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  • In the miniseries, Galactica is specifically stated to not have any munitions on board for her point defense guns and main batteries, yet still has munitions for her Vipers onboard. This makes sense; Galactica's primary munitions would be the first to be offloaded and transferred, in order to ensure she can't be hijacked and used offensively, but since the decommissioning is incomplete at the time of the Cylon attack, her Viper munitions stores would be the last things offloaded (following the departure of her last Viper Mark 7 squadron) before the ship is fully decommissioned and turned over to the Ministry of Education.
  • In the miniseries, how did 50-60 civilian ships navigate through the storm surrounding Ragnar Anchorage? It's specifically stated to be difficult to maneuver through, which allows the Anchorage to be hidden. Captain Adama was aboard Colonial One, the lead ship of the civilian convoy. Likely Colonial training requires knowledge of Ragnar Anchorage and its unique environment, and how to manuever through it should it be necessary to head to the outpost. He likely used Colonial One as a guide ship, allowing the convoy to enter the storm safely.
    • The civilian ships are also much much smaller than the Galactica, which gives them a lot more room for error.
  • Pegasus lacks dorsal and ventral batteries, unlike Galactica. All of its batteries are concentrated on the upper alligator head's underside and between the flight pod halves. This makes sense from a combat standpoint; Galactica faces its opponents by placing its ventral or dorsal sides towards the enemy and establishes a flak barrage to keep enemy fighters and missiles at bay. Pegasus on the other hand relies on ECM jamming and angling its side toward the enemy, presenting a smaller target overall.
    • More bluntly, Galactica is designed as a multi-role warship, capable of both assault and civilian escort. The latter role would require that the Galactica place its largest cross-section in between the Cylons and the civilian ships it was escorting, and provide heavy fire from that position... Just as it did at the escape from Ragnar.note  The Pegasus is a purely assault-oriented ship, with no care for the protection of civilians... which is exactly what IT'S commander had in mind.
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    • To add on to this, Pegasus's design reflects this; it isn't designed for defense, but is oriented more for offense. Its battery placement reflects this as well, it's designed to sit back and pummel enemy forces, or to charge straight in and deliver a devastating blow with its forward anti-ship guns.
  • Why is there such a resource shortage following New Caprica? A lot of supplies and equipment were left behind on New Caprica, such as ships, weapons, food and basic settlement resources. Its entirely possible most of the ships that escaped had a lot of stuff offloaded, so they wouldn't have that many supplies left on board when it came time to leave, which would cause problems down the road.
  • Both Galactica and Pegasus have large hangar decks, but we never see the full complement of Vipers and Raptors in either case, and neither's hangar decks are large enough to store the multiple vehicles (Pegasus even more so, as she is stated to carry 200 Vipers and 50 Raptors). It is incredibly likely the majority of Vipers and Raptors are kept stored in the center of the ship (as crew facilities are in the alligator head, and there would be sufficient room between the engineering section and the alligator head) and are transferred as needed to the flight pods (Galactica's flight pods retract, which would allow for this, and Pegasus's aft-most flight pod arms are angled differently as well, suggesting they are for craft transfer), and the hangar decks are only stocked with whatever is needed.
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  • Some offhand comments from Head!Six in Season one actually make sense after watching the finale. Off the top of my head I can think of Baltar's comments when he first sets foot on the remains of Kobol in the season 1 finale. "I've been here before" answered with "Of course you have" by Head!Six. He's been there before because he's been in the CIC in the Galactica, which turned out to be the opera house in the finale.
  • Battlestar Pegasus and Galactica both have the Colonial seal on their dorsal structures. However, Pegasus' seal is red and the seal's points are towards the stern of the ship, while Galactica's seal is yellow and points toward the bow of the ship. How the seals are positioned interestingly also reflects the mindsets of their respective commanders; Pegasus' commander seeks to go back and fight the Cylons, Galactca's commander is more forward thinking and wants to protect the remnants of humanity and seek out a new home, not go back to the ruined Colonies and fight a hopeless battle.
  • If you think about it, humans evolving separately on our Earth isn't that farfetched. The colonies had animals like modern dogs, and elephants (Downloaded and The Plan, Boomer's elephant statues.) It's very unlikely that there were actual elephants on the Galactica. Along with most other species on Earth, humans evolved separately and identical to the colonial, Cylon Earth, and Kobol. Humans are actually more likely considering the colonials crossbred with the proto humans.
    • Given the relative proximity of our Earth to the 13th Tribe's "earth", it is also possible that the world had been seeded with life from kobol by the 13th tribe at some distant point. If not some predecessor human civilization from an early incarnation of the cycle. Of course, with literal divine intervention involved, it is also possible that it literary did evolve twice.
  • The Number 3 models share the creative and religious characteristics with Ellen Tigh. One of the skinjobs five creators. Ellen was a monotheist and sketched drawings of Colonel Tigh while she was prisoner to Cavil. Number 3/D'anna did the same when she was 'addicted' to suicide to see visions of the Final Five in the opera house. Also very religious.
    • The post-series (questionable canonical) comic book entitled "The Final Five" agrees, to an extent. Cavil/One was created to be the skeptic and Leoben/Two to be the believer, with D'Anna/Three as the doubtful believer.
