Battlestar Galactica

The Hand of God

Season 1, Ep 10, Aired 3/11/05
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  • Episode Description
  • The fleet is facing a fuel shortage; the only possible relief comes from an active and heavily armed Cylon fuel refinery. Adama decides to launch an offensive against the base. This puts Lee on the spot since not everyone believes that he's up to the challenge of leading the assault. Baltar, the resident "Cylon expert," makes a guess that could put the entire mission in jeopardy if he's wrong.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Glen A. Larson

  • Toni Graphia

  • Harvey Frand

  • Ronald D. Moore

  • David Weddle

  • Fan Reviews (18)
  • Hand of God

    By TrueTvWatcher, Jan 14, 2012

  • The one where: they took our ore!

    By MovieMark, Sep 23, 2011

  • Out of the box.

    By kickdoor, Nov 11, 2010

  • "Most of the episode was action and helped us learn more about Cylon's fighting tactics." SPOILERS

    By tiewashere, Mar 03, 2011

  • A STAR WARS ripoff! But a very good one!

    By Kondix, May 03, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Adama: Lee isn't the problem. You should take a good look at yourself. I had to go through the same transition. When you're in the cockpit, you're in control. It's hard to give it up.
      Kara: It would just be a lot easier if I was flying with them.
      Adama: All you can do now is wait, and hope you didn't make any mistakes.
      Kara: I never wanted this kind of responsibility.
      Adama: The Cylons never asked us what we wanted. Welcome to the big leagues.

    • Adama: (to Roslin) If you keep running from the schoolyard bully, he keeps on chasing you. But the moment you turn around and stop and you punch him really hard in a sensitive spot, he'll think twice about coming back again.

    • Tigh: With all respect, this is hardly the time to attack a superior force. Adama: It's exactly the time. We know where they are. They don't know where we are. We'll catch them with their pants down. Lee: If we fail? Tigh: End of game. Adama: So we don't fail.

    • Baltar: I was... Number Six: Am. Baltar: I am an instrument of God.

    • Adama: Sometimes you have to roll the hard six.

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    Notes (4)

    • This episode first aired in the United Kingdom on January 3, 2005, on Sky One. Sky One co-financed the first season of the show.

    • 3 kT represents a Severe Blast Radius of 1.1 km (equivalent to 25 g of refined tylium or 170 g of Pu-239). Nevertheless, without any atmosphere no air pressure shockwave was formed.Cylon Refinery Dimension was not specified.

    • This episode received the 2005 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series.

    • This episode is the first adaptation of an episode from the classic Battlestar Galactica series. "The Hand of God" served as the finale of the original series, and it also involved Adama taking the fight to the Cylons.

    Trivia (2)

    • When Starbuck is presenting her plan to attack the Cylon baseship, she says the decoy ships will jump to a position at "extreme radar range" from the Cylons. The Colonials use a scanning system called DRADIS, not radar.

    • When Adama gives Apollo the lighter, he asks Apollo if he can see the engraving. Apollo replies he can barely make it out. It very clearly reads Joseph Adama.

    Allusions (1)

    • The Pythian oracle: Pythia (aka Sibyl, meaning prophet) was the name of the Greek oracle at Delphi, a priestess of the serpent Python.

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