Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar GalacticaForty years after an armistice was signed with the Cylons, a race of cybernetic servants created to aid man, a neutral space station set aside for peaceful negotiations – but never visited by a Cylon representative – is ambushed and destroyed by Cylon forces.

Battlestar Galactica is en route to its decommissioning from regular service. Long since surpassed on a technological level by newer craft, the gigantic Galactica will become a museum commemorating the era of open warfare between humanity and the Cylons; Galactica’s Commander, Adama, delivers a speech at the ship’s decommissioning ceremony warning against becoming complacent against the Cylons. Adama is also grappling with some personal demons as well – his eldest son, Lee “Apollo” Adama, has arrived to participate in the ceremony, leading a symbolic flight of Colonial Viper fighters, another spacecraft retired from service after the Cylon wars. The reunion of father and son is awkward, as the two have barely spoken since Adama’s younger son, Zac, died on patrol.

On the planet Caprica, the seat of the Colonial government, cybernetics expert Dr. Gaius Baltar has been engaging in an affair with a woman who later admits to being a Cylon – but not the kind of Cylon anyone has ever seen before. She’s almost completely indistinguishable from any human. And she has used Baltar’s access to Caprica’s computer networks to render the Colonies’ defenses useless. A massive Cylon assault begins, as the surface of Caprica is peppered with thermonuclear weapons. Even the most advanced Colonial fighters prove useless in the fight, their integrated computer systems wiped out by a previously unknown Cylon weapon. Baltar is led to safety by the Cylon woman known as Number Six, his role in the fall of Caprica known only to himself – and even after they’re separated when Baltar boards a rescue ship, he continues to see and speak to visions of her. The ship he is taken to is also where Education Secretary Laura Roslin was when the Cylons attacked – and the attacks have destroyed so much of the Colonial government that she’s now next in line to assume the Presidency. Apollo is also on that ship, having escorted Roslin away from the decommissioning ceremony in his father’s aging Viper – and having discovered in the process that the decommissioned fighters, which lack integrated systems, are immune to the Cylons’ secret weapon.

The military command structure has also collapsed, any most of the Battlestar fleet has fallen, leaving Commander Adama in charge of what’s left of the military. Adama orders an immediate course for the Ragnar system, a turbulent nebula into which a Colonial munitions depot is tucked away, dating back to the original Cylon conflict. When Galactica arrives, Adama’s crew finds weapons aplenty to rearm the ship – but there’s also a lone human aboard. An accident with some of the munitions leaves him trapped with Adama, who discovers that the man is a Cylon – something that the rescued Baltar hasn’t shared with anyone.

Rearmed, and now set on a course for what Adama claims is the lost thirteenth colony, Earth, Galactica gets ready – with a largely defenseless civilian fleet in tow – for an escape from the advancing Cylon fleet…or the extinction of the human race.

Download this episodewritten by Ronald D. Moore and Christopher Eric James
based on a teleplay by Glen A. Larson
directed by Michael Rymer
music by Richard Gibbs / additional music by Bear McCreary

Cast: Edward James Olmos (Commander Adama), Mary McDonnell (Secretary Laura Roslin), Katie Sackhoff (Lt. Starbuck), Jamie Bamber (Captain Apollo), James Callis (Dr. Gaius Baltar), Tricia Helfer (Number Six), Callum Keith Rennie (Leoben Conoy), Grace Park (Lt. Boomer), Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Matthew Bennett (Aaron Doral), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Lorena Gale (Elosha), Barclay Hope (Transport Pilot), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Connor Widdows (Boxey), John Mann (CAG), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Nicky Clyne (Cally), Michael Eklund (Prosna), Alonso Oyarzun (Socinus), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Haili Page (Cami), Ty Olsson (Captain Kelly), Ron Blecker (Launch Officer), Ryan Robbins (Armistice Officer), Tim Henry (Doctor), Kwesi Ameyaw (Liner Captain), Brenda McDonald (Old Woman), Suleka Matthew (Reporter), Erin Karpluk (Woman #1), Jenn Griffin (Woman #2), B.J. Harrison (Woman #3), Zahf Paroo (Man #1), Robert Lewis (Man #2), Denzel Sinclair (Man #3), Lorena Gale (Elosha), Nadine Wright (Chantara), Michael Soltis (Chantara’s Husband), Moneca Delain (Blonde Woman), Fred Keating (Junior Reporter), Lymari Nadal (Giana), Biski Gugushe (Pilot #1), Nahanni Arntzen (Pilot #2), Nogel Vonas (Pilot #3), Ryan Nelson (Pilot #4)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

33

Battlestar GalacticaFor an entire week, the Cylons have attacked the Colonial fleet every 33 minutes. Every time, a Cylon base ship appears and launches fighters and missiles, and every time, the fleet barely escapes – usually with more casualties than the last time. Baltar continues to experience visits from the Cylon woman known as Number Six, visits only he can see or feel, whether he’s aboard Galactica or Colonial One. It’s while he’s aboard the President’s ship that Baltar overhears that another Colonial scientist, claiming to have information on how the Cylons overcame Caprica’s defenses, is requesting an audience with the President. When he learns this, Baltar’s encounters with Number Six take on a new urgency, and she implies that this “problem” can be taken care of – with a little bit of Cylon intervention. The ship carrying that scientist doesn’t make the next FTL jump on time – and the ships of the fleet, and Baltar, get a temporary reprieve. But when the Olympic Carrier does reappear, the Cylons are right behind it…and even though the Olympic Carrier’s complement of passengers is over 1,300, Adama must weigh those lives against saving the rest of the fleet.

Season 1 Regular Cast: Edward James Olmos (Commander Adama), Mary McDonnell (President Laura Roslin), Katie Sackhoff (Lt. Starbuck), Jamie Bamber (Captain Apollo), James Callis (Dr. Gaius Baltar), Tricia Helfer (Number Six), Grace Park (Lt. Boomer)

Order the DVDsDownload this episodewritten by Ronald D. Moore
directed by Michael Rymer
music by Bear McCreary

Guest Cast: Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Sam Witwer (Lt. Crashdown), Alonso Ozaryun (Socinus), Nicki Clyne (Cally)

Notes: Despite many a rumor to the contrary, there is no relation between actresses Grace Park (Galactica’s Lt. Boomer) and Linda Park (Star Trek: Enterprise’s Ensign Hoshi Sato), though both are of Korean descent. Production designer Richard Hudolin has a knack for giving SF franchises a new look – not only did he work on numerous episodes of Stargate SG-1, but he was also responsible for the striking redesign of the TARDIS for the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie. The airdate above reflects the episode’s U.S. premiere; it premiered a few months earlier on the UK Sky One satellite channel.

