Battlestar Galactica: Season 1, Episode 12

Kobol's Last Gleaming: Part 1 (25 Mar. 2005)

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Galactica stumbles upon Kobol, the long-lost home world of humanity that the 13 Tribes came from, which legend says holds the only clues to the location of Earth. Roslin convinces Starbuck to steal the captured Cylon raider and return to Cylon-occupied Caprica with it to retrieve a religious artifact that will unlock the secrets on Kobol.



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While searching for supplies Boomer and Crashdown once again make an important discovery. It's a planet with a nitrogen-oxygen atmosphere. It seems some sort of calamity wiped out the population 2000 years ago. Still there are ruins left and the planet might be habitable. The dying President Roslin has visions however and she and priest Elosha determine that the planet is Kobol, the birthplace of mankind. The scriptures tell Kobol will lead the way to Earth. Meanwhile Kara spent the night with Dr. Baltar, leaving Lee very agitated. Galactica-Boomer has the feeling one day she might hurt somebody and is getting more and more suicidal tendencies, while Boomer on Caprica is about to be shot by Helo. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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Went through a number of changes according to the Podcast commentary. Some of these early differences include: 1. Part One was to conclude with the Raptor crashing and Part Two would end with Starbuck stealing the Raider to finish the finale with a season-ending cliffhanger. This was changed when the original pacing wasn't working. 2. Originally, the ruins on Kobol were supposed to be a huge temple that was mirrored on Caprica. This was abandoned due to cost constraints. 3. What Baltar and Number Six experienced inside the ruins on Kobol went through a number of changes. Originally, Ron D. Moore proposed to the other writers that there was supposed to be a bright corridor of light. In a later version, there was to be complete darkness punctuated with music from a song recognizable by both the audience and the two explorers. Then, Dirk Benedict (Starbuck from the original "Battlestar Galactica" (1978)) was supposed appear and say something like, "Hi. I'm God." followed by TO BE CONTINUED... However, the other writers quickly disparaged the idea as implausible, and Ron D. Moore reluctantly agreed. 4. One concept that the writers liked, but were forced to abandon was the idea that the interior room of the ruins was to be located in "otherspace" or in a different spatial or dimensional location. See more »


Socinus is on the Raptor that jumps to the planet, yet he has previously been placed in the brig for collusion and we did not see him released or acquitted. Actually a deleted scene shows Socinus released on parole by request of Chief Tyrol due to the extreme short-handedness of experienced crew. But the main point is that Socinus is a minor character and viewers cannot expect to see everything relating to a minor character. Usually a line of dialog is sufficient to explain this plot point, but as a scene was filmed and then deleted, there was no convenient place to loop it in later. Key here is that Adama held Socinus to teach the Chief a lesson. No one should have expected Adama to hold a valuable and trained worker for very long in those circumstances. See more »


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Leadership Divided
14 September 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Starbuck has one night stand with Dr. Baltar, creating tension with Apollo. Meanwhile, Boomer and Crashdown find a habitable planet with ancient ruins and people conclude it is Kobol. President Roslin has visions with the pictures of the surface of Kobol due to the drug camalla and Elosha gives a religious interpretation to her visions based on the scriptures. Commander Adama sends three raptors to research the planet, but they are surprised by a Cylon starbase and the raiders destroy raptor number three, the number one crashes on Kobol and the number two jumps back to Galactica. Adama plots a scheme with Starbuck to lure the Cylons using the raider they have but President Roslin convinces her to jump back to Caprica to retrieve the mystic Apollo's Arrow to help her to lead the survivors to Earth. Meanwhile Boomer tries to commit suicide in Galactica while her clone is shot by Helo in Caprica.

In this episode, the incoherent President Roslin gives sign of insanity jeopardizing the rescue mission of the survivors in Kobol following her intuition based on religion and dividing the leadership of the survivors in a moment of danger. I really do not like this character and consequently the parts of this series where she participates. Meanwhile Boomer in Galactica has existence crisis and shows suicidal tendencies. In Caprica, the other clone is in love with Halo. The jealousy of Apollo is quite ridiculous, giving a connotation of soap-opera to this episode. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Último Vislumbre de Kobol – Parte 1" ("The Last Glimpse of Kobol - Part 1")

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