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Everyone on Galactica is excited when they find another lost survivor of the Cylon attacks: the battlestar Pegasus. Soon, however, things begin to sour when the crew finds itself under the rule of Helena Cain, an admiral who is more stern than Adama.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x10
Production Number: 210
Airdate: Friday September 23rd, 2005

Director: Michael Rymer
Writer: Anne Cofell

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) Mar 14, 2006
NL (Sci-Fi) Jun 05, 2009

Guest Stars
Michelle ForbesMichelle Forbes
As Admiral Helena Cain
Graham BeckelGraham Beckel
As Colonel Jack Fisk
John Pyper-FergusonJohn Pyper-Ferguson
As Captain Cole "Stinger" Taylor
Sebastian SpenceSebastian Spence
As Pegasus Viper Pilot

Co-Guest Stars
Michael Hogan (1)Michael Hogan (1)
As Saul Tigh
Aaron DouglasAaron Douglas
As Galen Tyrol
Tahmoh PenikettTahmoh Penikett
As Karl "Helo" Agathon
Paul CampbellPaul Campbell
As Billy Keikeya
Nicki ClyneNicki Clyne
As Cally
Alessandro JulianiAlessandro Juliani
As Felix Gaeta
Kandyse McClureKandyse McClure
As Anastasia Dualla
Leah CairnsLeah Cairns
As Racetrack
Fulvio CecereFulvio Cecere
As Lt. Alastair Thorne
Mike DopudMike Dopud
As Gage
Derek DeLostDerek DeLost
As Vireem
Vincent GaleVincent Gale
As Chief Peter Laird
P.J. PrinslooP.J. Prinsloo
As Lt. Mei "Freaker" Firelli (credited as Peter-John Prinsloo) (extended version)
Michael JonssonMichael Jonsson
As Pegasus Guard #1
Main Cast
Edward James OlmosEdward James Olmos
As William Adama
Mary McDonnellMary McDonnell
As Laura Roslin
Katee SackhoffKatee Sackhoff
As Kara "Starbuck" Thrace
Jamie BamberJamie Bamber
As Lee "Apollo" Adama
James CallisJames Callis
As Dr. Gaius Baltar
Tricia HelferTricia Helfer
As Number Six
Grace ParkGrace Park
As Sharon "Boomer" Valerii/Sharon "Athena" Agathon
Episode Notes
Survivor count: 49,605

Though the omission of scenes for time is quite common, "Pegasus" is unique in that an entire act's worth of material was excised. Though the Sci-Fi Channel offered a chance to air it as a 90 minute special, the decision was to simply edit it to fit the standard time limit as the aforementioned option would require additional material that would be little more than filler. What's been dubbed the "extended version" remains unaired and exclusive to DVD, though portions of some of these scenes are used in recaps for subsequent episodes.

The battlestar Pegasus bears close resemblance to the design of Galactica in the original series.

This episode is roughly based on the "Living Legend" two-parter from the original series.

The name of the Number Six aboard Pegasus is Gina, though it is never said aloud during her story arc, not until "Razor". The name derives from a reaction to purist fans of the original series who refer to the re-imagined series as GINO (Galactica In Name Only).

There are three versions of the controversial rape scene. The one in the aired version stops just before penetration; the extended version shows the rape beginning; and a more brutal version that director Michael Rymer found too horrific to keep.

During its initial airing, the 3rd act was preceeded by an advisory warning.

This episode was nominated for the 2006 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.

The sets for Pegasus are actually from a failed Lost in Space remake, bought by Moore and Eick a year earlier.

Episode Quotes
Tigh: I figure if you seen one old battlestar, you've seen them all.
Jack Fisk: Yeah, well, she's an old one. I can't believe the Cylons didn't kick your ass up one side and down the other in this bucket. (off Tigh's look) Sorry. I'm sorry. No one gets to insult your ship except you.
Tigh: You're godsdamn right. And just for that, you have to skip this round.

Lt. Mei "Freaker" Firelli: And this is the complete Pegasus onboard digitial library. Everything, from the Articles of Colonisation to Zarek's trial record. You did have to erase your computer memory drives, correct?
Gaeta: Uh, yes we did. Thank you.
Lt. Mei "Freaker" Firelli: Thank Admiral Cain.
Gaeta: Got any porn in there?

