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This is the archive that is for the dates of January 2007 - December 2007.

Battle of the Resurrection Ship - January 2007

Galactica and Pegasus engage a basestar.

The Battle of the Resurrection Ship is Galactica's second offensive against the Cylons. Aided with a second battlestar, they attack the Cylon Resurrection Ship in the hopes of causing the Cylons to rethink their plans for chasing the Fleet.

The strategic impact of the Battle of the Resurrection Ship marked the first time since the beginning of the Second Cylon War that multiple Colonial battlestars engaged multiple Cylon basestars in battle. The Fall of the Twelve Colonies had been less a battle and more a one-sided slaughter of the Colonials by the Cylons.

The Battle of the Resurrection Ship has many similarities to the Battle of Midway.

Colonial forces suffered approximately four casualties, as well as the loss of the Blackbird and at least one Raptor. Cylon forces lost over ten thousand, as well as at least one base ship and the titular Resurrection Ship. The result was a decisive Colonial victory, both tactically as well as strategically. ...continued...

Sharon Agathon - February 2007

Sharon "Athena" Agathon

Sharon "Athena" Agathon is a copy of the humanoid Cylon model Number Eight who is first encountered by Karl "Helo" Agathon, when he is stranded on Caprica. She is initially assigned to seduce him by impersonating Lieutenant Sharon Valerii, as part of a Cylon cross-breeding experiment, but later turns against her people and helps him escape the planet; pregnant with his child during that time. Helo, first shocked by her true nature, ultimately accepts her as the mother of his child and declares his love for her.

Once on Galactica, she is imprisoned and long seen as a mere object. She frequently provides intelligence, but is severely mistreated by an interrogator from Pegasus who beats and sexually assaults her. Over time, she earns Admiral Adama's trust by helping the Colonial Fleet escape peril several times, and she is eventually appointed as a Colonial Officer and marries Karl Agathon. Agathon gives birth on Galactica, but her daughter, Hera, is subsequently hidden from her, because President Roslin considers the baby a threat to the Fleet. Agathon believes Hera to be dead for more than a year, but after learning the truth about her child during a confrontation with Valerii, she is able to regain her daughter from the Cylons with the help of Caprica-Six. ...continued...

Audrey Landers - March 2007

Audrey Landers as Miri

Audrey Landers (born 18 July 1956) is an American actress, singer, songwriter and producer. To television audiences, she is best known for her role as Afton Cooper in the 1980s series Dallas, as well as various appearances in series from the late 1970s to the 1980s, including Battlestar Galactica.

Her younger sister, Judy Landers, is also a well-known actress who worked on Vega$ and the Glen Larson series, B.J. and the Bear. Due to their close-knit nature, both Audrey and Judy Landers were often the combined focus of various news publication articles of the 1970s and 1980s, notably the January 1983 issue of Playboy magazine, a non-nude pictorial in which both Landers' sisters appear in lingerie.

Landers played Miri, one of the youths in "The Young Lords" and a potential love interest for Starbuck. ...continued...

Anne Cofell Saunders - April 2007

Anne Cofell Saunders

Anne Cofell Saunders is a writer on Battlestar Galactica.

Saunders worked as an assistant to the Executive Producer and was the head researcher on 24 for several years, until she was given a freelance script on the show in 2004. Immediately after writing her first episode of 24, she was hired to write for Battlestar Galactica.

In an interview in May 2006, [1] Saunders expressed admiration for her fellow BSG writers, Mark Verheiden, David Weddle, Bradley Thompson, Jeff Vlaming, and Carla Robinson, calling them "some of the strongest writers Hollywood can offer" and said that Executive Producer Ron Moore continues to surprise and challenge the writers to take risks, such as with the Season 2 finale's (Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II) shocking one-year leap forward in time, an episode Saunders is proud she wrote. ...continued...

Battle of New Caprica - May 2007

Galactica Flanked by Three Basestars

In the Battle of New Caprica, battlestar Galactica launches a daring mission to occupy the Cylon force's attention as the majority of the Colonial citizens escape from Cylon occupation on New Caprica.

Prior to the battle, Admiral William Adama makes contact with the New Caprica Resistance, and later deploys a Raptor, Lt. Sharon Agathon commanding, to coordinate a plan to liberate the colonists during the Colonial offensive. Agathon uses her Cylon heritage to retrieve the Colonial civilan ships' launch keys from a secured Cylon building, while Samuel Anders and Tory Foster train the colonists in "fire drills," meant to show readiness to the Cylon Occupation Authority in the event of a natural disaster, but in reality has prepared the colonists to escape to any Colonial ship to leave the planet and the Cylons.

Galactica draws the bulk of Cylon fighters away from the planet by using her Raptors and a salvo of swallows to feign the electromagnetic signature of two battlestars. Moments later, Galactica herself performs a risky intra-atmosphere jump to avoid baseship detection and provide Viper ground support for escaping civilians. Back in orbit but damaged, Galactica is soon overwhelmed by four baseships and faces destruction until Commander Lee Adama, initially ordered to stay with the spaceborne remains of humanity, enters Pegasus into the fray to draw fire away from her sister ship and allow her to escape. The lack of Viper support from Pegasus indicates to the elder Adama that the advanced battlestar is on a one-way trip. While Pegasus endures serious bombardment, Galactica is able to bring its FTL back on line, retrieves her Vipers, and escapes. ...continued...