Original UK Airdate: October 19, 2004

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Water

Battlestar GalacticaLt. Boomer goes to CPO Tyrol with an unusual problem – she recently found herself inexplicably drenched with water, and in possession of a case from munitions which carried several explosives and detonators. Galactica conducts a routine water tanking maneuver with one of the smaller Colonial ships during a visit by the President. But the transfer becomes less than routine when a massive explosion rocks Galactica’s water tanks, venting well over half of the fleet’s water supply into space. Adama and President Roslin launch an investigation, and the missing explosives from munitions quickly come to light. Tyrol is careful to avoid mentioning anything he knows that might implicate Boomer, but her own increasingly nervous behavior may give her away before the evidence does. Baltar also betrays his own nervousness while serving on the investigation panel, as the President orders him to look for a way to detect any Cylons disguised as members of the ship’s crew; despite that alarming possibility, Adama and the President opt to keep that information from the rest of the fleet for now. A desperate search for a new source of water begins, though Boomer’s participation in the survey may spell its doom. And on Caprica, now occupied by the Cylons, lone Galactica crewmember Helo – left behind in the evacuation of the planet’s civilians – discovers he’s not alone…because Lt. Boomer is there with him too.

Order the DVDsDownload this episodewritten by Ronald D. Moore
directed by Marita Grabiak
music by Richard Gibbs

Guest Cast: Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Sam Witwer (Lt. Crashdown), Alonso Ozaryun (Socinus), Nicki Clyne (Cally)

Original UK Airdate: October 26, 2004

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Bastille Day

Battlestar GalacticaWith a source of water located in the ice caps of a nearby moon, replenishing Galactica’s water supply will be a more daunting task than expected, requiring a crew of at least a thousand workers. Commander Adama proposes using men from the Colonial fleet’s prison ship as a labor force, but President Roslin balks at the thought of anything that could be construed as using slave labor. She sends Apollo to the prison ship Astral Queen to offer points toward amnesty for any prisoners willing to help, but only one man speaks out – Tom Zarek, a political prisoner with a controversial past. Some, such as Galactica bridge officer Dualla, consider him a terrorist, while others follow Zarek’s insistence that he is a prisoner of conscience. What everyone can agree on is that Zarek is a charismatic leader, and he already has control of the Astral Queen. A quick rebellion turns the visiting Galactica officers and what few prison wardens haven’t been swayed by Zarek into hostages. Zarek, insisting that President Roslin was not democratically elected and therefore has no constitutional claim to the office of President, demands that elections be held immediately. Roslin refuses to negotiate with Zarek, and Adama assigns a team of snipers led by Starbuck to retake the Astral Queen. But Apollo may be able to reach another solution, something that gives everyone – even Zarek – what they want to resolve the crisis.

Order the DVDsDownload this episodewritten by Toni Graphia
directed by Allan Kroeker
music by Richard Gibbs

Guest Cast: Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek), Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Connor Widdows (Boxey), Alonso Oyarzun (Socinus), Nicki Clyne (Cally), Pat Adrien Dorval (Wilkiens), Ron Selmour (Seaborne), Matthew Bennett (Aaron Doral), Brent Stait (Mason), Graham Young (Marine #1), Curtis Hicks (Marine #2), Colby Johansson (Flat Top)

Notes: Richard Hatch starred in the original Battlestar Galactica series as Apollo (and ironically shares most of his scenes in this episode with Jamie Bamber, the new Apollo). Brent Stait was one of the original cast members of Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, and played the role of Rev Bem for the first two seasons until allergic reactions to his character’s elaborate make-up forced him to leave the series.

Original UK Airdate: November 1, 2004

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Act Of Contrition

Battlestar GalacticaAn impromptu celebration ensues on the hangar deck when one of the pilots makes his 1,000th successful landing. During the celebration, though, a loose strap on a munitions rack leads to the tragic loss of several of Galactica’s most experienced pilots. After the dead are buried, Adama instructs Starbuck to begin training new pilots immediately. The usually uninhibited Starbuck doesn’t seem to be looking forward to the challenge, however – the very thin field of candidates has absolutely no combat flight experience, if they have any flight experience at all; when she asks if someone else could handle the training, Starbuck learns that the only other qualified flight instructors in the remaining Colonial fleet don’t have combat experience either. Adama makes it clear that despite the death of his son Zak – who died in an accident in a Viper fighter after Starbuck passed him for basic flight training – he trusts Starbuck to shape Galactica’s next group of fighter pilots. But Apollo forces a revelation to the surface that may cost Starbuck the trust she has earned from Adama.

Order the DVDsDownload this episodewritten by Bradley Thompson and David Weddle
directed by Rod Hardy
music by Bear McCreary

Guest Cast: Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Sam Witwer (Lt. Crashdown), Lorena Gale (Priest Elosha), Donnelly Rhodes (Dr. Cottle), Jill Teed (Sgt. Hadrian), Tobias Mehler (Zak Adama), Colby Johannson (Flat Top), Beill Meiler (Caprica Cleric), Bodie Olmos (Costanza / Hot Dog), Luciana Carro (Katraine / Kat), Terry Chen (Perry / Chuckles)

Notes: Actor Bodie Olmos is the son of series star Edward James Olmos. The writing team of Bradley Thompson and David Weddle worked with executive producer Ronald D. Moore on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Original UK Airdate: November 8, 2004

LogBook entry by Earl Green

You Can’t Go Home Again

Battlestar GalacticaAfter narrowly surviving a chaotic confrontation defending her pilot trainees from a Cylon surprise attack, Starbuck crash-lands on a moon with a poisonous atmosphere and gale-force winds. Adama launches an all-out search for Starbuck, who has been injured and has less than two days of oxygen. When civilian ships are called out of formation into the search, and even the combat patrol that protects the fleet’s defenseless vessels are called away to take part, President Roslin begins to wonder if Commander Adama’s judgement isn’t clouded by his personal feelings. A call to Apollo, who she relies on as her military liaison, doesn’t reassure her, and when the search continues even after the countdown runs out for Starbuck’s oxygen supply, the President makes her feelings known more forcefully. Meanwhile, on the moon, Starbuck finds a ship that’s in far better shape than her Viper – but it happens to be the Cylon ship that collided with her in the first place, and if its hull is intact, its occupant may be as well. And on Caprica, Helo finds that a shelter where he and Boomer have been hiding isn’t as secure as he thought.

