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Battlestar Galactica: Daybreak (2)

Destinies that have long been in the making are finally decided when Galactica mounts its final mission in an effort to rescue Hera from the Cylon colony.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x20
Production Number: 422
Airdate: Friday March 20th, 2009
Special Airtime: 09:00 pm
Special Runtime: 131 Minutes

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) Mar 24, 2009

Guest Stars
Callum Keith RennieCallum Keith Rennie
As Number Two
Kate VernonKate Vernon
As Ellen Tigh
Rick WorthyRick Worthy
As Number Four
Mark SheppardMark Sheppard
As Romo Lampkin
Donnelly RhodesDonnelly Rhodes
As Dr. Cottle
Matthew Bennett (1)Matthew Bennett (1)
As Number Five
Rekha SharmaRekha Sharma
As Tory Foster
Kerry NortonKerry Norton
As Layne Ishay
Dean StockwellDean Stockwell
As Number One

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
Michael TruccoMichael Trucco
As Sam Anders
Nicki ClyneNicki Clyne
As Cally (extended version)
Bodie OlmosBodie Olmos
As Lt. Brenden "Hotdog" Costanza
Leah CairnsLeah Cairns
As Lt. Margaret "Racetrack" Edmondson
Brad DryboroughBrad Dryborough
As Hoshi
Colin LawrenceColin Lawrence
As Ensign Hamish "Skulls" McCall
Lara GilchristLara Gilchrist
As Paulla
Colin CorriganColin Corrigan
As Marine Allan Nowart
Leela SavastaLeela Savasta
As Tracey Anne
Darcy LaurieDarcy Laurie
As Dealino
Iliana Gomez-MartinezIliana Gomez-Martinez
As Hera
Tobias MehlerTobias Mehler
As Zak
Simone BaillySimone Bailly
As Shona
Kevin McNultyKevin McNulty
As Frank Porthos
Richard JollymoreRichard Jollymore
As Marine #1
Anthony St. JohnAnthony St. John
As Marine #2
Dan PayneDan Payne
As Sean
Holly EglintonHolly Eglinton
As Stripper

Ronald D. MooreRonald D. Moore
As Man at newstand
Tiffany KnightTiffany Knight
As Hybrid
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
This episode marks the deaths of Boomer, Sam Anders, Tory Foster, Racetrack, Skulls, and Laura Roslin. The fates of the Number Ones, Fours, and Fives are uncertain, but given their lack of resurrection technology or females to procreate with, it's safe to assume whoever didn't perish in the colony's destruction eventually died off.

It's also revealed that Kara has been dead ever since the events of "Maelstrom" and that she returned as an angelic being in some vein similar to, yet definitely distinctive from the apparitions Baltar and Caprica-Six have been seeing.

When the fleet ships sail into the sun, the score can be heard playing the theme from the original series.

In addition to the Raiders seen in "Islanded in a Stream of Stars", the colony also has Centurions left over from the first Cylon War. Their absence until this point is most likely due to being an obsolete model and would have been inadequate in combat.

In a sort of fitting bookend, the museum that had been set up in Galactica is seen for the first (and last) time since the miniseries. However, the Centurion in the display case has been retconned to fit in line with the design of the original Centurions as seen in "Razor".

When President Roslin finally succumbs to her cancer, it is before she can arrive at the location Adama has picked for their cabin, therefore the "dying leader" perishes before seeing the "promised land", fulfilling a prophesy of the book of Pythia.

Cavil's death was originally scripted differently. In the script, it was intended that Tigh throws Cavil off the second level in CIC. Dean Stockwell, who plays Cavil, suggested to Ron Moore that Cavil should shoot himself after all seems to be lost. Ron Moore said ok with the idea and went with it.

When Galactica made her final jump and Roslin ask Kara, "Where have you taken us?", originally in the script she was to respond with "Somewhere along the watchtower". However, director Michael Rymer thought the line was milking it too much and eventually dropped it.

It was Edward James Olmos's idea to have Adama put his ring into Roslin's finger at the two's last scene together in the Raptor right after Roslin dies.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Jimi HendrixAll Along the WatchtowerFinal scene

Episode Quotes
Roslin: Thank you, Doctor.
Cottle: I'm just doing my job.
Roslin: No. You've done much more than that. You've taken, uh, a patient that should have died years ago, and you've given her a chance, despite cancer and the Cylons and her own obstinate nature. And you've... you've given me the little time I have left, and for that, you... you have my... my heartfelt... gratitude and my thanks.
Cottle: Well, I - I - I don't know what to say.
Roslin: No, no, don't, don't. Don't spoil your image. Just light a cigarette and go and grumble.

Adama: We'll be in too close for nukes. Same thing goes for missiles. No, this is going to be strictly a gun battle. Like two old ships on the line, slugging it out at point-blank range. I want the gun captains to do their job and start firing immediately and to continue to fire until they run out of ammo. Then, I want them to start throwing rocks.

