The Face of the Enemy

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"The Face of the Enemy"
An episode of the Re-imagined Series
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Writer(s) Jane Espenson
Seamus Kevin Fahey
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Director Wayne Rose
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US airdate USA 12 December 2008 through 12 January 2009
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"The Face of the Enemy" is a webisode series featuring Felix Gaeta and two Number Eights who, along with a handful humans, are stranded on a Raptor and mysteriously begin to die one by one. These events take place six to nine days after "Revelations".


Episode 1

  • Release date: December 12, 2008
  • Running time: ~4:11
Tigh tells Gaeta to take a vacation.

A blood-covered Felix Gaeta is in a Raptor adrift in deep space, nine days after the events of "Revelations". Flashbacks of a list of names being written on a pad, a Number Eight cutting into her palm, a pair of needle-nose pliers, and a struggle inside the Raptor segue to three days before (six days after "Revelations").

Over his protests, an exhausted Gaeta is ordered by Colonel Saul Tigh to take a week's leave aboard the Zephyr to recover. On his way to the hangar bay, Lt. Louis Hoshi catches up with him in the hallway, gives him morpha for his pain, then kisses him goodbye, evincing a romantic relationship. Joining Gaeta on the flight are deckhand Brooks, two Number Eights, and the Raptor shuttle flight crew, Lt. J. "Shark" Finnegan and "Easy" Esrin.

With the Raptor 15 minutes away from the Zephyr, DRADIS picks up hostile Cylon contacts and the Fleet is forced to make an emergency jump. The Raptor completes its jump, but discovers that the Fleet is nowhere to be seen.

Episode 2

  • Release date: December 15, 2008
  • Running time: ~3:42
The occupants of the stranded Raptor.

Shark broadcasts on wireless to any ships that might be nearby, Easy says she entered the right coordinates, and Gaeta's stump starts to act up. A worried Brooks suggests jumping back, thinking the Fleet might have left a Raptor behind for a little while, but the Eights don't think so, since that could give away their position to Cavil's ships. Gaeta is sure that the Fleet knows that they are missing and sent someone back to look, but that they can't find out because the jump drive isn't responding. Brooks begins to pray to Poseidon, puzzling the Eights since they are a long way from water, but Brooks replies they are in a ship after all. Shark discovers that the drive isn't responding because they have jumped over the red line and are thus unable to jump back to their starting point. The Eight in a Cylon flight suit ("Hard Eight") says she suspects as much, since she doesn'z recognize the star patterns. Gaetea sits at the aft workstation and determines that the FTL computer's calculations were corrupted. Shark reasons that getting back to the Fleet is not impossible, just harder, and as Hard Eight and the others continue their discussion, the other Eight ("Sweet Eight") asks Gaeta if he recognizes her.

Back on Galactica, Hoshi is clearly worried for Gaeta. The DRADIS contact was a false alarm, the Fleet has jumped back to their original coordinates, and there has been no sign of the missing Raptor for two days. He asks Tigh for a Raptor and a pilot to search for the missing Raptor, explaining that just as something in the universe led them to Earth, he knows he can find them. He stops short of revealing just how close he is to Gaeta and instead asserts that there has been too much loss already. Tigh agrees to Hoshi's request, but will have to run it by Admiral Adama.

Back aboard the Raptor, Shark determines how long they can last out there. The limiting factor is the air supply; since the Raptor was on shuttle detail, the CO2 scrubbers were not fully functional. They have only 20 ½ hours with the air thinned out to 68% of ship-normal O2, so everyone must limit their exertion and sleep as much as they can to stretch out the supply. Easy points out that at that oxygen level people experience memory loss, irrational behavior, depression and dizziness.

Episode 3

  • Release date: December 17, 2008
  • Running time: ~2:42
Gaeta meets with an Eight on New Caprica.

Brooks offers to take a look at the Raptor's CO2 scrubbers and opens a side panel. Meanwhile, Felix recognizes Sweet Eight. A flashback to 15 months earlier on Cylon-occupied New Caprica shows the two meeting in a tent, with Felix looking over a list of names and handing it to the Eight. Felix looks concerned as Sweet Eight leaves the tent.

