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Fire in Space
"Fire in Space"
An episode of the Original Series
Episode No. Season 1, Episode 12
Writer(s) Jim Carlson
Terrence McDonnell
Story by Michael Sloan
Director Christian I. Nyby II
Assistant Director
Special guest(s)
Production No. 50917
Nielsen Rating
US airdate USA 1978-12-17
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UK airdate UK
DVD release 2004-12-28
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After Cylon Raiders ram Galactica on destructive suicide missions, the crew scrambles to fight a raging fire threatening to incinerate the ship.


  • Lieutenant Boomer enters Galactica's rejuvenation center to relax and unwind with Athena and Boxey, who are playing compartment bulyarks (a shuffleboard-type game) that Boxey is winning; Boomer is on furlon from duty for the next 24 centars.
  • Boxey tells Boomer that he has trained Muffit to "sniff" out mushies.
  • Suddenly, a loud siren begins to blare, and red alarm lights flash throughout the ship. On the bridge, Colonel Tigh informs Commander Adama of incoming Cylon forces, possibly from a basestar they encountered 10 centars ago. Blue Squadron is launched.
  • As Tigh and Adama study the scanner, they come to realize that they face a major attack rather than a mere combat probe. All squadrons are launched, and Galactica's compartments are sealed to protect against hull breaches.
  • The Vipers engage a huge number of Cylon Raiders, which are not fighting back. The Vipers are destroying Raiders at will in numerous quantities, but two Raiders slip through the rain of Viper fire.
  • One Raider heads toward Galactica's bridge, which closes its protective shield in defense. Apollo and Sheba close in and appear to destroy the Raider with laser fire. However, the destruction of the Raider occurs too close to the bridge, which suffers heavy damage, suffering explosions, fallen girders, and shattered glass.
  • Adama, nearly unconscious, lies motionless on the floor of the bridge. Tigh finds him and orders Omega to bring Dr. Salik immediately.
Maren Jensen during the filming of Fire In Space.
  • Starbuck tries but fails to destroy the other suicidal Raider. It successfully rams Galactica's port landing bay, causing massive explosions and damage throughout the ship, including the rejuvenation center.
  • Boomer extinguishes a small fire and then attempts to restore communications, while Athena and Boxey tend to the wounded.
  • Tigh believes the Cylon fighters were packed with solonite or a similar explosive. Boroton is used to extinguish the fire on the bridge, but they have lost "deep scan" and internal communications. They decide to use the Viper pilots as their "scanners," so they begin rotating squadrons to maintain a constant patrol.
  • The damage report is grim: not only was energizer #1 destroyed, but so was the boroton mist control center (the main firefighting system aboard Galactica). Also, fires rage out of control on numerous decks throughout their crippled vessel.
  • Smoke begins pouring into the rejuvenation center from the damaged doorway, but the lifemasks were destroyed in the initial impact. The stranded occupants move to the "safe" side of the room, while Boomer begins trying to hotwire the door to the storage compartment.
  • Apollo visits a gravely injured Adama, who needs an emergency medical procedure that is quite risky, given Galactica's fragile state.
  • After several attempts, Boomer finally succeeds in opening the door. The trapped crew members crowd safely through the door to (temporary) safety. Boomer dives through the hatchway just as the outer door succumbs to the raging fire outside.
  • Apollo studies Galactica's schematics to find a way to reach his stranded sister and son. A small duct (part of the ship's intricate ventilation system) connects the bridge to the rest of the ship, including the rejuvenation center, but the accessway is too small for a person to negotiate.
  • Tigh's first and foremost priority is putting out the fire threatening the ship. Apollo suggests firing boroton into the launch bay from a modified version of a Viper laser turret, while the fireleader thinks of a new way to use the megapressure pumps in conjunction with the firefighting equipment.
  • Boomer, who has found their end of the small access way, affixes a help note to Muffit. Boxey order the mechanized daggit into the tunnel to seek help.
  • As they activate the megapressure pump connected to the boroton firefighting system, Apollo, Starbuck, and finally Sheba fire their boroton loads into the landing bay, extinguishing the flames. However, the megapressure pump blows a seal and fails, reigniting the flames in the landing bay.
  • As the inferno nears energizer #2, causing a momentary loss of power in sickbay, Adama is prepped for emergency surgery. He suggests Tigh put out the fire by blowing portions of the hull, employing the vacuum of space.
  • Apollo and Starbuck don EVA suits and begin spacewalking (with tether lines), planting explosive devices at various points along the hull. Apollo remembers Boxey's "mushies" trick, and suggests to Tigh to put mushies near the open duct, which he does.
  • As the temperature climbs to critical in the energizer and solium compartments, Muffit emerges unexpectedly onto the bridge from the ventilation duct. They attach lifemasks and a note from Tigh onto his collar and send him back to their stranded crewmates, who are sharing scant few lifemasks amid deteriorating conditions.
  • A handhold on the hull used by Starbuck breaks away, but Apollo reacts quickly to catch him.
  • Dr. Salik undertakes the critical procedure on Adama, as the energizer temperature exceeds critical.
  • While making the hazardous journey back to the storage compartment, Muffit sees a fallen firefighter in the corridor below. However, he continues with his mission, delivering the lifemasks and Tigh's note.
  • As Boomer and Athena prepare for the hull to be blown, Muffit dashes back into the duct, disappearing down the tunnel. Boxey dives in after him but is retrieved by Boomer.
  • Apollo loses his grip and floats, adrift in space. Starbuck leaps toward him, the momentum carrying them to safety as the hull charges detonate, extinguishing the blaze once and for all.
  • Adama, after a successful surgery, is awake and recovering in sickbay. Muffit, presumed dead, is suddenly brought in on a stretcher, badly burnt but still functional. The daggit had returned to save the life of the fallen firefighter. They promise Boxey that Dr. Wilker will fix up Muffit to be as good as new.


