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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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Battlestar Galactica: Taking a Break from All Your Worries

Battlestar Galactica

"Taking a Break from All Your Worries"

TV episode

Written by Michael Taylor

Directed by Edward James Olmos

Original air date: January 28, 2007

 

Imprisoned aboard the Galactica and facing charges of treason, Baltar survives a suicide attempt only to face extreme interrogation by a command staff desperate for information about the Cylons; meanwhile, the flight crew sets up a bar on the hangar deck.

 

Read the summary of the episode at the Battlestar Wiki site

 

Notes from the BSG chronology

 

Starbuck's hands are seen fully healed in this episode after the burns they suffered in the previous episode "Rapture". This would tend to indicate many days (weeks?) have passed since then. And yet, Baltar seems to be only just beginning his interrogations at the hands of his Colonial captors in this episode; why would the President and Admiral wait days, let alone weeks, to begin? The following episode, "The Woman King", also suggests that Caprica Six's incarceration and interrogation have only recently begun as well. So, I think we have to accept that these two episodes take place very shortly after "Rapture"; maybe Colonial medicine has a miracle treatment for the relatively minor burns suffered by Starbuck.

 

Didja Know?

 

The opening titles show the fleet population at 41,403, up two from the previous episode "Rapture" to account for the addition of Hera and Baltar in that episode.

 

The title of this episode is a line from the theme song of the 1982-1993 sitcom Cheers, about a bar in Boston. In this episode, a bar called Joe's is introduced on the Galactica. In the audio commentary of this episode, Ron Moore states that the script was originally written to be lighter in tone than the darker one which the episode eventually came to inhabit.

 

According to the Battlestar Wiki site, two songs playing in the background of Joe's bar are original compositions, "Lord Knows I Would", by Raya Yarbrough, and "All That Remains", also performed by Yarbrough, but composed by Bear McCreary. McCreary is the regular music composer for the show and Yarbrough performs most of the musical vocals for the series.

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode

 

Baltar

Head Six

Lt. Gaeta

Number Six (in dream-hallucination only)

guard in brig

Apollo

Chief Tyrol

Joe

Cally (mentioned only)

Dr. Cottle

Admiral Adama

President Roslin 

Colonel Tigh

Adrien Bauer (mentioned only, deceased)

Dee

Starbuck

Sam Anders

Racetrack

Layne Ishay

 

 

 

Didja Notice?

 

As the episode opens, a Colonial lullaby is being sung by Baltar and Head Six in the Galactica brig. The lyrics are: "Close your eyes, go to sleep, baby's in the cradle counting sheep, Climb up to your house of trees, baby's in the cradle fast asleep..." Baltar then improvises a lyric, apparently having forgotten the original words, "Should I die before I wake..." It's possible this is less a sign that he forgot the lyrics and rather an indication of his intent to commit suicide. The line is from a Christian prayer often called the Children's Prayer. It's full text is:

 

Thank you Lord for another day,
The chance to learn, the chance to play.
Now as I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
Please, guard me Jesus through the night,
And keep me safe till mornings light.
But if should I die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take.
And should I live for other days,
I pray that God will guide my ways.
Amen.

 

This episode has Apollo introducing Tyrol to Joe's bar on the Galactica as if it is a new establishment. But the bar was already seen in "Shelf Life", a story in the TokyoPop graphic novel Echoes of New Caprica. It seems unlikely that Tyrol would be unaware of the bar's existence if it really was present since shortly after the evacuation of New Caprica. Of course, "Shelf Life" was written a couple years after this episode had aired, so it's really the graphic novel that gets it wrong.

 

A billiards table is seen in the bar.

 

Notes from the audio commentary by Ron Moore on the Blu-ray release

 

Joe's bar was originally called Why Not? in the script. 

 

The man in the wheelchair at Joe's at 7:10 on the Blu-ray was a huge fan of the show who was allowed to visit the set the day of shooting and it was decided to put him in the scene. Notice also that the man standing next to him is wearing a Hawaiian shirt that says Hawaii on the sleeve! Fan on set

 

Unanswered Questions

 

    What is that Baltar knows about Gaeta that he says he'll keep secret? This question is finally answered in the season four webisodes of "The Face of the Enemy"; Gaeta had provided a list of important people to a Number Eight on New Caprica, not knowing that she would subsequently have most of them killed.

    According to Ron Moore in his audio commentary, the secret was originally to be the killing of a number of Sagittarons, who are often looked-down upon by the other Colonies, on New Caprica that occurred before the occupation. This was to have been a subplot involving the trial of Baltar as the season progressed, but the plotline was found to be difficult to work into later scripts and was abandoned after this episode was already in the can.

 

Memorable Dialog

not going home tonight.mp3
why we build bars.mp3
I did not collude.mp3
a bad cover band.mp3
are you a Cylon, Dr. Baltar?.mp3
now you have my vote.mp3
smart man.mp3
a genuine admission of guilt.mp3

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