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Flight Ops and Accidents
Excellent episode in that it depicts how quickly jubilation can turn into destruction, or calm can turn into storm.
A mechanical accident on the hangar deck causes nearly half Galactica's veteran pilots to die unexpectedly. They must be replaced, and Lt. "Starbuck" Thrace has to train the replacements. She begins by washing them out on their first day, but is coerced into readmitting them. During basic flight training the trainees and their flight instructor are jumped by enemy raiders. Starbuck, the flight instructor, engages the raiders so the trainees can run for the ship.
Technical mistake (spoiler): When Starbuck's Viper is seen spinning out of control down through the atmosphere of the planet, the altimeter is shown winding up, gaining altitude, instead of unwinding as the craft rapidly loses altitude.
This episode is an homage to The Right Stuff and to Top Gun, with shots and scenes quoted from both. Watch for Bodie Olmos spinning his pen and striking a look in homage to Val "Iceman" Kilmer of Top Gun.