Battlestar Galactica (the mini-series, part 1,
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 8, 2003
Humanity created the robotic Cylons
to be their servants. When the Cylons gained intelligence, both
races warred until the Cylons agreed to leave the Colonies to
found their own world. Now, after 40 years without a trace of
the Cylons, humanity’s children are returning home.
(This episode opens with the human liaison
arriving at Armistice Station and ends with Commander Adama
receiving word in his quarters that the Cylons are attacking the
full story summary of Part 1 of the Battlestar Galactica
mini-series at the Battlestar Wiki
Notes from the BSG
This episode takes place a year or two
after the events of "Balance".
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
For Part 1, I have assigned the title of
"Humanity's Children" based on a line of dialog spoken
by Number Six in the episode as the Cylon attack against the
Twelve Colonies begins, "Humanity's children are returning
The script is by show runner Ronald D. Moore with
Christopher Eric James, based on a teleplay by Glen A. Larson.
Larson was the creator of the original Battlestar Galactica
series (BSG70). The teleplay mentioned is the one by Larson for the
3-hour pilot, "Saga of a Star World" (which PopApostle has
broken down into three studies,
The music for the mini-series was composed by
Richard Gibbs. He chose not to return for the ongoing series,
which had music by Bear McCreary.
Brown-eyed actor Edward James Olmos wears blue contact lenses for
his role as Commander Adama to more closely resemble actor Jamie
Bamber who plays his son, Apollo.
Throughout the mini-series, the human characters
generally refer to "God" rather than "gods" as they do in later
episodes. Most likely the producers had not yet decided on using
the Colonial pantheon of gods at this point.
Humanoid Cylons appear throughout this series. A human-looking Cylon also made an appearance in
the Galactica 1980 episode
Night the Cylons Landed" Parts 1 and 2.
Characters appearing or mentioned in this story
Colonel at Armistice Station (unnamed, but called
Colonel Wakefield in the novelization)
Aaron Doral (Number Five)
Starbuck (Lt. Kara Thrace)
Commander Adama (William "Bill" Adama)
Cally (Petty Officer 2nd Class Callandra Henderson)
Lt. Felix Gaeta
Boomer (Lt. Sharon Valerii)
Helo (Lt. Karl Agathon)
Ellen Tigh (mentioned only)
Secretary of Education Dr. Laura Roslin
Roslin's doctor (unnamed)
Chantara's baby (unnamed)
Chantara's husband (unnamed)
Dr. Gaius Baltar
President Adar (mentioned only)
Apollo (Captain Lee Adama)
Dipper (Major Jackson Spencer)
Joker (mentioned only)
Jolly (Lt. Anders, mentioned only)
Petty Officer Anastasia Dualla)
The Colonial shuttle that docks at Armistice Station looks quite
similar to the Colonial shuttles depicted in BSG70. This
particular shuttle was previously seen in the flash-forward at
the end of "The Red Line",
already docked at the station as a Cylon Heavy Raider carrying a
Six model Cylon and two centurions approaches. We never actually
see a Heavy Raider here in the episode though.
A Colonial colonel arrives at
Armistice Station for the annual non-meeting with the Cylons.
The sheet of Cylon specifications he pulls out of a folder
depicts Cylon centurions that look much more like the
centurions of BSG70 than the antebellum ones seen in
Blood and Chrome and
"The Lab". A similar-looking
BSG70-style Cylon is seen as part of a display for the
Galactica museum later in the episode. The visible
paragraph describing the Cylons reads (note that "Centurion" is
spelled incorrectly and that the BSG70 term "yahrens" is used
instead of "years" as is used throughout the rest of BSG2000):
Cylon Centurian Model 0005
A Cylon is a bipedal robot. They are self-aware, and
usually quite logical. They are not especially fast, but
they are quite strong. They are artificial in nature,
and are larger than a human, around 6' 6" (2m), although
this varies with their type. Cylon eyes glow red, and
pulse back and forth. A Cylon is powered by internal
powercells which allow it to function without outside
aid for around nine to ten yahrens.
