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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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Battlestar Galactica: Scattered Battlestar Galactica
"Scattered"
Written by Bradley Thompson & David Weddle
Directed by Michael Rymer
Original air date: July 15, 2005

With Commander Adama lying at death’s door and the president under arrest, Colonel Tigh takes command just as another Cylon basestar arrives above Kobol.

Read the summary of the full Razor telefilm at the Battlestar Wiki Clone Site

Notes from the BSG chronology

This episode opens immediately after the events of "Kobol's Last Gleaming" Part 2.

Didja Know?

The "...and they have a plan" introductory sequence has new images in it starting with this episode.

The opening titles for each episode starting this season has a different music theme than the one used in all first season episodes as aired in the U.S. It borrows the theme used for the UK broadcasts. The quick, choppy preview of scenes from the current episode have also been eliminated for the first four episodes of this season; they return again beginning with "The Farm".

Starting with this episode the current number of survivors in the fleet is stated during the opening titles. This episode shows 47,875 survivors, down 12 from "Kobol's Last Gleaming" Part 2. I'm not sure what would account for the 12 deaths unless it's just deaths due to natural causes.

Many of the flashbacks of Colonel Tigh's memories of meeting Adama and serving with him on freighters in this episode are also seen in "A Bird to Fly".

Actress Kerry Norton, who plays Paramedic Layne Ishay, is the wife of Jamie Bamber (Apollo).

Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode

Commander Adama
Colonel Tigh
Apollo
Petty Officer Dualla
Lt. Gaeta
Paramedic Layne Ishay
Paramedic Howard Kim
Boomer
Sgt. Fischer (sergeant of the guard)
Hollis (Marine guard)
Wenzler (Marine guard)
Captain Kelly
Racetrack
Dr. Cottle (mentioned only)
President Roslin
Corporal Venner
Baltar
Head Six
Cally
Crashdown
Socinus
Specialist Tarn (dies in this episode)
Specialist Seelix
Chief Tyrol
Ellen Tigh
Billy Keikeya
Number Six
Starbuck
Helo
Caprica-Valerii
Flyboy
Kat
Hot Dog
Sergeant Watkins (in flashback only)

 

Didja Notice?

At the beginning of the "Previously on Battlestar Galactica..." segment, a reddish-violet nebula is seen, similar to the one seen at the opening of the "There are those who believe..." preamble of many BSG70 episodes.
Nebula  
BSG2000 nebula  

After she shoots Commander Adama, Colonel Tigh seems to immediately assume that Boomer is a Cylon. But, under the circumstances, couldn't she also just a be a human who acted on behalf of the deposed President Roslin?

After examining the seriously wounded Commander Adama in CIC, Paramedic Ishay tells her team, "Let's get him down to sickbay, RFN." RFN stands for "right frakking now".

At 16:12 on the Blu-ray, an unusual-looking ship is seen as part of the rag-tag fleet.
A ship of the rag-tag-fleet

At 7:13 on the Blu-ray, we can see that the Galactica's name is painted below the circular battlestar symbol on top of the ship. The name was not present there in episodes before this one.
Galactica's name on top

The backpacks worn by the Raptor 1 crew on Kobol are actually Globe backpacks with a metal rack on the front for holding a skateboard.

Tyrol, Tarn, and Cally must go back to the Raptor crash site to find the second medkit to bring back more serisone to help keep fluid out of the lungs of the seriously injured Socinus. Serisone is a fictitious drug.

The Raptor 1 crew carry modified Beretta CX4 Storm rifles.

The wreckage of the entrance of the Delphi Museum of the Colonies on Caprica at 19:59 on the Blu-ray does not match the one seen earlier at 16:57 (and in "Kobol's Last Gleaming" Part 2). Earlier, the entire museum sign is intact; here it is broken until the "-seum" of the word "museum".

The guards at the Galactica brig are seen to have the standard Colonial handgun as seen throughout season one (based loosely on the Blade Runner pistol, as discussed in the study of "Serve and Protect"). The pistols carried by the Raptor 1 crew on Kobol are a previously unseen sidearm on the show, a modified FN Five-seven. These new pistols are seen throughout the rest of the series, seemingly replacing the "Blade Runner" pistol in all but a few instances.

The unrecognized Cylon craft that Apollo refers to as a new bogie is a Cylon Heavy Raider, previously seen by us (but not the fleet) in several previous stories and by Helo on Caprica. The Heavy Raider is the craft that crashes into the Galactica's starboard flight pod and disgorges a boarding party of Centurions.

In the flashback to Colonel Tigh's past at 40:47 on the Blu-ray, Tigh uses a bottle of Feurinol brand lighter fluid, with the intention of lighting his old Colonial service sash with it. Feurinol is a Colonial brand; Starbuck is seen to use it much later in "Sometimes a Great Notion".

In the above-described flashback scene, notice that Tigh has an attractive woman in his bed, and it's not Ellen.

In Tigh's flashback, the two men who come to inform him that Major Adama has reinstated him to the Colonial ranks have SP printed on their helmets and arm bands. SP is generally taken to stand for "shore patrol" in the armed forces.

The starboard flight pod the Cylon Heavy Raider crashes into is the covered one that was seen to have been converted into a museum in "Humanity's Children" and is more-or-less abandoned, thus the Centurions are able to enter the Galactica unknown to its crew.

Memorable Dialog

go with what you know.mp3
this will be Adama's command until the day he dies.mp3
Sharon the Cylon.mp3
you can't have a baby with a machine.mp3
bitch took my ride.mp3
that shifty son of a bitch.mp3
I'm sticking to pills and enemas.mp3
if you'd just let me be.mp3
don't you dare die on me now.mp3

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