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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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Battlestar Galactica: Six Degrees of Separation

Battlestar Galactica

"Six Degrees of Separation"

TV episode

Written by Michael Angeli

Directed by Robert Young

Original air date: February 18, 2005


A Number 6 model assumes an identity in the fleet, informing Commander Adama that Baltar is the traitor responsible for the Cylons’ devastating attack on the Colonies.


Read the story summary at the Battlestar Wiki Clone site


Notes from the BSG chronology


This episode opens 7 days after the events of "Litmus", 24 days after the annihilation of the Twelve Colonies.


Didja Know?


The title of this episode is based on the concept that every person on the planet can be socially connected to any other person by just "six degrees of separation", originally conceived by Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy (1887-1938). 


Apollo is presented as a captain again in this episode, as well as being the CAG of Galactica, including authority over Pegasus air wings.


Laura Roslin is seen in her memories to have been having an affair with President Adar before the fall of the Twelve Colonies.


The Pegasus is not seen throughout this episode.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this story



Head Six


Shelly Godfrey

Commander Adama

Colonel Tigh

Lt. Gaeta

Doctor Amarak (mentioned only)


Chief Tyrol



Dr. Cottle

President Roslyn

Billy Keikeya

Playa Palacios

Sekou Hamilton ("Journalist Eick" in the closing credits)





Didja Notice?


This episode opens with a zoom in on the fleet from a distance and ends with the opposite in a zoom out.


Shelly Godfrey claims to be an associate of Dr. Amarak. A Dr. Amorak (slightly different spelling, but presumably the same person) introduced Baltar to Number Six in "A Higher Purpose". He was also allegedly aboard the Olympic Carrier before it was destroyed in "33".


Colonial data CD's are seen to have an octagonal shape, just as many of their books, papers, and monitor screens have.


At 11:48 on the Blu-ray, Dr. Cottle has his cigarette in his hand. In the next split second, it is suddenly dangling from his mouth in the next shot.


At 17:54 on the Blu-ray, the monitor screen Gaeta is using is seen to be an NEC MultiSync LCD model.


In the bathroom stall scene, Gaeta whistles a tune that some fans say is the "Top Gun Anthem" from the 1986 film Top Gun.


At 28:52 on the Blu-ray, the computer being used for Gaeta's image enhancement of Baltar has an external drive with a visible DVD trademark logo on it and also an internal 3.5-inch floppy drive!


As Baltar is being hauled away to the brig at 30:13 on the Blu-ray, a member of the television production crew can be seen in the background holding a boom mic!


At 41:29 on the Blu-ray, Adama picks up a pair of Shelly Godfrey's eyeglasses off the CIC console and the Venus Eye Design brand can be seen on them. 


Unanswered Questions


After her collapse, Dr. Cottle tells Roslin he can give her a shot to make her stronger for a press appearance, but she won't like the side-effects. She insists on the shot anyway. What are the side-effects? We are not shown any.


Who wrote "Cylon" on Boomer's mirror? In The Plan, Boomer says that she thinks she herself did it.


How did Shelly Godfrey disappear from the Galactica? It's not revealed until The Plan, which has Cavil telling her to kill herself by going out of one of the ship's airlocks. 


Memorable Dialog

what is it that drives you to blasphemy?.wav
the mystic Cylon detector.wav
how do you know it's a He?.wav
reboot the hard drive.wav
I can't take this anymore.wav
I'm trying to save your immortal soul.wav
Cylons are little more than toasters.wav
you betrayed your entire race.wav
before he died.wav
your pain is my entertainment.wav
as soon as I get better.wav
magic pills.wav
is that you?.wav
you still there?.wav
someone's coming.wav
have you lost your mind?.wav
no more Mr. Nice Gaius.wav
you have to treat it like a pet.wav
as you were.wav
the genocide of the human race.wav
gut feeling.wav
I would have given anything to be him.wav

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