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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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Battlestar Galactica: Pegasus (Part 2)

Battlestar Galactica

"Pegasus" Part 2

16:02-end on the Blu-ray

TV episode

Written by Anne Cofell Saunders

Directed by Michael Rymer

Original air date: September 23, 2005

 

The joyous reunion of the two battlestars soon turns tense.

 

Read the summary of the episode at the Battlestar Wiki

 

Didja Know?

 

I have split the 1-part "Pegasus" episode into two parts in order to insert "Pegasus Interlude" between them. "Pegasus Interlude" is a one-shot comic book published by Dynamite Entertainment, a story of an early encounter by the Pegasus with the modern day Cylons before the fall of the Twelve Colonies.

 

This study is based on the extended version of "Pegasus" that runs about 59 minutes found on the Battlestar Galactica complete series Blu-ray boxed set.

 

The episode summary at the Battlestar Wiki linked to above is for the standard-length episode that aired on Sci-Fi Channel. The Battlestar Wiki also lists the content of the extended scenes here

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode

 

Narcho

Starbuck

Apollo

Racetrack

Helo

Stinger

Caprica-Valerii

Baltar

Admiral Cain

Commander Adama

Colonel Tigh

Colonel Fisk

Cally

Chief Tyrol

Lt. Mei Firelli

Lt. Gaeta

Tom Zarek (mentioned only)

President Roslin

President Adar (mentioned only, deceased)

Chief Laird

Head Six

Specialist Vireem

Lt. Alastaire Thorne (dies in this episode)

Gina Inviere

Whiplash

Thumper

 


 

Didja Notice?

 

Colonel Fisk tells Colonel Tigh about the Pegasus' former X.O. whom Admiral Cain shot in the head over a disagreement about battle orders against the Cylons. Fisk does not name the man, but he is seen to be Colonel Jurgen Belzen in "Razor" Part 1 (the one-shot comic book story of "Pegasus Interlude" erroneously refers to the X.O. as Colonel Cade Ward since the Razor TV movie had not yet been produced when the issue was written).

 

Stinger tells Apollo that keeping a scorecard of Cylon kills helps with morale, esprit de corps. Esprit de corps is French for "spirit of the body", a term that has come to stand for inspiration, loyalty, and devotion to a group of people working in concert to achieve a goal.

 

At 23:45 on the Blu-ray, notice that Baltar tries to give a sloppy sort of salute to Admiral Cain as she walks away after their discussion about the Cylons.

 

When Lt. Firelli brings system updates and data discs from the Pegasus to the Galactica, he tells Lt. Gaeta the library contains everything from the Articles of Colonization to Zarek's trial record. The episode "Colonial Day" states that the Articles of Colonization were signed about 52 years before, during the first Cylon War, to unite the Twelve Colonies under a single government.

 

Firelli remarks that the Pegasus data library has been brought over to Galactica because the Galactica had to erase its computer memory drives previously. This occurred in "Flight of the Phoenix", when a Cylon logic bomb infected the ship's computers. However, the ship's memory drives were reloaded from uninfected backups made before the fall of the Colonies, so they should have most, if not all, of the contents of the Pegasus data library already.

 

Chief Laird tells Cally and Tyrol that he was a civilian engineer on the Scylla and got picked up by the Pegasus. The haunting story of the Scylla is briefly told later in "Resurrection Ship" Part 1 and "Razor".

 

At 28:59-29:19 on the Blu-ray, notice that Baltar's and Head Six's facial expressions pass through almost exactly the same emotions when they first see Pegasus' pathetically bruised and battered captive Cylon in her cell.

 

Pegasus' captive Cylon is not named until "Razor" (although Ron Moore does refer to her name in the podcasts presented online shortly after most episodes). She is Gina Inviere and will be largely referred to as such in PopApostle's studies, even in the episodes before she is identified in "Razor".

 

Cain is seen to have a number of antique guns on display in her quarters aboard Pegasus. See listings of many of them at the Internet Movie Firearms Database.

 

Commander Adama refers to Pegasus as a Mercury-class ship. Mercury-class ships were also seen or mentioned in "Important Projects", "Ghost Squadron", and "God in the Machines" Part 4.

 

During the moonshine party, the Galactica crewmembers are shocked to hear of the Pegasus' crew's repeated rapes of their Cylon prisoner. Cally is particularly angry, no doubt due to her own experience of an attempted rape by Mason in "Bastille Day".

 

The Pegasus marines present in Caprica-Valerii's cell during Thorne's attempted rape of her are carrying Heckler & Koch UMP submachine guns.

 

After Helo and Tyrol stop the attempted rape of Caprica-Valerii by Thorne, the Pegasus marines hold them at gun point and tell them to put their hands on their heads. The pair's hand positions keep changing from shot to shot afterwards.

 

At 55:37 on the Blu-ray, Pegasus is seen to be at the head of the fleet and to the lower right of Galactica in a rear-view shot. But when Pegasus launches Vipers just minutes later, she is seen to be some distance away from the fleet and to Galactica's upper left.

 

The closing credits reveal the Lt. Firelli's call sign is/was Freaker.

 

Memorable Dialog

daddy's boy.mp3
got any porn?.mp3
she is remarkably similar to someone I care about a great deal.mp3
the stick and the carrot.mp3
Galactica is a relic.mp3
some frakwit.mp3

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