Peter Laird

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Peter Laird
Peter Laird


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Introduced Pegasus
Children Unknown (implied)
Marital Status Widower (probable)
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Role Deck Chief, battlestar Pegasus
Rank Chief Petty Officer (conscripted)
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Portrayed by Vincent Gale
Peter Laird is a Cylon
Peter Laird is a Final Five Cylon
Peter Laird is a Human/Cylon Hybrid
Peter Laird is an Original Series Cylon
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Peter Laird in the separate continuity
Peter Laird in the primary continuity
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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 for conscription 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 (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 (Pegasus).

Laird is transferred to Galactica as part of Admiral Cain's crew reassignments, and is made deck chief prior to Tyrol's arrest for Lt. Thorne's death [1]. 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" (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 (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 (Sine Qua Non).


  • Laird's reaction to the dead civilians implies that the woman killed by Shaw is his wife, especially the shot at the end when he looks at the bodies and the camera pans from him to the woman. His evasiveness when asked about the Scylla incident during "Pegasus" indicates that something disturbing happened to him on the Scylla. His reaction to the woman's execution, however, can be taken one of two ways. He was either a man in complete shock of witnessing his wife's death or a man who was horrified from what he didn't believe was possible of Colonial military.
  • 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.


  1. 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.