In Laura Roslin's classroom, we see her blackboard, which has the schematic of a wormhole. This is reminiscent of the "blackboard" in Keiko O'Brian's classroom on Deep Space Nine, which contained a detailed schematic of the Bajoran wormhole. Ronald D. Moore served as supervising producer on Deep Space Nine.
Unlike previous episodes, this episode did not feature a traditional "teaser." It opened with the "Previously on BSG" segment and then went immediately to the main titles and music. Ronald Moore and David Eick explained on the podcast that this was necessary because of the length of the opening segment. If it had come before the main titles, that would have pushed the opening credits to about the 12 minute mark of the episode.
There are now 49,550 survivors.
When Maya, the new 'mother' of Sharon and Helo's cylon baby, picks up the cylon baby at the end of the episode she takes it out of a white crib.
The white crib is the same crib that was seen in Baltars vision in 'Kobol's Last Gleaming Pt2' and 'Scattered' when Six showed him the face of the future - their baby.
(at a Union meeting)
Tyrol: Everyone, please be quiet!
(No one listens.)
Cally: Hey! Shut the frak up!
Chief Tyrol: There comes a time when you realize that the engine you built with your blood and your sweat and your tears is being used for something so foul, so... perverted, that it makes you sick in your heart. And it's then that you must throw your body on the gears, and on the levers, and on the machine itself, and make it stop! And you have to show the people who run it, the people who control it, that unless we're free, that machine will be prevented from working at all!
Tyrol: What do you want to do now, Captain?
Starbuck: The same thing we always do. Fight 'em until we can't.
Doc Cottle: The jaw's set nicely. You're done here. I'm kicking you out of here and sending you back to work.
Cally: (in muffled voice) What? Like this?
Doc Cottle: You gotta love a woman who can complain even with her jaw wired shut.
Tom Zarek: I've seen a lot of elections, Gaius. Most honest, a few fixed. And you can always tell the fixed ones because they don't make sense. And this doesn't make sense.
Brother Cavil: (being dragged into the brig) I'm not a frakking Cylon! (sees the other copy of Cavil) Oh well, right.
Baltar: Very well. On behalf of the people of the Twelve Colonies, I surrender.
William Adama : If she gives you too much trouble, find yourself a younger one.
[reference to Colonel Tigh's wife, Helen.]
Adama: You're not listening.
Baltar: I don't have to listen. I'm the president.
New Caprica City scenes were filmed on location on a commercial dirt pile site in Richmond, British Columbia, just outside of Vancouver. Filming crews had to work around loud machinery and trucks that were moving dirt on the very active site.
According to Ronald Moore and David Eick, there is a 60-minute broadcast version of the episode, cut for distribution in international markets. The Tyrol-Cally storyline is missing from this version.
"Lay Down Your Burdens, Part 2," the Season Two finale, will be a special 90-minute-long episode.
In an interview with the Seattle Times in April 2006, Ronald Moore confirmed that the final scene with the Cylon centurions marching down the center of the New Caprica tent city was a direct reference to the Nazis marching into Paris in June 1940.
Chief Tyrol's speech to the Union referenced a speech given by student activist Mario Savo at a 1963 Free Speech Movement Sit-In at UC Berkeley.
"There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part; you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!"