Battlestar Galactica

Flight of the Phoenix

Season 2, Ep 9, Aired 9/16/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Sharon informs Adama that the Galatica has been infected with a computer virus that is tampering with the basic ship functions and is scanning them for weaknesses. All this is preparation for a major assault by the Cylon Raiders. So with the clock ticking, Adama must pull himself together and decide whether or not she can be trusted. Meanwhile the flight crew is hard at work on a new fighter named The Blackbird.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Aaron Douglas

    Galen Tyrol

  • Alessandro Juliani

    Felix Gaeta

  • Kandyse McClure

    Anastasia "Dee" Dualla

  • Paul Campbell

    Billy Keikeya

  • Tahmoh Penikett

    Karl "Helo" Agathon

  • Fan Reviews (33)
  • Flight of the Phoenix

    By TrueTvWatcher, Jan 15, 2012

  • The one where: Tyrol wants to build a viper from scratch.

    By MovieMark, Nov 04, 2011

  • You don't get to call it.

    By kickdoor, Dec 01, 2010

  • Rich in texture and full of Hope

    By alucard469, Sep 17, 2005

  • This show has incredbile actors and writers.

    By Fafhrd68, Sep 17, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Roslin: None of this would have been possible if you hadn't trusted the Cylon. Adama: I took your advice. Met on common ground. Roslin: What was that? Adama: We both wanted to live.

    • Helo: Do you still love him? Sharon: Helo. You're the father of my child. You're the first in my heart. Nothing is ever going to change that.

    • Tigh: What the hell is his problem? Adama: Months on the run and what do we have to show for it? Casualties. Deteriorating conditions. Tigh: This crew needs a rest. Adama: It's finally hitting them, Saul. Our old lives are gone.

    • Pilot: How can anyone fall in love with a toaster, though? Starbuck: Same way I hear everyone was high-fiving our Sharon right before she put two in Adama's chest. The bastards frak with your head.

    Notes (1)

    • The name of the DDG-62 engines used in the Blackbird were a reference to the real-life U.S. Navy destroyer, the U.S.S. Fitzgerald, DDG-62. Staff writer Bradley Thompson and science advisor Dr. Kevin Grazier toured the Fitzgerald as part of a "Friends and Family Day." The DDG-62 reference in this episode was a subtle way of thanking the captain and the crew of the Fitzgerald for their hospitality.

    Trivia (5)

    • Though she is listed in the opening credits, Tricia Helfer does not appear in this episode.

    • Number of Survivors: 47,853

    • The Viper Tyrol has to scrap is numbered "289."

    • Tigh arranges for Tyrol to get some obsolete DDG-62 engines stored on the Baal Pakal.

    • Tyrol's fighter is called The Blackbird and is christened "Laura" for President Roslin. It is the first new fighter fabricated in the fleet.

    Allusions (2)

    • Apollo says the Blackbird will have CG (center of gravity) problems because the cockpit is too far back. Starbuck answers that it's built for speed, not maneuverability. The real-life SR-71 Blackbird also was built for speed, capable of flying at nearly 2,200 mph. The focus on speed caused problems for the SR-71 as well. The fuselage panels were "loose" to allow for expansion of the airframe at high speeds. This caused the SR-71 to leak fuel onto the runway. The necessary "warm-up" for the airframe expansion is similar to the adjustment period needed by Starbuck to control Galactica's Blackbird, problems caused by the design focus on speed.

    • The stealth Viper is named Blackbird - the same as the SR-71, considered the first stealth aircraft.

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