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Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica intro.jpg
Title screen
Genre Post-apocalyptic fiction
Serial drama
Philosophical fiction
Military science fiction
Created by Glen A. Larson
Developed by David Eick, Ronald D. Moore
Starring see below
Opening theme Gayatri by Richard Gibbs
Composer(s) Bear McCreary
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 75 (List of episodes)
Production
Location(s) Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Running time approx. 42 min.
Broadcast
Original channel Sci Fi
Sky1
Space
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
First shown in United Kingdom[1]
Original run October 18, 2004 – March 24, 2009
Chronology
Preceded by The miniseries
Related shows Original Battlestar Galactica
Caprica
External links
Official website

Battlestar Galactica (often abbreviated as BSG or just Battlestar) is a military science fiction serial drama television series and part of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. The show was created by David Eick and Ronald D. Moore as a re-imagining of the Battlestar Galactica television series from 1978 created by Glen A. Larson. The series first aired as a three-hour miniseries in December 2003 on the Sci Fi network and ran for four seasons thereafter, ending its run on March 20, 2009. The series featured Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated Edward James Olmos and Academy Award nominated Mary McDonnell and garnered a wide range of critical acclaim, including a Peabody Award and the Television Critics Association's Program of the Year Award, as well as Emmy nominations for its writing and directing.

The story arc of Battlestar Galactica is set in a distant part of the galaxy, where a civilization of humans live on a series of planets known as the Twelve Colonies. In the past, the Colonies had been at war with a cybernetic race known as the Cylons. With the unwitting help of a human named Gaius Baltar, the Cylons launch a sudden sneak attack on the Colonies, laying waste to the planets and devastating their populations. The approximately 50,000 human survivors flee into space aboard any spacecraft they can reach. Of all the Colonial Fleet, the Battlestar Galactica appears to be the only military capital ship that survived the attack. Under the leadership of Colonial Fleet officer Commander William "Bill" Adama, the Battlestar Galactica and its crew take up the task of leading the small fugitive fleet of survivors into space in search of a fabled refuge known as Earth.

The series was a ratings success for the Sci Fi Channel, and was particularly popular in Europe, Australia and the United States. Since its release, the show has received nationwide critical acclaim from the American media, Battlestar Galactica has been honored with numerous awards and award nominations in its four-season run. It spawned the spin off TV series Caprica, which began airing in January 2010.

Contents

Series overview

Battlestar Galactica continued from the 2003 miniseries to chronicle the journey of the last surviving humans from the Twelve Colonies of Kobol after their nuclear annihilation by the Cylons. The survivors are led by President Laura Roslin and Commander William Adama in a ragtag fleet of ships with the Battlestar Galactica, an old but powerful warship, as its command ship. Pursued by Cylons intent on wiping out the remnants of the human race, the survivors travel across the galaxy looking for the fabled and long-lost thirteenth colony: Earth. Unlike most space opera series, Battlestar Galactica has no aliens (the antagonists are man-made Cylon robots) and intentionally avoids technobabble.[2][3] Instead, most of the stories deal with the apocalyptic fall-out of the destruction of The Twelve Colonies upon the survivors and the moral choices the survivors must make in dealing with the survival of the human race, as well as their war with the Cylons. Stories also deal with the concept of perpetuated cycles of hate and violence driving the human/Cylon conflict, and religious issues, with the implication of an active God whose angelic agents intervene on behalf of the main characters, most notably Gaius Baltar.

Over the course of the show's four seasons, the war between the colonists and the Cylons takes many twists and turns. Despite the animosity on both sides, the Cylons and humans slowly turn away from their hatred for each other. Part of this is due to a growing schism within the humanoid Cylons, led by the disgruntled Cylon "Number One", named John Cavil. Cavil's obsession with hiding the true genesis of the humanoid Cylons (the "Significant Eight" created by the "Final Five", who take residence on Galactica after the attack, who themselves are humanoid Cylons from "Earth" who had their memories erased by Cavil) leads to a civil war among the Cylons, with a faction of the robot race forming an alliance with the humans. Other plotlines involve the mysterious destiny of Kara "Starbuck" Thrace, who is the subject of a prophecy involving her as the "Harbinger of Death", who will "lead humanity to its end" as well as the redemption of Gaius Baltar, as he becomes a pariah within the fleet (after being forced to collaborate with the Cylons) but ultimately finds redemption through monotheistic-based faith.

In the final episodes, a resurrected Kara Thrace leads the surviving humans and Cylons to a new planet which is clearly the Earth of present-day humanity, with the first colonists landing in Africa. Adama names their new home planet Earth, as a tribute to the "real" Earth of legend which had been originally sought by the survivors. The original Earth was revealed to have been a different planet entirely, one which, like Kobol, had become an uninhabitable wasteland as a consequence of a war waged by its own Cylon creations thousands of years before. The new Earth is found to be already inhabited by early humans who are genetically compatible with the humans from the Galactica and the rest of the fleet, but who possess only the most meager beginnings of civilization. Human beings had apparently naturally evolved on both Earth and Kobol, the original home world of the humans who settled the twelve colonies. The surviving humans and humanoid Cylons decide to live on the new planet and discard all technology, destroying all of their spaceships by flying them into the Sun. Kara Thrace, apparently an "angel" since her purportedly fatal crash on the "Earth" of legend, disappears. The surviving Cylon Centurions are given possession of the remaining Cylon basestar and proceed to jump away from Earth, never to be heard from again.

The series finale concludes with an epilogue set "150,000 years later" in present day Times Square, as two "angels," in the form of Caprica Six and Gaius Baltar, muse on the origin and fate of present-day humankind, and on whether or not the cycle of violence between human and machine will repeat yet again. It is revealed that all present-day humans on Earth are in some small part descended from the half-human, half-Cylon girl named Hera, who lived out the remainder of her life in Africa, becoming Mitochondrial Eve.

Cast and characters

Themes and allusions

Theological references

Religion and theology flavored the original series, and they are prominent in the reimagined series.

Perhaps the prominent religious component is the series' overarching theme: the human survivors' search for Earth. That search is motivated by ancient religious texts' references to a 13th tribe of humans that established a civilization on a distant planet called Earth. Various religious relics and ruins, both on the Twelve Colonies and elsewhere in the galaxy, provide clues to Earth's location. Throughout the series, both humans and Cylons are assisted in time of need by mysterious entities possibly from a higher plane of existence.

Human polytheism

Many of the humans share in polytheism, worshiping the gods of Kobol. This appears to be the official state religion of the colonies; government oaths refer to the gods and, back on the Twelve Colonies, public museums housed artifacts of the gods. Some are devout believers, others are atheists, most fall somewhere in the middle, and all three viewpoints are accepted more or less equally.

The Kobol gods have the same names and characteristics as the Greek Olympic gods, and the show makes repeated references to Zeus, Hera, Athena, Poseidon, Ares and Apollo. In one story in season 3, the crew fights with the Cylons to obtain "The Eye of Jupiter"; Jupiter is the Roman equivalent of Zeus. As evidenced by prayers offered by the human characters, the Kobol gods are morally refined and are believed to watch over and intervene benevolently in the lives of the just. This is similar to the conception of the gods during the Greek classical and Hellenistic periods, not the amoral (and very human) gods of the Greek archaic period.

In a reference to Hinduism, the opening credits are accompanied by an operatic version of the Gayatri Mantra, a hymn dedicated to the solar deity Savitr. During a memorial service, the residing chaplain recites another important Hindu prayer, actually a sample from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (one of many Upanishads) which is transliterated here:

Om asato maa sad gamaya;
tamaso maa jyotir gamaya;
mrtyor maa amrtam gamaya.
Om shaantih shaantih shaantih.
Om. Lead me from the unreal to the real.
Lead me from the darkness to light.
Lead me from death to immortality.
Om. Peace, peace, peace.

— Brihadaranyaka Upanishads (1.3.28)

In another parallel to Western polytheism, the names of the Twelve Colonies and their planets are similar to the names of the constellations in the Greco-Roman zodiac. In the early days of the 12 colonies, each colony's flag showed the stellar constellation of its zodiac sign ("Home Pt. 2"). It is implied by the finale that the Greek/Roman pantheons as well as several ancient belief systems including the zodiac were imported to Earth by the colonial survivors.

Divine Texts

The principal means of transmitting divine knowledge is the Sacred Scroll. The Scroll chronicles the early period of human existence, when people and the gods lived together on the planet Kobol (at the beginning of the series, the location of Kobol is unknown and the planet regarded as essentially mythical among secular humans). The Scrolls tell that at some point in time, twelve human tribes left Kobol and founded the 12 colonies, with a 13th heading towards Earth (miniseries et al.). This is also referenced in the opening words of the Scroll, "Life here began out there" (miniseries).

The show offers little detail of the Sacred Scroll, other than that it contains the Book of Pythia, which chronicles an ancient prophetess (similar to the Oracle of Delphi, herself named Pythia), who journeyed with the 13th tribe on their voyage to Earth. Pythia also described the exodus of the twelve tribes, and the things that happened to them. She describes a dying leader, who will guide the tribes to salvation. Among other things, the scriptures tell of the return to Kobol, stating that bringing the Arrow of Apollo to the Tomb of Athena will reveal the road to Earth. The dying leader is to die just before the end of the journey. President Roslin sees herself as playing the part of the leader in the texts, as she has terminal breast cancer which was in remission for a time, but then returned.

Cylon monotheism

Many of the Cylons also share a religious belief — in this case, monotheism. The Cylons' monotheism seems to share many traits of Abrahamic monotheistic religions: belief that God is omniscient, omnipotent, omnibenevolent, that he will one day deliver divine retribution, and that he intervenes in the world. The actual teachings and laws of the Cylon god are infrequently referenced, but when they are, it is usually conveyed by Number Sixes. Some humans have, over the course of the series, come to follow the Cylon monotheistic faith, mostly by way of Gaius Baltar.

References to modern society

Time described Battlestar Galactica as "a gripping sci-fi allegory of the war on terror, complete with monotheistic religious fundamentalists (here, genocidal cyborgs called Cylons), sleeper cells, civil-liberties crackdowns and even a prisoner-torture scandal".[4] Throughout its run, the show has attempted to maintain its realism by referring to both familiar elements of real world modern history – Laura Roslin's swearing in on Colonial One directly "cited the swearing in of Lyndon B. Johnson after the Kennedy assassination"[5] – and the developing political situation since the September 11, 2001 attacks. Many people have drawn parallels between the Cylons and Al Qaeda"[6] and according to The Guardian "Battlestar Galactica is the only award-winning drama that dares tackle the war on terror".[7] The show delves into the emotional rationale of terrorists who act out of rage and vengeance in the aftermath of their oppression. The show has also tackled issues regarding terrorist sleeper cells with stories involving both the reality and fear of Cylon suicide attacks, Cylon Number 5, Aaron Doral, in the episode called Litmus, sneaks aboard the Galactica and blows himself up in the middle of the corridor, and 'sleeper agent', Lt. Sharon "Boomer" Valerii activates after destroying a cylon basestar at the end of season 1 and shoots Commander Adama. Similar themes are revisited in season 3 (Episode 3.1, "Occupation" specifically) with a far different perspective with the humans, rather than the Cylon 'enemy' becoming the suicide bombers. It has been suggested that these plotlines extensively "hinted at war-on-terrorism overtones".[8] The show also references civil liberties crackdowns during the 3rd season when the 6 members of The Circle after the Exodus from New Caprica become judge, jury, and executioner of the people who were accused of aiding the cylons during the occupation on New Caprica. They also touch on prisoner torture during season 2 when Cylons 6 and 8 (Lt. Valerii) both are attacked, raped, and tortured by Lt. Thorne from the battlestar Pegasus. After 9/11, the original series' "broad premise – the human military's struggles in the wake of a massive terrorist attack – suddenly gained resonance"[7] and let the show tackle issues like suicide bombings, torture ("evoking the darker side of the war on terror"[8]) and "civil liberties crackdowns".[7]

Executive producer Ronald D. Moore points out that the Cylons and Al Qaeda are not necessarily intended to be directly allegorical: "They have aspects of Al Qaeda, and they have aspects of the Catholic Church, and they have aspects of America",[6] and in contrast, with the New Caprica storyline the show's humans have been discussed as an allegory not for an America under attack, but for an occupied people mounting an insurgency, and turning to suicide bombings as a tactic. There is a consensus that with "its third season, the show has morphed into a stinging allegorical critique of America’s three-year occupation of Iraq"[9] as the "cameras record Cylon occupation raids on unsuspecting human civilians with the night-vision green familiar to any TV news viewer. And the reasoning of the Cylons is horrifically familiar: They would prefer not to be brutal, but they won't accept the failure of a glorious mission."[8] According to Slate "If this sounds like Iraq, it should",[8] and "In unmistakable terms, Battlestar Galactica is telling viewers that insurgency (like, say, the one in Iraq) might have some moral flaws, such as the whole suicide bombing thing, but is ultimately virtuous and worthy of support."[8] The "really audacious stroke of this season was showing us a story about a suicide bomber from the point of view of the bomber and his comrades... because the cause of this terrorist was unquestioningly our own. We sympathize with the insurgents wholeheartedly."[5] If the Cylon occupying force is an allegory of the Coalition Forces in Iraq, then some of the other references are equally controversial, for example, the "scene of the shiny, terrifying Cylon centurions (a servant class of robots that actually look like robots) marching down the main road of New Caprica while the devastated colonists looked on was the Nazis marching into Paris."[5]

Although David Eick has said the production staff "don't need to say 'OK, let's do the episode where we're gonna do the Abu Ghraib scandal'", and points out that events depicted on New Caprica "are as much a story rooted in political tales like the Vichy France or Vietnam" rather than current events, he acknowledges that they "do gravitate in those directions when it comes to the storytelling".[7]

Music

Bear McCreary is the primary composer for the television series, having assisted Richard Gibbs on the 3-hour miniseries. When the show was picked up, Gibbs opted not to devote full time to the regular series' production, and McCreary became the sole composer. He worked on the series until it reached its conclusion in 2009, scoring over 70 episodes. To date, five Battlestar Galactica soundtrack albums have been released, and have garnered a great deal of critical acclaim. The Chicago Tribune's Maureen Ryan hailed the music as "sensational" and "innovative",[10] Joanna Weiss of The Boston Globe praised McCreary as a "visionary composer" who did much to create "the rich atmosphere of Battlestar",[11] Alan Sepinwall of The Star-Ledger described McCreary's work on the show as "transcendent"[12] and Variety said "Galactica offers some of the most innovative music on TV today."[13]

The music of Battlestar Galactica displays a wide variety of ethnic influences and intentionally tries not to conform to the "usual" style of a science fiction score. For some of the series' more important episodes, McCreary was granted a full orchestra. Character themes and leitmotifs gradually took on a major role, despite being avoided at the outset. A variety of ethnic instruments have been utilized. One season 4 episode employed: Chinese membrane flute, Indian bansuri flute, duduk (Armenian woodwind), erhu (Chinese violin), yialli tanbur (a Turkish lute), dumbek (Middle Eastern drum), Japanese taiko drums—in addition to four brass players, 30 string players and a 12-voice choir.[13]

There have been several live concerts featuring the music of Battlestar Galactica. In April 2008, more than 1,000 fans attended two sold-out shows at L.A.'s Roxy on Sunset Boulevard, with some fans flying in from as far as England and Australia.[13] A ballet based on McCreary's scores for Galactica premiered on March 7, 2009 for a 13 week run. Entitled "Prelude to War", it was performed by the dancers of the Theaterhagen in Hagen, Germany with choreography by Ricardo Fernando, and the Hagen Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Bernhard Steiner.[14]

Broadcast and release

International syndication

Season 1 began airing in North America three months later, on January 14, 2005 in the United States, and January 15 in Canada. The first episode aired in the US and became one of the highest-rated programs ever on Sci-Fi, with 3.1 million viewers. Successive episodes proved equally successful. The first episode of the season was later made available for viewing in its entirety, and without charge from the Sci-Fi website. Moore also sought to address the "Internet Generation" by posting podcast commentaries on individual episodes on the official Sci-Fi website. The Sci-Fi Channel ordered a 20-episode third season on November 16, 2005, which premiered in the US on October 6, 2006, and in Canada on October 7, 2006, with the first two episodes being shown together. The broadcast schedule for Season Three did not include a long hiatus in the middle of the season, as with Season Two. Production began in April 2006 in Vancouver, British Columbia.[15] The Sci-Fi Channel moved the show to Sundays on January 21, 2007, the first time the show had changed nights since it began airing.[16] Season Three was broadcast in high-definition on Sky One HD in the UK and Ireland, starting on January 9, 2007, and in the US on Universal HD, starting on January 27, 2007. The Sci-Fi Channel confirmed on March 22, 2007 that Battlestar Galactica had been renewed for a fourth season of 22 episodes, which producers David Eick and Ronald D. Moore later announced to be the series' last.[17][18] The first two episodes made up the Razor TV Movie, while the remaining season of 20 episodes was split into two halves, partly due to the writers' strike. The first half comprised episodes 3 to 12, while the second half comprised episodes 13 to 22. The series finale aired on Friday, March 20, 2009.

