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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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Battlestar Galactica: Six of One

Battlestar Galactica

"Six of One"

TV episode

Written by Michael Angeli

Directed by Anthony Hemingway

Original air date: April 11, 2008

 

Internal conflicts torment humans and Cylons as they confront their mythologies — one rooted on Earth, the other in the Final Five.

 

Read the summary of the episode at the Battlestar Wiki site

 

Notes from the BSG chronology

 

This episode takes place immediately after the events of "He That Believeth in Me".

 

Didja Know?

 

The opening titles show the fleet at a population of 39,676, down 22 from "He That Believeth in Me". Presumably, these losses are from additional deaths caused by the Cylon attack on the fleet that occurred in that episode.

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode

 

Colonel Tigh

Helo

President Roslin

Admiral Adama

Dee

Lt. Gaeta

Starbuck

Sergeant Erin Mathias

Marine Nowart

Hybrid

Number Eight

Number One

Natalie Faust

Number Two

Number Four

Number Five

Chief Tyrol

Tory Foster

Sam Anders (Longshot)

Cally (mentioned only)

Baltar

Number Six

Boomer

Racetrack

Athena

Hot Dog

Apollo

Narcho

Ensign Seelix (Hardball)

tattooed pilot (unnamed)

Head Baltar

Romo Lampkin (mentioned only)

 


 

Didja Notice?

 

Starbuck reminds President Roslin of the visions she used to have of the how ancient artifact called the Arrow of Apollo would point the way to Earth and how she, Starbuck, helped her obtain it and use it to activate a planetarium in the Tomb of Athena on Kobol. These events occurred in the pair of 2-part episodes "Kobol's Last Gleaming" and "Home".

 

This episode introduces a Number Six who advocates to the rest of the Cylons searching for the Final Five, despite their programming not to. This Six is referred to in scripts as Natalie Faust, who had posed as a Gemenon reformer on that planet in her role of helping to pave the way for the Cylon assault against the Twelve Colonies. Her name is only ever mentioned on screen in the later epiosde "The Hub", and by first name only.

 

Number One remarks that there are millions of copies of each Cylon model.

 

At 19:30 on the Blu-ray, we see that Admiral Adama has put back together the model sailing ship he tore apart in his grief and anger over Starbuck's death in "Maelstrom".

 

Head Baltar appears to Baltar himself for the first time. He previously had only appeared to Caprica Six. It's never quite stated that this is the same Head Baltar who appears to Caprica Six, but he behaves and dresses similarly.

 

At 31:18 on the Blu-ray, some new pilot names are seen on the pilot's ready room whiteboard: Digger, Famous, Sniper, and Catbird. 

 

At 35:44 on the Blu-ray, the ring-ship Zephyr is seen being repaired from the heavy damage it took during the Cylon attack on the fleet that occurred in "Crossroads" Part 2. Zephyr under repair

 

Tory Foster has sex with Baltar in order to get close to him to learn what he might know from his Cylon contacts about the Final Five, particularly the fifth, unknown, one. She starts to cry during the sex act, claiming to Baltar that it's something that always happens for her during sex. It seems she must just be covering for feeling humiliated at having to sleep with Baltar, because she did not appear to be crying when she had sex with Anders in "Crossroads" Part 2.

 

In this episode, the Twos, Sixes, and Eights remove the telencephalic inhibitor installed in the Centurions to give them the ability to reason for themselves.

 

At the end of the episode, Starbuck is given the spaceship Demetrius and a small crew to search for Earth in the opposite direction of where the fleet is heading. The Demetrius was a sewage recycling ship of the fleet.

 

Memorable Dialog

vomit metaphysics.mp3
they're in the Colonial fleet.mp3
the Raiders refused to fight.mp3
you're openly discussing the Final Five.mp3
the original programmers.mp3
crazy as a latrine rat.mp3
suspected her of being a Cylon.mp3
I saw Earth.mp3
when he boxes your line.mp3
happy warriors.mp3
feel her out.mp3
you slay me.mp3
handle with care.mp3
Admiral Atheist.mp3
get out of my head.mp3
find a way to Earth.mp3

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