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It is actually more likely a reference to the star/planet Kolob, which is mentioned in Mormon scripture and teachings. In those texts, Kolob was close to the throne of God, or is described as the "star nearest unto God". Glen Larson, the creator of the original Battlestar Galactica is a known Mormon. Backing this up is the other similarity in The Quorum of ...


29

If you watch a Viper landing on the deck of BattleStar Galactica Ideally they come to a Hover and then lower the Landing Gear and drop down. wheels would make this action more unstable and in any case brakes would need to be applied to stop the wheels moving creating more mechanics that can go wrong. in addition when taking off the legs are retracted so ...


21

It doesn't, really. Seriously, watch it carefully over the course of the entire four seasons. You can watch it deteriorating episode by episode -- sometimes more, sometimes less -- until, near the end, the fact that it's starting to seriously fall apart is a major part of the plot. That said, she clearly was designed to be durable, to take a lot of ...


19

No Six was not in the original BSG. Her character was first introduced in the 2003 miniseries. In the original BSG there are no skinjobs (cylons that are nearly indistinguishable from humans). There are humanoid cylons, such as Andromus, which superficially appear as humans, but these are entirely mechanical beneath their artificial skin.


14

To draw on historical analogy, 19th century frigates and ships of the line were state-of-the-art floating cities carrying huge stocks of spare parts. They had the tools and expertise to make all sorts of repairs, smelt and shape metal, and even fashion new masts if the material is available, and large crews for the labor. Their spares and crew could be ...


14

The Cylons use some form of democracy via the mass-production Numbers. We know this because there's a episode where there's a contentious vote and Boomer (a Number Eight model) votes against her fellow Eights, thus breaking what would have been a stalemate. Cavil insists the Raiders should undergo a procedure to remove or at least reduce their sentience, ...


13

I think the argument about pneumatic tyres is irrelevant, and also uninteresting. You could have gear with metal tyres (like a train has). More interesting is why no wheels at all? In-universe explanation Let's look at the role of the gear during take-off. When a Viper is accelerated along the launch tube (presumably using some kind of magnetic rail system, ...


11

Primitives is a common term in English for people belonging to an undeveloped civilisation. The OED defines primitive (warning: paywall) as "An original inhabitant, an aboriginal; a person belonging to a preliterate, non-industrial society." I wouldn't call it awkward or overly poetic. There's nothing to suggest Cavil was referring to a specific ...


10

Because after the initial positive test of Boomer (which Baltar hides to save his neck), and Baltar later discovering that each sample will take ~11 hours to test, he fixes the cylon detector to give everyone a pass. The functioning Cylon detector created by Baltar confirms that Sharon Valerii is indeed a Cylon, a fact that Baltar hides from Valerii, ...


9

Important distinction: Original 1978 Battlestar Galactica? or Reimagined Ron Moore 2004 series? In the original series, in the pilot episode, Apollo is on patrol with his brother Zac, and they exchange a conversation prior to encountering the cylon tankers where they discuss what they want to do after the armistice is signed. Apollo expresses a desire to ...


9

The Lords of Kobol were the Gods of the mainstream religions of the twelve colonies. They are referenced again in the prequel series Caprica. A central plot point of the Caprica series is a group of religious extremists who do not follow the mainstream religions. There's a brief reference in Wikipedia's episode list which summarizes episodes, including ...


8

It's not the clearest answer but I'd say "Sort of" - their society seems to have been largely harmonious, operating on a principle of consensus between the model lines prior to the events of the series but gets less so as the series progresses (A Number Three claims that her "death" at the hands of Caprica Six in Downloaded is the first act of Cylon-on-Cylon ...


8

We need to look at this in the context of time, which is VERY precious in this scenario. To come in for a landing trying to match your speed with the Galactica's hard-deck while she's under hard fire from an increasing number of base ships takes way too much time/fuel. Doing a "hard-stop, vertical-down" landing where Vipers use their retro-thrusters to ...


6

Quite simply, the tests were abandoned without everyone being tested, and there was never any indication that it could detect one of the Final Five. The first test was a lie - Baltar wanted someone to take focus for blame away from himself, and he also wanted Aaron Doral out of the picture, and so pointed the finger at him when the Cylon device was found in ...


6

I can't find a script online to give a direct quote, so this is going to be a paraphrase. For reference, the scene starts at 52 minutes. At the start of the scene when they're approaching the Cylon raiders, the CAG at the time tells Boomer to "back way off" and the Vipers will "take it from here." Boomer stops her Raptor the Viper squadron flies ahead. It ...


