Progress Report provides ongoing impressions of serials or sets I view them.
Season 4 of Battlestar Galactica was an abbreviated season, lasting just ten episodes and really pushed deep into the mythology of the series, and, fortunately, the mythology itself finally started touching on the broader and more interesting themes embedded into the overarching narrative. The search for Earth finally yields a kind of reflection on the value of life, the nature of humanity and runs the series from the darker more cynical mood to a slightly more idealistic one while still dealing very much with matters of pragmatism.
I actually like that both President Roslin and Admiral Adama get some noticeable character development, but I do feel that Lee "Apollo" Adama really starts taking a back seat due to his miring in politics, which I don't really find that troublesome, except that I feel like he gets more spotlight than his character deserves for this arc. I did actually like the development on part of the Cylon models as well and the civil war aspect is pretty interesting, although I felt that the overall impact of the big battle was a little more than anticlimactic. In fact, I feel like the season was a touch on the anti-climatic side and so when it ends with a whole lot of hoopla, it feels more than a little bit manufactured.
Still, having come this close to the end, I remain curious as to where the series will go in its final half-season considering that this could have been the end of the series right here. I'm hoping that it actually charges into its themes and the bigger picture somehow and resolves that aspect in a meaningful way.