    • The reason why all of the Significant Seven (except for Number Six) had individual names (John/Cavil, Leoben, Simon, Sharon, etc.) was revealed when Anders revealed that they had been created by the Final Five when they arrived from original-Earth to end the Colonials' war with the Cylons. Apparently, the Final Five crafted each of their "children" in the image of someone they knew. Cavil/One is explicitly created in the image of Ellen's father, maybe Simon was Anders's childhood physician and D'Anna was a priestess Tory was friends with—that's all fan-fic fodder. But that left the question of why the Sixes had a variety of names: Shelly, Gina, Lyda, Natalie, etc. But we forgot something else that Anders said: that certain members of the Final Five saw "messengers," just like the visions that Baltar sees of Head!Six. The Sixes have no "basic" name—because the physical image upon which she is based— the Angel—had none, unlike John Cavil. This also explains why the Angel/Messenger appeared to Baltar in the "guise" of Six. It wasn't a matter of A Form You Are Comfortable With, because the Messenger doesn't appear as Six—Six looks like the Messenger because she was created in the Messenger's image.
      • This may explain why the Six model has the most potential for personal growth, as she has less pre-programmed existing personality—as opposed to, say, the Eights/Sharons, who were, aside from Athena, considered weak by others and lacked loyalty in lieu of try-to-please-everyone allegiance shifting. The only thing that all the Sixes share (aside from physical form) is a tendency to use sexuality as a tool or weapon; this is also the defining characteristic of Head!Six—the Messenger.
      • Why did Balthar look like Head!Balthar then? Was he created in Head!Balthar's image?
  • It took several people repeat viewings to realize that Caprica-Six viewed the death of the infant in the Battlestar Galactica miniseries as a mercy killing, and the point of the scene was deeper than "Look how evil the Cylons are."
    • Another interpretation is that she accidentally killed the baby out of pure curiosity. She was stress testing the child's neck when she accidentally snapped it. This serves to emphasis the non-human nature of the Cylons, despite appearances.
      • Also, regardless of how human they have become, they cannot reproduce with each other and are simply reincarnated into adult bodies upon death. Thus, it's safe to assume that very few Cylons have ever seen a baby before.
    • Alternatively, Caprica Six and all of the other Cylons (excepting Cavil) were still very child-like their understanding of life and death. She knew she was killing the baby, but she didn't fully understand what that meant. (Similar to the reason we try children differently than adults, because they don't fully comprehend the consequences of their actions yet.)
  • The spreading-the-work-around started in "Dirty Hands" will be good practice for life on Earth.
  • I know a lot of people were disappointed in the finale, and it had its problems, but the reveal of the famous "Plan" makes sense to me thematically. The series was always about how the course of a society is affected by the choices and weaknesses of individual people. In the end, Cavil's plan wasn't really so much about conquest or immortality, but about simple things like envy, and anger.
  • Also on this show: with the Grand Finale, the ultimate symbolism of Bill Adama, Lee and Kara turns out to be eerily similar to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Word of God acknowledges this, too.
    • Having learned in Caprica that Tauron culture puts a high priority on vengeance, a lot of the actions of Admiral Cain, who we learn in Razor is from Tauron, make a lot more sense. Her guerrilla war against the Cylons at the price of executing officers who refuse to carry out risky orders and plundering civilian ships for supplies and crew is an act of revenge against the Cylons for the Fall of the Twelve Colonies and probably for the disappearance of her sister during the First Cylon War, while her ordering the gang-rape and torture of the Cylon saboteur Gina by her crew is revenge for a personal betrayal by someone she loved, and who she believed loved her in return.
  • In the miniseries, Billy mentions that the Astral Queen has five hundred prisoners in their cargo hold, whereas a few episodes later would establish the ship as having fifteen hundred prisoners and being a full-fledged prison transport. This minor continuity error can be explained away as Billy trying to process way too much information at once, especially since "33" would show they're finally done tallying how many people are in the fleet.
  • The scene in the miniseries where Chief Tyrol and Colonel Tigh argue over whether or not to seal off the burning hangar pod and vent it to space (saving the ship at the cost of the lives of many of Tyrol's men) is very interesting in retrospect, considering that Both Tyrol and Tigh are later revealed to be Cylons, left to determine the fate of their human crewmates by an unwitting Commander Adama, another human.
  • This bit of throwaway banter from early in the first season becomes Hilarious in Hindsight when you learn that Tigh is a Cylon and has no parents.
    Tigh: Where's your mommy?
    Boxey: Dead. Where's yours?
  • When Cally and Galen get trapped in the airlock, and escape by jumping into the Raptor without spacesuits, there's a really good reason why Galen is in much better shape than Cally, and recovers quicker - because he's a Cylon.
  • Gina tells them what the resurrection ship is with no coercing because she doesn't want to remember it. If she gets downloaded to a new body, she'll remember everything from her time on the Pegasus, so taking out the resurrection ship would be the easiest way to prevent it.
  • It makes a lot of sense for the opera house to turn out to be Galactica's CIC. After all, the CIC is the "stage" from which the space opera that carries the name of the ship it belongs to is conducted, more or less. This makes even more sense given that a running theme in the series is how William Adama governs the fleet with far more power than the Quorum or the President.
  • The "Final Five" moniker is actually still relevant in light of the revelation that they were actually the first five Cylons, as they are still the final five survivors from the first Earth, and thus the final five members of their original race.

Fridge Horror

  • The adults were having a hard time with the lack of sleep in the episode "33". Imagine the poor children!
    • A baby was born on the Rising Star that morning. Hell is being 10cms dilated and jumping every half an hour.
    • Presumably the adults aren't so cruel as to force the children to stay awake the entire time just because they need to. What's more, anyone who has nothing to do with the flying or maintaining the fleet, that being everyone not important enough to be a character in the show, are probably a bit more rested than the main cast.
    • Given Cally's reaction in the miniseries, jumps seem to cause an unpleasant sensation. It is possible that someone simply can't sleep through a jump.


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