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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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Battlestar Galactica: Revelations

Battlestar Galactica

"Revelations"

TV episode

Written by Bradley Thompson & David Weddle

Directed by Michael Rymer

Original air date: June 13, 2008

 

The rebel Cylons hold President Roslin hostage while attempting to lure the Final Five out of hiding aboard the Galactica.

 

Read the summary of the episode at the Battlestar Wiki

 

Didja Know?

 

The opening titles show the fleet at a population of 39,665, down 8 from the previous episode "The Hub". Presumably, these 8 were killed during the attack on the Resurrection Hub in that episode.

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode

 

Apollo

Starbuck

Helo

Leoben Conoy

Number Two

D'Anna Biers

Number Eight

Number Six

President Roslin

Admiral Adama

Colonel Tigh

Dee

Lt. Gaeta

Specialist Tyrol

Sam Anders

Tory Foster

Baltar

Chief Peter Laird

Specialist Figurski

Athena

Boomer (mentioned only)

Dr. Cottle (mentioned only)

Sergeant Brandy Harder

Lt. Hoshi

Jeanne

Paula Schaffer

Specialist Marcie Brasko

Hot Dog

tattooed pilot

Nicholas Tyrol

Hera

Kat (in photo only, deceased)

Caprica Six

 


 

Didja Notice?

 

As the episode opens, Apollo is looking at an illustration of the Temple of Aurora on Earth in one of the holy books of the Colonies. However, the illustration is the same one used as the City of the Gods on Kobol in "Kobol's Last Gleaming" Part 1.

 

When the rebel baseship emerges from FTL jump at 3:08 on the Blu-ray, it's clear that the ship is healing itself rapidly from the damage incurred after the attack by Cavil's forces in "The Ties That Bind". Recall that Natalie said the ship was capable of healing itself.

 

Is there any particular reason Starbuck had to run all the way to the launch tube to tell Apollo she found the coordinates to Earth in her Viper and stop Tigh's execution? Couldn't she have just picked up a phone and called over or at least called CIC?

 

At 35:14 on the Blu-ray, a book called The Club is seen on Admiral Adama's bookshelf.

 

    During the scenes of jubilation throughout the fleet at having arrived at Earth, notice that little Hera looks distracted, possibly a foreshadowing that the journey's not really over.

    Of course, Colonel Tigh doesn't look happy either, seemingly lost in thought, probably missing Ellen.

 

The Colonials were supposedly expecting to find Earth inhabited by the descendants of the Thirteenth Tribe, which would presumably have been a civilization at least as advanced as that of the Twelve Colonies. So, it seems foolish to suddenly jump into Earth's orbit as one fleet when that civilization might have been startled and frightened by the sudden appearance and sent a force of battle ships against them.

 

The shot of the fleet in Earth orbit at 38:20 on the Blu-ray may hint that no advanced civilization currently exists on the planet, as the dark side of the world shows no city lights as our own Earth does from orbit.

 

At 40:23 on the Blu-ray, Starbuck is at the memorial wall telling the photograph of Kat, "We made it, kid."  

 

At 42:05 on the Blu-ray, a chunk of rubble among the ruins of an Earth city has what appears to be a cross on it.

cross

 

At 42:55 on the Blu-ray, the landing party to Earth appears to be at the location of the ruins of the Temple of Aurora as seen in the book at the beginning of the episode.
Temple of Aurora Temple of Aurora ruins

 

Memorable Dialog

easier because you could kill them.mp3
cooperate.mp3
if the Cylons get the four.mp3
I'm done taking orders from you.mp3
I'm one of the Five.mp3
threaten to flush me out an airlock.mp3
brute force didn't work.mp3
those three frakkin' Cylons just gave us Earth.mp3
something's orchestrating this for a purpose.mp3
all this has happened before...but it doesn't have to happen again.mp3
we go to Earth together.mp3
that first fistful of earth.mp3
flapping your lips.mp3
we all go together.mp3
give the order.mp3
5 4 3 2 1 Jump.mp3
we have arrived at Earth.mp3
we did it.mp3

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