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Battlestar Galactica: Home (Part 2)

Battlestar Galactica

"Home" Part 2

TV episode

Written by David Eick & Ronald D. Moore

Directed by Jeff Woolnough

Original air date: August 26, 2005

 

Commander Adama takes a small team back to Kobol to reunite the fleet.

 

Read the story summary at the Battlestar Wiki

 

Notes from the BSG chronology

 

This episode takes place immediately after "Home" Part 1.

 

Didja Know?

 

The opening titles show the fleet at 47,855 survivors, down three from "Home" Part 1. We saw Elosha and another of Roslin's people die due to a Cylon trap in that previous episode, but who was the third fatality? Possibly a cut shot depicted a third death as a result of the trap.

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this story

 

President Roslin

Apollo

Commander Adama

Colonel Tigh

Chief Tyrol

Lt. Gaeta

Helo

Starbuck

Meier

Tom Zarek

Caprica-Valerii

Baltar

Head Six

Racetrack

 

Didja Notice?

 

Commander Adama quotes the Sacred Scrolls as saying, "And Zeus warned the leaders of the 12 tribes that any return to Kobol would exact a price in blood." This is the first mention of Zeus as, seemingly, one of the Lords of Kobol.

 

In one of the brig cells of the Galactica, Head Six tells Baltar, "Our child will be born here. In this room." She is referring to Hera, the human/Cylon hybrid child of Helo and Caprica-Valerii; however, Caprica-Valerii will give birth to Hera in the sickbay of Galactica, not the brig, in "Downloaded".

 

Caprica-Valerii claims to Helo that she "knows" their unborn baby is a girl.

 

When his father attacks Caprica-Valerii, Apollo is holding a Beretta CX4 Storm rifle.

 

The watch Apollo is seen wearing at 24:42 on the Blu-ray is a Nixon Scout.

 

Baltar has Doc Cottle perform a cat scan of his skull, which reveals no microchip implanted in his brain, seemingly nullifying the claim made by Head Six in "Flight" that her existence in his mind is due to a microchip she had implanted into his brain.

 

When Roslin's group finds the Tomb of Athena on Kobol, both Caprica-Valerii and Meier pull COP .357 Derringer pistols. These are referred to as Stallions by Tyrol.

 

    The 12 constellations seen in the holographic "map room" of the Tomb of Athena match the 12 constellations of the Zodiac as seen from our own Earth; however, the 12 constellations are not ever seen all at once in the night sky as they are in the map room. Also, the constellations of Leo-Libra-Virgo are in the wrong order as seen in the sky; on our Earth they are seen Leo-Virgo-Libra.

    The Lagoon Nebula spotted by Apollo as a useful space landmark is also an actual nebula visible from Earth. But he sees the Lagoon Nebula within the constellation Scorpio, while on our Earth, it is seen in Sagittarius. Of course, we later learn in Season Four that the Earth seen here is not "our" Earth; the map room is a representation of the Earth later discovered by the fleet in "Revelations", which turns out to be a radioactive wasteland due to the past civilization's experience of mutually assured destruction. Our Earth, the Earth we live on, is another planet discovered by the fleet at the end of series, in "Daybreak" Part 2, apparently with an identical (or, at least, nearly so) view of the same 12 constellations and the Lagoon Nebula.

 

It is possible that Earth, the 13th Colony of Kobol, has its own constellational symbol, the 13th (omitted) constellation of the Zodiac, Ophiuchus, the serpent-bearer. In Roman mythography, the constellation represents Asclepius, a half-god, half-human who learned how to bring the dead back to life; this might then be an argument for Earth's symbol being the constellation of Ophiuchus, since we learn in later episodes that part of the 13th tribe were humanoid robots that could have their consciences reborn in a new body (like the humanoid Cylons).

 

After Apollo points out the Lagoon Nebula, Adama calls it "body M8", even though the M8 designation (Messier 8) was seemingly applied to it independently on our Earth thousands of years later, in the 18th Century.

 

Head Six claims in this episode to be an angel from God, sent to protect and guide Baltar.

 

Memorable Dialog

we're gonna come back together.mp3
it's not Starbuck, is it?.mp3
wake up and smell the psychosis.mp3
do you write your own material?.mp3
topography's for pansies.mp3
she thinks you'll be president one day.mp3
nothing, nothing, more nothing.mp3
one on every bloody ship.mp3
I'm not a person to them.mp3
we're standing on Earth.mp3
who or what are you?.mp3

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