipman did, and are more inclined to believe the worst of doctors? Anyhow, Agathon’s turmoil is well-played, but otherwise this is unremarkable.

Six: “There’s a trick to being human. You have to think only about yourself.”

Ian Berriman

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