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Battlestar Galactica in Just Ten Minutes - A Guide for New Fans (spoilers)

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    BATTLESTAR GALACTICA IN JUST TEN MINUTES (more or less)

    I thought it would be a good idea to have a thread for people who are new to the Peabody Award- and Emmy Award-winning series. Time Magazine, New York Newsday and Rolling Stone Magazine have called BSG "The Best Show on Television." The American Film Institute has named the show one of the 10 best on all of television. I'll provide a brief summary of key episodes and general overviews of the Miniseries and each season.

    This thread is aimed at helping new viewers to catch up on the storyline and mythology of the series before the start of Season 4. "He That Believeth In Me," the first episode, will air on Friday, April 4, 2008 at 10 pm on the Sci Fi Channel. The show also airs on the Space network in Canada and Sky One in the U.K.

    UPCOMING SCHEDULE

    A half-hour special "Battlestar Galactica: Revealed" will air on Friday, March 28, 2008 at 10 pm on the Sci Fi Channel, followed by a half-hour special "Battlestar Galactica: The Phenomenon" that highlights the positive response from critics and fans over the last four years. Both specials can be seen in their entirety at the official website, www.scifi.com/battlestar.

    The direct link to the video of "Battlestar Galactica: Revealed" (available only to U.S. residents)

    "Battlestar Galactica: Revealed" is also available on this very guide. Click on the Videos tab toward the top of the page, just below the banner photo, or visit the Summary page of this guide.

    DVDs and ONLINE VIDEOS

    All of the previous seasons and the TV movie "Battlestar Galactica: Razor" are available on DVD. A limited number of full-length episodes can be seen as streaming videos through legitimate online sources including the Sci Fi Channel (www.scifi.com/battlestar), Hulu (www.hulu.com/battlestar-galactica) and Fancast (www.fancast.com/tv/Battlestar-Galactica/8792/videos?). Individual episodes may be purchased for download from the Amazon Unbox Video service.

    The narratives in this thread include spoilers from the Miniseries; from episodes of Season 1, Season 2, and Season 3; and from the TV movie "Battlestar Galactica: Razor." It is intended to serve as a means for new viewers to catch up on the show quickly before watching Season 4. Do not read if you want to watch all the previous episodes without knowing the stories ahead of time.


    The Miniseries


    The Miniseries showed the thriving human civilization of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol, particularly the most important Colony, that of Caprica. The Colonies had fought a brutal war against the robotic Cylons, whom the humans had created. The Cylon War had lasted about 12 years. Once humanity had fought off the threat of extinction, the Colonials signed an armistice with the Cylons. The Cylons left for a world of their own and at the time of the Miniseries, no one had seen them in 40 years.

    The noted scientist Dr. Gaius Baltar inadvertently gave the Cylons access to the defense mainframe computer system, letting the Cylons bypass the Colonial defenses. Dr. Baltar was shocked to learn that some of the Cylons were now indistinguishable from humans. One of those human-form Cylons was his new girlfriend. She says that there are 12 models of human-form Cylons. She is Number Six. She says that even if she is "killed" in the attack, her consciousness will download into an identical body somewhere else. She can't die.

    Meanwhile, the battlestar Galactica was scheduled to be decommissioned and turned into a museum. Her commander, William Adama, oversaw the preparations and ceremony. He is alerted to the news of the massive Cylon attack against the Colonial homeworlds. Billions of people are slaughtered in the nuclear attack. The Cylons disable all the networked computer systems on the homeworlds and in the Colonial ships. Fortunately for the Galactica, Adama had always insisted that no networked computers be allowed on his ship. All of the other battlestars are apparently destroyed, leaving only the Galactica to fend off the Cylons.

    The entire Colonial government is wiped out. Lee Adama ("Apollo"), the son of Commander Adama, discovers that the Secretary of Education is still alive. Laura Roslin realizes that with all the other political leaders dead, she is now the president of the civilian government. She meets with Commander Adama, who wants to engage the Cylons in battle. President Roslin argues that one battlestar cannot hope to defeat the Cylon armada. She also says that the Galactica needs to survive in order to protect the civilian ships that now hold the remaining members of the Colonial civilization. Eventually Adama accepts Roslin's argument. He takes the Galactica away from the war zone and brings the surviving civilian ships with him.

    Lee Adama is reluctant to work with his father. The two have a strained relationship. Lee thinks that his father pushed Zak, Lee's brother, into becoming a Viper pilot. [A Viper is a single-pilot attack spacecraft.] Zak was killed in a Viper accident. Zak had been involved with a talented pilot named Kara Thrace, with the call sign of "Starbuck." Starbuck is now a Viper pilot on the Galactica, one with a problem with authority. She was in the brig for striking the Executive Officer (XO), Col. Saul Tigh, but Adama needs her piloting skills, so she is released.

    On Cylon-occupied Caprica, a Raptor (a small reconnaissance spacecraft) lands. Lt. Sharon "Boomer" Valerii and Lt. Karl "Helo" Agathon find survivors. Helo selflessly gives up his seat so that a civilian may board the ship and escape. In the crowd, he sees Dr. Baltar. Baltar is in shock because he knows he played a large part in letting the Cylon attack happen. Helo doesn't know this. He only knows that Baltar is a famous and brilliant scientist, one who could be helpful to whatever human society that remains. Boomer is upset about Helo's sacrifice but she eventually accepts his decision. A young boy named Boxey joins Baltar and Boomer on the Raptor, which takes off and heads back to the Galactica.

    Adama learns about the human-form Cylons. Meanwhile, Baltar now has visions or dreams of his girlfriend from Caprica, Number Six. She appears to talk to him, even while other people are in the room. No one can see her except Baltar. She advises Baltar and comments on people that he talks to. Baltar names Aaron Doral as a Cylon. Doral had been leading a tour group through the Galactica before the attack. He claims that he is being accused unfairly.