The first 2 slots of season four's 22 episode order were taken up by the two-hour TV movie Battlestar Galactica: Razor which was broadcast as an unbroken extended episode detailing the chronicles of the Battlestar Pegasus. It premiered November 24, 2007 in the US and December 18, 2007 in the UK, and an extended version was released on DVD immediately thereafter.[19] Razor had Michelle Forbes reprise her role as Helena Cain, and co-starred Australian actress Stephanie Chaves-Jacobsen who played Kendra Shaw.

The first half of season 4 (dubbed Season 4.0 in its DVD release) consisted of 10 episodes and premiered April 4, 2008.[20] The Canadian cable channel Space aired season four on the same dates. In the UK, Sky One began airing Season Four on April 15, showing the first two episodes on that date, placing the UK four days behind the US screenings. The first part of Season 4 began broadcast on Universal HD on August 30, 2008.[21] In Australia, the first half of season 4 began screening on Ten HD as of September 4, 2008 beginning with Razor. Linking both halves of season 4 together was a set of 10 webisodes which played a similar role to that which The Resistance played between seasons 2 and 3. Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy was released during the weeks leading up to the premiere of episode 13, starting on December 12, 2008, and ending on January 12, 2009, collectively titled The Face of the Enemy.[22] The second half of season 4 (dubbed Season 4.5) consisted of 10 episodes and began airing on January 16, 2009.[23][24] The season (and series) finale was split into two episodes in the United States, with the normal length first part airing on March 13, and the second, with a runtime (including adverts) of 2:11, airing March 20.[25]

In Australia, the second half of season 4 premiered on the Australian Sci-Fi channel on Foxtel January 31 and continued on a weekly basis with each of the remaining episodes of the series airing about 6 hours after the US until the final episode on March 21.[26]

In the United States the first half of Battlestar Galactica season 4 averaged a 1.8 Household rating: 1,576,000 Adults 18-49 (+15%); 1,726,000 Adults 25-54 (+19%) and 2,326,000 total viewers (+13%). Among Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54, this was the best half season or full season performance for the series since Battlestar Galactica season 1 (Jan-April 2005). Battlestar enjoyed its best season ever for female viewers, delivering 592,000 Women 18-49 and 646,000 Women 25-54.[27]

Future

On April 27, 2006, the Sci Fi Channel announced that a prequel spin-off of BSG was in development.[28] Caprica takes place more than 50 years before the main series, before the original Cylon War, and chronicles the Adama family and Caprican society as well as show the advancement of technology leading to the Cylon revolt. On March 18, 2008, Ronald Moore, the Head Writer confirmed that Caprica is in fact a go project with a two-hour backdoor pilot to be produced initially. On December 2, 2008 SCI FI announced that it had given the green light for a full series. The first season, composed of 20 episodes including the pilot, premiered on January 22, 2010.[29][30][31][32][33] An uncut version of the pilot was released on DVD on April 21, 2009, prior to the series' broadcast debut.[34]

On July 24, 2009, Edward James Olmos suggested that The Plan will not be the last BSG movie, saying that he had written a script involving the Galactica characters in which a crisis occurs at some point after their arrival on Earth.[29]

Home video releases

The miniseries was released in the UK on March 1, 2004 and in the U.S. and Canada on December 28, 2004, and included deleted scenes, audio commentary, and a behind-the-scenes documentary. The first season was released to DVD on March 28, 2005 and September 20, 2005 in the UK and North America respectively and included deleted scenes. The American set also included featurettes, and a tongue-in-cheek promotional special filmed for the Sci Fi Channel in addition to the miniseries. However, it does not contain the special features that were included on the mini-series stand alone DVD release.

The second season was released in its entirety in a single volume in the UK, New Zealand, and Australia, but issued in two separate volumes (dubbed "Season 2.0" and "Season 2.5") in the U.S. to correspond with the mid-season break in the broadcast schedule. Each U.S. volume contains half of the season, along with deleted scenes and podcasts that were previously available on the official website. "Season 2.5" also contains an extended version of "Pegasus", the last episode of the first half of the season. The Region 2 DVDs include the extended version of "Pegasus", as well as the commentaries and deleted scenes from the U.S. 2.0 release, but do not contain any of the commentaries and deleted scenes from the 2.5 release (other than the extended Pegasus episode), nor the original, shorter version of "Pegasus" included on the U.S. 2.0 release. The Canadian DVD release of Season 2.0 was delayed until April 25, 2006, as the episodes had only begun airing in January 2006.

The third season came out in R2 on September 3, 2007 and in R4 on November 21, 2007. R1 was set for a March 25, 2008 release date. The R2 & R4 DVDs do not contain any extras but R2's box set came with a 45 minute recap of the previous two seasons (consisting of clips of the seasons strung together with a voice-over). The fourth season, like season two, will be released in two parts. In regions 1, 2 and 4 the television movie Razor were included in "Part 1" (as it is technically a part of the season despite it being released separately at an earlier date). In region 1, however, both the extended and shortened versions of Razor will both be included in the "4.0" box set.

On August 14, 2007, Universal Studios Home Entertainment announced that the mini-series and Season One would be released on December 4, 2007, in the North American market, on the now discontinued high definition disc format HD DVD.[35] The technical specifications include 1080p/VC-1 transfers of the mini-series and each episode is in 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio, plus Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround sound and Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1 surround audio options.[35]

The complete series (with the exception of the 'Face of the Enemy' webisodes) was released on Blu-ray Disc on July 28, 2009.[36]

Online distribution

In January 2006, Apple began offering the miniseries, season 1 and season 2 episodes for purchase on the U.S. version of its iTunes Store. After a delay, season 3 episodes were also made available. NBC Universal, the producer and owner of the show, has provided a number of its shows for purchase the day after broadcast to U.S. customers.[37] In early December 2007 all of the iTunes Battlestar Galactica episodes were removed along with other NBC-Universal content, but were restored, and in mid-2009 the iTunes store has all four seasons and the miniseries available.

Shortly after being removed from the iTunes service, Amazon's online Video on Demand store started making them available for sale. All season 1-4 episodes as well as the miniseries and the TV movie Razor are available for purchase in Windows Media Format. Since May 2008, the newest episodes are added to Scifi.com Rewind and NBC's Hulu sites eight days after the original air date. As of May 6, Battlestar Galactica can be downloaded through the Zune marketplace.

All four seasons as well as the mini-series are currently available in both HD and SD format for purchase through the Xbox Live Marketplace for playback via Xbox 360 game consoles. On September 9, 2008, all episodes so far including the miniseries were released on iTunes, being released in both Standard and HD format (except for the miniseries, which is only available in Standard format). In February 2009, episodes of Battlestar Galactica became available in HD format at the UK iTunes Store.[38] In March 2009, PlayStation Network began offering episodes for download on the PlayStation 3 and PSP devices.[39]

Impact

Critical response

Throughout its run, the series earned critical acclaim from Time Magazine, National Review, Rolling Stone,[40][41] Newsday, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Chicago Tribune, and Entertainment Weekly.[42] Diane Werts of Newsday wrote: "You can look at this saga any way you want—as political drama, religious debate, psychological suspenser, sci-fi adventure, deep metaphor or just plain fun—and it's scintillating from every angle."[43] Robert Bianco of USA Today commented: "Driven by violence and rage, Galactica is perhaps the darkest space opera American TV has ever produced. In Galactica's future, humans are on the run, and if external enemies don't get us, internal divisions will... You'll understand them [the characters], their conflicts and their desires, because they're recognizable humans in all their glorious complexity. And that's what makes Galactica a great TV series."[44] Peter Suderman of National Review stated that the series is "arguably the most potent, dramatically vibrant series on television. ...[I]t packs the power of a gut punch on screen. For that, much credit is due to the immensely compelling cast of characters... Battlestar Galactica burns with a combustive mixture of political turmoil and human drama that is as achingly real and relevant as anything on television.[45] Jeff Jensen of Entertainment Weekly wrote that the show "has distinguished itself as one of television's very best dramas — on a par with 24, The Wire, and Lost — because it so utterly transcends both its genre and its source material. ...[The] series' sophisticated stories have also attracted a distinctively new breed of fan, one who's not necessarily a sci-fi buff."[46]

Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times praises the show's ability to "anchor fantasy with vivid and recognizable human psychology" and declares that the series is "not just a cult hit but a significant piece of television."[47] Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune describes it as a "sprawling, enthralling tale of human survival"[48] that is "full of political allegories and fascinating, multifaceted characters."[49] She finds, "Like Deadwood, Battlestar Galactica is interested in exploring how a society on the edge decides to govern itself. What rights and actions are sacrosanct, which are outlawed, when most of the human race is eliminated? ... Thanks to a stellar cast and brave writing, Battlestar soars."[50] Throughout its run, the series has often surprised reviewers with its many twists and turns. Ryan comments: "There’s nothing like a good Battlestar plot twist to make your head spin, but the “holy cow” moments aren’t the main point (though they’re one heck of a tasty side dish). The show and its twists and turns are grounded in deep curiosity about human nature, and how contradictory and confounding it can be."[51]

Matt Soergel of The Florida Times-Union states: "Its propulsive and complex storytelling is matched by, at best, just a handful of theatrical movies a year."[52] Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle opines, "Battlestar Galactica transcends the sci-fi genre; it competes, creatively, on the same level as any other top-tier drama."[53] Mark Perigard of the Boston Herald states: "A drama this gripping comes ’round rarely."[54] James Poniewozik of Time Magazine has named it one of the 100 best TV shows of all time.[55] Time magazine also wrote in the spring of 2005 that the new show was one of the six best drama programs on television. It would proclaim the program the best show on television in December of the same year.[4] Television Without Pity describes Battlestar Galactica as "one of the finest, most beautifully written, expertly acted shows on television."[56] Alan Sepinwall of The Star-Ledger writes: "[W]hat makes Galactica so gripping is its emphasis on character over hardware. The explosions and the killer robots are cool, but they don't stack up to seeing fully-drawn people - brought to life by a great writing staff led by producer Ron Moore and an astonishing cast led by Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell - grapple with these life-or-death, genocide-level decisions."[57] Joshua Alston of Newsweek declares that the show "captures better than any other TV drama of the past eight years the fear, uncertainty and moral ambiguity of the post-9/11 world" and "always finds ways to challenge the audience's beliefs."[58]

The series also draws praise for having many strong and complex female characters.[59][60][61] The Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Melanie McFarland notes, "[Starbuck], played with a tomboyish swagger by Katee Sackhoff, is fast becoming the latest in a long line of feminist television icons."[62]

The series has also received favorable reviews from other writers. Stephen King wrote, "This is a beautifully written show, driven by character rather than effects...but the effects are damn good. And there's not a better acting troupe at work on television."[63] Joss Whedon commented: "I think it's so passionate, textured, complex, subversive and challenging that it dwarfs everything on TV."[64][65][66]

Wider influence

On March 17, 2009, the United Nations hosted a Battlestar Galactica retrospective including a discussion with Mary McDonnell, Edward James Olmos, Ronald D. Moore and David Eick on human rights, terrorism, children and armed conflict, and reconciliation between civilians and faiths. The Discussion was moderated by actress Whoopi Goldberg and also included Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict; Craig Mokhiber of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; Robert Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Planning; and Famatta Rose Osode, from the Permanent Mission of Liberia to the UN.[67][68]

Battlestar Galactica was the basis for a special session at the 2009 World Science Festival.[69] The session included presentations from Mary McDonnell and Michael Hogan, as well as scientists Hod Lipson and Kevin Warwick.

Awards

References

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Battlestar Galactica (2003-2009) is a "re-imagining" of the 1970s science fiction series Battlestar Galactica.

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Contents

Miniseries

Miniseries, Part 1

[First spoken lines of series]
Number Six: Are you alive?
Military Liaison: Yes.
Number Six: Prove it.

Number Six: [to a little baby whose neck she is about to snap] There there. It's okay. You're not gonna have to cry much longer.

[After Number Six tells Baltar that she's a Cylon and how the Colonial military could kill him over her access to the Defense Mainframe]
Dr Gaius Baltar: I'm going to call my lawyer. He's the best in the business. [dials numbers]
Number Six: That wouldn't be necessary, because in a few hours, no one will be left to charge you with anything.
Baltar: [puts down phone] What are you trying to say?
Number Six: Humanity's children are returning home...today.
[A nuclear detonation flares on the horizon behind them]

Apollo: So, what's the charge this time?
Starbuck: Striking a superior asshole.
Apollo: And I bet you've been waiting all day to say that one.
Starbuck: Most of the afternoon, yeah.

[Adama's speech at Galactica's decommissioning ceremony.]
William Adama: The Cylon War is long over, yet we must not forget the reasons why so many sacrificed so much in the cause of freedom. The cost of wearing the uniform can be high ... [after looking at crowd] but sometimes it's too high.
You know, when we fought the Cylons, we did it to save ourselves from extinction. But we never answered the question, why? Why are we as a people worth saving? We still commit murder because of greed, spite, jealousy. And we still visit all of our sins upon our children. We refuse to accept the responsibility for anything that we've done. Like we did with the Cylons. We decided to play God, create life. When that life turned against us, we comforted ourselves in the knowledge that it really wasn't our fault, not really. You cannot play God then wash your hands of the things that you've created. Sooner or later, the day comes when you can't hide from the things that you've done anymore.

Starbuck: Why can't we use the starboard launch tube?
Chief Tyrol: It's a gift shop now.
Starbuck: Frak me.

Lt. Karl 'Helo' Agathon: Hey. Aren't you Gaius Baltar?
Baltar: [startled] Yeah, I haven't done anything!

Miniseries, Part 2

President Laura Roslin: The lesson learned here is not to ask follow-up questions, but simply to say "Thank you, Captain Apollo, for saving our collective asses!"

Adama: You would rather that we run?
Roslin: Yes! Absolutely! That is the only sane thing to do here - exactly that, run. We leave this solar system and never look back.
Adama: You can run if you'd like. This ship will stand and it will fight.
Roslin: I'm going to be straight with you here. The human race is about to be wiped out. We have fifty thousand people left and that's it. Now, if we are even going to survive as a species, then we need to get the hell out of here and we need to start having babies!

Number Six: [on whether Doral is a Cylon] He doesn't seem the type and I don't remember seeing him at any of the Cylon parties.

Adama: [sees Billy flirting with Dualla] They'd better start having babies.
Saul Tigh: Is that an order?
Adama: It may be before too long.

Gaius Baltar: If there are Cylons aboard this ship, we'll find them.
Number Six: "We"? You are not on their side, Gaius.
Gaius Baltar: I am not on anybody's side.

Lieutennant Kara "Starbuck" Thrace: Permission to speak off the record?
Tigh: Granted.
Starbuck: You're a bastard.

[Adama's speech at the funeral services on Galactica.]
Adama: Are they the lucky ones? That's what you're thinking, isn't it? We're a long way from home. We've jumped way beyond the Red Line, into uncharted space. Limited supplies, limited fuel. No allies, and now, no hope? Maybe it would have been better for us to have died quickly, back on the Colonies with our families, instead of dying out here slowly, in the emptiness of dark space. Where shall we go? What shall we do? Life here began out there. Those are the first words of the sacred scrolls, and they were told to us by the Lords of Kobol, many countless centuries ago. And they made it perfectly clear that we are not alone in this universe. Elosha, there's a 13th colony of humankind, is there not?
Elosha: Yes. The scrolls tell us a 13th tribe left Kobol in the early days. They travelled far and made their home upon a planet called Earth, which circled a distant and unknown star.
Adama: It's not unknown. I know where it is! Earth. The most guarded secret we have. The location was only known by the senior commanders of the fleet, and we dare not share it with the public. Not while there was a Cylon threat upon us. For now we have a refuge to go to. A refuge the Cylons know nothing about. It won't be an easy journey. It'll be long, and arduous. But I promise you one thing: on the memory of those lying here before you, we shall find it, and Earth shall become our new home. So say we all!

TV series

Season 1

33 [1.01]

Tigh: Yes, we're tired. Yes, there is no relief. Yes, the Cylons keep coming after us time after time after time. And yes, we are still expected to do our jobs!

Number Six: God has a plan for you Gaius. He has a plan for everything and everyone.

Chief Tyrol: We'll sleep when we're dead, c'mon!

Water [1.02]

Number Six: Do you remember the first time you lied to a woman? Other than your mother, that is.
Baltar: Other than my mother? Sherry Bennett. Fourth grade, on the playground, behind the band room. "If you show me yours, I'll show you mine." She did. I did not.

Adama: There's a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people.

Bastille Day [1.03]

Number Six: We're the children of humanity. That makes them our parents, in a sense.
Number Five/Aaron Doral: True, but parents have to die. It's the only way children can come into their own.

