Battlestar Galactica: Season 1, Episode 5

You Can't Go Home Again (4 Feb. 2005)

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Starbuck has been shot down over a barren moon, and must be rescued before she runs out of oxygen. Adama become obsessed with trying to save her even when all hope seems lost, putting the Fleet at risk. Meanwhile, Starbuck finds the Cylon Raider she shot down, and tries to learn how to fly it so she can escape.


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Starbuck is shot down after the battle with the eight Cylon raiders. Hotdog thinks she was still maneuvering and this gives commander Adama the idea that she might still be alive. He launches a full scale rescue mission. Starbuck has crash landed on a moon. She tries to attract the attention of rescue parties by moving to higher ground. The search isn't going well however and Starbuck's oxygen supply is running out. The mission is hindered by low visibility, high rates of fuel use and on top of that the vipers are beginning to malfunction due to the atmosphere. But Adama seems obsessed with the rescue. He orders more and more attempts, even if that will endanger the security of the fleet at a Cylon attack. Meanwhile on Caprica, Helo's shelter is attacked by a Centurion. He and the Cylon Boomer are intentionally separated. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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The story is a homage to Galactica 1980: The Return of Starbuck (1980), in which Starbuck from the original series is shot down on a desert planet and has to rely on a Cylon centurion he reactivated to help him survive. In this episode, Starbuck must reactivate a Cylon raider to fly off the moon and back to the Galactica in order to survive. See more »


When Apollo is escorting the Cylon fighter back to the Galactica, you can see the whole fleet, even though every ship except the Galactica had already jumped into hyperspace. See more »


Commander William Adama: [about what would happen if Apollo was shot down and missing] We'd never leave.
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References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »


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Saving Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace
25 August 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Starbuck is hit by a Cylon raider and falls in an inhospitable moon with about 46 hours of oxygen supply. Meanwhile, Commander William Adama and Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama lead a rescue mission, using all the possible resources under the protest of President Laura Roslin that orders to call off the mission. Meanwhile in Caprica, Helo is attacked in the shelter while preparing the breakfast for Boomer and him.

Definitely I hate the incoherent and cynical character of President Roslin. Maybe the intention of the writers is to raise this kind of feeling in the viewers, but I can not accept the arrogance of this ill school teacher giving orders in a trained commander. The rest of the story is OK. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Você Não Pode Voltar para Casa" ("You Can't Return Home")

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