    Adama says that he can't run the risk of taking him back to the Galactica. Doral is left behind on Ragnar Anchorage after Adama's troops take supplies to replenish the Galactica's stores. Doral screams that he isn't a Cylon.

    As Adama addresses the crew at a memorial ceremony for their fallen colleagues, he says that he knows the way to Earth, a place known only in legend. He says that he will lead them there. Afterward, President Roslin says she knows that Earth doesn't exist. The deceased former president Adar didn't believe Earth existed. Adama admits that he made up the information. He says that it's not enough for the people to survive. They also need to have hope.

    After the Galactica and her crew leave Ragnar Anchorage, Doral turns to see several human-form Cylons enter. Among them are several copies of the model known as Leoben Conoy. There are also copies of Aaron Doral, which confirms that Doral is a Cylon. Even more surprising, there are copies of... Sharon Valerii, "Boomer"!
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    SEASON 1 OVERVIEW (spoilers)

    The Galactica leads the civilian fleet on a search for the 13th colony, Earth. They face the problem of Cylon infiltrators, some of whom are not aware of their Cylon identities, like Sharon "Boomer" Valerii. In the first episode ("33"), the Cylons attack the fleet every 33 minutes, day after day after day. When a civilian passenger ship goes missing and then returns, Commander Adama suspects that there may be a tracking device on that ship. Lee "Apollo" Adama and Kara "Starbuck" Thrace are sent in their Vipers to destroy the ship, even though there may be over 1,000 civilians onboard. The destruction of the Olympic Carrier causes Lee to doubt himself.

    In the following episode ("Water"), several explosions cause the Galactica to lose 60 percent of her water supplies. Boomer can't shake the feeling that she may be involved in the sabotage plot somehow. Her lover, Chief Tyrol, is concerned for her.

    Despite the common enemy that the Colonials face, they still can't put aside their internal differences. Lee Adama draws up plans for inmates on a prison ship to mine ice on a nearby moon to replenish the fleet's water supplies. Tom Zarek, an infamous terrorist (or "freedom fighter" depending on one's perspective), takes Lee and his team hostage when they board the ship. After a tense standoff, Lee promises Zarek that elections will be held for the office of president. In exchange, Zarek and his men must help mine the ice. (Note: Tom Zarek was played by Richard Hatch, the actor who portrayed "Apollo" in the original Battlestar Galactica series.)

    A weapons accident kills much of Galactica's Viper pilot crew ("Act of Contrition"). Kara Thrace is asked to train a new complement of pilots. The assignment brings back memories of Zak Adama's death. As Zak's flight instructor, Kara had given Zak a passing mark despite his poor flight skills. Those inadequacies led to his death in a later flight. Zak's death created a rift between Lee Adama and his father. When Kara admits to Commander Adama that she shouldn't have given Zak a passing mark, Adama orders her to leave his quarters "while [she] still can."

    Kara's Viper training group is attacked by Cylon Raiders. Kara's expert combat skills save the "nuggets" but her ship is disabled. She crashes on a deserted planet. Commander Adama and Lee Adama use all the resources of the fleet to search for her but the conditions on the planet are harsh. President Laura Roslin criticizes the Adamas for leaving the fleet unprotected in their obsessive search for one Viper pilot. Kara finds the Cylon Raider she shot down and discovers that it appears to be a living organism. She learns how to operate the craft and makes her way back to the Galactica just before Adama orders the fleet to leave the system.

    When another copy of the Aaron Doral Cylon model shows up on Galactica and sets off a bomb strapped to his chest, Adama orders an investigation ("Litmus"). Sgt. Hadrian asks for unlimited authority to explore any possible leads. Chief Tyrol gets caught up in the search for answers. Sgt. Hadrian's investigation becomes broader and broader in scope, threatening to sweep up Adama himself. When Hadrian questions Adama's loyalty, he puts an end to the independent tribunal and orders Hadrian to be arrested.

    Gaius Baltar is accused of having helped the Cylons to launch the attack on the Colonial homeworlds ("Six Degrees of Separation"). His accuser is a copy of Number Six, the woman he thought only he could see. This copy claims she that she doesn't know Baltar personally. She produces security video footage that implicates Baltar in the Cylon attack. When the footage is discovered to be a fake and Baltar is exonerated, the Number Six in his waking dreams tells him that he will now be beyond suspicion.

    A copy of the Leoben Conoy Cylon model is captured in the fleet ("Flesh and Bone"). Adama asks Kara to lead the interrogation. She uses harsh methods during the course of the questioning, with the help of the Marine guards. Leoben is physically abused and his head is repeatedly doused in a tub of water. Leoben does not crack. He claims to know about Kara's personal background. Meanwhile Roslin has disturbing dreams about Conoy. The dreams may be a side effect of the experimental cancer treatment she is taking. Or not. Before Conoy is thrown out of an airlock, he sows confusion among the human leadership by warning Roslin about Commander Adama.

    Meanwhile, another copy of Sharon Valerii meets Helo, who was stranded on Cylon-occupied Caprica when he gave up his seat up on the Raptor ship that returned to Galactica. Helo is unaware of human-form Cylons. He thinks Sharon came back to rescue him. In reality, this Sharon has been assigned the task of making Helo fall in love with her. The Cylons believe that they can procreate only if the two partners truly love one another. If Sharon is unsuccessful in her task, the Cylons will kill Helo. The Cylons didn't anticipate that Sharon would instead fall in love with Helo. She turns her back on the Cylons and tries to help Helo escape from the radiation-saturated planet of Caprica.

    Col. Saul Tigh's wife Ellen mysteriously appears on Galactica. She claims that she had been incapacitated on a civilian ship ever since the initial Cylon attack on the homeworlds. President Roslin is concerned that Ellen is a Cylon. Even if she isn't, Adama is concerned about her effect on Col. Tigh, a recovering alcoholic. Adama knows that Ellen's flirtatious and promiscuous ways have led his friend Saul Tigh to the bottle in the past. At a welcoming dinner gathering, Ellen takes the opportunity to flirt with Adama's son Lee, playing footsie with him under the table. Adama relates his concerns about Ellen to Roslin.