Baltar: It suffered no serious head injuries and therefore no physical damage to its neural pathways or cognitive reasoning centers. But it's quite clearly traumatized, which would suggest that its current condition is psychological in nature. Had you thought of that? No. It shows that the Cylon consciousness is just as susceptible to the same pressures and cleavages as the human psyche, and can be manipulated in the same fashion. Simply put, Admiral, you have already used the stick; it's time to use a carrot.

Cain: (talking about Pegasus) Ship's nearly twice the size, needs half the crew.
Adama: Makes me feel that Galactica is a relic.
Cain: Galactica is not a relic; it's a classic. And I, for one, happen to appreciate the classics.

Adama: Starbuck. Watch out for yourselves. I think they're gunning for you both.
Lee: I think they're gunning for all of us.

Captain Cole "Stinger" Taylor: This is a photo recon mission. We are interested in o­ne Cylon ship in particular, which is larger than anything we've encountered before. Analysis to date suggests they will be in this star system next. We will hide behind this moon, which has an abnormally large magneto tail and will mask our DRADIS signatures. We'll power down, hide near the surface, wait for the fleet to pass by. Starbuck?
Kara: Yeah.
Captain Cole "Stinger" Taylor: You have something to add?
Kara: Your plan sucks.
Captain Cole "Stinger" Taylor: You're a heartbeat away from being in hack on your first day.
Kara: I like hack.

Baltar: (to Gina) The food is yours. It's not a trick. I'm not going to take it away at the last second. You know, I, um... I'm just going to 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. My name is Gaius Baltar, and I'm here to help you.

Tigh: I just talked to Fisk. Court martial's over.
Adama: Over? When did it start?

Episode Goofs
Upon identifying the unknown vessel as Pegasus, Adama orders Dualla to "step down to Condition 1." However, Condition 1 is the highest alert level, and it can be surmised that the intended line was to refer to Condition 2, or to step down from Condition 1.

After being told about reassignment, Lee places the sheet of paper on the desk. In the inital shot, he is leaning forward with his left arm, but in the next shot, he appears to be leaning forward with his right.

In the extended cut, when Laird is talking with Tyrol next to the Blackbird, just before Cally shows up, Laird's right arm moves suddenly between shots.

Episode References
Adama: We shot down an entire civilian transport with over a thousand people on board.

The transport in question was the Olympic Carrier, grudgingly shot down in the episode "33" in fear that it was endagering the safety of the fleet.

Firelli: (to Gaeta) You did have to erase your computer memory drives, correct?

This happened in the previous episode "Flight of the Phoenix" in which the computer drives had to be wiped so as to destroy a Cylon computer virus that had infected Galactica.

Cain: Oh, you mean an independent tribunal? Because according to your logs, Commander, you dissolved an independent tribunal when you didn't like the verdict. And if I'm not mistaken, Chief Tyrol was on trial there as well.

