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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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Battlestar Galactica: He That Believeth in Me

Battlestar Galactica

"He That Believeth in Me"

TV episode

Written by David Weddle & Bradley Thompson

Directed by Michael Rymer

Original air date: April 4, 2008


Just as the ragtag fleet warps straight into a Cylon ambush, Starbuck seemingly returns from the dead with claims that she has been to Earth.


Read the summary of the episode at the Battlestar Wiki site


Notes from the BSG chronology


This episode takes place immediately after the events of "Crossroads" Part 2. It is also revealed here that Starbuck was presumed dead for over two months (her death occurred in "Maelstrom").


Didja Know?


The title of this episode is from a quote by Jesus in the Bible, "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live..." The title as used for this episode would seem to refer to Baltar's new status as a cult leader and religious figure.


This season a new preamble is introduced about the Cylons instead of the "...and they have a plan," one used up until now. The new one is "Twelve Cylon models. Seven are known. Four live in secret. One will be revealed." Four of the Final Five Cylons were revealed in the previous episode, "Crossroads" Part 2.


This episode "introduces" the new-head style Cylon Raiders to the fourth season (they were previously seen in the Razor TV movie produced at the beginning of the fourth season, but which takes place chronologically near the end of Season Two).


   The opening titles show the fleet at a population of 39,698. This is down 1,701 since the last seen population count in "The Son Also Rises". The losses must account for those of the Pyxis (about 600) in the teaser of this episode and other losses since that earlier episode, including, probably, others during the Cylon attack in the teaser of this episode. Presumably, it also counts, as a "plus", Starbuck's return to the fleet.

    The number 1,701 is a call-out to show-runner Ron Moore's previous work on Star Trek: The Next Generation (the Enterprise's registration number is NCC-1701). Another nod to 1701 occurs later in "The Ties That Bind", as the number on a weapons locker. 




Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode





Colonel Tigh

President Roslin

Tory Foster

Admiral Adama


Lt. Gaeta

Chief Tyrol

Sam Anders (Longshot)

Ensign Seelix (Hardball)




Charlie Connor

Paulla Schaffer


Dr. Cottle (mentioned only)

Tracey Anne


Head Six

Boomer (mentioned only)

Caprica Six

Kevin Connor (mentioned only, deceased)


Sgt. Brandy Harder

Sgt. Allan Nowart


Didja Notice?


As remarked upon in the study of "Crossroads" Part 2, when Starbuck flies up to Apollo in her Viper, it is shiny and clean, unlike the one she normally piloted and was piloting at her death in "Maelstrom". And here, her nameplate is suddenly present below the cockpit, but it was missing in "Crossroads" Part 2! The Viper's tail number is also missing in both episodes.


At 3:36 on the Blu-ray, Starbuck takes out a Cylon Raider and the Raider's blood splashes onto her cockpit canopy. The spray of blood looks different from inside the cockpit than from without.
blood on canopy blood on canopy


    When Colonel Tigh shoots Admiral Adama in Tigh's Cylon fantasy, the bullet goes through the Admiral's glasses and into his right eye. Possibly, Tigh saw it this way because he is missing his own right eye, the result of a torture session at the hands of Caprica Six on New Caprica in "Occupation". Tigh probably also has a secret fear that his programming will cause him to assassinate Adama, just as Boomer attempted to do in "Kobol's Last Gleaming" Part 2.

   The pistol Tigh uses in this vision appears to be a Vektor CP1.


As Anders is about to jump into a Viper cockpit to fight off the Cylon assault when Athena fails to notice that Anders is a fellow Cylon, he begins to hope that maybe the others won't notice either. However, once he's out in space, a Raider scans him through his Viper canopy and apparently registers his Cylon nature and turns away without blasting him out of space.


Jeanne tells Baltar she's taking him to a place the Baltar cult found, an unused compartment on Galactica. How is it there's an unused compartment capable of housing a fair number of cultists considering the fleet was so pressed for living arrangements after the exodus from New Caprica in Season Three?


    The Pyxis, a ship that appears to be the same class as the ill-fated Olympic Carrier in "33", is destroyed here when a damaged Cylon Raider spirals into the ship's engine housing. The Pyxis has been mentioned a few times before in the series, but this is the first time it was seen. It later appears in flashback in "Daybreak" Part 2 and The Plan.