Adama: Every man has to decide for themselves which side they are on.
Lee "Apollo" Adama: I didn't know we were picking sides. [walks off]
Adama: That's why you haven't picked one yet.

Roslin: You have committed me to holding elections within the year.
Apollo: Madam President, with respect. You are serving out the remainder of President Adar's term. When that term is up, in seven months, the law says, there is an election. I only committed you to obeying the law.
Adama: You sound like some kind of lawyer.
Roslin: This is unacceptable.
Apollo: I swore an oath. To defend the articles. The articles say there is an election in seven months. Now, if you are telling me we are throwing out the law, then I am not a captain, you are not a commander, and you are not the president. And I don't owe either of you a damned explanation for anything.
Roslin: He's your son.
Adama: He's your advisor.

Kara "Starbuck" Thrace: Ummm. I have my flaws too.
Tigh: The difference is, my flaws are personal, yours are professional.

Acts of Contrition [1.04]

Adama: He said something else. That you might have been feeling guilty about something you did for Zak. What did you do for him?
Starbuck: I don't know. You'd have to ask Lee.
Adama: I'm asking you.
Starbuck: Well I don't kn-I, ah...I don't really know what he was talking about, so-
Adama: Don't fence with me, Kara. I love you like a daughter. I don't deserve that.
Starbuck: Ummm...Zak...failed...basic flight. He wasn't a bad pilot, he just had no feel for flying...and, um, when it came to his final check ride he...busted...three of the test maneuvers, and I should have flunked him, but I didn't. The bottom line is your...son...didn't have the chops to fly a Viper...and it killed him.
Adama: [following a flashback] You did it because you were engaged.
Starbuck: [breaking down] Because I made a mistake...because I was just...I was so in love with him...and I let that get in the way of doing my job...and um, and he um, he just wanted it so much, and I...I didn't want to be the one who crushed him...
Adama: Reinstate the trainees to flight status.
Starbuck: I will...but I just want you to understand...that I-
Adama: Do your job.
Starbuck: Yes sir-
Adama: And walk out of this cabin...while you still can.

You Can't Go Home Again [1.05]

Starbuck: [to a downed Cylon Raider] Are you...alive?

Lee: Why did you do this? Why did we do this?
Adama: Kara was family. You do whatever you have to do. Sometimes you break the rules.
Lee: And if it was me down there instead?
Adama: You don't have to ask that.
Lee: Are you sure?
Adama: If it were you, we'd never leave.

Litmus [1.06]

Adama: [to Sergeant Hadrian and her Board of Inquiry] You’ve lost your way, Sergeant. You’ve lost sight of the purpose of the law: to protect its citizens, not persecute them. Whatever we are, whatever’s left of us – we’re better than that. Now these proceedings are closed. You’ll be transported back to your ships and we appreciate your help.
Chairman of the Board: This is an independent board. You have no power to close our inquiries.
Adama: This is a witch-hunt. I will not have it aboard my ship.

Adama: [to Tyrol, after Socinus has been incarcerated] What I can’t do is I can’t let someone who wears this uniform get up on the witness stand and lie under oath. And that’s what your man did. He either lied the first time or he lied the second time. And it doesn’t matter. He’s guilty, and he’ll pay the price. You? You’ll pay a different price. You’ll have to walk out on that hanger every day knowing that one of your men is in the brig because you couldn’t keep your fly zipped. You are the most experienced non-commissioned officer we have left. You keep my planes flying. I need my planes to fly.

Six Degrees of Separation [1.07]

Number Six: If you would give yourself over to God's will, you'd find peace in His love like I have.
Baltar: [trying to get her dress off] Can you help me with this zipper?

Baltar: Are you running a glitch in the program or something? Because you say the same thing over and over again. Now I've accepted your God and all that. Can't we reboot the hard drive?
Number Six: He's not my God, He is God.
Baltar: Yeah, your God, my God, everyone's God. He's big enough for all of us, isn't He?

Baltar: Which leads me to the inescapable conclusion that Cylons are, in the final analysis, little more than toasters... with great-looking legs.

[Roslin visits Baltar in the brig after he is accused of treason.]
Roslin: I want to believe you. I want to believe that I haven't made such a profound error in judgment in trusting you, in asking your advice. But here's where we are, Doctor. If anyone can be a Cylon, and it's hard to tell us apart then we o­nly have o­ne thing left to trust. Our instincts, our feelings. And the moment they told me it was your face in the photo I knew I believed it. I believe you were involved in the attack... somehow. I feel it.
Baltar: You'll forgive me, Madam President, if I don't wish to be executed based solely o­n your gut feeling.
Roslin: May the gods have mercy o­n your soul.

Shelly Godfrey: Dr. Amarak gave the disk to me before he died.
Baltar: What, as opposed to after he died?

Flesh and Bone [1.08]

[Starbuck interrogates a captured Cylon infiltrator]
Starbuck: Now, if you were human, you'd be just about ready to start offering up some false information about the location of the nuke. Some tiny thing that might get you a reward and maybe spare you a few minutes of this. But then I keep forgetting, you're not human. You're a machine.
Leoben Conoy: I am more than you could ever imagine. I am God.
Starbuck: [stifles laugh] I'm sorry, you're God? Wow... nice to meet ya. That's good, that's good. We'll give you a couple of minutes for that.
Leoben: It's funny, isn't it? We're all God, Starbuck. All of us. I see the love that binds all living things together.
Starbuck: Love? You don't even know what the word means.
Leoben: I know that God loved you more than all other living creatures and you repaid His divine love with sin, with hate, corruption, evil. So then He decided to create the Cylons.
Starbuck: The gods had nothing to do with it. We created you. Us. It was a stupid, frakked-up decision, and we have paid for it. You slaughtered my entire civilization. That is sin. That is evil. And you are evil.
Leoben: Am I? I see the truths that float past you in the stream.

Starbuck: Tell me where the warhead is.
Leoben: This is not your path, Starbuck. You have a different destiny.
Starbuck: Don't interrupt me. You see, I'm gonna dazzle you with my poor human brain. You see, I think that you're afraid. You're afraid that we're a long way from home. What if you don't transfer all the way back? What if, when you die here, you really die? It's your chance to find out if you're really god or just a bunch of circuits with a bad haircut.
Leoben: I'm not afraid of dying.
Starbuck: Somebody's programmed you with a fairy tale of God and streams and life ever after but, somewhere in that hard drive that you call a brain is a beeping message: "Error, error, does not compute. I don't have a soul, I have software. If I die, I'm gone."

Adama: Manipulative. Cunning. The only problem with Leoben isn't that he lies - that would be too easy - its that he mixes lies with truth.

Leoben: What is the most basic article of faith? This is not all that we are. The difference between you and me is, I know what that means and you don't. I know that I'm more than this body, more than this consciousness. A part of me swims in the stream. But in truth, I'm standing on the shore. The current never takes me downstream.

Leoben: I have a soul. I see patterns. I know you, you're damaged. You were born to a woman who believed that suffering was good for the soul, so you suffered. Your life is a testament to pain. Injuries. Accidents. Some inflicted upon others, others inflicted upon yourself. It surrounds you like a bubble. But it's not real, it's just... It's just something she put in your head. It's something that you want to believe because it means you're the problem, not the world that you live in. You want to believe it because it means that you're bad luck. You're like a cancer that needs to be removed. Because you hear her voice every day and you want her to be right.

Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down [1.09]

Adama: Madame President, we are the proud owners of the universe's first bona fide Cylon detector.
Roslin: Well, that is great news. So... when do we begin?
Adama: Doctor Baltar would like to start widespread testing as soon as possible, but there are some serious limitations, because he can only do one person at a time and verification takes hours.
Roslin: So, who's going to go first?
Adama: [thinking for a second] The test... right. I think people in sensitive positions should go first.
Roslin: I completely agree. How about you?
Adama: Excuse me?
Roslin: If you're a Cylon, I'd like to know.
Adama: If I'm a Cylon, you're really screwed. [Adama and Roslin both start laughing.]
Roslin: Seriously, I do think you should go first. Show everyone in the fleet that they can trust the people at the top.
Adama: Well then, maybe YOU should go first. [silence] All right... I'll go first.

[Number Five (Aaron Doral) and Number Six have trouble catching Caprica Sharon and Helo.]
Number Five: We've searched every street, every building. They slipped through. How's that possible?
Number Six: She thinks she loves him now. That she can't live without him. Her passion is making her more resourceful.
Five: It bothers you, doesn't it?
Six: We'll get them in the end.
Five: No, it bothers you that you've never experienced it.
Six: You saw the way Helo was when we took her away. He was pathetic.
Five: I can't help wondering what it would be like to feel that intensely. Even in his anguish he seemed so alive.

Hand of God [1.10]

Adama: Sometimes you've gotta roll the hard six.

Adama: Captain Adama and Colonel Tigh are working on the plan now and I need some serious "out-of-the-box" thinking.
Starbuck: "Out-of-the-box" is where I live.

Number Six: God doesn't take sides. He only wants your love. Open your heart to Him and He will show you the way.

Adama: When you are in the cockpit, you are in control. Its hard to give it up... All you can do now is wait and hope you didn't make any mistakes. Welcome to the big leagues.

[Referring to a lighter which Adama has just given him to bring him good luck on his upcoming nearly hopeless mission]
Apollo: Dad, I'll bring it back.
Adama: You better or I'll kick your ass, it's a good lighter.

Colonial Day [1.11]

Starbuck: You have been selected as Caprica's delegate to the Quorum of Twelve.
Baltar: Me? Is this some kind of joke?
Starbuck: Guess you got the super-genius vote. No accounting for taste.
Number Six: Congratulations, Doctor!
Baltar: Thank you, um...politics is the only thing more boring than blood samples. All those interminable speeches, all that dreary pomp...!
Number Six: Parties full of young women, drawn to men of power.
Baltar: ...but when the people call, you must serve.

Number Six: As far as I'm concerned, you can have any woman you want. But always remember, I have your heart.
Baltar: Yes, of course you do.
Number Six: I can always rip it out of your chest if I have to.

Adama: Politics. As exciting as war. Definitely as dangerous.
Roslin: Though in war, you can only get killed once. In politics it can happen over and over.
Adama: You're still standing.
Roslin: So are you.
Adama: And I can dance! (They start dancing together.)

Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 1 [1.12]

[Baltar is trying to have a conversation with the president and Six at the same time.]
Number Six: I don't believe you.
Roslin: You're a genius, are you not?
Baltar: Well quite frankly, I don't give a flying frak whether you believe me or not! Because I've had it. I am-I am tired of being pushed and prodded around like I'm some kind of toy. I'm not your plaything!
Number Six & Roslin: [together] Plaything?
Baltar: I don't work for you. And quite frankly, I don't have to sit anymore and take this kind of abuse from either of you! [Roslin and Billy look confused.] You either- either in here, either in there! Wherever it is, I don't need to take it.

[As Kara Thrace pilots the Cylon Raider in a weapons test, she contacts Commander Adama.]
Adama: [to Kara] Go ahead.
Starbuck: I believed you. Believed in Earth.
Adama: What are you doing, Starbuck?
Starbuck: Bringing home the cat, sir.
Adama: We can talk about this.
Starbuck: No, I don't think so.
Adama: I want you to remember one thing. I do not regret anything that I did. Be sure that whatever you're going to do, you don't regret it later. Do you understand me?
Starbuck: I guess we'll find out. [Executes a FTL jump to Caprica]
Apollo: Galactica, Apollo. Starbuck has jumped away. Repeat, Starbuck has jumped away.
Tigh: She wasn't scheduled for a jump test! Where the hell did she go?
Adama: Home.

(From a deleted scene. Lee visits Boomer in the sickbay to encourage her to get back in the flight line.)
Lee: We need you Boomer. You're a helluva pilot. And a good officer. I wish I had a whole squadron of Sharons.

Adama: You don't lose control.
Apollo: Thanks.
Adama: No, you've got to lose control, let your instincts take over... That's why you don't win.

Roslin: It is crazy perhaps, but that doesn't mean it isn't true.

Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 2 [1.13]

[Commander Adama and President Roslin argue about Starbuck's unauthorized mission to Caprica.]
Adama: [to Tigh] Bear witness, put on your headset. [to Roslin on the phone] Madam President, moments ago, Lt. Thrace took the Cylon Raider on an unscheduled and unauthorized jump.
Roslin: Yes.
Adama: Do you have any knowledge of this incident?
Roslin: Let's save some time here, Commander the question you really want to ask me is whether or not I asked Lt. Thrace to take the Raider to Caprica. And the answer to your question is yes.
Adama: You and I talked about this.
Roslin: Yes, we had.
Adama: We both decided it was a military decision.
Roslin: My responsibility as President is, first and foremost, to protect and preserve this fleet and its future. In the end, that outweighs any other consideration. It has to.
Adama: By taking the Raider, you've placed our people on the surface of Kobol in direct danger.
Roslin: I'm very aware of the danger our men and women are in on Kobol. I am also deeply aware of the danger this civilization will be in if I ignore the pursuit of this arrow.
Adama: I'm going to have to ask you for your resignation, Madam President.
Roslin: No.
Adama: Then I'm terminating your presidency, as of this moment.
Roslin: Commander Adama, I will exercise the authority of this office until I am unable to do so, so if you want to stage a coup you're gonna have to come over here and arrest me.
Adama: I don't want any blood shed.
Roslin: Of course you don't, neither do I. Neither does the press. They're here, by the way.
Adama: [mutters to Tigh] The press...
Roslin: They're recording every minute.

Roslin: This government survived the Cylon attack, it will survive William Adama.

[Colonel Tigh, Apollo, and Galactica's marines stand off against President Roslin's security team on Colonial One]
Colonel Saul Tigh: Madam President, no one needs to get hurt here.
President Laura Roslin: Then why don't you get off my ship, Colonel?
Tigh: I am placing you under arrest.
[Roslin does not move]
Captain Lee "Apollo" Adama: No... no, we're not doing this.
Tigh: I'm in command here, Captain!
Apollo: Colonel, this is wrong.
Tigh: You're relieved. Fall back! Madam President, I-
[Apollo draws his sidearm and holds it to Tigh's head]
Apollo: Men, lay down your weapons!
Tigh: Have you lost your frakkin' mind?
Apollo: Colonel, tell these marines to fall back!
Tigh: This is mutiny. You know that.
Apollo: I do and you can tell my father that I'm listening to my instincts. My instincts tell me that we cannot sacrifice democracy just because the president makes a bad decision.
Roslin: (to her security) Put your guns down.
Apollo: Madam... Madam President, stand back.
Roslin: Put your gun down, Captain. I will not have bloodshed, neither your men nor my people, on the Colonial One. Put your gun down. All of you. Please, put your gun down.
[Apollo lowers his weapon, which Tigh grabs. Two marines escort Apollo out while Tigh turns to face Roslin]
Roslin: Let's go.

[Six leads Baltar through a set of ancient ruins on Kobol]
Gaius Baltar: I know this place.
Number Six: Of course you do. [she guides him up the steps of an archway] Go inside.
[Baltar walks through and finds himself standing inside a majestic opera house. Six is waiting within; she holds out a hand to lead Baltar into the main hall]
Baltar: I don't understand.
Six: Life has a melody, Gaius. A rhythm of notes that become your existence once they're played in harmony with God's plan. It's time to do your part and realize your destiny.
Baltar: Which is what exactly?
Six: You are the guardian and protector of the new generation of God's children. The first member of our family will be with us soon, Gaius. It's time to make your choice.
Baltar: But I don't understand what you're talking about. Really, I don't understand.
Six: Come. See the face of the shape of things to come.
[They walk onto the opera house stage, where a glowing cradle is set. Baltar stares in wonder at its contents]
Six: Isn't she beautiful, Gaius?
[Baltar pulls Six into a passionate kiss]

[After destroying the Cylon baseship, Boomer and Racetrack enter CIC, where Apollo is handcuffed and under guard because of his mutiny]
Commander William Adama: Congratulations to both of you. You carried out a very difficult and dangerous mission, and you did it despite any personal misgivings you may or may not have had. And for that I'm very proud. [shakes hands with Racetrack] Thank you.
Lt. Margaret "Racetrack" Edmondson: Thank you, sir.
Lt. Sharon "Boomer" Valerii: Thank you, sir. [extends her own arm, her hand belowscreen]
Adama: Thank y-
[Boomer shoots Adama in the stomach with her sidearm]

Season 2

Scattered [2.01]

[Caprica Sharon explains what happens to Cylons after they die - specifically, the Number Six that Starbuck killed.]
Caprica Sharon: Her consciousness is being downloaded into another body right now. And when she wakes up, she'll tell them exactly where we are.
Helo: She's right. We can't stay here.
Starbuck: She's right, huh? Sharon the Cylon is right. Let's all just listen to Sharon the Cylon, do whatever she says, cause that's a good idea.

