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Battlestar Galactica: The Eye of Jupiter

Battlestar Galactica

"The Eye of Jupiter"

TV episode

Written by Mark Verheiden

Directed by Michael Rymer

Original air date: December 15, 2006

 

The Galactica faces off against 4 Cylon basestars over the discovery of the Eye of Jupiter on the algae planet.

 

Read the summary of the episode at the Battlestar Wiki site

 

Notes from the BSG chronology

 

This episode opens on the 14th day of the food supply mission on the algae planet, so about 14 days after the end of "The Passage".

 

Didja Know?

 

The opening titles show the fleet population at 41,402, down 18 from the previous episode "The Passage". This seemingly accounts for the crews of the lost ships Adriatic and Carina, plus Kat in "The Passage", though that seems an awfully low number considering two ships were lost! 

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode

 

Cally

Chief Tyrol

Sam Anders

Apollo

Dee

Starbuck

Baltar

Number Three

Caprica Six

Hybrid

Hera

Boomer

President Roslin

Admiral Adama

Lt. Gaeta

Colonel Tigh

Lt. Hoshi

Number One

Head Six

Athena

Erin Mathias

Nicholas Tyrol (mentioned only)

Number Two

Number Four

Caprica Six

Number Six

Jean Barolay

Hillard
Sgt. Omar Fischer
Private Sykes
Ditko

Dee

Griggs

Varrick

Henick

Helo

 


 

Didja Notice?

 

The surface of the algae planet has a sort of washed-out, chromatic look to it. This may be a slight homage to the red planet in BSG70 where Count Iblis' ship was found crashed in "War of the Gods" Part 2, on which the surface had a red tinge to everything.

 

The exterior scenes of the algae planet were shot near Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.

 

At 2:15 on the Blu-ray, notice an oil pump on the shore of the lake on the algae planet. Apparently, the Colonials found oil on the planet and are stocking up on that as well. 

 

The butte that Tyrol is drawn to and where he discovers the Temple of Five containing the Eye of Jupiter may be an homage to the calling experienced by UFO experiencers to Devil's Tower in Wyoming in the classic 1977 film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Temple mount Devil's Tower
Temple mount on the algae planet Devil's Tower, Wyoming in Close Encounters of the Third Kind

 

At 8:28 on the Blu-ray, as Chief Tyrol climbs up to the butte where the temple is located, part of the local Canadian town of Kamloops and a highway with cars travelling on it is visible in the background on the left side of the screen! 

 

At 10:46 on the Blu-ray, we see that the Temple of Five has some pentagonal-shaped columns, in keeping with the "Five" theme and mimicking the Cylon pentagonal symbol seen in BSG70 (and seen in the design of some Caprican buildings in "Humanity's Children" and episodes of Caprica). There is also a pentagon shape in the middle of the starfish-like design on the ceiling. The pentagon shapes may suggest that the temple was built by the Final Five Cylons.
Temple of Five Temple of Five ceiling

 

During the Cylons' meeting with President Roslin and Admiral Adama aboard the Galactica, Number Three seems to state that the algae planet was the original settlement of the thirteenth tribe.

 

Cally refers to her and Chief Tyrol's baby son Nicholas as Nicky.

 

Sam remarks that he has been married to Starbuck for a year-and-a-half.

 

When Number Three and Baltar visit the Hybrid chamber, the Hybrid says, "The five lights of the apocalypse rising, struggling towards the light, sins revealed only to those who enter the temple, only to the Chosen One."

 

Sam implies that Starbuck has cheated on their marriage before her affair with Apollo.

 

This episode indicates that Adama did not know about Roslin's plan to hide baby Hera's survival from Athena and Helo.

 

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

 

The original title of the script of this episode was "The Eye of Zeus", but they decided "The Eye of Jupiter" sounded better. "Jupiter" is the Roman name for the ancient Greek god Zeus.

 

From what it had at the beginning of the series, the Galactica has acquired a few additional nuclear warheads from Pegasus.

 

Unanswered Questions

 

Why was Chief Tyrol "called" to the Temple of Five on the algae planet? We're never given an answer, but it may be that he has suppressed memories of the place as one of the Final Five Cylons. He is revealed as one of the Final Five in "Crossroads" Part 2.

 

Memorable Dialog

hot fudge planet.mp3
at least 4000 years old.mp3
we can't let the Cylons get their hands on it.mp3
this is Gaius Baltar.mp3
they'd toss you out the nearest airlock.mp3
the less this man says, the better this will go.mp3
if it wasn't for me you'd all be dead.mp3
we'll throw in Baltar.mp3
someone's lying.mp3
can I make a suggestion that you won't like?.mp3
it takes an emergency.mp3
dance around naked with porn magazines.mp3
just as the star's about to go supernova.mp3
one hell of a sense of humor.mp3
on the verge.mp3
Starbuck's been hit.mp3
nuke the planet.mp3

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