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Saga of a Star World (1) - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Baltar turns to face the two setting suns, we see the lower one at the left has what could be a boat in its reflection on the water. The higher one on the right is over a mountainous area on the horizon. The next shot is of Baltar in close-up, then the next returns to the horizon to show us Baltar's view, which shows just ONE setting sun. The one on the left has vanished though there is room enough for it to have been seen in this shot.

johnrosa
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Saga of a Star World (1) - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When the Warriors are playing cards, Starbuck places his cards on the table near the gold coins, saying "A perfect pyramid. Unless there's a better hand, the pot is mine". His right fingers tap on the table and his cigar is in the ashtray. When the shot cuts, his hand is suddenly up by his mouth, holding the cigar, and the cards and coins have vanished.

Mortug

Saga of a Star World (1) - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Athena is about to undress, Starbuck surprises her and she conceals herself behind a locker door. The strap around her shoulder changes position between shots.

Mortug

Saga of a Star World (1) - S1-E1

Revealing mistake: In the second shot showing the fleet of Battlestars (from the port side and slightly behind), two ghostly images fly in formation with the three Battlestars shown. They are just above the closest ship (where the narrow middle meets the larger rear section). It seems that the shot may have originally contained 5 ships and an attempt was made to 'remove' the most distant two, leaving the "ghosts".

johnrosa

The Long Patrol - S1-E7

Factual error: Apollo tells Boxey they're leaving their star system and entering "a whole new galaxy." Wrong. Throughout this episode, the writer confuses solar/star systems and galaxies, which are vastly (literally) different things. Even with hundreds-of-times-faster-than-light drives, Galactica's fleet would need thousands of years to cross between galaxies.

Jean G

Saga of a Star World (1) - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Adama picks up the picture among the ruins, and says "I'm sorry, Lia", his grip on the picture differs from shot to shot.

Mortug

Saga of a Star World (1) - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Apollo and Boomer enter the club, Apollo walks in, placing himself near some curtains while Boomer walks ahead. When the shot cuts, Boomer is suddenly standing right behind Apollo.

Mortug

Baltar's Escape - S1-E21

Other mistake: When Adama arrives to interrogate the Commandant, the guard reaches up to a control panel on the wall to open the cell door, but before he touches it, the door begins to slide open.

johnrosa

The Lost Planet of the Gods (1) - S1-E4

Audio problem: Throughout this episode, Lucifer is audibly breathing while speaking, yet he is a robot, and unlike "Data" on "Star Trek", does not mimic human traits.

johnrosa

Saga of a Star World (1) - S1-E1

Factual error: When Apollo decides he and Zac will attack the Cylons that are following them, he tells Zac to "hit your reverse thrusters and maximum braking flaps", but they aren't in an atmosphere. Brake flaps would have no effect in the vacuum of space.

johnrosa

Greetings from Earth (2) - S1-E20

Continuity mistake: The Commandant of the Alliance destroyer is told the homing beacon on Paradeen is no longer transmitting. Yet in the next scene on Paradeen, Michael asks Vector if the beacon has been destroyed, as ordered, and Vector replies that he forgot to do it.

johnrosa

Saga of a Star World (3) - S1-E3

Plot hole: Starbuck and Apollo fool the Cylon basestar into believing they're two full viper squadrons. The Cylons haven't yet fully retreated behind Carillon (they order this as we watch), so their scanners should have been able to detect this deception far sooner than they did.

Jean G

Take the Celestra - S1-E23

Plot hole: Apollo lectures Starbuck about his appearance, reminding him that they will be seeing Commander Kronus, so he should at least "fasten up" his jacket. But in these shots and every shot after, Apollo's jacket is open, too.

johnrosa
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The Hand of God - S1-E24

Deliberate mistake: When Apollo lands the Cylon fighter aboard Galactica, the view forward from behind he and Starbuck is a reuse of the same shot from the prior episode when they landed a shuttle aboard Celestra. Note the headphones they wear, then don't wear in the very next shot.

johnrosa

The Lost Planet of the Gods (2) - S1-E5

Visible crew/equipment: When Apollo leaves the chamber after Serina dies, you can see the shadow of the camera moving on the floor as it moves closer to the door.

Mortug

The Young Lords - S1-E11

Revealing mistake: As Starbuck's rescuers arrive, they are riding unicorns. The second from the right is bobbing its head energetically enough that the sheepskin cap it's wearing is bouncing loosely, along with its fake horn.

johnrosa

The Living Legend (1) - S1-E12

Other mistake: When Apollo confronts Sheba, he says "Well, then we have found a weakness or two, haven't we, Lieutenant?" but the DVD subtitles say "witness or two" which makes no sense in context.

johnrosa

The Lost Warrior - S1-E6

Factual error: When Apollo runs out of fuel in space, he still controls his ship using the joystick as if gliding in an atmosphere. No thrust source is visible nor audible- only the sound of non-existent air rushing around his ship.