Order the DVDsDownload this episodewritten by Carla Robinson
directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan
music by Bear McCreary

Guest Cast: Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Sam Witwer (Lt. Crashdown), Donnelly Rhodes (Dr. Cottle), Alonso Oyarzun (Socinus), Bodie Olmos (Costanza/Hot Dog)

Notes: Starbuck’s unusual maneuvering may be an homage to the original series; Starbuck and Apollo had to fly a stolen Cylon raider back to Galactica in the original series episode The Hand Of God, and only by “waggling” the ship’s wings were they able to signal their fellow Viper pilots to let them land.

Original UK Airdate: November 15, 2004

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Litmus

Battlestar GalacticaAmong the latest group of visitors to board Galactica is a face all too familiar to Tigh and Adama – Galactica’s former public relations officer, a man who turned out to be a Cylon. When Adama catches up with him, the man turns around and reveals that he’s a walking bomb, hitting the detonator switch. Tigh is barely able to hustle Adama to safety, but others around them aren’t so lucky. Adama decides the time has come to go public with the news that the Cylons can take human form, against the advice of both Tigh and President Roslin. He assigns the ship’s Master at Arms to begin an inquiry, and she insists on having a free hand in the investigation. But she goes beyond that, accusing Tyrol, Boomer and a member of Tyrol’s deck crew of Cylon collaboration and even accusing Commander Adama of creating the conditions that made the attack possible.

Order the DVDsDownload this episodewritten by Jeff Vlaming
directed by Rod Hardy
music by Bear McCreary

Guest Cast: Michael Logan (Colonel Tigh), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Sam Witwer (Lt. Crashdown), Donnelly Rhodes (Dr. Cottle), Jill Teed (Sgt. Hadrian), Dominic Zamprogna (Reporter #3), Alonso Oyarzun (Socinus), Nicki Clyne (Cally), Bodie Olmos (Costanza / Hot Dog), Matthew Bennett (Doral), Christina Schild (Playa Kohn), Raahul Singh (Kimmit), Shaw Madson (Marine Corporal), Nimet Kanji (Candace Myson-Tribunal), Biski Gugushe (Reporter #1), Morris Chapdelaine (Reporter #2)

Original UK Airdate: November 22, 2004

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Six Degrees Of Separation

Battlestar GalacticaBaltar is called to the CIC, where Commander Adama informs him that a Miss Godfrey has made some disturbing accusations regarding his tampering with Caprica’s defenses, and she appears to have some proof, though it’s far from conclusive. Baltar sees no one other than the command crew and Number Six, until he realizes that for the first time, the others can see her too. Even the President questions his honesty, and for the first time since the attacks on Caprica, Number Six no longer features in Baltar’s fantasies. He decides to take matters into his own hands to eliminate the evidence, Baltar only incriminates himself further. Boomer opens her locker on Galactica and finds the word “Cylon” scrawled inside. And on Caprica, after Helo finally confesses his feelings for the copy of Boomer he’s on the run with, a Cylon experiment reaches a climax.

Order the DVDsDownload this episodewritten by Michael Angeli
directed by Robert Young
music by Bear McCreary

Guest Cast: Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Donnelly Rhodes (Dr. Cottle), Nicki Clyne (Cally), Christina Schild (Journalist – Playa), Biski Gugushe (Journalist – Eick)

Original UK Airdate: November 29, 2004

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Flesh And Bone

Battlestar GalacticaThe captain of one of the Colonial ships reports that a copy of one of the known human Cylon variants has been sighted. While Commander Adama wants to desroy the Cylon immediately, President Roslin wants the man – a copy of the man who Adama encountered at the abandoned munitions depot – questioned. Adama assigns Starbuck to the task, and the Cylon tells her that he’s planted a nuclear bomb aboard one of the Colonial ships…but he won’t tell her which one, or where. Baltar gets an unexpected request from Boomer, who wants to be among the first members of the Galactica crew tested to see if she’s human or Cylon – and of course, the results on Baltar’s screen tell him that she’s Cylon. What Baltar doesn’t know is how to handle the news. As the clock counts down to the detonation of the bomb, Starbuck isn’t able to elicit any more than theological discussions from the Cylon, despite escalating her choice of coercion techniques. With mere minutes to go, President Roslin arrives with an unusual offer of amnesty, but what she gets in exchange is prehaps even more unsettling than a bomb.

Order the DVDsDownload this episodewritten by Toni Graphia
directed by Brad Turner
music by Bear McCreary

Guest Cast: Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Callum Keith Rennie (Leoben Conoy), Matthew Bennett (Doral), Christina Schild (Playa Kohn), Eric Breker (Gemenon Captain), Biski Gugushe (Hamilton)

Original UK Airdate: December 5, 2004

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down

Battlestar GalacticaBaltar announces that his Cylon detector is functional, and President Roslin and Commander Adama discuss who should be the first to submit to testing. They both agree that those in sensitive positions should be first, but Roslin – after the Cylon clone interrogated by Starbuck planted the seed of suspicion – is keen to test Adama first. Roslin’s chief of staff, who has been flirting with Galactica bridge officer Dualla for weeks, gets Dualla to admit that Adama has recently made several untraceable calls. And when a single Cylon ship appears near Galactica, attacking and evading erratically, Adama isn’t on the bridge – in fact, he isn’t on the ship at all, having taken a Raptor to another Colonial ship without filing a flight plan. Adama returns during the attack, with a passenger aboard – Ellen Tigh, Colonel Tigh’s wife, who was assumed dead in the attack on Caprica. But the story of how she survived raises suspicions that she, too, may be a Cylon – and for once, Adama hopes that’s the case.

Order the DVDsDownload this episodewritten by Jeff Vlaming
directed by Edward James Olmos
music by Bear McCreary

Guest Cast: Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Kate Vernon (Ellen Tigh), Matthew Bennett (Doral), Alex Green (Deckhand)

Original UK Airdate: December 12, 2004

Original title: Secrets And Lies

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The Hand Of God

Battlestar GalacticaA crtical shortage of tylium ore, needed to fuel every ship in the Colonial fleet, could end humanity’s flight from the Cylons prematurely. A mission to find planets or asteroids rich in tylium finds a very promising candidate – but it’s an asteroid that’s crawling with Cylons, complete with a well-defended base. For lack of any better options that wouldn’t leave the fleet in more dire danger of exhausting its fuel, Commander Adama decides that the time has come for an all-or-nothing strike on the Cylon base. It’s not a risk-free plan, and it won’t come without casualties, but when the plan of attack begins to unravel it falls to Apollo to risk everything to complete the mission – by himself if necessary, and regardless of the risk.