    The fleet's tylium fuel supplies run low ("The Hand of God"). Lee Adama leads a plan to take over a tylium-mining facility from the Cylons. Kara can't fly the mission because she is still recovering from the injuries she received when she was shot down on the deserted planet. Lee is given the tough assignment to fly into the facility and destroy a key defensive station. Gaius Baltar is asked to help plan the mission as the resident "Cylon expert." He has heard the Number Six in his head talk about the Cylon god and the plans for him, but he never put any faith in those words. When Baltar is asked to point out the key defensive installation on a reconnaissance photo of the Cylon facility, Number Six suggests a location. Baltar tells the military planners that the structure is the key to mission's success. When the advice of Number Six proves to be accurate, Baltar comes to a revelation -- that the Cylon "God" of Number Six is real, and that he is an instrument of that god.

    President Roslin reconstitutes the Quorum of Twelve, the legislative branch of the Colonial government. She is wary when Tom Zarek wins election as the representative of the traditionally oppressed people of Sagittaron. Zarek runs for the post of Vice President while a mysterious assassin targets Roslin. After a riveting speech by Baltar, Roslin nominates Baltar for the post. She casts the deciding, tie-breaking vote that makes Baltar the new Vice President of the Colonies ("Colonial Day").

    On Cylon-occupied Caprica, Helo finally realizes that the Sharon Valerii he has been traveling with is a Cylon when he sees a second copy of the model. However, he believes that Sharon is merely a Cylon copy. He doesn't realize that Sharon "Boomer" Valerii on Galactica is also a Cylon. Helo shoots Sharon in the shoulder and takes her prisoner. Sharon tells him that she is pregnant, with Helo's child!

    The fleet discovers the location of Kobol, the ancestral home of Colonial civilization. Adama believes the fleet could settle permanently on this planet, until a Cylon fleet is discovered nearby. A new reconnaissance mission goes awry as one Raptor is destroyed by the Cylons. Another Raptor carrying Baltar, Cally and Chief Tyrol crashes on the planet. A third Raptor returns to Galactica. Kara plans to take out the Cylon base ship using the Cylon Raider she captured when she was marooned on the deserted planet. However, President Roslin convinces Kara that she needs to return to Caprica to retrieve the Arrow of Apollo. Roslin believes the Arrow holds the key to finding the location of Earth. She tells Kara that Adama doesn't really know where Earth is.

    When Kara disobeys Adama's orders and heads for Caprica, he asks Roslin if she ordered Kara to go to Caprica. Roslin admits that she did. Adama says he is removing Roslin from the presidency. He sends a team of Marines to her ship to arrest her. Lee Adama switches sides during the confrontation. He says that the Marines aren't justified in arresting the president. Roslin surrenders to avoid a bloody fight. Both she and Lee Adama are placed under arrest when they return to the Galactica.

    Boomer's growing insecurity and questions about her identity lead her to consider suicide when Baltar encounters her. Instead of helping Boomer, Baltar counsels Boomer that she has to follow her heart. He walks away and hears a gunshot. Boomer had pointed the gun in her mouth but she survived. After she recovers, Adama asks Boomer to lead a new mission to destroy the Cylon base ship near Kobol. He thinks she would be a good candidate for the dangerous mission given her mental state. Boomer continues to sense that something is wrong and yet she is unwilling to accept that she really is a Cylon. On the Cylon base ship, she drops off the nuclear warhead. When she is walking outside of her Raptor, she meets several copies of herself. She can no longer deny her Cylon identity but she still leaves the warhead behind. The base ship is destroyed in the powerful nuclear blast.

    Kara Thrace reaches Caprica and finds the Arrow of Apollo. A copy of Number Six finds her and attacks her. Kara survives the bloody fight and meets Helo. She also sees the copy of Sharon Valerii. Kara thinks that the copy is an impostor. She believes that the Boomer she knew on Galactica is a regular human. Kara unholsters her side arm and fires at Sharon. Helo stops her and tells Kara that Sharon is pregnant with his child.

    Boomer and Racetrack return from their successful mission. Adama congratulates them for taking out the Cylon base ship. Racetrack shakes his hand. Then Adama puts out his hand to shake Boomer's hand. Instead of shaking Adama's hand, Boomer finds her Cylon programming taking over. She unholsters her pistol, and fires.
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    SEASON 2 -- The First Nine Episodes (spoilers)

    As Season 2 opens, Col. Tigh has taken command of the Galactica due to Adama's medical condition. A Cylon attack forces the fleet to make an emergency faster-than-light (FTL) jump. In the rush to escape the Cylon base ship, the Galactica jumps to the wrong coordinates, leaving the battlestar separated from the rest of the fleet. Lt. Gaeta says that the ship can only find the rest of the fleet by returning to their original location and re-calculating the location of the other ships. However, the Cylon base ship will be waiting for them. The only way to perform the computations quickly enough is to set up a computer network. The network will be vulnerable to a Cylon computer attack. The Galactica returns to the original location and fends off the attacking Cylon ships. Gaeta is able to finish the calculations before the Cylons break through the computer firewalls but a Cylon Heavy Raider crashes into the starboard landing pod. On Caprica, Sharon steals Kara's Cylon Raider. On Kobol, Chief Tyrol and Cally risk their lives to retrieve medicine for an injured crewman.

