Battlestar Galactica: Season 1, Episode 10

The Hand of God (11 Mar. 2005)

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The fleet is running out of tylium fuel and will soon not have enough to keep running from the Cylons, when they find an asteroid with several years worth of tylium ore...unfortunately, the Cylons have already built a mining base on it.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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After 36 days of running for the Cylons, there's a fuel problem. Tylium reserves are down to five percent, only enough for two more jumps. Then Crashdown and Boomer find a huge deposit on an asteroid. There's just one big problem. Cylons have a refinery on the asteroid and the place is crawling with raiders. Adama orders an attack. Meanwhile president Roslin is getting more hallucinations due to the chamalla. She seeks advice from priest Elosha. She recognizes Roslin's story of snakes at a press conference. It reminds her of the prophecy of oracle Pythia in the Holy Scrolls. Back on Caprica Helo is getting more and more the feeling there's something going on, especially since he sees a group of centurions approaching their hiding place, lead by someone who he saw die. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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11 March 2005 (USA)  »

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The story for episode #1.10, "The Hand of God", is a loose remake of the basic plot of an episode from the Original Series, which was also named "The Hand of God". See more »


When Apollo returns to the Galactica and is talking to Starbuck after he destroys the Cylon mining facility, there is a shot where Starbuck is putting a bottle of wine up to her lips. In the next shot, the bottle is not anywhere near her mouth. See more »


Commander William Adama: [Adama finds Lee sitting alone in the Viper hangar the night before a big mission. He sits next to him] Can't sleep? I couldn't either before a big op.
[Looks at Viper]
Commander William Adama: Mark II. Good ship. Got me out of a lot of tough scrapes. Got something for you. Belonged to your grandfather.
[Hands Lee a cigarette lighter]
Commander William Adama: My mom bought it for him when he was in law school. See the engraving on it?
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: [the lighter reads 'Joseph Adama'] Yeah I can barely make it out but...
Commander William Adama: He was a better father than I was. Dad ...
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Wander My Friends
Words and Music by Bear McCreary
Performed by Lillis Ó Laoire
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Instrument of God
14 September 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

When the Tylium reserve of the fleet is running out and enough for two more jumps only, Boomer and Crashdown find a deposit enough for a couple of years in an asteroid. However, the Cylons are exploring and processing the fuel in a well protected refinery with a base with many raiders. Commander Adama decides to attack the base and asks the unconventional Starbuck to analyze their strategy with eyes wide open and based on Dr. Baltar's guess. President Roslin, who is delusional and suffering hallucinations with the treatment with chamalla, agrees with the plan. Meanwhile in Caprica, when Helo sees Number Six alive after dying on his hands, he questions Boomer what might have happened.

"The Hand of God" recalls the original series, with many strategies and airborne battles. The runaway of Helo and Boomer has reached an interesting point with Helo questioning how Number Six could be chasing them if she died. The guess of Dr. Baltar seems to indicate that he is an important part of the Cylon plan. Again the unpleasant part of the episode is related to the useless character of President Roslin, participating in military decisions in another ridiculous sequence. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Mão de Deus" ("The Hand of God")

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