Battlestar Galactica: Season 1, Episode 8

Flesh and Bone (25 Feb. 2005)

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A humanoid Cylon is captured in the fleet, a copy of the Leoben model, who claims that he has planted a nuclear bomb in the Fleet before he was captured. Starbuck is tasked with interrogating him, which soon becomes a battle of wills as Starbuck has her marines to torture the Cylon to try to break him.



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A Cylon has been captured aboard the Gemenon Traveler. It's a copy of Leoben Conroy, who Adama found hiding in the Ragnar weapons depot. Adama orders Starbuck to interrogate him, but warns about his deceptiveness. Leoben tells her he planted a nuclear device on one of the ships in the fleet, set to go off nine hours later. Starbuck thinks of an unorthodox way to get answers out of the machine. Meanwhile Galactica-Boomer is getting more and more the feeling that she is a Cylon. She asks Gaius Baltar to be in the first batch to be tested by his Cylon detector. Back on Caprica Sharon has a meeting with the two other humanoid Cylons. She tells she and Helo had sex. They want them to set up quarters in a hut and if he refuses that, Sharon should kill him. She has different plans however. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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It is in this episode (as it is also done in another early episode) that the character of Number Two is named 'Leoben ConROY,' NOT "ConOY' (by President Roslyn, when she's looking over Leoben's dossier). As there are few points in the series where the model's full name is ever mentioned, and a subsequent typo that he's referred to as 'Conoy.' See more »


During Starbuck's interrogation of Leoben she has the guards submerge his head in a vat of water. The water quickly becomes red and clouded from the blood on his face. When a later shot shows Leoben's face as he holds his breath underwater (a view looking up from the bottom of the vat) the water is crystal clear and unclouded. See more »


President Laura Roslin: Put him out the air lock.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: What? You can't do that, not after he told you the truth.
President Laura Roslin: Yes, I can, and I will. Lieutenant, look at me. You've lost perspective. During the time I've allowed him to remain alive and captive on this ship, he has caused our entire fleet to spread out defenseless. He puts insidious ideas in our minds, more lethal than any warhead. He creates fear, but you're right. He's a machine, and you don't keep a deadly machine around when it kills your people and threatens your ...
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Soul or Software?
6 September 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The Gemenon Traveler informs Galactica that a copy of Leoben Conoy has been captured. Commander Adama assigns Starbuck to interrogate the prisoner and advises her that this model cannot be trusted. Leoben claims that has planted a nuclear warhead in one spacecraft and Starbuck tortures him trying to discover where the bomb is planted. Meanwhile Boomer asks Dr. Baltar to be tested in his Cylon detector.

In "Flesh and Bone", Starbuck and Leoben have an inconclusive philosophical discussion about soul and Gods, raising the doubt whether the humanoid Cylons have soul or software. The despicable Gaius Baltar discovers but hides the truth about Boomer. But the worse again in this episode is the pointless participation of President Roslin, a ridiculous character that spoils this series. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "De Carne e Osso" ("Of Flesh and Bone")

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