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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The long, entangled relationship between Kara Thrace, and Leoben Conoy begins here, in a standoff, as Kara and Leoben sit opposite each other. Leoben says: 'a part of me swims in this stream...the current never takes me down stream.' This phrase, and more of what it (can) mean is in the 4th season episode, entitled 'Islanded In A Stream Of Stars.' 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 »


Leoben Conoy: I see love that bonds everything together.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: You don't know the meaning of the word.
Leoben Conoy: I know that God loved you more than anything. And how did you repay His divine love? With sin. Evil. So God created the Cylons.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: The gods did not create you! We did! It was a stupid and fracked up decision, and we are paying for it. You destroyed my entire race! That is sin! That is evil! *That* is what *you* are.
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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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