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  • Acting for Two: "Copies" of the Cylon models, significantly Boomer/Athena. "Head" characters like Baltar also had to play for two. And of course, Number Six is both a Cylon and a head character, which meant scores of disparate characters played by the same actress.
  • Ascended Fanon: After stumbling across a fanfic that teased with the idea of a Helo/Racetrack pairing, the actress portraying the Raptor pilot decided to incorporate the unrequited feelings for Helo and the jealousy towards his wife into her character's backstory.
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  • Cast the Runner-Up: Grace Park originally tried out for Dee and then Starbuck, before Kandyse McClure and Katee Sackhoff got the parts and she was cast as Boomer. The peeps were so impressed by her Dee audition that they let her try out for Starbuck, and she was one of two finalists for the role. Subsequently, she didn't need to read for the role of Boomer, and, thinking it was a minor role, got a pleasant surprise when she read the end of the Miniseries and learned her character was a Cylon (she went "Mwhahhahhahhahhah").
  • The Cast Showoff: Gaeta singing in the infirmary. Alessandro Juliani is a trained opera singer with a Bachelor's degree in it, as well as having worked with the Vancouver Opera and singing his own parts in other roles.
  • Contractual Immortality: Commander Adama is not going to die. After beating a superhuman replicant to death with a flashlight in the miniseries, he's pretty much indestructible.
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  • Deleted Scene: Many, from many episodes. They were still considered canon by the show runners, even to the point of being referenced in Previously On… montages as if they had appeared in episodes. Depending on the viewer, this either makes the show Better on DVD or … just plain confusing.
  • Development Hell: Seems to be Syfy's strategy with regards to Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome. The network has been flip-flopping over whether the series will be on TV or online, and are being silent on a release date (even though the actual filming and visual effects are done). But you can't blame Syfy, it's not like science fiction is their "thing" after all ... After a long time, the first two mini-episodes were released online in November 2012.
    • In the end, a new spin-off TV series never materialized. All 10 webisodes were eventually released online via Machinima on YouTube, then stitched together into a full-length movie that aired on Syfy in early 2013 and was later released to home video.
  • Doing It for the Art: The production of "Someone to Watch Over Me" went to ridiculous lengths in order to realistically depict a man playing and composing music on an old and beat-up piano. Having a basic knowledge of how to play a piano was a casting requirement for Dreilide Thrace - this enabled the crew to film from any angle without having to hide the actors' hands or use a Talent Double. Because the prop piano was intentionally left out of tune and due to the specific acoustics of the set, any re-creation of the sound in post-production would've sounded incredibly different (and thus rather fake). As a result, composer Bear McCreary sampled every note on the prop so that he could later duplicate the sound of that exact piano in that exact room. Once they actually arrived at post-production, it was pointed out that production recordings of the prop piano were in mono, while any music re-created would be in stereo. What did Bear McCreary do? He rerecorded every piece of music played by the actors down to the last note, syncing his recordings with the actors' exact hand movements at the same time. The final product is just simply amazing.
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  • Dueling Shows A large portion of Farscape fans resent the show. It was not helped that Battlestar effectively took over Farscape's spot in the lineup, and was revealed within weeks of the announcement of Farscape's cancellation. Many especially took umbrage with comments by SciFi execs that Battlestar was conceived to fill their need for a "sexy, edgy, space-based scifi drama," which was exactly what they had just cancelled.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • Tricia Helfer initially bleached her hair platinum blonde but eventually switched to a wig as the process was damaging her hair. This actually made it easier for her to play various copies of Six who have different hairstyles such as Gina Inviere or Natalie Faust, both of whom have Helfer's natural hair colour.
    • Jamie Bamber dyed his hair darker so he'd look more like Edward James Olmos. Olmos also wore blue lenses to increase the resemblance between them.
    • Katee Sackhoff grew her hair out between the second and third seasons for the New Caprica arc. She did Kara's Important Haircut in "Torn" for real and on camera.