Order the DVDsDownload this episodewritten by David Weddle and Bradley Thompson
directed by Jeff Woolnough
music by Bear McCreary

Guest Cast: Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Sam Witwer (Lt. Crashdown), Lorena Gale (Priest Elosha), Nicki Clyne (Cally), Cailin Stadnyk (Ensign Davis), Bodie Olmos (Costanza / Hot Dog), Luciana Carro (Katraine), Terry Chen (Perry / Chuckles), Christina Schild (Playa Kohn), Biski Gugushe (Hamilton), Paul Cummings (Pilot / Fireball), Camille Sullivan (Pilot / Stepchild)

Notes: The original Battlestar Galactica series’ first (and, arguably, only) season ended with an episode titled The Hand Of God, which also involved a risky attack on a Cylon base, though in a far different context than what is seen in this story.

Original UK Airdate: January 3, 2005

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Colonial Day

Battlestar GalacticaRepresentatives from all twelve human colonies gather aboard the Cloud Nine to attempt to piece together a new, workable government for the surviving human race. Baltar winds up representing Caprica, and finds himself relieved to get out of the lab aboard Galactica. But Tom Zarek is also in attendance, and he has an agenda of his own, couched in a reasonable proposal to establish a clear line of succession by appointing a Vice President to take over should anything happen to President Roslin. Roslin’s aides, and Apollo, fear that the President’s days could be numbered even more than they already are if Zarek wins the vice presidency. Roslin appoints her own candidate, and a vote is to be held among the twelve colonies’ representatives. But Apollo and Starbuck find that Zarek, despite an attempt to create a new respectable image for himself, isn’t above using dirty – or deadly – tricks to secure his position of power. Determined to choose a successor she can trust, the President decides to engage in some political manipulation of her own, withdrawing her original choice and nominating Baltar for the job.

Order the DVDsDownload this episodewritten by Carla Robinson
directed by Jonas Pate
music by Bear McCreary

Guest Cast: Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek), Kate Vernon (Ellen Tigh), Robert Wisden (Wallace Gray), David Kaye (McManus), Alex Zahara (Valance), Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Nicki Clyne (Cally), Cailin Stadnyk (Ensign Davis), Christina Schild (Playa Kohn), Biski Gugushe (Hamilton), James Ashcroft (Spectator #1), Patricia Idlette (Sarah Porter), Mario Battista (Gardner)

Notes: This episode’s cast was heavy with veterans of another SF series shot in Vancouver, Jeremiah; Robert Wisden played Jeremiah’s father (as well as frequently recurring as Lt. Col. Samuels on Stargate SG-1, also shot in Vancouver), while Alex Zahara played Jeremiah’s adopted brother and series regular Kandyse McClure was the ill-fated love interest of Kurdy (Malcolm Jamal-Warner). The design of the domed Cloud Nine vessel was another throwback to a model from the original series, a model which itself had previously served – in a slightly different form – as the main setting of the 70s cult SF film Silent Running.

Original UK Airdate: January 10, 2005

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Kobol’s Last Gleaming – Part 1

Battlestar GalacticaOn Caprica, Helo has discovered that Boomer is a Cylon clone and shoots her, but doesn’t kill her, instead taking her prisoner. On Galactica, Boomer is called up to go on a survey mission – moments before she was about to commit suicide. The mission takes her to a planet that, though it appears to have suffered some form of disaster, is still habitable by human life – and according to President Roslin’s spiritual advisor, the planet can only be Kobol, the birthplace of humanity. While Commander Adama focuses on a survey to determine if Kobol is suitable for colonization, the President is more concerned with exploring prophecy, and with the predicition that Kobol would lead the Colonial fleet to Earth. As Starbuck tries to adapt weapons from a Viper for her captured Cylon raider, Apollo confronts her about her burgeoning relationship with Baltar, and the two come to blows. After a warning from Number Six that he isn’t safe on Galactica – and an attempt to manipulate Boomer into carrying out her death wish – Baltar volunteers for the next survey mission to Kobol, but when a small group of Raptors arrives there, they’re ambushed by a massive Cylon fleet; a base ship lies in wait in orbit of Kobol. One Raptor manages to return to Galactica to sound the alarm, while the ship carrying Baltar is forced into a crash landing on Kobol. Starbuck devises a plan to take out the base ship by turning her Cylon ship into a remote-controlled bomb, but she and Adama are stunned when Roslin instead wants to use the raider to leap back to Caprica to recover an artifact that could help the fleet locate Earth. Roslin plays on Starbuck’s loyalties, and during a pre-mission flight test of the raider, Starbuck makes the jump back to Caprica, throwing the entire plan into uncertainty.

Order the DVDsDownload this episodeteleplay by Ronald D. Moore
story by David Eick
directed by Michael Rymer
music by Bear McCreary

Guest Cast: Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Sam Witwer (Lt. Crashdown), Lorena Gale (Priest Elosha), Donnelly Rhodes (Dr. Cottle), Alonso Oyarzun (Socinus), Bodie Olmos (Costanza / Hot Dog), Stephen Spender (Pilot), James Bell (Eco)

Original UK Airdate: January 17, 2005

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Kobol’s Last Gleaming – Part 2

Battlestar GalacticaCommander Adama calls for President Roslin’s resignation over the secret orders that sent Starbuck to Caprica, based on nothing more than ancient prophecies. When the President refuses to step down, Colonel Tigh and Apollo are assigned to lead a strike team to remove her from power. Starbuck arrives at Caprica, and lands safely near the museum where the artifact is kept, and finds herself fighting for her life against one of the copies of Number Six. Helo, with his captive copy of Boomer still in tow, finds Starbuck just as the battle ends. When Starbuck tries to kill Boomer, Helo stops her – this Boomer Cylon is apparently biologically compatible enough with humans to be pregnant with Helo’s child. Adama assigns the clone of Boomer aboard Galactica to pick up where Starbuck left off, commanding what could be a suicide mission take out the Cylon base ship orbiting Kobol and keeping a downed Raptor crew – including Baltar – trapped on the planet. Even if this Boomer is able to overcome her Cylon programming enough to carry out those orders, she may return to Galactica with a new, and equally destructive, mission to carry out.