Behind The Scenes

From Script-to-Screen

  • The original threat during Apollo and Starbuck planting of explosives would be because of a follow-up, second kamikaze attempt by the Cylons. As described by Terrence McDonnell, "One of them is getting through. So on the hull not only are they trying to plant the charges, they're dodging laser fire, they're watching everything go on and one Cylon comes through and is coming right at them. They have to time the explosion and get out of the way, so when this explosion goes off, it completely incinerates the Cylon."

    Noted by McDonnell as a "typical example" of ABC's interference, they demanded that this scene be re-written because it was deemed repetitive, given that the episode opened up with a kamikaze attempt that began the entire story. Both he and writing partner Jim Carlson fought to keep the story as is for three weeks, before losing that battle and re-writing the scene so that the major drama is Starbuck losing his grip on a rung outside of Galactica's hull to tumble slowly into space before Apollo launches himself into space to push Starbuck further away from the timed explosion on Galactica's hull.[1]
  • An additional re-scene for the last act (or "tag") of the episode was "completely deleted." According to McDonnell, "And then the tag—if you remember the stupid tag—they've got Adama in bed and they've got the singed daggit laying next to him. I burst out laughing in the screening room when I saw that on screen. What happened in our episode was at the very, very end of the episode, before that tag, Apollo doesn't know if Boxey is dead or not. He thinks he's dead, so that tag is this warm reunion for everybody and it brings the whole thing together."[1]
  • Following principle photography for the episode, the "wild lines" of dialogue spoken by Galactica's firefighters were written separately by Jim Carlson and Terrence McDonnell, as the scenes depicting the firefighters' efforts were filmed without sound. These "wild lines" were later dubbed over the footage during post-production.[1]


The Rejuvenation Center

  • In the rejuvenation center, crew members are briefly seen playing a board game resembling a combination of chess and checkers. Instead of being a two-player game, though, there are four players, each sitting at an edge of the playing board.
  • Other rejuvenation center games include Colonial variations of billiards (without cue sticks), table tennis and shuffleboard.
  • Boomer and Boxey agree to play a game called "compartment bulyarks" but are interrupted by the attack.
  • Unlike the Officer's Club, the rejuvenation center is open to everyone aboard Galactica, from flight officers to crewmen; even civilians, children, and daggits appear welcome. Presumably (although not explicitly mentioned), people on vessels other than Galactica may reserve time in the rejuvenation center (after a short shuttle hop to the battlestar).