Starbuck: [after seeing Caprica Boomer take the captured Raider] Bitch took my ride.

Tigh: That software firewall ready?
Lieutenant Felix Gaeta: Best I can make it, sir. Wish Dr. Baltar was here.
Tigh: To hell with that. I'll take your work over that shifty son of a bitch's any day.

Valley of Darkness [2.02]

Apollo: Remember, just head away from the sound of gunfire.
Roslin: What about you?
Apollo: We're heading towards the gunfire.

[Starbuck and Helo are walking the streets on Caprica.]
Starbuck: It's not exactly what I expected. I thought I'd be stepping over decaying corpses in the streets.
Helo: Yeah, we saw a few bodies here and there. Not much though. Sharon said..[Starbuck glares at him.] Cylon Sharon said they had troops picking up the bodies transporting them to mass incinerators.
Starbuck: Your girlfriend's from a lovely family. Good people, great values.

Starbuck: After they attacked, I never... I never pined over any of my old crap. Never missed it. Stupid view of the parking lot. Broken toilet in the bathroom. You know, everyone I know... is fighting to get back what they had. And I'm fighting 'cause I don't know how to do anything else.

Apollo: [to Colonel Tigh] I am not fit to wear the uniform...and maybe I never was. Then again, neither are you.

[From a deleted scene. A flashback to Tigh and Adama reminiscing about the previous Cylon war.]
Adama: I was on the Galactica. We were boarded the last week of the war. By the end of the war they had learned a lot. Gotten smart. Clever. They didn't head to CIC or the magazines. Two teams. One went to Secondary Damage Control and the other to Aux Fire Control. See, that's clever. Not the CIC, Auxiliary. And not the Primary DC, the Secondary.
Tigh: Why?
Adama: First team was after the fire suppression system. It tried to override our safety lockouts and vent our air into space. Kill all of us before we could get our EVA suits on. Then the second team just walks in the Aux Fire Control and turns our own guns against the ships trying to rescue us. It was smart. Clever. Almost 2,000 guys bought the farm that day.

Fragged [2.03]

Baltar: I just don't respond to the title "Doc." A dock is a platform for loading and unloading material. My title is "Doctor" or "Mr. Vice President," if you don't mind.
Galen Tyrol: You are loading, are you not?

Baltar: I'm not trained for this kind of thing. I've never fired a gun in my life.
Specialist Diana Seelix: I haven't fired o­ne since basic.
Baltar: You?
Cally: I just joined to pay for dental school.

Roslin: [to the Quorum of Twelve] Thank you all for coming. I have a statement I would like to make. The attempted military coup against the lawful government of the Colonies is illegal, ill-advised, and clearly doomed to failure. I have not resigned the Presidency, and I will fight this action with everything at my command.
Tigh: She's crazy. She's nuts! She thinks she's a prophet or some such nonsense. Go ahead and ask her, she'll tell you. Just listen to her! What was it, the...Arrow Of Apollo will open the Tomb of...Artemis, or some such nonsense.
Roslin: Everything I have done is consistent and logical. We have found Kobol, we have found the City of the Gods, and when we retrieve the Arrow, we will open the tomb of Athena, and we will find the road to Earth.

Baltar: Its all so pointless. We kill them, and they kill us, so we kill more of them, so they kill more of us. What's the point anymore?
Number Six: You, your race, invented murder. Invented killing for sport, greed, envy. Its man's one true art form.

Number Six: I am so proud of you Gaius.
Baltar: Why? 'Cause I've taken a life?
Number Six: It is what makes you human.
Baltar: Is it? Not conscious thought? Not poetry, or art, or music, literature? Murder. Murder is my heritage...

Resistance [2.04]

[Tyrol, under suspicion because of his relationship with sleeper Cylon Boomer, is interrogated by Tigh]
Colonel Saul Tigh: You're sweating.
Senior Chief Petty Officer Galen Tyrol: It's hot in here.
Tigh: How long have you known that Lieutenant Valerii was planning to assassinate Commander Adama?
Tyrol: I had no idea she was planning anything of the kind.
Tigh: [reaching for a flask in his boot] You were frakking her.
Tyrol: I ended that weeks ago, on your orders-
Tigh: You covered for her, you lied for her...
Tyrol: I admit, I used bad judgment-
Tigh: ...you protected her at every turn...
Tyrol: Colonel, I had no idea she was a Cylon! [sees that Tigh clearly disbelieves him] I would like to exercise my Article 21 rights at this time.
Tigh: [chuckles darkly] I'm sure you would. I guess you haven't heard: Cylons don't have rights.
Tyrol: (surprised) Cylon?! Wait a minute-!
Tigh: You know what we do with Cylons, Chief?
Tyrol: I'm not a Cylon!
Tigh: Roslin came up with the execution method.
Tyrol: I'm Galen Tyrol!
Tigh: She put a Cylon out of the airlock.
Tyrol: My father was a priest! My mother was an oracle! I've served on Battlestars since I was eighteen years old! Pegasus, Columbia, Atlantia, Galac-
[Tigh backhands Tyrol, sending him to the floor]
Tigh: [shouting] Don't talk to me like you're a soldier! You are not a soldier! [more quietly] The old man always had a soft spot for you. Let him decide what to do with you.
Tyrol: Colonel, you've gotta believe me. I'm not a Cylon. I'd never do anything to hurt Adama. I love the old man!
Tigh: That's what your girlfriend said. [to the nearby guard] Get him the hell out of here!

Cally: But I've known the Chief for years. He's no toaster!
Baltar: He was involved with Lieutenant Valerii, who most certainly is a toaster.
Number Six: That word is racist. I don't like it.
Cally: Sure, he showed some bad judgment getting involved with her, but that doesn't mean he's a toaster! You've got to help him.
Number Six: Say something, Gaius. Tell her you won't have racial epithets used in your presence.
Baltar: I'm very sorry. I was going to tell the Colonel there's nothing I can do. The Cylon detector I developed doesn't work. Clearly.
Cally: No. You've got to help him.
Number Six: Your child's gonna be half toaster. How does that make you feel?
Baltar: Nothing would make me happier.

Roslin: Doctor, I need your help, but it's illegal, dangerous, and a violation of your oath as an officer.
Doctor Cottle: You're a lousy salesman.

Starbuck: Didn't see any shiny silver out there. I think we're dealing with the human variety.
Helo: Hope so. They're not as tough as mechanicals.
Starbuck: Yeah, they do bleed good, though. You gotta like that.

Baltar: Love is a strange and wonderful thing chief — you be happy you experienced it all — even if it was with a machine.

The Farm [2.05]

Adama: She was a Cylon, a machine. Is that what Boomer was, a machine? A thing?
Tyrol: That's what she turned out to be.
Adama: She was more than that to us. She was more than that to me. She was a vital, living person aboard my ship for almost two years. She couldn't have been just a machine. Could you love a machine?

[Cylons discussing the surgical testing they are performing on Starbuck.]
Simon: : ...pending lab test results on [sample for] ovaries, complete removal will proceed tomorrow. They've lab tested positive and subject will be removed to processing facility for final disposition.
Number Six: Is that regret I hear in your voice, Simon?
Simon: If it is, it certainly is none of your concern.

Home, Part 1 [2.06]

[Apollo's talking to Starbuck]
Apollo: Hmm. It must have been hard, being back on Caprica. Being home. Probably saw some tough things back there. Anyway, tomorrow this whole thing is gonna end, one way or another. We find the tomb or we don't. We find a way to earth or we don't. I just want you to know, Kara, that I am your friend. I love you. If there is anything you wanna talk about, anything you wanna get off your chest then... I am here for you. [Starbuck starts throwing a ball towards the wall once more]
Apollo: Anyway... whenever you wanna talk, just let me know. [walks away]
Starbuck: What was that middle part again?
Apollo: Hm? What do you mean?
Starbuck: Did you say you love me?
Apollo: [laughs] Well... ahm...
Starbuck: Lee Adama loves me.
Apollo: No, all I meant was-
Starbuck: No seriously! Very sweet. You love me! [Apollo walks away] No, you love me. You can't take it back. There is no take backs.
Apollo: You're dreaming it Kara.
Starbuck: You love me.
Apollo: You're dreaming it.
Starbuck: You love me.
Apollo: Dreamer... [disappears around the corner]
Starbuck: Hmhm... okay.

[Roslin and the representatives of the breakaway fleet are discussing whether Galactica can become a threat to them.]
Tom Zarek: : We're not entirely defenseless. Some of our ships are armed. We should take steps to arm the others just in case.
Apollo: Just in case we want to commit suicide. If Galactica wants to take us down there's nothing we can do about it. Nothing. And nobody in this room should be under any illusions on that count.

Number Six: For once, Gaius, you can stop manipulating the world and let destiny take its course. If there's one thing we know about human beings with certainty: they are masters of self-destruction.

[Lieutenant Anastasia "Dee" Dualla talking to Adama about his actions after being shot by Boomer.]
Anastasia "Dee" Dualla: I don't think the problem is that you've been betrayed, I think its that you feel helpless. You were shot, you were injured, and when you finally had a chance to do something, you let us down. You made a promise, to all of us...

Adama: Mr. Gaeta? I want to see all recon material o­n Kobol immediately in my quarters.
Felix Gaeta: [surprised] Aye, sir?
Tigh: Kobol?
Adama: Yes. I'm putting the fleet back together. I'm putting our family back together. This ends now.

Home, Part 2 [2.07]

[Onboard Raptor One, transporting a party down to Kobol]
Tyrol: How simple could it be? Okay. We're in the north-northwest continent, quadrant C, sector 2, which...
Lieutenant Margaret "Racetrack" Edmondson: Oh, for frak's sake, let me see if I can make heads or tails of it.
Tyrol: Look, I marked the terrain as best as I could but we're not... topography's for pansies anyways.

[Commander Adama and Billy Keikeya, onboard Raptor One, discussing President Roslin]
Adama: She thinks you'll be President one day.
Billy: 'Scuse me?
Adama: That's what she said to me once, that you reminded her of President Adar when he ran for his first office.
Billy: I don't really know how to respond to that, sir.
Adama: Don't let it go to your head. Adar was a moron.

Helo: So Cally kills Sharon and the old man gives her 30 days in the brig. 30 days for murder.
Caprica Sharon: They don't see it as murder, Helo. That's what I'm trying to tell you. That's what you're not hearing. To him, to the president, to all of them Cylons aren't people. I'm not a person to them. I'm a thing.

(On "Earth" (a representation of Earth's night sky found within the Tomb of Athena):
Adama: I thought we were in the Tomb of Athena.
Starbuck: I think that was just the lobby.

Baltar: So who or what are you, exactly?
Number Six: I am an angel of God sent here to protect you. To guide you, to love you.
Baltar: To what end?
Number Six: To the end of the human race.

Final Cut [2.08]

Number Three / D'Anna Biers: [after meeting Baltar for the first time] What a strange little man.

[Filming an interview with Apollo.]
Biers: You seem to think that your pilots deserve special consideration.
Apollo: Actually, I do. Like everyone else, my pilots have lost their families, their friends, everyone they ever cared about; but on top of that they're asked to put their lives on the line every single day, for a fleet that seems more interested in what they do wrong than in what they do right. They're not asking for your pity, but they damn well deserve your respect.

[The closing voice-over narration to D'anna Biers' documentary on the Battlestar Galactica, which runs over a montage of images from the ship. The Colonial Anthem tinkles in the background and gradually builds to up to a grand swell.]
Biers: I came to Galactica to tell a story. In all honesty I thought I knew what that story was before I ever set foot there: how an arrogant military let their egos get in the way of doing their jobs, safeguarding the lives of the civilian population. But I found out that the truth was more complex than that. These people aren't Cylons. They're not robots blindly following orders and polishing their boots. They're people. Deeply flawed, yes, but deeply human too, and maybe that's saying the same thing. What struck me most is that despite it all - the hardships, the stress, the ever present danger of being killed - despite all that, they never give up. They never lie down in the road and let the truck run them over. They wake up in the morning, put on their uniforms and do their jobs. Every day. No pay, no rest, no hope of ever laying down the burden or letting someone else do the job. There are no relief troops coming, no Colonial Fleet training new recruits every day. The people on Galactica are it. They are the thin line of blue that separates us from the Cylons. Lt. Gaeta told me a remarkable statistic; not a single member of Galactica's crew has asked to resign, not one. Think about that. If you wore the uniform wouldn't you want to quit? To step aside and say "enough! Let someone else protect the fleet"? I know I would. But then, I don't wear a uniform. Most of us don't, most of us never will. The story of Galactica isn't that people make bad decisions under pressure, it's that those mistakes are the exception. Most of the time the men and women serving under Commander Adama get it right. The proof is that our fleet survives. And with Galactica at our side, we will endure. This is D'anna Biers, Fleet News Service.

Flight of the Phoenix [2.09]

Apollo: Nobody's expecting a miracle.
Tyrol: Maybe that's the problem.

[Lt. Gaeta is starting to lose his composure under constant pressure.]
Gaeta: Sir, I'm running every diagnostic we've got. Checking each line of code could take days.
Tigh: I am not interested in excuses. Fix it!
Gaeta: [shouting] It's not an excuse, sir. It's a frakking fact!

Tyrol: Sharon flew 47 missions in this thing, couldn't trap a landing worth a damn.

[Tigh walks into the tool closet on the hanger deck and discovers Tyrol making homebrew]
Tigh: What's this, Chief?
Tyrol: I'm making solvent, sir, to clean machine parts.
Tigh: Solvent my ass. I know a still when I smell it.

Adama: I took your advice, met on common ground.
Roslin: And what was that?
Adama: We both wanted to live.

Pegasus [2.10]

Red text only appears in the extended cut.

[Baltar tries a new approach to interrogating the tortured Gina Six, he has her chains removed and brings her some food.]
Baltar: The food is yours. It's not a trick. I'm not gonna take it away the last second. You know I.. I'm just gonna talk right now. I don't expect you to say anything. Back on Caprica, before the attack.. And sometimes I forget there was a world before the attack. I knew someone, a woman unlike any other woman I'd ever known. She was unique. Beautiful. Clever. Intensely sensual. When she wasn't in my bed she was in my thoughts. She was a Cylon. And she changed my life in a very real, very fundamental way. In that I have quite literally never stopped thinking about her. Because I love her. To this very day, I love her. And she looks exactly like you.

Adama: You told me they'd get a fair trial. What kind of a trial could they have possibly had?
Admiral Helena Cain: I assure you I heard them out. I weighed their statements against those of the guards and I took into consideration their service records and commendations. It was a difficult decision, Commander, but I daresay it was a fair one.
Adama: They have the right to have their case heard by a jury.
Cain: I am a flag officer on detached service during a time of war. Regulations give me broad authority in this matter.
Adama: [to Tigh] Launch the fighters. [to Cain] You can quote me whatever regulation you'd like. I'm not going to let you execute my men.
Cain: I highly suggest you reconsider that statement, Commander.
Colonel Jack Fisk: Admiral, Galactica is launching Vipers and a Raptor.
Cain: Commander, why are you launching Vipers?
Adama: Please arrange for Chief Tyrol and Lieutenant Agathon to be handed over to my Marines as soon as they arrive.
Cain: I don't take orders from you!
Adama: Call it whatever you like, I'm getting my men.
Cain: You are making such a mistake.
Adama: I'm getting my men.
Cain: Action stations.
Fisk: Admiral, this will spiral out of control fast.
Cain: Launch the alert Vipers. Adama has taken us over the line. He's left me with no choice but to launch the alert Vipers. Target the main battery for Galactica. And may the Gods have mercy on their souls.
[The Galactica and Pegasus Vipers are released from their ships and face off]

Resurrection Ship, Part 1 [2.11]

Starbuck: Starbuck to all vipers-- do not fire...repeat, do not fire! I'm a friendly, okay? We're all friendlies! So, let's just...be friendly!

Roslin: The spirit of the law requires something here more than summary executions.
Cain: [to Roslin and Adama] Is this what the two of you have been doing for the past six months? Debating the finer points of Colonial law? Well, guess what, we're at war! And we don't have the luxury of academic debate over these issues!

[Admiral Cain visits Baltar in Gina Six's cell.]
Cain: Well, I see you got it to eat. That's progress I suppose. Can you get it to roll over, beg?

