Could be Boomer or Six. If you notice, where Boomer stood, there was a bigger echo of her voice than where the others stood. When you heard "By your command" that extra echo wasn't there. Since we haven't seen all the Cylon models yet, there isn't any way to know who they were talking to. However, it does seem like Doral makes the most decisions, even telling Six to remember Boomer "is one of us". Guess we just have to wait until the writers decide to clue us in.
That's not entirely correct. TOS characters spoke frequently of traveling from between galaxies, which obviously would have required FTL travel.
While the characters talk about deep exploration or traveling between galaxies (solar systems), the fact remains that only "light speed" is ever mentioned in TOS. Now logically, many fans have argued over the years that they must have FTL to make any journey to other solar systems viable, but there is no real canon for FTL in TOS. IF anybody can point to an episode or quote dialog from TOS about FTL, I am more than willing to change/correct my viewpoint.
In "Six Degrees of Separation", Baltar calls Six, "Sarah". ;D
To address your other comments, The other races in TOS are only mentioned in the 1st few episodes and had just as much/little screen time as TNS. If you watch TNS, many different races are serving aboard the Galactica and elsewhere in the fleet and is mentioned by the characters in dialog. In TOS, the impression was that each colony staffed their own battlestar with their own people/tribe. When the Fleet found Kobol, Adama went to "their" temple/pyramid. Even with TOS Baltar, nobody ever knew which colony he belonged to (although in the books it was heavily suggested that he was a Gemon since he ordered Cain to take the 5th fleet to Molecay).
As far as religion, since the Colonials refer to the "Lords of Kobol", what other religion(s) should be shown??? Or are you asking which "God(s) each colony or individual prefers to pray to? TOS pretty much gave up the mulitple religions/gods concept after the "Planet of the Gods". If you watch the later episodes in TOS, it seemed the Colonial religion morphed into a single God with angels/devils to guide and/or corrupt the Colonials. The only mention of different tribes, religions, or gods are only in the opening narration of each episode. TOS gave strong indications that they, at least the Capricans, believed in Egyptian Gods (helmets, pyramid buildings both on Caprica and Kobol, although they dressed in Greek and/or Roman style), but none of the Gods were named or seen worshiped/prayed to. TOS could have been more interesting if they showed different crew members/the council not only representing each colony but having or worshipping different Gods (Inca, Aztec, Greek, Egyptian, Roman, etc) and the internal conflicts from those beliefs. The "Lords of Kobol", the sacred scrolls, etc. could have been explained as a unifying set of religious rules, agreed upon by the Gods, the Lords of Kobol, or religious, the military, and political leaders. What about the Borellian Nomen? They were in 2-3 TOS episodes, what was their religion or even their tribe, other than having "The Code" and that they were warlike (Klingons?)? Anybody remember any TOS character praying to any God, other than saying "by the Lords of Kobol"? TOS started with a strong concept, but strayed far from it due to various problems and pressures to film episodes.
How many "filler" episodes did they film with the basic premise of a viper pilot being shot down or marooned on some conveniently habitable nearby planet with humans living there (and had no idea who the Colonials were) and then trying to escape/find/rescue them? Remember, TOS never showed that they had FTL capabilities, only something the Galactica had/called "light speed", which they rarely used. So scientifically speaking, they should still be in the same solar system or maybe there happens to be a series of clustered solar systems in near collision really, really closeby, even if they could travel at or near the speed of light. Only in Hatch's later books was it mentioned they had/obtained FTL capabilities.
I found it interesting that the TNS "Starbuck", is the most religious Colonial person so far (although in secret), and is shown praying to 2 "named" Greek Gods. ;D
Why not just create a "Spoiler" or "In-Depth Discussion" or "Plots and Episodes" forum like other sites. Then there's no excuses or complaints. You know exactly what you are getting into and what may be in there. Can add a warning about spoilers in the forum discription.
"The New Series" forum can continue to serve as the main or general discussion forum.
Has anybody considered the possibility that the patches were sewed on/used because the Galactica was being retired and Apollo was temporarily assigned to the Galactica for the ceremonies? And they probably wanted all military personel to wear Galactica patches and insignia as a final tribute and honor.
Too bad they didn't show a few retired veterans or people that previously served aboard the Galactica at the ceremonies. That could have added more impact to those scenes.
The 10pm time slot is a good one. BSG does have a lot of adult themes/situations and SG1 was shown on Showtime at 10pm for years. The Sci-Fi channel could have hedged their bets by sandwiching BSG between SG1 and SGA, insuring a large weekly audience, but BSG should be able to stand on its own merits and be successful.