Cain is referring to the events of the episode "Litmus" in which Adama initiates an inquiry into how a Cylon agent accessed a munitions storage. Tyrol was heavily questioned as his crew fabricated stories to cover up his relationship with Boomer. Adama dissolved the tribunal when he felt it had become a witch hunt.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperRonald D. Moore
Executive ProducerRonald D. Moore  |  David Eick
Co-Executive ProducerToni Graphia  |  Mark Verheiden
ProducerHarvey Frand
Co-ProducerBradley Thompson  |  David Weddle
Consulting ProducerGlen A. Larson
Associate ProducerPaul M. Leonard
Production DesignerRichard Hudolin
EditorAnnette Davey
CastingCoreen Mayrs  |  Heike Brandstatter  |  Eric Dawson  |  Carol Kritzer  |  Robert J. Ulrich
Line ProducerRon French
First Assistant DirectorRachel Leiterman
Second Assistant DirectorMichael Shandley
MusicBear McCreary
Music EditorMichael Baber
Costume DesignerGlenne Campbell
HairstylistGerald Gibbons
Key GripCurt Griebel
Set DecoratorJonathan Lancaster
Location ManagerKent Sponagle
Transportation CoordinatorBill Janssen
Property MasterKen Hawryliw
Construction CoordinatorChris Claridge
Production AssistantAnthony Alvaro  |  Tim Bennett
Script SupervisorCorey Jones
Production CoordinatorJennifer Tanami
Script CoordinatorRyan Mottesheard
Assistant EditorMichael O'Halloran
Post Production SupervisorTrisha Brunner
Supervising Sound EditorJack Levy
Re-Recording MixerMike Olman
GafferDon Saari
Director of PhotographyStephen McNutt
Story EditorCarla Robinson
Stunt CoordinatorDuane Dickinson  |  Mike Mitchell
Assistant Production CoordinatorRhiannon Charles
Post Production CoordinatorGregg Tilson
Production ManagerRon French
Sound MixerRick Bal
Based On The Works OfGlen A. Larson
Executive Story EditorJoel Anderson Thompson
Third Assistant DirectorTroy Scott
ConsultantJerry Hultsch
Costume SupervisorPamela Cameron
Boom OperatorGreg Hewitt
Art Department CoordinatorLynn Snedden
Visual Effects CoordinatorBlaine Lougheed
Main Title ThemeRichard Gibbs
Visual Effects SupervisorGary Hutzel
Main Title DesignAndrew Seklir
Production AccountantLaurie Boyle
Extras CastingJames Forsyth
Transportation CaptainMitch Lafleur  |  Lawrence Albright
"A" Camera OperatorJoel Guthro  |  Ryan McMaster
Sound AssistantGraham Timmer
Casting CoordinatorRobin Stone (2)
MedicPeter Conway
Steadicam OperatorTim Spencer
On-set DresserColin Meacham  |  Maurice Woodworth
Set Decoration BuyerFelipe Barragan
Assistant Costume DesignerCali Newcomen  |  Glenna Owen
Props AssistantLance Johnson  |  Michael Love
Rigging GafferGuy Patterson
Special Effects CoordinatorAndrew Chamberlayne
Dolly GripDarin Wong  |  Jordan Neifer
Writing AssistantSeamus Kevin Fahey
Assistant AccountantReva Clavier
Foley ArtistDoug Madick
Assistant Art DirectorIvana Vasak  |  Ken Rabhel
Payroll AccountantDave Hoodless
Makeup ArtistPatricia Murray
Sound DesignDaniel Colman
Best Boy GripNeil McBride
Dialogue EditorVince Balunas
Supervising Art DirectorDouglas McLean
AssistantJames Halpern  |  Maril Davis
"B" Camera OperatorTim Spencer
Camera TraineeCherie Korol
Assistant Location ManagerTisha Simpkins
Construction ForemanJim Hayes
Assistant Set DecoratorPerry Battista
Second Assistant "B" CameraRob Devitt
Best Boy ElectricianJeff Trebenski
First Assistant "B" CameraRyan S. Gillard
Lead DresserOcea Ringrose  |  Toni Soragnese
CGI SupervisorDoug Drexler
Computer/video Playback CoordinatorRoss Framo
Producers AssistantSian McArthur
Genny OperatorMurray Chysyk
2nd Assistant Production CoordinatorQadesh Markowski
Accounting ClerkRosemarie Martin  |  Tony Lort  |  Jennifer Lloyd
"A" Camera First AssistantChris Thompson (2)
Orchestral EngineerRobert Fernandez
"A" Camera Second AssistantRichard Porta
Leadman SetupBudd Legree
Location AssistantBarbara Copp  |  Kelly Boulding  |  Dale Bredeson
Science AdvisorKevin Grazier
Special Effects AssistantStacey Goodman  |  Rob Carter (2)  |  Ron Seida
Visual Effects AssistantRoss Woo
Craft ServicesPeter Conway
Scoring EngineerSteve Kaplan
1st Assistant Hair StylistRoy Sidick
Set Decorator CoordinatorPaul Burton (2)
Military Tech AdvisorRon Blecker
Senior Visual Effects CoordinatorMichael D. Gibson
1st Assistant Make-upHayley Miller
Hd TechnicianMike Sankey
Special Effects Best BoyBill Ryan
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