    The Galactica locates the rest of the fleet but the Cylon Heavy Raider contained Cylon Centurion troops. ("Valley of Darkness") The power shuts down as Lt. Gaeta discovers that a Cylon virus is afflicting the ship's computers. Col. Tigh suspects that the heavily armored Centurions are making their way to Aft Damage Control where they will vent the battlestar's atmosphere and kill everyone onboard. Then the Cylons would turn the Galactica's guns on the civilian fleet. Lee Adama leads a small team of Marines who are able to stop the advancing Centurions. On Caprica, Kara brings Helo back to her old apartment. Helo notices the abstract paintings of a blue, yellow and red swirling design on the walls, a design that Kara has been fascinated by her entire life. On Kobol, Baltar dreams that Adama drowns his baby daughter, a child that the "imaginary" Number Six claims will be theirs. Number Six also reveals evidence of the barbaric nature of life on ancient Kobol. She claims that the human Scriptures are lies. Elsewhere on Kobol, Chief Tyrol euthanizes Socinus after finding out that his death is inevitable.

    Col. Tigh proves himself to be an unstable leader, instituting martial law throughout the fleet not long after assuming commander of the Galactica. On Kobol, "Crashdown" wants to take out the Cylons before they complete an anti-aircraft battery. He plans an assault even though most of his unit has little front-line combat experience. He orders Cally to provide a diversion. When Cally refuses the order, Crashdown holds a gun to her head and threatens to kill her. Tyrol points his gun at Crashdown but it is Gaius Baltar who shoots Crashdown. Raptor ships arrive soon after to rescue the group. Tyrol tells Lee that Crashdown died honorably while fighting the Cylons.

    Tigh places Tyrol under arrest when he returns to the fleet because of Tyrol's relationship with Sharon "Boomer" Valerii, the Cylon who shot Adama. Civilian ships begin to refuse to re-supply the Galactica because of the declaration of martial law. ("Resistance") Tigh orders the Marines to board the civilian ships and take the needed supplies. He sends an inexperienced officer to lead the mission. Onboard the Gideon, a disturbance breaks out and the Marines kill four civilians. Tigh realizes that the situation is spinning out of control and he attempts to escape by drinking. Baltar threatens to poison Chief Tyrol and forces Sharon to reveal that there are eight other Cylons in the fleet.

    President Roslin escapes with Lee's help, and the assistance of Tom Zarek. Adama has recovered from the gunshots and Col. Tigh admits that he has handled the situation poorly. Adama says they will solve the problem, together. Sharon is taken to another cell. As she travels down a narrow corridor packed with angry crew members, Cally steps out and shoots Sharon in the abdomen, killing her. Sharon declares her love for Chief Tyrol before she dies.

    Kara and Helo meet a group of human resistance fighters on Caprica. Kara becomes romantically involved with a member of the group, Samuel Anders. When the group tries to capture a Cylon Heavy Raider, Kara is wounded in the shootout. She wakes up in a hospital, attended by a mysterious doctor known only as Simon. Simon talks to Kara about the signs of childhood abuse, as all of Kara's fingers seem to have been broken a long time ago. Later on, Kara learns that Simon is a Cylon and that the Cylons want to remove her ovaries. Kara discovers a "baby factory" where human women are wired to machines for the purpose of creating human babies. Kara flees the hospital and finds Anders alive. They are saved by gunfire from a Cylon Heavy Raider, the ship that was taken by "Caprica" Sharon. She reveals that the human "farms" have been unsuccessful. The Cylons now believe that conception requires true love, which is why she was able to conceive with Helo. Sharon, Kara and Helo leave Caprica in the Cylon ship. Kara vows to return for Anders.

    Instead of meeting the Galactica, the three encounter Lee Adama and President Roslin. Lee immediately puts a gun to Sharon's head. ("Home, Part 1") After Lee is persuaded to lower his weapon, Roslin has the armed guards take Sharon so she can be thrown out of the nearest airlock. Sharon convinces Roslin to spare her life by telling her that she knows where the Tomb of Apollo is located on Kobol. Roslin realizes that they need to find the Tomb in order to find the way to Earth. Tom Zarek's cohort, Meier, plots to kill Lee Adama once they land on Kobol.

    On the Galactica, Adama is obsessed with finding and promoting loyal officers, even if they are woefully inexperienced. Dualla convinces Adama that the division of the fleet and of families cannot go on. She says that it's time to heal the wounds.

    On Kobol, Roslin attempts to interpret the Sacred Scrolls in order to locate the Tomb of Athena. ("Home, Part 2") Adama tracks down Lee on Kobol and forgives him. Tom Zarek tells Meier to abandon the assassination attempt against Lee Adama, but Meier begins to collaborate with "Caprica" Sharon. At the Tomb of Athena, Sharon points her gun at Commander Adama while Meier holds his gun to Lee's head. However, Sharon surprises everyone by killing Meier. She tells Adama that unlike Sharon "Boomer" Valerii, she knows who she is. She makes her decisions consciously and turns her gun over to Adama. Inside the Tomb of Athena, Kara places the Arrow of Apollo on the bow of the statue of Sagittaron. A holographic representation of Earth's sky is activated amid stone pillars marked with the symbols of the ancient tribes. The location of the Lagoon Nebula indicates the direction that the fleet needs to take to head toward Earth. On Galactica, Roslin is reinstated as president while "Caprica" Sharon is placed in the special holding cell designed for "Boomer." Number Six tells Baltar that she is an "angel of God" who will protect Baltar.

    A television reporter plans to produce a piece about the "Gideon massacre" when she is invited by President Roslin to film a behind-the-scenes documentary of everyday life on Galactica. Roslin feels that the rift between the military and the civilian fleet needs to be mended. An insiders' look at the Galactica crew would be beneficial. The reporter, D'Anna Biers, obtains raw and emotional footage of crew members facing the dangers of the war with determination, resignation, frustration and sadness. When she follows Kat, a pilot who has overdosed on stims, to the sickbay, she sees "Caprica" Sharon screaming about her baby. Doc Cottle warns her that she could miscarry the baby. Adama asks for the tape because the fleet is not ready for the revelation that there is another Cylon onboard. Biers turns over the tape but she has another copy. Biers helps to stop an assassination attempt against Col. Tigh by a Marine who was present at the Gideon incident.

