Battlestar Galactica

Season 4 Episode 5

The Road Less Traveled (1)

Aired Friday 10:00 PM May 02, 2008 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • The Demetrius was established to be a sewage recycling ship (as stated by Helo in the recap at the beginning of the episode), but as the crew debates whether to join the rebel Cylons, Athena calls the ship a freighter.

    • The Orion Constellation can once again be seen in this episode, right after the Demetrius runs into the Cylon Heavy Raider.

    • This episode takes place on Day 58 of the Demetrius mission to find Earth. The mission began immediately after the events in the episode "Six of One."

    • Kara pilots a Viper with the name plate of Diana "Hardball" Seelix.

  • Quotes

    • Kara: What happened to me the two months I was missing?
      Leoben: I don't know.
      Kara: The mandala, the paintings, my mother. It had to mean something.
      Leoben: You have to make peace with your past.
      Kara: Why?
      Leoben: Because that part of you is gone. I told you when I first came aboard this ship that you had changed. I look at you now, I don't see Kara Thrace. I see... an angel, blazing with the light of God. An angel eager to lead her people home.

    • Baltar: (to Tory) Not that I particularly care, but since I haven't been arrested lately or beaten up, can I, can I surmise that the president has not been apprised of my pirate broadcasts?

    • Tyrol: Remember when this all started? You said nothing would change you from the man you wanted to be. Well, how about it? You still the same old Saul Tigh?
      Tigh: Everything I've done, I can live with.
      Tyrol: Well, that's the difference between you and me. I can't. Tory's got it in her head that we can be the salvation of the human race. All I know is that if there is a God he's laughing his ass off!

    • Kara: We've all come to remember Sgt. Erin Matthias. To grieve for our loss, to honor her. Matthias is dead because of me. We've all heard the words, the prayers, but I don't know what any of it means anymore. We want to believe that she died for something, but in this war, people die, and it is just stupid! It's an accident; there's no nobility to it. There's nothing we can grab onto that's gonna make it any easier -- they're just gone! I have to live with that.

    • Anders: What do you want from Kara?
      Leoben: Same thing I've always wanted. For her to understand her destiny.
      Anders: That's not good enough.
      Leoben: It's good enough for her. What is the most basic article of faith? That this is not all that we are.

  • Notes

    • At one time, this episode was to have shown the last appearance of Head Six. At the beginning of the episode, she was to announce that she was leaving Baltar. The scene was filmed, but cut from the finished episode.

    • As of the end of the teaser, there are 39,676 survivors in the fleet, one more than the total listed in the previous episode.

    • Michael Trucco read the "Previously on Battlestar Galactica" line at the beginning of this episode.

    • Although credited in the main titles Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber and Tricia Helfer did not appear in this episode.

  • Allusions

    • The title "The Road Less Travelled" is a reference to a line out of Robert Frost's poem The Road Not Taken.