Battlestar Galactica

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Quotes (473)

  • Shaw: Kendra Shaw. Gina: Gina Inviere. Shaw: Inviere. That's, uh, Old Gemenese for "resurrection," isn't it? One of the benefits of being a lapsed Classics major. Gina: (laughs) Guess you never know when something like that might come in handy.

  • Lee: (to the crew of Pegasus) Eight months ago, the world changed. Our lives changed forever. We found ourselves shouldering responsibilities we never thought we'd have. Duty. Honor. Service. They're more than words. Those are the guiding principles for those who serve in the military. And recently, all have been in short supply on this ship. That's gonna change, beginning today. We can't always choose our circumstances, but we can choose how we handle them. I intend to give you my all. I expect nothing less in return.

  • Tigh: In case you haven't heard, there's a war on. Roslin: Colonel, the war is over and we lost.

  • Apollo: The President has given me a direct order. Adama: You're talking about the secretary of education! We're in the middle of a war, and you're taking orders from a schoolteacher?

  • Hybrid: Soon there will be four, glorious in awakening. Struggling with the knowledge of their true selves. The pain of revelation bringing new clarity. And in the midst of confusion, he will find her, enemies brought together by impossible longing, enemies now joined as one. The way forward, at once unthinkable, yet inevitable. And the fifth, still in shadow, will claw toward the light, hungering for redemption that will only come in the howl of terrible suffering. I can see them all. The seven, now six, self-described machines, machines who believe themselves without sin. But in time, it is sin that will consume them. They will know enmity, bitterness, the wrenching agony of the one splintering into the many and then they will join the promised land, gathered on the wings of an Angel. Not an end, but a beginning. (DVD version only)

  • Hybrid: All this has happened before and will happen again.

  • Adama: (speaking to Lee about Cain and Shaw) I know that I didn't have to face any of the situations that she did. I had the President in my face, arguing for the survival of the civilian fleet. I had Colonel Tigh to keep me honest, balancing my morality and my tactics. I had you. Now, you don't have any children so you might not understand this, but you see yourself reflected in their eyes. And there are some things that I thought of doing, with this Fleet. But I stopped myself because I knew that I'd have to face you the following day.

  • Opening narration Shaw: You're born. You live, and you die. There are no do-overs. No second chances to make things right if you frak them up the first time. Not in this life anyway. ... Like I said -- you make your choices and you live with them. And in the end, you are those choices.

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Notes (340)

  • Of the six 2008 Emmy Award nominations that Battlestar Galactica received, two specifically cited the "Razor" television movie: Outstanding Cinematography For A One Hour Series - "Razor" --Stephen McNutt, Director of Photography Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (one-hour) - "Razor" --Rick Bal, Production Mixer --Michael Olman, Supervising Re-Recording Mixer --Kenneth Kobett, Supervising Re-Recording Mixer

  • Of the six 2008 Emmy Award nominations that Battlestar Galactica received, two specifically cited the "Razor" television movie: Outstanding Cinematography For A One Hour Series - "Razor" --Stephen McNutt, Director of Photography Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (one-hour) - "Razor" --Rick Bal, Production Mixer --Michael Olman, Supervising Re-Recording Mixer --Kenneth Kobett, Supervising Re-Recording Mixer

  • An extended, uncut version of "Battlestar Galactica: Razor" was released on DVD on Dec. 4, 2007. The DVD set includes additional scenes and commentary features. A special "Best Buy edition" includes the documentary "The Making of Battlestar Galactica: Razor."

  • An extended, uncut version of "Battlestar Galactica: Razor" was released on DVD on Dec. 4, 2007. The DVD set includes additional scenes and commentary features. A special "Best Buy edition" includes the documentary "The Making of Battlestar Galactica: Razor."

  • Though Aaron Douglas, Tahmoh Penikett, Kandyse McClure and Michael Trucco were credited, none of them appeared in the broadcast version of the two-episode "Razor" story. James Callis and Alessandro Juliani only appeared in the flashbacks at the beginning of "Razor, Part 1."

  • Though Aaron Douglas, Tahmoh Penikett, Kandyse McClure and Michael Trucco were credited, none of them appeared in the broadcast version of the two-episode "Razor" story. James Callis and Alessandro Juliani only appeared in the flashbacks at the beginning of the episode.

  • Glen A. Larson was given a writing credit for the miniseries under the alias of Christopher Eric James, although he did not actively participate in the writing of the 2003 miniseries. Ronald Moore felt that Larson deserved a writing credit because the miniseries used many characters and story elements from the original series. Even so, Larson had to take his case before an arbitration panel at the Writers Guild of America before getting the credit.

  • Tricia Helfer's hair was dyed platinum blonde for the miniseries. Her natural hair color is a much darker blonde. After Season 1, she wore a wig instead because the dye chemicals were damaging her hair.

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Trivia (184)

  • When the Guardian Cylon Raiders are first spotted and attack Starbuck's recon patrol, Hoshi says that the incoming contacts are "fighter-sized, unknown configuration". However, the Cylon fighters are the models from the First Cylon War. Their configuration should be known to the Colonial Fleet and stored in the Pegasus' threat recognition files.