    Roslin, Adama and Tigh sign off on the finished documentary, which is broadcast throughout the fleet. Biers surprises the audience by producing a sympathetic portrait of the men and women of Galactica in a video portrayal complete with rousing martial music [which is actually a musical quotation of the theme song from the original Battlestar Galactica series]. The film is monitored by the Cylons who smuggled a copy of the tape back to Caprica. In the screening room, a surprising figure turns to discuss the news of "Caprica" Sharon's baby -- D'Anna Biers! The Cylons agree that the baby must be protected from harm.

    Helo faces scorn and mistrust because of his relationship with the human-form Cylon, "Caprica" Sharon Valerii. President Roslin is near death as the cancer ravages her body. The strain of running from the Cylons for so long has worn out the crew. Chief Tyrol decides to create a team that will build a brand-new Viper. Because of a lack of spare metal, Helo suggests that a carbon composite material be used for the outer covering. The team discover that the new skin makes the ship almost invisible on DRADIS (the Colonial form of RADAR). Adama recognizes that the project provides a morale boost to the crew members. ("Flight of the Phoenix") Meanwhile a Cylon logic bomb has infiltrated the Galactica's computer systems. The program will disable the ship's defenses in coordination with a massive Cylon Raider attack. At the last moment, Sharon connects directly with the ship's computers by inserting a cable deep into her arm. She infects the attacking Cylon ships and disables them completely. The Colonial Vipers destroy the crippled Cylon ships in the first decisive victory for the humans since the Cylons destroyed the Colonial homeworlds. The now complete "Blackbird" stealth ship is christened with the name "Laura," after President Roslin's first name.
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    PEGASUS (spoilers)

    The Galactica's DRADIS (a type of radar system) picks up a large unidentified ship. Commander Adama sends Lee Adama and others in Vipers to investigate while the fleet prepares to make an FTL (faster than light) jump. Adama discovers that it's another Colonial vessel, the battlestar Pegasus. The entire Galactica command team is shocked. They thought all the other battlestars had been destroyed in the Cylon attack of the homeworlds. Lee contacts the Galactica and tells them they won't believe what he's seeing.

    The commanding officer of Pegasus boards the Galactica in a Raptor ship. Adama, Col. Tigh, Kara and the rest of the welcoming party stand at attention. The young Admiral Helena Cain steps out of the Raptor. Adama formally welcomes her to the ship. A joyous celebration breaks out as months of terror and near hopelessness are set aside. For the first time since the Cylon attack, the Galactica crew no longer feels alone.

    Admiral Cain says that her crew has a Cylon prisoner. That model had caused the deaths of hundreds of her people. Adama says that he also has a Cylon prisoner, Sharon Valerii.

    Admiral Cain almost immediately takes charge. She outranks Commander Adama so she is now officially in command of the entire fleet. President Roslin is disturbed by this, but Adama says it's just part of military life. He turns over all of his logbooks to Cain.

    Col. Tigh shows Col. Fisk the still on Galactica and offers him a drink. Both men are relieved to meet their counterpart and relax temporarily from the ongoing battle with the Cylons. Fisk begins to tell a chilling tale. He says that the former XO (executive officer) on the Pegasus refused to carry out an attack order that he deemed to be suicidal. Admiral Cain was intent on punishing the Cylons for the attack on the Colonies. She placed her side arm against the XO's head and shot him dead. That's how Fisk became the XO of Pegasus. Tigh looks at Fisk in stunned silence. Then Fisk breaks out laughing and claims it was only a joke. Tigh plays along but he thinks Fisk was telling the truth. He reports the story to Adama.

    The Pegasus deck chief, Peter Laird, visits his counterpart, Chief Galen Tyrol. He is fascinated by the Blackbird. He reveals that he is, or was, a civilian aeronautical engineer. Tyrol and Cally are amazed to learn that Admiral Cain took him from a civilian ship and drafted him into the Pegasus crew. They also wonder what happened to Laird's old ship.

    Admiral Cain tells Adama and Roslin that she has been launching guerrilla attacks on a Cylon fleet. After her staff checks Adama's logs, she realizes that the Cylon fleet had been following the Galactica. She shows Adama reconnaissance footage of the Cylon fleet. The Cylon base ships seem to be protecting another, very large ship. She doesn't know the purpose of the ship but she knows it is important to the Cylons. Adama agrees that they should attack the Cylons.

    Roslin is concerned that the Pegasus is ignoring her requests to provide supplies to the civilian ships in the fleet. Admiral Cain is only supplying the Galactica, the only other large military ship.

    Later on, Cain reveals her displeasure with Adama's failure to maintain discipline aboard the Galactica. She cites Kara's insubordination, Lee's mutiny and the drinking problem of Col. Tigh, Galactica's XO. She reassigns personnel between the two ships, in effect, taking control of Galactica. Peter Laird becomes the new deck chief on Galactica. Lee Adama is asked to become a Raptor pilot on Pegasus. Lee secretly asks Kara to take the Blackbird and take photographs of the mysterious Cylon ship.

    Baltar is shocked to learn that the Cylon prisoner on Pegasus is a copy of Number Six. Even more unsettling is her condition. She has been brutally tortured and tied up like an animal to the floor of her cell. The Number Six in Baltar's waking dreams is horrified to see "herself" in such a state, utterly and completely broken psychologically. Baltar convinces Cain that it is now time for the carrot, not the stick. He tells the prisoner that he knew a woman on Caprica that looked exactly like her, and that he was in love with her.