  • Executive Veto: SciFi Channel explicitly told Ron Moore and David Eick that they couldn't show any live people on board the Olympic Carrier when it's destroyed, so they didn't. However, every time the ghost of the ship is brought up it usually comes with a pointed reference that, yes, there were people on it when it was shot down even if we didn't see them.
  • Fake American: Jamie Bamber, who plays Lee/Apollo, is British (though his father is American and he claims to have been raised partly in Detroit). Most of the cast, though, are Canadians, so they sound almost like Americans. However, Canadian English occasionally creeps in, such as Tricia Helfer's pronunciation of "resources" as "ree-zources." At the end of Final Cut, Lucy Lawless, who otherwise used her natural Kiwi accent, affected a Canadian/American accent for the Number Three in the cinema.) One could disagree with them being fake Americans as none of the characters are "American" (or even Earthican). Word of God (on the Razor commentary) says that Jamie Bamber only did the accent because it would have been too weird for him to have a different accent from his screen father, since he already doesn't look anything like him.
  • Fake Mixed Race:
    • Hera's actress isn't half-Cylon. Interestingly, though, the infant version was the one who was half-Asian.
    • In full effect with Lee and Zak Adama. Neither actor is Latino while Edward James Olmos, who plays their father, is. Hand Waved slightly as Adama's late wife is played by a white actress and dialogue suggests Lee got his looks from her.
  • Fan Nickname: The Tattooed Pilot's unofficial call sign among fans is "Dragon" due to his dragon tattoo; Layne Ishay is "Nurse Bedside Manner" for her notable lack of any; President Rosylin is Madame Airlock for her penchant of throwing people out of them.
  • Line to God: Moore records live podcasts for each of his episodes, responding to viewer critiques over a cigar and brandy (which his wife chews him out on), and also included them on the DVDs. He doesn't mince words when responding to buzzkill fans, either.
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Brendan "Hot Dog" Costanza, one of the pilots first introduced in "Act of Contrition", is played by Bodie Olmos, son of Edward James Olmos. In the "Last Frakkin' Special" aired before the finale Bodie mentions how much he enjoyed the opportunity to work with his father.
    • Kerry Norton who plays Layne Ishay, one of the medics in Galactica's sickbay, is married to Jamie Bamber who plays Apollo.
  • Real Life Writes the Hairstyle: Starbuck eventually growing her hair long was because Katee Sackhoff was fed up at having to keep her hair short for the role.
  • Recycled Script: Two Season 3 episodes which are definitely NOT fan favorites are often criticized for their perceived similarities to episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation:
    • "Hero" and "The Defector" (the writing of the latter, ironically, credited to Ron Moore) both revolve around someone in a small ship being chased by the enemy and seeking refuge under questionable circumstances. In both cases, subsequent review of the data shows that the enemy was shooting to miss, and as a result the crew realize that the enemy was allowing the fugitive to escape to further their own sinister motives.
    • "A Measure of Salvation" and "I, Borg" both involve the crew capturing a member (or members) of the enemy, and then plotting to return him/them to their own kind with a genocidal virus.
    • The Season 1 episode "Litmus" and TNG's "The Drumhead" both involve an explosion occurring aboard the ship, and a female officer being assigned to head up an investigation, only to start going crazy and accusing everyone in sight of being a collaborator, finally ending with her accusing the ship's commanding officer.
  • Screwed by the Network: While Sci-Fi was nothing but supportive of the show during its production, they had some strange ideas when it came to broadcasting it, such as allowing the UK to air the first season six months ahead of North America, splitting the DVD releases of seasons two and four in half, fiddling with the show's time slot for the first three years, mandating the Title Sequence be curtailed to make room for more commercials (this one was eventually vetoed by a fan outcry), and airing the two halves of season four a full year apart to eke out a de facto fifth season.