  • Introductory text The Cylons were created by Man. They were created to make life easier on the Twelve Colonies. And then the day came when the Cylons decided to kill their masters. After a long and bloody struggle, an armistice was declared. The Cylons left for another world to call their own. A remote space station was built... ...where Cylon and Human could meet and maintain diplomatic relations. Every year, the Colonials send an officer. The Cylons send no one. No one has seen or heard from the Cylons in over forty years.

  • Goof: While discussing Kara Thrace's punishment with Adama in Adama's quarters, Col. Tigh mutters "Jesus" under his breath. The Colonials do not have a Christ in their history or their religion. Thus, Tigh would have no reason to use this as an exclamation.

  • As of the beginning of this episode, there are 49,579 survivors in the fleet. After the Season 2 episode "The Captain's Hand", there were also 49,579 survivors (at the beginning of "Downloaded"). There were the same number of survivors at the beginning of the following episode ("Lay Down Your Burdens, Part 1"). The "Razor" story may have introduced a continuity error in the survivor count.

  • The history of the Galactica The public relations official Aaron Doral notes that the battlestar Galactica was built over 50 years ago, during the early days of the Cylon War. The fleet originally included only 12 battlestars, each representing one of Kobol's 12 colonies. The Galactica represented Caprica. Commander Nash was the first commander of the Galactica.

  • As the armistice station is exploding apart, pages from the Cimtar Peace Accord can be seen on the officer's table. Presumably the Cimtar Peace Accord was the armistice agreement signed by the humans and the Cylons at the end of the initial Cylon War.

  • The courier officer at the armistice station reviews a briefing document, Cylon specifications -- Cylon Centurian (sic) Model 0005. A diagram shows the Cylon model seen in the original Battlestar Galactica television series. The text reads as follows: The Cylon: A Cylon is a bipedal robot. They are self aware, and usually quite logical. They are not especially fast, but they are quite strong. They are artificial in nature, and are larger than a human -- around 6' 6", although this varies with their type. Cylon eyes glow red, and pulse back and forth.' A Cylon is powered by internal powercells which allow it to function without outside aid for around nine to ten yahrens.

  • The "Riverwalk Market" scene on Caprica was filmed at the Simon Fraser University Quad in Burnaby, British Columbia, just outside of Vancouver.

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Allusions (68)

  • Ragnar Anchorage: Ragnar Station Ammunition Reserve is named for Ragnarök, the events and final battle that would lead to the death of the gods in Norse mythology.

  • Starbuck: Ain't it grand when a plan comes together? This is an allusion to the character Hannibal on The A-Team, who often said, "I love it when a plan comes together." One of the stars of that show was Dirk Benedict. Of course, Benedict starred as Starbuck in the original Battlestar Galactica series.

  • The Number Six character (played by Tricia Helfer) is named after Patrick McGoohan's character in the 1967-1968 British cult sci-fi series The Prisoner.

  • Part 1.0 of the miniseries contains a few nods to the original Battlestar Galactica series. The armistice station officer reviews a briefing document that details the specifications for the old Cylon Centurian (sic) model. The museum in Galactica's starboard landing bay displays a copy of an old Cylon Centurion and a Cylon baseship from the original series. Finally, the martial music played during the Viper fly-by at the decommissioning ceremony quotes the Stu Phillips title theme from the original series.

  • The Swearing-in of Lyndon B. Johnson The camera angles used during Roslin's swearing-in ceremony are very similar to those used in Lyndon B. Johnson's swearing-in ceremony aboard Air Force One shortly after the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963.

  • Bastille Day Bastille Day is the French national holiday. The official French name is "La Fête Nationale" ("National Holiday"), but it is often referred to as "le quatorze juillet" ("The 14th of July"). Its origins lie in the storming of the infamous Bastille prison and fortress in Paris on July 14, 1789. Feudalism was abolished soon after on August 4th. The 1790 Fête de la Fédération was held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille although the modern holiday did not become official until 1880.

  • The Forrestal Fire The missile accident on the Galactica was a reference to the tragic accident aboard the USS Forrestal on July 29, 1967. While stationed in the Gulf of Tonkin, the planes of Attack Carrier Air Wing 17 had flown 150 missions against targets in North Vietnam over a four-day period. At about 10:50 a.m. (local time) on July 29, a Zuni rocket accidentally fired from an F-4 Phantom II, striking the fuel tank of an A-4D Skyhawk preparing for launch. (The Skyhawk was piloted by Lt. Cmdr. John McCain, the future U.S. senator and Republican presidential candidate.) Leaking fuel on the deck set off several subsequent explosions. Burning jet fuel poured into the interior of the ship. The deck fire was contained by 11:47 a.m. The interior fires continued to burn until 12:20 a.m. on July 30. The accident resulted in the deaths of 132 crewmen, 62 more injured, and two missing and presumed dead. After the fire, the Navy emphasized fire fighting and fire prevention. Video footage from the accident was incorporated into basic training. Co-executive producer Ronald Moore watched the video as part of his training when he was enrolled in Navy ROTC as a student at Cornell University.

  • Number Six: Don't make me angry, Gaius. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry. This is an allusion to the 70s television series The Incredible Hulk (1978). David Banner uttered a similar version of these lines in many episodes, including the series pilot.

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