Notice that the photo of the colonel's son is Boxey, who will be
one of the survivors of Caprica taken aboard the Galactica
in "Serve and Protect". The novelization
refers to the Colonial representative sent to Armistice Station
as Colonel Wakefield; this implies that Boxey's last name is
Notice that the documents on the colonel's desk are printed with
the header "Cimtar Peace Accord". In the BSG70 episode
false peace meeting between Cylons and Colonials arranged by the
traitorous Baltar was supposed to take place near the old moon
As we observe Starbuck jogging through the corridors of
Galactica, she passes a group of officials being given a
tour of the ship in preparation of the decommissioning ceremony
and conversion into a museum by government P.R. man Aaron Doral.
Doral is a Number Five model Cylon, seen previously in
"Twisting in the Wind".
Doral tells the tour group that the
Galactica was constructed over 50 years ago,
during the early days of the Cylon War. He also says there were
originally 12 battlestars, each representing one of Kobol's
Galactica, of course, represents Caprica, and
was first commanded by Commander Silas Nash (who was first seen
in Blood and Chrome).
LSO Captain Kelly tells the retiring Commander Adama that he is
proud to have served under him. Kelly has actually served on the
Galactica longer than Adama and first appeared,
greeting the newly arrived Adama and Tigh about two years
"Two Old Men and a Woman".
As Commander Adama arrives at CIC on
Galactica, Lt. Gaeta informs him that one of the
messages from fleet headquarters is about the officer assigned
to Armistice Station is overdue in his return. Lt. Gaeta first
Gaeta tells Adama it has been an honor to serve under him these
past three years. According to
"Two Old Men and a Woman"
it has been only about 2 years that Adama has commanded the
Doral tells his tour group about the seemingly antiquated
technological components of the
Galactica, a sign of the Colonies' fear of the
Cylons' ability to compromise wireless computer systems during
the war. I wonder if Ron Moore's idea for this was inspired by
the dated computer technology of BSG70, which was supposed to be
centuries in advance of our own at the time, but which we've
already surpassed only 30 years later.
As the opening credits appear on screen, at 7:03 on the Blu-ray,
the word "Production" in "Production Designer" has a typo,
At 9:26 on the Blu-ray, notice there is a standard Mark VII
Viper model in the hangar bay behind Adama and a second
is being towed into position by a hoist.
As the Mark II Vipers are being unveiled for the
Galactica hangar's museum display, the first one
unveiled is Commander Adama's original Viper from the Cylon War,
N7242C. This Viper was first seen in
"The Hard Six". Chief Tyrol tells
Adama they found it rusting out in a salvage yard on Sagittaron.
The Viper is used by Apollo throughout the mini-series and is
used by various pilots in later episodes. Adama himself pilots
it in the final episode of the series.
Tyrol refers to the tail number of Adama's old Viper as
"Nebula 7242 Constellation". The "Nebula" for "N" and
"Constellation" for "C" designations are probably intended as
the Colonial equivalent of NATO's phonetic alphabet, where
"November" represents "N" and "Charlie" represents "C".
At 10:42 on the Blu-ray, when Adama unwraps the gift given to
him by the hangar crew, notice that not only is the picture
frame crafted in the traditional Colonial octagonal shape, the
two metal labels on it are as well. The same photo was first
"Endings and Beginnings".
The Colonial cubits on the card table in the officer's lounge
are rectangular-shaped coins, just as those in BSG70.
During the triad card game in the officer's lounge, notice that
Helo is sucking on a lollipop.
After Tigh sits down at the card table, Starbuck wins the hand
of triad with full colors. "Water" reveals
full colors to be the
highest possible hand in the game.
At 13:47 on the Blu-ray, Adama has a photo of what must be his
ex-wife (Carolanne) and his two sons, Apollo and Zac, when they
were still kids.