Episode 7 is outside the top 10 with a 7.95 score, which is still a good score. From the statistical breakdown of each episode, it appears the females viewers are grading each episode higher than their male counterparts. The U.S.A. voters tend to score the episodes much lower than the rest of the world. This may be because of some backlash voting since I had posted this site at several TOS sites a year or more ago and several joined the site to vote on TOS BSG episodes in an attempt to raise the numbers. The reason I say this is because many TOS episodes were in the 4-5 range and now are in the 6-7 range plus the new BSG show hasn't aired in the states yet.
I'm not suggesting that there should be a mass signup at that site, but if one does decide to join and vote on episodes, they should honestly critique the episode and not just blindly vote overwhelmingly positive or a higher rating than it deserves. That would throw off the ratings the other way and would reflect badly on new BSG fans in general.
Are you sure? GEOS, www.geos.tv/index.php/index/bg2 , has "Secrets and Lies" aka "Tigh Me up, Tigh me Down" as the top BSG episode so far, as voted by fans:
The ten Battlestar Galactica (2003) episodes with the highest mean score are:
1st 1x9 Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down 8.92 2nd 1x8 Flesh And Bone 8.87 3rd Tx2 Battlestar Galactica (II) 8.81 4th Tx1 Battlestar Galactica (I) 8.78 5th 1x1 33 8.67 6th 1x5 You Can't Go Home Again 8.56 7th 1x4 Act of Contrition 8.52 8th 1x2 Water 8.47 9th 1x3 Bastille Day 8.22 10th 1x6 Litmus 8.17
The rebirth of `Galactica' wins respect and ratings
By Charlie McCollum
UNIVERSAL CITY - Ever since Sci Fi announced it was doing a remake of ``Battlestar Galactica,'' the late-1970s TV series, there has been fierce battle between the fans of the original show and the producers of the new version.
Before the miniseries aired last season, the fans were peppering Sci Fi with complaints about changes that were being made to the story line and characters. They were also upset because none of the original cast members were being asked to reprise their roles. (That most were a bit too long in the tooth to play cocky young space pilots seemed immaterial.) There were even threats of a boycott.
It certainly didn't help when star Edward James Olmos -- who was taking over the Commander Adama part originated by the late Lorne Greene -- was widely quoted as telling the show's fans that they wouldn't like the revisionist version and they shouldn't bother watching.
``Galactica'' eventually aired last year to big viewership and considerable critical praise. Last Friday, it returned as a weekly series to equally stellar ratings and even better reviews.
But that hasn't stopped Olmos from jousting with fans of the original.
``There were tens of thousands of people who wanted to see the show back on the air, and they wanted to see it the way they remembered it,'' said Olmos, at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, with a smile. ``It was difficult for them, and it still is.''
And Olmos' advice to those fans on the new series? The same as it was for the miniseries: ``Get a DVD of the original and when we're on on Friday nights, put it in and don't watch our show because it could be detrimental to you mentally.''
Others involved in the show go out of their way to be a bit less combative.
Executive producer Ronald Moore -- who came to ``Galactica'' from a long stint on two ``Star Trek'' series, ``Next Generation'' and ``Deep Space Nine'' -- knows a thing or two about redoing beloved shows. He acknowledges that ``there's always going to be a certain element of the audience that likes the original better.''
But, he says, there seems to have been ``a sea change in reaction among the fan community'' since the miniseries with the fans starting to ``really embrace this vision of the show.''
Those fans have come to realize that the new series ``has its roots in the original. The premise of ours is the same as the premise they had in 1978: the apocalyptic destruction of an entire human civilization, leaving a handful of survivors who escape into the night to find a mythical place called Earth.''
The difference, Moore suggests, is that ``on ABC back in 1978, you couldn't really embrace the dark, complicated, ambiguous tone of that idea.''
Moore gets support from actor Richard Hatch, who originated the role of Apollo. Hatch -- who spent years trying to revive the original -- returns to the world of ``Galactica'' this Friday (10 p.m., Sci Fi) as Tom Zarek, a freedom fighter once convicted of terrorism.
``I worked very hard to bring back `Battlestar Galactica' but, in the end, it really all comes down to how it's brought back,'' says Hatch, who will repeat his role in later episodes.
``And once I got a chance to see the story, meet the producer and actors, and participate in the show, I came away very, very impressed with the quality of the talent'' and the new ``Galactica.''