    Helo and Tyrol are drinking with members of the Pegasus crew when they hear them boast about having gang-raped their Cylon prisoner. They say that Lt. Thorne, the "Cylon interrogator," will also have his way with Galactica's Cylon prisoner, Sharon Valerii. Helo is enraged. Even though he rejected Sharon once he found out she was a Cylon, he obviously still has feelings for her. Tyrol had a relationship with the other copy of Sharon, the one known as Boomer. When the boasting continues, Tyrol stops Helo. He makes him realize that they need to go, now.

    In the holding cell, Lt. Thorne asks for information about the mysterious Cylon ship. Sharon says she doesn't know anything. Thorne smacks her across the face. One of the Marines holds down her arms on the bed while Thorne prepares to use his special "interrogation techniques" on Sharon. Before he can start, Helo and Tyrol race into the room. Helo attacks the Marine while Tyrol throws Thorne aside. Thorne's temple hits a bolt on the wall, which kills him instantly.

    Helo and Tyrol are placed under arrest and brought to the Pegasus. Adama is furious. He says that the crime happened on the Galactica so the trial should take place there. Cain says she will be fair. However, not long after, word arrives that Helo and Tyrol have been sentenced to death. Cain claims that she listened to their stories and weighed all the evidence, including the accounts of the guards in the room.

    Adama demands the return of his two men. Cain refuses. Adama authorizes the launch of his Vipers and a Raptor containing a Marine boarding party. Cain launches the Pegasus Vipers. The ships close in on each other as the episode ends.

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    THE CONCLUSION OF THE ADMIRAL CAIN TRILOGY

    The Vipers from the Pegasus and the Galactica confront each other, but neither Cain or Adama is willing to give the order to fire on the other side's Vipers. Starbuck (Kara) pilots the Blackbird without authorization and takes close-up pictures of the mysterious Cylon ship. When she returns to the fleet, her ship is mistaken for a Cylon. All of the Vipers turn to engage her. However, Starbuck manages to identify herself as a friendly ship. She transmits the reconnaissance photos to Admiral Cain. ("Resurrection Ship, Part 1")

    President Roslin questions Cain and Adama aboard Colonial One. Cain and Adama agree to a truce. However, after Cain leaves, Roslin tells Adama that Cain is a danger to them all. She says that Adama will have to assassinate Cain.

    The Cylon prisoner Gina tells Baltar that the mysterious Cylon ship is a Resurrection Ship. The Cylon fleet is too far away from the Cylon homeworld so when a human-form Cylon dies, its consciousness is transmitted to the Resurrection Ship, to be placed into a new physical body.

    Starbuck draws up a plan to destroy the Resurrection Ship. She convinces Cain and Adama that the mission can be carried out successfully. After the briefing, Commander Adama gives Starbuck an additional order. After the Resurrection Ship is destroyed, Kara is to shoot Admiral Cain in the head.

    At the same time, Cain orders Commander Fisk (the XO of the Pegasus) to stage an assault after the Resurrection Ship is destroyed. The team of Marines is to kill Commander Adama and his entire senior staff.

    In the Pegasus brig, a group of officers and Marines beat up Helo and Tyrol, who are still being held for the death of Lt. Thorne, the "Cylon Interrogator." ("Resurrection Ship, Part 2")

    Kara asks Lee to watch her back when she attempts to assassinate Admiral Cain. Lee is distressed about the plot. He raises objections to the plan in a meeting with his father, Commander Adama. Lee is stunned to learn that President Roslin supports the plan.

    Adama asks Sharon why the Cylons hate humans so intensely. She reminds him of his speech at the decommissioning ceremony of the Galactica before the massive Cylon attack on the homeworlds. Adama himself had asked whether humanity deserved to survive.

    The mission to destroy the Resurrection Ship is successful. Lee escapes from the battle zone in the Blackbird, but he is forced to eject when his ship is destroyed in a collision. His flight suit is leaking oxygen. At first he attempts to stop the flow of air but then he accepts death. His will to live has been crushed by the knowledge that both his father Commander Adama and his mentor (President Roslin) approved of the assassination plan. Before Lee succumbs, a Raptor rescues him.

    Baltar tells Gina about the deep relationship he had with a similar woman on Caprica, before the Cylon attack. Gina senses the destruction of the Resurrection Ship. She knows that if she dies now, her consciousness will be destroyed and lost forever. She can no longer live with the memory of the brutal treatment she endured on Pegasus. She kills the Marine guard and takes his pistol. She says that suicide is a sin before God so she asks Baltar to kill her. Baltar says that she needs justice, and hands the weapon back to her.

    Starbuck and Commander Fisk contemplate their assassination orders but neither receives the final word. Instead, Gina enters Cain's private quarters and shoots her in the head.

    At Cain's funeral, Starbuck reveals her genuine admiration for Cain. Starbuck believes that Cain had the right idea about attacking the Cylons. Later on, Lee confesses to Kara that he didn't want to return from the recent mission alive. President Roslin promotes Adama to the rank of Admiral, presumably to prevent anyone like Cain from taking command of the fleet ever again.

    Resurrection Ship, Part 1
    Resurrection Ship, Part 2
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    SEASON 2 - THE FINAL EIGHT EPISODES

    A civilian protest group sabotages ammunition on the Galactica. They believe that the only reasonable hope for survival is to seek peace with the Cylons. Adama considers the fate of Sharon Valerii's unborn child, and whether it should be aborted as a threat to the fleet. Baltar is able to use blood from the Cylon fetus to cure President Roslin's cancer without harming the fetus. ("Epiphanies")

    Jack Fisk, the new commander of the Pegasus is brutally killed. Lee's investigation reveals that Fisk was involved with a black market that deals in valuables, food supplies, medicine and services (including prostitution). President Roslin recalls a memory of Caprica, in which he saw Gaius Baltar with a woman who looked like Gina, the now missing Cylon prisoner. She asks Baltar to resign. Though Baltar had been a reluctant politician, Roslin's accusation offends him so deeply that he refuses to resign. ("Black Market")

    Kara falls into a deepening depression over Samuel Anders, the man she left behind on Cylon-occupied Caprica. She begins to drink heavily and says that she tries to forget whenever a Viper pilot is killed. Her judgment becomes so clouded that her advice gets a young pilot killed by "Scar," a deadly Cylon Raider. Sharon Valerii says that Cylon Raiders can be resurrected just like human-form Cylons. She says that Scar remembers every time it has been killed in the past. Lt. "Kat" Katraine berates Kara for her sloppy performance as an officer. She challenges Kara for the "Top Gun" beer stein. Kara has a chance to kill Scar but it would mean her death too. She lets Kat take out Scar in the battle. Back on Galactica, she hands the beer stein over to Kat. She also reveals that she remembers the name of every single pilot from the Galactica who has been killed in action. Later on, she tells Helo that she did not commit suicide because she has someone to live for -- Samuel Anders.

