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Battlestar Galactica is an American science-fiction media franchise. Major works in the franchise include the original 1978 television series, a miniseries which aired in 2003, and a television series which ran from 2004 to 2009. Always use this franchise tag in conjunction with applicable series tag(s).

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Do we know if toasters exist?

In Battlestar Galactica (2004) - a common derogatory term for a cylon is a "toaster" (as in implying they are nothing more than simple common machines). However, since the characters are in ...
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What did Gaius Baltar mean when he said "silly me" at the very end of Battlestar Galactica?

At the very end of Battlestar Galactica, Gaius Baltar says "you know it doesn't like that name" in reference to the label 'God'.... But then he smirks and goes on to say "silly me"....
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Why does the Zephyr need a rotating ring when artificial gravity exists?

In the 2004 Battestar Galactica, there is a civilian ship called the Zephyr that has a rotating ring section. This is one of the known methods for creating artificial gravity in space: But ...
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Do Head 6 or Head Baltar ever mention anything not known by Caprica 6 or Gaius Baltar

I am relisting to the Battlestar Galacticast podcast and in the second episode exploring part two of the Mini-series. Podcast host Marc Bernardin states that Head 6 didn't know anything that Gaius ...
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Do battlestars have a secondary CIC?

Do the battlestars in the TOS or reimaged series have a secondary CIC/bridge? I know that in Star Trek the larger ships have one, like the Auxiliary Control room (TOS), or the Battle Bridge (TNG). Is ...
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Has anyone ever acknowledged this interpretation of the name of the Galactica?

Before Edwin Hubble discovered the true distance to objects such as the Andromeda "Nebula", it was widely believed that all the stars in the universe were contained within the Milky Way, ...
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Who's in charge of Centurion-only ship?

At the end of Battlestar Galactica (2004) they set Centurions free and give them their own ship, saying that they should find their own destiny, and then they just jump from Earth. So who's in charge? ...
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Why didn't the Cylons just build a new resurrection hub?

In the reimagined Battlestar Galactica season 4, a plan to destroy the Cylon resurrection hub is hatched. The humans seem to think that this will prevent all Cylons resurrecting forever. Why would ...
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Who Invented DRADIS?

As the question implies: in the BSG (Battlestar Galactica) reimagined universe, is it ever mentioned in-universe the background of DRADIS (Direction, RAnge, and DIStance) and who invented it? I’m ...
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In "The Passage", why do the Raptors need to see the civilian ships?

In the episode "The Passage" of Battlestar Galactica, the Raptors are guiding civilian ships through a nebula. The civilian ships can't navigate so need military escorts to guide them. ...
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Why did Adama think he could break the endless circle this way?

I'm wondering why Adama thought he could break the endless circle by giving the Centurions free will/give them the opportunity to decide on their fate on their own? From what I understood from the ...
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Who were "The Primitives"?

Supernatural divinities are the primitives' answer for why the sun goes down at night. [Brother Cavil (Lay Down Your Burdens, Part 2)] Now, don't get me wrong, we can deduce roughly what Cavil was ...
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How do Cylons (Human form) tell each other apart?

I have been binge watching Battlestar Galactica and something in Season 2 Episode 18, "Downloaded", puzzled me. Biers (Lucy Lawless) and Caprica Six (Tricia Helfer) are talking on a bench in ...
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Was Zarek responsible?

On a rewatch of Battlestar Galactica, and just got to Colonial Day in season 1. One of the plot lines in the episode is the first and last appearance of Valance, who appears to be planning to ...
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Who is being spoken to in the BSG miniseries?

Just started rewatching Battlestar Galactica. In the miniseries, shortly before the bombing of Caprica, Six turns and addresses someone off-camera "About time you got here." Is it ever revealed who ...
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In Battlestar Galactica, why does Baltar not know who the Final Five are?

For a while, Dr. Baltar is obsessed with wanting to know who the Final Five are --- because he is conflicted about betraying humanity and wants to believe that he is a Cylon to ameliorate his guilt. ...
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Was a baseship ever called a basestar in the 1978 Battlestar Galactica?

In the 1978 Battlestar Galactica series the main Cylon ship was always called a baseship. In what episode was it ever called a basestar in 1978? The basestar name was used in the 2004 series only that ...
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Why don't Battlestars have guns to protect their landing bays?

I was re-watching the Battlestar Galactica (1978) and have a question. In the episode "Fire in Space" the Cylons go right into the landing bay and cause a fire. Why don't the battlestars ...
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Is the battlestar's name located on both sides (port and starboard) of the ship?

Is the name of a battlestar located on both sides of the ship? I recall on the original series they only show the port side of the ship. Is the Galactica's name on the starboard flight deck? I am not ...
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What "Star Wars" comic featured a character using the old "Battlestar Galactica" laser pistol?

What I know: This was a current-canon comic (so published within the last 7-ish years.) I saw pictures/panels/illustrations from it on Wookieepedia within the last six months (so it might be an ...
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What did George Lucas sue Battlestar Galactica for?

I can't think of anything similar in the franchises beyond "bad guys wear black." There was no supernatural power (that I recall), no elite superheroes. Heck, there was no hyperdrive! Does anyone ...
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Did the cylons deliberately spare these characters?

In Battlestar Galactica (2004) it is eventually revealed that the are, in fact, characters in the fleet. However, it seems like an amazing stroke of luck that all of these characters were spared ...
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Which "Earth" is seen in "Crossroads, Part II"? [duplicate]

At the very end of "Crossroads, Part II", after Starbuck comes back, we see "Earth". At the time, we assume that this is the same "Earth" she has just been speaking about. However, at the end of the ...
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Why Do Vipers Land Like Aircraft?