Adama: Just so there'll be no misunderstandings later, Galactica's seen a lot of history, gone through a lot of battles, this will be her last. She will not fail us if we do not fail her. If we succeed in our mission, Galactica will bring us home. If we don't, it doesn't matter anyway.

Number One: This thing is the key to my people's survival, and I'm not leaving without it.
Baltar: Hera's not a thing. She is a child, and she holds the key to humanity's survival, as well.
Number One: And how do you know that?
Baltar: I see angel, angels in this very room. Now, I may be mad, but that doesn't mean that I'm not right. Because there's another force at work here. There always has been. It's undeniable. We've all experienced it. Everyone in this room has witnessed events that they can't fathom, let alone explain away by rational means. Puzzles deciphered in prophesy. Dreams given to a chosen few. Our loved ones, dead, risen. Whether we want to call that God or Gods or some sublime inspiration or a divine force that we can't know or understand, it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter. It's here. It exists, and our two destines are entwined in its force.
Number One: If that were true - and that's a big "if" - how do I know this force has our best interests in mind? How do you know that God is on your side, Doctor?
Baltar: I don't. God's not on any one side. God's a force of nature, beyond good and evil. Good and evil, we created those. You wanna break the cycle? Break the cycle of birth? Death? Rebirth? Destruction? Escape? Death? Well, that's in our hands, in our hands only. It requires a leap of faith. It requires that we live in hope, not fear.
Number One: If I leave you this little girl, that means the destruction of my people. How does our extinction fit into this picture that you want us to believe in?
Tigh: We'll give you resurrection.
Ellen: Saul.
Tigh: You give us Hera and we will give you resurrection. But the war ends here. You leave humanity in peace and give up the pursuit now and for all time.
Number One: Agreed.
Adama: How do we know we can take your word for it?
Number One: You don't. You have to make a leap of faith.

Cottle: Their DNA is compatible with ours.
Baltar: Meaning we can breed with them.
Adama: You got a one-track mind, Doc.
Baltar: What? Listen, I'm talking about the survival of the human race, actually, not some get-together with the natives.
Adama: You also have no sense of humour.

Roslin: It's a very beautiful world. Does it have a name?
Adama: Earth.
Roslin: It's not Earth.
Adama: Earth is a dream, one we've been chasing for a long time. We've earned it. This is Earth.

Lee: You know, my very earliest memory of my father was him flying away on a big plane and wondering when he was coming back. He's not coming back this time.
Kara: No, he's not. Neither am I.
Lee: Where are you going?
Kara: I don't know. I just know that I am done here. I've completed my journey and it feels good.

Kara: So what about you? What are you gonna do? Today is the first day of the rest of your life, Lee.
Lee: Well, I always thought when this was all done I would, uh, kick back, relax, spend the rest of my days doing the absolute minimum humanly possible.
Kara: And now that you're here?
Lee: I want to explore! I wanna climb the mountains. I wanna cross the oceans. I wanna... Gods, I can't believe I'm saying this. It sounds so exhausting. I must be crazy.
(Lee turns around to see that Kara has completely vanished)
Lee: Goodbye, Kara. You won't be forgotten.

Roslin: (last words) So much... life.

(last lines)
Number Six: Commercialism, decadence, technology run amok. Remind you of anything?
Gaius Baltar: Take your pick. Kobol, Earth - the real Earth before this one - Caprica before the fall.
Number Six: All of this has happened before --
Gaius Baltar: But the question remains, does all of this have to happen again?
Number Six: This time, I bet no.
Gaius Baltar: You know, I've never known you to play the optimist. Why the change of heart?
Number Six: Mathematics. Law of averages. Let a complex system repeat itself long enough, eventually something surprising might occur. That, too, is in God's plan.
Gaius Baltar: You know it doesn't like that name. (pause) Silly me. Silly, silly me.

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
Assistant EditorMelissa Lawson  |  Michael 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 ArtistDavid R. Morton  |  James May (2)  |  Sean Jackson (2)  |  Michael Davidson (2)  |  Koji Kuramura  |  Jesse Toves
1st Assistant Production CoordinatorLaura Livingstone
2nd Assistant Production CoordinatorNicole Stojkovich
VFX CompositorRyan Schroer  |  Michael Ross-Lang  |  Shannon Noble
Render AssistantJeff Quinn  |  Farrah Welch
Color TimerRon Nichols (2)
Location AssistantAdrian Lysenko  |  Julian Marles
Special Effects AssistantKevin J. Andruschak
1st Assistant Hair StylistAnne Carroll (3)
On Set CarpenterEric Hargreaves
2nd Assistant Hair StylistRene Dombroski
Render CoordinatorManuel Choi
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