The Captain’s Hand

Battlestar GalacticaPromoted to Major and assigned to serve as the executive officer of Pegasus, Apollo finds himself thrust into a crisis as a pair of Raptor crews and their ships go missing. Worse yet, Apollo can’t agree with his new commander on how to recover those ships and their crews. The Pegasus’ commander, formerly her chief engineer, is in favor of an all-out rescue mission without sending a recon flight in first. When Admiral Adama forbids risking the Pegasus on a foolhardy rescue mission, the commander disobeys and does it anyway. Pegasus jumps away from the fleet…and right into a Cylon trap. Critical damage in engineering forces the ship’s commander to aid in repairs, and Apollo finds himself in command as Pegasus comes under a hail of nuclear missiles. President Roslin finds herself under attack as well, as the politically charged debate over an abortion collides with the reality that the human race needs to be repopulated. Just when she thinks she’s dodged a political bullet that could cost her the election, she’s stunned when Baltar makes the surprise announcement that he is running against her.

written by Jeff Vlaming
directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan
music by Bear McCreary

Guest Cast: Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek), Donnelly Rhodes (Dr. Cottle), John Heard (Commander Garner), Christian Tessier (Tucker “Duck” Clellan), Stephanie von Pfetten (Capt. Marcia “Showboat” Case), Kavan Smith (Lt. Richard “Buster” Baier), Amber Rothwell (Rya Kibby), Patricia Idlette (Sarah Porter), Rekha Sharma (Tory Foster), Brad Dryborough (Hoshi), Aaron Pearl (Ensign Abel Thornton), Christina Schild (Playa), Tammy Hui (ECO Lyla “Shark” Elllway), James Bell (Lt. Steve “Red Devil” Fleer), Kimani Ray Smith (Pegasus Sergeant), Kurt Max Runte (Ensign Charles Bellamy)

Notes: Guest star Kavan Smith plays the recurring character of Major Lorne on Galactica’s Sci-Fi Channel stablemate, Stargate Atlantis. (In fact, this episode first aired immediately after a Stargate Atlantis episode which also featured him.)

LogBook entry by Earl Green