  • The schematics of Galactica were very deficient, devoid of any markings or labeling; the naming schemas used for decks, sections, compartments, etc., appear to be little more than hastily-assembled dialogue sound bites.
  • "The Long Patrol" Berkely novelization rehashes elements from "Fire In Space," including a Cylon kamikaze attack on Galactica and civilians trapped in a lounge.


  • Battlestar Galactica meets classic 1970's-style disaster movie. If all the "action" caused by dealing with the fire mentioned in the title were removed, very little would be left in the way of story or character development. Despite the Cylon attack at the beginning of the episode, the real enemy is the fire. This episode marks a point in the series when the Cylons disappear for the rest of the season, until their appearance in the final episode. Perhaps this is because the Cylons didn't represent a credible threat to the Fleet after the Colonials overcame overwhelming odds so many times, or maybe Glen Larson and company were trying to take the show in a different direction.
  • This episode does give a few of the secondary characters a moment to shine. Colonel Tigh gets to take command for the first time since the Battle of Kobol in "Lost Planet of the Gods, Part II". Boomer demonstrates that he picked up some unusual skills in his misspent youth, establishing some basis for the electronics expertise that he demonstrates in "The Hand of God". Muffit gets to save the day, not only through his nose for mushies, but also in saving the firefighter.
  • This is something of a standalone episode, in that no subsequent episodes make note of any consequences from the damage to Galactica or Adama. The only element that constrains this episode is the presence of Sheba, which requires this episode to be shown after "The Living Legend, Part II". Otherwise it might have aired in almost any available slot.
  • In most disaster situations, when chaos is reigning, initial reports are very terse, with extremely limited and fragmented information. Despite this, Omega seems to have accurate information on the whereabouts of Boxey, Boomer, and Athena.
    • In sickbay, a crewman tells Cassiopeia that he saw Boomer, Athena and Boxey "go in there [the rejuvenation center] right before the attack". But how is this possible, as they didn't enter together at the same time? When Boomer is first seen entering the room, Athena and Boxey are already comfortably camped out playing the shuffleboard game (which Boxey is winning, as they make a point of mentioning). It is possible that the crewman can't remember correctly because his eyes are constantly being diverting down to Cassiopeia's figure; he can't quit glancing down at it, even while being led away.
  • Interestingly, the storage room seems to be about half as big as the rejuvenation center itself. It even has its own phone.
  • Equipping the Vipers with boraton pumps sounds like a feasible plan in the long run, but it also sounds like something that couldn't be done at the snap of the fingers, given that the equipment comes from two totally separate systems (military attack craft, firefighting equipment).
  • The fire is a plot point mirrored in the re-imagined Miniseries. Here the crew of Galactica deal with the fire by decompressing the area where the fire is spreading after a hit with a nuclear warhead. With oxygen depleted, the fire is effectively removed as a threat. In the Original Series however, Adama's comments about having the fire "smothered" by the vacuum of space is a sound approach, however the approach itself is not, as Galactica should be able to open the airlocks to space in the affected sections and killed the fire that way, without blowing a hole in the hull.
  • This is Terry Carter's best episode, since Colonel Tigh is thrust into the forefront, taking command of Galactica while Adama is incapacitated. Carter does a tremendous job, and his strong performance helps save this cliched, overused story plot from losing steam.
  • Athena gets more screen time here than in most episodes. Unfortunately, like most Galactican women, she is totally helpless and must rely on Boomer to get her and everyone else through the disaster.
  • Muffit becomes a hero in this episode. It's quite an improvement; in most of the episodes he appears in, he has absolutely no bearing on the plot and has nothing to do except waddle around and look cute.
  • Boomer states he used to steal hovermobiles in his childhood. It seems to be in pretty bad taste to give one of the two main black characters on the series a delinquent past.
  • A tremendous amount of damage is done to Galactica (especially the landing bay), yet there is no sign of this in any future episodes nor any explanation of how the repairs went. Considering the abysmal plot, this episode was probably best left forgotten.


