In the first episode of Battlestar Galactica, 33, what is the ten minutes that Colonel Tigh and Commander Adama are rotating? Originally I thought it was ten minutes speaking to the President but have realized that ten minutes sleep might be more appropriate.

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    It appears to be ten minutes downtime. Not necessarily sleep, but just time away from the bridge.
    – Valorum
    Commented Aug 17, 2016 at 21:15
  • It's not explained further but sleep (or at least rest) would seem to be the most reasonable explanation.
    – Paulie_D
    Commented Aug 17, 2016 at 21:15
  • Enough time to use the restroom, splash cold water on your face, change your shirt, maybe just scream and break stuff - whatever you need to do to clear your head.
    – Joe L.
    Commented Aug 17, 2016 at 22:12

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Based on the show's original script, the implication seems to be that Tigh and Adama are taking it in turns to have ten minutes downtime away from the bridge, time enough to SSS.

Note that Tigh has maneuvered the captain to his quarters in this earlier draft.

[They’ve arrived outside Adama’s quarters. He glances at his watch.]

ADAMA: This my ten minutes or yours?

TIGH: Yours, I took ten last time.

ADAMA: See you two in Combat.

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