Galactica 1980

Season 1 Episode 10

The Return of Starbuck

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 04, 1980 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: It's never made clear what Starbuck was going to do for food once his emergency rations ran out. Plus it seems hard to believe that he was carrying enough rations in that one fighter to last as long as they did, especially once he had to feed two more people.

    • Highlights from episode are shown prior to opening credits.

    • Starbuck has been on this planet for several weeks, with the Galactica moving farther all the time. How could that little ship possibly hold enough fuel to catch up to the fleet?

    • The episode uses several references to Earth terms for units of time, rather than the BSG convention of sectars, yahrens and other alien terms.

    • And finale features three Centurions landing on the planet in search of Starbuck and their downed colleague. Cy and Starbuck shoot them all dead, but Cy deactivates. First off, Starbuck now has three more Cylons to try to attempt to fix Cy. Second, the three Centurions landed in a ship. Why doesn't Starbuck try to use it to escape from the planet? Answer to the last: It was established in the BSG episode "The Hand Of God" that a minimum of two pilots is required to fly a Cylon Raider.

  • Quotes

    • Starbuck: We need water. Cy, go to the spot where my laser opened the underground stream.
      Cy: By your command... although technically you have no real authority to order me around.
      Starbuck: Cy, go!
      Cy: I'm going... I'm going!

    • Starbuck: What did you do when it came time for a little... personal initative?
      Cy: We were taking a vote when the ground came up and hit us.

    • Boomer: ...but, sir, we can't just leave him out there!
      Adama: Boomer, don't you think I want to go back for him? Do you think I leave someone I love like a son knowing we can never see him again? Take a look out there! We'll be lucky if we can save the fleet!
      Boomer: You mean we can never go back?
      Adama: That is correct! There is no going back! Our enemy pushes on and on and on and unti we're strong enough or can find Earth and get help, we can never stop or turn away or look back!

    • Starbuck: It's just you and me now. One human and one Cylon.
      Cy: No, Starbuck. Not human. Not Cylon. Friends.

  • Notes

    • Troy, Dillon and Jamie Hamilton do not appear in this episode.

    • Starbuck asks Boomer to say goodbye to Cassiopeia and Athena. He does not mention Apollo or Sheba. Is this an implication they were dead by this point?

    • Dirk Benedict reprises his role as Lieutenant Starbuck from the original series of Battlestar Galactica, in a desperate, last minute bid by the producers to win back viewers who had by now abandoned the series in droves.

  • Allusions

    • The episode's concept is similar to the 1960's Lee Marvin film Hell in the Pacific. The same plot will be adapted for the 1980's film Enemy Mine.