After the conversation between Tigh and Adama regarding the music that Tigh was hearing, Tigh says, "There's too much confusion" and "There must be some kind of way out of here." These are lines from "All Along the Watchtower," the song that is featured in this episode.
Lee: Did the defendant (Baltar) make mistakes? Sure. He did. Serious mistakes. But did he actually commit any crimes? Did he commit treason? No.
I mean, it was an impossible situation. When the Cylons arrived, what could he possibly do? What could anyone have done? (looks at the courtroom audience) I mean, ask yourself, what would you have done? (looks at the judges) What would you have done?
If he had refused to surrender, the Cylons would have probably nuked the planet right then and there. So did he appear to cooperate with the Cylons? Sure. So did hundreds of others. What's the difference between him and them?
The President issued a blanket pardon. They were all forgiven, no questions asked. Colonel Tigh. Colonel Tigh used suicide bombers, killed dozens of people. Forgiven. Lt. Agathon and Chief Tyrol. They murdered an officer on the Pegasus. Forgiven. The Admiral. The Admiral instituted a military coup d'etat against the President. Forgiven.
And me? Well, where do I begin? I shot down a civilian passenger ship, the Olympic Carrier. Over a thousand people on board. Forgiven. I raised my weapon to a superior officer, committed an act of mutiny. Forgiven. And then on the very day when Baltar surrendered to those Cylons, I as commander of Pegasus jumped away. I left everybody on that planet alone, undefended for months. I even tried to persuade the Admiral never to return, to abandon you all there for good. If I'd had my way, nobody would have made it off that planet. I'm the coward. I'm the traitor. I'm forgiven. I'd say we're very forgiving of mistakes.
We make our own laws now, our own justice. And we've been pretty creative in finding ways to let people off the hook for everything from theft to murder. And we've had to be, because... because we're not a civilization anymore. We are a gang, and we're on the run, and we have to fight to survive. We have to break rules. We have to bend laws. We have to improvise. But not this time, no. Not this time. Not for Gaius Baltar.
(to Baltar) No, you... you have to die, you have to die because, well, because we don't like you very much. Because you're arrogant. Because you're weak. Because you're a coward, and we the mob, we want to throw you out the airlock, because you didn't stand up to the Cylons and get yourself killed in the process. That's justice now. You should have been killed back on New Caprica, but since you had the temerity to live, we're going to execute you now. That's justice.
(murmuring in the courtroom)
Judge Franks: Order. Order!
Lee: This case... this case is built on emotion, on anger, bitterness, vengeance. But most of all, it is built on shame. It's about the shame of what we did to ourselves back on that planet. (looks at Adama) It's about the guilt of those of us who ran away. Who ran away.
And we're trying to dump all that guilt and all that shame onto one man and then flush him out the airlock, and hope that that just gets rid of it all. So that we could live with ourselves. But that won't work. That won't work. That's not justice, not to me. Not to me.
Chief Tribunal Judge Franks: Like everything human, justice is imperfect. It's flawed. But it's those very imperfections that separates us from the machines, and maybe even makes us a species worth saving.
Baltar: (referring to Gaeta) Look, it's, it's no secret.
Lampkin: Quiet --
Baltar: The whole fleet knows this man tried to stab me through the neck -- and you missed! Butterfingers!
Tigh: I'm telling you, Bill, they put the music in the ship. I can hear it.
Adama: I believe you. I'll look into it.
Tigh: You'll look into it? You'll look into it? I am here telling you there is Cylon sabotage aboard our ship!
Adama: Sabotage. With music?
Tigh: I know, I know. I can't quite understand it myself. There's too much confusion.
Baltar: Yeah, well I can see why you'd want a mistrial.
Lee: I'm sorry. What's that supposed to mean?
Baltar: Well, that'd be the quickest way, wouldn't it, for you to absolve all your responsibility? Wash your hands of the whole affair. You get back to your life. (turns to Lampkin) You get back to... (pauses) wherever you get back to, and I get back to a cell and I have to go through this all over again.
Lee: (reading from Joseph Adama's book "Trial Tactics and Strategies") Forcing a mistrial may seem of little benefit to either side but in fact it can be a boon to the defense. The prosecution has shown their hand. At retrial, the defense has all the tactical advantages and the statistical chances of an acquittal rise... by 25 percent.
Lampkin: Our tactical victories are pissing them off.
Baltar: Right. So now because we're winning, we're losing, actually.
Lampkin: Perverse, isn't it? One of the reasons why I love what I do.
Tigh: My name is Saul Tigh. I am an officer in the Colonial Fleet. Whatever else I am, whatever else it means, that's the man I want to be. And if I die today, that's the man I'll be.
Adama: (on the telephone) If you still need to be yelled at, I think I can give you some volume.
Roslin: OK. Alright, give it your best shot.
Adama: (calmly) Get out of that bed.
Roslin: That's not your best shot.
Adama: (pretending to be angry) Get your fat, lazy ass out of that rack, Roslin!
Roslin: (laughing) Yes, sir. OK, sir. Anything you say, sir. (pause)
This is the first episode of the series to feature background music in which English-language lyrics ("All Along the Watchtower") are used.
Jamie Bamber guest starred in an episode of Cold Case, titled "Blood on the Tracks," that aired five weeks before this episode. Bob Dylan's song "All Along the Watchtower" was featured in both episodes. (Bob Dylan's original version was used in the episode of Cold Case.)
Bear McCreary's newly composed theme underlying the lyrics of "All Along the Watchtower" is repeated throughout the episode using electric sitar, harmoniums, duduk, yialli tanbur and electric violin. At the end of the episode, Steve Bartek plays the theme on an electric guitar, tuned down to C# minor. (The lowest string on a guitar -- in terms of pitch -- is normally tuned to an E note.)
The new arrangement of "All Along the Watchtower" features the guitar and electric sitar playing of Steve Bartek. He has provided the guitar work for other episodes of the series, most notably for "Black Market." He has served as composer, producer and conductor for other television series, including Desperate Housewives. He has orchestrated dozens of film scores (including Spider-Man) and previously served as lead guitarist for the New Wave rock band Oingo Boingo.
The singer featured in the final scene is Brendan McCreary, whose professional name is Bt4. He is the brother of series composer Bear McCreary.
The famous Bob Dylan song "All Along the Watchtower" was the source for the lines of some of the main characters near the end of the episode.
'There must be some way out of here,'
Said the joker to the thief.
'There's too much confusion,
I can't get no relief.'
For the second episode in a row, the usual opening title sequence was removed and the names of the main cast members appeared on screen during the teaser. The number of survivors in the fleet was also absent.
Jamie Bamber read the "Previously on Battlestar Galactica" line at the beginning of this episode.
The total broadcast time for this episode is approximately 1 hour and 5 minutes, slightly longer than the usual run-time of 1 hour.
The song featured at the end of the episode is Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," first released in 1967 as a sparse folk song featuring acoustic guitar and Dylan's harmonica solos. Perhaps the most well-known of the many cover versions of the song is that of Jimi Hendrix in 1968. He transformed the song with his famous electric guitar solos and emotional singing. The version heard in the episode is a new arrangement from series composer Bear McCreary.