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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, they were left with the scene with the age made-up actor.


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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 out of the Pilot’s Ready Room. This photo has become known by the description used by the BSG Production Department as the “Unknown Soldier” photo. Ronald D. ...


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It appears that the major concerns are: That the Battlestar Galactica hasn't used its FTL engines for over two decades; That none of the current crew have been on board long enough to have used the ship's jump engines for real (although they've obviously drilled and trained for it); The danger of jumping without a networked nav computer to do the ...


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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 ...


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Yes, that's Serenity. Sadly, there does not appear to be an in-universe answer. Jarrod Davis, who was a digital artist on the episode, revealed on Facebook that he put Serenity in the show on the advice of CG supervisor Lee Stringer: Transcript: So we on the Crew were all about cameos, and I do believe it was Lee Stringer who had the idea to put the ...


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Hmm. It appears that the accepted answer on this page was largely taken from my Battlestar Galactica Viewing Order, which I created nearly four years ago :( My episode order was the first to take into account all the BSG extras, like the web series, deleted scenes, extended episodes, etc. It was also the first to suggest placement of Razor and The Plan in ...


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Galactica is understaffed as it is Galactica was being turned into a museum when the Cylons attacked the Colonies. The ship does not have a full crew complement and while it's not a skeleton crew either, they have hardly anyone to spare. At least when it comes to the bridge crew and pilots or all those that need special training in general. They probably ...


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On the surface of it, there isn't a very rational in-universe reason to sacrifice Pegasus rather than Galactica. With the software vulnerability that began the entire series patched, one cannot even make a good argument that Galactica's relatively primitive, un-networked systems are preferable in the running fight against the Cylons. We are therefore left ...


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Yes, there are systems that ostensibly have to have a private network to make the ship run and display status in CIC, but each system is it's own separate, closed network. Take the FTL drive system. There is a computer that calculates jump coordinates, a computer that controls the jump drive (these two may be the same one) and a display and key panel in the ...


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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 ...


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Co-producer and writer David Weedle says: Rubber-headed humanoid aliens have always had a place in sci-fi and always will have a place. I'm sure others will find inventive and revealing ways to utilize them. But because of Star Trek and shows of that ilk, they have become a cliche and we have challenged ourselves to create a compelling drama without have ...


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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 ...


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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 a town against "Red Eye"— a likewise marooned, yet memory-damaged, Cylon centurion gunslinger. The storyline is very much reminiscent of the classic western ...


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The Cylons as a group are divided at the end of the series. All copies of the friendly humanoid models (2/Leoben, 8/Sharon, and 6) settle Earth with the Colonials. They apparently die out without leaving any descendants, as Hera was the most recent common ancestor of all humans today. This group also includes the three surviving "Final Five" Cylons from Old ...


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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.


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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 in atmosphere long enough to make another FTL jump to exit the atmosphere. The fact that it fails to maintain altitude in the mean time strongly implies that ...


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They are acting as the space version of interceptors. Their mission isn't to destroy the Cylons, but to prevent the Cylons from attacking their home ship (the Galactica). While the Galactica is preparing for the next FTL jump, she is quite vulnerable. A successful Cylon attack in that moment could cripple her enough that it disrupts the FTL jump procedure, ...


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Although he really was a genius and a working scientist, he was mainly known as a "Pop" scientist, rather like Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov, Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein... Come to think of it, this is a pretty common trope in our society, so it's probably common in the Colonies as well. Technically, it's not clearly stated in-universe, but we see Baltar ...


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The Battlestar Fleet contains at least one medical ship, the Inchon Velle. It would appear that the ship has a registered psychiatrist (and a brain surgeon) on board who would presumably have access to a wide pharmacopia. Helo: You know Kara, there's a, um, a psychiatrist aboard the Inchon Velle. We've made an appointment for Hera. There's absolutely ...


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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 images from here that look a lot closer to the book's cover: Someone even built a Lego version of it. The final product in the show was quite different. The ...


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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 was Edward James Olmos' idea. We do as the Admiral commands. :) Reddit AMA: Bear McReary An interview with Perry Krootjes indicates that it was simply a song ...


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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-credit sequence describing the Cylon revolution stated that the humanoid robots had a “plan.” Moore said this was, essentially, just something co-executive ...


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Because it looks awesome. Science fiction is about wonder and awe as much as it's about telling a scientifically-based story. Not having engines always firing is accurate, but it confuses viewers, who know how airplanes look when they work, and wastes the wonderful opportunity for the awesome visual effect. They're asking for you to suspend your disbelief ...


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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 ...


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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, ...


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There is a pretty good episode synopsis on the battlestarwiki. Your questions in order: 1) The ship that did not make the 238th jump was the Olympic Carrier. Why it didn't make the jump at the same time as the rest of the fleet was not explained,. However, it arrived at the jump coordinates 3 hours later. When nuclear alarms went off, indicating armed ...


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Frankly, who is to say that there is not? The Lords of Kobol certainly fit the description of "intelligent life." WHile they are worshiped by the Colonials as "gods", from the technology that was shown it is clear that they were likely an extremely advanced race whose morphology was not the same as human beings. Also, while the series does indicate that ...


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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, ...


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I can't remember if it was the main series or Razor that showed this. Not always, Admiral Cain fell for one of the computer technicians upgrading the Pegasus' computers, I'm sure a physical relationship was indicated. The technician turned out to be a model Six, hence the surprise attack had a very personal component for the Admiral and the Six was chained ...


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I thought this was a pretty clear reference to the US occupation of Iraq at the time. The authors wanted you to ask all these questions, as the same questions could be asked of the occupying US army: How did "Let's liberate the Iraqis" turn into "Let's imprison and torture the Iraqis"? Did the US actually think this would lead them to living in harmony ...


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