Questions tagged [battlestar-galactica]

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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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 did the original-Earth have continents that resembled the ones on the final-Earth?

So in the end of season three I think, when Thrace comes back and says 'I found Earth', the ending zooms out of the galaxy, zooms back in, and I could have sworn I saw Florida, the continental United ...
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Why did the humans leave their original planet to found the colonies?

I watched pretty much every episode of BSG, but I can't quite remember why the humans left their homeworld to found Caprica and the other colonies. I'm guessing it's either nuclear holocaust, ...
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How is Starbuck 'The Harbinger of Death'?

Several times during the fourth season of Battlestar Galactica (2004), Starbuck is referred to as the harbinger of death (for instance, at the ending of Razor). But if anything she ends up saving ...
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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 , episode “33” - why can't they just take sleep shifts?

I recently tried to start watching the Battlestar Galactica (re-imagined) series, and just had to stop after the first episode, "33", because I couldn't understand the logic. Shortly, the story is ...
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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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Why sacrifice Pegasus?

Spoiler Alert: Season 3, Episode 4, Exodus (Part 2) Lee Adama defies Admiral Adama's orders and uses the Battlestar Pegasus to rescue Galactica from certain destruction. Galactica and Pegasus are ...
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Norse mythology in Battlestar Galactica?

I just watched the prequel style movie 'Blood and Chrome' and was intrigued when I saw Norse named vessels (Valkyrie and Loki) I've seen all the episodes up to S2:E19 and believe up to that point ...
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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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Why does the paper in Battlestar Galactica have the corners cut off?

In Battlestar Galactica (the reimagined series), as far as I can see all the paper have their 4 corners removed. While I don't remember an in-universe mention of it (there wasn't really a need), did ...
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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 was Gina Inviere's motivation for blowing up Cloud Nine?

In "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II", Gina Inviere takes the nuke Baltar had given her and sets it off, destroying Cloud Nine and several nearby ships. The radiation from this explosion ultimately ...
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Are the Battlestar Galactica deities Lords of Kobol references to a programming language?

In the Battlestar Galactica universe, in both 1978 and 2004 instances, Kobol is the birthplace of humanity - from which the twelve (13?) colonies originally departed. One of the humanity's larger ...
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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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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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Fate of the Cylons after Battlestar Galactica reboot

Wondering about the fate of the Cylons at the end of the Battlestar Galactica 2004 reboot. Has this been explained anywhere?
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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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What is the viewing order of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica?

I have watched a few random episodes of BSG here and there and really enjoyed it, but now I want to do it right. I want to go back to the start, and watch it all the way through. I understand there ...
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Why was there a maximum of 12 Cylons?

There were only 12 types of skin-job Cyclons in the new Battlestar Galactica. Why this (low) limit? Was this ever (in-universe) established?
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Why are basestars so spindly in shape?

In Battlestar Galactica 2004, battlestars are large, sturdy, and ready to take multiple hits. However, on the flip side, cylon basestars are poorly structured to allow multiple weak points that could ...
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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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If the Cylons have higher intelligence than humans, why didn't they attack Caprica and the colonies and let the few survivors leave?

If the Cylons are sentient and by default more intelligent than humans, why didn't they just attack Caprica and the colonies and let the few survivors leave? They could have owned the planets and ...
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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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Why 1930's gangster style in Caprica?

Being a big fan of Battlestar Galactica (2004), I decided to check out the prequel Caprica. I am curious why the creators decided to use a 1930s style of dress for their citizens? I found a blog ...
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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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Has Ronald Moore ever commented on similarities between BSG and PKD's “Second Variety”?

So I'm reading a collection of Phillip K. Dick short stories, and I got to one called "Second Variety," the plot of which is that autonomous, self-replicating military robots learn to imitate humans ...
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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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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 happened to the wreckages of Battlestars from the First Cylon War? [closed]

In Blood and Chrome, we see the wreckage of the Battlestar Archeron, and in Razor we see the Battlestar Columbia explode into relatively large pieces, so much so that people are actually alive for a ...
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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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Why doesn't Admiral Cain carry out her secret plan?

This question is one big spoiler for Battlestar Galactica Season 2 episodes "Resurrection Ship Part I" and "Resurrection Ship Part II". In Part I of "Resurrection Ship", Admiral Cain and Commander ...
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What are the names of the 12 original Battlestars?

In the miniseries it is said that there was 12 original Battlestars, one for each of the 12 colonies of man. We know that Galactica of Caprica was one of them. Do we know any of the other twelve and ...
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How can a spaceship jump “into” a mountain with FTL?

In Lay Down Your Burdens (Part 1) (episode 19 of season 2 of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica), the rescue mission to Caprica loses one Raptor during their final jump. On checking the coordinates, ...
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What fuel do battlestars use?

It is given that battlestars use some sort of reaction mass to move, as they have glowing blue engines in the back end, unlike the cylon basestars, which are only presumed to move using a form of ...
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Was there a meaning to the song used in Battlestar Galactica episode

Not sure how much of this is a spoiler, but I'll put it in the tags anyways. Hover over the section below to read the question.
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Why does Gaius Baltar lie about the results of his Cylon detector?

When Baltar runs the Cylon detector on when the detector indicates that they are a Cylon he lies about it for fear of that characters reaction to the news. I cannot understand what his motivation is ...
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How did the Galactica survive an atomic weapons hit?

During the opening salvos of the second Cylon war, the Battlestar Galatica was engaged by several Cylon basestars. During the engagement the Cylons launched an atomic weapon which struck the Galatica ...
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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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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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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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How does the Galactica survive so much hammering

The Galactica in Battlestar Galactica is fired upon multiple times on many occasions by Cylon Basestars. It has also flown through very harsh conditions such as the atmospheric jump into New Caprica ...
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What is the command structure of Battlestar Galactica marines?

Having watched the recent Battlestar Galactica television series, I've noticed that the Marines assigned to the Battlestar seem to the assigned commanders as needed. For instance, several times Lee ...
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How did the humans know there were only 12 Cylons?

Quite early on in the new Battlestar Galactica, it was established that there were only 12 types of "skin-job" (human-like) Cylons. How did the humans find out about this limit?
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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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Why Did an Angel Seem to Want to Drive Baltar Mad?

In a a later episode of Battlestar Galactica (the 21st century re-imagining) Baltar says that angels come to us as images of people we have known and along the way, we find out that the instance of ...