"The Night the Cylons Landed" Part 2
Written by Glen A. Larson
Directed by Barry Crane
Original air date: April 20, 1980
Troy and Dillon are ordered to stop the Cylons on Earth at all
Read the synopsis of this episode at the Battlestar Wiki site
This story takes place on the night of October 31,
The New York Police Department cruisers seen in this episode are
pretty close to the actual vehicles used by the NYPD at the
At about 5:22 on the DVD, the police cars chase Troy and
Dillon past a fisheries warehouse displaying loading docs for Star
Fisheries, Inc., Ocean Fish Co., and Independent Fish Co. There
are a number of companies by these names throughout the world.
Their proximity as seen here suggests that the scene was filmed
in the oceanfront community of San Pedro, CA (substituting for
the port of New York), which has companies of similar name and
is near Los Angeles, where most of Galactica 1980 was
At about 5:43 on the DVD, large, metal shipping containers for
CTI and Mitsui OSK Lines are seen. I've not been able to
positively identify CTI, but
Mitsui OSK Lines is a real world transport company based out
Many of the costumes of the party-goers at Arnie and Mildred's
party appear to be of the generic variety: gypsies, cowboys,
etc. One child does appear to be dressed as Raggedy Andy.
As Troy and Dillon evade the police on foot and attempt to dry
off from their dunk in the harbor, a number of sidewalk
businesses are seen. They all appear to be fictional, studio
back-lot facades: Nick's Liquors, Remos Club, True Value Loans,
Rueben's Antiques, and the Yorba Luz Ballroom.
A dispatch on the police radio tells unit 47 to report to the
east side YMCA.
At 10:42 on the DVD, Troy and
Dillon enter through a side door
into a stage theater presenting
a children's musical. Costumed
characters based on animated
children's' TV programs are
dancing on stage to a song. The
song is "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" from
the 1946 Disney film Song of
the South. Three of the
characters on stage are:
Scooby-Doo, Hair Bear, and Hong
Kong Phooey. I've not been able
to identify the male and female
When Troy and Dillon are forced onto the stage to perform in the
children's show, the song being sung is "On the Good Ship
Lollipop", the trademark song of actress Shirley Temple during
her child actor years.
Troy and Dillon lift the "Shirley Temple" character onto their
shoulders as part of the stage act. A few seconds into it, they
activate their personal invisibility shields so they can make a
quick escape. "Shirley" appears to be floating on air as they
carry her across the stage this way, but the wires holding her
suspended are visible. And why would she not turn invisible with
them as Jamie and Dr. Mortinson did with them in
"Galactica Discovers Earth" Part
From signs posted outside the theater, it appears the children's'
stage show is called Oh You Kids!
Notice that Troy and Dillon do not bring their regular Earth
attire back out with them when they leave the theater still
wearing the stolen white tuxedos and they are not seen wearing
those sets of Earth clothes again. In the following episode,
they are wearing all new attire.
Disc jockey Wolfman Jack appears at the party in a costume
possibly meant to be Christopher Columbus.
In his conversation with Andromus, Wolfman Jack remarks that
Marconi sent the letter S across the Atlantic in 1901. This is
true, Guglielmo Marconi sent the first transatlantic radio
signal, a Morse code of the letter S from England to
Newfoundland, on December 12, 1901.
Wolfman Jack goes on to comment on solar flares, which "stops
radio plain dead." He is referring to solar flares on the
surface of the sun, which can cause havoc with radio signals and
other electronics on Earth.
Troy and Dillon walk through Central Park in tracking down the
Cylon fugitives. Central Park is a public park in the center of
Manhattan and one of the largest urban parks in the world.
Troy and Dillon make reference to the fact that they're carrying
stolen money. This is a reference back to
Super Scouts" Part 1, wherein
Dillon inadvertently robbed a bank.
In this episode, we see that Andromus, and presumably all
humanoid Cylons, has the ability to shoot red, lightning-like
charges from his fingertips.
At 23:28 on the DVD, we see that Arnie and Mildred's apartment
is at the Town House, near Central Park. This appears to be a fictional apartment
Responding to the fire at 23:44 on the DVD, a fire engine rolls
up to the Town House apartments. The "1" has been covered up so
as to look like Engine 5, but it is clearly Engine 51, which
appeared in the 1972-1977 Universal TV series Emergency!
When fire breaks out in the
apartment building, a young boy
named Sammy runs back in to
rescue his dog. Notice that the
boy's Halloween costume is a
spacesuit that is actually the
same design as the ones worn by
Michael and Sarah and their
children in the 2-part BSG
"Greetings From Earth"!
"Greetings From Earth"
As the Town House residents and guests are evacuated from the
burning building, the fire chief tells them they will be taken
to Bellevue receiving for examination. This is a reference to
Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan, the oldest public
hospital in the United States.