[In different locations, Commander Adama and Admiral Cain each plot the assassination of the other]
Admiral Helena Cain: (to her Executive Officer, Colonel Fisk) Jack, I want to transfer a detachment of marines to Galactica and I want you to hand-pick them. Completely reliable. Completely loyal. Razors.
Commander William Adama: I have a mission for you, Kara.
Captain Kara "Starbuck" Thrace: Anything for you. You know that.
Adama: Don't accept too quickly. You won't like this one. I don't like it, but I've decided that it has to be done.
Cain: I'm transferring you to Galactica as well. I'll tell Adama that you're there to be my eyes and ears. He'll hate it. He'll think you're my spy and try to freeze you out of decision-making, but he'll accept it. Now I want you to stay in CIC throughout the attack. Stay with Adama.
Adama: After the attack is completed and you've accounted for your pilots, I want you to land your bird on the Pegasus and report directly to CIC. You'll take Lee with you. He'll watch your back.
Cain: Position Marines in key areas throughout the ship and keep a squad posted just outside CIC.
Adama: There'll be the normal chaos and emotional high after the attack.
Cain: They'll be slapping each other on the back, celebrating the victory.
Adama: That'll keep their guard down.
Cain: Security will be lax.
Adama: I will ask for you on the wireless.
Cain: I will call you directly and when I have you on the line, and you hear me give the command "Execute Case Orange"...
Adama: When you hear me say "Downfall"...
Cain: ...you are to signal the Marines to terminate Adama's command. Starting with Adama.
Adama: ...I want you to pull out your weapon and shoot Admiral Cain in the head.

Resurrection Ship, Part 2 [2.12]

Fisk: I don't want your thanks. I owe Lieutenant Thorne my life, as do many people on this ship.
Helo: He was trying to rape a prisoner!
Fisk: You can't "rape" a machine, Lieutenant.

Caprica Sharon: [to Commander Adama] It's what you said at the ceremony before the attack, when Galactica was being decommissioned. You gave a speech, it sounded like it wasn't the one you prepared. You said that humanity was a flawed creation, and that people still kill one another for petty jealousy and greed. You said that humanity never asked itself why it deserved to survive. Maybe you don't.

[Apollo floats in space after his ship is destroyed.]
Apollo: I'm sorry, Kara.

[Gina Six confronts Admiral Cain in her quarters with her gun.]
Gina Six: Tell me, Admiral. Can you roll over? Beg?
Cain: Frak you.
Gina Six: You're not my type. [shoots Cain]

Adama: It's not enough to survive. One must be worthy of survival.

Epiphanies [2.13]

[In a flashback sequence]
President Richard Adar: One of the most interesting things about being President is that you don't have to explain yourself. To anyone.

Number Six: [reading Roslin's letter out loud] "President Baltar, I offer my sincere congratulations. I say that knowing we've had our differences, and that you take office despite my many reservations. You may be the most brilliant person I've ever met... but your intelligence is unleavened by compassion. You must be reminded of your ethical responsibilities and challenged to rise above your own selfish needs. I don't write this to hurt you, but to beg you to open your heart. Understand that the people in the fleet look to you not just for leadership, but for solace, justice. Find a way to give them that, and you will be a great leader. Laura Roslin."

Black Market [2.14]

[Apollo confronts Colonel Tigh after finding that he dealt in the Fleet's black market.]
Tigh: Don't you play "holier than thou" with me. I haven't done anything that most people on this ship haven't done. Including you.
Apollo: Doesn't make us right, Colonel, just a whole lot of people wrong.

[Roslin tries to convince Baltar to resign the Vice Presidency.]
Roslin: You saved my life. And I'm grateful. But I sense that there is some unease in you about assuming the presidency, and I'd like to offer you an out.
Baltar: You what?
Roslin: Resign. Return to your scientific work o­n Galactica. No o­ne will question your motives. You can consider it a second chance, like the o­ne you gave me.
Baltar: Charming.
Roslin: Doctor. This is a o­ne-time offer. I suggest you reconsider.
Baltar: You know, Madame President, I've never been particularly interested in politics. I never wanted any lofty position of power. I never wanted to be the Vice President. That is, until this very moment. Because right now, I can't think of anything I want more.

Scar [2.15]

Starbuck: It is funny. You know the President says that we're saving humanity for a bright, shiny future o­n Earth. That you and I are never gonna see. We're not. Because we go out over and over again until someday, some metal motherfrakker is gonna catch us o­n a bad day and just blow us away.
Apollo: Bright, shiny futures are overrated anyway.

Adama: So say we all!

Sacrifice [2.16]

[After a bout of negotiations with Sesha Abinell, leader of the Cloud 9 terrorists, Adama briefly confers with Tigh.]
Adama: Saul, we can't give her Sharon. I hope you know that, right?
Tigh: I know that. Against our dealing with the terrorists... if we start now, it'll open the floodgates; and it will never stop. And by the way, it's not Sharon. It's a frakking Cylon.
Adama: You don't think I know that?
Tigh: I think there's part of you that looks into that thing's eyes and still sees that young girl that reported aboard two years ago as a rook pilot. Well, it's not. It never was. Bill, it's a machine.

The Captain's Hand [2.17]

[Following the Cylon ambush of Pegasus and the death of Commander Barry Garner (Pegasus's commanding officer).]
Adama: In your opinion, off the record, what was Garner's flaw?
Apollo: He was used to working with machines. Command is about people.
Adama: Remember that, as you take command of "The Beast". Garner was my decision; his failures, my responsibility. Don't let me fail a second time. Congratulations, Commander.

[About Garner]
Starbuck: So, barely competent and paranoid? That's a hell of a combination.

Downloaded [2.18]

[Caprica-Sharon has gone into premature labor with her Hybrid baby.]
Doc Cottle: I find it absolutely amazing you people went to all the trouble to appear human, and didn't upgrade the plumbing.

[Six and Three are talking about Boomer-Eight's resistance to her Cylon psychology]
Number Three: Caprica, you don't understand. She really needs your help. If we don't turn her around soon, there's talk of boxing her.
Caprica-Six: Putting her memories in cold storage? You can't be serious.
Virtual Baltar: [sardonically] Well, that's a charming way to deal with emotional problems! One might almost call it inhuman. Oh, that's right, you are!

[Six is talking to the original Galactica-Sharon about Baltar's house.]
Number Six: I always loved the view. Sunlight on the water. It's my favorite spot in the universe.
Virtual Baltar: Yeah, it's magical. Too bad you nuked it.

[Roslin, Baltar, Admiral Adama and Colonel Tigh discuss what to do with the hybrid baby.]
Roslin: If the baby does survive, the question is — what do we do with it?
Baltar: Do? What are you suggesting? That we throw it out of an airlock?
Roslin: I don't make suggestions, Mr. Baltar. If I want to toss a baby out of an airlock, I'd say so.

Number Six: Look, God loves you.
Sharon Valerii: [showing photo of her Galactica crewmates] This is love. These people loved me. I loved them. I didn't pretend to feel something so I could screw people over. I loved them. And then I betrayed them. I shot a man I loved. Frakked over another man, ruined his life. And why? Because I'm a lying machine. I'm a frakking Cylon!

Lay Down Your Burdens, Part 1 [2.19]

[Roslin is trying to control her pre-debate giggles.]
Adama: You just have to really try to think about something serious. That always helps, right?
Roslin: Like what?
Adama: Well, like, uh... [they look at each other and crack up laughing]

[Chief Tyrol is worried that like Galactica-Sharon, he could just as well be another Cylon sleeper agent.]
Tyrol: How do you know I'm human?
Brother Cavil: Oh, well, maybe because I'm a Cylon and I've never seen you at any of the meetings.

Brother Cavil: Do you know how useless prayer is? Chanting, and singing, and mucking about with old half-remembered lines of bad poetry? And you know what it gets you? Exactly nothing.
Tyrol: Are you sure that you're a priest?

[Vice-President (and Presidential candidate) Gaius Baltar, conferring with campaign manager Tom Zarek.]
Baltar: I'm not sure if you're aware, Tom, but the mob isn't usually in the habit of electing ungodly apostates who denigrate people of faith.

[shaking hands after a presidential debate]
Baltar: Not your night, I guess.
Roslin: Why don't you go frak yourself?

Lay Down Your Burdens, Part 2 [2.20]

[Doctor Cottle, after treating Cally's broken jaw.]
Doc Cottle: Jaw set nicely. You're done here. I'm kicking you out of here and sending you back to work.
Cally: [muffled, with her jaw immobilized] Work? Like this?
Doc Cottle: You gotta love a woman who can complain even with her jaw wired shut.

[Admiral Adama, remarking to newly-elected President Gaius Baltar that he needs to pay attention to a possible security risk.]
Adama: You're not listening.
Baltar: I don't have to listen. I'm the President.

[Admiral Adama after deciding to jump rather than launch alert fighters when the Cylon fleet arrives at New Caprica.]
Adama: We're leaving. But we'll be back.

[To President Baltar as Cylon forces land on New Caprica.]
Six: Judgment Day.

[During the Cylons' march through the streets of New Caprica.]
Tyrol: What do you want to do now, Captain?
Starbuck: The same thing we always do. Fight them until we can't.

The Resistance

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Season 3

Occupation [3.01]

Tigh: I know you're wonderin', so I'll save you the trouble; the eye is gone. They ripped it out onto the floor and showed it to me. Looked like a hard-boiled egg.

Cavil: Let's review, why we're here shall we? Uh, we're supposed to bring the word of "God" to save the people right? To save humanity from damnation, by bringing the love of "god" these poor, benighted people.
Six: We're here because the majority of the Cylons felt that the slaughter of mankind had been a mistake.
Sharon: We're here to find a new way to live in peace.As god wants us to live.
Cavil: And it's been a fun ride so far. But I want to clarify our objectives. If we're bringing the word of "god" it follows that we should employ any means necessary to do so. Any means. Yes, fear, is a key article of faith as I understand it, so perhaps it's time to instill a little more fear into the people's hearts and minds. Let's uh, let's execute Baltar.
Baltar: What? What?!
Six: That's not gonna happen.
Cavil: Just because he's your favorite toy shouldn't interfere with the larger issues here.
Baltar: I think that I have co-operated-
Six: Gaius is with me. Anyone that wants to challenge that will have to deal with me.
Doral: Well it doesn't matter. If we killed him at the beginning, it might've worked. But now most humans think of him as a traitor, and might actually cheer his death.
Cavil: Fine, fine. We don't kill Baltar. We round up the leaders of the insurgency and we execute them, publicly. We round up at random, groups off the street and we execute them, publicly. Send a message that the gloves are coming off, the insurgency stops now or else we start reducing the human population to a more mangeable size. I don't know, say less than a thousand.
Sharon: We need to stop being butchers.
Six: The entire point of coming here was to start a new way of life. To push past the conflict that seperated us from humans for so long.
Cavil: And what has it gotten us? It's not like they welcomed us with, with, frak it, never mind. You're all living in a fantasy world, consider the irony in that! Ha ha! Delusional machines! What's the universe gonna come up with next?

Number Three: Is it really worth it Caprica? Is the love of that man really worth possibly losing all of this?
Number Six: If you had ever experienced love, you wouldn't have to ask.


[As a Three moves along the lines, congratulating graduates into the New Caprica Police]
Lieutenant Tucker "Duck" Clellan: (referring to his dead wife) I'll see you soon, Nora. (detonates his explosive vest)

Precipice [3.02]

Tyrol: ...You know, we need to figure out who's side we're on.
Tigh: Which side are we on? We're on the side of the demons, Chief. We're evil men in the gardens of paradise, sent by the forces of death to spread devastation and destruction wherever we go.

Tigh: [to Laura] You know, sometimes I think that you've got ice water in those veins, and other times I think you're just a naive little school teacher. I've sent men on suicide missions in two wars now, and let me tell you something; it don't make a Gods' damned bit of difference whether they're riding in a Viper or walking out onto a parade ground. In the end, they're just as dead. (puffs on cigarette) So take your piety and your moralizing and your high-minded principles and stick 'em some place safe till you're off this rock and you're sitting in your nice, cushy chair on Colonial One again. I've got a war to fight.

Helo: Symbols matter. Uniforms, flags, banners - even mascots. They're like pieces of your heart that you can see.

Sharon: [before going to the rescue mission on New Caprica, to Adama] Can I ask you a question? How do you know? I mean, how do you really know that you can trust me?
Adama: I don't. That's what trust is.

Exodus, Part 1 [3.03]

Adama: I'll see you at the rendezvous point.
Apollo: Eighteen hours. Try not to be late.
Adama: I'm getting old; I'm a little slow, but I'll be there.
Apollo: Gods, I wish I could talk you out of this...
Adama: You can't. You tried.
Apollo: You know, Dad, um...
Adama: Don't. Don't make me cry on my own hangar deck.

[The Galactica is preparing to jump to New Caprica and begin the rescue]
Adama: This is the Admiral. You've heard the news, you know the mission. You should also know there is only one way that this mission ends: and that's with the successful rescue of our people, off of New Caprica. Look around you. Take a good look at the men and women that stand next to you. Remember their faces, for one day you will tell your children and your grandchildren that you served with such men and women as the universe has never seen. And together, you'll accomplish the feat that will be told and retold down through the ages, and find immortality as only the gods once knew. I'm proud to serve with you. Good hunting.

Exodus, Part 2 [3.04]

Number Three: What would you have us do, Gaius?
Gaius Baltar: Leave. Pack up your centurions, and go. Please. Go.
Number Three: And then what? What would you do if we really just left you here? You'd live out your lives in peace and never trouble yourselves with thoughts of us again? Or would you raise your children with stories of the Cylon, the mechanical slaves who once did your bidding, only to turn against you? Killers who committed genocide against your race, the occupiers of this city until we just ran away? Would you tell them to tell the story to their children, and to their children's children, and nurse a dream of vengeance down through the years so that one day they could just go out into the stars and hunt the Cylon once more?
Gaius Baltar: Blood for blood ...has to stop one day.

[Hot Dog preparing to launch his Viper while the Galactica freefalls through New Caprica's atmosphere]
Brendan "Hot Dog" Costanza: Well... this oughta be different.

[in the CIC of the heavily damaged Battlestar Pegasus]
Apollo: Set main batteries to auto-fire cycle B! Lock engines ahead flank! [into announcement system] This is the Commander: abandon ship, abandon ship! All hands, abandon ship. Report to evac Raptors and jump to rendezvous point! Good work, and I'll see you on the other side.
Dualla: All right, people, let's move! Out! Let's go! [turns to see Apollo lingering at his station] You too, Commander.
Apollo: Yes, sir. [starts to leave, but pauses to take one last look at the CIC; addressing the ship herself] Thank you.

Admiral Adama: I guess you didn't understand my orders.
Apollo: I never could read your handwriting.

Admiral Adama: You did it. You brought them home Saul.
Colonel Tigh: Not all of them.

Collaborators [3.05]

Number Six: Don't make me angry, Gaius.
Adama: You wouldn't like her when she's angry.
Roslin: I've always wanted you.
Baltar: Oh no.
Roslin: What?
Baltar: I'm dreaming, aren't I?
Roslin: Yes, you are. [kisses him]

[In the mess room, Gaeta just tried to explain to Starbuck his role as a Resistance source while working for Baltar. All the while, crew members walk out of the hall, not interested in his monologue]
Starbuck: You're right Felix, you're a frakking hero.

Tigh: [shouting at Gaeta] Hey! Look at me! As long as you're here, maybe you can help me out. I'm missing something. I lost it in detention. Since you're so buddy-buddy with the Cylons, maybe you know where it is. How about it? Do you know where my eye is?

Tigh: Everyone likes Gaeta so let's let him off the hook. Let's just look the other way on this one. Well, a lot of good people had to pay the price for what they did. Choices they made on New Caprica. Like my wife. [jury members are surprised] That's right. Ellen collaborated, gave the Cylons information on the Resistance and she died for it. Because that's the price of collaborating with the enemy. And I liked her a lot more than I like Gaeta.

Baltar: [to Caprica Six, as she's leaving to decide Baltar's fate on the basestar] You need me! I need you, too! [Another pause, then talking to himself] I should have said that first.

Torn [3.06]

[Gaius Baltar sees and hears the Hybrid for the first time.]
Hybrid: Two protons expelled at each coupling site creates the mode of force, the embryo becomes a fish though we don't enter until a plate, we're here to experience, evolve the little toe, atrophy, don't ask me how, I'll be dead in a thousand light years, thank you, thank you, genesis turns to its source, reduction occurs step wise though the essence is all one, end of line. FTL system check. Diagnostic functions within parameters repeats the harlequin, the agony exquisite, the colors run the path of ashes...

A Measure of Salvation [3.07]

[Baltar talks religion with D'Anna while she takes a short break from torturing him.]
Baltar: I'm a scientist. And as a scientist, I believe if God exists, our knowledge of him is imperfect. Why? Because the stories and myths we have are the products of men, the passage of time. The religion you practice is based on a theory, impossible to prove. Yet you bestow it with absolutes like, "There is no such thing as coincidence."
D'Anna/Number Three: It's called faith.
Baltar: Absolute belief in God's will means there's a reason for everything. Everything! And yet you can't help ask yourself how God can allow death and destruction. And then despise yourself for asking. But the truth is, if we knew God's will, we'd all be gods, wouldn't we??