Order the DVDsDownload this episodeteleplay by Ronald D. Moore
story by David Eick
directed by Michael Rymer
music by Bear McCreary

Guest Cast: Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Sam Witwer (Lt. Crashdown), Lorena Gale (Priest Elosha), Alonso Oyarzun (Socinus), Nicki Clyne (Cally), Jim Shield (Karma), Warren Christie (Ground Crew #1), Jen Halley (Ground Crew #2), Leah Cairns (Racetrack)

Original UK Airdate: January 24, 2005

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Scattered

Battlestar GalacticaMoments after Boomer shoots Commander Adama twice at point-blank range, a Cylon base star appears near Galactica. Left in command, Colonel Tigh orders the Colonial fleet to make an immediate jump to predetermined escape coordinates, even though the crew members on Kobol – including Baltar – will be trapped there, and the fleet’s senior doctor won’t be on board Galactica to treat Adama’s wounds. Worse yet, when Galactica arrives at those coordinates, it’s the only Colonial ship there. On Caprica, Starbuck is stunned by Helo’s devotion to the Cylon Boomer he says is pregnant with his child. Even when Boomer steals the Cylon ship Starbuck used to come to Caprica, Helo argues that she’s different from the other Cylons. On Kobol, injuries and lack of supplies take their toll, but the survivors of the crash discover that someone else is on the planet – deadly enemies who don’t fight like Cylons. And on Galactica, with President Roslin and Apollo both behind bars, Colonel Tigh insists that the ship is still under Adama’s command, and that “the Old Man”‘s way of doing things is still very much in effect. But Tigh may have to think outside that box if Galactica is to rejoin and protect the rest of the fleet.

Season 2 Regular Cast: Edward James Olmos (Commander Adama), Mary McDonnell (President Laura Roslin), Katie Sackhoff (Lt. Starbuck), Jamie Bamber (Captain Apollo), James Callis (Dr. Gaius Baltar), Tricia Helfer (Number Six), Grace Park (Lt. Boomer)

written by Bradley Thompson & David Weddle
directed by Michael Rymer
music by Bear McCreary

Guest Cast: Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Nicki Clyne (Cally), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Sam Witwer (Lt. Crashdown), Kate Vernon (Ellen Tigh), Alonso Oyarzun (Socinus), Kerry Norton (Paramedic Ibhay), Kurt Evans (Paramedic Kim), Chris Shields (Cpl. Venner), Luciana Carro (Kat), Bodie Olmos (Hot Dog), Jennifer Halley (Seelix), Warren Christie (Tarn), Ty Olsson (Capt. Kelly), Nicholas Treeshin (Sgt. Watkins), Michael Tayles (Flyboy), Leah Cairns (Racetrack), Aleks Paunovio (Marine Sgt. Fischer)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Valley Of Darkness

Battlestar GalacticaWith the crew still reeling from a firefight – one in which a larger-than-usual Cylon vehicle actually managed to slam into one of Galactica’s flight pods – the Battlestar is ripe for boarding. Cylon Centurions emerge from their crashed vehicle and quickly start to take over strategic parts of the ship, shutting off power and vital systems as they go and killing anyone who gets in the way. Galactica’s Marine contingent fights back, rescuing Apollo and some of his fellow pilots, the still-jailed President Roslin, and several others, but they’re still unable to escape to safer parts of the ship. And if the Cylons manage to reach controls that would allow them to vent Galactica’s entire atmosphere into space, no part of the ship will be safe. On Caprica, with Boomer having fled in her stolen Cylon ship, Starbuck finds her father’s abandoned home and takes time to reflect on what has been lost. And on Kobol, even with mounting casualties, Baltar is more horrified when he experiences a vision of Commander Adama killing the baby that Number Six says is the shape of things to come.

written by Bradley Thompson & David Weddle
directed by Michael Rymer
music by Bear McCreary

Guest Cast: Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Nicki Clyne (Cally), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Sam Witwer (Lt. Crashdown), Kate Vernon (Ellen Tigh), Alonso Oyarzun (Socinus), Kerry Norton (Paramedic Ibhay), Chris Shields (Cpl. Venner), Luciana Carro (Kat), Bodie Olmos (Hot Dog), Jennifer Halley (Seelix), Ty Olsson (Capt. Kelly), Michael Tayles (Flyboy), Dominic Zamprogna (Jammer), Garvin Cross (Collishaw), Brad Loree (Bonnington), Lori Stewart (Twinam)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Fragged

Battlestar GalacticaLeft without her medication in Galactica’s brig, President Roslin’s condition is worsening rapidly, to the point that she sometimes doesn’t remember where she is. Commander Adama goes under the knife for a surgery that will last for hours – and still may not keep him alive. Colonel Tigh is deteriorating as well, largely by his own doing as he leans ever more heavily on old habits to cope with the pressures of command. Those pressures intensify when the Quorum of Twelve arrives, demanding access to the imprisoned President, and the press begins to demand answers from Tigh as well. Apollo takes off on a search and rescue mission to find Galactica’s crashed crew members on Kobol, and a party of Cylons is preparing a deadly surprise for his arrival. The few survivors left from the crash must prevent the Cylons from ambushing the search and rescue mission – but discipline, and the chain of command, are rapidly breaking down among them. One will lose their nerve, another will lose perspective, another will lose their innocence, and then one will lose their life.

written by Dawn Prestwich & Nicole Yorkin
directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan
music by Bear McCreary

Guest Cast: Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Nicki Clyne (Cally), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Sam Witwer (Lt. Crashdown), Kate Vernon (Ellen Tigh), Donnelly Rhodes (Dr. Cottle), Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek), Kerry Norton (Paramedic Layne Ibhay), Kurt Evans (Paramedic Howard Kim), Chris Sheilds (Cpl. Venner), Jannifer Halley (Seelix), Leah Cairns (Racetrack), Patricia Iolette (Sarah Porter), Malcolm Stewart (Marshall Bagot), T-Roy Kozuki (Marine)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Resistance

Battlestar GalacticaDespite promises to the contrary, Colonel Tigh has declared martial law, refusing to allow the release of President Roslin from Galactica’s brig despite protests from the other Colonial ships. Before long, the other ships make their displeasure known by withholding urgently needed fuel and supplies from Galactica, a situation Tigh sends some of the battlestar’s Marines to resolve. But when that encounter turns an uneasy situation into a deadly one, a division begins forming which could lead to a split at best – and a small civil war at worst – as sides are chosen and strategies concocted to help the President escape from Galactica. And on Caprica, Helo and Starbuck discover the last thing they expected: a human militia is gathering strength for a strike against the Cylons. Unfortunately, Cylons are exactly what the resistance fighters think their new visitors are.

written by Toni Graphia
directed by Allan Kroeker
music by Bear McCreary

Guest Cast: Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Nicki Clyne (Cally), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Michael Trucco (Anders), Kate Vernon (Ellen Tigh), Donnelly Rhodes (Dr. Cottle), Lorena Gale (Priest Elosha), Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek), Chris Shields (Cpl. Venner), Bodie Olmos (Hot Dog), Leah Cairns (Racetrack), Dominic Zamprogna (Jammer), Tamara Lashley (Sue-Shaun), Jeremy Guilbaut (Lt. Joe “Hammerhead” Palladino), Heather Doerksen (Marine with a sandwich), Curtis Lee Hicks (Marine sergeant)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Farm