  • Since Galactica was on the verge of destruction by the time Starbuck and Apollo were planting charges on the hull, didn't it ever occur to Colonel Tigh to evacuate all non-essential personnel including the Colonial vipers so that, if Galactica was destroyed, the fleet would at least have a fighting chance to survive? And since it was too dangerous to operate on Adama on Galactica, didn't it ever occur to Dr. Salik to shuttle Adama to another ship in the fleet and perform the operation there?
  • How long did it take to repair the damage? Wouldn't the damage be noticeable and have a bearing on the events of future episodes?
  • If the attack destroyed internal communication, how does Omega know so quickly (within centons) that Boomer, Athena and Boxey are stranded in the rejuvenation center?
  • Why is the storage compartment of the rejuvenation center so large and accommodating?
  • How do the technical crews so quickly adapt the boroton pressure pumps to the Vipers' laser turrets?
  • After activating the device interfacing the megapressure pump system with the boroton firefighting system, why do the engineers walk away from the device, leaving it completely unattended?
  • If Tigh ordered Omega to "have some mushies sent up" to the bridge, then why is he seen fetching them himself soon thereafter? Wouldn't it make more sense to have someone from the mess hall bring it to the bridge, rather than have the acting commander of the fleet go to the kitchen to perform a delivery himself?
  • Given the length of Galactica and seeing as the rejuvenation center is in the middle of the ship, how is Muffit able to find the mushies at the bridge by smell? Would it have be easier to find a vent opening in an area closest to the rejuvenation center that is not threatened by the fire?
  • Why aren't Colonial spacesuits equipped with boots that can be magnetized?
  • Why blow the hull? Doesn't Galactica have airlocks?
  • Furthermore, in the event of a hull breach, wouldn't the duct system (so aptly used by Muffit) be compromised and thus drain compartments of air this way?
  • With Galactica having multiple decks, and with a duct system that may very likely have vertical ducts as well as horizontal ones, how is Muffit able to navigate them?
  • Why don't the two Basestars that you see on the scanner attack?
  • Where are the other ships in the Fleet during all this? Why don't they send people over to help?

Noteworthy Dialogue

  • Starbuck noting that, despite being outnumbered, the Vipers are winning the battle:
Starbuck: They're not fighting back. What are they up to?
  • Adama suggests a plan to deal with the loss of the scanners:
Adama: The Vipers will be our eyes.
  • Boomer on his past:
Boomer: It doesn't show in my file, Athena, but when I was a kid on Caprica, I hot-linked more hover-mobiles than there are doors on this ship.
  • After Boomer jumps through the door into the storage room:
Boomer: Boxey, it looks like I mashed your mushies.
  • Tigh tells Apollo how grave the results of the fire could be to Galactica:
Tigh: Apollo, if the fire reaches the energizer or the solium, either one... Galactica is doomed.
  • Adama suggests a plan to deal with the fire:
Adama: Let the vacuum of space smother it.
  • Tigh giving an order:
Tigh: Omega, order some mushies sent up here.

Deleted Scenes

See: The deleted scenes from this episode.

Official Statements

I remember with Lorne the first time we were introduced to him we were down on the "Fire in Space" set the day they were doing all the stunts and somebody said, "Have you met Lorne?" Jim [Carlson] and I said, "No." So they walked us over to him and he was very nice and tall. So, he looks at us after we're introduced and there was a lull onstage, they were resetting for something, and he says, "You don't have to give me every line, but what I do has to be imporrrrrtant." And it was this long dragged-out "impporrrrrtant." Every time we'd go down on set, which wasn't that often, and we saw Lorne sort of coming our direction, we'd get out of there. Just because we didn't want to get sucked into we're not giving him important lines.[2]
  • McDonnell recalls the stunt scenes being filmed for this episode:
I remember all the actors and the crew were in a big semi-circle around the bridge when the big explosions would take place. They'd have stunt guys in costumes over here where the starfield was shown on the screen, and they had little tiny trampolines in place. So at a given moment, when "Action!" was called, the guys would hit those trampolines and go flying over everything and they would drop plastic stuff from the ceiling, so it looked like it was debris from the bridge. Then there would be this big round of applause from everybody, and then they would go do it again. There was also a big map on the other side of the bridge that was all wired in the back and that would shatter as well, so there were all these cool things. When they were out in the hull, that was a projection. They just had a couple of boxes on a huge empty stage and they'd have a projection in the camera of the hull. They had, I think it was Dirk [Benedict] and Richard [Hatch], wired like they'd go flying. I remember they were going out of control and just spinning, because they had to get the hang of all of that.[1]
  • McDonnell discusses his reaction to the Viper boraton strafing runs:
It was when they fired the boraton towards the camera from the Vipers I thought the effect was really lame. It looked like a bad... It wasn't even smooth like a cartoon it was like somebody had put two or three slides together relatively quickly. I just thought it was sloppy.[1]
  • McDonnell on Starbuck's concern regarding "tumbling the gyros" in a controlled explosion:
Well, first of all, we had to do two things. One of them was that we had to toss up the question the audience might have: "Why don't they just blow up what they have?" We needed to take a little bit more time so we gave that answer. The other thing is—in our heads anyway—if the gyros start tumbling, who knows what that would cause on the ship? If it just goes spinning out of control, do people go flying around? How do they get them to—"calm down" is the wrong word but you know—settle down. We just didn't even want to go into that.[1]