[Six has mind-sex with Baltar, while in reality he is being tortured and yells back to her.]
Number Six: Look at me. Look at me, Gaius. Do you want me to believe you're worth saving? Do you? Do you? Say it.
Baltar: I want you to believe in me! Don't stop! Don't stop! Please, please don't stop! You have to believe in me! You're all I have left!
Number Six: Now tell me you believe in me. Tell me you believe in my strength.
Baltar: I believe in you! I believe in you! [D'Anna stops hurting him, totally confused, and he smiles at her/Six dreamily.] I love you with all my heart.

Sharon: I made a choice to wear a uniform, to be a person.
Helo: You were a person before you put on that uniform, okay? You were a person before I fell in love with you. You don't have to prove that.
Sharon: I have to prove it every day.

Helo: I'm not a traitor. I love my people. I love this ship. Besides you, the first thing I want to see on any morning is the lights of that CIC. But I did what I thought was right. If it was a mistake, fine, I can live with that. It's you I can't live without.
Sharon: I'll always love you, Helo.

Hero [3.08]

Unfinished Business [3.09]

[Scene on New Caprica]
Laura Roslin:[walks over to Bill] Didn't expect you to find you playing in the sand.
Bill Adama: It's not sand it's alluvial deposits, this used to be the river mouth.
Laura Rosiln: And you just had to take off your shoes and play in the alluvial deposits. How romantic.

Adama: When you stand o­n this deck, you be ready to fight, or you dishonor the reason why we're here. Now remember this: When you fight a man, he's not your friend. Same goes when you lead men. I forgot that o­nce. I let you get too close. All of you. I dropped my guard. I gave some of you breaks, let some of you go, before the fight was really over. I let this crew and this family disband. And we paid the price in lives. That can't happen again.

Tigh: All right, this dance is over. Get your booze and your dog tags and let's get out of here.
Starbuck: So what, you're just gonna call it?
Tigh: Not enough excitement for o­ne night for you, Captain?
Starbuck: [to Apollo, as he leaves] Hey. Hey! Where the frak do you think you're going?
Apollo: It's over, Kara.
Starbuck: So what? You have the guts to try and frak another man's woman but not to fight o­ne? I wonder if Dee knew what she was getting. Think she would have settled for sloppy seconds? [Apollo punches her in the face.]Truth stings, don't it?
Apollo: You want a fight, Captain. You got it.

[Flash to New Caprica]
Starbuck: Check it out. It's a great place for a house.
Apollo: So you're really gonna give up flying.
Starbuck: Ah, flying's gonna suck now anyway. Lots of training, endless CAPs. The war's over. So's all the good stuff.
Apollo: Gimme a tour of the future life of Kara Anders.
Starbuck: I'm not getting married.
Apollo: Well, then - then what's the point, Kara? I mean, you love him, right?
Starbuck: Where are we going with this, Lee?
Apollo: Well, now, that's the question, isn't it- where are we going? I mean, what if this- this is it? The rest of your life, Kara. Is this how you want to spend it? Is this who you want to spend it with?
[Flash to the match]
Anders: What's going o­n?
Dualla: What's it look like?
Anders: Looks like they're trying to kill each other.
Dualla: That's o­ne perspective.
[Flash to Starbuck and Apollo alone together on New Caprica. They kiss, then make love.]
Starbuck: [laughs] Well, that makes things more complicated.
Apollo: Yeah.
Starbuck: What are we gonna do?
Apollo: What are we gonna do? We accept it. Tomorrow, I tell Dee, you tell Sam.
Starbuck: Just like that?
Apollo: Just like that.
Starbuck: I don't know.
Apollo: Yeah, we tell them how we feel. We shout it to the skies.
Starbuck: Yeah, right. Mm-hmm.
Apollo: Well, you… You don't think I will?
Starbuck: Mm-mm. [giggles]
Apollo: [Stands up] MY NAME IS LEE ADAMA, AND I LOVE KARA THRACE!!
Starbuck: [laughing] Calm down!
Apollo: Well, it's not like anybody'll hear. We're in your cabin in the forest, right?
Starbuck: Ah. [giggles]
Apollo: I LOVE KARA THRACE! AND I DON'T CARE WHO FRAKKING KNOWS!
Starbuck: Oh, you're crazy. Get down.
Apollo: Well, come o­n. I'm not gonna stop until you get up and do it too.
Starbuck: I can't.
Apollo: I'm gonna- Okay, here we go again. Lee Adama…
Starbuck: Okay, shh! [She stands] Okay. Ka - [gasps] KARA THRACE LOVES LEE ADAMA! [They kiss. Starbuck stops smiling and looks serious.]

[Lee Adama just found out from Admiral Adama that Starbuck and Anders got married earlier in the morning. Lee sees the newlyweds coming to him.]
Anders: Hey, man. Did you hear the news? We're hitched. We got married. Can you believe it?
Apollo: No. No, I can't believe it.
Anders: Yeah. No, it was crazy. She comes down, and she wakes me up. She pops the question, she drags me down to the priest, and, bang, like that, we're married.
Apollo: So it was your idea.
Starbuck: Yeah. It was my idea.
Anders: Do you guys…Do you guys want a minute to, uh, you know, talk?
Apollo: Congratulations, Sam.
Anders: Yeah.
Apollo: And good luck. You're gonna need it.
[Flash to Apollo, kissing Dualla, then flash back to the fight. Both Starbuck and Apollo are bloody and exhausted, but still throwing punches at each other between flashes of memories. Finally, they embrace, both in flashes of memories and in the ring, in front of Dualla, Sam, and everyone watching the fight.]
Starbuck: I missed you.
Apollo: I missed you too. I missed you too.

The Passage [3.10]

Eye of Jupiter [3.11]

Roslin: [interrupting Baltar] The less this man says, the better this will go.

Starbuck: Can I make a suggestion that you won't like?
Apollo: Do you make any other kind?

[In response the the Cylon's calling his bluff about nuking the planet.]
Roslin: Too bad we're bluffing.
Adama: Are we?
Adama: Mr. Hoshi, order nuclear ground-strike missiles into launch tubes 4-10.
Hoshi: [On the intercom] Aye sir, This is a nuclear mission order...
Roslin: What are you doing?
Adama: Nuking the planet.

Rapture [3.12]

Starbuck: He won't cheat. He's too honorable.
Dualla: Unlike you.
Starbuck: Yeah, unlike me. I love Sam, I hate Sam. I love Lee, I hate Lee. Gods, I have to cheat just to keep the pieces all nice and neat.

[Adama is ordering a nuclear strike on the planet's surface, where Lee is, responding to the Cylon's calling his bluff]:
Adama: XO, Please enter your firing code.

Chief: [To Baltar before hitting him over the head with a pistol] Welcome home Mr. President.

Taking A Break From All Your Worries [3.13]

Baltar: [During interrogation about Six] She chose me. Chose me over all men. Chosen to be seduced. Taken by the hand. Guided between the Light and the Dark. But is she an angel or is she a demon? Is she imaginary or is she real? Is she my own voice or the voice of..

Adama: You took the Cylons to the Temple. To the Eye of Jupiter. What did it tell them? What did it tell them about Earth?
Baltar: I wasn't looking for..
Adama: What were you looking for, doctor? What were you looking for?
Baltar: Their faces but they wouldn't show them to me.
Roslin: Their faces? Whose faces?
Baltar: Five. Final Five.
Roslin: The Final Five.. Cylons?
Baltar: I thought I might be one of them. I told them I wanted to be one of them.
Roslin: A Cylon? Why?
Baltar: All my sins forgiven. A new beginning.
Roslin: Are you a Cylon, doctor Baltar?
Baltar: [After a lengthy pause] No..

The Woman King [3.14]

[Helo is accusing Doctor Robert of intentionally letting the Sagitarrons die]
Cottle: I'm not gonna listen to this, you hear me? That man has his hands full down there.
Helo: He's singling out Sagitarrons. That doesn't bother you? Doctor, that doesn't bother you?
Cottle: What exactly is he doing?
Helo: I don't know, I'm not a doctor.
Cottle: Well, now, that's the first sensible thing you've said yet.

[Helo is about to go and face Doctor Robert]
Sharon: You know what's wrong with this ship? You and the Sagitarrons. How you might actually be listening to them.
Helo: It's my job.
Sharon: They're dying because they're refusing medication, Karl.
Helo: You want me to look the other way, is that it? Is that it? Our daughter's fine, that's all that matters?
Sharon: No.
Helo: Or is it cause as long as everyone hates the Sagitarrons you forget you are a Cylon for five minutes?
Sharon: You shut the frak up. Yeah, I want you to look the other way. I have to fight on this ship every day to be accepted.
Helo: This has nothing to do with you. Okay? You think that's what I am? That's what I've become? That's my defining characteristic, the guy married to a Cylon?

A Day in the Life [3.15]

Dirty Hands [3.16]

Maelstrom [3.17]

Virtual Leoben: See, there's nothing so terrible about death, when you finally face it...it's beautiful. You're free now... to become who you really are.
Kara: (smiling) You're not Leoben.
Virtual Leoben Figure: Never said I was. I'm here to prepare you to pass through the next door. To discover what hovers in the space between life and death.

The Son Also Rises [3.18]

There is no greater ally, no force more powerful, no enemy more resolved, than a son who chooses to step from his father's shadow.
  • Defense attorney Romo Lampkin's letter to Gaius Baltar.

[Baltar and Lampkin are discussing the upcoming trial]
Baltar: Caprica Six. I'm worried about her. She's the key. They can use her to completely destroy me. We need to get to her. We need to know what she's thinking. We need to.. talk to her. Tell her.. Tell her that I love her very much. I am thinking about her a lot.
Lampkin: I can sense that, yes.

[Adama and Apollo argue after the assassination attempt]
Adama: What the hell were you doing out there? I gave you an order. To do a job.
Apollo: Excuse me, I was doing my job.
Adama: Yeah, being led around by the nose! That bastard yanked your chain and you jumped.
Apollo: He wanted files from the Colonial One.
Adama: It was the middle of the night.
Apollo: You assigned me to security.
Adama: Yeah. And there was a bomb on that ship and you missed it.

[Apollo details the security policy]
Apollo: You take a good look at this room. Every time you leave, memorize it. If anything changes, don't touch it. A book moves, shoes in a wrong place, something smells different, you get the frak out. Someone knocks, don't answer the door, don't open the door. Look, you have to do what I say.
Lampkin : If they wanna kill me, they'll find a way. Now, who do I have to bribe to see the Cylon woman?

[Lampkin visits Caprica Six]
Caprica Six: Did he ask about me? Gaius?
Lampkin: [removes his sunglasses] He wanted to know if you're well. He wanted you to know that he misses you.. Loves you. Because he can't be here to tell you, he gave me this, a gift to you. [takes out Baltar's pen and gives it to Six] He uses that at the risk of grave reprisal to express his feelings, to put his world into some kind of recognizable order. To be heard. He's kept it hidden because he knows he will not get another. [Caprica Six takes the pen and caresses it] He wants you to have it. Because without you it has no meaning. He wants you to have it because he would do anything, ANYTHING to be with you again.
Caprica Six: Well, that's a shame isn't it? [gives back the pen] Since they'll never let me keep it.
Lampkin: You understand that your days are owned and tallied by those people, the ones out there watching us. [points to the glass] I think you realize what's likely to become of you. I couldn't help you if they paid me ten times what they offered me for Baltar. You won't get a trial. Not even a bad one. So I have to ask you, does your love hurt as much as mine?

Crossroads, Part 1 [3.19]

[Lampkin is defending Baltar]
Lampkin: It's obvious my client is guilty. He's a traitor. And a killer. He's no better than a Cylon and what do we do with them?
Audience: Throw them out the airlock!
Lampkin: That's right! Throw them out the airlock. This man sold us to our enemy. This man is our enemy and if there's one thing that is good in a war, that is right and just and proper: it's slaughtering our enemy! Getting some righteous payback!

[Baltar and Lampkin are discussing options after Roslin's testimony with Lee idly listening to them]
Baltar: We need to find something, anything that can discredit her testimony. She's a fanatic, right. I don't know if that's gonna..
Lampkin: [glances at Lee] You're awfully quiet.
Lee: Just listening.
Lampkin: You see, your problem is that I'm a really good liar and you're not. So let's have it.
Lee: Have what?
Baltar: My gods he's right, you do know something. You know something and you're not saying.
Lee: It's probably not even true.
Lampkin: I like it already.

[Lee asks Adama about Roslin]
Adama: After what you did to Tigh, you're the last person I'd confide in.
Lee: Me? I didn't do anything to Tigh. He was drunk. It's really not my fault.
Adama: You told Lampkin about Ellen.
Lee: I didn't even know about Ellen.
Adama: Yeah, right.
Lee: You're calling me a liar?
Adama: I'm calling you a liar and a coward. One who doesn't have the guts to go after the man himself. Instead you hand the shiv to a stranger. Let him stab Tigh in the back. And for what? Traitor, piece of garbage, Gaius Baltar. Doesn't even deserve a trial.

Crossroads, Part 2 [3.20]

Lampkin: Why do you believe that the defendant, Gaius Baltar, deserves to be acquitted?
Lee: Well, because the evidence does not support the charges.
Lampkin: Come on...
Lee: Did the defendant make mistakes? Sure he did, serious mistakes, but did he actually commit any crimes? Did he commit treason? No. It was an impossible situation. When the Cylons arrived what could he possibly do? What could anyone have done? I mean, ask yourself, what would you have done? What would you have done? If he had refused to surrender, the Cylons would've probably nuked the planet, right then and there. So did he appear to co-operate with the Cylons? Sure, so did hundreds of others. What's the difference between him and them? The President issued a blanket pardon. They were all forgiven, no questions asked. Colonel Tigh? Colonel Tigh used suicide bombers, killed dozens of people, forgiven. Lieutenant Agathon and chief Tyrol murdered an officer on the Pegasus, forgiven. The admiral? The admiral instituted a military coup d'etat against the President, forgiven. And me? Well, where do I begin? I shot down a civilian passenger ship, the Olympic Carrier, over a thousand people on board, forgiven. I raised my weapon to a superior officer, committed an act of mutiny, forgiven. And then on the very day when Baltar surrendered to those Cylons, I, as commander of Pegasus, jumped away! I left everybody on that planet, alone, undefended for months. I even tried to persuade the admiral never to return, to abandon you all there for good. If I'd had my way nobody would have made it off that planet. I'm the coward, I'm the traitor, I'm forgiven. I'd say we're very forgiving of mistakes. We make our own laws now, our own justice, and we've been pretty creative with ways to let people off the hook. For everything from theft to murder. And we've had to be, because we're not a civilization anymore, we are a gang, and we're on the run, and we have to fight to survive. We have to break rules, we have to bend laws, we have to improvise! But not this time, no, not this time, not for Gaius Baltar. No, you, you have to die! You have to die, because, well, because we don't like you very much. Because you're arrogant, because you're weak, because you're a coward, and we, the mob, want to throw you out the airlock because you didn't stand up to the Cylons and get yourself killed in the process! That's justice now! You should've been killed back on New Caprica, but since you had the temerity to live, we're going to execute you now. That's justice!
[crowd murmurs angrily]
Judge: Order, order!
Lee: This case, this case is built on emotion, on anger, bitterness, but most of all it's built on shame. It's about the shame of what we did to ourselves back on that planet. It's about the guilt of those of us who ran away, who ran away. And we are trying to dump all of that guilt and all that shame onto one man, and then flush him out the airlock, and just hope that that gets rid of it all. So that we can live with ourselves. But that won't work. That won't work. That's not justice, not to me. Not to me.
Lampkin: No further questions.

[Lampkin is limping along the corridor after the trial]
Lee: Romo, one thing. When you put me on the stand, did you know what was gonna happen?
Lampkin: [Stops walking] I knew you were an honest man, Mister Adama. Much unlike your grandfather. [Leaves his cane, puts on his sunglasses, smiles and walks away without any limp]

[Tyrol, Tigh, Anders, and Tory are all hearing a strange music and begin putting lyrics to it]
Galen Tyrol: There must be some kind of way out of here.
Saul Tigh: Said the Joker to the thief.
Samuel Anders: There's too much confusion here.
Tory Forster: I can't get no relief.

[As the four newly-revealed Cylons aboard Galactica struggle to deal with the information, the call to action stations sounds]
Lieutenant Felix Gaeta: (over the loudspeaker) Inbound Cylon fleet! I repeat: action stations, action stations. Set Condition One throughout the ship. This is not a drill.
Tory Foster: Oh gods... what're we going to do?
Saul Tigh: The ship is under attack. We do our jobs. Report to your stations!
Galen Tyrol: Report to stations?
Saul Tigh: My name is Saul Tigh. I am an officer in the Colonial Fleet. Whatever else I am, whatever else it means, that's the man I want to be. And if I die today, that's the man I'll be.

[Tigh and Tory walk to the CIC during Cylon attack, keeping stone-faced about their newly discovered Cylon nature]
Adama: It's good to see you, Colonel.
Tigh: Good to be here, Admiral. You can count on me.
Adama: I've never doubted it.
Tory: I'm here if you need me, Madame President.

