Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)
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Unfinished Business 

A look at the events that took place during the year-long gap from the storyline in the Season Two finale. The story reveals the reasons for the rift between Kara ("Starbuck") and Lee ("Apollo").


Robert M. Young (as Robert Young)


Ronald D. Moore (developed by), Michael Taylor | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Edward James Olmos ... Admiral William Adama
Mary McDonnell ... President Laura Roslin
Katee Sackhoff ... Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace
Jamie Bamber ... Maj. Lee 'Apollo' Adama
James Callis ... Dr. Gaius Baltar
Tricia Helfer ... Number Six (credit only)
Grace Park ... Lt. Sharon 'Athena' Agathon
Michael Hogan ... Colonel Saul Tigh
Aaron Douglas ... Chief Galen Tyrol
Tahmoh Penikett ... Captain Karl 'Helo' Agathon
Nicki Clyne ... Crewman Specialist Cally Tyrol
Alessandro Juliani ... Lt. Felix Gaeta
Kandyse McClure ... Lt. Anastasia Dualla
Michael Trucco ... Samuel Anders
Kate Vernon ... Ellen Tigh


The Galactica is having a boxing tournament of sorts. As Admiral Adama explains it to President Roslin, the purpose is to let the crew step into the ring and release their frustrations against an opponent of their choice, regardless of rank. As the crew watch or participate the fight, they recall past incidents between them. Adama calls out Chief Tyrol, who he let go live on New Caprica when he really needed him on the ship. He has a message for the crew on duty and obligations. Starbuck and Apollo have a long history together and have never fully comes to terms with their feelings for one another. During the initial establishment of the colony on New Caprica they made love after a drunken wild party and Apollo was ready for them to make a life together. Starbuck refused to accept their need for one another and married Sam Anders the very next day. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

1 December 2006 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Human Survivor Count: 41,422 See more »


At the end of the match between Hotdog and Starbuck, she knocks him out cold, flat on his back, the camera cuts away to CDR Adama for a second, and when it cuts back, Hotdog is still unconscious, but lying on his side. No one is close enough to him to have turned him over during the quick cut away. See more »


Colonel Saul Tigh: Did I ever tell you how glad I am I married you?
Ellen Tigh: Not once.
Colonel Saul Tigh: Oh. Well then, I'll save it for a special occasion.
Ellen Tigh: [smiles] C'mere.
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Alternate Versions

The third season episode "Unfinished Business" is presented in an extended "Ron Moore Cut" on the Region 1 "Season Three" DVD set. The extended version runs about 25 minutes longer than the aired cut. The aired version is also present on the Region 1 DVD set, while the extended version is not available outside of Region 1. See more »


The Dance
Music by Bear McCreary
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12 January 2007 | by csolutionrevenge_See all my reviews

I don't understand why so many people hated this episode. Actually I do, but I don't understand why they watch Battlestar. When I saw the preview after 'Hero', I said 'WTF, Boxing Episode?' Then I watched it. To me, this episode epitomized why I watch BSG. Pure, character driven drama, and is now on my top ten favorites across the whole show. I guess you can listen to those who say 'OMFG GHEY SOAP OPREA WERES The SPLOSIONS?????///slash?', but why? This episode provided a deep look at the rifts that had settled between characters in the 'One Year Later' jump at the end of season 2, and how they all dealt with their own unfinished business. Anybody who likes Battlestar for the adult drama it is should enjoy this episode. Otherwise, I hear Lucas is working on another rehash of the Star Wars Saga.

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