Battlestar Galactica

Season 2 Episode 10

Pegasus

3
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Sep 23, 2005 on Syfy

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  • Trivia

    • Before the confrontation between the Galactica and the Pegasus, Pegasus can be seen to be directly "above" Galactica in the fleet, yet during the attack - only moments later - it is much further away.

    • The Pegasus is a Mercury-class battlestar, a more advanced type of vessel than the Galactica.

    • With the arrival of the Pegasus, there are now 49,605 survivors in the fleet.

    • With the arrival of Admiral Cain, Adama is no longer in command of the Colonial Fleet.

    • It was Director Michael Rymer's idea to have Cally and the other woman walk out of the room where the Pegasus crew members were boasting about having raped Gina.

    • Ronald Moore explains in his "podcast" commentary that the sexual assault scene was filmed just as it was written. He says, however, that they also filmed a version of the scene where Lt. Thorne has already begun raping Sharon. There was a lot of debate among the writers about which version to use, but they decided to go with the one where Helo and Tyrol are able to avert the sexual assault.

    • The scenes onboard the Pegasus were shot on sets originally constructed for a failed pilot for a new, re-imagined Lost In Space TV series.

    • The Pegasus Deck Chief, Laird, designed the DDG-62 engine used in the Blackbird.

    • Admiral Cain is from Tauron.

    • Baltar makes a faux pas, calling Cain a Commander instead of an Admiral, after which she corrects him. The original series' Cain was Commander Cain.

    • In the original Battlestar Galactica, the Galactica came across the Battlestar Pegasus, which had been sent away to fight at Gamoray before the great Cylon attack. The Pegasus was under the command of Commander Cain. After a pitched battle with three basestars under the command of Baltar, it was never confirmed if the Pegasus was destroyed or not. Adama simply says that if Cain survived, he would maintain radio silence to protect the fleet. The story was presented in a two-part episode, "The Living Legend".

  • Quotes

    • Pegasus CAG: Starbuck.
      Starbuck: Yup.
      Pegasus CAG: You have something to add?
      Starbuck: Your plan sucks.

    • Baltar: (referring to his kinder, gentler interrogation techniques) Simply put, Admiral, you have already used the stick. It's time to use a carrot.
      Cain: (pause) Please give the Doctor whatever he needs.

    • Cain: (referring to Baltar's interrogation methods) Have you become too close to your subjects? Lost perspective, perhaps?
      Baltar: Quite the opposite. The Cylons are a brutal and deadly opponent. The universe would be a substantially better place if they were...exterminated entirely. But my job isn't extermination. My job is investigation.

    • Pegasus pilot: (referring to kill symbols on his Viper) That's forty-eight kills right there.
      Starbuck: Special. Do you have caps and t-shirts, too?

    • Gaeta (regarding the Pegasus library): Got any porn in there?

      (from the extended DVD version of the episode only)

    • Adama: Please arrange for Chief Tyrol and Lieutenant Agathon to be handed over to my Marines as soon as they arrive.
      Cain: I don't take orders from you.
      Adama: Call it whatever you like. I'm getting my men.

    • Adama (to Roslin): Admiral Cain is my superior officer. She will take complete command of the entire fleet.
      Cain: I was wondering how to broach that topic.

    • Adama: Allow me to present to you the President of the Colonies, Laura Roslin.
      Roslin: It's a long story. Welcome.
      (later on)
      Cain: The Secretary of Education?
      Adama: She's come a long way.

    • Apollo: Galactica, Apollo. You are not going to believe what I'm looking at out here. It's like a dream.
      Adama: It is a dream.

  • Notes

    • This episode was nominated for a 2006 Hugo Award for "Dramatic Presentation: Short Form."

    • Although her name is never mentioned in this episode, Ronald Moore revealed in his podcast that the Cylon prisoner aboard the Pegasus is named Gina. He further explains that the name is a joking reference to a vocal group of diehard fans of the original series who intensely dislike the new version of Battlestar Galactica. Those fans refer to the new series by the acronym "G.I.N.O." ("Galactica In Name Only"). Just as "GINO" is a target of abuse for these fans, "Gina" is a target of abuse for the crew of Pegasus.

    • In an earlier episode of Season 2 ("Resistance"), Chief Tyrol said that he had served aboard the battlestars Columbia, Atlantia and Pegasus in the past. That earlier statement is not acknowledged in this episode.

    • The Season 2.0 DVD set includes the original broadcast version of "Pegasus." The Season 2.5 DVD set includes the extended version of the episode.

    • Following the third commercial break, the Sci Fi Channel aired a Viewer Discretion warning. The warning was removed from repeat broadcasts after the original air date.

  • Allusions

    • Use of Cain as the surname for the admiral
      God said to Cain "And He said, What hast thou done? The voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; when thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth." Gen.4:10-12
      God forsook Cain for killing his brother.
      Admiral Cain having killed other fellow soliders may suffer the same fate.

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