"The Imperfections of Memory"
Written by Matthew B. Roberts
Directed by Wayne Rose
fears for her sanity while Daniel and Joseph get closer to
finding the avatars of their dead daughters.
Read the synopsis of this episode at the Battlestar Wiki site.
This episode reveals that Amanda
spent time in the Delphi
Convalescent Institute, a mental
institution, after the death of
her brother years ago. (The
Institute later appears in the BSG2000 episode "The Farm", now
used by the Cylons as an experimental facility on human
envelope seen at 2:20 on the DVD
shows the institute's address as
45 Terreo Avenue, Delphi,
Caprica D5287I. We also see that
the envelope above is addressed
to the Graystone Foundation,
5520 Via Appia, Suite 100,
Caprica City, (Caprica) C2908P.
We can see here that the
Caprican equivalent of a zip
code contains four numbers
bridged by two letters; the
front letter may represent the
city's name since the Delphi zip
begins with D and the Caprica
City zip with C.
Clarice's husband Olaf, states that he and Nestor have found
from their examination of the swipe drive that the Zoe avatar
program was once on the Graystone computer, but is not now
because it was "downloaded" to another device. But electronic
data doesn't just off of one device just because it was
downloaded by another; it just copies data from one device to
another, so the original data is still on the source drive. We
might argue that Daniel Graystone deliberately erased the avatar
program to prevent anyone else from finding it.
At 3:42 on the DVD, a small truck identifies the men who are
removing the items from the Mag Lev memorial as workers for
At 4:46 on the DVD, Amanda and Clarice are parked just off of
Jervis Street. This is an actual street in Vancouver, where the
series was shot.
At 7:48 on the DVD, a store called Lenny's, selling foam rubber
products is visible across the street. I have not been able to
confirm whether this is an actual business in the Vancouver area
where the series was shot.
At 10:20 on the DVD, Amanda is looking at the cell phone
photos she attempted to snap of the man who appeared to be her
dead brother, Darius, at the memorial wall. The images all come
out blurred, presumably due to her having to react and snap the
pictures so quickly. But the photo seen at this moment does show
a blurred face that corresponds to the man she saw earlier, even
though that man had seemed to vanish and reappear elsewhere at
virtually impossible split seconds throughout the episode. We
are led to believe by the end of the episode (and subsequent
episodes) that Amanda had hallucinated him, just as she had
years ago in her youth when he died in a car accident. So, if he
was an hallucination, how is it her camera seems to have picked
up at least one blurred image of him? Was it a real person she
saw at that moment whom she merely imagined to be her brother?
The question is probably best answered by the fact that this
particular subplot (as revealed in the episode podcast
commentary) was originally written and shot as Vergis using a
lookalike of Amanda's brother to pop up around her off and on in
order to make her question her sanity as part of his plot to
destroy everything her husband, Daniel, loves, including her.
The Vergis angle of the plotline was dropped in editing, making
Darius' appearances actual hallucinations on Amanda's part. The
filmed scene of Vergis with the lookalike is available in the
deleted scenes of this episode on the DVD.
Another possibility is that Amanda is seeing a Messenger version of
Darius, the way Baltar and Caprica Six (and others) see in
episodes of BSG2000. At times, a Messenger will seem to
"inhabit" the body of another individual in order to appear to
the chosen target, possibly explaining the blurred photo of
someone as well. If this Darius can be interpreted as a
Messenger, what is his purpose in appearing to Amanda? And were
her earlier visions of him years ago also this Messenger?
At 13:21 on the DVD, Amanda sees an advertising poster for the
Caprica City Museum of Contemporary Art. This is the first
mention of that museum in the series. The other poster partly
visible in this shot is for a tour of the Vancouver rock band
At 14:43 on the DVD, a billboard ad for Lethe beer is seen in
New Cap City. Lethe is the brand Joseph was drinking in
At 14:50 on the DVD, Mabel's Fry Shack is seen in the background
in New Cap City.
