Battlestar Galactica: Season 1, Episode 3

Bastille Day (21 Jan. 2005)

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Deciding to use the thousand prisoners on a prison transport ship to mine the ice on the planet they've found, Galactica's plans are upset when a political prisoner onboard leads an uprising, taking hostages. He questions the legitimacy of Roslin's government and demands free elections to be held in the fleet.



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Water is found on a moon, but now there's the question of how to retrieve it. Chief Tyrol thinks the work's going to be hard. The moon is very barren and the liquid water is too salt. Only the ice is good enough, but it needs to be melted on site. Tyrol expects he needs at least a thousand men to do the work in proper time. President Roslin decides to ask prisoners on the prison ship Astral Queen to do the hard labor and receive points earning their freedom. But none of the prisoners are willing to cooperate, their representative Tom Zarek, a well known terrorist, tells. He has plan of his owns, frees the prisoners with the help of a guard and takes Lee, Dualla, Cally and Billy hostage. Zarek demands elections to replace president Roslin. Meanwhile on Caprica, Helo and the Cylon Boomer have arrived in an empty city, looking for a hospital to retrieve anti-radiation medication. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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21 January 2005 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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Bastille Day, when Boomer and Helo are walking through Cylon controlled Caprica and stumble upon the corpse being eaten by rats, they are actually walking in front of the Vancouver Public Library. See more »


Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [Starbuck's filling in for Apollo at the squadron briefing] Now, one of you has been coming in a little hot lately, a little too hot, a little, um - oh I don't know, he's-burning-up-the-deck-with-his-skids-because-he-just-can't-pull-back-on-the-throttle hot. Now who is this speed demon, my prince?
Boxey: Flat Top, sir!
[the squadron catcalls]
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Flat Top, you got a need for speed, do ya? Just can't wait to get back to the Big G and the loving embrace of your fellow pilots? Or maybe you have a hot date with...
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References Star Trek: The Conscience of the King (1966) See more »


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Written by Richard Gibbs
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Water shortage
1 May 2007 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Was watching this series with a wary eye and had already taken to several of the lead roles. This one introduced a new character, Tom Zarek played by the original Apollo, Richard Hatch who is one hell of a presence and a brilliant addition to the show. The crisis is real and Galactica just does not have the volume of workers to extract the water needed for the fleet, they have no choice but to recruit men from the prison barge. When the prison barge is later held under siege by Tom Zarek and his fellow inmates it turns into a real potent political story. I found it hard to believe the show could be this good at such an early stage. Tom Zarek has appeared in many episodes since this one but does not detract the limelight from the leads.

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