This is an episode about loss. Kat and Starbuck confront each other about their piloting skills and each vow to kill Scar (a Cylon spaceship) before the other.



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Dr. Gaius Baltar (credit only)
Number Six (credit only)
Ensign Brent 'BB' Baxton


The fleet has discovered an asteroid field with a large ore deposit, enough to construct at least two new squadrons of vipers. But the Cylons know about it and behind every rock there could be a raider. Since the destruction of the Resurrection ship they changed their tactics from mass to sneak attacks. Several pilots are already dead and especially raider Scar is feared. Meanwhile Starbuck hasn't been herself lately. She drinks a lot, thinks much about Anders and is getting irritated by Kat. She continually challenges her, beats her record in training and calls her the next Tigh. Both claim they will hunt down Scar. 200 cubits and the precious Top Gun trophy, currently in Starbuck's possession, are at stake. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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3 February 2006 (USA)  »

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Starbuck's use of her thumb to block the sun in order to see if Scar was coming had originally been done by Gregory H. 'Pappy' Boyington in World War Two, where he discovered that doing so would allow him to see incoming Zeroes. See more »


In the sex scene between Starbuck and Apollo, Starbuck first has two plasters on her right shoulder blade, then two on her left then a single, larger plaster on her left. See more »


Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [raising a toast] To Bee-bee. Jo-jo. Riley. Beano. Dipper. Flat Top. Chuckles. Jolly. Crashdown. Shepherd. Dash. Flyboy. Stepchild. Puppet. Fireball.
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: To all of 'em.
Commander William Adama: So say we all.
All: [in unison] So say we all.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [quietly] So say we all.
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A sore spot in the series
8 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

BSG has an incredible story and cast, but there are a few episodes that are not of the usual caliber. This is one of those, a real stinker.

The show follows the "introduce the beginning of the climax, then dribble out the rest, interspersed with the proceeding events" format. BSG has used this effectively, but in this episode the drama isn't strong enough to keep you interested across all the time shifts. I found myself hollering "come on already, stop teasing!" throughout the show.

All the characters are "off", so to speak. Obviously the writers wanted to explore yet-unseen aspects of the Viper pilots, particularly Starbuck, but the presentation conflicts with what we've seen in previous episodes. The antagonistic behavior between the pilots is taken to extremes and instead of increasing the tension or raising new questions, it just magnifies the flaws of the episode and feels contrived. I was less interested in several characters after this episode.

I'm only this critical because I'm so invested in the show from previous installments. The bar has been set so high that when it's lowered, golly does it seem low.

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