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Battlestar Galactica: Daybreak (1)

In the midst of stripping Galactica's parts, Adama rethinks his decision on not retrieving Hera from the Cylon colony and Baltar pleads for his people to be represented in the government.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x19
Production Number: 421
Airdate: Friday March 13th, 2009

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) Mar 17, 2009

  • Currently 8.5/10
8.5/10 (39 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Kate Vernon
As Ellen Tigh
Rick Worthy
As Number Four
Donnelly Rhodes
As Dr. Cottle
Matthew Bennett (1)
As Number Five
Rekha Sharma
As Tory Foster
Kerry Norton
As Layne Ishay
Dean Stockwell
As Number One

Co-Guest Stars
Michael Hogan (1)
As Saul Tigh
Aaron Douglas
As Galen Tyrol
Tahmoh Penikett
As Karl "Helo" Agathon
Michael Trucco
As Sam Anders
Bodie Olmos
As Lt. Brenden "Hotdog" Costanza
Leah Cairns
As Lt. Margaret "Racetrack" Edmondson
Brad Dryborough
As Hoshi
Colin Lawrence
As Ensign Hamish "Skulls" McCall
Lara Gilchrist
As Paulla
Colin Corrigan
As Marine Allan Nowart
Leela Savasta
As Tracey Anne
Darcy Laurie
As Dealino
Finn R. Devitt
As Nicky
Iliana Gomez-Martinez
As Hera
Tobias Mehler
As Zak
Simone Bailly
As Shona
Kevin McNulty
As Frank Porthos
Richard Jollymore
As Marine #1
Anthony St. John
As Marine #2
Antony Holland
As Julius Baltar
Elan Ross Gibson
As Nurse Barbara
France Perras
As Sandra
Sarah Deakins
As Cheryl
Tiffany Burns
As Reporter Carolyn
Stefanie Samuels
As Police Officer
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: 39,516

The Season 4.5 DVD set contains an extended cut of "Daybreak" not only as a single episode, but also integrated with new material.

The format of this episode is unusual in that it goes from the recap into the title sequence and then into the first act. Without a teaser, the episode has an extra act. There is also no montage of clips to punctuate the title sequence.

Doc Cottle's first name is revealed to be Sherman.

When in the limo, Baltar says that he forgot Caprica-Six's name. This alludes to the fact that the character was not named by the producers during her time with Baltar, the reasoning being that he simply never cared to learn her name.

Adama grants a release of the imprisoned mutineers. Though Ron Moore has made statements in his podcasts since "Blood on the Scales" about those that participated in the mutiny being placed aboard the prison ship Astral Queen, this makes it confirmed for the first time onscreen.

Originally, the flashback sequences were not written in any chronological order. However, the network thought this would be too confusing for viewers, so director Michael Rymer restructured the scenes in order and inserted them throughout the two episodes.

"Daybreak" was originally written as a two hour finale before the network provided the money for a third hour because Ron Moore felt that two wouldn't be sufficient. Moore did, however, lose a relatively minor battle in that he wanted "Daybreak" to air together as a single three hour episode.

The finale was shot literally next door to the shooting of the pilot episode of Caprica, the prequel TV series to Battlestar Galactica.

Episode Quotes
Anders: Spins and turns. Angles and curves. The shape of dreams half-remembered. Slip the surly bonds of Earth and touch the face of perfection. A perfect face. Perfect lace. Find the perfect world for the end of Kara Thrace. End of line.

Number One: (seeing Hera's drawing) Dots. Lots and lots and lots of dots. She's clearly very gifted.

Adama: What Baltar said the other day, is it the truth?
Kara: Yeah. I found my body and I burned it on Earth. I don't know what I am.
Adama: I have to ask him a question. Do you know how to plug him in?
Kara: Yeah.
Adama: Hey. I know what you are. You're my daughter. Don't forget it.

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
EditorJulius Ramsay  |  Michael O'Halloran  |  Andrew Seklir
First Assistant DirectorMichael Shandley
Second Assistant DirectorKate Weiss
MusicBear McCreary
Costume DesignerGlenne Campbell
HairstylistForest Sala
Property MasterKen Hawryliw
Production AssistantJessica Sawaf  |  Keith McQuiggan
Assistant EditorMichael Lim
Post Production SupervisorIan Maddox
Director of PhotographyStephen McNutt
Stunt CoordinatorRick Pearce
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
Assistant CoordinatorJames Ledwell
AssistantAdam J. Karp
Camera TraineeThomas Billingsley
CGI ArtistJesse Toves  |  Koji Kuramura  |  James May (2)  |  David R. Morton (1)  |  Sean Jackson (2)  |  Michael Davidson (2)
1st Assistant Production CoordinatorLaura Livingstone
2nd Assistant Production CoordinatorNicole Stojkovich
VFX CompositorMichael Ross-Lang  |  Shannon Noble  |  Ryan Schroer
Render AssistantJeff Quinn  |  Farrah Welch
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
Render CoordinatorManuel Choi
Warning: Battlestar Galactica season 4 episode 19 guide may contain spoilers
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