Battlestar Galactica (the mini-series, part 2,
Written by Ronald D. Moore and Christopher Eric James
Based on a teleplay by Glen A. Larson
Directed by Michael Rymer
Original air date: December 9, 2003
Commander Adama’s and President
Roslin’s intentions clash when he prepares the Galactica
for war and she orders the rag-tag fleet to flee with humanity’s
(This episode opens with Commander Adama
struggling to control his emotions over the seeming loss of
Apollo and ends with Baltar realizing there must be a Cylon
aboard the Galactica.)
full story summary of Part 2 of the Battlestar Galactica
mini-series at the Battlestar Wiki
Notes from the BSG
This episode takes place immediately
after the events of "Serve and
Battlestar Galactica mini-series was made up of
two 2-hour parts, originally broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel
(now known as
Syfy). I have chosen to break down the
mini-series into four ~45-minute segments to more closely match
the running times of episodes of the ongoing TV series that
followed it. For this episode, I have assigned the title of
"Flight" based on President Roslin's decision to gather
a convoy of civilian ships to rendezvous with the Galactica
and flee the devastated Colonies.
Characters appearing or mentioned in this story
Petty Officer Dualla
Prosna (deceased, mentioned only)
Leoben Conoy (Number Two)
Captain of botanical cruiser (unnamed)
Aaron Doral (Number Five)
As the opening credits appear on screen, at 2:45 on the Blu-ray,
the word "Production" in "Production Designer" has a typo,
Boomer tells Boxey that her parents are dead, too. This is part
of the false background story that has been programmed into her.
Galactica pulls in its hangar pods for making
the hyperlight jump to Ragnar. But when the actual jump is made
seconds later, the pods are sticking out again!
At 5:06 on the Blu-ray, the computer screen references a
"synthetic gravity field". This is one of the rare mentions
in the series of
how gravity is maintained when ships travel through in space.
Apollo tells Roslin he used Colonial One's hyperdrive to
manipulate the energy coils that were sitting in the hangar bay
to put out a big pulse of electro-magnetic energy that
disabled the approaching nuclear warheads fired at them by the
Cylons. But how did he manage to do that when the energy coils
do not seem to be connected to anything? It was stated
"Serve and Protect" that the two coils were from the
Galactica, being returned to Caprica after the decommissioning,
so they were just sitting there waiting for delivery, not
connected to anything!
At 8:23 on the Blu-ray, Starbuck looks at a photo of herself
with Zak and Apollo. The actor portraying Zak in the photo is
Clarke Hudson. In flashback scenes in later episodes, the role
was played by Tobias Mehler.
Galactica's trip through the storms of
the gas giant planet Ragnar is slightly reminiscent of the
fleet's passage through the Nova of Madagon to planet Carillon
in the BSG70 episode "Exodus".
The rifle that Leoben Conoy possesses on Ragnar Station is a
modified Raisen model gun (not built for firing)
manufactured by Poseidon Industries of Japan.
When Tyrol assures Leoben they're not there to take him to jail,
Leoben responds, "Frickin' right, you're not." Is frickin'
a tame way of saying "frakkin'" just as the same word is a tame
way of saying "fuckin'" on Earth? Or was it a slip by the actor
and should have been "frakkin'" in the first place?
Notice that the woman (played by Edwards James Olmos' wife) who
steps off the Raptor on Colonial One at 11:24 on the Blu-ray is
not wearing shoes, she's carrying them in her hands. The shoes
look high-heeled, so maybe they aren't practical for a refugee
to run around in.
When Baltar gets off the Raptor and Apollo stops him to tell him
the President wants to see him, notice that Baltar's face
brightens up a bit as he says, "President Adar is alive?" but
then falls again when Apollo tells him Adar is dead and Laura
Roslin was sworn in a couple of hours ago. We know from previous
stories in the chronology and from Baltar's televised interviews
that he was a personal friend of Adar.
The fold-out calculator on the table at 15:14 on the Blu-ray as
Baltar makes his notes for the President about Cylon technology,
etc., is a model made by Journey's Edge.
At 15:28 on the Blu-ray, notice that the scar on Baltar's left
cheek is healing up awfully fast! Maybe Colonial medical
technology is able to heal such superficial wounds rapidly.
As a Colonial shuttle flies through the small fleet of civilian
refugee ships at 20:32 on the Blu-ray, it passes a number of
ships, some familiar from BSG70:
the Rising Star, here revealed
as a hospital ship, in BSG70 was a luxury liner
a ship made of three disks in a row,
which was referred to as a mineral ship in BSG70; a second
one of these ships is seen at 23:16
a Pan Galactic liner (the Caprica
Clipper, according to promotional sources, but never
named in the series), with the logo of Pan Galactica being
very similar to that of Pan American (aka Pan Am), a U.S.
airline from 1927-1991; probably an homage to the Pan Am
starliner in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
a botanical cruiser, similar in design
to the agro ships of BSG70, which themselves were models
from the 1972 Universal film,
Silent Running. The novelization gives the name of the
cruiser as Space Park. Lacking FTL capability, the
ship gets left behind with the other non-FTL craft later in
Queen, formerly a starliner converted into a prisoner
transport that looks like the prison barge from BSG70. In
"Enemies Among Us", the captain of the ship has reported
that he has nearly 500 convicted criminals in the cargo hold;
a continuity change occurs in "Bastille Day", with the ship
now said to be holding 1500 prisoners in cells.
