"Reins of a Waterfall"
Written by Michael Angeli
Directed by Ronald D. Moore
February 5, 2010
revelation about Zoe’s possible involvement in a terrorist group
sends shockwaves through the Colonies.
Read the synopsis of this episode at the Battlestar Wiki site.
A late-night comedy-interview television show called
Backtalk with Baxter Sarno is shot in Caprica City and
broadcast all around the Twelve Colonies. The show is similar to
American late-night talk shows such as The Tonight Show,
The Dick Cavett Show, and The Daily Show.
At 3:15 on the DVD, a student at the Athena Academy is carrying
a binder made by
Oxford. This is a real world brand owned by
Pendaflex. Notice that it and the other binders/notebooks
she carries have the corners clipped only on the outer edges,
not the binding edges.
Daniel Graystone has published an autobiography called The
Man Who Could see the Future.
Daniel likes to get his work-outs at the Red Gloves Gym.
During Daniel's sparring practice at the gym, Xander is speaking
to him from outside the ring, eating a sandwich that appears
similar to an Egg McMuffin!
This episode introduces newly-hired public relations officer for
Graystone Industries, Priyah Magnus, formerly of Sagittaron. She
is portrayed by Luciana Carro, who also played Kat in BSG2000.
At 7:05 on the DVD, the dumpster in the background says Menkar
Sanitation. This does not appear to be a real world company, so
it may be a bit of a joke placed by the producers. "Menkar" is
another name for Alpha Ceti, a star in the Cetus constellation,
so we get Alpha Ceti Sanitation. But "menkar" is also derived from the Arabic word manħar, meaning
"nostril". So, "smelly sanitation"?
At 10:18 on the DVD, the boys appear to be playing a game of
triad at the card table inside Goldie's.
The character of Francis at Goldie's is played by Christian
Tessier, who also played Duck in BSG2000.
At 10:40 on the DVD, one of the guys at Goldie's remarks that
the police grabbed Plex right off the street. Later, we hear in
a discussion between Joseph and Judge Maximus that Joseph is
representing Plexico Amarcord, presumably the same person.
The boys at Goldie's seem to use the term "hardback" to describe
someone who has done hard time in prison.
At Goldie's, Willie's uncle, Sam, pops a beer and hands it to
him to drink. Is this just Sam's continuing attempt to turn the
boy against his father's more placid ways, or is it entirely
normal for kids to drink alcohol on Caprica?
This episode introduces Evelyn, Joseph Adama's assistant. She
will go on to become Joseph's second wife and the mother of the
boy who will go on to become Commander Adama of the battlestar
As Daniel and Amanda begin to make love in his lab, right in
front of the U-87, notice at 18:51 on the DVD, that the robot's
red eye begins to stay in the left-hand side of its visor, away
from the "action" occurring nearby.
The video of the police interview of Ben Stark is dated Aprilus
9th YR41, indicating it took place over a year before the
current date of Junius YR42.
Notice that Agent Duram destroys the tape of the interview Agent
Youngblood did with Ben a year ago, to spare embarassment or
worse to the department. Director Singh seems to condone it,
hinting at their failure to have done so earlier. This all
suggests a certain level of corruption within the Global Defense
At 21:28 on the DVD, the preview banner of the Caprican
Tribune newspaper, Aprilus 11th YR42 edition, states that
the Caprican Museum will be receiving two B77R aircraft,
nicknamed Spooners, for restoration.
The date on the newspaper tells us it is Aprilus 11th, but in
"Rebirth", the date of the memorial
event is said to be Junius 7th. Which is correct?
The headlines on the above edition of the newspaper say "Graystone
Stock Stumbles on Terror Confession" and "MagLev Anniversary to
Become Annual Day of Remembrance".
Priyah remarks to Daniel that more than half of college-age
viewers say they get their news from Baxter Sarno. This is
analogous to a similar statistic in our own world which found
that comedian Jon Stewart's The Daily Show was the
source of news for many young adults in America while Stewart
was hosting the show. At the time of this writing, Stewart has
The Daily Show and the program is on hiatus while a new
host, Trevor Noah, preps the show for return on September 28,
This episode introduces Alvo, Sister Clarice's contact in the VR
world to the STO leadership on Gemenon. In "Blowback". Alvo is
revealed to be Gara Singh, director of the Caprica City division
of the Caprica Defense Department.
Sister Clarice tells Alvo that the Zoe avatar can help the STO
attain apotheosis. Apotheosis is the raising of an individual to
god-like status. It's unclear whether she means that the Zoe
avatar itself is that individual or merely the means to
At 37:32 on the DVD, notice that
there is a model of what may be
a Graystone Industries building
under glass in Daniel's home
When Daniel says he's sorry about the loss of the Tamara avatar,
Joseph's last statement to Daniel is, "I'm sorry." This is
probably his way (or a Tauron way) of saying "you are not
forgiven, and there will be punishment."
The newscrawl at the bottom of the screen during the Cubits and
Pieces broadcast at 40:20 on the DVD states that Eros Day sales
have reached a new high. Eros Day seems to be roughly equivalent
to our own Valentine's Day. Eros was the Greek god of love and
is presumably the name of a similar deity in Colonial religion.
In this episode we see that Dr. Amanda Graystone works at
Caprica Central Hospital.
Sam's husband tells Willie that at their home, Mars is the
largest statue, because Sam is a "tough guy." Mars was the Roman
god of war and is presumably something similar in Colonial
Willie asks Sam and Larry why they never adopted a child of
their own and Sam replies that the life he has now (Ha'la'tha
enforcer) is "not so good for kids". Yean, so why is he taking
his young nephew under his wing?
Notes from The Caprican
"Mad Mothers Take Action Against Terrorism" states that a
new citizens organization called Mothers Against Terrorist
Tactics (MATT) has formed. The name is surely inspired by the
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). The article implies
that MATT is largely responsible for the protests against Amanda
Graystone outside the hospital about her employment there.
Notes from the videoblogs on the DVD
The look of Caprica is meant to be sort of a cross
between those of the 1997 film Gattaca and the 1998
film Dark City.