Written by Ronald D. Moore
Directed by Michael Rymer
Original air date: January 14, 2005
The Cylons continue to hound the
fleet, arriving via FTL jump and attacking every 33 minutes.
Read the story summary of this episode at the Battlestar Wiki
Notes from the BSG
This episode opens 5 days after the end of
"Enemies Among Us".
This is the first episode of the ongoing BSG2000 series,
following the 4-hour mini-series.
The opening titles of this and the other first season episodes features
a quick, choppy teaser of scenes from the episode. This
was borrowed from the 1975-1977 TV series Space:
1999, which had a similar opening title format.
Characters appearing or mentioned in this story
Joker (mentioned only)
Dr. Amarak (mentioned only)
At 3:11 on the Blu-ray, the whiteboard on Colonial One
has 50,298 written on it to represent the current human
population of the fleet.
The analog timer above Gaeta's work station has a red "33"
sticker in place (as do many other timers throughout the fleet
in this episode) to note the 33-minute timing of the repeated
Cylon pursuits of the fleet. Even after the timed pursuits end
after the destruction of the Olympic Carrier in this
episode, the sticker on Gaeta's timer is seen still in place in
Dee's commentary on the jump progress implies that there are 64
ships in the fleet as the episode opens. In
Roslin managed to gather about 60 ships full of civilians, only
about 40 were said to have FTL capability, and so 20 wind up left
behind in the escape from the Cylons and rendezvous at Ragnar
Anchorage. Later episodes also seem to stick with the
60-odd number of ships in the fleet.
At 10:35 on the Blu-ray, a book in Adama's quarters is North
Star Crusade by William Katz. This is an actual book, a
1977 Cold War thriller about a rogue U.S. sub that tries to
The man at the missing persons desk is Socinus.
At 11:20 on the Blu-ray, a number of pilots' names are seen on
the roster in the pilots' briefing room: Boomer, Apollo,
Starbuck, Joker, Stinger, and Ice Cap. The names of
Joker, Stinger, and Ice Cap are seen several times throughout
the series, but we never meet the characters.
At the end of the pilots' briefing, Apollo tells them, "Be
careful out there." This is probably an intentional callback to
the 1981-1987 police procedural TV series Hill Street Blues,
in which police sergeant Esterhaus traditionally ended his
morning roll call with "Let's be careful out there."
Boomer's new ECO is Alex Quartararo (Crashdown). Her previous
ECO was Helo, left behind on Caprica in
"Serve and Protect".
Boomer mentions here that Crashdown is a survivor from the
Triton, one of the battlestars destroyed in the Cylon
attack on the Colonies (as mentioned by Adama in
"Serve and Protect"). Notice
that he wears a Triton patch on the sleeve of his flight suit.
At 14:19 on the Blu-ray, a toy of a U.S. military Humvee is seen
on a chest of keepsakes next to the missing persons
At 15:50 on the Blu-ray, President Roslin changes the whiteboard
to 49,998 after the latest population count is presented.
A Dr. Amarak sends word to Colonial One that he has
vital information about how the Cylons were able to defeat
Colonial defenses, which worries Baltar when he hears about it.
But Amarak's ship, the Olympic Carrier, is destroyed
before he can meet President Roslin to deliver it. A Dr. Amorak
(slightly different spelling, but presumably the same person)
introduced Baltar to Number Six in
"A Higher Purpose".
At 22:48 on the Blu-ray, notice that Starbuck is wearing a ring
on her left thumb. Is it an engagement ring that was given to
her by Zak a couple years ago?
Helo's container of anti-radiation dosages has a symbol
on it not too far removed from the radiation hazard
symbol used here on Earth.
|Helo's anti-radiation dosage
||International radiation symbol
At 24:47 on the Blu-ray, notice that the cord of Gaeta's handset
is not connected to anything...it's just dangling loosely below
As Dualla is reporting on the missing
Olympic Carrier, her headset keeps changing from being
on the right or left ear.
At 26:13 on the Blu-ray, Billy changes the whiteboard to 47,972
after the disappearance of the Olympic Carrier and
other deaths from the most recent Cylon attack.
At 28:40 on the Blu-ray, a botanical cruiser (similar to the
agro-ships of BSG70) is seen among the fleet. Obviously, this
one must have an FTL drive, unlike the botanical ship that had
to be left behind with other sublight ships in
This episode introduces the location designation unit "carom" in
regards to a DRADIS contact.
At 33:39 on the Blu-ray, notice that the battle chart behind
Colonel Tigh still has "EM STORM THRESHOLD" marked on it
from the events of
"Enemies Among Us".
Boomer is said to be handling the sleep deprivation better than
the other pilots. Of course, we know she is a Cylon. Colonel
Tigh and Chief Tyrol also seem to handle it better than many of
their counterparts, perhaps an early hint of they being Cylons
The ship the Rising Star is mentioned for the first
time in BSG2000 in this episode, as the ship on which the first
baby in the fleet was born. The ship is a medical transport, not
actually seen until the episode "Pegasus". In BSG70, the
Rising Star was a luxury liner.
The episode ends with the whiteboard count of the population of
the fleet at 47,973. There are 63 ships left in the fleet after the
destruction of the
Notes from the audio commentary by David Eicke on the
The two boys in the photo frame on the missing persons wall at
14:18 on the Blu-ray are David Eicke's sons.
There are a few movements in the windows of the Olympic
Carrier, indicating there is life aboard before Apollo and
Starbuck fire upon it, destroying it. I, personally, hae not
been able to see it in the quick-moving, jerky shots of the
The scenery outside Baltar's window in his visions of his home
on Caprica are of
Bay, Vancouver, Canada.
How were the Cylons able to track the fleet through its FTL
"Flight", Apollo says its theoretically
impossible to track a ship through a jump. It's possible the
device found on the bridge in
"Kobol's Last Gleaming" Part 1, it's finally revealed
that the device is a Cylon transponder which essentially tells
any Cylons that happen to be near the fleet in space, "here I am".
Was there the presence of one or more Cylons on the
Olympic Carrier? It seems like there must have been at
least one after the last jump, as the ship suddenly reads as
radiologically active and refuses to stop its approach to the