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|−|'''Peter Laird''' is a civilian aeronautical engineer. When the [[ Cylon Attack]] began, he was aboard the ''[[ Scylla]] '', a civilian ship, when its passengers were "picked up" by the [[battlestar]] '' [[Pegasus (RDM)|Pegasus]]''. He became the ship's Flight-Deck Chief despite not being part of the Colonial military. When he came aboard '' [[Galactica]]'' , he met his counterpart, [[Galen Tyrol|Chief Tyrol]]. Upon looking on the [[Blackbird]], Tyrol's new stealth fighter, he was both appalled and impressed, especially because he designed the old [[DDG-62]] engines used in the Blackbird ([[Pegasus (episode)| Pegasus]]). |+|
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|−|Laird was assigned to ''Galactica'' during Admiral Cain's fleet integration and according to the the [[ Pegasus (Extended Version)| Extended "Pegasus" Cut]] replaced [[ Chief Tyrol]] as deck chief even before he was charged with Lt. [[ Thorne|Thorne's]] murder. Also shown in the extended episode , he made a suggestion to the ''Galactica'' deck crew that increased fuel efficiency by two percent. |+|
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|−|While drinking with Col. [[Saul Tigh|Tigh]], '' Pegasus''' XO [[ Jack Fisk]] revealed that the '' Scylla'' was part of a civilian fleet that '' Pegasus'' encountered a few weeks after escaping the Cylon attack. Admiral Cain, with military priority on the mind, ordered that civilian ships be scavanged for anything that would be of aid to ''Pegasus '' militarily. Supplies, weapons and even people with potentially useful skills were taken. |+|
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, whose background in aeronautics served Cain's plan well, was selected by Cain to be drafted into her crew along with 14 other people on board. However, all 15 of them were traveling with their families, and resisted Cain's attempt to draft them. In response, Cain had two of the families executed to cow the civilians, and Laird was taken aboard ''Pegasus''. It is unclear if Laird's family was one of the two that Cain had executed, but if not, she still marooned them onboard the ''Scylla'' without an FTL drive (which left them at the mercy of the Cylons or the desert of space), making her ultimately responsible for their likely deaths. |+|
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|−|Laird is having difficulty in managing the hangar deck as Tyrol's substitute and lacks military decorum, but assures Commander Adama that all ships will be ready for "the [[Attack on the Resurrection Ship| attack thing]]" ([[Resurrection Ship, Part I]]). |+|
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|−|After Admiral Cain's death her crew transfers were reverted and Tyrol was re-installed as ''Galactica'''s deck chief. Laird has more-than-likely returned to his previous post as the '' Pegasus'' deck chief (Post [[ Resurrection Ship, Part II]] ). |+|
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*Ron D. Moore said in his [[Podcast:Pegasus#Act 2|podcast]] that he was tempted to give Laird a Scottish accent as a tribute to [[Wikipedia:James Doohan|James Doohan]]
, who played [[MemoryAlpha:Montgomery Scott|Montgomery Scott]] on ''Star Trek,'' as Doohan died around the time that the episode "Pegasus" was filming . Ultimately, he reluctantly decided not to . |+|
*Ron D. Moore said in his [[Podcast:Pegasus#Act 2|podcast]] that he was tempted to give Laird a Scottish accent as a tribute to [[Wikipedia:James Doohan|James Doohan]] [[MemoryAlpha:Montgomery Scott|Montgomery Scott]]the time the episodefilming, reluctantly decided
|−|*There's actually a real person named "[[ Wikipedia: Peter Laird|Peter Laird]] ", a comic book artist who co-created [[ Wikipedia: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]] |+|
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Peter Laird is a civilian aeronautical engineer pressed into service by order of Admiral Helena Cain after the Cylon attack on the Twelve Colonies. He is aboard the civilian transport Scylla when it, along with several other vessels, is found by the battlestar Pegasus about a week after the attack. Admiral Cain places military priorities above all else and orders that the ships be scavenged for anything that would be of use to Pegasus: supplies, weapons, parts and skilled civilian personnel. Laird, because his aeronautics background, becomes a selectee dragooned into Pegasus's crew along with 14 other people on board.
Colonel Fisk and Lieutenant Shaw take a team of Marines to the Scylla to carry out the order. Laird speaks as the passengers' representative and refuses to cooperate. When Fisk's show of intimidation fails to persuade the civilians, Cain orders that the selectees' families be shot to demonstrate the alternative. Fisk continues his threat to shoot them, but Shaw takes the initiative and shoots one woman in the head, triggering the Marines to kill nine more. Word spreads throughout the civilian vessels and breaks all resistance, and Laird and the others are transfered to Pegasus. Laird's wife and family are likely among the dead, if not left behind (TRS: "Razor").
He is put into uniform and assigned deck chief. When he pays Galactica a visit, he meets his counterpart, Chief Tyrol. Laird is both appalled and impressed by the Blackbird, Tyrol's new stealth fighter, and is surprised to find the plane is fitted with obsolete DDG-62 engines he designed (TRS: "Pegasus").
Laird is transferred to Galactica as part of Admiral Cain's crew reassignments, and assigned as deck chief prior to Tyrol's arrest for Lt. Thorne's death . He also makes a suggestion to Galactica's deck crew that increases the Blackbird's fuel efficiency by two percent (Pegasus (Extended Version)).
Laird has difficulty managing the hangar deck as Tyrol's substitute and lacks military bearing, but assures Commander Adama that all ships will be ready for "the attack thing" (TRS: "Resurrection Ship, Part I").
Following Admiral Cain's death, her crew transfers are reversed and Tyrol is re-instated as Galactica's deck chief. Laird presumably returns to his previous assignment as the Pegasus deck chief (TRS: "Resurrection Ship, Part II").
Over two years later, Laird is promoted to Galactica's chief of the deck after Tyrol's demotion by Admiral Adama; he retrieves the navigational data from Eammon Pike's damaged Raptor that tells them where the rebel baseship jumped to (TRS: "Sine Qua Non").
In the early stages of a mutiny aboard Galactica, Laird finds several individuals attempting to steal a Raptor reserved for emergency medical transport to fly Tom Zarek to Colonial One. Felix Gaeta attempts to convince Laird that this is simply a change of orders that he wasn't informed of, but when Laird moves to confirm that story, Zarek kills him by striking him in the head with a wrench (TRS: "The Oath").
- Ron D. Moore said in his podcast that he was tempted to give Laird a Scottish accent as a tribute to James Doohan (Star Trek's Montgomery Scott) at his recent death at the time of the episode's filming, but reluctantly decided against it.
- ↑ In the regular "Pegasus" episode, it seems like Laird replaces Tyrol after his arrest. However, the extended cut places it before Lt. Thorne's death as part of the crew integration.