Review from the Chicago Tribune:
Lee vs. Kara: A marquee 'Battlestar Galactica' throwdown
In the interest of keeping your interest while I’m gone (I’m on vacation until Dec. 4), I’m writing some posts on upcoming episodes of various shows.
This one is about the episode of “Battlestar Galactica” that airs Dec. 1. It contains spoilers, so don’t read it if you don’t want to know about this episode, in which the Battlestar crew go up against each other in an all-comers fight tournament. You might want to read it after the episode airs if you’re not into spoilers. (By the way, if you want to know more about the episode, there are pictures of it here.)
The first few sequences cut between scenes from a party on New Caprica – before the Cylons arrive, and when hope is still in the air – and scenes of a fight tournament that Admiral Adama has engineered on the deck of the Galactica. The idea is that anyone who puts his or her dog tags in a certain box can challenge anyone else whose tags are in the box, regardless of rank.
Lee Adama goes up against Helo, and there are various other matchups involving Hot Dog, Kat and other crew members. Yes, there’s even some girl-girl fighting. And there’s one bout you’ll have to see to believe (after you watch it you may understand why I thought of Shakespeare’s “Henry V” during this episode. Or not).
Things are clearly leading up to a big blowout between Lee and Kara Thrace – they’ve had a tangled history, and the finale of Season 2 showed that things were quite icy between them at that point. This is the episode in which we find out why.