6

Transponders are a type of real-world technology (the question makes it unclear if you were aware of this.) They can be used for a variety of purposes, but one of the more common applications is identifying and tracking vehicles, such as aircraft or ships at sea. This would also be the most obvious purpose of the cylon transponder on the Galactica - to ...


6

In TRS Season 2 Episode 15 "Scar" of the 2004 series, we learn that Raiders are reborn through resurrection technology just like other cylons. This could mean that there's no need to jump out to get reinforcements, as the dead Raiders' consciousnesses would reach the resurrection ship as fast as they could be downloaded. This may or may not be faster than ...


6

I don’t believe that it is established exactly how this works, but it is an established ability of the human form Cylons. In the Season 4 episode “Deadlock”, a human form Cylon immediately identifies Boomer on sight, having not seen her since New Caprica. In the next episode, “Someone to Watch Over Me”, Athena recognises Boomer when she looks directly at ...


5

Battlestars would definitely have had evacuation setup. 1) detailed (and likely drilled) evacuation plans to leave the ship by the flight pods and disaster pods (see number 2 below). This is a military vessel, which means worst-case loss of the ship and thus the order to abandon-ship, and thus evacuation of personnel will be drilled over and over and over ...


5

According to this 2009 interview, identities weren't decided until later in the series: How did you choose who the final five Cylons would be? Was it like picking a name out of a hat? Or did you have it from the very beginning? [...] Ron Moore: Yes, it was a little of both. I mean the final four came up literally in a moment in a writer's room where we were ...


4

No. Cylons were machines in the original BSG, period, end of sentence. However, as this was pretty expensive, the producers had intended to introduce human-looking robot Cylons in the second season. The show was cancelled before then.


4

This may not fully answer your question, but the process seems to be wireless and may rely on facilities whether planet-based or with ships like the Resurrection Hub and data-stream. For resurrection to occur, the dying Cylon must be close to a resurrection ship or hub, otherwise his or her consciousness risks being permanently lost. The transmission ...


4

The resurrection tech was coordinated by the Resurrection Hub From Resurrection For resurrection to occur, the dying Cylon must be close to a resurrection ship or hub, otherwise his or her consciousness risks being permanently lost. The transmission method of a Cylon's consciousness has not been explained, but a form of wireless is probable. ...


4

We finally get to see who she was speaking to in BSG: The Plan. It was a Cavil, advising her that the attack on Caprica was imminent. Six: It's about time. I wondered when you'd get here. Cavil: Are you clear on the timing? Six: 0700 tomorrow, Caprica City Time. Cavil: I'd recommend you leave this body behind. The alternative won't make for a very pleasant ...


4

The science of jumping is pretty soft, so it behaves the way it's needed to in each episode. Prior to starting the crossings, Sharon notes that due to the light and instrument interference, ships tend to drift. They don't specify why that's suddenly a problem, but in the mission briefing Apollo makes it clear that one of the duties of the Raptors is to stop ...


4

The hub was created by the "Final Five", although the Cylons know how to use and operate the technology they lacked the knowledge to replicate the technology. Seeing The Final Five lost their memories they would be unable to help (and probably unwilling as well) build a new one. The technology was original created by the Original AI's on Earth, but ...


3

I don't think that it was necessary for Cavil to make sure they survive (if the attack had been 100% successful as planned, there would have been nor survivors at all). He had already killed them once (and resurrected them with false memories) so probably he just had spare bodies of them ready to resurrect them (this time with restored memories) so they can ...


3

Keep in mind Cylons use frequencies the Colonials can’t detect. As evidenced by them finding the tracking device in the middle of Galactica’s CIC, without knowing it was there for weeks. Thus it stands to reason they are using one or more of these frequencies to transmit consciousness “files” to new bodies. The Cylons are LightYears ahead of the ...


2

Six nor any other humanlike cylons were part of the original BSG. Even though the original BSG was not very consistent with the cylons I don't remember any work where completely humanlike cylons existed. As for the inconsistency: In the series and most films the cylons seem to be an android like race while in the books it is mentioned that the "original" ...


2

I think you've answered your own question as to why they need combat landings. At other, non-emergency times, we do see controlled and casual Viper landings, such as Apollo's first arrival in the pilot mini-series (although I can't find a suitable clip).


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