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This is the archive that is for the dates of January 2008 - December 2008.

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Tom Zarek - February 2008

Tom Zarek

Tom Zarek was a political activist for more than 30 years before the Fall of the Twelve Colonies. He is a charismatic, eloquent and ideological political agitator who was incarcerated for destroying a government building on Sagittaron. His 20-year incarceration culminated in a sojourn on the Astral Queen, an FTL-capable prison ship, whilst in transit to parole hearings. Assigned the prison number of 893893, Zarek is under consideration for parole at the time of the Cylon attack.

As the Cylons attack the Twelve Colonies, Zarek is on a prison barge called the Astral Queen. Zarek manages to secure the release of the prisoners, and is put in command of the Astral Queen. Zarek engages in a steady effort to gain the goodwill of others of influence within the fleet, resulting in his nomination as Sagittaron's representative on the Quorum of Twelve. Zarek makes a bid for the position of vice president, ultimately losing out to Gaius Baltar. Zarek eventually becomes Baltar's vice president, then president after the exodus of New Caprica. He then brokers a deal with Laura Roslin, allowing her to assume the presidency and being appointed her vice president. ...continued...


Memorial hallway - March 2008

Dualla as she enters the memorial hallway.

The memorial hallway[1] was created by the crew of Galactica to aid the survivors of humanity to find any loved ones who may have been rescued from the Cylon destruction of the Colonies and were lucky to find themselves on one of the many ships in the battlestar's care.


Five days after the Fleet's escape from Ragnar, Specialist Socinus and other crew are gathering a record of surviving colonists for the new Colonial government, but cannot upload photos to the database (or possibly to other ships) at that moment. When Anastasia Dualla offers her photos to Socinus, he suggests to leave the photo with his group or to place it outside in one of Galactica's hallways. Opting for the latter, Dualla encounters hundreds of photos, newspaper clippings, drawings, and other mementos of loved ones presumed lost or missing in the new Cylon war (33). ...continued...


Starbuck's Poem - April 2008

A shot of the poem next to the mandala in Kara Thrace's apartment (Maelstrom).

Kara Thrace's old apartment on Caprica in the city of Delphi is filled with paintings on canvas as well as some wall paintings (Valley of Darkness).

In the wall to the left of a curious circular painting that Thrace has doodled since she was a child ("The Eye of Jupiter", "Maelstrom"), the Viper pilot wrote a simple poem that may be about Zak Adama, a former lover she is responsible for getting killed. ...continued...


Norman Blore - May & June 2008

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Norman Blore[2] and his wife Shirley are driving to a Halloween party where Wolfman Jack is in attendance. Norman is dressed as a clown, although he is far from jovial.

The "disguised" Cylons Andromus and Centuri accept a ride from Norman, needled by Shirley who believes they are humans such as they are, merely dressed up for the festivities. Unlike the laughing Shirley, his reaction is one of trepidation and discomfort.

During the awkward car ride, Norman reveals his hatred of Arnie's meatballs, Vida Blue's appointment to the San Francisco Giants and a negative view of Arnie's sister, Mildred, whom he describes as so "romantically malnourished" that "she once proposed to a mugger in Central Park". The only reason he attends the party is due to his belief that Arnie is the best music director in radio. ...continued...


Battlestar Galactica (SDS) - July 2008

Cylon design for the cancelled Battlestar Galactica continuation series

An effort to create a continuation of the original Battlestar Galactica series was formulated through the Sci Fi Channel's former executive vice president, Bonnie Hammer, in June of 2000.

Director Bryan Singer and producer Tom DeSanto, who met over an air flight while Tom was watching the Original Series on DVD, began talking as well about a revival of the series around the same time. ("SDS" is Battlestar Wiki's shortcut designation, using the last initials of the revival leaders.)

By the start of 2001, the rumors increased of the likelihood of a new series. The rumors were confirmed by February of that year, and the holders to the rights for Battlestar Galactica, Studios USA, announced that Bryan Singer and his collaborative team were intent on maintaining the spirit of the Original Series. ...continued...


Fall of the Twelve Colonies - August 2008 - March 2009

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The Fall of the Twelve Colonies (also known as the Cylon attack, Cylon holocaust or Second Cylon War) is a devastating, genocidal attack that re-ignites the conflict between the humans of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol and their creations, the robotic Cylons.

The Cylons compromise Colonial defenses by infiltrating their military and civilian society with models that look human. One such Cylon seduces the brilliant Dr. Gaius Baltar, fooling him into contract work that gives her access to the Colonial Defense Mainframe. Her work on the project compromises Baltar's Command Navigation Program, creating countless programmer backdoors. ...continued...


  1. This is a Battlestar Wiki descriptive term.
  2. Colonel Briggs refers to Norman as "Mr. Blore" when questioning the people at Arnie's party. The spelling is derived from the subtitles from the Region 1 DVD set.