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Battlestar Galactica: Islanded in a Stream of Stars

As Adama is faced with the heartbreaking possibility of abandoning his increasingly deteriorating battlestar, Kara's connection to the mysterious music that ties her with Hera and the Final Five drives her to find out what she really is.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x18
Production Number: 420
Airdate: Friday March 06th, 2009

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) Mar 10, 2009

  • Currently 8.2/10
8.2/10 (33 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Kate Vernon
As Ellen Tigh
Donnelly Rhodes
As Dr. Cottle
Rekha Sharma
As Tory Foster
Dean Stockwell
As Number One

Co-Guest Stars
Michael Hogan (1)
As Saul Tigh
Aaron Douglas
As Galen Tyrol (extended version)
Tahmoh Penikett
As Karl "Helo" Agathon
Michael Trucco
As Sam Anders
Bodie Olmos
As Lt. Brenden "Hotdog" Constanza
David Patrick Green
As Captain Fenner
Kerry Norton
As Medic Layne Ishay
Iliana Gomez-Martinez
As Hera
Lara Gilchrist
As Paulla
Leela Savasta
As Tracey Anne
Darcy Laurie
As Dealino
Susan Hogan
As Captain Franks
William Samples
As Captain Greene
Main Cast
Edward James Olmos
As William Adama
Mary McDonnell
As Laura Roslin
Katee Sackhoff
As Kara "Starbuck" Thrace
Jamie Bamber
As Lee "Apollo" Adama
James Callis
As Dr. Gaius Baltar
Tricia Helfer
As Number Six
Grace Park
As Sharon "Boomer" Valerii/Sharon "Athena" Agathon
Episode Notes
Survivor count: 39,521

This episode is one of three that includes an extended version on the Season 4.5 DVD. Although a majority of the exclusive material consists of longer scenes with minimal or no dialogue, there are some notable inclusions:
• Tyrol, conspicuously absent in the television cut, is revealed to have turned himself in for helping Boomer escape. Athena confronts him in the brig and while she understands his ignorance and guilt, she will never forgive him.
• Helo and Kara drinking in Joe's Bar, discussing the meaning of the word "harbinger" before he sobers up over her "bitching and moaning" while he's helpless to save his daughter.
• The climax of the episode is also arranged differently. The scene with Adama and Tigh concerning leaving Galactica, which ends the aired version, is followed by Boomer's arrival at the Cylon colony, then a new scene of Adama and Tigh watching the civilians being transported off ship, and finally Kara reconnecting Anders to begin an attempt to breakdown the music.

The colony has at least three old school Raiders that were used in the Cylon War.

Episode Quotes
Adama: In other words, it's our destiny to go after her, right? Wrong. I've had it up to here with destiny, prophesy, with God or the Gods. Look where it's left us. The ass end of nowhere; nearly half of our people are gone; Earth, a worthless cinder; and I can't even walk down the halls of my ship without wondering if I'm gonna catch a bullet for getting us into this mess.

Number Eight: Thank you.
Tigh: Thank me? For what?
Number Eight: For the privilege of finally being able to meet my father before I die.
Tigh: You shouldn't be thanking me. I spent most of my life trying to kill your kind.
Number Eight: Too much confusion. (flatlines)

Baltar: Who are you, by the way, again?
Kara: Me? I'm a dead chick, that's who.
Baltar: Oh, right. And I'm full of crap.
Kara: No, I mean it. I'm dead, as in six-feet under dead. Dead, as in crashed landed, burned to a crisp dead. Here. (takes out her dog tags) I took these off my body. What was left of it, anyway, on Earth. Take them. You used to be a scientist. Run some tests, pull out the ol' Cylon detector, do whatever you need to do because I have no idea. The only thing I know for sure, I'm not an angel.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperRonald D. Moore
Executive ProducerRonald D. Moore  |  David Eick
Co-Executive ProducerMark Verheiden
ProducerHarvey Frand
Co-ProducerPaul M. Leonard
Consulting ProducerGlen A. Larson
Associate ProducerGregg Tilson
Production DesignerRichard Hudolin
EditorMichael O'Halloran
First Assistant DirectorRachel Leiterman
Second Assistant DirectorKate Weiss
MusicBear McCreary
Costume DesignerGlenne Campbell
HairstylistForest Sala
Property MasterKen Hawryliw
Production AssistantKeith McQuiggan  |  Jessica Sawaf
Assistant EditorMelissa Lawson
Post Production SupervisorIan Maddox
Director of PhotographyStephen McNutt
Post Production CoordinatorBettina Zachariah Treviranus
Based On The Works OfGlen A. Larson
Third Assistant DirectorTroy Scott
ConsultantJerry Hultsch
Visual Effects SupervisorGary Hutzel
Sound AssistantMatt Willoughby-Price
Casting AssociateSibby Kirchgessner
Assistant Costume DesignerKatharine Wigzell
Makeup ArtistPatricia Murray
Trainee Assistant DirectorMarian Koprada
AssistantAdam J. Karp
Camera TraineeThomas Billingsley
CGI ArtistMichael Davidson (2)  |  Sean Jackson (2)
1st Assistant Production CoordinatorLaura Livingstone
2nd Assistant Production CoordinatorNicole Stojkovich
Color TimerRon Nichols (2)
Location AssistantJulian Marles  |  Adrian Lysenko
Special Effects AssistantKevin J. Andruschak
1st Assistant Hair StylistAnne Carroll (3)
On Set CarpenterEric Hargreaves
2nd Assistant Hair StylistRene Dombroski
2nd Unit Production CoordinatorHon Lui
Warning: Battlestar Galactica season 4 episode 18 guide may contain spoilers
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