Battlestar Galactica

Season 4 Episode 4

Escape Velocity

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Apr 25, 2008 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • Goof: When Tigh, Tyrol and Foster are shown in the teaser, Colonel Tigh is wearing the rank insignia of an admiral.

    • Goof:
      The pendant Baltar takes from Lily does not feature the rod of Asclepius, which has only one serpent, but the Caduceus, which has two serpents. The Caduceus is associated with Mercury and commerce, rather than healing, but these two symbols are often confused in the United States.

    • In the "Previously On" segment, during the scene in which Cally listened in on the meeting between Tyrol, Tigh, and Tory, a shot of Sam was used, implying that he was present during this meeting and that Cally knew the identities of all four of the hidden Cylons. However, this was not true as Sam was onboard the Demetrius on the mission to locate Earth and was thus absent from the meeting.

    • When the Raptor crashes during the emergency landing, its nose and front section are torn off from the impact. When Chief Tyrol and Figurski are examining the wreck in the maintenance bay, the nose and front end are still attached.

    • During the Raptor crash, two bodies can be seen ejected from the cockpit as the wreckage slides across the landing bay after the front of the Raptor is torn off. The bodies are only visible for a couple of frames. This explains how Racetrack and Skulls were able to survive.

  • Quotes

    • Tyrol: I buried my head in the sand, and I settled. I settled for that shriek with those dull, vacant eyes and that boiled-cabbage stench of her. And why? Because this is my life. This is the life I picked, and it's fine. But you know what?! It's not. I didn't pick this life! This is not my frakkin' life!
      Adama: What the hell's gotten into you? Don't do this. Don't do this to her memory.
      Tyrol: You know what? I'm sorry if I'm not gonna do this the way you want me to, or the way you might, but I will not make an angel out of someone who wasn't an angel. But I can see you have. And now you've come down to be in my club. But you're not in my club. You don't know what frakkin' club I'm in, 'cause you never asked the right questions.

    • Tigh: (about the death of Cally) Chief, what you're feeling is what a man feels when this happens. It's normal and it's human, and it's not gonna end anytime soon. It'll be there every day. You'll see her every day. You'll see her. Be a man, Chief. Feel what you've got to feel. But don't risk us!

    • Head Six: People have room in their hearts for one great belief. You or the old gods -- which one will it be?
      Baltar: Why can't I just be a man? Do I really need to take on the gods single-handed?

    • Baltar: (to his followers) Stop! Stop. This is unacceptable. We have been targeted because of what we believe by those who answer to faceless gods that bear no relevance in our world. They want us to be afraid, and I am tired of being afraid. The time has come to make a stand and that time is now.

    • Roslin: Searider Falcon. I haven't read it in years. I don't remember how it ends.
      Adama: I don't either. I've never read the ending.
      Roslin:You're kidding. It's your favorite.
      Adama: Well, I like it so much that I don't want it to be over, so I'm saving it.

    • Baltar: (to his followers) I'm not a priest. I've never even been a particularly good man. I have, in fact, been a profoundly selfish man, but that doesn't matter. You see, something in the universe loves me. Something in the universe loves the entity that is me. I would choose to call this something God, the singular spark that dwells in the soul of every living being. If you look inside yourself you will find this spark, too. You will. But you have to look... deep.

    • Caprica Six: Pain is how I learn from the guilt. There's wisdom there. Clarity. You know yourself there.
      Tigh: Pain?
      Caprica Six: (caressing Tigh's face) Our minds were designed based on your minds. We've learned things about how you work that you've never known. When you're in pain, (she changes into Ellen Tigh) that's when you learn who you really are. That's when you focus, sharp as the point of a knife. (takes off his eyepatch) I can give you that clarity again.

    • Adama: She was a good woman.
      Chief Tyrol: If you really believed that, you wouldn't have threatened to stick her up against a bulkhead and shoot her. It's OK, though. Thought about doing it many times myself. Believe me.
      Adama: Chief, let's...
      Chief Tyrol: How many of us ended up with the people we really wanted to be with? Got stuck with the best of limited options? And why? Because the ones we really wanted, the really loved, were dead, and dying, or turned out to be Cylons and they didn't know it. If Boomer had... (stops himself)

  • Notes

    • Cally's full name is revealed for the first time as Calandra Henderson Tyrol (according to the closed captioning). Only her nickname, Cally, had been revealed previously.

      She appears in this episode only in flashbacks.

    • Although credited in the main titles, Grace Park does not appear in this episode.

    • In a previous episode, Head Six appeared to smash Baltar's face into a mirror but it was not clear if Baltar threw himself into the mirror on his own. In this episode, Baltar seems to be held up and supported by Number Six in front of a crowd of onlookers. This is the first external sign that Number Six can have a physical effect on Baltar's body. However, Ronald Moore stated in the podcast commentary that the scene may misrepresent Head Six and her possible effect on Baltar. Moore says that the onlookers would not think that someone or something was holding Baltar up.

    • As of the end of the teaser, there are 39,675 survivors, one fewer than the total listed in the previous episode.

    • Aaron Douglas read the "Previously on Battlestar Galactica" line at the beginning of this episode.

    • This is the third episode of the series that Edward James Olmos has directed. He also directed the Season 1 episode "Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down" and the Season 3 episode "Taking a Break from All Your Worries."

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