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"Battlestar Galactica" Act of Contrition (2004)

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Battlestar Galactica: Season 1: Episode 4 -- A crisis forces Commander Adama, Lee Adama, and Kara Thrace to finally face a ghost from their past - the late Zak Adama.


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Original Air Date:
8 November 2004 (Season 1, Episode 4)
There's a party on Galactica's flight deck as Flat-Top just had his thousandth landing. Something goes... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Painful Recollections See more (4 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Rod Hardy 
Writing credits
Ronald D. Moore (developed by)

Bradley Thompson (written by) &
David Weddle (written by)

David Weddle (story editor) &
Bradley Thompson (story editor)

Glen A. Larson (based on the series created by: "Battlestar Galactica")

Carla Robinson  staff writer

Produced by
David Eick .... executive producer
Harvey Frand .... producer
Ron French .... line producer (as Ron E. French)
Toni Graphia .... co-executive producer
Glen A. Larson .... consulting producer
Paul M. Leonard .... associate producer
Ronald D. Moore .... executive producer
Original Music by
Bear McCreary (music by)
Cinematography by
Stephen McNutt (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Dany Cooper 
Production Design by
Richard Hudolin 
Art Direction by
Doug McLean (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Jonathan Lancaster 
Costume Design by
Glenne Campbell 
Makeup Department
Gerald Gibbons .... hair stylist
Michelle Hrescak .... make-up: Mary McDonnell
Lise Kuhr .... makeup artist
Patricia Murray .... makeup artist
Stacey Butterworth .... wig maker (uncredited)
Production Management
Trisha Brunner .... post production supervisor
Craig Forrest .... unit manager
Ron French .... production manager (as Ron E. French)
Todd Sharp .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sara Irvine .... third assistant director
John Mavrogeorge .... first assistant director
Derek Thomson .... second assistant director
Art Department
Felipe Barragan .... set decorator buyer
Perry Battista .... assistant set decorator
Paul Burton .... set dresser
Chris Claridge .... construction coordinator
Michael Corrado .... art department coordinator
Kenneth H. Hawryliw .... property master (as Ken Hawryliw)
Jim Hayes .... construction foreman
Don McGill .... assistant props
Nina Polkinghorne .... assistant props
Ken Rabehl .... assistant art director
Ivana Vasak .... assistant art director
Andrew Reid .... buyer (uncredited)
Ocea Ringrose .... set dresser (uncredited)
Maurice Woodworth .... on-set dresser: second unit (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rick Bal .... sound mixer
Vince Balunas .... dialogue editor
Chris Boyett .... additional editorial
Kevin Patrick Burns .... re-recording mixer (as Kevin Burns)
Daniel Colman .... sound designer
Greg Hewett .... sound assistant (as Greg Hewitt)
Jack Levy .... supervising sound editor
Doug Madick .... foley artist
Todd Orr .... re-recording mixer
Matt Willoughby-Price .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Murray Campbell .... special effects assistant (as Murray Cambell)
Andrew Chamberlayne .... special effects coordinator (as Andy Chamberlayne)
Philip Edward Jones .... special effects assistant (as Philip Jones)
Ron Seida .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Mike Gibson .... visual effects coordinator (as Michael Gibson)
Gary Hutzel .... visual effects supervisor
Blaine Lougheed .... visual effects assistant
Sean M. Jackson .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Kelly Lee Myers .... digital video effects (uncredited)
Jose Perez .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Jeremy Price .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Ruslan Vasylev .... digital artist (uncredited)
Duane Dickinson .... assistant stunt coordinator
Mike Mitchell .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Bruce Beaulac .... best boy grip
Murray Chysyk .... genny operator
Robert DeVitt .... second assistant: "b" camera (as Rob DeVitt)
Ryan Gillard .... first assistant: "b" camera (as Ryan S. Gillard)
Curt Griebel .... key grip
Joel Guthro .... camera operator: "a" camera
Nick Lamb .... camera trainee
Bud Legree .... leadman setup
Jordan Neifer .... dolly grip
Richard Porta .... second assistant: "a" camera
Don Saari .... gaffer
Tim Spencer .... camera operator: "b" camera
Tim Spencer .... steadicam operator
Chris Thompson .... first assistant: "a" camera
Jeff Trebenski .... best boy electric
Darin Wong .... dolly grip
Animation Department
Jerry Hultsch .... end-credit logos: R&D TV
Corey Bramall .... digital artist (uncredited)
Casting Department
Heike Brandstatter .... casting: Canada
Errin Clutton .... casting coordinator: Canada
Eric Dawson .... casting: Los Angeles
James Forsyth .... extras casting
Carol Kritzer .... casting: Los Angeles
Coreen Mayrs .... casting: Canada
Robert J. Ulrich .... casting: Los Angeles (as Robert Ulrich)
Elisabeth van Assum .... casting assistant: Canada (as Liz van Assum)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pamela Cameron .... costume supervisor
Glenna Owen .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Greg D'Auria .... assistant editor
Joe Finley .... color timer
Harry Jierjian .... assistant editor
Gregg Tilson .... post production coordinator
Kye Meechan .... assistant editor: Vancouver (uncredited)
Music Department
Robert Fernandez .... orchestral engineer
Richard Gibbs .... composer: main title theme
Steve Kaplan .... scoring engineer
Jason Ruder .... music coordinator
Michael Now .... featured vocalist (uncredited)
Lillis O'Laoire .... featured vocalist (uncredited)
Brandon Keropian Olmos .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Ken Stacey .... featured vocalist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Bill Janssen .... transportation coordinator
Ranj Jawant .... transportation captain
Mitch LaFleur .... transportation captain
Other crew
Carol Bailey .... assistant accountant
Tim Bennett .... production assistant
Laurie Boyle .... production accountant
Reva Clavier .... payroll accountant
Maril Davis .... assistant: Mr. Moore
Debbie Forbes .... assistant to the producers
Ron Gray .... craft service (as Ron Grey)
Ron Gray .... medic (as Ron Grey)
Kevin R. Grazier .... science advisor (as Kevin Grazer)
James Halpern .... assistant: Mr. Eick
Tanis Hofmann .... production assistant
Corey Jones .... script supervisor
Natalie Kangropool .... accounting clerk
Tom McAlley .... accounting clerk
Ryan Mottesheard .... script coordinator
Nicole Oguchi .... asst production coordinator (as Nicole Shizuka Oguchi)
Cara Rogers .... production coordinator
Andrew Seklir .... main title design
Tisha Simpkins .... location assistant
Kent Sponagle .... location manager
Jennifer Tanami-Hendriks .... asst production coordinator (as Jennifer Tanami-Hendricks)
Robert J. Thissen .... assistant to writers
Ross Framo .... computer and video coordinator (uncredited)
Brian J. McNamara .... opening tiles, locators, end credits (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Germany:42 min