At 15:12 on the Blu-ray, several spaceships are seen flying over
Caprica City through the window of Roslin's doctor's office. One
of them appears to be Serenity from the
Roslin's affliction with cancer may have been borrowed by the
writers from Serina's illness in the original script of the
BSG70 pilot episode "Saga of
a Star World" (the scenes were cut from that pilot, leaving
Serina in good health).
The music heard as the Caprican TV interview show The
Spotlight introduces Gaius Baltar is the Colonial anthem,
actually the main theme of BSG70. This interview is the one that
was seen scheduled on Baltar's calendar in
"The Red Line".
Interviewer Kellan Brody states that Baltar has been the winner
of three Magnate awards. She also states he is a personal friend
of Colonial President Adar (as seen starting with events in
"A Higher Purpose"). "Adar"
was also the name of the President of the Twelve Colonies in
At 20:05 on the Blu-ray, notice that Number Six wears a dress of
transparent fabric, through which we can see her
As Number Six makes love to Baltar, her spine begins to glow and
pulse red under her skin. This doesn't really make a lot of sense
and, in fact, could be a giveaway to others that she is a Cylon
if it should be noticed! Executive producers Ron Moore and David
Eick admit to this in the audio commentary of this episode on
the Blu-ray. The novelization explains this light as being
mostly infrared, making it invisible to human eyes.
As Apollo is coming in for a landing on Galactica, he is
told to "call the ball". This is naval pilot terminology for
sighting the landing lights on an aircraft carrier on approach
As Apollo brings his Mark VII Viper in for a landing on
Galactica's landing bay, notice that a Colonial shuttle is
seen sitting on deck in the background.
The code number of Apollo's Mark VII Viper appears to be 2276NC.
At 25:17 on the Blu-ray, several pilot call signs can be read on
the pilot roster in the pilots' briefing room: Helo, Boomer,
Apollo, Starbuck, Joker, Ice Cap, Wiper, Greenback, and Super. A
few other names can't be made out. The man leading the briefing
is the CAG (Commander Air Group), Major Jackson Spencer, call
sign Dipper. He remarks that Lt. Anders is replacing Starbuck in
the decommissioning ceremony (due to Starbuck being in the brig
for striking Colonel Tigh). Lt. Anders is revealed to have the
call sign Jolly in "Serve and Protect", but is never actually
seen in an episode (he does appear briefly in the Season Zero
"Loose Cannon"); this Anders would seem to be no relation to Samuel Anders,
a civilian resistance fighter and former professional pyramid
player introduced later in "Resistance". "Jolly" was also the
name of a Viper pilot in BSG70.
The shot of Caprica City at 26:10 on the Blu-ray shows a few
skyscrapers with pentagonal roofs. Possibly these are Graystone
Industries (or former Graystone) buildings, as the motif was
seen in use by it in episodes of
Baltar tells Number Six that the final results of the CNP
project are that it's working close to 95% efficiency throughout
the fleet. These results were obtained during the events of
"The Red Line".
The novelization establishes that Baltar and Caprica Six are
strolling through Government Center Plaza in Caprica City during
the above conversation.
At 26:29 on the Blu-ray, notice that two children run quickly
across the scene in the background. They are wearing classic
(BSG70) Cylon centurion heads and carrying plastic Cylon
At the end of the conversation between Baltar and Caprica Six in
Government Center, Baltar leaves and Six turns around to find
someone waiting for her. She says, "It's about time.
Wondered when you'd get here." We don't see here who it was, but
The Plan reveals it was Number One. The novelization of
the mini-series takes the discussion just a bit farther, without
revealing who Six is speaking to; the additional dialog does not,
however, match what Six and One say to each other in
The Plan, the TV movie being filmed and aired
several years after the novelization was published.
