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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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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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What's the big deal with the first FTL jump in the Battlestar Galactica miniseries?

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 ...
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Are the Battlestar Galactica deities Lords of Kobol references to a programming language?

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 "...
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Did Serenity really appear in Battlestar Galactica?

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 ...
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Battlestar galactica , episode "33" - why can't they just take sleep shifts?

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 ...
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Why sacrifice Pegasus?

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 ...
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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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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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Fate of the Cylons after Battlestar Galactica reboot

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 ...
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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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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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Why do they even bother sending out fighters in the first episodes of Battlestar Galactica?

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 ...
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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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How well known was Gaius Baltar pre-destruction of the 12 colonies?

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 ...
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Gaius Baltar's interrogation

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 ...
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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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How does the Galactica survive so much hammering

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 ...
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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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Were the Mark VII Vipers ever retro-fitted and used?

Yes they were, we know for sure they were because the Battlestar Pegasus had working vipers, which would have been mark VII, as Galatica only had II's for the museum, so they would have had to ...
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How vulnerable to physical hits are Federation ships?

Although it's always possible that large debris or other solid objects could damage the hull of a Federation vessel, it's highly unlikely that solid weaponry would have any effect. Projectile Weapons ...
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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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How is Starbuck 'The Harbinger of Death'?

This is what I thought, because I am a expert in plot twist and I thought they meant death or the end of something else but the beginning of something else as well. The "Harbinger of Death" ...
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How do Earth 1 and Earth 2 make sense?

Kara was destined to bring humankind to its end (end of his journey). So, when she tells Lee about the Earth, she was talking about, actually, the Earth 2 (the one that they find at the end of the ...
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How did the Centurions gain undetected entry to Galactica?

They smashed into the Museum Pod, and their entrance was well noticed. One of the pilots even loudly confirms that there is no fire. They smashed through the glass window sealing the runway, causing ...
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Battlestar galactica , episode "33" - why can't they just take sleep shifts?

It's pointed out by Baltar talking to "Head"-Six that there are limits. And while it is not spelled out I have always taken it that way: the FTL jump somehow interferes with a healthy sleep. ...
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How would the act of networking Galactica's computers allow the introduction of a computer virus?

The short answer to the question is 'it does not'. However in your question you're postulating that there is no virus already in Galactica's computers. This is not known, and there are hints that it ...
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