Battlestar GalacticaThough not yet fully recovered, Commander Adama resumes his command of Galactica. He declares finding President Roslin, and his son, to be the first order of business. In a meat freezer aboard one of the other Colonial ships, Roslin, Apollo and Zarek plan their next move; Zarek’s first choice, to have Apollo denounce his father in a public announcement, turns out to be something Apollo can’t do. Instead, Roslin again plays up her religious destiny, and asks any interested ships to follow her back to Kobol upon a pre-arranged signal, and Adama finds that he may have lost his hold over the fleet – and perhaps more than just that. On Caprica, during a raid with Anders’ resistance cell, Starbuck is injured and wakes up in an abandoned hospital, where a doctor says survivors are still being treated. But her real treatment is the flipside of a terrifying experiment.

written by Carla Robinson
directed by Rod Hardy
music by Bear McCreary

Guest Cast: Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Nicki Clyne (Cally), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Michael Trucco (Anders), Rick Worthy (The Doctor), Lorena Gale (Priest Elosha), Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek), Tamara Lashley (Sue-Shaun)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Home, Part 1

Battlestar GalacticaThe fleet has been divided. Twenty-four ships and 18,000 people have decided to follow Roslin back to Kobol. There they hope to find the legendary Tomb of Athena, which contains a map leading the way to Earth. As Roslin discusses their next move with Zarek and his people, an unknown contact approaches. Before the decision is made to open fire, a radio transmission comes through from Lt. Starbuck and the ship is allowed to dock. Starbuck has brought back not only the Arrow of Apollo, but Lt. Helo and his Cylon companion, Sharon, who claims to be pregnant with Helo’s baby. Roslin has a chat with Sharon, promising to spare her life in exchange for serving as guide to find the lost Tomb on Kobol. Priest Elosha warns that prophecy says a price will be paid in blood during any attempt to find the Tomb. Zarek and Meier, meanwhile, have their own ideas about the future of the fleet and decide that the mission to Kobol will be the perfect place to set them in motion.

Back at the Galactica fleet, Adama picks the green Lt. Birch as the new CAG for the Viper squadrons. Birch’s inexperience leads to several near disasters, forcing Adama to rethink his decision. He confides in Dualla that his feeling of being betrayed has filled him with an almost-overwhelming rage, but she suggests that the real problem is that he has failed to keep his promise to lead the fleet to Earth together.

written by David Eick
directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan
music by Bear McCreary

Guest Cast: Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Lorena Gale (Priest Elosha), Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek), James Remar (Meier), Patricia Idlette (Sarah Porter), Malcolm Stewart (Marshall Bagot), Luciana Carro (Louann “Kat” Katraine), Bodie Olmos (Brendan “Hotdog” Costanza), Ben Ayres (Lt. George “Catman” Birch), Linnea Sharples (Lt. Emmitt “Sweetness” Jones), Christina Schild (Playa), Biski Gugushe (Sekou Hamilton), Raahul Singh (Kimmitt)

LogBook entry by Jeff Godemann

Home, Part 2

Battlestar GalacticaTo Colonel Tigh’s disbelief, Commander Adama has decided to regroup the entire fleet with those ships who defected to Kobol with Roslin. Reunited with his son, Adama joins Roslin in the search for the Tomb of Athena, but when he’s introduced to the Sharon who returned with Helo and Starbuck from Caprica, he tries to kill her on sight. Worried that a renewed alliance between Adama and Roslin will spell the end of his ambitions to seize power, Meier speeds up his plan to remove anyone in his way, but is dismayed when he seems to be losing Zarek’s backing. Meier turns instead to Sharon, playing on her fear that Adama’s crew will kill her and her baby. As promised, the Tomb is found, and the arrow points the way to Earth, but the journey it outlines is far longer than anyone expected.

written by David Eick & Ronald D. Moore
directed by Jeff Woolnough
music by Bear McCreary

Guest Cast: Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Nicki Clyne (Cally), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Donnelly Rhodes (Dr. Cottle), Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek), James Remar (Meier), Leah Cairns (Racetrack)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Final Cut

Battlestar GalacticaAfter one of her news broadcasts includes newly-uncovered footage from the clash between civilians and Galactica’s Marines, reporter D’Anna Biers is invited to a meeting with President Roslin and Commander Adama. Fearing that Biers’ report will reignite ill will between civilians and Galactica’s military, Roslin and Adama offer Biers unlimited access to Galactica and her crew. With the public reminded of the controversy, Colonel Tigh finds that not only is he back in the hot seat, but he and his wife are receiving death threats. As Biers continues her investigation, she finds signs that some of Galactica’s crew are starting to crack under the pressur, with results that could be disastrous for each other – or the entire fleet. Then again, by the time it’s broadcast, Biers’ own news piece could have the same effect.

written by Mark Verheiden
directed by Robert Young
music by Bear McCreary

Guest Cast: Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Lucy Lawless (D’Anna Biers), Kate Vernon (Ellen Tigh), Donnelly Rhodes (Dr. Cottle), Matthew Bennett (Leoben Conoy), Luciana Carro (Louann “Kat” Katraine), Bodie Olmos (Brendan “Hotdog” Costanza), Flick Harrison (Bell), Kevan Kase (Pvt. Scott Kelso), Yee Jee Tso (Staffer), Curtis Hicks (Marine Sergeant), Aleks Paunovic (Marine Sgt. Fischer), Ty Olsson (Capt. Aaron Kelly), Leah Cairns (Racetrack), Jeremy Guilbaut (Lt. Joe “Hammerhead” Palladino)

Notes: This episode introduces us to several of the regular and recurring characters on a first-name basis; Dualla’s first name is Anastasia, and Gaeta’s name is Felix. (He also appears to have picked up a smoking habit.) Actor Yee Jee Tso, who made a very brief appearance as one of Biers’ assistants, appeared in the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie as Chang Lee.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Flight Of The Phoenix

Battlestar GalacticaEven after the recent reuniting of the Colonial fleet, nerves are frayed and tempers flare aboard Galactica. Chief Tyrol and Lt. Helo finally come to blows over their shared feelings for Boomer, and Starbuck finds herself defending Helo’s actions to the rest of the fighter pilots. President Roslin’s latest diagnosis brings grim news: she has mere weeks to live, and there’s no guarantee that her cancer won’t spread to her brain and rob her of her ability to lead the fleet. Tyrol has been occupying himself with a new project as well, attempting to fabricate a new Viper from the few materials available, and finds that some of his crewmates think he’s wasting time and resources. To make matters worse, Galactica’s systems are infected by an adaptive Cylon computer virus, which begins to execute numerous options to try to kill the crew. Commander Adama, despite his distrust and lingering rage over Boomer, decides to seek her help in fighting the virus – with no guarantee that she won’t deliver Galactica to an approaching Cylon fleet.