  • Throw It In!:
    • Edward James Olmos contributed a ton of these through ad libbing, particularly one memorable scene where in a fit of grief and rage over Starbuck's death he destroys the model ship Adama had been repairing for the past three years. This was a case of Truth in Television because Olmos himself was genuinely upset and angry over Katee Sackhoff's departure from the cast (or so he believed). The ship was a loaner from a maritime museum and was worth over $100,000, unbeknownst to him. Luckily, it was insured. A Lampshade is hung on this after a fight between Adama and a subordinate in his quarters when the ship gets trashed again:
      Adama: Do you know how many times I've have to repair this thing?
    • After a heated fight between Gaeta and Starbuck, she storms out, and Alessandro Juliani (playing Gaeta), without turning around to look at her, throws in a snippy line.
      Gaeta: So I guess a pity frak is out of the question, then?
    • Olmos was also responsible for the very first kiss between Laura Roslin and William Adama, kissing Mary McDonnell impromptu and without warning anybody about it beforehand. Fortunately, she rolled with it.
    • During Baltar bringing up Gaeta trying to kill him at his trial, James Callis threw in “And you missed, butterfingers!”
  • Too Soon: Completely inverted: The show was fearless about taking on sensitive topical subjects. Even the 2003 miniseries deliberately invoked the "creeping horror" of 9/11 as people recognized the scale of the tragedy. Beyond that, issues like torture, the treatment of detainees, rape as a weapon of war, military occupation of a civilian population, and even suicide bombings were brought up... and often with the "sympathetic" protagonists on the darker side of the issue.
  • The Wiki Rule: There's the Battlestar Wiki, which can be found here.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: The writers' commentary on the DVD makes it clear that a lot of stuff was made up episode-by-episode. Especially irritating when every episode began with the statement "... and they have a plan" (until it was quietly dropped from the titles during the last season). Many viewers found this especially apparent in the plot points involving the identity of the Final Five cylons, leading to images like this one. It really came back to bite them when they decided that the "Final Five" Cylons should be different than the others, and have the last five model numbers. Trouble was, it had been built in the show from the start that there were twelve models, and they'd already given one of them the number Eight. So the writers had to quickly insert a piece of backstory that another model had been judged so corrupted (read: wanting to be human) that all copies were destroyed permanently.
    • Another issue this caused was that Tyrol was made one of the Final Five despite having a son, due to the writers forgetting that Cylons couldn't have children. When they realized this halfway through the final season, it was quickly retconned that his son with Cally was actually the result of Cally having a one night stand with Hot Dog the night before they began dating. And then the episode wasn't quite as clear as it could have been that this was what happened, leaving many fans with the impression that Cally (now long dead and unable to defend herself) had cheated on Tyrol. Also, keep in mind that Cally had never shared a scene with or even spoken to Hot Dog before. Ever. In the DVD Commentary, Ron Moore admits that he came up with this retcon simply because they'd built up Hera as the special Hybrid child so much that it wouldn't make sense to have two Hybrids - which was the entire criticism about making Tyrol a Cylon in the first place.
    • As for the identities of the Final Five Cylons, Ron Moore's explanations in the DVD commentary make it clear that he picked them all based on shock value, rather than in-universe story logic. That is, rather than describing "that suspicious thing Tyrol did in episode 3.01 was supposed to be a hint that he's a Cylon", Moore spent the DVD commentary (i.e. of the Season 3 finale) discussing that he picked these characters based on the shock it would cause - even though there was no setup, with candidates ranging from the coincidental (Anders), the implausible (Tigh), to the impossible-without-contradicting-ourselves (Tyrol).
  • You Look Familiar:
    • Ryan Robbins, who plays the officer that gets blown up along with Armistice Station in the opening scene of the Miniseries, later reappears in Seasons 3 and 4 as Charlie Connor. He was only on screen as the Armistice Officer for less than five minutes and was under heavy age-enhancing stipple makeup, making him barely recognizable.
    • John Mann, who played Galactica's original CAG turns up as a hustler in "Black Market", only to have his scenes cut from the aired version of the episode.


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