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Why was a young actor in age makeup cast in the Battlestar Galactica miniseries, rather than an older actor?

There is a deleted scene where he is shown going to the station each year, but the Cylons never show up. The passage of time is shown by him aging each time...when they didn't include most of this, ...
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Do we know if toasters exist?

Season 1, Episode 5 you see Agathon make breakfast for Boomer, this includes a toaster seen about 1 minute in to this clip:
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What is the picture that the pilots touch in BSG?

In Season 1 Episode 1 "33", we see the Pilots of Galactica touching a photo of a lone soldier — kneeling in utter defeat surveying a scene of total devastation in front of him — as they file ...
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Why do Vipers use skids instead of wheels?

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 ...
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Do we know if toasters exist?

I want to tackle a different route than the given answer which found a toaster in the set. Not because that answer is incorrect (because it does solve the issue), but rather than I think your question ...
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Battlestar Galactica episode with a western gunfight

Series 1 Episode 4 "The Lost Warrior" contains a Cylon gunslinger. The Wikipedia entry refers to this episode as: Marooned on a frontier planet, Apollo befriends a young widow and her son, rallying ...
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Was Six in classic Battlestar Galactica?

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 ...
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What was the Cylons' "plan"?

According to creator Ronald D Moore... There was no plan. They intended to come up with something later, but never did. Moore spoke about this at a recent BSG reunion event. The show’s opening pre-...
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Can Battlestars actually fly in the atmosphere

In the Season 3 episode Exodus, we see the Galactica do an FTL jump into the atmosphere of New Caprica. As it begins to launch its Vipers, it immediately begins to drop like a rock, and only remains ...
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What is a top-shaped ship in Battlestar Galactica?

This looks very much like Ralph McQuarrie's (original BSG's concept illustrator) early Cylon Baseship concept art. Here are some samples from the above page (click for larger images): More ...
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Why is the Gayatri mantra used the BSG opening theme? Are the Cylons or the Colonists Hindu?

According to the show's title composer, Bear McReary, the mantra was added at the request of Edward James Olmos. Q ... whose idea was it to incorporate the Gayatri Mantra into the Main Title? A: That ...
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Do Cylons have any concept of law?

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 ...
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Why do Vipers use skids instead of wheels?

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 ...
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Battlestar Galactica relationship regulations

found this snippet on wikipedia: Boomer and Galen Tyrol are romantically involved, although their relationship is against military protocol (she is an officer, he's enlisted) Fraternization between ...
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What did George Lucas sue Battlestar Galactica for?

Per the legal case (based on Lucas' acquisition of a 1978 script for Battlestar Galactica) Appellant Fox argued in its brief that a comparison of the two works discloses at least 34 similarities. For ...
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Why do Cylon missiles miss so much?

I don't have a specific reference for this, but I'd suggest a simple answer: Electronic Counter Measures (ECM) We know that both the Colonials and the Cylons use electronic warfare. The Raptor, in ...
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What or who were the Lords of Kobol?

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 ...
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Who were "The Primitives"?

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 ...
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Is the Cylon Test reliable?

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 ...
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Did the Colonials do any kind of spatial exploration?

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 ...
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In Battlestar Galactica ('78) War of the Gods Pt. 2, what was found in the wreckage of the ship?

My understanding is that the body in the wrecked ship was supposed to be the corpse of some other demonic entity, very similar to Count Iblis's true form, but definitely dead ever since the crash ...
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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?

Intelligent people let emotions blind them all the time. I don't see why intelligent machines would be any different. On a separate note, however, did all the Cylons follow the refugee fleet? I seem ...
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Do Cylons have any concept of law?

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 ...
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Why Do Vipers Land Like Aircraft?

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 ...
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What are the names of the 12 original Battlestars?

This is in regards to the original series. Eight Battlestars were seen or mentioned by name during the TV series. Of these, five were known to have survived by the time the original movie took ...
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Why didn't the Cylons suicide jump a base ship into the Galactica?

"FLT drives aren't especially accurate" would be enough to answer the question. Even with high computational abilities, there may be a limit on how accurate you can be, e.g. you can get the needle ...
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What was the Cylons' "plan"?

The Plan was a line used in the opening credits that never payed off. Because the show itself was never planned, but was rather written as the series continued, there were several attempts to make the ...
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Why didn't the Cylons suicide jump a base ship into the Galactica?

They knew that the Final Five were in the fleet, as well as a few infiltrators. Loss of the infiltrators would be acceptable IF the destruction of the human fleet was assured (resurrections ships ...
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Where does everyone get all the alcohol?

Consider the early pioneers in the American frontier in the Eighteenth century. Alcohol is a good place to store surplus food stuffs. A very reliable trade good, that is something with alot of value,...
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What exactly is "the cycle" that has happend before and will happen again and was it ever fullfilled?

I think this statement doesn't necessarily focus on robots, but rather different groups. If you generalize your list of events, we get to a more broadly defined repetition: Out of a single group, a ...
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