Guest Stars

External Links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Egnor, Mike (17 September 2009). Terrence McDonnell GALACTICA.TV interview (backup available on (in ). Retrieved on 12 June 2019.
  2. Altman, Mark A.; Gross, Edward (2018). So Say We All: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Battlestar Galactica. Tor Books. ISBN 9781250128942, p. 58.
The fireleader gives core command an update (TOS: "Fire in Space").

The fireleader coordinates firefighting activities aboard Galactica. He keeps in contact with core command regarding the progress of the firefighting, as well as any potential fire-related hazards (TOS: "Fire in Space").

After a Cylon kamikaze attack on Galactica, the battlestar's fireleader worked with Colonel Tigh and Flight Officer Omega to try to combat the fires that had sprung up across the ship in the aftermath (TOS: "Fire in Space").

The fireleader on Galactica was portrayed by William Bryant in (TOS: "Fire in Space").

Auxiliary Fire Control is located in the forward section of Galactica. This area likely allows the battlestar's gun batteries or missile launchers to be fired in the event that CIC cannot control these functions or if the command crew is incapacitated.

Cylon Centurion forces infiltrating battlestars are reputed to use a tactic wherein their boarding parties take control of Auxiliary Fire Control, as well as Aft Damage Control. The Cylons in Aft Damage Control (which is able to coordinate bulkheads, vents, and firefighting throughout the ship) will attempt to vent the ship's atmosphere into space, asphyxiating the crew. Then, with no further hindrance, the Cylons in Auxiliary Fire Control would turn a battlestar's gun batteries at other Colonial ships to destroy them.

Colonel Saul Tigh recalls this tactic while Galactica is boarded by advanced Centurion models, delivered by a Heavy Raider that managed to crash-land in the starboard flight pod landing bay during Galactica's battle with a basestar (TRS: "Scattered").

Tigh learns of this ploy from William Adama, as he recalled a similar attempt by Cylons that invaded Galactica while he was stationed there in the last week of the Cylon War some 40 years earlier (deleted scene, "Valley of Darkness").

To combat the Cylons, Tigh (in command of Galactica after Commander Adama is shot by Sharon Valerii) orders teams to stop the boarders from reaching these key control areas at all costs. A team, led by Sergeant Hadrian, is successful in defending Auxiliary Fire Control (TRS: "Valley of Darkness").


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"Fireball" is the call sign of one of Galactica's Viper pilots. He is killed in action leading "Strike Force One" against a Cylon tylium refinery (TRS: "The Hand of God").

Kara Thrace later mentions him during a speech about fallen pilots (TRS: "Scar").


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Lieutenant Mei "Freaker" Firelli is an officer on Pegasus. Firelli delivers the complete Pegasus digital library to Lieutenant Gaeta to replace the data lost during the computer wipe in "Flight of the Phoenix" (Extended Version). He would call action stations upon orders from Admiral Helena Cain from a tactical console (Pegasus).

When Lieutenant Thrace returns with the Blackbird from her reconnaissance mission to the Resurrection Ship, Admiral Cain demanded to know how she managed to get close enough to the skirmish between Pegasus and Galactica without being seen, to which he answered with his own surprise (TRS: "Resurrection Ship, Part I").

