Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)
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Escape Velocity 

Gaius Baltar causes intense unrest within the fleet when he begins to openly promote belief in the Cylon god. Colonel Tigh, Galen Tyrol, and Tory Foster argue over how far they should go to ensure their secret is not revealed.

Director:

Edward James Olmos

Writers:

Ronald D. Moore (developed by), Jane Espenson | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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 ... Lee Adama
James Callis ... Dr. Gaius Baltar
Tricia Helfer ... Number Six / Caprica
Grace Park ... Lt. Sharon 'Athena' Agathon (credit only)
Michael Hogan ... Colonel Saul Tigh
Aaron Douglas ... Chief Galen Tyrol
Michael Trucco ... Ensign Samuel Anders
Kate Vernon ... Ellen Tigh
Rekha Sharma ... Tory Foster
Keegan Connor Tracy ... Jeanne
Leah Cairns ... Lt. Margaret Edmondson
Colin Lawrence ... Lt. Hamish 'Skulls' McCall
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Storyline

Funeral services are held for Cally Tyrol but the Chief feels guilty about what happened to his wife. He's slipping on the job as well and makes a serious mistake that could have resulted in death for the crew of a Raptor. Harsh words with Admiral Adama in Joe's Bar results in him being demoted from Chief to Specialist and designated for reassignment. Col. Tigh visits Caprica Six in the brig to advise that her request the see the child Hera has been denied. He's shocked at what he sees however. Meanwhile, Gaius Baltar and his acolytes are attacked and beaten in their quarters by the Sons of Ares, a vigilante group. As a result, he goes on the offensive and desecrates a temple in revenge. President Roslin promises him she will pursue his attackers but also seeks the Quorum of Twelve's support in passing new legislation to reign him in. Written by garykmcd

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

25 April 2008 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Aaron Douglas reads the "Previously on Battlestar Galactica" at the beginning of the episode. See more »

Goofs

When Tigh and Tori are in Tyrol's quarters, a close-up of Tigh clearly shows admiral's rank insignia on his uniform, noticeable due to their distinctive shape clearly different from his correct rank of colonel. See more »

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Dr. Gaius Baltar: Something in the universe loves me. Something in the universe loves the entity that is me. I will choose to call this something, "God." A singular spark that dwells in the soul of every living being. If you look inside yourself, you will find this spark too. You will. But you have to look deep. Love your faults. Embrace them. If God embraces them, then how can they be faults? Love yourself. You have to love yourself. If we don't love ourselves, how can we love others? And when we know what we ...
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Main Title Theme
Written by Richard Gibbs
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Serious improvement on previous episodes this season
27 April 2008 | by chrichtonsworldSee all my reviews

Finally an episode that showed what I loved in the show. All the dramatic developments from previous episodes do have an impact on the characters. Baltar is becoming a true martyr and even a messiah if it continues like this. Will it be for the better or worse? Saul,Tory and the Chief are coming to terms with being cylons. It is a delight to see them struggling. Will they turn? Or will they side with the humans like they have been doing. It is impossible to predict. I have no clue what the writers want to do with the final five.Will they become a real threat? Or are they just a gimmick? I would like to believe that they do have a genuine purpose in explaining some matters. More and more it becomes clearer that Baltar is in the middle of all this and that he and the final five are connected somehow. I am glad that the dramatic elements are back. Although I missed actual plot developments. If the show continues like this then I am confident the show will be back in form.


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