Heracles mentions Vinagro which, from the context of his
statement, seems to be the Caprican equivalent of Viagra, a drug
for treating erectile dysfunction. Later, we also see that
Vinagro is a sponsor of the Caprica City Buccaneers (Vinagro's
slogan is: "Making the game last longer...")
Clarice and Amanda share a bottle of Scorpion Marsh Genuine
Ambrosia. Presumably, this is a brand made on Scorpia.
At 19:11 on the DVD, we see a number of Caprican television
channels as they flick through quickly, showing: a commercial for
VMatch.cap, the same online dating website of which Philo is a
member; a current events talk show called Rhetoric; the
CSN channel selling a limited edition Graystone Industries OS9
Holoband (CSN probably stands for Caprica Shopping Network).
In this episode, we see the Buccaneers play a team the announcer
calls the Centaurs. But the television broadcast of the game
seen 27:32 on the DVD has a score display calling the team Stallions. We
never learn here what colony/city the team represents, but the
Battlestar Wiki identifies them as the Olympia
Stallions from Tauron.
In this episode, we get our
first clear look at a Caprican Viper
(we get some quick glimpses in
"There is Another Sky"),
a jet fighter designed only for
atmospheric flight and precursor
to the more well-known space
fighter Vipers used during the
Cylon War and by the rag-tag
fleet after the fall of the
Twelve Colonies. Oddly, notice
that these Vipers have a
pentagonal symbol painted on the
fuselage, similar to the one
later used by the Cylons.
The CAF seen painted on the tail of the Vipers at 24:03 on the
DVD likely stands for Caprica Air Force.
At 24:34 on the DVD, we see Jack's Storage in the background in
New Cap City. At 24:46, we see Bud's Bar and McAnn Shoes. Big
Ted's Pawn Shop and Murphy's Pub are also seen seconds later. "McAnn
Shoes" is probably a play on the real world shoe retailer called
Thom McAn from 1922 into the 1990s (Sears now owns the brand
name, but the Thom McAn stores have all closed).
At 27:52 on the DVD, it's obvious that the actor portraying
Philo (Alex Arsenault) has a pierced left ear (and later his
right ear is seen to be pierced as well).
At 31:50 on the DVD, Daniel's piano appears to have a Lierberman
brand name on it.
At 34:02 on the DVD, graffiti on
a wall in New Cap City reads,
"This is not me, it's just my
body vehicle." This could be
interpreted as both a reference
to the avatars in the game and
to the concept of an everlasting
soul after the death of the body
in the real world.
At Dive, Amanda asks Clarice if she knows the old saying, "All
of this has happened before and all of it will happen again."
This line will become a prominent motif in BSG2000, attributed
to the Kobolian prophet Pythia. The line is a paraphrase of the
introductory monologue of the 1953 animated Disney film version
of Peter Pan.
This episode introduces Emmanuelle, whom Joseph meets in New Cap
City. She is later revealed to be the avatar of his assistant,
Evelyn, in "End of Line".
Emmanuelle tells Joseph that Heracles referred to him as a
"cube". This is probably the same as being called a "square" in
our world; a socially ignorant person.
Notes from The Caprican
"EXCLUSIVE: Interview with the C-Bucs' Kevin Kovat" features
the pyramid player whom Amanda says in this episode "is pathetic
In the article
"The Dive: A Place to Hide", reviewer Lauren Hill remarks
that she thinks she even saw a woman of the cloth in a corner
booth there. This is likely intended as a reference to Sister
Clarice's frequent visits to the establishment as seen in
several episodes of the series.
"Top 5 Best V-Match Dates!" mentions the flight simulator
date experienced by Zoe/Rachel and Philomon in this episode.
"Pantheon Bridge Getting New Safety Measures" foreshadows
Amanda's attempt to commit suicide by jumping from the bridge in
"End of Line".
"Vergis and Graystone: The Plot Thickens" implies that the
pyramid teams the Caprica City Buccaneers and Tauron Bulls have
a classic, almost mythical, rivalry.
Notes from the podcast on the DVD
The shots of Zoe's Viper cockpit controls in the flight
simulation were borrowed from the BSG2000 episode "Maelstrom".