During the Battle of the Resurrection Ship he announces the Resurrection Ship's destruction in Pegasus's CIC (TRS: "Resurrection Ship, Part II").

Later, his callsign, "Freaker," appears on a pilot duty roster on Galactica, possibly indicating that Firelli has switched careers and is serving on Galactica now as a pilot (TRS: "Six of One").


  • In the original version of "Pegasus," he is not identified by either name or rank, but Gaeta addresses him as "Lieutenant Firelli" in the extended version of the episode. This is the only time that he is identified on screen.
  • His callsign is from from the episode credits. While he wears pilot wings, he is not seen in the role of pilot.
  • His role is not stated, but he mans the tactical console and relays tactical data to the senior officers. Additionally, while Firelli does not appear in "Razor," Jack Fisk is seen manning the same station and performing the same functions as Firelli does in "Pegasus". This implies that Firelli was moved to this position after the Battle of the Communications Relay.
  • The actor is also credited for "The Captain's Hand," but it appears that his scenes were cut. Abel Thornton carries out the role of Tactical Officer during this episode.
  • A character named Pirelli also appears in the Battlestar Galactica: Pegasus one shot comic from Dynamite Entertainment, which may be the comic version of this character.
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Battlestar Galactica Terminology

This is a listing of acronyms, initialisms, jargon and terminology used in both the Re-imagined Series and its prequel, Caprica.

The formatting of this article allows for its use in conjunction with the Lingo extension used throughout Battlestar Wiki. This includes multiple spellings, each listed on its own line, preceding the definition of the definidendum.