Delphi - June and July 2007

A binocular view of the Telamont Building in Delphi.

Delphi is a Colonial city on Caprica with a large spaceport and military base, situated in the same general region of the planet as Caprica City.

The city is fairly close to a series of mountains, where the Caprica Buccaneers pyramid team survive the Cylon attack.

One of the tallest structures in the city is the Telamont Building. When he reaches the city, Karl Agathon recognizes it by this building.

Following the Cylon attack, Delphi is used by the Cylons as their primary base of operations. Caprica-Valerii and Agathon make their way across the planet in the hope of finding a ship to escape Caprica. Upon reaching the city, they notice heavy Cylon activity in and around it ("Flesh and Bone", "The Hand of God", "Colonial Day"). ...continued...

The Twelve Colonies (RDM) - August 2007

Kobol, the ancient homeworld of humanity.

Approximately 2,000 years prior to the Fall of the Twelve Colonies, the last twelve tribes of Kobol leave their planet over conflicts with their gods, as well as a "sort of calamity".

The tribes settle on 12 worlds some distance away (Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part I). The tribe's namesakes and icons originally corresponded to the twelve signs of the ancient tribes, although these names drifted over time.

The early Colonies lived (and fought) more as sovereign nations. Some (particularly Caprica) prospered, while others (such as Sagittaron and Aerelon) were often considered lessers. For peacetime labor forces as well as for wars between each other, humanity created the Cylons. When these early models rebelled, the Colonies unified their governments under the Articles of Colonization sometime before or during the Cylon War as a federal republic known as the Twelve Colonies of Kobol[2].

The official symbol of the Twelve Colonies is the Colonial seal. ...continued...

Case Orange - September 2007

The prompt, fateful response from the Case Orange mechanism.

The Case Orange automated beacon is a Colonial Government technology designed to ensure a working government in the wake of a catastrophic event.

In the latter part of the Cylons' surprise attack on the Twelve Colonies, Secretary of Education Laura Roslin speaks with a fellow official on Caprica known only as "Jack", who tells that he is unsure of President Richard Adar's whereabouts during the attack, but notes that the president offered a complete unconditional surrender to the Cylons after the colony of Picon and the Colonial Fleet installations and ships located there were bombarded with nuclear bombs. The Cylons did not respond to the surrender request. Roslin does not hear from any other government officials after her conversation with Jack is interrupted when the starliner is attacked with a Cylon missile. ...continued...

Uniforms (TOS) - October 2007

Officers in uniform.

The standard Colonial Warrior uniform consists of a beige tunic and pants. An arm patch is affixed to their right arm and there are one or two pins around the neckline. Warriors may or may not wear a brown jacket, which also has an arm patch on the right and buttons on either side of the collar. The tunic is fastened using valcron (velcro) which runs between the shoulder blade and the wearer's left breast (Saga of a Star World). This uniform has a black belt with a golden buckle; a separate pistol-belt is worn, with a leg belt to keep the holster firmly affixed to the wearer's leg.

Warriors who pilot Vipers wear a pressure suit underneath their uniforms to protect them from gravitational forces (Lost Planet of the Gods, Part I). Apparently, this isn't so much a concern for shuttle pilots, although there is one instance of a shuttle pilot wearing the suit. ...continued...

CIC - November 2007

The Combat Information Center of Galactica.

Colonial battlestars are centrally operated from the Combat Information Center, or CIC, the battlestar's nerve center. It performs both the functions of a bridge and the CIC in naval parlance, as the vessels are also steered from the CIC.

Galactica's CIC is a faintly-circular room located deep in the interior "alligator head" of the battlestar, where the main hull meets the midship section. From CIC, the battlestar's tactical and navigational operations are monitored and directed. CIC is a large, two-level complex with three bulkhead exits, which are closed during action stations alerts. ...continued...

Gina Inviere - December 2007

Gina Inviere

Gina Inviere[3] is the alias ("inviere" is the Old Gemenese word for "resurrection") of a humanoid Cylon who poses as a systems analyst aboard the battlestar Pegasus.

Several months before the attack on the Twelve Colonies, she presented the retrofit of Pegasus to the Ministry of Defense and worked out the details of the CNP upgrade with Admiral Cain. During that time, the two grow close and eventually start having a relationship. They try to be discreet in front of the crew, but don't make it a secret either. ...continued...

  1. SyFy Portal
  2. Note the difference between the name of the Original Series' counterpart, known as the the Twelve Colonies of Man.
  3. The name "Gina" is never spoken in the series until the television special "Razor". However, before that, Ron Moore used the name throughout the podcasts for the episodes where Inviere appears, and the name was widely used by fans and news writers.