Battlestar Galactica

Season 3 Episode 1


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Oct 06, 2006 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • Continuity: After Starbuck stabs Leoben to death during dinner, her right hand is covered in blood (some of which she wipes off on the floor). As she moves back to the dinner table, she reaches for the folding knife with her right hand, which now has merely a few drops of blood on it. Once she sits down and raises her hands to push her hair back over her shoulders, her right hand is drenched in blood again.

    • In this episode, it is confirmed that Helo is the Galactica XO and Kat is Galactica CAG. Also, Dualla is serving as the Pegasus XO.

  • Quotes

    • Roslin: (voiceover) One hundred thirty fourth day of the Cylon occupation of New Caprica. Today is Mars Day. Somehow it seems appropriate to honor the god of war on a day when it feels like perpetual war is the only realistic prospect for us.

    • Cavil: (to the humanoid Cylons) You're all living in a fantasy world. Consider the irony in that. (laughs) Delusional machines! What's the universe gonna come up with next?

    • Tyrol (to Tigh): Some things you just don't do, Colonel. Not even in war.

    • Tigh: There are no boundaries for the Cylons! There are no boundaries for us!

    • Leoben Conoy: I do love you Kara Thrace.

    • Leoben Conoy (while dying): I'll see you soon. Kara.
      Kara: Take your time.

  • Notes

    • A bonus disc titled "Battlestar Galactica: The Story So Far" is included on the UK version of the Season Three DVD box set. The 40-minute feature, narrated by Mary McDonnell (Laura Roslin), recaps the events leading up to the Cylon occupation of New Caprica. The program originally aired on the Sci Fi Channel and on some NBC affiliates before the start of Season Three on the Sci Fi Channel.

      The program is also available for free online viewing at several websites, including this very website, Click on the Videos tab of this guide to watch the video.

    • Ronald Moore was nominated for a 2007 Emmy Award in the category of "Outstanding Writing For a Drama Series" for the script of this episode. The nomination treated "Occupation" and "Precipice" as one double-length episode.

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

    • This episode premiered on Space in Canada on October 7th, 2006, one day after it was shown in the US.

    • The episode begins on the 134th day of the Cylon occupation of New Caprica.

    • Kandyse McClure is credited as Candice McClure for the first time.

    • This opening episode of Season Three introduces a new opening sequence with different footage but the same text ("And They Have a Plan").

      The title segment after the teaser mixes in new scenes with the previously used footage. The text is different, however: The Human Race, Far from Home, Fighting for Survival. The count of survivors is absent.

    • Lucy Lawless and Michael Trucco are credited as "Special Guest Stars" in this episode.

    • This episode continues the survivors' story four months after the start of the Cylon occupation of New Caprica, as seen in the Season Two finale "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part 2."

    • This episode aired with "Precipice" on October 6, 2006, as a two-hour season premiere.

  • Allusions