Abbreviations, Acronyms and Initialisms

Re-imagined Series definition: Anti-aircraft artillery (pronounced "Triple-A"), such as a battlestar's point defense batteries (TRS: "He That Believeth in Me").
Re-imagined Series definition: Anti-aircraft unit. Weapons emplacement used to destroy aerial targets (TRS: "Fragged").
After Cylon Holocaust
Re-imagined Series definition: denotes any time following the Fall of the Twelve Colonies, e.g. 1 ACH (see: Timeline (RDM))
Re-imagined Series definition: Air combat maneuver. The positioning of a plane to acquire a firing solution on an adversary; a required skill taught to Viper pilots during flight training (TRS: "He That Believeth in Me").
Re-imagined Series definition: Artificial Intelligence, research into such technology was deemed illegal by the Colonies after the First Cylon War (TRS: "Miniseries")
Re-imagined Series definition: As soon as possible. Usually pronounced "a-sap."
Before Cylon Holocaust
Re-imagined Series definition: denotes any time preceding the Fall of the Twelve Colonies, e.g. 40 BCH (see: Timeline (RDM))
battlestar group
Battlestar Group
Re-imagined Series definition: Battlestar Group (TRS: "Water"). It also doubles as an acronym for the television series itself.
Commander Air Group
Re-imagined Series definition: the senior pilot on a battlestar
Combat Air Patrol
Re-imagined Series definition: standard deployment of craft on defense posture, an anachronistic colloquialism used to refer to patrols in space
Re-imagined Series definition: Constant Bearing, Decreasing Range. Indicates object on a collision course (TRS: "Final Cut", "Pegasus")
Re-imagined Series definition: Colonial Fleet (TRS: "Final Cut")
Re-imagined Series definition: Colonial Fleet Reserve (TRS: "Final Cut")
Combat Information Center
Re-imagined Series definition: nerve center or "bridge" of a battlestar, see: Combat Information Center
Re-imagined Series definition: Colonial Marine Corps (TRS: "Final Cut")
Re-imagined Series definition: Colonial Marine Corps Reserve (TRS: "Final Cut")
Re-imagined Series definition: Chief Medical Officer; e.g. Major Sherman Cottle is Galactica's
Command Navigation Program
Re-imagined Series definition: operating system on military and civilian ships exploited by the Cylons (TRS: "Miniseries, Night 1")
Re-imagined Series definition: Commanding Officer; e.g. William Adama
Damage Control
Re-imagined Series definition: generally related to the CIC station and related locations
Damage Control Team
party of individuals handling damage containment aboard a ship, consisting of deckhands and other NCOs (TRS: "Miniseries, Night 1").
Re-imagined Series definition: "Direction, Range, and Distance", Colonial equivalent of radar or lidar
Electronic Countermeasures Officer
crew member handling electronic countermeasures of a craft; ECOs are standard crew aboard Raptors (see: ECO)
electromagnetic interference
Re-imagined Series definition: high-energy electromagnetic radiation from binary stars is known to interfere with DRADIS (TRS: "The Captain's Hand")
electromagnetic pulse
Re-imagined Series definition: A powerful electrically-disruptive surge that typically accompanies a nuclear detonation.
fresh off the boat
Re-imagined Series definition: new crewmember who is reporting to their assignment; William Adama is referred to thusly by Armin Diaz after embarking on Galactica (TRS: "Blood and Chrome")
Faster Than Light
Re-imagined Series definition: technology enabling travel across distances faster than the speed of light would permit, see: FTL
Global Defense Department
Caprica definition: a civilian outfit on Caprica in operation prior to the First Cylon War handling large-scale enforcement throughout the colony, akin to the FBI, see: Global Defense Department
Identification Friend or Foe
Re-imagined Series definition: transponder-based system to positively identify friendly spacecraft (TRS: "Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part II")
Killed in Action
used to refer to military personnel who are confirmed deceased during a military engagement, see: KIA (TRS: "Sacrifice")
Landing Signal Officer
Re-imagined Series definition: officer responsible for flight operations of either a battlestar or battlestar group
Multiple Independently Targetable Reentry Vehicle
Re-imagined Series definition: a missile conveyance system; Cylons deployed these for orbital bombardment during the Fall of the Twelve Colonies (TRS: "The Plan")
Meta-cognitive processor
Caprica definition: hardware used by Dr. Daniel Graystone in the integration of the sentient AI that Zoe Graystone created into the U-87, see: MCP (CAP: Pilot).
New Caprica Police
Re-imagined Series definition: pseudo-civilian law enforcement agency overseen by the Cylon Occupation Authority on New Caprica, see: New Caprica Police (TRS: "Occupation")
Re-imagined Series definition: medical term for the use of medication to fatal, or near fatal, effect (TRS: "Faith")
Officer of the Deck
Re-imagined Series definition: a watch officer aboard a ship, when the CO or XO are off-station (TRS: "Scattered")
Playing the Field
Caprica definition: an advice column on dating in the Twelve Colonies (The Caprican: "Playing the Field: A Guide to Love in the Colonies," et al).
Right Frakking Now
Re-imagined Series definition: directive to execute an order with alacrity, often used in a heated situation (TRS: "Scattered", "Valley of Darkness")
Surface-to-air missile
Re-imagined Series definition: ordnance launched from a planetary surface or other stellar form; Silas Nash names this piece as something to be avoided when briefing Coker Fasjovik and William Adama (TRS: "Blood and Chrome")
Search and Rescue
Re-imagined Series definition: the act of finding missing persons in the hopes of their rescue, see: SAR (TRS: "Fragged")
Soldiers of the One
Caprica definition: a monotheistic terrorist organization in existence for more than a decade prior to 58 BCH ((CAP: "Pilot"), et al).
Re-imagined Series definition: distance measurement similar to "astronomical unit," speculated to stand for "solar unit" (TRS: "The Captain's Hand").
Re-imagined Series definition: Executive Officer, e.g. Saul Tigh

