The real world brands/companies/products that can be seen in the final scene are National Geographic, MSNBC, Foot Locker, Swatch, LG, HSBC, Coke and Kodak.
The rebel Centurions are painted with a red stripe across their armor so as to distinguish them from Cavil's Centurions.
At approximately 14:05 into the episode, a view of the fleet is shown. The yellow ship the camera sweeps past is the Kodiak from the PC game, "Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun".
Glasses and binoculars
When Laura Roslin looks through the binoculars, she stops and says that she wants to see more detail. She puts on her glasses and then continues to look through the binoculars. It's unclear whether this is an "error". While binoculars can correct for nearsightedness and farsightedness, they do not correct for astigmatism. It's entirely plausible that Roslin has astigmatism. If so, then she would have needed her glasses to look through the binoculars.
Showrunner and executive producer Ronald D. Moore made a cameo appearance in the final scene as the man reading the "National Geographic" magazine.
A re-scored version of the theme music from the original Battlestar Galactica series was played as the fleet left the planet's orbit for the final time.
Baltar: You know it doesn't like that name!
(Six gives Baltar a 'look')
Baltar: Silly me. Silly, silly me.
Lee: You know, my very earliest memory of my father was him flying away on a big plane. And wondering when he was coming back. He's not coming back this time.
Boomer: Tell the Old Man, I owed him one.
Athena: Doesn't change anything you did, though.
Boomer: No. We all make our choices. Today, I made a choice. I think it's my last one.
Kara: No, I know fear. And I get scared, just not of dying.
Lee: So then, what scares you?
Kara: Um... (pours a shot) Sorry. Being forgotten.
Lee: Goodbye Kara. You won't be forgotten.
The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series.
The instrument-playing robots seen on a video screen are the Toyota Robot Quartet Band. They have been engineered to play regular musical instruments, such as a trumpet and an electronic-pad drum kit, in the way that a human musician would.
The famous Jimi Hendrix version of the Bob Dylan song "All Along the Watchtower" was heard for the first time in the series. Prior to that, the only version heard in the series was Bear McCreary's new version.
The FTL coordinates (1123.6536.5321) that Kara derived from Hera's drawing correspond to the notes of the minor scale used in the music score of the episode. More specifically, the numbers describe the notes from the original melody written by Bear McCreary as part of his arrangement of the Bob Dylan song "All Along the Watchtower".
The second and third hours of the series finale, "Daybreak", aired on the Sci Fi Channel on Friday, March 20, 2009. The extended 2-hour and 11-min. broadcast did not include the usual main title sequence. The survivor count was not shown onscreen either.
Editor's note: Though the final two hours (broadcast time) are considered to be Part 2 of "Daybreak", they have been separated into two episode guides to accommodate links to legal online downloads from iTunes.
During Baltar and Caprica Six's flashback, Baltar informs Caprica Six that he would be willing to let her take a look at the defense mainframe. When Caprica Six says that her employers would be very grateful, Baltar says that he isn't doing it for them, but for her. He continues by saying the following:
Baltar: Because if anyone finds out, I could get my head cut off.
That was precisely how the Baltar character was executed by the Cylons in the 1978 Battlestar Galactica feature film.
Kara "Starbuck" Thrace: There must be some kind of way out of here.
This is the opening line to the song "All Along the Watchtower". Kara says it at the end of the attack on the Colony ship, when she punches in the FTL coordinates from Hera's drawing, which is also derived from "All Along the Watchtower".