Written by Toni Graphia
Directed by Alan Kroeker
Original air date: January 21, 2005
Apollo is held hostage on the prison barge
by a group of convicts led by a freedom fighter convicted of
Read the story summary at the Battlestar Wiki
Notes from the BSG
This episode takes place two days after the events of
The title of this episode comes from the name used by most
foreign countries for the French national holiday, The National
Celebration. Foreign nations often call it Bastille Day because
the holiday commemorates the storming of the Bastille, a
medieval fortress turned into a prison, on July 14, 1789. The
Bastille had been seen by the common people in revolt as a
symbol of royal abuse of power.
This episode is the first appearance of actor Richard Hatch as
Tom Zarek. Hatch, of course, is best known for playing Apollo in
BSG70. Most of his scenes in this episode are with the new
Apollo, played by Jamie Bamber.
Characters appearing or mentioned in this story
Dr. Cottle (mentioned only)
Lt. Dwight "Flat Top" Saunders
Frosty (mentioned only)
In the "Previously on Battlestar Galactica" recap
sequence at the beginning of the episode, Billy's line about the
prison ship in
"Flight" has been re-dubbed. In
"Flight" he said, "The Captain
of Astral Queen wants you to know that he has nearly 500
convicted criminals under heavy guard in his cargo hold." In the
recap, the new line is "The Captain of Astral Queen wants you to
know that he has 1,500 prisoners under heavy guard."
Additionally, in our current episode, Apollo says the prisoners
were being taken to Caprica for parole hearings, but in
"Flight" it was said they were
being taken to a penal colony.
A real world portable video player is used by Colonel Tigh to
view footage of the ice moon at 1:46 on the Blu-ray. I've been
unable to identify the actual brand.
Apparently, the Colonies had lemons because Tigh makes a joke
about making lemonade with their new water discovery.
President Roslyn has a new hairstyle starting in this episode.
Adama mentions that Dr. Cottle's rank is Major. Cottle does not
actually appear until the following episode, "Act of Contrition".
Here, Adama says Cottle is currently making medical inspections
throughout the fleet.
The patches on the jackets and jumpsuits of Captain Wilkens and
the other prison ship personnel read "Prison Transport
Zarek is prisoner number 893893.
At 10:06 on the Blu-ray, the building Helo and Caprica-Valerii
are approaching is actually the Vancouver Public Library.
At 10:52 on the Blu-ray, a person's head can be seen bobbing
around in the pub window behind Helo on Caprica in the supposedly
The prison ship guard called Seaborne
helps Zarek lead a prisoner revolt on the
Astral Queen due to events in
"Zarek" Part 4, where Zarek saved Seaborne's life in an
encounter with Cylon centurions during the attack on the
At 16:11 on the Blu-ray, a transparent covering with a lattice
can be seen covering the landing bay opening on the starboard
side of Galactica. It is seen many times throughout the
Boxey appears briefly in this episode (last seen in
"Enemies Among Us"),
tagging along with Starbuck on the Galactica. After
this, he is never seen or mentioned again in the TV series
(though he does make an appearance in the later novel
Sagittarius Is Bleeding). Producers Ron Moore and David
Eick have stated that scenes featuring Boxey were shot for other
episodes, but kept getting cut, as they found that his story was
not flowing well with the dark-themed episodes of the series. By
the time of season two, they had decided not to use the
character at all for that reason.
The names of several unseen pilots are depicted on the flight
roster board in the ready room at 17:51 on the Blu-ray: Frosty,
Hyper, Sniper, and Ninja.
At 20:21 on the Blu-ray, Number Six's eyes have changed color in
the close-up as she yells at Baltar. In the audio commentary of
this episode on the Blu-ray, Moore and Eick reveal this was an
homage to a scene in the 1985 film Jagged Edge.
With water being scarce in the fleet, notice that Adama pours
the remainder of his glass of water back into the decanter when
he is finished drinking at 22:54 on the Blu-ray.
President Roslyn tells Adama about a time when Colonial
President Adar offered Zarek a full pardon if he'd apologize and
give up violence as a means of political change. We saw this
meeting and offer occur in
"Zarek" Part 3.
The rifles carried by the inmates after the takeover of the
prison ship are the real world
Noting Lee's nickname, Zarek reminds him that the Kobolian god
Apollo was the son of Zeus, a god of archery, hunting, and
healing. Except for hunting, these attributes are also true of
the Greek god Apollo.
Mason's prisoner number can be seen as 705238 at 31:51 on the
At 32:55 on the Blu-ray, Flat Top's raptor shows his name as
Ryan Cisco. But the following episode,
"Act of Contrition", has his name announced as Dwight Saunders
The rifles carried by the marines who storm the prison ship are
the real world FN P90 (made by
The gun Mason uses against Cally is a real world pistol, a
Vektor CP1. Apollo also snags one from an inmate and uses it to
shoot Mason, in defense of Cally, then holds it against Zarek as
According to Eick on the audio commentary of this episode, the
shot of Apollo holding the gun at Zarek at 35:51 on the Blu-ray
is an homage to the classic "I know what you're thinking," scene
from the 1971 Clint Eastwood film, Dirty Harry.
In the end, the prisoners on the Astral Queen agree to
performing the needed work on the ice moon to get water for the
fleet. This is somewhat similar to the events of the BSG70
"The Gun on Ice Planet Zero" Part 1, where a number of
inmates from the prison barge are chosen for a mission (to
destroy a powerful Cylon pulsar gun) on an ice planet.
Notes from the audio commentary by Ron Moore and David Eicke on the
Ron Moore says the name of the Astral Queen comes from the name
of a transport ship in the Star Trek original series
episode "The Conscience of the King".