Battlestar Galactica

Season 1 Episode 1

33

10
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jan 14, 2005 on Syfy

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  • Quotes

    • Adama: I know there's a whole lot of people aboard this ship that wish you weren't feeling as good as you are.
      Tigh: If the crew doesn't hate the XO, then he's not doing his job.

    • Starbuck: Hey, Apollo, not that I'm not honored by being chosen to sit in my cockpit for the next three hours but...
      Apollo: But why you? Take a guess.
      Starbuck: Because I'm on drugs?
      Apollo: You got it. This patrol is 100% stimulated.

    • Tigh: Yes, we are tired. Yes, there is no relief. Yes, the Cylons keep coming after us time after time after time. And yes, we are still expected to do our jobs!

    • Number Six: Procreation is one of God's commandments.
      Baltar: Really? Well, I'm sure someday if you're a good Cylon, he'll reward you with a lovely little walking toaster of your very own.

    • Cally: Why do the Cylons come every 33 minutes? Why isn't it 34, 35...
      Tyrol: Cally.
      Cally (annoyed): What?
      Tyrol: Shut up.

    • Starbuck: You're the CAG. Act like it.
      Apollo: What the hell is that supposed to mean?
      Starbuck: It means that you're acting like you're everyone's best friend. We're not friends. You're the CAG.

    • Tigh: If the crew doesn't hate the XO, then he's not doing his job.

    • Starbuck: We're not friends. You're the CAG. "Be careful out there?" Our job isn't to be careful--it's to shoot Cylons out of the frakking sky! Good hunting is what you say. And now one of your idiot pilots is behaving like a child, and refusing to take her pills. So she either says, "Yes, sir" and obeys a direct order or you smack her in the mouth and drag her down to sickbay and you make her take those pills.
      Apollo: Well, I'm glad I'm not working for you.

    • Apollo: What about you Boomer? Doc says you're holding out better than any of us.
      Boomer: I'm tired just like everyone else.
      Apollo: Yeah, well you don't look it.
      Starbuck: It's 'cause she's a Cylon!
      Boomer: You're just gonna make me come over there and kick your ass, aren't you?

  • Notes

    • In a deleted scene from the DVD, the captain of the Tyrrhenian Traveler intends to leave the fleet and make a run for it alone. Roslin asks Adama to send the marines to board her, but he refuses. After Roslin hangs up, Adama orders his pilots to make three passes over the ship to warn it not to leave the fleet.

    • In a roundtable podcast from December 2006, Tahmoh Penikett, Ronald Moore, Jamie Bamber, and James Callis reveal that they consider this to be one of the best episodes of the series.

    • This episode was the winner of the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form in 2005.

    • This episode first aired in the United Kingdom on October 18, 2004, on Sky One, approximately three months before it aired on the Sci Fi Channel in the U.S. Sky One co-financed the first season of the show.

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

    • This was the first episode to be shown in its entirety online. It was available for viewing on SciFi's official website along with deleted scenes from the episode.

    • SciFi's highest-rated program ever in both January and first-quarter.

      Beat out network shows including: JAG, and Fox's Premiere Jonny Zero

    • Original US Airdate: January 14, 2005
      Aired back to back with "Water"

    • As each of the pilots leaves the flight briefing room, they touch a picture of a man looking out at the destruction of his city.

      Although not explained in the episode that aired, the picture was introduced in a deleted scene from the episode where it was presented to President Roslin. The deleted scene can been seen on the SciFi website.

      It was supposed to have been taken on the roof of the capitol building in Aerilon City during the Cylon attack.

      Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore said that the picture was inspired by the famous picture of the fireman raising the American flag at the World Trade Center site in New York City following the terrorist attacks on the USA of 11 September 2001.

    • At the start of this episode, just over five days have passed since the conclusion of the miniseries.

    • The US version of the series, starting from this (the pilot) episode, made two subtle introductory changes: the Sci-Fi Channel added the episode title (between the "Previously on" section and the start of action) and changed the opening theme music.

    • At the end of the episode, the fleet consisted of 47,973 people.

    • The Rising Star was the name of one of the ships from the original show's fleet.

    • Ron Moore on the picture in the pilot's briefing room: There was a scene cut from "33" where we saw Laura being given her copy of the photo along with a card that said it was taken on the roof of the capitol building on Aerilon during the attack. The photo was inspired by the famous shot of the fire-fighters raising the flag at Ground Zero that became iconic. I thought the Colonies would have their own version of this -- a snapshot taken in the moment that becomes a symbol of the day they can never forget and of all they had lost. The photo itself is of a soldier falling to his knees (possibly shot or simply overcome by emotion) as he stands on the rooftop over looking the devastation of his city, while the Colonial flag waves at the edge of frame. The inscription below the photo on Laura's plaque reads, "Lest We Forget"

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