Recently I ran across this image from the mini-series of Battlestar Galactica (from the scene in which Roslin is diagnosed with cancer):

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My question is: Is this really supposed to be Serenity, the ship from Firefly? And, if so, how did this happen? (An out of universe explanation is welcome, since an in-universe explanation of Serenity doing a job on Caprica seems... far-fetched.)

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    it wouldn't be the first time serenity escaped the firefly series. this collection of pots and pans in the background of "doctor horrible's sing-along blog" was cleverly arranged to look like serenity (although that's hardly surprising, since both were written by Joss Whedon). Commented Aug 3, 2015 at 18:47
  • Sci-fi writers do stuff like that a lot. They put the Millennium Falcon into the big fight with the Borg in Star Trek: First Contact, for example. Commented Aug 3, 2015 at 20:04

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Yes, that's Serenity. Sadly, there does not appear to be an in-universe answer.

Jarrod Davis, who was a digital artist on the episode, revealed on Facebook that he put Serenity in the show on the advice of CG supervisor Lee Stringer:

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So we on the Crew were all about cameos, and I do believe it was Lee Stringer who had the idea to put the Serenity in the show somewhere. It fell to me because I had these shots in the hospital where Laura Roslin gets her cancer diagnosis with all these windows that needed filling with spaceshippy goodness. Perfect opportunity of course.

So I do it. And you've seen it. And I think, hey eventually some nerd will see this and get a chuckle out of it.

  • Interesting, reading the article you linked to it appears they didn't actually get permission to use the image of Serenity ahead of time. That's part of why I was curious since Battlestar and Firefly were, I think, on different channels, different producers, different writers, etc. I guess Zoic is the connection.
    – Bamboo
    Commented Aug 3, 2015 at 18:25
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    ''Serenity'' isn't the only famous starship in the first episode of ''BSG'': the other is the USS Enterprise -- in that case, I think it was supposed to be a blink-and-you-missed-it cameo, except that that shot was then incorporated into the opening credits :)
    – Gaurav
    Commented Aug 3, 2015 at 20:25
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    Apparently there is also a crossover the other direction. There is a Colonial Viper from BSG in the Heart of Gold episode of Firefly. I can't seem to find a screen cap of it though, so cannot confirm. Commented Aug 3, 2015 at 20:54
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    The Kodiak from Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun also makes a cameo appearance in the final episode. Commented Aug 4, 2015 at 4:40
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    Man, the Cylons really took that whole "burn the land, boil the sea" lyric literally.
    – Liesmith
    Commented Aug 4, 2015 at 7:39

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