    Dualla ("Dee") turns down Billy Keikeya's marriage proposal. Billy, Roslin's trusted aide, later spots Dee with Lee Adama at a nightclub on the leisure ship Cloud 9. Ellen Tigh is also present when a group of terrorists enters the establishment. The leader, Sesha Abinell (played by Dana Delany), wants revenge against the Cylons for the death of her husband. She demands the life of Sharon Valerii in exchange for the hostages. Starbuck leads a rescue mission that goes awry. She inadvertently shoots Lee before retreating. Admiral Adama agrees to hand over the dead body of Sharon Valerii. He intends to give the terrorists the body of the late Sharon "Boomer" Valerii, not the Sharon Valerii from Caprica. Abinell sees through the trick and orders Dee to be executed. Billy steps in and stops the shooting but pays with his life. The Marines storm in and kill Abinell. ("Sacrifice")

    The Pegasus loses contact with two Raptors. Starbuck tells the new commander, Barry Garner, that the Raptors may have tracked a distress signal. Lee thinks it's a trap and Admiral Adama agrees. Garner ignores their concerns and takes the Pegasus on a rescue mission. Garner displays his lack of command experience when three Cylon base stars cripple his ship. However, he uses his engineering skills to repair the FTL drive. The act costs him his life.

    Tom Zarek realizes that he can't win the presidential election, but he thinks Gaius Baltar can. A pregnant teenager seeks refuge on the Galactica from her strict religious family. Roslin grants the young woman asylum and allows her to have an abortion but Baltar calculates that the human race will be extinct in 18 years. Roslin, an abortion advocate throughout her career, reluctantly declares abortion to be illegal in order to save humanity. Baltar uses the resulting outcry to announce his opposition to Roslin's policy. He also announces his own candidacy for the presidency of the Twelve Colonies. ("The Captain's Hand")

    In a flashback sequence, the copy of Number Six on Caprica attempts to shield Gaius Baltar from the nuclear blast of the Cylon attack. She awakens in a resurrection tank, surrounded by human-form Cylons who ease her rebirth. She is shocked to see Baltar among them, although only Number Six can see this Baltar. She asks whether Baltar survived on Caprica, but she receives no answer. In another flashback, Sharon "Boomer" Valerii is shot by Cally. She wakes up in another resurrection tank, completely disoriented. When she sees another copy of herself, she screams in horror.

    [In progress]

    "Downloaded"
    Caprica Six and Sharon "Boomer" Valerii seek to convince their Cylon brethren that the slaughter of humanity is a sin in the eyes of their God.

    "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part 1"
    Gaius Baltar seizes upon the discovery of a habitable planet shielded by gas clouds to win support in the presidential election. He offers the weary populace the chance to stop running and rebuild their society on solid ground.

    "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part 2"
    Gaius Baltar wins the election over President Roslin, although Roslin was tempted to rig the voting. Baltar follows through on his election promise and establishes a settlement on the planet, which is named New Caprica. A year later, Baltar has become an alcoholic who spends his days sleeping with young interns. Most of the populace has moved to New Caprica, leaving the two battlestars with only a small complement of crew and staff. The Cylons arrive and force the undermanned ships to leave. The Cylons occupy the settlement of New Caprica and embark on a new experiment of human and Cylon co-existence... under the leadership of the Cylons.
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    THE WEBISODE SERIES - BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: THE RESISTANCE

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    The TV.com episode guide for the webisode series, including a full recap of all 10 mini-episodes

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    SEASON 3.0 - THE FIRST 10 EPISODES OF SEASON 3

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    "Occupation"
    "Precipice"
    "Exodus, Part 1"
    "Exodus, Part 2"

    The Colonials bristle under the harsh rule of the Cylons on New Caprica while they wait for a rescue mission led by Admiral Adama. Some humans collaborate with the Cylons and join the New Caprica police force. Kara Thrace is kidnapped by a Leoben Conoy copy. Col. Tigh, Samuel Anders and Chief Tyrol lead an underground resistance against the Cylons. Though all of them are committed to the cause, even Anders and Tyrol are shocked by Tigh's use of suicide bombers to disrupt the Cylon order. Former president Roslin demands that Tigh stop the use of the suicide bombers, especially when those attacks lead to numerous human casualties.

    Sharon Valerii has married Lt. Karl "Helo" Agathon and become an officer on the Galactica. Admiral Adama relies on her to coordinate with the resistance forces on New Caprica while he and Lee Adama launch the rescue effort with the battlestars Galactica and Pegasus. The mission is a success but the human-Cylon hybrid child Hera is lost. She is eventually recovered by a D'Anna Biers model.

    "Collaborators"
    Despite the successful rescue from New Caprica, psychic wounds and resentment linger on. A secret organization begins to judge and convict those deemed to have collaborated with the Cylons on New Caprica. The justice is harsh, cruel and swift. The targets are kidnapped secretly and disappear soon after.

    "Torn"
    "A Measure of Salvation"
    A contaminated probe decimates a Cylon base ship. The virus offers a means to exterminate the entire Cylon race. Sharon cooperates with the plan even though it means the death of her entire people. However, her husband Helo is not as willing to participate in the genocidal plot.

