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%%* RoadTripEpisode: Type 3 trips appeared * RoleOfSymbolism: Glen Larson is a [[Literature/TheBookOfMormon Mormon]], and deliberately peppered the series with Mormon imagery. For example:
** The star closest to God's throne,
in several episodes.Mormon theology, is named Kolob. The human homeworld in ''Galactica'' is named Kobol.
** Ancient Egypt factors strongly into Mormon theology. The Viper pilots' helmets were designed to resemble King Tut's mask, and Kobol is shown with Egyptian pyramids on it.
** Mormons have an eternal marriage ceremony called "Sealing". Getting married in the ''Galactica'' universe is called getting sealed.
** In the history laid out in the Book of Mormon, a "lost tribe" of Israelites sailed to North America and became the American Indian tribes. ''Galactica'' is all about finding the "lost 13th tribe" of humans who colonized a remote planet named Earth.
** Count Iblis is unable to take direct action against anyone who hasn't ''allowed'' him to gain influence over them - rather like the Mormon version of Satan.
** The Seraphs use the line "as you are now, we once were. As we are now, you may become," which is straight out of Mormon theology.


* MonochromeCasting: Averted with the principle cast including two Black characters, Lt. Boomer and Col. Tigh. Very slightly better than the typical TokenMinority situation of the day in retrospect, but an improvement over the original ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'' movie which had no minorities at all.

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* MonochromeCasting: Averted with the principle principal cast including two Black characters, Lt. Boomer and Col. Tigh. Very slightly better than the typical TokenMinority situation of the day in retrospect, but an improvement over the original ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'' movie which had no minorities at all.


* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: [[Serina]] gets shot and dies in the medical bay, but looks like a beauty queen throughout.

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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: [[Serina]] [[spoiler:Serina]] gets shot and dies in the medical bay, but looks like a beauty queen throughout.

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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: [[Serina]] gets shot and dies in the medical bay, but looks like a beauty queen throughout.

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* EverythingInSpaceIsAGalaxy: The crew of the Galactica often use the term "galaxy" when they should have used "solar system". For example, Commander Adama says that Earth is located in "a galaxy much like our own" ...and in the last episode, the basestar is apparently the only one in the galaxy in which the ''Galactica'' is located, and the rest of the Cylon fleet is spread throughout the universe looking for the ''Galactica'''s fleet.


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* BlackBestFriend: Lt. Boomer is good friends with Apollo and Starbuck, particularly the latter. Colonel Tigh also seems to be one to Commander Adama. To the show's credit, both are painted as competent men; and in one of the novelizations, Adama is shown as thinking Tigh fit for command of his own Battlestar, if only there had been any left).


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* TokenBlackFriend: Lt. Boomer is good friends with Apollo and Starbuck, particularly the latter. Colonel Tigh also seems to be one to Commander Adama. Averted in that both are painted as competent men; and in one of the novelizations, Adama is shown as thinking Tigh fit for command of his own Battlestar, if only there had been any left).


** "centons" for minutes (hours [[EarlyInstalmentWeirdness in the pilot]])

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** "centons" for minutes (hours [[EarlyInstalmentWeirdness [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness in the pilot]])


* TokenMinority: To a degree with two Black characters: Lt. Boomer and Colonel Tigh. Furthermore, Tigh is a senior commanding officer of the fleet, NumberTwo to only Commander Adama, a rarity for American TV at that time to have a minority actor play a character of such authority.

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* TokenMinority: To Averted to a degree with two Black characters: Lt. Boomer and Colonel Tigh. Furthermore, Tigh is a senior commanding officer of the fleet, NumberTwo to only Commander Adama, a rarity for American TV at that time to have a minority actor play a character of such authority.

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* MonochromeCasting: Averted with the principle cast including two Black characters, Lt. Boomer and Col. Tigh. Very slightly better than the typical TokenMinority situation of the day in retrospect, but an improvement over the original ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'' movie which had no minorities at all.

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* TokenMinority: To a degree with two Black characters: Lt. Boomer and Colonel Tigh. Furthermore, Tigh is a senior commanding officer of the fleet, NumberTwo to only Commander Adama, a rarity for American TV at that time to have a minority actor play a character of such authority.

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* RedAlert: When a Battlestar goes into battlestations, the bridge is lit all in a bright red light ambience. As for the warriors, the ship class is so big that a scramble order requires personnel to ride a special internal rail car system to get to their stations.


* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Cassiopeia is a "sociolator", although only one person is ever shown to have an objection to her profession. Later, she's HelloNurse.

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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Cassiopeia is a "sociolator", although only one person is ever shown to have an objection to her profession. Later, she's HelloNurse.


* BlackBestFriend: Lt. Boomer is good friends with Apollo and Starbuck. Colonel Tigh also seems to be one to Commander Adama.

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* BlackBestFriend: Lt. Boomer is good friends with Apollo and Starbuck.Starbuck, particularly the latter. Colonel Tigh also seems to be one to Commander Adama. To the show's credit, both are painted as competent men; and in one of the novelizations, Adama is shown as thinking Tigh fit for command of his own Battlestar, if only there had been any left).


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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone - in the novelization of "The Gun on Ice Planet Zero" (published as "Battlestar Galactica 2: The Cylon Death Machine), Ravashol evolved two sets of clones: thinkers and workers. But as Apollo informs him, his thinkers have evolved such high intellect that they cannot settle on a decision while the workers (who call him "Father-Creator") are thinking for themselves and breeding. The latter realization drives him into temporary HeroicBSOD - he'd designed the clones to be sterile, and the consequences of his failure temporarily overwhelm him. To his credit, he rallies, finds it in himself to do the right thing, and shows the colonists exactly how to destroy the gun (which he himself had originally designed for more peaceful purposes).

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* TwoOfYourEarthMinutes
** It's {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the episode "Greetings From Earth" where the Terran colonist asks, "Wait just a minute, what's a 'centon'?"
** Likewise, in "Experiment in Terra", when Starbuck tells a different colonist he'll be back in a "centar":
--->'''Brenda:''' Whatever that is, I hope it's less than an hour.

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