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"Battlestar Galactica" Greetings from Earth (TV Episode 1979) Poster

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Commander Adama: [broadcasting via Unicom] People of the fleet, this is Commander Adama. Rumors are spreading faster than fact about the discovery of a manned vehicle soon to be brought aboard the Galactica. I must ask you all to be patient and cautious in your optimism. The incoming vessel will have to be placed in strict quarantine, carefully, before we can allow anyone near it, for fear of jeapardising not only our own lives, but the lives of whoever is aboard that spaceship. Hopefully, this is our first contact with an Earth vehicle.

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Athena: [addressing a class of children] Now I'm sure that all of you realise that what happens throughout this day is liable to affect each of us for the rest of our lives. We're all a trifle nervous.

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Lt. Boomer: Everyone we've encountered up till now, every colony or outpost, are, eh, drifters or pioneers who set out from our home planets. Terms, dress, technology, all familiar.

Sheba: So, what are you saying, Boomer?

Lt. Boomer: That if even a few of the humans we've run across were descendants from the lost 13th tribe, they were stragglers, left behind. Now, here on this ship for the first time, We've actually found human life forms from a technologically advanced civilisation. That's what the whole point of the voyage has been.

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Lt. Starbuck: Reese, stay out of this or I'll stick that mug down your throat.

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Dr. Wilker: So far, I've determined that the atmosphere of the planet these people came from is approximately one-fifth the atmosphere of Caprica. Also, there are references to another planet called Terra...

Commander Adama: Wait a centon.

Dr. Wilker: Yes, sir.

Commander Adama: Terra... Terra in Gemonese means Earth!

Capt. Apollo: That doesn't mean this is the planet Earth we're looking for.

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Lt. Boomer: Now look, you golmonging snitrag, this is a military bay. You and your men have jurisdiction over civilian personnel only.

Security Officer Reese: Aren't the people on board that ship civilians?

Lt. Boomer: Well now, we, eh, don't really know that, do we? Maybe they're mercanaries, come here to mow us all down.

Security Officer Reese: [laughs] Two adults and four mercenary children. That is an imposing threat. Take your positions.

Lt. Starbuck: [the Colonial warriors draw their weapons] One more step, black-shirt, and you'll be flatter on your back than those Earthlings in there.

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Security Officer Reese: [drawing his laser gun] All right, you two, I don't know what you're up to but I've had just about all I'm gonna take from you, now step aside!

Flight Sgt. Jolly: Reese, now you're endangering the lives of these children! Now surely not even you're that cruel!

Lt. Boomer: [Reese pulls the blankets off the chambers revealing them to be empty] Jolly, you forgot the kids!

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Capt. Apollo: We'll begin taking sleep periods to conserve our strength. There's no telling how far out that ship's destination may be. Set your breathers for minimum to conserve.

Lt. Starbuck: All right, but I'm too excited to be sleepy.

Capt. Apollo: Starbuck, this trip could be endless.

Lt. Starbuck: Meaning none of us may make it? Remind me to invite you to my next party. You're a lot of fun.

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Hector: Father, I thought we were expecting small children.

Vector: Now do you see, you half-witted fugitive from the plastic factory? You have misprogrammed their slumber chambers!

Hector: Oh!

Vector: They're all grown up!

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Capt. Apollo: Michael, in our language Terra's a word sometimes used by an ancient race to refer to Earth. Have you ever heard Terra called Earth?

Michael: Yes, but it's also a term used to refer to the soil, other planets in our galaxy with similar environments. You have to understand, it's a common belief with us that we al stem from the same tree.

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Lt. Starbuck: [Cassiopeia tries to put a breath mask on Starbuck to give him fresh air] Cassie, will you get that felgercarb out of my face!

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Cassiopeia: Now if you don't mind, I feel about as useful as a meteor storm. What's going on?

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Hector: The waste of it all. Why can't man get along with man?

Lt. Starbuck: That, Hector, is the question.

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Lt. Starbuck: You two make quite a pair, you and your father. For androids patterned in man's image, I'm not so sure you didn't get the best end of the deal.

Hector: I consider that a great compliment.

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Lt. Starbuck: [about human nature] Whatever's logical and in the interest of all mankind, we'll do exactly the opposite.

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Capt. Apollo: You did right, Hector.

Vector: For an imbecile!

Hector: You made me.

Vector: Don't remind me.

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Capt. Apollo: We'll check in with each other every few centons.

Michael: Apollo, what is a centon?

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Vector: You all right?

Capt. Apollo: I'm just trying to conserve air. You don't know how lucky you are.

Vector: Yeah, well, I may not suffocate, but I could rust myself to death. Or we may all get lost down here. These chambers go on forever and ever and ever!

Capt. Apollo: You're a lot of laughs, Vector.

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Vector: Hush up, Hector. He's sore because I didn't build him any brothers and sisters.

Hector: A girl is what I really want.

Vector: If I had parts for a woman, I'd build one for myself. Hmph!

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Dr. Salik: Dr. Wilker, do you realize that nothing we have on the Galactica seems to correlate with their symbols or systems?

Dr. Wilker: They're human.

Dr. Salik: Yes.

Dr. Wilker: The ship flies, it draws energy. It has to make sense. We're just going to have to start taking some chances.

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Statesman Geller: You have your orders, doctor.

Dr. Salik: And you sir, have a problem with finding another doctor.

[walks out]

Statesman Geller: Adama, talk to him.

Commander Adama: Oh, I plan to.

Statesman Geller: Excellent.

Commander Adama: I plan on telling him that he has given me one of the proudest moments of my life.

Commander Adama: [stands up to address the Council of the Twelve] Something marvellous has happened here. Please... do not let it pass unnoticed.

[starts to leave]

Statesman Geller: Would you mind telling me what all that means?

Commander Adama: Dr. Salik has just reaffirmed that we are a race worth saving.

[exits the council chamber]

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