Tyrol: We're Cylons. We always have been.

[Lee sees an unknown ship, then sees Starbuck in a Viper MkII flying beside him]
Starbuck: Hi Lee.
Lee: Kara?
Starbuck: [laughs] Don't freak out, it really is me. It's gonna be okay, I've been to Earth. I know where it is, and I'm gonna take us there.

Razor [4.01/4.02]

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[Opening Narration]
Kendra Shaw: You're born, you live and you die. There are no do-overs, no second chances to make things right if you frak 'em up the first time. Not in this life anyway. [...] Like I said, you make your choices and you live with them. And in end you are those choices.

Cain: Sometimes, we have to leave people behind, so that we can go o­n. So that we can continue to fight. Sometimes, we have to do things that we never thought we were capable of, if o­nly to show the enemy our will. Yesterday, you showed me that you were capable of setting aside your fear, setting aside your hesitation, and even your revulsion -- every natural inhibition that during battle can mean the difference between life and death. When you can be this for as long as you have to be, then you're a razor. This war is forcing us all to become razors because if we don't, we don't survive. And then we don't have the luxury of becoming simply human again.

The First Hybrid: At last, they’ve come for me. I feel their lives, their destinies spilling out before me. The denial of the one true path, played out on a world not their own, will end soon enough. Soon there will be four, glorious in awakening, struggling with the knowledge of their true selves, the pain of revelation bringing new clarity, and in the midst of confusion, he will find her. Enemies brought together by impossible longing, enemies now joined as one. The way forward at once unthinkable, yet inevitable. And the fifth, still in shadow, will claw toward the light, hungering for redemption that will only come in the howl of terrible suffering. I can see them all. The seven, now six, self-described machines who believe themselves without sin, but in time, it is sin that will consume them. They will know enmity, bitterness, the wrenching agony of the one splintering into the many, and then they will join the promised land, gathered on the wings of an angel. Not an end, but a beginning.

The first Hybrid: Come in, Major. I've been waiting for you for a long time.
Shaw: You're what all this is about, aren't you? What are you?
The first Hybrid: What am I? A man? Or am I a machine? My children believe I am a god.
Shaw: Are you ... a god?
The first Hybrid: I have seen things. Your life, Kendra Shaw. The things you have done. Things you felt you had to do. All leading to this moment. You wish to be forgiven, my child. ... Do you wish to be forgiven?
Shaw: Yes.
The first Hybrid: Then come up closer. There's something I have to tell you. Come. [Grabs her arm] Kara Thrace will lead the human race to its end.
Shaw: What?
The first Hybrid: She is the herald of the apocalypse. The harbinger of death. They must not follow her.

[The first Hybrid and Shaw, just before Shaw detonates the nuclear warhead]
The first Hybrid: As my own existence comes to a close, only to begin anew, in ways uncertain.
Shaw: You're scared, aren't you, mother-frakker? You should be.
The first Hybrid: All this has happened before, and it will happen again...again...again...again...again...again...again...again...again

William Adama: I've been going through Cain's log and from a tactical perspective it's hard to find fault in anything she did. Or that Kendra Shaw did.
Lee Adama: They butchered innocent civilians, Dad. Come on. How can you ignore that?
William Adama: I know that I didn't have to face any of the situations that she did. I had the President in my face, arguing for the survival of the civilian fleet. I've Colonel Tigh keeping me honest, balancing my morality and my tactics. And I had you. Now...you don't have any children, so you might not understand this, but you see yourself reflected in their eyes. And there are some things that I've thought of doing with this fleet, but I've stopped myself, because I knew I'd have to face you the following day.

Season 4

He That Believeth in Me [4.03]

William Adama: Saul. Saul! What the hell is wrong with you?
Saul Tigh: Nothing, Bill. [Tigh pulls out a gun and aims it at Adama.] I've never felt better in my entire life. [Tigh shoots Adama through his right eye.]

Gaeta: Sir, the Cylon strike force has just turned back to their ships. Baseships are spinning up.
Tigh: They're pulling out.
Adama: I'd do the same damn thing before they change their mind. Helo, have our fighters cover our withdrawal.
Helo: Yes, sir.
Tigh: They had us. Game over. Why the hell did they let us go?
Tory: Maybe something's changed.

Thrace: When I woke up orbiting Earth I just figured it's some crazy dream. I went in following the heavy raider. I mean maybe the Cylons pulled me out of the suit.. Captured me, brainwashed me. On Caprica they experimented on me. I mean did they take pieces of me.. Is it possible that they grew me, another me in a petri dish.. Implanted me with the memories or it with the memories, or.. I don't know.
Anders: No, no no no. Hey, no. Kara, no. Listen to me. If you're a Cylon, then you've been one from the beginning.
Thrace: Like Boomer. Spend my entire life thinking I'm one thing..
Anders: ..And then you wake up one day and discover you're another. Still doesn't change who you really are. Still doesn't change the fact that I love you, no matter what.
Thrace: You are a better person than I am because if I found out that you're a Cylon I'd put a bullet between your eyes.

Six: Yesterday you were facing execution. Today, you're free. Why the long face?
Baltar: Oh, gee, I don't know. From President of the Colonies to this... King of fools. Probably best to be hated by everyone than loved by this lot, doomed to live out the rest of my life in this looney bin. I don't know, that might have something to do with my rather savage mood swings.
Six: Relax Gaius. Do you think I've brought you this far to let it end here?
Baltar: I need encouragement. A ray of hope about the future. An inkling.
Six: You've got me. I'm here for you.

Baltar: Please God. I'm not asking You this one last time. Don't let this child die. Has he sinned against You? He can't have sinned against You. He's not even had a life yet. How can You take him and let me live. After all I've done. Really, if You want someone to suffer, take me. We both know I deserve it. I've been selfish and weak. I have failed so many people. And I have killed. I'm not asking for Your forgiveness. I'm just asking that You spare the life of this innocent child. Don't take him. Take me. Take me, take me, please.

Six of One [4.04]

Hybrid: They will not harm their own.

Adama: [on Kara Thrace's words] What if she's telling the truth? She was supposed to die out there. She didn't. I can't explain it. What if she was meant to help us? And this was a--
Roslin: A what? A miracle? Is that what you want to call this? Go ahead,say it. Grab your piece of the golden arrow. I want to hear admiral atheist say that a miracle happened.
Adama: You shot at her and missed at close range.
Roslin: Doloxan fraks with your aim.
Adama: So does doubt.

The Ties That Bind [4.05]

Adama: [reading the opening of Love and Bullets]"It started like it always did. With a body. This one was in the river, and I could tell she had once been beautiful, but this bullet and fast current had taken away from her. All we are, or that we think we are, all that we are certain about, is taken away from us. When you've worked the streets and seen what I've seen, you become more and more convinced of it every day. Caprica City has been my teacher, my mistress. From the moment I opened my eyes, she is in my blood, like cheap wine. Bitter and sweet, tinged with regret. I'll never be free of her, nor do I wanna be, for she is what I am. All that is, should always be."

Lee: Well, sometimes a benevolent tyrant is exactly what you need.
Zarek: No. A tyrant craves power for its own sake. And all Laura wants is to save us all.

Anders: You know, some of us actually volunteered for this mission.
Thrace: "Some" meaning you. Because that's what this is about, Sam. You know what the deal is, with us, with our marriage? It didn't make much sense to begin with. Makes even less now.
Anders: I don't buy that. I don't think you believe a single, frakking word you're saying. You're just scared. (indicates his and Kara's matching arm tattoos) You see that, mhh? You see this? Remember those? You remember when we got 'em? That's what's real, ok. That's part of who we are. That is a part of what you are, whether you will admit it or not.
Thrace: Dumb motherfrakker. I only married you because it was safe and it was easy, Sam. And you were just pathetic enough to go along with it. So get the frak out! [She shoves him out] Sam, get out! Get out! Leave, come on! Get out! [Anders takes her by the arms and holds her. They are almost kissing] I don't want to fight, Sam. I wanna frak. You don't get it, do you? I'm not the same girl you married. All I wanna do right now is frak. Really frak, like it's the end of the world and nothing else matters. So come on, Sam, make me feel something. I dare you. [Anders shoves her away, then gives her a second shove onto the bunk bed]

Escape Velocity [4.06]

Virtual Six: Old gods die hard.

Caprica-Six: I want the pain. It's how I learn. I was instrumental in the destruction of humanity, but at the same time I learned, because...because I fell in love...with a human man, and he was mortal and fallible. And he had this incredible pride in himself. He thought he knew everything there was to know. And I loved him, with my whole heart. And then one day, I realized I wouldn't have him forever. I understood what I'd done. How I betrayed him and humanity. And that pain taught me to understand death. Baltar could die. And I loved him. Baltar's heart was ephemeral. Baltar's body was fragile in my hands.

Roslin: Lee has no idea. He really has no idea. There are pragmatic realities he refuses to face.
Adama: Well, that's a problem of course. He'd say what he thinks is right.
Roslin: Well yeah. He is Lee. Thing is, it probably is the right thing, but...sometimes the right thing is a luxury. And it can have profoundly dangerous consequences. And it's almost as if he doesn't want that to be true.

Baltar: I am not a priest. I've never even been a particularly good man. I am in fact a profoundly selfish man. But that doesn't matter, you see. Something in the universe loves me. Something in the universe loves the entity that is me. I would choose to call this something "God", a singular spark that dwells in the soul of every living being. If you look inside yourself you will find that spark too. You will. But you have to look deep. Love your faults. Embrace them. If God embraces them, then how can they be faults? Love yourself. You have to love yourself. If we don't love ourselves, how can we love others? And when we know what we are, then we can find the truth out about others, seek what they are; the truth about them. And you know what the truth is? The truth about them? About you? About me? Do you? The truth is, we're all perfect. Just as we are. God only loves that which is perfect and he loves you. He loves you because you are perfect. You are perfect. Just as you are.

The Road Less Travelled [4.07]

Anders: What do you want from Kara?
Leoben: The same thing I've always wanted. For her to understand her destiny.
Anders: That's not good enough.
Leoben: It's good enough for her. What is the most basic article of faith? That this is not all that we are. [Starts laughing] C-Bucs rule.
Anders: What did you just say?
Leoben: Forward guard, right? I saw a couple of games. You were good. Yet after all the celebrity and acclaim, what were you? Just another face selling magazines, another piece of scoreboard trivia. You always knew you were destined for more. You were just waiting for your singular moment of clarity.

Galen Tyrol:All I know is if there is a God, he's laughin' his ass off.

Faith [4.08]

Hybrid: Thus will it come to pass. The Dying Leader will know the truth of the Opera House. The missing Three will give you the Five, who've come from the Home of the Thirteenth. You are the Harbinger of Death, Kara Thrace. You will lead them all to their End. End of line.

Guess What's Coming to Dinner [4.09]

[Roslin, Adama, Tigh and Helo are discussing destroying the hub]
Roslin: Imagine, once they're gone they can't come back. Mortal enemies.
Helo: Before we blow the Hub we need to get a team in, to unbox D'Anna.
Tigh: Well no, maybe we just don't. Maybe we just forget the godsdamn Boxing Facility.
Adama: Lie to the rebels?
Tigh: Well, they're lying to us!

Natalie: The humans are never going to allow us to have the Final Five and go our own way.
Eight: Are you sure of this?
Natalie: Not entirely. I'd rather be wrong but we need insurance.
Leoben: Trust has to begin somewhere.
Natalie: Not with us. It's our ship. When we jump, we take control of it with the Centurions. We carry out the mission as promised. But when we return, we take hostages. The humans on this ship will stay on this ship until we have the Five. We've changed but the humans haven't. We've come too far to risk everything on their trust.

Roslin: I don't really care if you have to spend the night on your knees praying, or just on your knees. I want a name. I want to know who's responsible for these lies.

Tory: You've been lying. About the President sharing visions with Cylons.
Baltar: That happens to be the God's honest truth.
Tory: Sorry. I can't accept what you've done.
Baltar: What I've done? Wha.. Where's this coming from?
Tory: These rumors you've started. You've seen what they've done to her.
Baltar: You seriously believe that I'm making all this up? I'm not saying that I'm not capable but why would I?

Natalie: When I spoke to the Quorum, I could feel it. The contempt.
Leoben: Then you were right. They're not ready to trust us.
Natalie: No, I was wrong. We're not ready. We're deceiving them.
Eight: For protection. For necessity.
Natalie: Out of suspicion and fear. Why haven't the Final Five come forward? What if they're watching, judging us by our actions? We're about to resort to violence and coercion. What if they refuse to come with us? We can't do this.
Leoben: It's too late.
Natalie: We have to order the Centurions to stand down.
Leoben: It's too late. They're committed.
Natalie: Then we have to tell the humans the truth.
Eight: No! You can't do that! They'll never trust us again. They already know the coordinates. They'll just go and destroy everything.
Leoben: Go. Stall for time. Talk to Adama. Tell him anything. Anything but the truth. I'll deal with the Centurions.

Sine Qua Non [4.10]

Lampkin: Lee said you once gave him something before a mission, a lighter.
Adama: Belonged to my father. Foolish to think a hunk of metal could keep him safe.
Lampkin: And yet thats what we do isn't it. Hang onto hope in every hopelessly irrational way that we can, but not like those poor bastards, giving away their luck just when they need it most. Its like they've given up.
Adama: If you've never been in combat you have no idea what they are thinking.
Lampkin: I always imagined you a realist, Admiral. Not one to indulge a vain hope at the cost of lives, but then everyone has his limits. Sine qua non as they say.
Adama: Without which not.
Lampkin: Yes, those things we deem essential, without which we cannot bear living. Without which life in general loses its specific value. Becomes, abstract.
Adama: You may have a point counselor.
Lampkin: Well, while I'm on a roll, Tom Zarek may not be an ideal president, but we could do worse.
Adama: You're right, there are limits to my realism. Goodbye counselor.

The Hub [4.11]

Laura Roslin: What is your guilt about?
Dr. Gaius Baltar: I have no guilt.
Roslin: What was your guilt about?
Baltar: I gave the access codes to the Cylons. They wiped out most of humanity. Of course I didn't know that's what I was doing at the time. And when I realized what I had done, the magnitude, in that moment I was saved. I was loved, by God. Looking back, I think I was rewarded.
Roslin: Rewarded?
Baltar: Pythia talks about a flood. Wiped out most of humanity. Nobody blames the flood. Flood is a force of Nature. Through Flood mankind is rejuvenated, born again. I was another Flood. You see, I blamed myself. I blamed myself. But God made the man that made that choice. God made us all perfect. And in that thought, all my guilt flies away. Flies away like a bird.

D'Anna Biers: Suppose you've got some questions for me.
Roslin: Yes I do. I'd like to talk about the five Cylons in my fleet.
Biers: So you know about the Final Five?
Roslin: I know they're supposed to know the way to Earth.
Biers: But you don't know that you're one of them. [Roslin freezes shocked; Biers bursts out laughing] Please...your face! [Roslin looks relieved and smirks] Oh, it's ridiculous. No. Look, I'm not giving you any names. Not until I feel like I'm safe. 'Cause information is all I got, sweetie.

Roslin : I love you.
Adama: About time.

Revelations [4.12]

[Roslin changes Baltar's bandage]
Gaius Baltar: Laura. There's been something I've been meaning to say to you. I wanted to thank you.
Laura Roslin: For what?
Baltar: Essentially, for not murdering me. That can't have been an easy decision to make. But I love living. I love living, and I wanted to thank you for saving my life.
Roslin: I wouldn't be so grateful if I were you. You should know that I told the Admiral that if D'Anna doesn't back down, he should blow the ship to pieces.
Baltar: You what?

[Tigh comes to Adama's quarters just before the extremely risky attempt to rescue the Baseship hostages begins]
Colonel Saul Tigh: Bill, you gotta scrub this mission.
Admiral William Adama: What the hell are you doing here? You're supposed to be in the CIC.
Tigh: The Cylons will kill every godsdamn hostage before we put one pair of boots aboard their ship. Laura Roslin will be the next to die, Bill.
Adama: I'm looking for options. You got one?
Tigh: Yeah. I should've told you when I first found out, but I didn't have the guts.
Adama: What's wrong with you, Saul?
Tigh: You remember back at the nebula when I told you about that frakking music? I thought it was in the ship. I was wrong. It was a signal. Some kind of crazy, frakked-up Cylon signal switched me on. I can't turn it off.
Adama: (not wanting to understand) Switched you on.
Tigh: Like Boomer. I'm one of the Five.
Adama: The Five.
Tigh: One of the Cylons D'Anna's after.
Adama: (rising from his desk) Quit frakking with me. Colonel, I've known you for thirty years. When I met you, you had hair. I've never heard of a Cylon aging.
Tigh: Doesn't mean they don't. Before the attack on the Colonies, we didn't know the skinjobs existed. Turns out there's another kind of Cylon we didn't know about, and I'm one of them.
Adama: (desperate) On New Caprica, you were in captivity. They did something to you, they... An implant, a post-hypnotic suggestion that makes you feel this way. Let's go talk to Doc Cottle...
Tigh: (grabs Adama by the shoulders) Listen to me! It is not a delusion. It is not a chip in my head. I am a Cylon. I've fooled you for months now. I didn't want to, but I did.
Adama: Get your hands off of me.
Tigh: (releasing him) If I'd had the guts to airlock myself when I first found out, we wouldn't be in this mess. But that's the way out. Not this suicidal attack. I am one of the Final Five. D'Anna will back down if you threaten to flush me out an airlock.