Did You Know?

The opening bit in "Act of Contrition" where a drone accidentally breaks loose from a storage rack and spontaneously ignites is based on a real incident aboard the USS Forrestal where a missile accidentally ignited and hit several planes on the flight deck. The cadence-like chant the pilots were singing was a rewritten version of a chant sung by A-10 Thunderbolt pilots.See more »
Factual errors: When Starbuck is crashing (descending) into the moon, her analog pressure altimeter is climbing at a rapid rate instead of descending. Also (not as critical) her artificial horizon shows her in a spiral dive to the right but her viper is in a flat spin.See more »
Doctor Cottle:You are obviously an intelligent, well-educated young woman. Would you mind explaining to me why you waited five years in between breast exams?
President Laura Roslin:Yes, I would mind. It's none of your business. I was busy.
Doctor Cottle:[lighting a cigarette] And now here you are.
President Laura Roslin:Yes, here we are. Would you mind?
[indicating her displeasure at his smoking]
Doctor Cottle:I do, actually.
[continues smoking]
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Main Title ThemeSee more »


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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Painful Recollections, 22 August 2008
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

During the celebration of the one thousandth flight of Lieutenant Flat-Top, there is a fatal accident with thirteen pilots and they die in an explosion in the deck of the hangar. Commander Adama requests Starbuck to train a group of rookies as replacement in an urgent basis. However, the experienced pilot is still traumatized with the lost of her fiancé Zak, who failed in the pilot examination but she approved him. Meanwhile in Caprica, Helo and Boomer find a shelter in a restaurant through a military beacon with the necessary supplies for their survival.

"Act of Contrition" is certainly the best episode so far of the First Season of Galactica. The dramatic show is centered in Starbuck and her painful recollections of her relationship with Zak Adama while assigned to train a group of new pilots, affecting her judgment and evaluation. The conclusion is promising that this series will improve in the next shows. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Dolorosas Lembrancas" ("Painful Recollections")

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