written by Bradley Thompson & David Weddle
directed by Michael Nankin
music by Bear McCreary

Guest Cast: Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Nicki Clyne (Cally), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Donnelly Rhodes (Dr. Cottle), Bodie Olmos (Brendan “Hotdog” Costanza), Leah Cairns (Racetrack), Jennifer Halley (Seelix), Christian Tessier (Tucker “Duck” Clellan), Dominic Zamprogna (Jammer), Don Thompson (Specialist 3rd Class Anthony Figurski)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Pegasus

Battlestar GalacticaThough Galactica was widely believed to have been the only Battlestar to have escaped the carnage that scattered the Twelve Colonies, another of the mighty ships managed to flee, and it finally catches up with the Colonial fleet – the Battlestar Pegasus, under the control of Admiral Cain. The sleeker, more modern Pegasus was docked at a Colonial shipyard at the time of the Cylon attack, suffered heavy casualties in the ambush and then made a blind FTL jump into deep space. While both Adama and President Roslin see the addition of another Battlestar, with its own Viper squadrons and armaments, as a good sign for the Colonial fleet, it seems that Admiral Cain is less than enthused about having to protect a civilian population – or, for that matter, about having to accept the former Secretary of Education as the new President of the Colonies. Roslin acknowledges that Cain outranks Adama, but is skeptical of the change in command. And when Adama gets transfer orders moving Apollo and Starbuck to the Pegasus, he begins to share that skepticism. Baltar is asked to inspect a Cylon prisoner aboard the Pegasus, and learns that it’s the same model as Number Six, except that she’s been severely tortured. The Pegasus officer who was in charge of her interrogation apparently has the same savage treatment in mind for Sharon – and when Tyrol and Helo rush to her aid, they spark an incident that pits the two Battlestars against each other.

written by Anne Cofell Saunders
directed by Michael Rymer
music by Bear McCreary

Guest Cast: Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Nicki Clyne (Cally), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Michelle Forbes (Admiral Cain), Graham Beckel (Colonel Fisk), John Pyper-Ferguson (Captain Cole “Stinger” Taylor), Sebastian Spence (Pegasus Pilot), Leah Cairns (Racetrack), Fulvio Cecere (Lt. Alastair Thorne), Mike Dopud (Gage), Derek Delost (Vireem), Vincent Gale (Chief Peter Laird), Michael Jonsson (Pegasus Guard #2)

Notes: Pegasus is based on the two-part episode Living Legend from the original Battlestar Galactica’s first season, in which Lloyd Bridges played the part of Commander Cain, whose wayward Battlestar Pegasus was also preparing for a strike on a sizable Cylon target. Michelle Forbes is best known to SF fans as the Bajoran Ensign Ro from the last three seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a character whose backstory inspired the spinoff series Deep Space Nine. Australian-born actor John Pyper-Ferguson is also a Star Trek: The Next Generation veteran, playing the “real” Eli Hollander in A Fistful Of Datas; he had a recurring role as Sims in the second season of Jeremiah, and was a regular on such shows as Brisco County Jr. and the TV series adaptation of The Crow.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Resurrection Ship – Part 1

Battlestar GalacticaWith Admiral Cain having arrested, tried, and convicted Tyrol and Helo – not to mention having sentenced them to execution – Adama launches Galactica’s Vipers, and Cain responds in kind with Pegasus’ fighters. The only thing that prevents a shooting war between the two Battlestars is the arrival of an unknown ship – actually Starbuck flying the Blackbird fighter home from an unauthorized mission to collect intelligence on a huge Cylon ship in nearby space. Starbuck’s interruption – and the information she brings back – postpones the battle, but in a meeting with Adama and President Roslin, Cain makes it clear that she won’t back down from the death sentence…and after she leaves, Roslin makes it clear to Adama that Admiral Cain must be removed from the equation, by deadly force if necessary. Adama balks at first, but as he learns more about Pegasus’ journey – including Cain’s order to strip jump drives, gear and experienced civilian personnel from non-military ships, on pain of death – the commander slowly comes to the same conclusion. Baltar manages to get the Pegasus’ Cylon prisoner to identify the huge ship: it’s a Resurrection Ship, a breeding ground for the many clones of the Cylons’ human bodies, and destroying it could turn the tide of the war with the Cylons. Admiral Cain concentrates on the upcoming attack on that ship, promoting Starbuck to captain and putting her in command of the Pegasus CAG. But Adama has an assignment for Starbuck as well – on a predetermined signal, she is to put an end to Admiral Cain’s reign of terror. Little does Commander Adama know that Cain has similar plans for him.

story by Anne Cofell Saunders
teleplay by Michael Rymer
directed by Michael Rymer
music by Bear McCreary

Guest Cast: Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Nicki Clyne (Cally), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Michelle Forbes (Admiral Cain), Donnelly Rhodes (Dr. Cottle), Graham Beckel (Colonel Fisk), John Pyper-Ferguson (Captain Cole “Stinger” Taylor), Sebastian Spence (Pegasus Pilot), Luciana Carro (Louanne “Kat” Katraine), Vincent Gale (Chief Peter Laird), Peter-John Prinsloo (Lt. Mei “Freaker” Firelli), Brad Drybrough (Hoshi)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Resurrection Ship – Part 2

Battlestar GalacticaTensions run high as the two Battlestars prepare for a simultaneous strike on the Cylon fleet. With all fighters assigned to make an massive attack run on the resurrection ship, Commander Adama and Admiral Cain must each take on a Cylon base star with their respective ships. On the Pegasus, it seems like execution day has arrived a bit early for Tyrol and Helo, until Colonel Fisk reminds his own crewmen that carrying out the death sentence in their own way would make them no better than the men they want to kill. Fisk has other matters of conscience on his mind as well, as Cain has assigned him and a Marine squadron to Galactica with orders to “terminate Adama’s command” on her signal. Starbuck and Apollo also aren’t having an easy time with their orders to relieve Cain of command by force, but Starbuck insists on being ready to carry out the mission, despite warming to Cain’s more straightforward approach to fighting the Cylons. The resurrection ship is destroyed, but one lone Cylon, aided by Baltar, is ready to change the Colonial chain of command before either Adama or Admiral Cain deliver another death sentence.

written by Michael Rymer & Ronald D. Moore
directed by Michael Rymer
music by Bear McCreary