johnrosa
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Saga of a Star World (1) - S1-E1

Other mistake: In the second shot showing the fleet of Battlestars (from the port side and slightly behind), the closest ship has an odd reflection which forms a "pillar of light" radiating down from near the rear of the landing bay. It is an effects error, perhaps created while trying to hide the rod that holds the ship up from below.

johnrosa

The Hand of God - S1-E24

Factual error: Apollo's monitor picks up the "Tranquility Base here: the Eagle has landed" message of the first moon landing, complete with a full shot of the LEM sitting on the moon's surface - not from the onboard or outboard cameras, but from several yards away. There's absolutely nothing to indicate that this is some edited rebroadcast (that's one stretch of a rationalization). The implication is clearly that it's live. And when the Eagle first landed there were, of course, no cameras on the moon. (Nor is it necessary to insist that the series would have to be set in the Earth-time 1960s for this to be so. A live signal could take many, many years to reach the Galactica.)

Jean G

Greetings from Earth (2) - S1-E20

Revealing mistake: The "hovercraft" Starbuck arrives in with Hector is bouncing over the terrain, very obviously riding on wheels and not air.

Jean G

The Lost Warrior - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: When Tigh enters Adama's quarters, the photo frame holding Apollo and Athena's pictures is sitting on the desk. Next shot, Adama has it in his hands. Cut again, it's back on the desk.

Jean G

The Lost Planet of the Gods (1) - S1-E4

Factual error: Starbuck and Apollo fly into a void and are surrounded by total blackness. This misconstrues the meaning of a space void, which is simply a large area without stars. It does not mean that further-distant stars and galaxies would disappear. They'd still be just as visible as before you entered the void. Even if Starbuck and Apollo were able to leave the galaxy and travel hundreds of thousands of light years into a really big void, they'd still be able to see the galaxy they left behind them.

Jean G

The Lost Planet of the Gods (1) - S1-E4

Visible crew/equipment: When Apollo has briefed the female shuttle pilots about the the pressure suits, Serina tells him she loves him. Apollo then calls for Starbuck to come with him, and as Apollo walks to the door, take a look at the right side of the fire extinguisher beside the door and you should be able to see the boom mike shadow move.

Mortug

Fire in Space - S1-E14

Continuity mistake: When a Cylon ship prepares to ram the Galactica's bridge, a Cylon aboard states "1 micron" (a measure of time) until impact, and it takes 14 real seconds to do so. But when another heads for Galactica's landing bay, a Cylon aboard says "5 microns" until impact, and takes only 9 real seconds to do so.

johnrosa

The Gun on Ice Planet Zero (2) - S1-E9

Revealing mistake: After an avalanche, Apollo gets off a guy he has sheltered. Around them, in the fake snow, are several chunks of ice or snow. As Apollo moves forward, note how they move less like snow, and just like the Styrofoam that they actually are.

johnrosa
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The Living Legend (1) - S1-E12

Continuity mistake: After Cain leaves the planning session for the attack on the Cylon convoy, Apollo walks toward Adama. In the background is a metal wall unit. At the far right side, halfway down are four small compartments with handles that are all properly folded flush. When the shot cuts to a close-up of Tigh, the second compartment's handle is not stowed.

johnrosa

The Long Patrol - S1-E7

Other mistake: The very first shot of the episode shows the Galactica is coming through a cloud of "asteroid dust". The ship is intermittently obscured by the black dust, yet the stars in the background remain perfectly visible- barely a flicker as the dust passes through the shot.

johnrosa

Fire in Space - S1-E14

Plot hole: In order to extinguish an enormous fire aboard the Galactica, multiple explosives are placed on the exterior hull that are then detonated, opening the ship's interior to the vacuum of space and thus suffocating the flames instantly. No explanation is given for how everything is fine immediately after, yet everyone is up and around, breathing just fine. No holes to repair, etc.

johnrosa
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The Gun on Ice Planet Zero (2) - S1-E9

Revealing mistake: During the second wave of the Cylon attack, Galactica is shown from her port side, and her name is missing from the side of the landing pod.

johnrosa

Saga of a Star World (1) - S1-E1

Deliberate mistake: When the large formation of Cylons attack, the graphic that Athena is looking at shows the approaching Cylon ships as triangles, as usual. But it also shows two asterisks leading that formation, and the asterisk is the symbol for Vipers. There are NO Vipers leading the Cylons in this sequence. This graphic is a reuse of the one from the big battle at the start of the episode when Apollo and Zac were being pursued by an earlier large formation of Cylons.

johnrosa

Fire in Space - S1-E14

Revealing mistake: When Apollo and Starbuck are space walking outside of Galactica, the ropes holding them up can be seen.