Colonel Briggs tells the police chief that a fellow officer is
currently in a Washington hospital suffering from "a kind of
shock" and that is brain is "someplace else". This must be
referring to Colonel Sydell, who was shot in the chest by a beam
from Xaviar's laser pistol in "Spaceball". But what does he mean
in saying that Sydell's brain is "someplace else"? Is confusion
or delirium a side effect of surviving a shot from a Colonial
laser? Or is Sydell having a nervous breakdown brought on by his
failed efforts to track down the extraterrestrials?
The taxicab at 28:34 on the DVD has the phone number 555-6875
painted on the side. The 555 prefix of the phone number is a
long-time convention in Hollywood TV and film. The logo on the
door says Orange Checker Taxi; such a business exists in Biloxi,
MS, but does not appear to exist in New York.
Wolfman Jack says the radio station's transmitter is located at
the International Trade Center. This appears to be a fictional
building for this story, though the World Trade Organization and
UN have a subsidiary organization by the same name, with offices
in Geneva, Switzerland and Mexico City, Mexico. (In the original
script, the location was the World Trade Center.)
Notice that Dillon refers to an elevator as an ascension tube.
Must be a Colonial term for elevator (though
Armageddon refers to
an elevator as simply an "ascensior").
The song playing at the radio station as the Cylons enter with
Wolfman Jack is Linda Ronstadt's 1976 cover of "That'll Be the
Day". Later, "My Life" by Billy Joel plays (which also appeared
"Galactica Discovers Earth" Part 1).
Later still, "What a Fool Believes" by the Doobie Brothers is
At 33:10 on the DVD, an Otari MX5050 audio recorder/player is
seen among the automated equipment at the radio station.
Otari is a
real world producer of professional audio equipment.
At 33:13 on the DVD, an audio tape spool
is seen playing that has the Scotch logo on it. Scotch is a
brand name used by the
3M Company for
various products manufactured by them; this once included Scotch
audio and data tape, but these lines were discontinued in the
The pre-recorded audio playing during the broadcast at the radio
station reveals that the station's call letters are WQSL. At the
time, this was a completely fictional station. Currently, there
is a WQSL in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
As the party-goers tell the police chief about the man who shot
flame from his fingertips, Arnie remarks that he once saw a
movie in which a man who had a flamethrower attached to his arm,
hidden under his robe, used it to create a burning bush to
impress the natives. Is Arnie referring to a real world film?
I'm not aware of any movie that quite fits that description.
The photos of Troy and Dillon that Briggs shows to Shirley must
have been taken by surveillance cameras at Griffith Park
Observatory, judging from a background sign in the photos that
reads "THE MOON". They visited the observatory with the super
"The Night the Cylons Landed" Part
1. But how did Briggs find out the two had ever been there
to get the photos in the first place?
At 37:10 on the DVD, the police car is missing its rearview
mirror. This is common in cars used in film and television
production; the rearview mirror is often removed so as not to
obstruct the actors faces when shooting from an exterior camera.
Andromus plans to use WQSL's Emergency Broadcast System
equipment to transmit their signal to the Cylons. The
Emergency Broadcast System is currently known (since 1997) as
the Emergency Alert System, a national warning system in the
United States allowing the government to transmit warnings and
information to the public in the event of emergency.
At 40:14 on the DVD, an underneath shot of the Galactica
is run in reverse, so the ship appears to be going backwards!
The Galactica detects Andromus' transmission from Earth.
Commander Adama says it is aimed toward the star Balcon. This is
not the name of any star in Earth's lexicon. Presumably it is a
Colonial or Cylon name. Dr. Zee recommends transmitting
interference to jam the signal, but fails to point out that a
transmission broadcast by any Earth technology would take years,
if not decades or centuries, to reach another star in the
Is Andromus and Centuri's origin baseship located at Balcon? Is
there an entire Cylon base there? In
"Galactica Discovers Earth" Part 1,
Dr. Zee detected neutrino activity in the vicinity of Barnard's
Star, indicating the Cylon fleet was hiding there.
When Troy and Dillon discover Andromus and Centuri on the roof
of WQSL, a firefight ensues. The Cylons use laser pistols, which
were not previously seen used by them in BSG (except for the
Cylon called Red Eye in "The Lost Warrior",
who used a Colonial pistol stolen from a fallen Warrior); in that series,
the Cylons carried laser rifles with a bayonet on the barrel.
At 44:03 on the DVD, the trash truck that picks up the dumpster
containing the bodies of Andromus and Centuri is labeled
N.Y.D.S. This obviously stands for New York Department of
Sanitation, though the department is actually known as
Department of Sanitation New York, DSNY.
At the end of the episode, Centuri is depicted in several
pieces. Presumably, he and Andromus were crushed by the truck's