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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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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What was Starbuck’s role?

I’m confused about Starbuck’s role towards the end of the Battlestar Galactica remake. Was she an angel? UPDATE: All great answers below but I gotta give the check to the one that I think is right, ...
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Why was a young actor in age makeup cast in the Battlestar Galactica miniseries, rather than an older actor?

In the first scene, the mid-sixties looking Armistice Officer is played by then 31-year-old Ryan Robbins. The part has no lines and the character never appears again (though the actor appears again ...
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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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What is the picture that the pilots touch in BSG?

There is a certain picture in Battlestar Galactica that, whenever we see it, someone is touching it in some way, like they are showing respect. What is that picture?
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Should I watch Battlestar Galactica original show before watching the reboot?

Is it useful or beneficial to watch Battlestar Galactica original show before watching the reboot?
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Why is there a lot of low-tech in Battlestar Galactica?

On one hand, residents of the Twelve colonies perfected travel in spaceships and FTL jumps, but on the other hand, they have some really low-tech technologies, such as disconnecting a network by ...
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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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Why does Cylon number 6's back glow in episode 1?

In episode one, when Baltar is seduced by what turns out to be a Cylon in the form of a human, the Cylon's spine glows red and shines through her skin. Was this just a special effect for the benefit ...
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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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In the BSG episode Water, how does losing 60% of the water cause such a crisis?

I'm starting the new BSG series again, and just finished the early episode "Water". They mentioned that they have enough water to last for years. Shortly afterward, they lose 60% of the water, and ...
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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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What's the big deal with the first FTL jump in the Battlestar Galactica miniseries?

In the miniseries the first time we hear about FTL jumps (Adama ordering the jump to Ragnar Anchorage), there's an exchange on how dangerous it is ("we could end up in the middle of a sun") and after ...
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What was the Cylons' “plan”?

The opening credits for Battlestar Galactica state that the Cylons "have a plan"; but what it was escapes me. What, exactly, was the Cylon plan; who formulated it, and in what episodes was it ...
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Who was the piano player that Starbuck met in the bar on Galactica?

Towards the end of season four, Starbuck meets a piano player in the makeshift bar on Galactica. Now, it appears that this guy is some kind of ghost/angel like Caprica-6 and the ghost Baltar - but I ...
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What is the point of Number Six killing a baby on Caprica?

In the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, the Cylon Number Six models are depicted as sympathetic characters toward the end of the series (they rebel against the Cavils, they join the humans, they ...
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What Happened to the Cylon Detector?

Soon after the Cylon attack and the Galactica's escape from the destruction of the Twelve Colonies, Gaius Baltar says he can build a Cylon detector and works on it for several episodes. However, it is ...
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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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Did Serenity really appear in Battlestar Galactica?

Recently I ran across this image from the mini-series of Battlestar Galactica (from the scene in which Roslin is diagnosed with cancer): My question is: Is this really supposed to be Serenity, the ...
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What does the code 1123, 6536, 5321 have to do with music?

In the final episode of Battlestar Galactica, Starbuck enters 1123 6536 5321 as co-ordinates to jump to our Earth, from the episode it had something to do with the music. I'm wondering exactly what it ...
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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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Does a spaceship lose air reserves every time an airlock is opened?

Something seemed to me a little bit bizarre when watching some movies or series that take place in space. When someone wants to leave a ship (either alone or with a smaller vehicle), there must be ...
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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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Should I skip the miniseries in the new BSG?

I missed on the new BSG series and was thinking about getting started. All I know is that is a highly recommended show and that there was a miniseries precedingit. Since I am a subscriber to Hulu Plus ...
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Why does Galactica jump so close to planets?

Why does Galactica choose to jump so frakking close to planets? The show often describes jump destinations as in orbit or worse, low orbit. This seems like a dangerous and risky maneuver and one that ...
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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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Why do the guns in Battlestar Galactica have two barrels?

In the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica series, the handguns that the military use seem to have two barrels. What are the reasons behind this?
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Why didn't the 12 Colonies explore further

In the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, it doesn't take the fleet long to reach uncharted space, and it takes perhaps less than a year for them to find Kobol. Even if the Cylon war led to them ...
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Was Boomer meant to actually kill this person and if so why was her attempt to so poor?

At the end of series one of Battlestar Galatica, we see Boomer shooting Adama twice in the body at near point blank range. As a member of the military (and a Cylon), if her true intention was to kill ...
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Making Sense of Battlestar Galactica's Network Ban

In Battlestar Galactica, William Adama expresses his disdain for networks given how easily the Cylons can exploit them thereby crippling their systems. If there are truly no networks in use, then how ...
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Why do the Cylons cause a holocaust?

Why do the Cylons bother to destroy the Humans? What's their reasoning? They could have just as well populated the rest of the universe and left the puny humans alone, destroying the humans should ...
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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 did Baltar's and Caprica-Six's illusions communicate?

In the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, we learn that Caprica-Six and Baltar have a shared illusion. The illusions are not each other's consciousness being kept by some Cylon link, they are actual ...
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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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How Human are Humaniform Cylons?

After the Cylon ambush, when the government asks Balter to build a Cylon detector, they have just recently learned there are "skin jobs" (as they call them) that look like humans, but they aren't sure ...
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Why do ships in Battlestar Galactica constantly run their main engines?

In the 2004 reboot of Battlestar Galactica, many of the spaceships are shown with their engines on for extended periods of time. In space, there is no air resistance to compensate against with thrust,...
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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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Did the Cylons intentionally select the day of the Galactica's de-commissioning to attack the Colonies?

Is there a reason that the Cylons attacked the Colonies on the day of the Galactica's decommissioning, or was that only a coincidence written for narrative reasons?
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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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Are the rules to BSG's sport Pyramid ever explained?

In Battlestar Galactica season two episode four Resistance, Starbuck and Samuel Anders play a pickup game of Pyramid. The two seem to be following a set of rules, but nothing is clearly outlined in ...
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In Battlestar Galactica, how does the newly re-imagined series relate to the original?

In the newly rebooted Battlestar Galactica TV series, references are made to the previous version of Battle Star. For instance the original Cylon design shows up in the new Battle Star's Museum and ...
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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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Why do Knight Rider and Battlestar Gallactica have similar red lights?

Coincidence? Or did Glen A. Larson just really like the cool effect?
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What Kind of Government Did the Cylons Have?

The Cylon community could be broken down into the time before the "Final Five" appeared and after, since once the Final Five showed up, they would have outside influences and likely change a lot by ...
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Where was the last episode of BSG filmed?

In Daybreak Part 2, the crew of the Battlestar Galactica land on a planet which William Adama calls "Earth" because they "deserved it". Where is this part of the show filmed? From what I have found ...
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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 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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How long before the series start does Caprica make first contact with the other human colonies?

I've just recently started watching "Caprica" (a canceled "Battlestar Galactica" spin-off), and I was wondering at what point in the chronology of the series do the various human colonies make first ...
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How did Cavil manage to sneak the Five into human society?

Cavil must have gone to great lengths to introduce the Five into the human population. You can see some of the effort in The Plan, though that is more to save a Five already in the population. ...
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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 ...