We are shown repetitively how maneuverable Vipers are, able to flip nose to tail in a third of a second, but when they land in the flight pods, they come in at high speeds and try to get ahold of the ...
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Is there an explanation for the resurrection of the Cylons?

At first glance it's quite clear. When a Cylon dies, his (digital) consciousness is uploaded to the resurrection hub and there it is downloaded to a new body. But on a closer look there are many open ...
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Why wouldn't Cylon Raiders immediately send at least one by FTL to report contact with military enemies?

In Season 1, Episode 9 "Tigh Me Up,Tigh Me Down" it is very clear that Cylon Raiders have FTL capabilities (since part of the main storyline is about that fact). Now one can wonder why that Raider did ...
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Multiple FTL units on Galactica?

Why didn't the Battlestar Galactica have more than one FTL unit so that it could jump and rejump without any delay? That would seem very useful in battle to jump in, fight, and leave within minutes. ...
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What rock songs are playing in the v-club in the pilot episode of Caprica?

Bear McCreary has composed the musical score for the Battlestar Galactica prequel series Caprica, but the published soundtrack doesn't include the punk rock songs playing in the v-club. What are ...
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Did the Colonials do any kind of spatial exploration?

In the BSG universe, before the Cylon attack and destroy the Colonial civilization, did the Colonial engaged in any kind of space exploration? Whether by sending probes or ships to nearby systems or ...
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How do ships in the BSG universe calculate their position in the galaxy?

In the BSG universe, the Colonials seems to struggle quite a lot to be able to determine their position in the galaxy. In the episode Scattered of the new series, it takes 20 minutes for the ...
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When should the Battlestar Galactica episode "The Plan" be watched with respect to the episode "No Exit"?

I see that the special "The Plan" is generally recommended to be viewed after the episode "No Exit", although I hear it could very well be viewed before that episode, but the reasoning there is ...
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Battlestar Galactica Resurrection

How do Cylons "upload" their consciousness to be downloaded into a new body upon death? Some models are identical in every way to humans bar a reaction to a certain type of radiation (i.e. from Gaius ...
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Battlestar Evacuations

If a Battlestar is critically damaged from say, a battle or an accident, then how can the entire crew of the Battlestar evacuate in a hurry? Are Battlestars equipped with lifeboats or escape pods?
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What job was Adama being interviewed for?

In Daybreak Part 1, we see Adama being interviewed and hooked up to a lie detector. What job was he being tested for?
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Why wasn't Boomer's Raptor affected by the CNP?

In the BSG Miniseries we see a entire squadron of Vipers be disabled by the CNP so, why wasn't the raptor also disabled?
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Can Battlestars actually fly in the atmosphere

In Blood And Chrome during the beginning, we see an (original style) Basestar hovering above Caprica City, and during The Plan, We see a (modern) Basestar flying through the sky at breakneck speed. ...
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What's the purpose of the Cylon "transponder" from the BSG Miniseries?

In the Battlestar Galactica Miniseries, we encounter a Cylon device in Galactica's CIC. Gaius Baltar is first alerted to the device by his Cylon companion/hallucination. He tells Galactica's ...
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Were the identities of the Final Five planned from the start?

I was just rewatching some random episodes, including "33", the very first episode of season 1. The theme of the episode centers around exhaustion, and they make a point to show that Boomer was ...
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Battlestar Galactica episode with a western gunfight

Very faint memories of this, probably from the original Battlestar TV series. I've tried searching for Wild West shootout and variations but no joy. There was like a cowboy saloon and a fighter pilot ...
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Why was Boomer surprised of Daniel's existence?

In 4x17 "No Exit" Boomer learns about Daniel, She seems genuinely surprised at this, despite her often enough referred to as She certainly wasn't that bad at counting as to be surprised of Daniel's ...
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Why did Baltar not run to Adama after he successfully detects his first cylon?

Baltar gets a positive result when But he lies to the test subject in order to save his own skin (following advice from head-six) However, what prevented him from taking the information to Adama as ...
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Any technical specs of the 1978 Battlestar Galactica?

Are there any official technical specifications for the original series Galactica online? I know there's a Battlestar Wiki but I'm not sure how reliable it is.
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What or who were the Lords of Kobol?

There were many references to the Lords of Kobol throughout the first season of BSG, culminating in the eventual discovery of Kobol itself. They were described as 'gods', implying that they were not ...
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How were the Cylon Centurions re-enslaved by the biological Cylons?

It’s explained in the opening to the miniseries that the original robotic Cylons were created by humans on twelve colonies. Eventually, the Cylons rose against the humans leading to the first Cylon ...
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Do Cylons have any concept of law?

The Cylons have left Colonial space and formed their own organized society. Yet, there are several moments when we see one of them killing another. Of course murder can be considered less of a crime ...
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Battlestar Galactica Communications

Do they have audio-visual communications in the 2004 series like they showed in the 1978 series? I know in the Galactica's CIC it shows them using old phone handsets that are hard wired. Did the ...
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Are there any official technical specs for the Eastern Alliance destroyer?

In the original Battlestar Galactica series, they come across the destroyer for the Eastern Alliance. Are there any official technical specs for the destroyer at all? I know they mention star speed, ...
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Is the Cylon Test reliable?

In the first season of the rebooted Battlestar Galactica they mentioned that they wanted to perform Cylon tests on people in sensitive positions first, and that they are going to start with Commander ...
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Stopping the Cylons from getting Hera

In season 3 episode 3 (Exodus, Part 1) Laura Roslin stresses how important it is that Hera not fall into the hands of the Cylons. She says, "... it is imperative that [Maya] and [Hera] get off this ...
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Why do Vipers use skids instead of wheels?

Why do the Vipers in Battlestar Galactica use skids as landing gear instead of wheels? Did they use the skids when landing at airfields back in the colonies? I'm mostly interested in in-universe ...
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