"Pilot" Part 2
48:57-end on the extended pilot DVD
Written by Remi Aubuchon and Ronald D. Moore
Directed by Jeffrey Reiner
struggles to find a way to bring his daughter’s avatar to life.
(This episode begins with Lacy's meeting with Sister
Clarice and Agent Duram and ends with Zoe trapped in the U-87's
body, calling Lacy for help.)
Read the synopsis of this episode at the Battlestar Wiki site.
This study is based on the unrated, extended version of the
2-hour pilot available on DVD. I will point out differences
between this version and the television version as we go along.
On the unrated version, at the Caprica Bucaneers pyramid game, a security guard opens a
gate at the edge of the arena to let the Bucaneers players out
to their locker room at the end of the game at 51:51 on the DVD.
The vertical edge of the left gate jam has "#53 B.C."
handwritten on it. "B.C." probably stands for British Columbia
since the pyramid scenes were shot at General Motors Place, the
home arena of the
National Hockey League franchise.
General Motors Place has since been known as
Arena, having changed sponsors in 2010.
The blue, white, green, and silver colors of the
Bucaneers are the same as those of the Vancouver Canucks.
On the televised version, the pyramid game has been completely
reshot. The game no longer takes place at an indoor arena, but a
huge outdoor stadium. Daniel's seats are in a large skybox and
At 59:09 on the DVD, several
book titles on the shelves in
Daniel Graystone's home work
area appear to be slightly
altered versions of real
books. Three of the titles
appear to be Windoms,
Excel Mail, and
Word Powerplant. Another
book, a couple shelves down from
these, appears to be titled
Linux, an open-source
operating system developed by
engineer Linus Torvalds. At
1:00:00, a book that appears to be called Sharkwave is
seen, a play on the Shockwave animation software found
While describing his desire to bring the Zoe avatar to life in
the real world in a physical body, Daniel dismisses Joseph's
remark that she would be "like a robot", saying they are talking
about a Cybernetic Life-Form Node. Later in this episode, Daniel
explains to his backers in the Caprica defense department that
the U-87 robot is a
Cybernetic Life-Form Node, a CYLON.
Daniel asks Joseph to use his connections to the Ha'la'tha to
steal the micro-cognitive processor from Vergis Corporation to
help restore both Zoe and Tamara to life, saying, "If I'm wrong,
have me beat up, have me killed. I don't care." In "Reins of a
Waterfall", Joseph does have Daniel beat up when Daniel fails to
return his calls about seeing Tamara again.
Minister of Defense Chambers
wears odd-looking, thick glasses
that are similar to those worn
by Dr. Tyrell in the 1982 film
Blade Runner. The
show's executive producer David
Eick is a huge fan of the movie.
Additionally, in Blade
Runner, Tyrell is the
inventor of replicants,
human-like androids almost
indistinguishable from humans,
similar to what will eventually
evolve among the Cylons.
As the U-87 starts to come to life after Daniel loads the Zoe
avatar program into it, it's right hand starts to twitch. In the
1931 classic film version of Frankenstein, the first
sign of life in Frankenstein's monster is the twitching of its
Up to now, the U-87 had a whitish-yellow eye light in its visor.
Just before it begins to speak in an electronic approximation of
Zoe's voice, the eye turns red (the traditional Cylon
centurion eye color
fans have come to know from both BSG70
and BSG2000). It goes back to whitish-yellow when the avatar
program seems to fail to remain in control of the robot just
Why does Daniel act as if the Zoe avatar is lost for good when
the U-87 collapses? Electronic data stored on a drive is almost
infinitely reproducible, so he could just upload another copy of
the Zoe avatar to the MCP (or to a future version of the MCP if
he thinks this one has failed).
At 1:21:27 on the DVD, some wrinkles are visible (in the
bottom-right corner) on the black virtual wall in the VR world.
This is an indication that the walls of the set were simply
covered with black sheets to achieve an effect of indeterminate
At 1;21:54 on the DVD, a toy of
a four-headed beast is sitting
on the mantle next to Willie. It
appears to be the Four Headed
Orange Dragon figure from the
Knights and Dragons series made
Four-headed toy in this episode
Orange Dragon figure from the
Knights and Dragons series by
Safari. (Photo from
The shot mentioned above does not really seem to make sense when
combined with the later shots of Joseph walking into Willie's
room and speaking to him; the angle is wrong from the
perspective of the doorway Joseph is supposedly looking through
and the mantel seems to disappear in these later shots.
At 1:22:02 on the DVD, Willie's room has a poster of what appears
to be an anime or manga type character called Storm. I'm not
aware of a character quite like this one in our world, so it is
presumably a Colonial fictional character.
Joseph explains to Willie for the first time that his namesake,
his grandfather, William Adama, was killed during the Tauron
uprising when Joseph was just a boy. In "The Dirteaters" we will
learn that Joseph shot his father himself after the man was
tortured into revealing the names of members of the Tauron
The Caprican military officers seen standing behind Daniel at
the demonstration of the U-87's capabilities are wearing
uniforms similar in design to what will be seen worn by officers
of the Galactica in BSG2000.