Battlestar Galactica

Season 1 Episode 3

Bastille Day

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jan 21, 2005 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • As Starbuck trains her laser sight on Zarek, the beam crosses the corner of his left eye. He would easily see this and react.

  • Quotes

    • Zarek: They call you Apollo.
      Lee: It's my call sign.
      Zarek: Apollo's one of the gods, a lord of Kobol. You must be a very special man to be called the god.
      Lee: It's just a stupid nickname.
      Zarek: Son of Zeus, good with the bow, god of the hunt. And also a god of healing. Now, a god can reconcile those two opposing forces, but a mortal has to pick one side or the other. Have you picked a side, Apollo?

    • Number Six: (to Baltar) If you don't tell him what he wants to hear, he's gonna find you out. And when he does, they're gonna tear your head off, and throw your body out of an airlock!

    • Tom Zarek: Freedom is earned.

  • Notes

    • At one point, Number Six threatens Baltar that he'll be found out. She says, "they're gonna tear your head off, and throw your body out of an airlock!" That was exactly the fate of Gaius Baltar in the theatrical version of the 1978 movie (and novelization) that later served as the pilot for the original Battlestar Galactica series. Of course, Baltar's fate was altered for the television version of the pilot.

    • The name plate on Flat Top's Raptor reads "Ryan Cisco." However, in the following episode ("Act of Contrition"), his name is announced over the ship's intercom as Dwight "Flat Top" Saunders.

    • This episode first aired in the United Kingdom on November 1, 2004, on Sky One. Sky One co-financed the first season of the show.

    • Connor Widdows (Boxey)

      This was the only appearance of Connor Widdows (Boxey) this season. It was also his last appearance in the entire series. His scenes from "Water" and "Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 1" were cut from the final aired versions.

    • Richard Hatch (appearing as Tom Zarek) starred in the original Battlestar Galactica (1978) series as Captain Apollo.

  • Allusions

    • 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.