    The commander of the Pyxis was Captain Jules Tarney, who was one of the five judges in Baltar's trial in "Crossroads" Parts 1 and 2. Apparently, he had not yet reboarded his ship after the trial at this point, because he is seen as a member of the new Quorum made up of ships' captains in "Islanded in a Stream of Stars"; what ship he is captaining at that time is not revealed.


When the baseships launch 50+ nuclear missiles at Galactica and the fleet, Adama orders, "Have triple-A target only missiles going towards the fleet. We can handle the hits. They can't." Triple-A (or AAA) stands for Anti-aircraft artillery.


While in his Viper and trying to convince himself his Cylon nature will not betray his human fleet, Anders mumbles to himself that he is Samuel T. Anders, born on Picon, went to Noyse Elementary School. Of course, as a Cylon, it's likely these are false memories.


This episode reveals that Anders' call sign as a pilot is Longshot and Seelix's is Hardball.


"Turkey" seems to be a Colonial slang term for a Cylon Heavy Raider.


At 12:26 on the Blu-ray, as Starbuck emerges from the cockpit of her Viper, the registration number on the tail suddenly changes (in the same frame!) from 4267NC to 8757NC! The reason for this is that the scene was originally shot with the incorrect 8757NC registration number (Chuckles' Viper, destroyed in "The Hand of God") and it was altered digitally in post-production to Starbuck's correct Viper number, 4267NC. It seems the digital correction got lost for a second as the camera pans over the Viper and past the cockpit ladder. When Chief Tyrol later examines the Viper and tells Roslin, Adama, and the others that it is in pristine condition, the registration number is alternately correct and incorrect throughout the scene.


Baltar mentions the name of another of the Lords of Kobol, Poseidon. Poseidon was the god of the sea in Ancient Greek mythology.


Starbuck's hair is noticeably longer after her return here than it was when she was killed in "Maelstrom", yet it goes unmentioned. The length is suggestive of her being missing for a couple of months, not the six hours that she thought it was.


Starbuck's description of Earth's moon and sun being yellow may be a hint that she saw a different Earth than our own; our Earth's moon is silvery-white.


At 18:39 on the Blu-ray, the photos from Starbuck's Viper camera are labeled "Battlestar Group 62, Battlestar Galactica." This is incorrect, as the Galactica is part of Battlestar Group 75. BSG 62 was Pegasus' battlestar group, so the props seen here are probably reuses from an earlier episode.


The diagnostic monitor seen in the hangar bay at 20:15 on the Blu-ray is a Samsung SyncMaster model.


    After discussing the mysterious return from the dead of Starbuck, Apollo asks his father, "...what if Zak had come back to us in that Viper? If my brother had climbed out of that cockpit? Would it matter if he were a Cylon? If he always had been? When all's said and done, would that change how we really feel about him?" Of course, if we take the comic books published by Dynamite Entertainment into account, Zak did come back to them in Season Two ("Bringing Back the Dead") as one of the Returners, Cylon clones of dead humans with implanted memories seemingly used for study in the past in preparation for the construction of the humanoid Cylons we see in the TV series.

    Later, Starbuck wonders if she could actually be a clone of the dead Starbuck grown by the Cylons with implanted memories, again similar to the Returners idea from the comic book.

    Starbuck wonders, " it possible that they grew me, another me, in a Petri dish?" A Petri dish is a lidded dish used by biologists for growing cell samples, named after its inventor, German bacteriologist Julius Richard Petri (1852-1921). A bit of an "anachronism" (for lack of a better term) for Starbuck to use an Earth scientist's name as the name for a cell-culture dish. But then again, "All this has happened before and will happen again."


Memorable Dialog

I saw your ship blow up.mp3
Mama's not gonna save you today.mp3
another switch flips in my head.mp3
shoot first.mp3
a hell of a set of vacation pictures.mp3
we thought you were dead.mp3
King of Fools.mp3
it's not the same ship.mp3
Boomer thought the same thing.mp3
the Five are close.mp3
trust me.mp3
what if Zak had come back?.mp3
if I found out that you were a Cylon.mp3

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