At 23:16, a few Colonial Movers cargo
transport ships are seen; one of these was also part of the
fleet of BSG70.
At 23:33 on the Blu-ray, three Mark VII
Vipers are seen flying along with the fleet of civilian
ships. But at this point in the story, there should only be
Apollo's disabled Mark VII Viper in the cargo bay of Colonial
After a Cylon Raider jumps into the civilian fleet, scans it,
and jumps away again, Apollo says they have to go now and Roslin
asks if the Cylons can track them through a jump, to which
Apollo responds it's impossible. Roslin then follows up with, "Theoretically
impossible," which Apollo admits is true. This may have been
intended by the writers as a foreshadowing of the events of
"33", which picks up immediately after the mini-series and
depicts the Cylons somehow managing to track to the fleet
through jump after jump every 33 minutes.
At 26:07 on the Blu-ray, the botanical cruiser is seen moving
past the pilot's window on Colonial One. Notice that one of the
domes appears to have an icy environment with a crystal blue
lake in the middle.
Though Roslin manages to gather about 60 ships full of
civilians, only about 40 are said to have FTL capability, and so
about 20 of them wind up left behind in the escape from the Cylons and
the rendezvous at
Ragnar Anchorage. But in "33" and later episodes, the fleet is
implied to be made up of about 63 ships.
At 35:12 on the Blu-ray, a small
tattoo can be seen on the inside of
Starbuck's right forearm, near the elbow, but it can't be
made out. This tattoo is an actual one that actress Katee
Sackhoff has of the Latin words bona fiscalia, for
"public property", a reminder to herself that, as an actress,
she is constantly in the public eye.
When Apollo visits Starbuck in the hangar bay after returning to
Galactica with the civilian fleet, Starbuck says, "I
thought you were dead," and he responds, "Well, I thought you
were in hack." The term "hack" seems to Colonial slang for
As the deteriorating Leoben begins groaning as he walks down the
stairs at 37:40 on the Blu-ray, there is an almost squirting
sound as if he's shitting his pants! He even moves and sits down
squeamishly as if he's having an uncomfortable bowel movement.
Maybe he is, since the storms around Ragnar Station affect the
silica pathways of Cylon systems, including Leoben's own
semi-human one, making his body decompose around him.
Leoben tells Adama, "Sooner or later, the day comes when
you can't hide from the things that you've done." This same
sentence was delivered by Adama at the
Galactica decommissiong ceremony in
"Humanity's Children". This
gives an indication that one or more Cylons were present at that
ceremony to hear it and of their level of infiltration of the
Colonies before the attack.
During the fight with Adama at 40:34 on the Blu-ray, Leoben
grabs what seems to be a hot pipe without no indication that it
causes him any pain. He also breaks the pipe loose with his bare
hands, even in his deteriorating state, indicating the great
strength of even the human model Cylons.
Notes from the
novelization of the Battlestar
Galactica mini-series by Jeffrey
(The page numbers come from the 1st printing, paperback edition,
published July 2006)
Page 177 indicates that Boxey is 10 years old.
Page 178 has Boomer reflecting on the terrible accident at the
Troy mining colony that left her orphaned; the accident caused
the destruction of the dome that kept the 200,000 inhabitants
safe from Troy's toxic atmosphere. Boomer had been en route to
Caprica at the time for her admissions interview to the Colonial
Academy. (Again, this was an implanted memory, as Boomer is
revealed to be a Cylon in later episodes.)
Page 181 states that the procedure of retracting the hangar bay
pods on the Galactica for an FTL jump takes 10 minutes
and 43 seconds.
Page 196 reveals that Boomer had been on her way for
reassignment on Picon after the decommissioning of the
Page 210 reveals the name of the tylium refinery ship that
Boomer leads back to the fleet is the Tauranian.
Presumably, the ship is registered on Tauron. This may be the
same Tauranian refinery ship referred to later in "Resistance".
On page 214, Roslin reflects on the probable death of 23 billion
people in the Twelve Colonies. In "Resistance" the population of
the Colonies is said to have been about 20 billion.
Who planted the Cylon device Baltar finds in CIC? It's never
revealed, though Baltar implies in "Enemies Among Us" that
it must have been Aaron Doral. Doral does turn out to be a Cylon
at the end of that episode, but another possibility is that it
was Boomer, who is revealed as a sleeper Cylon at the end of
that episode as well. 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".
Why was Leoben at Ragnar Anchorage? It's never revealed.