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Battlestar Galactica: Faith

Battlestar Galactica


TV episode

Written by Seamus Kevin Fahey

Directed by Michael Nankin

Original air date: May 9, 2008


Roslin and Starbuck face difficult leaps of faith in parallel situations.


Read the summary of the episode at the Battlestar Wiki


Notes from the BSG chronology


As the episode opens, it is still Day 58 of the Demetrius' mission, as it was during the previous episode "The Road Less Traveled".


Didja Know?


The opening titles show the fleet at a population of 39,675, down one from the previous episode "The Road Less Traveled" due to the death of Sgt. Mathius in that episode.


The character of Emily Kowalski in this episode is played by Nana Visitor, best known as Major Kira Nerys in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode




Lt. Gaeta

Sam Anders




Admiral Adama

Jean Barolay (dies in this episode)

Hot Dog

President Roslin

Tory Foster

Dr. Cottle

Number Eight

Number Six

the hybrid


Emily Kowalski (dies in this episode)

Nurse Sashon

Baltar (voice on wireless only)

Leslie Starus (mentioned only)

Kathy (Emily's sister, mentioned only, deceased)

Emily's parents, husband, daughters (mentioned only, deceased)

Roslin's mother (unnamed, in vision only)



Didja Notice?


The painting Starbuck made on the wall of her Demetrius quarters in "The Ties That Bind" turns out to be from a vision of the future she had of the damaged rebel baseship they track down in this episode.
damaged rebel baseship Starbuck's Demetrius painting
Damaged rebel baseship Starbuck's Demetrius painting


Apparently, the damaged rebel baseship is unable to initiate an FTL jump without mating to the jump drive of Starbuck's raptor. But couldn't the Cylons have done the same thing far more easily by mating it to a Raider's jump drive? 


    In the Galactica sickbay to receive her latest doloxan treatment, President Roslin approaches the sick bed of Emily Kowalski, who is a terminal cancer patient. As she does so, the voice of Baltar is playing over a wireless unit, one of his treatises on God. He can be heard to remark, "...shuffle off this mortal coil, the undiscovered country." Baltar seems to be referring to a soliloquy in William Shakespeare's 1602 play Hamlet! I suppose, like most things in the BSG universe, Hamlet has happened before and will happen again!

    In the Hamlet soliloquy, the phrase "the undiscovered country" refers to whatever lies beyond death:

  To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovered country, from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have,
Than fly to others that we know not of.


A Number Six on the rebel baseship recognizes Barolay as the human resistance member who drowned her in a septic tank on New Caprica more than a year ago. This past incident was not depicted in any episode. It seems somewhat odd that the Cylon occupiers did not track down Barolay on New Caprica shortly after this Six's resurrection, based on her physical description.


Emily tells Roslin of a woman named Leslie Starus who makes beautiful scarves on the Aurora. This is the first and only mention of both Ms. Starus and the Aurora. Possibly, the ship is named for the Kobolian goddess of dawn Aurora, previously mentioned in "Maelstrom".


At 24:17 on the Blu-ray, we are introduced to a seemingly newer version of Cylon Centurion. It has more angular details on the head and body, five fingers (instead of four talons), and a strange spinning sphere in its chest. This model is seen for the rest of the season, along with the previous model. Through the rest of the season, it seems to generally be the case that the new models are with the rebel Cylon group and the older model with Cavil's group in the Cylon civil war.


At 30:06, the hybrid refers to Starbuck directly as Kara Thrace and tells her she is the harbinger of death. This is similar to what is said of her by another hybrid in "Razor" Part 2, "She is the herald of the apocalypse, the precursor of the death."


Roslin reveals that her mother was a teacher who devoutly believed in the gods. Roslin herself was also a teacher before becoming Secretary of Education of the Twelve Colonies before the holocaust and then president of the colonies afterwards.


When Athena pulls back from comforting the dying Number 8 at 35:17 on the Blu-ray, Sam steps in and seems to be able to comfort her, saying, "It's okay. I'm with you." Is he sympathetic and able to comfort her because he is also, secretly, one of the Final Five Cylons?


After the end credits, the R&D TV Productions closer presents a reference to the classic 1958 science-fiction/horror film The Fly.


Memorable Dialog

the payoff is Earth.mp3
you die first.mp3
you say you can find Earth.mp3
the unstruck music vibrates in all of us.mp3
you guys make me sick.mp3
you killed me.mp3
harbinger of death.mp3
you made me believe.mp3

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