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Battlestar Galactica: The Passage

Battlestar Galactica

"The Passage"

TV episode

Written by Jane Espenson

Directed by Michael Nankin

Original air date: December 8, 2006


Galactica's pilots must lead the starving fleet through a radioactive star cluster to a new food source.


Read the summary of the episode at the Battlestar Wiki site


Didja Know?


The opening titles show the fleet population at 41,420, down two from the previous episode "Unfinished Business". The loss is not specifically explained, but may be due to the contaminated food that plagues the fleet in this episode. 


Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode



Admiral Adama

President Roslin

Dr. Cottle


Hot Dog






Number Three


Caprica Six

Lt. Gaeta



Number Six

Number Four

Number Eight

Colonel Tigh

Lt. Hoshi

The Hybrid

Chopper (mentioned only)


Didja Notice?


At 2:06 on the Blu-ray, the Astral Queen is seen to have sustained widespread minor damage to its hull, possibly corrosion from its time parked on the surface of New Caprica at the end of last season and the beginning of this one.

Astral Queen


Dr. Cottle says the algae they've found on the algae planet tastes bad, but it's almost pure protein.


At 8:51 on the Blu-ray, a model of the Colonial Movers ship is seen on the information management table in CIC as the command crew discuss how to safely recover loads of algae from the planet. The two ships below it must be the freighters Gemini and Thera Sita.

Colonial Movers, Gemini, Thera Sita models


In this episode, we learn that Kat's real first name is Sasha; we don't learn the last name. She assumed the name Louanne Katraine from that of a girl who died two days before the annihilation of the Twelve Colonies by the Cylons in order to hide her identity as a drug runner on Caprica when she joined the fleeing civilians in the fleet.


At 12:03 on the Blu-ray, the three Cylons walking in the corridor behind Baltar and Number Three suddenly pause for just a second, all at the same time. Why the pause in their pace? Baltar and his Number Three continue their discussion without pause.


Enzo has a tattoo on his neck that may be a medusa.

Enzo's tattoo


Colonel Tigh resumes his post in CIC in this episode. Admiral Adama told him he needed him back in "Unfinished Business". Lt. Gaeta doesn't look too happy about it, probably because Tigh had previously publicly accused him of being a sellout to the Cylons during the occupation of New Caprica and did not want Gaeta reinstated to duty on the Galactica.


During the first outbound hazardous journey through the star cluster, the fleet loses the Adriatic, a ship never officially seen in the series but which was previously mentioned in "Home" Part 1 (see that study for a possible visual identification of the Adriatic). During a later flight through the cluster, the Carina is lost; this was the first and last appearance of this ship in an episode.


Number Three has been killing herself and resurrecting so she can see what happens between death and rebirth. She tells Baltar that she can't remember most of what she sees, but makes quick sketches of what she thinks she saw before she forgets it. One of the sketches she shows him is of a hooded face that is reminiscent of the Beings of Light from BSG70.
D'ana's sketch Beings of Light
D'Ana's sketch Beings of Light from BSG70


When Baltar and Number Three enter the Hybrid's chamber, the Hybrid is mumbling, "One degree. Angle nominal. Seascape portrait of the woman-child cavern of the soul. Under pressure heat ratio. Ions of evolution have buried their fuse," and "Throughout history, the nexus between man and machine has spun some of the most dramatic and compelling..."


Baltar tries to decipher the message given to him by the Hybrid, "Find the hand that lies in the shadow of the light. In the eye of the husband of the eye of the cow." Baltar realizes that the "eye of the cow" may be a reference to the goddess Hera, who he says is sometimes called "cow-eyed Hera." The ancient Greek goddess Hera, who considered the cow one of the sacred animals, was sometimes called "cow-eyed Hera." Hera was also married to Zeus (Roman Jupiter), as Baltar and Three declare here.


Kat sacrifices her life due to lethal radiation exposure to bring the Faru Sadin through the star cluster.


Adama reveals to Kat that his wife had thought that both of their sons were going to be daughters when she was pregnant.


A number of previously unheard or rarely-heard pilot call signs are seen on the air group organization chart at 41:30 on the Blu-ray. They are: Two Times (Ricky Richardson), Sever (Troy Minds), Spender (Ahumada Salas), Feline (Analy Amante), Shark (Lyla Elway), I-Zyk (Frank Pooley), Lefty (Shirley Ingot; a set decorator named Shirley Inget worked on some season one episodes), Bones (John Lavell), Fuzzy (Jarrell Kief), Deadbolt (Oein Parker), Sonny (Ronald French; Ron French was a producer on the series), Buzzer (Tony Lort; an assistant accountant on the series), Flash (Daniel Sissons), Kitty Kat (Izo Ruedel), Brakes (Wera Pocha), Spider (Terry McCall), Doom (Cole Netzger), Snitch (John Burke; a set designer on the first season of the series), Hiccup (River Brigden), Falcon, (Delphi Birch), Ruins (Chac Choben; both the name and call sign are likely a reference to the ruins of Chacchoben, an ancient Mayan city), Trip (Jose Montero), Flim-Flam (Clay McKenzie), Beetle (Becca Andrewson), Spacewalk (Kirk Donner), Buttermilk (Keenan Van Dyk), I-Boogie (Leticia Holmes), Creeper (Erika Mercantele), Slick (Jacob Calabros), Bomber (Drew Wilson), and Tailgate (Bryan Smith).


At the end of the episode, Starbuck pins a photo of Kat on the Galactica's memorial wall right under the photo of Reilly's unnamed girlfriend that Kat put there in "Scar".


Memorable Dialog

right after I gave him head.mp3
like fleas on a cat.mp3
radiation exposure.mp3
welcome back.mp3
a diner and a chef waiting to take their order.mp3
paper shortage.mp3
but you earned it.mp3

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