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The Lost Warrior - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: When Marcos places his bet, he has a gold mug to his right on the table. When the shot reverses to show Lacerta, the mug has vanished. The mistake alternates, repeating itself throughout the entire scene.

johnrosa

The Living Legend (2) - S1-E13

Revealing mistake: When the "drop team" shuttle passes over the Cylon city of Gamoray, the city lights below are a reuse of the graphic in Episode One that represented the human city of Caprica City.

johnrosa

War of the Gods (1) - S1-E15

Continuity mistake: The show uses made-up terms similar to metric system terminology when remarking about measures of distance and time. Roughly speaking, microns tend to refer to seconds, while centons refer to hours. But here, when Count Iblis enters the communications area and the video screens malfunction, Athena comments that everything was fine "a few centons ago", suggesting hours, when it was only seconds ago that the trouble started.

johnrosa

Take the Celestra - S1-E23

Visible crew/equipment: At the end, when Apollo leaps over the console to tackle Chakra, the stunt double's face is visible.

Jean G

Greetings from Earth (1) - S1-E19

Factual error: Michael's ship escapes from the landing bay into space - with a crowd of people standing right next to it. No one is at all adversely affected by the launch and the vacuum it should have exposed them to. It barely ruffles their hair.

Jean G

Greetings from Earth (2) - S1-E20

Continuity mistake: When Hector and Vector first arrive, Starbuck and Apollo are standing about a foot apart. Every time the shot cuts to a closer angle, they're shoulder-to-shoulder with no space in between.

Jean G

The Living Legend (1) - S1-E12

Visible crew/equipment: Near the end of Part 1, when Lucifer reports to Baltar that they've located the scout vessels, there's a fuzzy reflection on the back wall of some sort of equipment moving upward and to the left. Nothing in the scene itself is moving that way.

Jean G

The Lost Planet of the Gods (1) - S1-E4

Deliberate mistake: At the beginning, the scene in which Baltar is granted a Cylon base ship is recapped from the end of "Saga of a Star World." Only the lines are edited into a completely different order than they were before.

Jean G

Saga of a Star World (2) - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: When Apollo, driving the land rover, is explaining the Cylons' origin to Boxey, the position of the mouthpiece on his headset changes slightly as the camera angles reverse.

Jean G

Take the Celestra - S1-E23

Continuity mistake: When Aurora and her companion are picking up the guns from the closet, you can see the closet contains two racks with several guns on them. At first they empty the upper rack of guns. When it cuts they empty the lower rack, but then the guns suddenly have reappeared in the upper rack.

Mortug

The Hand of God - S1-E24

Continuity mistake: As Galactica attacks a Cylon base star, she is shown banking to port with the base star off her starboard bow. Seconds later, the base star is to port and Galactica is banking to starboard, yet no course change has occured.

johnrosa

Greetings from Earth (2) - S1-E20

Deliberate mistake: In a wide shot Cassiopeia announces it is time for the children to go to bed, and they react with normal hoots of false shock and whining. Then the shot changes to a close-up and the same moment repeats, with the children again seemingly surprised and dismayed by the announcement.

johnrosa

The Living Legend (2) - S1-E13

Continuity mistake: When Baltar sees the Pegasus, it is approaching with her bow toward Baltar's port side. The next exterior shot shows Baltar's ship heading with its bow toward Pegasus' starboard side, as if Baltar's ship reversed, letting Pegasus pass in front, then went forward again and veered sharply right to avoid collision.

johnrosa

The Long Patrol - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: In "Saga of a Star World", it's established that the Cylons are entirely robotic. Their creators, a reptilian race also known as Cylons, were made extinct by their robots millennia ago. Yet, when Omega reports that life signs have been detected, Apollo asks "Cylons?". Apollo is the character that previously explained their history, so he knows Cylons aren't life forms.

johnrosa
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The Gun on Ice Planet Zero (2) - S1-E9

Revealing mistake: When Adama orders the fleet to "Flank speed ahead", the next exterior shows Galactica, seemingly turning to port, but looking at the landing pod shows the image is a reversed shot of the ship turning to starboard, evidenced by the ship's name being backwards.

johnrosa
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The Young Lords - S1-E11

Revealing mistake: In the opening scene, the canopy of Starbuck's viper is not fully lowered while in space flight, leaving a wide gap under its starboard side that would have allowed his air supply to be instantly sucked out into the vacuum of space.

johnrosa
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The Lost Warrior - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: When Bootes throws a tantrum at the bar, he knocks two hats off the bar and his mug falls over directly in front of him. When the shot changes to an angle from behind him, his mug is standing and one of the hats is back on the bar.

johnrosa

Saga of a Star World (1) - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When the Galactica goes to battle stations, Starbuck's card game is broken up. He rises out of his chair in a close-up to try to keep the other players from taking back their money and leaving. In the next wide shot, he's still seated and rises again.

johnrosa

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Commander Adama: Mr. President, a wall of unidentified craft is closing in on the fleet.
Baltar: Possibly a Cylon welcoming commitee.
Commander Adama: Sir, may I suggest we launch a 'welcoming commitee' of our own?

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The pilot crests (worn by Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict, among others) on their collars were actually U.S. Army Military Intelligence Class A uniform crests.

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