Battlestar Galactica

Season 1 Episode 10

The Hand of God

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Mar 11, 2005 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • When Starbuck is presenting her plan to attack the Cylon baseship, she says the decoy ships will jump to a position at "extreme radar range" from the Cylons. The Colonials use a scanning system called DRADIS, not radar.

    • When Adama gives Apollo the lighter, he asks Apollo if he can see the engraving. Apollo replies he can barely make it out. It very clearly reads Joseph Adama.

  • Quotes

    • Adama: Lee isn't the problem. You should take a good look at yourself. I had to go through the same transition. When you're in the cockpit, you're in control. It's hard to give it up.
      Kara: It would just be a lot easier if I was flying with them.
      Adama: All you can do now is wait, and hope you didn't make any mistakes.
      Kara: I never wanted this kind of responsibility.
      Adama: The Cylons never asked us what we wanted. Welcome to the big leagues.

    • Adama: (to Roslin) If you keep running from the schoolyard bully, he keeps on chasing you. But the moment you turn around and stop and you punch him really hard in a sensitive spot, he'll think twice about coming back again.

    • Tigh: With all respect, this is hardly the time to attack a superior force.
      Adama: It's exactly the time. We know where they are. They don't know where we are. We'll catch them with their pants down.
      Lee: If we fail?
      Tigh: End of game.
      Adama: So we don't fail.

    • Baltar: I was...
      Number Six: Am.
      Baltar: I am an instrument of God.

    • Adama: Sometimes you have to roll the hard six.

    • Lee: (referring to Adama's lighter) I'll bring it back. Adama: You better. Or I'll kick your ass. That's a good lighter.

    • Adama: We're not gonna win this one by the book. I want Starbuck in here because she's not weighed down by conventional thinking. All due respect, gentlemen, we're not as crazy as she is.

    • Starbuck: Rumor mill has it that you're planning an op.
      Adama: Rumor mill's right for a change. Captain Adama and Colonel Tigh are working up a plan now and I need some serious out-of-the-box thinking.
      Starbuck: Out of the box is where I live.

  • Notes

    • This episode first aired in the United Kingdom on January 3, 2005, on Sky One. Sky One co-financed the first season of the show.

    • 3 kT represents a Severe Blast Radius of 1.1 km (equivalent to 25 g of refined tylium or 170 g of Pu-239). Nevertheless, without any atmosphere no air pressure shockwave was formed.Cylon Refinery Dimension was not specified.

    • This episode received the 2005 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series.

    • This episode is the first adaptation of an episode from the classic Battlestar Galactica series. "The Hand of God" served as the finale of the original series, and it also involved Adama taking the fight to the Cylons.

  • Allusions

    • The Pythian oracle:
      Pythia (aka Sibyl, meaning prophet) was the name of the Greek oracle at Delphi, a priestess of the serpent Python.