Battlestar Galactica: Season 2, Episode 9

Flight of the Phoenix (16 Sep. 2005)

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While Tyrol decides to start building a new fighter, the Cylon virus is rearing its ugly head again. Boomer tells it means a large Cylon attack is imminent.



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The crew is getting agitated and demoralized. Chief Galen Tyrol yet again has to scrap a viper, Gaeta yells at Tigh when he orders him to go through the computer program line by line to get rid of the Cylon virus still causing malfunctions. Meanwhile Helo is having trouble integrating in the crew. He even starts a fight with Tyrol over Boomer. Tyrol decides it's time for a change and starts constructing a new fighter. His crew, the pilots and Colonel Tigh all think it's a waste of time. Meanwhile the malfunctions caused by the virus are getting more severe. Dr. Baltar and Gaeta find out the virus is learning, already capable of taking over all the systems and very difficult to remove. Commander Adama asks Boomer for advice. She tells him it's a prelude for an all-out Cylon attack. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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Opening credits say there are 47,853 human survivors. See more »


After the fight between Helo and the Chief ends, two crew members (one of whom is holding a camera) is seen crouched down behind them. See more »


Col. Saul Tigh: [Col. Tigh happens upon Tyrol in a tool room] What's this, Chief?
Chief Petty Officer Tyrol: I'm making solvent, sir, to clean machine parts.
Col. Saul Tigh: Solvent my ass. I know a still when I smell it.
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References October Sky (1999) See more »


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A good lesson to learn
4 January 2012 | by (Kazakhstan) – See all my reviews

First, this episode reveals that there is some shortage of properly repaired Vipers aboard Galactica.

The situation is worsened by a virus raging the Galactica's systems performing various dirty tricks here and there. Since the virus certainly looks like a Cylons job to the Galactica's engineers, Sharon Valerii is asked for help. When presented with a piece of code printed on paper, she becomes convinced that it is indeed Cylon and that she knows how to deal with the virus.

Suddenly, a great deal of Cylon ships suddenly jump in, so great that it outnumbers any Cylon fleet seen before in the series. Moments later, Sharon, with permission of Commander Adama, broadcasts a message from aboard Galactica using a broadcasting system. As it turns out, the message is harmful to AI controlling Cylon's fleet, which renders all of it, - hundreds of robotized automated spaceships, - harmless and immobile.

So, it poses an intriguing question for Galactica's crew: what to do next with this sudden gift of destiny in the form of abandoned hi-tech fleet? If captured by Galactica, those Cylon ships could be either reprogrammed to fight for Humanity's cause, or cleaned up to be piloted by Starbuck or somebody else, or salvaged for raw materials and fuel.

Of course, after a great effort made to consider all the cons and pros of each option extremely carefully, the wisest military command aboard Galactica takes the most subtle and long-sighed approach. An order issued to Galactica's fighters fleet says: "kill (aka destroy) the bastards".

Most of all, I appreciate the entertaining value of this episode, especially the scene where three people are in a room out of oxygen.

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