Battlestar Galactica

Season 2 Episode 15


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 03, 2006 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

A crazed Cylon Raider attacks the Colonial fleet in a series of hit-and-run attacks. Overworked Viper pilots must defend a mining operation from this Raider that they nickname "Scar."

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Sean J. Dory

Sean J. Dory

Ensign Joseph "Jo-Jo" Clark

Guest Star

Christopher Jacot

Christopher Jacot

Ensign Brent "BB" Baxton

Guest Star

Aaron Douglas

Aaron Douglas

Galen Tyrol

Recurring Role

Alessandro Juliani

Alessandro Juliani

Felix Gaeta

Recurring Role

Kandyse McClure

Kandyse McClure

Anastasia "Dee" Dualla

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Continuity: In the final scene, after Kat taunts Starbuck by saying "My cup runneth dry" while drinking from the "Top Gun" stein, Starbuck is seen grabbing the neck of a bottle of ambrosia with her thumb facing down as if she was going to smash it or use the bottle as a club. In the cut immediately following that, she can clearly be seen holding the neck of the bottle "thumb up" as if to pour or drink from it.

    • In the Season 2.5 DVD version, the fighter shown in the launch tube is now--correctly--a Mark VII Viper.

    • There is a minor editing goof when Starbuck and Kat launch from the Galactica during the 29th day of operations of the Colonial mining ship Majahual (approximately 45 minutes into the episode). On the flight deck, both are clearly seen in Mark VII Vipers. When we see one of the Vipers in the launch tube, it is a Mark II Viper, the older model.

    • Caprica Sharon informs Kara that Cylon Raiders can be resurrected, just like the human Cylons are. They retain their memories and experience, thus making them more effective and intelligent fighters.

    • The guitar music used in the last scene of this episode is "Cavatina", best known as the theme from the 1978 movie The Deer Hunter.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Starbuck: Raiders reincarnate?
      Sharon: Makes sense, doesn't it? It takes months for you to train a nugget into an effective Viper pilot. And then they get killed and then you lose your experience, their knowledge, their skill sets. It's gone forever. So, if you could bring them back and put them in a brand new body, wouldn't you do it? 'Cause death then becomes a learning experience.

    • Helo: (to Starbuck after she admits she held back because she hopes Anders is alive) You got something to live for now, not just die for.

    • Kara: This isn't duelling pistols at dawn. This is war. You never want to fight fair. You want to sneak up behind your enemy and club him over the head. You see, Scar understands that.

    • Starbuck: To BB, Jo-Jo, Reilly, Beano, Dipper, Flattop, Chuckles, Jolly, Crashdown, Sheppard, Dash, Flyboy, Stepchild, Puppet, Fireball.
      Apollo: To all of 'em

    • Starbuck: You know that the President says that we're saving humanity for a bright, shiny future, on Earth--that you and I are never gonna see. We're not, because we go out, over and over, again, until someday, some metal motherfrakker is gonna catch us on a bad day and just blow us away.
      Lee: Bright and shiny futures are overrated anyway.
      Kara: That's why we gotta get what we can, right now.
      Lee: I'll drink to that. To right now.

  • NOTES (3)

    • As of the beginning of this episode, there are 49,593 survivors in the fleet, four fewer than at the beginning of the previous episode.

    • According to his podcast Moore did not like the the original act break of Starbuck leaving Apollo's place. So in the rewrite he wanted an act break to show how Kara has become obssessed with Scar because of her messed up life. In his note his only example was the image of Starbuck naked with a revolver.This led to the scene of Kara watching the video while drinking.

    • Although credited, James Callis and Tricia Helfer did not appear in this episode.


    • Among the deceased pilots mentioned by Starbuck is Jolly. Lt. "Jolly" Anders was killed in the miniseries when his Viper was disabled by a Cylon virus and later destroyed. The call sign "Jolly" is an homage to Flight Sgt. Jolly (played by Tony Swartz), a recurring character in the original Battlestar Galactica series.

    • "Scar" In the classic John Ford Western The Searchers, the Native American antagonist is named Scar. In the movie, Scar and his followers torment and follow our heroes, trying to split them apart so they can attack. This tactic is used here as well....