The famous Bob Dylan song 'All Along the Watchtower' was the source for the lines of some of the main characters near the end of the episode: "There must be some way out of here, said the joker to the thief / There's too much confusion, I can't get no relief." Also "No reason to get excited," as spoken by Anders.
Bear McCreary's newly composed theme underlying the lyrics of "All Along the Watchtower" is repeated throughout using electric sitar, harmoniums, duduk, yialli tanbur and electric violin. At the end, Steve Bartek plays the theme on an electric guitar, tuned down to C# minor. (The lowest string on a guitar -- in terms of pitch -- is normally tuned to an E note.)
For the second time in a row, the usual opening title sequence was removed and the names of the main cast members appeared on screen during the teaser. The number of survivors in the fleet was also absent.
In this episode, the song "All along the watchtower" and the character Starbuck were prominent. In S1E13 of X-Files, Mulder says he asked Boggs to channel Jimi Hendrix to play "All along the watchtower" and Scully's father had a nickname for her, which was "Starbuck".
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Katee Sackhoff is credited only in the final credits. She had been removed from the previous two episodes' credits (although "credit only" mentions are usual in Battlestar Galactica) in order to make people think she wasn't going to come back to the show after Starbuck's apparent death in "Maelstrom". Katee Sackhoff was told not to confess she wasn't leaving, and she was even given a goodbye party by her mates.
Ronald D. Moore had wished to use the song "All Along The Watchtower" by Bob Dylan in the show since the miniseries "'Battlestar Galactica' (2003) (TV)", but he didn't find an appropriate situation until the end of Season 3, in which the song is used as a call for the last infiltrated Cylons. The Battlestar Galactica composer, Bear McCreary, was told to make a completely different version, so he added the sitar and his brother sang the lyrics.