The Cylon Centurion and basestar displays in the new
Galactica museum are modeled after those seen in
BSG70, as representative of Cylon technology at the time
of the first Cylon War. The signs are in a font similar
to the one used for the main titles of that series. Notice that a model Cylon Raider
is hanging from the ceiling as well (hard to see). The
photographs seen in the distance behind the basestar model look as if they may be images from BSG70
At 28:47 on the Blu-ray, notice that Billy shares a passing
flirtatious glance with Dee in the corridors of
Galactica. In fact, it's this lingering look at
her as she disappears in the opposite direction down the
corridor that causes him to get lost. Notice that at the end of
Secretary Roslin's encounter with Commander Adama at 30:19, Dee
can be seen leading Billy back to the group in the background. After a couple of other encounters,
they share a kiss in "Serve and Protect" and date in some later
When Apollo tells Starbuck it's been two years since they last
met, Starbuck remarks it seems like the funeral was just a
couple months ago. She is referring to the funeral of Zak, seen
"Endings and Beginnings".
For their photo-op together, the estranged Adama and
Apollo are wearing dress uniforms with a diagonal sash
adorned with their service medals. The particular medals
are never explained in the course of the series. The top
star-shaped pin that each man wears is a variation of
the star insignia pins worn on the collars of
Galactica crewmembers in BSG70.
The meeting table and chairs seen in the meeting room on
the Galactica where Adama and Apollo have their
uncomfortable photo-op are similar to the design of the
table and chairs seen for Dr. Heywood Floyd's meeting
with the National Council of Astronautics about the moon
enigma in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
|Meeting room in Galactica
||Meeting room in 2001: A Space
When Caprica Six tells Baltar that she's a Cylon, he remarks
that the last time anyone saw a Cylon they looked like walking
chrome toasters. The term "toaster" is used as a derogatory
epithet for a Cylon throughout the BSG2000 series. In fact, the
term was even retroactively applied in stories of BSG70 after
this series aired and became a success.
|During the decommissioning ceremony at
40:42 on the Blu-ray, notice that a Colonial landram is
seen on the hangar deck in the background; the Viper
next to it appears to be a Viper from BSG70 (the Mark
I?)! Also, another
photo display appears to show the classic battlestar
design from BSG70, among other images.
The Colonial anthem (BSG70 theme music) is heard again at 40:52
on the Blu-ray as the Vipers led by Apollo do a flyby of
Galactica during the decommissioning ceremony.
During Adama's speech for the decommissioning ceremony, it
appears that actor Edward James Olmos is not wearing the blue
contact lenses he normally wears for the role. His eyes appear
The male news reporter Baltar watches on one of his television
screens is seen to be representing Channel 7 News. This is the same
channel that produced the political talk show The Capital Gang on
which Baltar appeared as a guest in "Trust".
According to the novelization, the book Adama is reading in his
quarters when Lt. Gaeta calls him about the fleetwide alert is
A Time of Changes: Five Colonial Presidents Before the War,
an old favorite of his.
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)
The prologue of the novel states that the first Cylon War lasted
10 years, but most other sources say 12 years.
The prologue seems to state that the Cylons sent a
representative to Armistice Station the first year, but after
that, sent none. The Cylons'
Secret states the Cylons sent a representative for
"a year or two".
Page 4 refers to the Colonial representative sent to Armistice
Station as Colonel Wakefield. This implies that Boxey's last
name is Wakefield.
Pages 4-5 reveal there are Cylon-built maintenance robots
permanently assigned to Armistice Station to keep it functional.
Page 5 states that the Colonial representative to Armistice
Station waits three days there for a Cylon representative to
show up before leaving.
A couple of times in the novel, characters use the expression,
"Sweet Lords of Kobol."
Page 10 states that Number Six's raw sexuality/sensuality fogs
the Colonial representative's mind, preventing him from
resisting more than he does.
Page 13 reveals that the two male crewmembers Adama bumps into
Galactica corridor with Cally are Specialists
Prosna and Socinus.