Brooks finds a loose connection, but has trouble reaching it. Hard Eight offers to take over, and Brooks hands her his pliers. She reaches it, then stiffens as she is electrocuted. Esrin kicks her free, and Gaeta checks for a pulse before declaring her dead. Brooks is stunned, exclaiming, "My gods, I was just doing that! I was just doing that same thing!" Sweet Eight calls attention to the pliers. Felix finds that the insulating grip has been stripped off and asks, "Who did this?"

Episode 4

  • Release date: December 22, 2008
  • Running time: ~3:12
Gaeta asks what to do with the dead Eight's body.

Shark examines the pliers and observes they are old and that the grips wore off, but Sweet Eight suggests that it wasn't an accident, that "someone didn't like the idea of a machine breathing their air." Brooks points that the pliers were his and he was the one who was supposed to have been killed, but Sweet Eight replies not unless he was the one who stripped the grips and questions how he could not have noticed the bare metal. Felix quashes the growing argument, saying it was an accident, and asks what to do with the corpse. Sweet Eight says jettison her, she will otherwise begin to decay and corrupt the air, and that the oxygen in the cabin can be sucked back into the tanks with only a little loss. As flight suits are broken out and put on, Sweet Eight whispers to Gaeta that she has an idea how to get them home, she will tell him when the others are asleep, and to trust her.

In a flashback to New Caprica, Gaeta writes down a list of names and what look like serial numbers for Sweet Eight. He tells her he hasn't seen some of these people in a long time, and they may already be dead. Sweet Eight reassures Gaeta that the Number Ones keep good records, and if some of them are locked up, she can find them and get them out, and reassures him that they can do this.

Back in the Fleet, Lt. Margaret "Racetrack" Edmondson and Hoshi launch from Galactica in Raptor 1029.

Episode 5

  • Release date: December 24, 2008
  • Running time: ~4:42
The dead body is jettisoned.

The crew jettison Hard Eight's body. Afterwards, they settle down to sleep. Gaeta, apparetntly in pain, touches his stump and injects himself with a dose of morpha. Sweet Eight sees this but pretends to be asleep. Gaeta falls asleep as well and flashes back to New Caprica again, remembering Sweet Eight telling him she managed to get some of the people on his list out of detention. Others, she says, were already dead. She is particularly upset about a child whose fate is still a mystery. Gaeta reassures her that they've done good and the two kiss.

In the present, Sweet Eight wakes Gaeta while the other three still sleep and proposes her plan. She will hook into the Raptor's systems much as Sharon Agathon once did on Galactica, in order to determine the corrupted memory address that made them jump to the wrong location. She is afraid that the others will think she is sabotaging the ship, so she asks Gaeta to cover for her while she works. Gaeta accidentally jars Brooks, and then notices that Brooks has died of an overdose of Gaeta's morpha. Shark and Easy wake up and accuse Sweet Eight of having killed Brooks. Gaeta protests, but she is shackled.

Episode 6

  • Release date: December 29, 2008
  • Running time: Not yet available.

Plot breakdown not yet available.

Episode 7

  • Release date: December 31, 2008
  • Running time: Not yet available.

Plot breakdown not yet available.

Episode 8

  • Release date: January 5, 2009
  • Running time: Not yet available.

Plot breakdown not yet available.

Episode 9

  • Release date: January 9, 2009
  • Running time: Not yet available.

Plot breakdown not yet available.

Episode 10

  • Release date: January 12, 2009
  • Running time: Not yet available.

Plot breakdown not yet available.


  • Felix Gaeta has a metal prosthetic leg.
  • The two Number Eights are nicknamed "Sweet Eight" and "Pilot Eight" in the commentary by Jane Espenson, the latter being the one in a Cylon flight suit. However, the script for this webisode lists "Pilot Eight" as "Hard Eight."[1]


  • The rebel Cylon basestar is still with the fleet.
  • Saul Tigh has returned to duty, despite being outed as one of the Final Five Cylons.
  • It now does not appear unusual to have Number Eights aboard Galactica, or for them to be ride aboard Colonial shuttles.


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