"End of Line"
Written by Michael Taylor
Directed by Roxanne Dawson
between Clarice and Barnabas escalates; Zoe
attempts her escape.
Read the synopsis of this episode at the Battlestar Wiki site.
The title of this episode is a phrase used occasionally by the
Cylons in BSG2000 to signify the end of a conversation. It is
also likely a reference to the same phrase used by the Master
Control Program (MCP) in the 1982 movie
the abbreviation "MCP" (for "meta-cognitive processor") is also
used in Caprica for the computer chip that brings life to the
Additionally, the title refers to endings within the episode: Zoe's
relationship with Philomon ends with the end of his life; Tamara
shoots herself in V-world, faking her death so that her father
will go back to living his life; Lacy's innocence ends when she
pushes the button meant to end Clarice's life; Amanda attempts
to end her marriage and her life by jumping off Pantheon Bridge;
the U-87's life ends in the car crash; Zoe's existence
is presumed ended with the U-87 (though we learn in
"Unvanquished" she uploaded back into V-world just in time).
This episode is directed by
Roxanne Dawson, who is best known as an actress and her
portrayal of B'Elanna Torres on Star Trek: Voyager.
The image on CAP TV at 2:28 on the DVD of a Caprican red-tailed
raptor is probably of a real world red-tailed hawk.
The radio chatter during the chase by Caprican police of the
U-87 in the truck reveals Zoe is driving along Colonial Highway
5. Possibly, this is a reference to U.S. Interstate 5 which runs
from the border of Mexico in the south to that of Canada in the
north, turning into British Columbia Highway 99 at the Canada
border and continuing into Vancouver, where most of Caprica
At 8:28 on the DVD, Amanda is
reading the Caprican Financial
Times on a handheld device. The
header reveals the newspaper is
available in Caprican, Tauronese,
and Gemonese. The front page
headline is "Military Awards
Graystone Robot Contract". The
first couple sentences of the
article read: CAPRICA CITY -
The Defense Department announced
that they had awarded a coveted
military robotics contract to
Graystone Industries, after
Graystone demonstrated a
prototype with a unique
artificial intelligence and
learning capacity. "Our goal is
to save Caprican lives, and
deter attacks by our enemies, by
augmenting our human forces with
robots capable of performing
battlefield tasks," said Defense
Minister Joan Leyte, who was...
At 8:49 on the DVD, Amanda's prescription bottle has
instructions on it to take the pills with water. A second later,
we see her taking them with what appears to be alcohol, never a
good idea with meds!
At 8:53 on the DVD, we see that Amanda is watching a documentary
about the Pantheon Bridge. This is where her brother was killed
in a car accident years ago and where she will attempt suicide
at the end of the episode. The Pantheon Bridge seen in this
episode is actually the real world Burrard Bridge in Vancouver.
The closing credits reveal the documentary clips were provided
by the City of Vancouver Archives.
At 9:11 on the DVD, we get a glimpse in flashback of a dripping
razor blade on a sink, suggesting that Amanda attempted suicide
by slitting her wrists in the past after her brother was killed.
At 34:39, we see a scar on her left wrist as well.
AT 11:26 on the DVD, a label on the side of the crate Barnabas
shows to Lacy indicates it is meant to hold a motorcycle for the
Stig Import Company; of course, the idea is it will hold the
U-87 instead. The "Stig" of "Stig Import Company" may be a
reference to "stigmata", a representation of the crucifixion
wounds of Jesus Christ on the hands, wrists, or feet, seeing as
how the STO believes in a single God, but does not yet have a
messiah (the Zoe consciousness within the U-87 may be that
messiah in some sense). A second label indicates the crate is to
be shipped from Caprica to Gemenon. The stenciling above,
"GEM-FRT" may be short for "Gemenon Freight".
At 17:05 on the DVD, after Daniel tells Colonel Patel that the
lab on his estate which they are now in
is where the MCP was first united with the U-87 chassis, she
remarks, "I guess you could almost say this is the birthplace of
artificial life." She is more right than she knows, as we later
learn in "Things We Lock Away" that this is where Zoe, even
earlier, brought her own avatar to life in V-world.
The actress who plays Colonel Patel, Jill Teed, also portrays
Sergeant Hadrian in BSG2000.
Daniel's anger at Philomon about his attachment to the U-87, is
really a reflection of his own wavering belief that his
daughter's personality is inhabiting the robot.
When Joseph finally finds Tamara in New Cap City, he hugs her
and says, "Thank the Gods! Thank Jupiter!" Jupiter is probably
the preferred Tauron name for the first Lord of Kobol, known as
Zeus among Capricans as mentioned in episodes of BSG2000. On
Earth, Jupiter is the Roman name for the king of the gods
previously known in Greece as Zeus.
This episode reveals that the Emmanuelle character in New Cap
City is really Joseph's assistant, Evelyn.
The limousine used by Vergis at 33:20 on the DVD is a
Graystones were also seen in a Jaguar in
At 35:24 on the DVD, Daniel is playing the Caprica
theme on his piano.
Clarice's car has the steering wheel on the right-hand side,
though automobiles in the series thus far have had theirs on the
At 36:18 on the DVD, we see that Sister Clarice has a cartoonish
panda fob on her keychain. I guess there must be a panda-like
creature on Caprica or one of the other Twelve Colonies.
The cell phone that Lacy is made to use to send the destruct
signal to the bomb in Clarice's car appears to be a
Notes from The Caprican
This episode was the mid-season finale of the series, aired on
March 26, 2010. The next episode ("Unvanquished") did not air
until October 5, 2010. Hence, the
Caprican articles published online dated March 26
through April 30 all more-or-less relate to our current episode
or more non-specific aspects of Caprica. There is a gap
in publication after April 30 until a posting on July 27, simply
stating the paper has been on hiatus recently due to some legal
entanglements, with a promise to return soon. Regular
publication resumes on September 29, shortly before the airing
"Caprica Prepares for Upcoming Census" is probably intended
as a touchpoint for U.S. viewers to the United States Census
that was going on the year this article was published (2010).