Battlestar Galactica

Season 3 Episode 17

Maelstrom

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Mar 04, 2007 on Syfy
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Kara continues to have dreams about Leoben Conoy and the mandala she painted at her old apartment on Caprica. While on patrol in her Viper, she encounters a Cylon Heavy Raider.

When Tyrol cannot verify Kara's claim that the Cylon ship struck the Viper, Admiral Adama and Lee become concerned about her mental stability.moreless

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Katee Sackhoff

Katee Sackhoff

Kara "Starbuck" Thrace

Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

William Adama

Mary McDonnell

Mary McDonnell

Laura Roslin

James Callis

James Callis

Gaius Baltar

Jamie Bamber

Jamie Bamber

Lee "Apollo" Adama

Grace Park

Grace Park

Sharon Valerii/Sharon "Athena" Agathon

Dorothy Lyman

Dorothy Lyman

Socrata Thrace

Guest Star

Erika-Shaye Gair

Erika-Shaye Gair

Child Kara

Guest Star

Georgia Craig

Georgia Craig

Oracle Brenn

Guest Star

Callum Keith Rennie

Callum Keith Rennie

Leoben Conoy

Recurring Role

Tahmoh Penikett

Tahmoh Penikett

Karl "Helo" Agathon

Recurring Role

Michael Trucco

Michael Trucco

Samuel Anders

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Starbuck looks into the cockpit of her viper and begins to have a series of flashbacks, one of the images was of her mother smoking a cigarette. As seen in a closeup of the ashtray, the cigarette butt in the center of the pile is a Marlboro Ultra Light.

    • Kara's mother Socrata lived in an apartment in Caprica City during her retirement. Kara's apartment was located in Delphi, a different city located on Caprica.

      Delphi was the location of the Museum of the Colonies, home of the Arrow of Apollo, which Kara recovered in "Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 2," the Season One finale. The ancient Greek city on Earth was the home of the oracle of Apollo.

      The name of the Greek city is usually pronounced in the United States as [del-fahy]. However, in this episode Delphi is pronounced as [del-phee], the pronunciation commonly used in most European countries.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Kara: (to Lee) It's funny though, after all we've been through, we are right back where we started. You're CAG, and I am your hotshot problem pilot. I guess that's all we'll ever be now, huh?

    • (speaking about her mother)
      Kara: She was dealing with a lot, Sam. She told me that I was different from other kids. That I needed to be a warrior like her. Taught me that fear gets you killed. And anger keeps you alive.
      Anders: Well, she gave you plenty to be angry about, didn't she?

    • The Leoben figure: You're free now... to become who you really are.
      Kara: (smiling) You're not Leoben.
      The Leoben figure: Never said I was. I'm here to prepare you to pass through the next door. To discover what hovers in the space between life and death.

  • NOTES (10)

    • The Visual Effects Society nominated this episode for a 2008 VES Award in the category of Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series. Mike Gibson, Gary Hutzel, Michael J. Davidson and Kyle Toucher were cited as members of the visual effects team.

    • The city of Delphi was used as the Cylon base of operations on Caprica. Helo discovered this in the Season One episode "Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down."

    • The model ship that Adama destroys was not a prop, but rather a very expensive model the production team was renting. The scene was not scripted. Adama's actions were improvised by Edward James Olmos, who was not aware of the value of the model. Fortunately, the model was covered by insurance, according to Ronald Moore's podcast.

    • At the time of her death, Socrata Thrace (Kara's mother) was a former corporal, retired from the Caprican Colonial Forces.

    • Christian Tessier (Tucker "Duck" Clellan), Emily Holmes (Nora), and Luciana Carro (Louanne "Kat" Katraine) are seen in photos, but the actors do not otherwise appear in the story.

    • Despite appearing in the opening credits, James Callis and Tricia Helfer did not appear in this episode.

    • As of the beginning of this episode, there are 41,400 survivors in the fleet, the same number as at the beginning of the previous episode.

    • Katee Sackhoff read the "Previously on Battlestar Galactica" line at the beginning of this episode.

    • In addition to the string orchestra, the musical instrumentation for this episode features a gamelan, an erhu, taiko drums, and other percussion.

      "Gamelan" is a term for a variety of orchestras in Indonesia that feature gongs, chimes, metallophones, drums and other instruments. An "erhu" is a two-stringed bowed instrument often called the "Chinese violin" or the Chinese two-string fiddle. "Taiko" is the Japanese word for "drum" but outside Japan it usually refers to various types of Japanese drums.

    • According to SoundtrackNet, this episode is the last one in Season Three to include a string orchestra for the soundtrack music. Series composer Bear McCreary conducted the Hollywood Studio Symphony string orchestra himself.

      Though McCreary did not explain what instrumentation would be used for the remaining episodes of Season Three, he did reveal that there will be a musical surprise in the two-part finale, following directions in the script written by co-executive producer Ronald Moore.

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