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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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Battlestar Galactica: Face of the Enemy

Battlestar Galactica

"Face of the Enemy"


Written by Jane Espenson and Seamus Kevin Fahey

Directed by Wayne Rose

Original streaming date: December 12, 2008 - January 12, 2009


On his way to R&R in the fleet, Gaeta finds his Raptor on an unexpected detour.


Read the summary of the episode at the Battlestar Wiki or Watch all 10 webisodes (low-res) on YouTube


Notes from the BSG chronology


This episode takes place 6 days after Earth's discovery.


Didja Know?


"Face of the Enemy" is made up of ten ~2-5 minute webisodes which ran twice a week during the five weeks before the premiere of Season 4.5. This study is of all ten webisodes together, which run a total of 33' 53".


These webisodes are not found on the complete series Blu-ray and DVD boxed sets due to disagreements about creator royalties payments for web-streaming episodes versus television broadcast.


Since "Face of the Enemy" was made up of short webisodes, there was no opening theme/titles for them. There was also, hence, no fleet population count presented.


The film and SFX quality of these webisodes is not quite up to the level of those seen in regular episodes of the TV series. 


Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode


Lt. Gaeta

Specialist Brooks (dies in this web series)
Ensign "Easy" Esrin (dies in this web series)
Lieutenant Jay "Shark" Finnegan (dies in this web series)

Hard Eight (dies in this web series)

Sweet Eight (dies in this web series)

Colonel Tigh

Lt. Hoshi

Paramedic Layne Ishay (mentioned only)

Admiral Adama (mentioned only)


Jenkins (mentioned only)

Penbroke (mentioned only)

Heather Redmond (mentioned only)

Heather Redmond's daughter (unnamed, mentioned only)

Baltar (in flashback only)

Specialist Tyrol (mentioned only)




Didja Notice?


Colonel Tigh orders Lt. Gaeta to go to the Zephyr for a week's R&R for a break (after his stressful mission aboard the Demetrius, losing his leg, etc.).


At 1:09 in the episode, an image that looks sort of like a Cylon baseship is seen displayed in CIC. But it's not quite a normal baseship.

Image in CIC


    This web series reveals that Lt. Gaeta is in a romantic relationship with Lt. Hoshi. Oddly, this is not evidenced in any other episode but, in his audio commentary on "The Disquiet That Follows My Soul", Ron Moore reveals that these webisodes were shot after the regular episodes of Season 4.5 (even though the story takes place near the beginning) and the relationship angle was added at that time. Gaeta is also revealed to have had a relationship with a Number Eight Cylon (Sweet Eight) on New Caprica, indicating he is bi-sexual.

    Writer Jane Espenson has said that the script was originally written to have Narcho be Gaeta's male lover, but actor Sebastian Spence was not available when the web series was shot post-season. Similarly, Gaeta's Cylon lover was changed from a Six to an Eight for the same reason. Espenson also states that Gaeta's relationship with Hoshi ends after the tenth webisode, explaining why there is no evidence of it in later TV episodes.


Hoshi implies that Paramedic Layne Ishay gave him the black market morpha he gives to Gaeta.


The Number Eight that Gaeta had a relationship with on New Caprica is referred to as Sweet Eight in the script. The other Eight who is on the Raptor with Gaeta and the others here is referred to as Hard Eight.


During the flashback to New Caprica at 11:00 in the episode, Gaeta is writing down a list of names of people who have gone missing on the colony since the occupation by the Cylons. Many of the names are members of the production crew on the TV series: P. Kim, G. Mah, Zahef Ehle, Shauna Magrath (assistant makeup artist), Steven Blue, Stacy Fish (first assistant director), Wayne Rose (director of these webisodes), Kevin Hall (camera operator), and Peter Beharry.


At 12:11 in the episode, the special effect of Hard Eight's corpse being pushed out of the Raptor into space is fairly cheesy. Her body appears to be laying on it's side on a hard invisible surface as floats off into space.


When Sweet Eight tells Gaeta she can interface with the Raptor's computer and determine the corrupted memory, Gaeta says he remembers that one of her did that once. This "other" her was Caprica-Valerii (later known as Athena) in "Lay Down Your Burdens" Part 1.


At 19:02 in the episode, as Gaeta is helping Sweet Eight to insert the data cable into her arm, he seems to say, "Oh, God," instead of "Oh, gods."


The flashback scene where Baltar tells Gaeta he knows what Sweet Eight did on New Caprica is from the scene in "Taking a Break From All Your Worries", where Baltar whispers something (unknown to us at the time) that makes Gaeta fly into a rage.


When Gaeta's gurney is wheeled through the Galactica corridors to sickbay, there appear be numerous tiny pieces of debris on the floors. Why? What is it? (In later episodes, beginning with "Blood on the Scales", debris is seen on the floor in various places on the battlestar, an indication that the proud ship is beginning to fall apart from the years of wear, tear, and battle. But such debris should not have been present at this point in the timeline.)


Memorable Dialog

no in-flight service.mp3
I picked you.mp3
a fine line between ignorance and hope.mp3
because you're a Cylon.mp3

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