Battlestar Galactica

Daybreak, Part 2 (3)

Season 4, Ep 21, Aired 3/20/09
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  • Episode Description
  • Despite Anders' success at neutralizing the Cylon gun batteries, Adama's volunteer attack force sustains heavy casualties. Cylon Raiders pursue the Vipers and Centurions board the Galactica. Kara attempts to decipher the meaning of Hera's drawing and rescue the Galactica.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ronald D. Moore

  • Michael Rymer

  • Edward James Olmos

    William Adama

  • Mary McDonnell

    Laura Roslin

  • Katee Sackhoff

    Kara "Starbuck" Thrace

  • Fan Reviews (63)
  • Baltar is a Cylon,,,

    By KingofRogues, Jul 29, 2014

  • Daybreak, Part 2 (3)

    By TrueTvWatcher, Jan 27, 2012

  • The End...

    By tickleonthetum, Oct 04, 2009

  • Part three: Rest (review is all of all three episodes of the finale).

    By screenagedkicks, May 04, 2009

  • Battlestar Galactica comes to a close after four seasons of frakkin intensity I have never seen in another show.

    By legersem, Jun 08, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Baltar: You know it doesn't like that name! (Six gives Baltar a 'look') Baltar: Silly me. Silly, silly me.

    • Lee: You know, my very earliest memory of my father was him flying away on a big plane. And wondering when he was coming back. He's not coming back this time.

    • Boomer: Tell the Old Man, I owed him one. Athena: Doesn't change anything you did, though. Boomer: No. We all make our choices. Today, I made a choice. I think it's my last one.

    • Kara: No, I know fear. And I get scared, just not of dying. Lee: So then, what scares you? Kara: Um... (pours a shot) Sorry. Being forgotten.

    • Lee: Goodbye Kara. You won't be forgotten.

    Notes (5)

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for¬†Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series.

    • The instrument-playing robots seen on a video screen are the Toyota Robot Quartet Band. They have been engineered to play regular musical instruments, such as a trumpet and an electronic-pad drum kit, in the way that a human musician would.

    • The famous Jimi Hendrix version of the Bob Dylan song "All Along the Watchtower" was heard for the first time in the series. Prior to that, the only version heard in the series was Bear McCreary's new version.

    • The FTL coordinates (1123.6536.5321) that Kara derived from Hera's drawing correspond to the notes of the minor scale used in the music score of the episode. More specifically, the numbers describe the notes from the original melody written by Bear McCreary as part of his arrangement of the Bob Dylan song "All Along the Watchtower".

    • The second and third hours of the series finale, "Daybreak", aired on the Sci Fi Channel on Friday, March 20, 2009. The extended 2-hour and 11-min. broadcast did not include the usual main title sequence. The survivor count was not shown onscreen either. Editor's note: Though the final two hours (broadcast time) are considered to be Part 2 of "Daybreak", they have been separated into two episode guides to accommodate links to legal online downloads from iTunes.

    Trivia (6)

    • The real world brands/companies/products that can be seen in the final scene are National Geographic, MSNBC, Foot Locker, Swatch, LG, HSBC, Coke and Kodak.

    • The rebel Centurions are painted with a red stripe across their armor so as to distinguish them from Cavil's Centurions.

    • At approximately 14:05 into the episode, a view of the fleet is shown. The yellow ship the camera sweeps past is the Kodiak from the PC game, "Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun".

    • Glasses and binoculars When Laura Roslin looks through the binoculars, she stops and says that she wants to see more detail. She puts on her glasses and then continues to look through the binoculars. It's unclear whether this is an "error". While binoculars can correct for nearsightedness and farsightedness, they do not correct for astigmatism. It's entirely plausible that Roslin has astigmatism. If so, then she would have needed her glasses to look through the binoculars.

    • Showrunner and executive producer Ronald D. Moore made a cameo appearance in the final scene as the man reading the "National Geographic" magazine.

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    Allusions (2)

    • During Baltar and Caprica Six's flashback, Baltar informs Caprica Six that he would be willing to let her take a look at the defense mainframe. When Caprica Six says that her employers would be very grateful, Baltar says that he isn't doing it for them, but for her. He continues by saying the following: Baltar: Because if anyone finds out, I could get my head cut off. That was precisely how the Baltar character was executed by the Cylons in the 1978 Battlestar Galactica feature film.

    • Kara "Starbuck" Thrace: There must be some kind of way out of here. This is the opening line to the song "All Along the Watchtower". Kara says it at the end of the attack on the Colony ship, when she punches in the FTL coordinates from Hera's drawing, which is also derived from "All Along the Watchtower".

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    • prometheus20 Feb 12, 2014

      The writers of this ending should be thrown out an air lock. The entire ending was literally deus ex machina

    • ABCRobbieB Dec 26, 2013

      I only started watching this a couple of weeks ago and I've finished it, I was completely hooked, loved it and loved Katee as Starbuck even though I'd seen the original and liked Dirk as Starbuck too. I like how BSG tries to address moral, political and religious issues without too much techno-babble (although I do like techno-babble), but I did feel some of the character swings/changes/u-turns were too abrupt or went too far at times, for example, who the hell is Lee Adama, his character flipped back and forth so many times it was daft.

      And yeh the ending was really shit I thought, they ruined the Starbuck character and storyline, the significance of the song was crap and pointless. And the finale was made even worse by all the flashbacks showing what the main charatcers were doing at the time of the Cylon attack, didn't care at all, I hate it when they use flashbacks for series finales it's shit and boring. At least it was mostly new and they didn't just show old footage again like they do sometimes, but it was still crap I thought.

      I thought the original series dealt with finding Earth better than this version.

      And there were far too many characters have visions for my liking, too many scenes and too much information got from people talking to themselves.

      And finally, I was dissappointed that Baltar never got decapitated.

    • ABCRobbieB Dec 27, 2013

      Sorry one more point on the visions, WTF was the 'Theatre' all about anyway, why were Caprica Six, Athena and Roslin having the same vision of Caprica and Giaus taking Hera through the bright doors to the Last/Original Five Cylons? What was the point to all that anyway, it meant nothing really, and it wasn't a theatre it was CIC on Galactica, it just seems that they tried to have an intriguing plot line, making us wonder what was going on in the theatre, where it was and when it would happen, and when it did it turned out to be crap and pointless.

      To add to the comment about ruining the Starbuck story, they make the viewer think she's some kind of angel, it never really gives any proper explanation or even intimates like the original version did, eg. Starbuck (Dirk Benedict) becomes a Seraph and crew member on the Ship of Light, and the Ship of Light is meant to be the bright ship that Kara Thrace drew and calls a comet, but none of that comes over, especially if you haven't seen or can't remember the original.

      And in the original they find Earth and it's like Earth in 1980 when it was filmed, Adama decides the humans on earth are too primitive, they couldn't help in the fight against the Cylons and would be destroyed, so he leads the Cylons away from Earth to protect them, this 2004 remake changes those events but not for the better, I think they should have found Earth as it was in 2004, Galactica lands on Earth, gets our support by getting supplies and training pilots etc. and together the Fleet of the 12 Colonies and The Lost 13th Colony of Earth defeat the Cylons.

    • gfunk4life360 Dec 16, 2013

      such a bad ending, very disappointing.

    • ABCRobbieB Dec 26, 2013

      Yeh I agree, the finale was crap, ruined it.