Battlestar Galactica

Season 2 Episode 9

Flight of the Phoenix

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Sep 16, 2005 on Syfy



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Roslin: None of this would have been possible if you hadn't trusted the Cylon.
      Adama: I took your advice. Met on common ground.
      Roslin: What was that?
      Adama: We both wanted to live.

    • Helo: Do you still love him?
      Sharon: Helo. You're the father of my child. You're the first in my heart. Nothing is ever going to change that.

    • Tigh: What the hell is his problem?
      Adama: Months on the run and what do we have to show for it? Casualties. Deteriorating conditions.
      Tigh: This crew needs a rest.
      Adama: It's finally hitting them, Saul. Our old lives are gone.

    • Pilot: How can anyone fall in love with a toaster, though?
      Starbuck: Same way I hear everyone was high-fiving our Sharon right before she put two in Adama's chest. The bastards frak with your head.

  • Notes

    • The name of the DDG-62 engines used in the Blackbird were a reference to the real-life U.S. Navy destroyer, the U.S.S. Fitzgerald, DDG-62. Staff writer Bradley Thompson and science advisor Dr. Kevin Grazier toured the Fitzgerald as part of a "Friends and Family Day." The DDG-62 reference in this episode was a subtle way of thanking the captain and the crew of the Fitzgerald for their hospitality.

  • Allusions

    • Apollo says the Blackbird will have CG (center of gravity) problems because the cockpit is too far back. Starbuck answers that it's built for speed, not maneuverability. The real-life SR-71 Blackbird also was built for speed, capable of flying at nearly 2,200 mph. The focus on speed caused problems for the SR-71 as well. The fuselage panels were "loose" to allow for expansion of the airframe at high speeds. This caused the SR-71 to leak fuel onto the runway. The necessary "warm-up" for the airframe expansion is similar to the adjustment period needed by Starbuck to control Galactica's Blackbird, problems caused by the design focus on speed.

    • The stealth Viper is named Blackbird - the same as the SR-71, considered the first stealth aircraft.