Ron D. Moore was the only writer for the miniseries' script; "Christopher Eric James" is actually a pseudonym for original series creator Glen A. Larson. Larson wanted a credit, something Moore agreed with because he believes that, though done differently, the miniseries is still basically Larson's story.
Tricia Helfer, who plays Number Six has her name sixth in the credit sequence.
This episode aired over the course of two nights. In the United States, the second half aired on December 9th; Feburary 17th in the United Kingdom.
The museum installed on Galactica in preparation for its decommission has various items that resemble those from the original series, such as a basestar, Raider, and most prolific, a Cylon Centurion.
The last line is of one of the Cylons uttering, "By your command." This phrase was employed repeatedly by the Cylons of the original series. The phrase was originally absent until a friend of Ron Moore asked him how he could call the series Battlestar Galactica without the phrase.
Adama says that the first lines of the sacred scrolls are "Life here began out there." This is an homage to the opening narration of the original series, in which these were the first words spoken.
Original series star Richard Hatch was offered the role of Roslin's doctor on Caprica, but declined. He would later accept the recurring role of Tom Zarek in the regular series.
Original series star Dirk Benedict was considered for the role of the Armistice Officer, but passed.
The picture of Adar seen in Baltar's home is of executive producer David Eick. His wife portrays Tigh's wife in the picture he burns. Both roles would be later recast in the regular series.
Several of the actors went to a boot camp to better simulate their portrayal as soldiers. The actors that participated were Jamie Bamber, Katee Sackhoff, Grace Park, Aaron Douglas, Nicki Clyne, Kandyse McClure, Tehmoh Penikett, Alessandro Juliani, Alonso Oyarzun, Michael Eklund, and John Mann.
Ryan Robbins was under make-up for his role as the Armistice Officer, as there was supposed to be a sequence where the character was shown to age over the course of forty years. However, the sequence was dropped to show only the character at old age.
It's established that there are 12 humanoid Cylon models and introduces four. The most obvious is Number Six, the first model depicted and in the opening minutes, thus her true nature is never hidden to the audience. The other three are
, , and finally .
Lee: So what's the charge this time?
Kara: Striking a superior asshole.
Lee: I bet you've been waiting all morning to say that one.
Kara: Most of the afternoon.
Baltar: So now you're telling me, um... now you're telling me you're a machine.
Number Six: I'm a woman.
Baltar: You're a machine. You're a synthetic woman. A robot.
Number Six: I've said it three times now.
Baltar: Well, forgive me. I'm having the tiniest bit of trouble believing that because the last time anybody saw the Cylons, they looked more like walking chrome toasters!
Tyrol: All right, people. This is what we do. We're the best. So let's get the old girl ready to roll, and kick some Cylon ass!
Tigh: If they remembered their training, then they had their suits on, and they were braced for possible vent action.
Tyrol: There's a lot of rooks in there.
Tigh: No one's a rookie anymore.
Helo: Hey. Aren't you Gaius Baltar?
Baltar: I haven't done anything.
Lee: The President has given me a direct order.
Adama: You're talking about the Secretary of Education. We're in the middle of a war, and you're taking orders from a schoolteacher?
Lee: Dr. Baltar, Captain Lee Adama. The President's asked to see you, sir.
Baltar: President Adar is alive?
Lee: No, I'm afraid Adar is dead. President Laura Roslin was sworn in a couple of hours ago.
Baltar: Oh. Who?
Roslin: I have cancer.
Billy: I know. Little things. Couple of comments you made.
Roslin: My prognosis is doubtful. I wish I could say it was the least of my worries. But the world is coming to an end and all I could think about is that I have cancer and I'm probably going to die. How selfish is that?
Billy: It's not selfish. It's human.
Leoben: Maybe the Cylons are God's retribution for our many sins. What if God decided He made a mistake, and He decided to give souls to another creature, like the Cylons?
Adama: God didn't create the Cylons; Man did. And I'm pretty sure we didn't include a soul in the programming.
Doral: I don't suppose it matters to you that I am not a Cylon?
Tigh: The smartest thing you can do right now would be to shut your mouth.
(seeing Billy and Dualla talking to each other)
Adama: They better start having babies.
Tigh: Is that an order?
Doral: No, I'm begging you! Don't do this! I'm not a Cylon!
Tigh: Maybe, but we just can't take that chance.
Doral: I'm not a Cylon! What kind of people are you? Don't leave me!
While the Armistice Officer is looking through the documents at hand, the word "yahren" can be seen. The word is an invented term in the original series to substitute references to "year"; however, the new series never uses the yahren term, opting instead for the real world year.
Colonel Tigh can at one point be heard saying "Jesus". This is a clear error, as the Judeo-Christian reference is out of place in the Colonial religion. The line was ad-libbed by Michael Hogan and has been acknowledged as a mistake.
Baltar's facial hair changes throughout. His stubble is thicker when he is among other survivors than earlier when the Cylons began bombing Caprica. By the time he is on Galactica, it is much shorter again.
When Boomer's Raptor takes off from Caprica, after Helo shoots a civilian climbing on, the crane lifting up the mock-Raptor can be seen in the window reflection.
Galactica retracts its flight pods when preparing to jump to Ragnar Anchorage, but the flight pods are extended again when it jumps.
Nigel Vonas' first name is misspelled in the credits as Nogel.
When Roslin meets with the doctor in Caprica City, one of the ships that can be seen flying overhead is Serenity
, the ship from the TV series Firefly
. This is mainly an in-joke as Zoic Studios
has provided the special effects for both shows.
The swearing in of Laura Roslin as President on what is shortly renamed Colonial One after Adar's death is a mirror of Lyndon B. Johnson being sworn in on Air Force One after John F. Kennedy's assassination.
Just before the memorial service, there is a shot of the fleet in which the USS Enterprise
from the original Star Trek
series can be seen.