Page 14 reveals that CIC is located in the belly of the
Page 16 reveals that
Galactica was once the flagship of the Colonial
Page 16 also reveals that even Doral (a Cylon) feels twinges of
pride in the
Galactica as a long-time ship of the Colonial
Page 21 reveals that it is whiskey that Tigh pours into his
coffee in the officers' wardroom before joining the triad game.
Page 27 reveals that Laura Roslin's appointment with her doctor
for the bad news takes place at Caprica Medical Center. On page
28, the doctor tells her he will notify specialists at the
Caprica Institute. These are the first and only mentions of
these organizations in the series.
Page 28 reveals that Roslin is a doctor in her field (presumably
doctor of education).
Page 30 reveals definitively that Roslin's affliction is breast
cancer. It is not stated explicitly elsewhere in the series that
it is breast cancer, though it is implied in this episode when
she has a minor panic attack shortly after learning of it and
locks herself in a restroom, clutching at her left breast.
On page 33, the mother of the baby that Caprica Six kills is
called Centura instead of Chantara as found in most other
Page 33 reveals that Caprica Six feels she has spared the baby
suffering by killing it (presumably because she knows the Cylon
attack on the Colonies is imminent).
Page 34 refers to Baltar as a Ph.D. Though that is the
abbreviation used in our world for someone with a doctorate
it seems slightly odd that the same exact term would be used in
the far distant past of the Twelve Colonies. Still, there is
precedence (retroactively) with the use of such university
education terms in the Caprica episode
"Know Thy Enemy".
Page 34 reveals that Baltar's home overlooks King's Bay Inlet on
Caprica. Chapter 10 reveals it is south of Caprica City.
Also on page 34, Baltar drinks a glass of Olympia spring water.
Possibly, this is a play on Olympia beer in the real world,
which has long used the slogan "It's the water."
Page 35 reveals that Caprica Six's assigned name is Natasi.
Page 41 reveals that Atlantia was the newest battlestar
in the fleet and Apollo had once served aboard it.
Page 42 refers to the artificial gravity used by Colonial
vessels as "Lorey-field gravity" (possibly named for one or both
of the author's friends Nancy and Fred Lorey).
Page 44 refers to Boomer's features as "Oriental". While this is
true from an Earth-centric point of view, the Orient is a
specific region of the Earth and would presumably not have an
application in the Twelve Colonies. Author Carver has said he
did struggle with ways to describe racial/ethnic physical
differences in the characters without using Earth-specific
On page 46, Cally is referred to as "Jane Cally" instead of her
actual name, Callandra Henderson. The canon name was not
established until the fourth season of the series, so the
novelization's author Jeffrey Carver would not have been aware
Page 46 also establishes Specialist Prosna's first name as
Leonard. Specialist Socinus here is given the first name Brad,
though later episodes establish his first initial as "D".
On page 51, Natasi's unrevealed contact tells her that one way
or another she will always be with Gaius Baltar. This would seem
to be an allusion to Baltar's visions of her after she is
already dead. These visions later claim to him that he was
implanted with a chip in his brain that allows her to manifest
inside his consciousness. It's never definitively resolved in
the series whether he really does have a chip or he's just
experiencing a psychotic break or she is actually a Messenger
(though by the end of the series it seems she is a Messenger). It would seem that author Carver
is leaning towards it being a chip in Baltar's head.
On page 63, Natasi comments that parents must die so that their
children can replace them, an allusion to the approaching
holocaust against the Colonies by the Cylons. Baltar remarks
nervously with a bad attempt at humor, "Nothing worse than
parents that hang around too long. Mine certainly did." Not much
is known about his father, but his mother died recently, as
"The Red Line".
During the decommissioning ceremony on page 76, Doral introduces
Commander Adama to make a speech and states that Adama served on
Galactica as a young pilot during the Cylon War.
Small portions of his early tenure on the ship were seen in
Blood and Chrome,
"The Hard Six".
Page 78 has Colonel Tigh thinking about how he's known Adama for
better than 40 years. But according to the events of
"A Bird to Fly", it's closer to