Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)
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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


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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 (

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21 January 2005 (USA) See more »


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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character of Cally was supposed to be killed off in the original drafts of this script, but David Eick decided he wanted her to fight back during the rape scene rather than be killed off. Cally later became an important recurring character in the series. 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?
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Referenced in The Big Bang Theory: The Vengeance Formulation (2009) See more »


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What the Frak happened to Boxey?
17 March 2018 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

Connor Widdows (From a few of the X-Men franchise films, and one great episode of Chris Carter's "MillenniuM") had been playing "Boxey", who was a major character in the 1978 BSG.

In fact, Connor plays Boxey in the Miniseries, and it's not really a minor part. He comes to Galactica with "Boomer", who had picked him up on Caprica while "Helo" stayed.

In this episode, he is even given a major Role, as the original Boxey was a kind of Mascot for BSG. It appeared as though Connor was being set up to fill this role in the new series. Here, he is shown to be a clever, useful kid.

But he was never seen again after this episode. I've always wondered what happened to him.

But this episode does have something else that is very important: It introduces the character of Tom Zarek, a terrorist. Played by the Original Apollo, Richard Hatch, who had tried for years to resurrect BSG using his own cash. This role was a challenge for Richard, and he succeeded beyond all hopes bringing Zarek to life. But Zarek is a terrorist. A terrorist that may even have good political ideas, but a terrorist nonetheless. A selfish terrorist, even. Now, Mr. Legitimacy even praises this, and Apollo for siding with him, but Mr Legitimate is missing the point: A democracy cannot cow to Terrorists regardless of how right they are, and a government loses it's legitimacy if major changes are made at the behest of a Terrorist. Mr Legitimate tries to legitimize an illegitimate act by a man who used terrorism, and painted it over with politics, pretending he had actual regard for the well being of the Human Race and/or the body politic of the Caprican (and the other 11 tribes) survivors. But if you watch this episode carefully, it is all a SHAM. And Zarek's actions were not, well, the word of the day is Legitimate, is it not?

The important point of this episode, is Apollo's choice. Because Apollo's concern was legitimate concern for the safety of and survival of the human race, not some fake altruism or Jingoism. Apollo knew the core of what was right, and used the same ideals that Zarek was pretending he cared about, to legitimately bring about change along the same lines.

What makes the Zarek character great is not only Mr Hatch's great ability to become Zarek in the flesh and make you believe it, but he did so in a consistent manner all the way to the end of his participation in the series.

I grieved when Mr Hatch passed away into the Universe. But his role as Zarek gives us something to think about, something to not become.

But... Where did Boxey go!

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