Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)
6 user 1 critic

Bastille Day 

Deciding to use the thousand prisoners on a prison transport ship to mine the ice on the planet they've found, Galactica's plans are upset when a political prisoner onboard leads an uprising, taking hostages. He questions the legitimacy of Roslin's government and demands free elections to be held in the fleet.


Allan Kroeker


Ronald D. Moore (developed by), Toni Graphia | 4 more credits »

Watch Now

With Prime Video





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Edward James Olmos ... Commander William Adama
Mary McDonnell ... President Laura Roslin
Katee Sackhoff ... Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace
Jamie Bamber ... Cpt. Lee 'Apollo' Adama
James Callis ... Dr. Gaius Baltar
Tricia Helfer ... Number Six
Grace Park ... Lt. Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii
Michael Hogan ... Colonel Saul Tigh
Aaron Douglas ... Chief Galen Tyrol
Tahmoh Penikett ... Lt. Karl 'Helo' Agathon
Kandyse McClure ... Officer Anastasia Dualla
Paul Campbell ... Billy Keikeya
Alessandro Juliani ... Lt. Felix Gaeta
Connor Widdows ... Boxey
Richard Hatch ... Tom Zarek


Water is found on a moon, but now there's the question of how to retrieve it. Chief Tyrol thinks the work's going to be hard. The moon is very barren and the liquid water is too salt. Only the ice is good enough, but it needs to be melted on site. Tyrol expects he needs at least a thousand men to do the work in proper time. President Roslin decides to ask prisoners on the prison ship Astral Queen to do the hard labor and receive points earning their freedom. But none of the prisoners are willing to cooperate, their representative Tom Zarek, a well known terrorist, tells. He has plan of his owns, frees the prisoners with the help of a guard and takes Lee, Dualla, Cally and Billy hostage. Zarek demands elections to replace president Roslin. Meanwhile on Caprica, Helo and the Cylon Boomer have arrived in an empty city, looking for a hospital to retrieve anti-radiation medication. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


TV-14 | See all certifications »



USA | UK | Canada



Release Date:

21 January 2005 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Tom Zarek is played by Richard Hatch, who played captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica (1978). See more »


When the raptor approaches the prison ship it must invert itself and attach upside down to the bottom. Yet in the next scene we see Starbuck and the Marines fast roping down through the hole they cut in the bottom of the ship's hull, instead of climbing upward into the ship like they should be if gravity was oriented to the prison ship. See more »


Tom Zarek: They call you Apollo.
Cpt. Lee 'Apollo' Adama: It's my call sign.
Tom Zarek: Apollo's one of the gods, a lord of Kobol. You must be a very special man to be called the god.
Cpt. Lee 'Apollo' Adama: It's just a stupid nickname.
Tom Zarek: Son of Zeus, good with the bow, god of the hunt. And also a god of healing. Now, a god can reconcile those two opposing forces, but a mortal has to pick one side or the other. Have you picked a side, Apollo?
See more »


Referenced in The Big Bang Theory: The Vengeance Formulation (2009) See more »


Main Title Theme
Written by Richard Gibbs
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Links to Terrorism
24 February 2007 | by ScotlandZeifSee all my reviews

This episode had a lot of links to terrorism. A lot of people in America think that just because its not perfect here, and they don't get everything they want, that our entire system is corrupt. Therefore, they surmise, we are no "better" than the terrorists. This is just like the leader of the prisoners in this episode. Right now, the whole fleet is facing a water shortage that could threaten everyone's life. But all the prison leader cares about it how the current president was chosen. This is symbolic of the way this country is now. A lot of Americans would rather focus on the side issues than the big ones that affect us all. This episode did an amazing job of dramatizing this issue. What role do prisoners play in our society? Where does democracy fit in during a state of emergency? Thesse questions and more are here in this volatile and exciting episode.

8 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed