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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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There's no in-universe reason provided but there are rumours that it was done in the mini-series because SciFi was constantly pushing them to "cut corners" in addition to providing a neat styling difference. As an in-joke they did exactly that on all the paper in the show. However there's alternating versions out there, as highlighted in this quote from ...


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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. Moore ...


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It's not necessary to watch the original before the reboot, and to be honest I'd suggest it's a negative. While the two series shares names and some plot arcs, the reboot is a lot more plot intensive and some amazing TV. The original benefits from the rose-tinted glasses of hindsight. If you haven't watched either, watch the reboot and then decide ...


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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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Nuclear explosion damage comes in three flavours: Direct heat Blast overpressure Prompt (mostly gamma) radiation Type 2 is only applicable in an atmosphere. There is no blast in space as there's no air to create the blast. Type 3 is expected to be sustainable by a space worthy ship. Interstellar space is a very radiation rich environment, so we can assume ...


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I don't believe this is ever specifically given a reason. However there are two occurrences as far as I can recall: The first is with Baltar and number 6, who are apparently deeply in love. The next is with Boomer and Helo, who again are both apparently deeply in love. Since the human Cylons were designed to not be detectable to humans, it seems unlikely ...


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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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Baltar built the cylon detector based on Six's instructions. It worked correctly and detected After that incident, Baltar changes the detector to return "non-cylon" for all tests. When the detector is dismissed as broken. Source


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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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There are themes throughout BSG that are part of our culture and past ("All Along the Watchtowers", Greek Gods, the expression "All of this has happened before, and it will all happen again." (From Peter Pan of all places). The idea is that these themes exist within the re occurrence of the universe and will reoccur along with the type of events of the story ...


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I don't think it was ever specifically mentioned in the series (the writers made a point of making all the technology appear mundane to the characters - much as how we view jet engines and mobile phones these days - so they never need to have a conversation which 'showcases' the FTL). However, watching the sequences where FTL is used makes it apparent that ...


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The original series also had the cut corners. It mirrored a number of other visual elements, such as Adama's cloak medallion, the video monitors, etc. I always took the same "effect" in the re-imagined series to be an homage to the original.


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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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"Space," it says, "is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space, listen..." Especially considering how quickly the ships can travel, it is easy to see that if they are trying to escape from something (namely the ...


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It appears that another answer on this page was largely "inspired" by the Battlestar Galactica Viewing Order I created nearly four years ago. That episode order was actually 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 the ...


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As a person who watched the original in its heyday as a child, I have to recommend either watching the original after the reimagined series or not at all. Of course it's my personal opinion and it's based on the following: The entire sci-fi genre has matured a lot during the years that separate the two shows. Things that were fresh back then are now cliches ...


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The correspond directly to "the song" and its notes composition. There is a breakdown of it here. 1123 6536 5321 = (C#) C# D E A G# E A G# E D C# A full description of the intent of the scoring and how it all corresponds is in this blog I was going to quote the section of the blog that details this specific part, but it is far too long, detailed, and ...


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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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My impression was that when she saw Starbuck enter the CIC on the Pegasus (with her gun unholstered) she knew she could be dead. When Adama called off the assassination Admiral Cain may have decided one of two things. Because Adama decided not to kill her he respected the chain of command, and therefore didn't need to be killed. Adama had just spared her ...


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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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The answer is in your quote. ...they will use 20 Raptors and use the navigation computer/organ from one of the captured Heavy Raiders to calculate the jumps back to Caprica. Using this, they can make it back to Caprica in a series of 10 jumps. They did not use the FTL drive, they used the navigation computer to calculate the jumps. Colonial FTL ...


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Orbital bodies can be predicted, you can theoretically map out where major celestial bodies should be. Orbital bodies also have gravity wells that do a fair job of cleaning up space debris that may be out there. Chances are if you jump to a planet you will not be hit by a asteroid.


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The explanation is that there were 8 models created by the original "Final 5" cylons up until the point where the Cavils rebelled against them, during which one of the models was destroyed/left mentally dead.


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The television movie ‘The Plan’ explained the plan. Essentially it was the brain-child primarily of the Cavils. "The plan" was basically to wipe out humanity in the opening salvos. The plan failed though, with the escape of the Galactica (and Pegasus, and possibly others we don't know about). From that point onwards, the Cylons were pretty much winging it. ...


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Powering out of and into orbits would require enormous amounts of conventional fuel. If you can just blip exactly to where you need to be, this could amount to incredible fuel savings. Not that I want my answer to sound like a bad television commercial. Space is tough. Space is expensive. You have to be miserly with mass and fuel.


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Something important: the Galactica is big - in the 1.5 km range, if I remember correctly. That would allow for several meters of armor on its hull. Even with the materials in our disposal, that would make a rather tough nut to crack, even with nuclear weaponry. And that would be even harder considering the materials probably available in the BSG universe...


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From Wikipedia: KITT's scanner is similar to that of Cylons from the science fiction series Battlestar Galactica. Glen A. Larson, the creator of both Knight Rider and Battlestar Galactica has stated that the two shows have nothing else in common and to remove any fan speculation, he stated in the Season One Knight Rider DVD audio-comments, that he ...


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I'm going to go out on a limb here, and say that it wasn't a literal depiction so much as a story-telling device meant for the audience. This show was very serious throughout its run, even grim... they weren't doing goofy stuff and breaking the 4th wall or anything like that, and so I know that it might be difficult for some to accept this as an explanation. ...


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