Battlestar Galactica

Episode 0

Battlestar Galactica (2003 Miniseries) - Part 1.0

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Dec 08, 2003 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • There are no networked computer systems on Galactica.

    • The officer at the Armistice Station places two family photos on the table. One photo shows his son, Boxey, who is later rescued from Caprica by Sharon Valerii.

    • The early scene beginning with Starbuck's jog is filmed as one continuous shot. The scene continues without a cut for approximately 3 minutes and 23 seconds, as viewers are introduced to the crew of the Galactica.

  • Quotes

    • Adama: The Cylon War is long over, yet we must not forget the reasons why so many sacrificed so much in the cause of freedom. The cost of wearing the uniform can be high, but -- (long pause) sometimes it's too high. You know, when we fought the Cylons, we did it to save ourselves from extinction. But we never answered the question, why? Why are we as a people worth saving? We still commit murder because of greed, spite, jealousy. And we still visit all of our sins upon our children. We refuse to accept the responsibility for anything that we've done. Like we did with the Cylons. We decided to play God, create life. When that life turned against us, we comforted ourselves in the knowledge that it really wasn't our fault, not really. You cannot play God, then wash your hands of the things that you've created. Sooner or later, the day comes when you can't hide from the things that you've done anymore.

    • Number Six: Gaius, I can't die. When this body is destroyed, my memory, my consciousness, will be transmitted to a new one. I'll just wake up somewhere else in an identical body.
      Baltar: You mean there's more out there like you?
      Number Six: There are twelve models. I'm Number Six.

    • Number Six: It won't be necessary, because in a few hours no one will be left to charge you with anything.
      Baltar: What exactly are you saying?
      Number Six: Humanity's children are returning home... today.

    • Number Six: (to Baltar) And even now, as the fate of your entire world hangs in the balance, all you can think about is how this affects you.

    • Adama: (to Roslin) Let me explain something to you. Many good men and women lost their lives aboard this ship because someone wanted a faster computer to make life easier. I'm sorry that I'm inconveniencing you or the teachers but I will not allow a network computerized system to be placed on this ship while I'm in command.

    • Adama: Good morning, Starbuck. What do you hear?
      Starbuck: Nothing but the rain.
      Adama: Grab your gun and bring in the cat.
      Starbuck: Boom, boom, boom.

    • Apollo: So, what's the charge this time?
      Starbuck: Hmm. Striking a superior asshole.

    • Baltar: So now you're telling me, um... now you're telling me you're a machine.
      Number Six: I'm a woman.
      Baltar: You're a machine. You're a synthetic woman. A robot.

  • Notes

    • 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.

    • Edward James Olmos is wearing blue-colored contact lenses while Jamie Bamber's hair is dyed a dark brown color. This was done to make the two look more like each other, since they play father and son.

    • Oingo Boingo alumni

      Richard Gibbs, who composed the music for the miniseries, is a former member of the 1980s New Wave band Oingo Boingo. He played keyboards and other instruments for the band from 1980 to 1983. Steve Bartek, the lead guitarist for the band, would also contribute to the music for the series. Bartek played electric guitar and assorted string instruments for the Season 2 episode "Black Market" and the Season 3 finale "Crossroads, Part 2."

    • Before Laura Roslin speaks to the doctor on Caprica, a Firefly-class starship can be seen through the glass of the ceiling. This is a nod to Joss Whedon's cancelled television series Firefly (2002). Zoic, the visual effects company for Battlestar Galactica, also worked on the visual effects for Firefly.

    • Part 1.0 and Part 1.5 initially aired on the same night as the first part of a two-part miniseries.

      The miniseries has been divided into Parts 1.0, 1.5, 2.0 and 2.5 in this guide because iTunes divided the miniseries into four (unequal) parts.

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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