"Fire in Space"
Story by Michael Sloan
Teleplay by Jim Carlson and Terrence McDonnell
Directed by Christian I. Nyby II
attack engulfs the
Galactica in flames.
Read the story summary at the Battlestar Wiki
If you look closely at the board game being played in the
Rejuvenation Center at 2:43 on the DVD, you can see that the
board is not actually square, it's more like a + shape.
The game being played by Boxey and Athena at the beginning of
the episode, which Boxey refers to as compartment billyarks,
appears to be a Colonial variant of our own table shuffleboard.
As Galactica launches Vipers to meet the Cylon attack,
at 3:54 on the DVD, we see Sheba launching in her Pegasus
viper; the shield-logo is visible below the cockpit. She is also
wearing the Pegasus helmet. But once she's out into
space, we see her wearing a
helmet! But then we see occasional shots of her with the
Pegasus helmet again! Obviously, the production was reusing
footage shot for "The
Living Legend" to save time and money.
The bridge scanner at 4:20 on the DVD seems to suggest that
there are two baseships behind the attack of Cylon Raiders on
As the ship's compartments are sealed off, the phone unit next
to one of the doors at 4:52 on the DVD can be seen to have the
word "Stentofon" on it.
Stentofon is a real company on Earth that manufactures
secure phone equipment for niche organizations such as police
departments and hospitals. And battlestars apparently! (The
phones are also seen aboard the Celestra in
The collision of the Cylon Raider into the
bridge appears to shatter the glass war map at 7:30 on
the DVD (and again at 7:31!).
From the damage inflicted by the collisions, Colonel Tigh
guesses the Cylon Raiders must have been packed with solenite.
Solenite was previously used as the explosives carried by the
landing team sent to blow up the Ravashol pulsar in
"The Gun on Ice
We never see if it is Baltar commanding the kamikaze attack
against the Galactica. If it is, perhaps he got the
idea of ramming the battlestar to set it on fire and cripple
it from the raging fires on both the Galactica and the
Pegasus in the two-part
"The Living Legend"
Boomer mentions that when he was younger, he used to hotlink
hovermobiles. This is likely the Colonial version of hotwiring
The crewmember who speaks to Cassiopeia in the Life Station
about trying to rescue the people in the Rejuvenation Center
was previously seen in
"The Gun on Ice
Planet Zero" Part 1 and also appears later in
"Murder on the
Rising Star". According to the
Battlestar Galactica wiki, his name is Corporal Komma.
At 22:19 on the DVD, we see
somewhat of an overhead
schematic of the Galactica.
And at 23:12, a side view of the
ductwork in the head section of
At 24:50 on the DVD, we can see tanks labeled "boraton" being
pumped into the Vipers for fighting the fire in the landing bay.
Before sending Muffit through the air duct with a note for help,
Boomer sticks the note in a fumarello case (a cigar tube).
At 27:18 on the DVD, we see a symbol on the fire leader's
helmet. Is this the Colonial firefighting symbol?
At 30:21 on the DVD, we get a good look at the patch worn by
Dr. Salik tells Cassiopeia they must operate on Commander Adama,
saying, "If we just let him lay in the lifepod, he doesn't have
a chance in a centura." The meaning of the word "centura" is
unknown. Might it be "century"? Or it could be a
reference to a percentage since "cent" means "1 in 100"
It's not entirely clear where on the ship's surface Apollo and
Starbuck are when they do their spacewalk to plant the explosive
charges on the hull of the Galactica, but it would presumably be
towards the rear of the ship, where the fire seems to be raging
most strongly. Supporting this, Apollo and Starbuck's exit through the airlock door
at 33:15 on the DVD, seems to show the shape and contour of
the engine block of the battlestar in the background.
In many scenes during the spacewalk, the guy wires holding the
actors in the air to simulate weightlessness can be seen! (I've
brightened the shot below to make it easier to see.)
I'd never noticed before, but Colonel Tigh wears a ring on his
left pinky finger, as seen at 35:22 on the DVD.
At about 38:23 on the DVD, Boxey appears to give Boomer a wink
as he shares his oxygen mask with the warrior.
At 41:23 on the DVD, it can be seen that the cuff of Starbuck's
spacesuit sleeve doesn't attach to his glove; the skin of
Starbuck's arm is exposed to space!
When Apollo loses his grip on the hull and begins free-drifting
off into space, I'm not sure exactly how Starbuck leaping after
him is supposed to have saved his life, but I guess it could be that Starbuck's
momentum as he strikes Apollo carries them far enough away from
the hull blast to survive the explosion.
After the explosion, why don't Apollo and Starbuck answer
Colonel Tigh's queries over the comlink right away? It seems as
if their comlinks suddenly work again only after Sheba spots
them floating in space from her Viper. I think the real answer
is simply that it was more suspenseful to have silence for a
Tigh and Sheba wondering if the two warriors had survived.
Muffit's almost-death saving a man from the fire is rather
similar to the one he experienced saving Boxey in the engine
room in "Trial and Error".
Though there was no novelization of this episode, the
novelization of "The Long Patrol"
featured scenes borrowed from this episode, i.e. the Cylon
ramming attack and the people trapped in the Rejuvenation
Notes from the Deleted Scenes on the DVD
You don't see it in the final cut of the scene, but the
alternate takes reveal that when Boomer dives through the
doorway into the storage compartment to escape the fire, his
right boot is on fire! That is why he gives an appreciative clap
on the shoulder to another guy as he gets up...the guy smothered
the fire on his boot when he landed.
In one of the alternate takes of the above scene, as Boomer is
getting up, it appears he has torn a seam in the crotch of