    "Hero"
    "Unfinished Business"
    "The Passage"
    The fleet runs low on food supplies but they find a planet teeming with algae. The problem - a star cluster lies in their way. The radiation threatens to kill anyone exposed for too long a period.
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    SEASON 3.5 - THE LAST 10 EPISODES OF SEASON 3

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    "The Eye of Jupiter"
    Chief Tyrol discovers the Temple of Five on the algae planet. The ancient structure offers a possible map to Earth.

    "Rapture"
    The Colonials and the Cylons stand-off near the algae planet as the sun of the system threatens to go supernova. Helo learns that the mandala symbol in the Temple of Five matches the abstract design that Kara has been drawing her entire life. Number Three (D'Anna Biers) looks upon the faces of the mysterious Final Five Cylons but is unable to tell any of the other Cylons about their appearance before she dies. Because of the messianic tendencies of the Number Three models, the entire line is boxed (deactivated).

    "Taking a Break From All Your Worries"
    Baltar undergoes an intense interrogation. When Roslin and Adama can't get the answers they seek, Roslin suggests that they give Baltar a trial.

    "The Woman King"
    "A Day in the Life"
    "Dirty Hands"
    Tensions on an ore-processing ship explode, leading the workers to call a strike. Gaius Baltar begins to write an autobiography mixed with political philosophy. The pages of the text are smuggled out of his jail cell by his lawyers. The book stirs up resentment between social strata throughout the fleet. The text also creates widespread sympathy for Baltar.

    "Maelstrom"
    Kara Thrace appears to be breaking down mentally. She reports an attack by a Cylon Heavy Raider but her ship's camera records no such encounter. She has visions of a Leoben Conoy figure who examines painful memories of Kara's mother. A storm system in a nearby gas giant planet resembles the mandala figure of the Temple of Five and the images in her own paintings on Caprica. Kara chases the mysterious Cylon Heavy Raider into the planet's lower atmosphere. The intense pressure causes Kara's Viper to explode.

    "The Son Also Rises"
    After Baltar's lawyers are assassinated, a shadowy individual emerges to take on the defense of Baltar, a lawyer named Romo Lampkin. Admiral Adama is named one of the judges in the upcoming trial.

    "Crossroads, Part 1"
    Baltar goes on trial on charges of treason for his actions on New Caprica. A growing number of people in the fleet believe that Baltar is a man with the power to heal. Meanwhile, Col. Tigh, Samuel Anders and Tory Foster (President Roslin's aide) hear indistinct excerpts of a familiar song, but they can't locate the source of the broadcast. Tigh thinks the music is coming from the ship itself.

    "Crossroads, Part 2"
    Lee Adama testifies at Baltar's trial. He claims that the people are upset at Baltar for their own sins. He says that the fleet of humans is nothing more than a gang that makes up their own rules. Lee notes that President Roslin had issued a blanket pardon for all events and acts on New Caprica. He says that Baltar is the only one who has been charged and that he was charged merely because he was arrogant. Lee says that Baltar should not be the scapegoat for the collective sins and shame of the fleet.

    In a shocking verdict, Baltar is judged not guilty by the panel. Admiral Adama admits to Roslin that he voted for acquittal, because the prosecution didn't make its case. Now that the trial is over, Baltar is abandoned by Lee Adama and Romo Lampkin. Unsure of what his future holds in store, he is met by a group of women who drape a cloth over his head and help him avoid the ever-present scrutiny on the ship.

    Every ship in the fleet loses power but Tigh, Chief Tyrol, Tory Foster and Sam Anders continue to hear the music in their heads. All four are drawn to an interior room of the ship. They finally realize what was disturbing them so much. They are all Cylons! Col. Tigh says that he chooses to be the same Col. Tigh he always was, not a Cylon. He returns to the CIC and expresses his support for Adama. Tory tells Roslin that she will always cover her back.

    When a large Cylon fleet appears, the Galactica launches its Vipers. Lee Adama, though dressed in a formal civilian suit, races to pilot one of the attack vessels. He picks up an unknown object on his ship's DRADIS. The unknown ship nearly collides with his ship and then manuevers alongside his Viper. Lee is amazed to see Kara Thrace in the cockpit of the other ship. Kara says that it's really her. She says that she has been to Earth and that she can guide the fleet there.

    The song that the four Cylons had heard is a unique version of "All Along the Watchtower." The song plays in the background as the camera pulls back from Lee and Kara's Vipers. The camera zooms out again, past the Galactica, past the fleet, past the Cylon base ships, past the nearby stars. The camera view reorients itself and zooms in on another location -- the planet Earth!
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    BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: RAZOR

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    "Battlestar Galactica: Razor" looks back at the story of Lee Adama's first mission as the commander of the battlestar Pegasus from the perspective of his executive officer, the troubled young Lt. Kendra Shaw. Shaw had served on Pegasus during the command of the ruthless Admiral Cain.

    Shaw was shaped by Cain's toughness. She understood the dire situation that the ship was in and helped enforce Cain's vision of order, discipline and survival. She participated in a raid on a civilian vessel in which the soldiers removed all of the valuable equipment and some important members of the crew, all for the use of the Pegasus. Admiral Cain felt that the civilian ships would only slow her down. Thus she stripped the ships for parts and supplies and abandoned them all to the Cylons. Shaw followed her orders dutifully but the difficult decisions she made began to eat away at her soul.

    Under Lee's command, Shaw accompanies Starbuck on a rescue mission. On a base ship controlled by the Guardian Cylons, she discovers a Cylon hybrid who warns her that Kara Thrace will lead the human race to its end, that Kara is the herald of the apocalypse and a harbinger of death. Shaw tries to warn Lee but she is unable to do so before she sets off the nuclear device that destroys the Cylon ship.
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