[After learning that his best friend of thirty years is a Cylon, Adama is reduced to a sobbing wreck in his son's arms]
Lee Adama: Okay. Dad, Dad, Dad, listen. No one suspected. No one. Not with his record, what he did on New Caprica. His eye, what happened to his wife... (tries to haul his father back to his feet) Come on, let's get up.
William Adama: What have I done? All the people I've sent to die, for what? For what?
Lee: For Earth.
Adama: There is no Earth. It's a frakking joke. There is no Earth.
Lee: Okay, Dad, listen to me. Listen to me! Pull it together.
Adama: I can't.
Lee: Yes you can!
Adama: I can't... I can't kill him. I can't kill the bastard. I can't. I can't.
Lee: Okay, Dad. It's gonna be okay. It's gonna be okay. I'll take care of it.

[Lee Adama prepares to eject Tigh from a launch tube as a warning to the Cylon baseship, but is hesitant to press the button]
Saul Tigh: What are you waiting for, Apollo? Do it.

D'Anna Biers: All of this has happened before...
Lee Adama: But it doesn't have to happen again.

Adama: This is the end of the line. We’ve got no where else to go. And if we give the alliance too much time it’ll fall apart again. We gotta roll the hard six. We all go together and as fast as we can.

Sometimes a Great Notion [4.13]

[President Laura Roslin just saw the irradiated landscape]
Roslin: It's perfect. We traded one nuked civilization for another.

[Starbuck and Leoben just found a crashed Viper, where she sees a corpse looking like her]
Starbuck: If you've got an explanation for this, now's the time.
Leoben: I don't have one. I was wrong...about Earth.
Kara: Your Hybrid told me something. Said that I was the harbinger of death, that I would lead us all to our end.
Leoben: She told you that? [Leoben runs away]
Starbuck: Is it true? Is it true? If that's me lying there, then what am I?? What am I?! What am I?

[After a pleasant evening with Lee Adama, Dualla happily looks at herself in a mirror with Gaeta nearby]
Anastasia "Dee" Dualla: What?
Felix Gaeta: You're glowing.
Dee: Am I?
Gaeta: All I can think of is that waste of a planet.
Dee: Felix, please... I just want to hang on to this feeling for as long as I can.
Gaeta: Okay. [hobbles over to stand next to her and indicates a photo of Dee as a little girl] Look at that. Little Ana's got her smile back.
Dee: Sometimes I don't even remember that's me. So long ago... she has no frakking idea what's ahead of her.
Gaeta: Yeah. None of us do.
[He limps out the door. Dee, still smiling and humming to herself, watches him go before pulling out a gun and shooting herself in the head.]

[Lee Adama stands over Dualla's covered body in Galactica's morgue; his father enters, wearing his typically stony expression]
Lee Adama: She kissed me goodnight 45 minutes ago and there was joy in her eyes. So tell me, why would she do this?
Admiral William Adama: [his face abruptly crumpling with grief and his words slurred drunkenly] I don't frakkin' know.

A Disquiet Follows My Soul [4.14]

Helo: Athena tells me the upgrades should...triple the Fleet's jump capacity.
Tyrol: Absolutely. And that's conservative. Their technology-our technology, is way ahead of ours. Yours.
Tigh: Maybe you'd like a chart to keep it all straight?

Baltar: What have you done to deserve this punishment? What sins have you committed? What dark thoughts have you harbored, that condemn you, condemn you, to wander through the universe without hope, without light.So you have to ask yourself -- What kind of a father abandons his own children to despair and loneliness? Perhaps we are not the ones in need of forgiveness. Perhaps we're not. Perhaps we have been wrong. Perhaps it is God who should come down here and beg for OUR forgiveness! Am I right? Am I right?

Adama: You know, there are days that I really hate this job.

Hot Dog: I don't know anything about being a father.
Tyrol: It sucks... except the parts that don't.

The Oath[4.15]

[Gaeta's marines take control of CIC, killing Private Jaffe in the process]
Lt. Felix Gaeta: Admiral Adama, I am removing you from command of this ship and I am taking you into custody on the charge of treason.
Admiral William Adama: You swore an oath when you put that uniform on. You pledged to defend this ship and her crew.
Gaeta: [furiously] You swore the same allegiance! What happened to your oath? For seven years, I have done my frakking job and for what? [indicates Colonel Saul Tigh] To take orders from a Cylon? To let machines network our ship? No, you... you are not the leader you were when we started. You're just a sad old man who has let his heart and his affection for a Cylon cloud his judgment.
Adama: I want you all to understand this! If you do this, there will be no forgiveness. No amnesty. This boy died honouring his uniform. You, you'll die with nothing.

[Starbuck shoots a Marine just before he can execute Lee Adama]
Kara "Starbuck" Thrace: Take it from someone who died once: it's no fun. Let him go.
Hamish "Skulls" McCall: Frak you.
[Starbuck shoots him and draws a second gun]
Starbuck: I can do this all day. Who's next? Racetrack? Conner?

[Adama and Tigh are escorted to the brig by two Marines]
Admiral William Adama: [to the Marine walking behind him] It's Neward, isn't it?
Private Neward: That's right, sir.
Adama: I thought I remembered you. Marine. You put it on the line when we took New Caprica.
Neward: It got pretty hairy down there-
Private Maldonaldo: Hey! Screw the war stories!
Adama: I remember you too, Maldonaldo. Big mouth. Not much of a soldier. That doesn't matter, because when this is over, there's gonna be a reckoning. And live or die, it's how you act today that's gonna matter. [abruptly stops walking and turns to face Neward] So what's it gonna be, Neward?
Neward: (hesitantly) Admiral, don't do this.
Adama: I'll be damned if I'm gonna let a guy like you run me off my own ship. You want to shoot? Go on. Let's see if you've got a pair.
Neward: I don't want to- [Adama punches him in the face]

[Roslin addresses the fleet]
Roslin: Women and men of the fleet. This is your president. We have come to a crossroads in our long and painful journey. Of all the decisions that I have had to make since assuming the presidency, none was more frightening or more difficult than agreeing to this alliance with the Cylons. But we have come to a crossroads in our long and painful journey. Cylons and humans have been at war for generations; we know nothing else. And we have been locked in a struggle that has seen both sides suffer unspeakable loss. But with our supplies running low and our options limited, our former enemies may represent our last, perhaps our only hope. To those in the fleet and in Galactica who would reject this alliance, I am asking you. No, I am begging you to reconsider and place your trust back in those who have brought you this far, and to reject those traitors who would use your fear of the Cylons to destroy Colonial civilization a...

Blood on the Scales [4.16]

[a recaptured Adama is escorted by Marines to the CIC]
Lt. Felix Gaeta: Welcome back. I had a feeling you wouldn't be on that Raptor.
Admiral William Adama: I care too much for this ship to let it be overrun by rats.
Gaeta: (sarcastically) Right. If only you cared as much about the people on it...
Adama: You have no frakkin' idea-
Gaeta: Well then show me! You want to save some lives? Get on the radio and call Roslin. Tell her to come back and surrender.
Adama: No.
Gaeta: I'll ask you one more time, Admiral.
Adama: "Admiral?" "Admiral?" [reaches up to undo his rank insignia] You're the admiral now. So you call up Roslin. Make her laugh. [tosses his insignia onto the command panel]

[Romo Lampkin is brought in for Adama's "trial"]
Tom Zarek: The Admiral is charged with treason, desertion, giving aid and comfort to the enemy, and gross dereliction of duty. The punishment for these crimes is death by firing squad. [looks at Lampkin]
Romo Lampkin: Well, I'm not a very good shot.

Tom Zarek: [over wireless] This is Tom Zarek, President of the Twelve Colonies. It's over Laura. Saul Tigh was killed attempting to escape. Bill Adama was tried and found guilty of his crimes. A firing squad executed him this morning. It's done, Laura. You want to think about the people of this fleet now, and surrender.
Roslin: No. Not now. Not ever! Do you hear me!? I will use every cannon, every bomb, every bullet, every weapon I have down to my own eye teeth to end you! I swear it. I'm coming for all of you!

[Gaeta shares a last cigarette and conversation with Baltar]
Felix Gaeta: I suppose a long time ago, it was... architecture. There was a year there where I scribbled floor plans on everything. Dining room table, patio tiles, rare books... drove my parents crazy.
Gaius Baltar: How old were you?
Gaeta: I dunno. Uh, eight, maybe? Nine? [chuckles] I tell you one thing, though. I had some pretty frakking amazing ideas. Restaurants shaped like food. Hm? [chuckles again] Oh, gods, there'd be buildings and stairways... everything, everything had to have a stairway. [refills Baltar's cup of coffee] Spoils of war. [sighs] When I was older, then it became medicine, engineering, photography. Think I would've made a better architect than any of those, though. And then I discovered science and I... thought I was really, really good at it. Until I met you.
Baltar: (fighting back tears) Felix...
Gaeta: [shakes his head] No. And please, no religion. [pauses] I'm fine with how things have worked out. Really, Gaius, I am. I... I just hope... I hope that... people realize, eventually, who I am.
Baltar: I know who you are, Felix. I know who you are.

[Felix Gaeta and Tom Zarek are about to be executed by a firing squad]
Admiral William Adama: Ready! Aim!
(Surprised, Gaeta looks down at the stump of his leg, which has to this point caused him constant pain)
Felix Gaeta: [whispering] It stopped...
Admiral Adama: Fire!'

No Exit [4.17]

Brother Cavil: In all your travels, have you ever seen a star go supernova?
Ellen Tigh: No.
Brother Cavil: No? Well, I have. I saw a star explode and send out the building blocks of the Universe. Other stars, other planets and eventually other life. A supernova! Creation itself! I was there. I wanted to see it and be part of the moment. And you know how I perceived one of the most glorious events in the universe? With these ridiculous gelatinous orbs in my skull! With eyes designed to perceive only a tiny fraction of the EM spectrum. With ears designed only to hear vibrations in the air.
Ellen Tigh: The five of us designed you to be as human as possible.
Brother Cavil: I don't want to be human! I want to see gamma rays! I want to hear X-rays! And I want to - I want to smell dark matter! Do you see the absurdity of what I am? I can't even express these things properly because I have to - I have to conceptualize complex ideas in this stupid limiting spoken language! But I know I want to reach out with something other than these prehensile paws! And feel the wind of a supernova flowing over me! I'm a machine! And I can know much more! I can experience so much more. But I'm trapped in this absurd body! And why? Because my five creators thought that God wanted it that way!

Anders: Among bright stars, I'm lost. There's a new tide. And all the forgotten faces, all the forgotten children, we seek the great forgotten language...
Saul Tigh: Yeah, you point finger back far enough and some germ gets blamed for splitting in two.

Deadlock [4.18]

Someone to Watch Over Me [4.19]

Starbuck: There's this one song that he taught me, it made me feel happy and sad all at the same time.
The Piano Player: The best ones do.

Islanded on a Stream of Stars [4.20]

Number Eight: [weakly, child-like] Thank you.
Tigh: Thank me? For what?
Number Eight: For the privilege of finally being able to meet my father before I die.
Tigh: You shouldn't be thanking me. I spent most of my life trying to kill your kind.
Number Eight: Too much confusion. [death rattle, the Eight flatlines]

[Bill Adama's speaking to Starbuck]
Adama: In other words, it's our destiny to go after her, right? [Starbuck nods] Wrong. I've had it up to here with destiny, prophecy, with God or the Gods. Look where it's left us. The ass end of nowhere; nearly half of our people are gone; Earth, a worthless cinder; and I can't even walk down the halls of my ship without wondering if I'm gonna catch a bullet for getting us into this mess.

Ellen Tigh: Whether you remember that life or not, at least you must understand what we were trying to do. We wanted to end the cycle of war between man and machine.
Saul Tigh: That was a bust.
Ellen: Yes, we failed, but we have a second chance now: Hera. Without her our children are going to die off one by one, just like they're dying right now in Cottle's sickbay.
Tigh: I had a child. He died.
Ellen: You're wrong Saul. You have millions.

Daybreak Part 1 [4.21]

Virtual Six: She’s right, Gaius. The end times are approaching. Humanity’s final chapters are about to be written. And you - you will be its author."

Anders: Spins and turns, angles and curves. The shape of dreams, half remembered. Slip the surly bonds of earth and touch the face of perfection - a perfect face, perfect lace. Find the perfect world for the end of Kara Thrace. End of line.

Adama: No one should feel obligated to join this mission in any way. This is a decision I have made for myself. If it turns out that there are not enough personnel to crew Galactica, I will lead a Raptor assault with anyone who is willing to join me. Let there be no illusions; this is likely to be a one-way trip! So don't volunteer out of sentiment or emotion. There is a line running down this deck. Volunteers, move to the starboard side; Everyone else, to the port. Make your choice!

Roslin: You didn't think you were gonna to take off without me Admiral, did you?
Adama: Never crossed my mind, Madam President.

Daybreak Part 2 [4.22]

[The Galactica is about to jump to The Colony]
Adama: Just so there'll be no misunderstandings later... Galactica has seen a lot of history, gone through a lot of battles. This will be her last. She will not fail us if we do not fail her. If we succeed in our mission, Galactica will bring us home. If we don't... it doesn’t matter anyway.

[Cavil has just taken Hera hostage]
Cavil: This thing is the key to my people's survival and I am not leaving without it.
Baltar: Hera is not a thing. She's a child and she holds the key to humanity's survival as well.
Cavil: And how do you know that?
Baltar: I see angels. Angels in this very room. Now I may be mad, but that doesn't mean that I am not right. Because there is another force at work here. There's always has been. It's undeniable. We've all experienced it. Everyone in this room has witnessed events that they can't fathom, let alone explain away by rational means. Puzzles, deciphered in prophecy. Dreams given to a chosen few. Our loved ones dead ... risen. Whether we want to call that God, or Gods, or some sublime inspiration, or a divine force that we can't know or understand, it doesn't matter, it doesn't matter. It's here, it exists, and our two destinies are entwined in its force.
Cavil: If that were true, and that is a big if, how do I know that this force has our best interests in mind? How do you know that God is on your side, Doctor?
Baltar: I don't. God is not on any one's side. God is a force of nature. Beyond good and evil. Good and evil, we created those. Want to break the cycle? Break the cycle of birth, death, re-birth, destruction, escape, death. That's in our hands. In our hands only. Requires a leap of faith. Requires that we live in hope, not fear.
Cavil: If I give you this girl, that means the destruction of my people. How does our extinction fit into this picture that you want to believe in?

[After Galactica jumps away from the doomed Colony]
Saul Tigh: We're mostly here. Engines, life support... There's red lines through her lateral structural members. She's broke her back, she'll never jump again.
Adama: Wherever we are is where we're gonna stay.
Roslin:Where have you taken us, Kara?
[Galactica is shown flying over a gray moon toward Earth—our Earth.]

[While sitting under some trees on the savanna in Africa, Bill Adama explains to Laura Roslin why they chose to name their new planet Earth.]
Adama: Earth is a dream...one we've been chasing for a long time. We've earned it. This is Earth.

[Bill Adama and Laura Roslin take their first flight on New Earth in a Raptor. They begin to admire the scenery]
Roslin: So much...life...
Adama: It's a rich continent. More wildlife than all the 12 Colonies put together. Just looking for a quiet place for that cabin. Maybe a garden...I don't have much of a green thumb so I hope that you do-[sees Roslin dead; she passed away while Adama was speaking]

[Baltar to Caprica Six on New Earth in unspoken reference about his father]
Baltar: You know, I know about farming.

Virtual Six: Commercialism, decadence, technology run amok. Remind you of anything?
Virtual Baltar: Take your pick. Kobol. Earth...the real Earth, before this one. Caprica before the fall.
Virtual Six: All of this has happened before.
Virtual Baltar: But the question remains, does all of this have to happen again?
Virtual Six: This time I bet no.
Virtual Baltar: You know, I've never known you to play the optimist. Why the change of heart?
Virtual Six: Mathematics. Law of averages. Let a complex system repeat itself long enough and eventually something surprising might occur. That, too, is in God's plan.
Virtual Baltar: You know it doesn't like that name.
[Six gives Baltar a defiant look]
Virtual Baltar: Silly me. Silly, silly me. [The two walk arm-in-arm off into the streets.]

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