Guest Cast: Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Michelle Forbes (Admiral Cain), Graham Beckel (Colonel Fisk), Luciana Carro (Louanne “Kat” Katraine), Vincent Gale (Chief Peter Laird), Peter-John Prinsloo (Lt. Mei “Freaker” Firelli), Brad Dryborough (Hoshi)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Epiphanies

Battlestar GalacticaPresident Roslin is rushed into Galactica’s sick bay, her cancer inevitably coming to its terminal stage. At the same time, an accident with the weapons aboard one of Galactica’s Vipers makes Chief Tyrol suspicious. He discovers evidence of sabotage, and the trail leads to an organized protest group within the Colonial civilian fleet that wants Admiral Adama to broker a peace with the Cylons. A member of that movement is brought to Galactica, but when he refuses to give Adama assurances that no further sabotage or violence will be carried out, he winds up in Galactica’s brig. Adama is dealing with a dilemma of his own: President Roslin’s last orders to him are very clear – Boomer’s half-human, half-Cylon child is to be aborted. Despite protests from Baltar and Helo, Adama intends to carry out those orders. And as Roslin begins to fade away, it quickly becomes apparent to Baltar that nobody in the fleet relishes the prospect that he will soon ascend to the presidency.

written by Joel Anderson Thompson
directed by Rod Hardy
music by Bear McCreary

Guest Cast: Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Nicki Clyne (Cally), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Colm Feore (President Adar), Donnelly Rhodes (Dr. Cottle), Paul Perri (Royan Jahee), Luciana Carro (Louanne “Kat” Katraine), Bodie Olmos (Brendan “Hot Dog” Costanza), Leah Cairns (Racetrack), David Richmond-Peck (Naylin Stans), Holly Dignard (Asha Janik), Jennifer Kitchen (Marine)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Black Market

Battlestar GalacticaShortly after President Roslin meets with Admiral Adama and the Pegasus’ Commander Fisk about cracking down on black market activity within the fleet, Fisk is murdered. Adama puts Apollo on the case, giving him free reign to follow wherever the trail leads him. But given the shady nature of the black market, that trail passes through several unexpected places, from Baltar’s office to Colonel Tigh’s quarters…and even Apollo himself can’t claim to be clean, having paid several visits to a prostitute aboard the Cloud 9 and grown close to her and her small daughter. But when their lives are threatened, Apollo comes to the rescue and finds himself at the mercy of the same men who killed Commander Fisk. Almost right on cue, Tom Zarek shows up to check on Apollo and quietly slips some information to him about the black market and the people behind it. The black market trail finally leads to the Colonial ship Prometheus, where Apollo decides that the illegal activity can’t be eliminated, but it can be controlled if he takes drastic action. But if Apollo takes out the man who ordered Fisk’s death and has now kidnapped Apollo’s ladyfriend and her daughter, will he be putting someone even more dangerous in charge?

written by Mark Verheiden
directed by James Head
music by Bear McCreary

Guest Cast: Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek), Graham Beckel (Commander Fisk), Claudette Mink (Shevon), Donnelly Rhodes (Dr. Cottle), Bill Duke (Phelan), Leah Cairns (Racetrack), Amy Lalonde (Gianne), Hayley Guiel (Paya), John Mann (Linden), James Ashcroft (Security Officer), Brad Mann (Pegasus Marine), Gustavo Febres (Herbalist)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Scar

Battlestar GalacticaAfter discovering a rich source of tyllium ore in an asteroid belt, a mining ship and Galactica are assigned to gather the raw materials needed to replenish the fleet; Pegasus takes the rest of the Colonial fleet out of harm’s way. But four weeks into the mining operation, there is already a high cost in lives: a battered but vicious Cylon Raider lurks among the asteroids, picking off Galactica’s fighters one by one in relentless sneak attacks. Starbuck has to begin planning an operation to take out this fighter, nicknamed “Scar” for its beaten hull, but finds that she has competition in the form of Lt. “Kat” Katraine, who thinks Starbuck has lost her edge and isn’t afraid to challenge her senior officer even in a packed briefing room. As quickly as Galactica’s pilots’ roster can be replenished by recruits from Pegasus, Scar is killing more pilots and destroying more fighters. Wracked with guilt over leading Anders and the resistance behind on Caprica, and drinking more and more heavily to drown her anguish, Starbuck has to face the possibility that even her hotshot flying may not be enough to kill Scar.

written by David Weddle & Bradley Thompson
directed by Michael Nankin
music by Bear McCreary

Guest Cast: Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Luciana Carro (Louanne “Kat” Katraine), Bodie Olmos (Brendan “Hot Dog” Costanza), Christopher Jacot (Ensign Brent “BB” Baxton), Sean Dorry (Ensign Joseph “Jo-Jo” Clark), Christian Tessier (Tucker “Duck” Clellan)

Notes: “Jolly,” mentioned here as the one of Galactica’s deceased pilots, was also the call sign of a Viper pilot in the original Battlestar Galactica series, played by Tony Swartz. Colonial mining of tyllium ore, and even the shape of the ships that accomplish that task, also date back to the original show. We learn in this episode that the Cylon Raiders can be resurrected much like the human models can.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Sacrifice

Battlestar GalacticaWord of the Sharon Cylon’s presence aboard Galactica is leaked to the press, who begin demanding explanations from Admiral Adama and President Roslin. Billy proposes to Dualla, but is shattered when she turns him down. Even more shattered is Sesha Abinell, who lost her husband in a Cylon attack on one of the Colonial ships. With the help of her husband’s brother and a few others, she takes hostages in the bar aboard Cloud Nine, demanding only one thing for their release: she wants the Cylon rumored to be aboard Galactica. Among the hostages are Apollo and Dualla, who are still tiptoeing around their own relationship, Billy, recovering from Dualla turning him down, and Ellen Tigh, who is naturally there to have a drink or three. Starbuck and a contingent of Galactica’s Marines are also enjoying some R&R aboard Cloud Nine, but a bungled attempt to get into the bar and end the hostage crisis only results in bloodshed, and Apollo is hit by Starbuck’s friendly fire. With his son’s life fading away, Admiral Adama has one ace left to play – but it may carry an even higher price.

written by Anne Cofell Saunders
directed by Reynaldo Villalobos
music by Bear McCreary

Guest Cast: Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Kate Vernon (Ellen Tigh), Mark Houghton (?), Eric Breker (?), David Neale (?), Dana Delany (Sesha Abinell), Michael Ryan (Ray Abinell), Adrien Hughes (Lt. Terry Burrell), Erica Carroll (Civilian), James Upton (Environmental Specialist), Georgia Hacche (Petty Officer Sian)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

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