Military Jargon

Re-imagined Series definition: callsign used in wireless communications to denote a ship's commanding officer
Re-imagined Series definition: air-to-air ordnance provisioned for Raptors (TRS: "Blood and Chrome")
Re-imagined Series definition: visual indicator used in a battlestar's Instrument Landing System during a hands-on approach (TRS: "Miniseries", "Act of Contrition", "Final Cut", "Black Market")
Re-imagined Series definition: confirmed hostile contact, typically either or both a fighter and shuttle sized craft (TRS: "Final Cut", "Razor")
Re-imagined Series definition: initial skills training; can refer to basic military indoctrination, and arms and ground training (TRS: "Fragged"); and basic flight training (TRS: "Miniseries")
bent bird
Re-imagined Series definition: damaged fighter craft (TRS: "Occupation")
bingo fuel
Re-imagined Series definition: minimum fuel level required to safely return to base (TRS
 "You Can't Go Home Again", "Scar")
bird farm
Re-imagined Series definition: Colonial pilot jargon for a battlestar (TRS: "Final Cut")
bug out
Re-imagined Series definition: retreat, usually hastily and disordered (TRS: "Valley of Darkness")
Re-imagined Series definition: a nickname used as a substitute for an aviator's given name in wireless communications and in conversation
Re-imagined Series definition: to fire on an enemy during a fighter engagement (TRS: "Valley of Darkness"); active wireless communications traffic
code blue
Re-imagined Series definition: request for assistance due to potential Cylon agent sighting (TRS: "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II," Podcast:Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II)
command authority
Re-imagined Series definition: the senior rank in a command, such as an Admiral (TRS: "Pegasus", "Precipice")
Re-imagined Series definition: navigation controls, but also used to refer to command in general (TRS: "The Captain's Hand")
dress and cover
Re-imagined Series definition: military term for personnel to form an ordered rank-and-file formation during ceremonies, derived from "dress right" and "cover down" (TRS: "Pegasus")
Re-imagined Series definition: informal phonetic abbreviation for Lieutenant (LT) (TRS: "Valley of Darkness", "Fragged")
eyeball run
Re-imagined Series definition: likely refers to targeting or aiming missiles manually, without the use of targeting computers (TRS: "Home, Part I")
fire team
Re-imagined Series definition: basic fighting element used in small-unit ground tactics (TRS: "Valley of Darkness")
five-'graph order
Re-imagined Series definition: five paragraph operation order, the standard format taught in basic training (TRS: "Fragged")
Re-imagined Series definition: power generator; Tyrol asked Cally to "find the genny" to power up the lights on Ragnar Anchorage (TRS: "Miniseries")
Re-imagined Series definition: the brig
hard deck
Re-imagined Series definition: the threshold in a massive gas planet's dense atmosphere below which the atmospheric density and pressure becomes too great for a Viper to be able to reach orbit again and maintain structural integrity (TRS: "Maelstrom"); adapted from the original definition of minimum safe altitude
intra-atmos entry
Re-imagined Series definition: a jump maneuver that places the ship within a planetary body's atmosphere, in either powered flight (TRS: "Home, Part II") or free fall (TRS: "Exodus, Part II")
Re-imagined Series definition: a Colonial Marine (TRS: "Blood and Chrome")
jock smock
Re-imagined Series definition: flight suit (TRS: "He That Believeth in Me")
Re-imagined Series definition: the process of using the FTL engines to make an near-instantaneous apparent faster-than-light transport of a ship from one point in space to another
Re-imagined Series definition: one kilometer
knuckle dragger
Re-imagined Series definition: inoffensive slang for a mechanic or deckhand
Re-imagined Series definition: student pilot (TRS: "Act of Contrition", "Scar")
Mark One Eyeball
Re-imagined Series definition: the unaided eye (TRS: "You Can't Go Home Again", "Scar")
no joy
Re-imagined Series definition: no success in establishing visual contact with the target. Opposite of "tally". Can also mean no success in general (TRS: "The Hand of God"[[|]], "Maelstrom")[[Category:]]
Old Man
Commander William Adama's nickname, used by officers aboard Galactica (TRS: "33")
Re-imagined Series definition: in military parlance, directive to continue the attack; otherwise used to refer to journalists (TRS: "Maelstrom")
recovery line
Re-imagined Series definition: imaginary boundary within which a fighter can return to a landing bay within a given time (TRS: "33")
Re-imagined Series definition: "rookie," typically refers to those on their first tour of duty after initial training (TRS: "Miniseries"), q.v. nugget
Re-imagined Series definition: slang for launch officer, responsible for deployment of craft from a battlestar (TRS: "Miniseries, Night 1")
Sierra Alpha
Re-imagined Series definition: "suspicious activity" (TRS: "Scattered")
Re-imagined Series definition: "situation report"
skids up
Re-imagined Series definition: "take off" or "launch"; often used by the CAG to end a mission briefing
Re-imagined Series definition: radio code meaning "out of ammunition," analogous to modern-day NATO brevity code "winchester." Skosh is also a real-world NATO brevity term meaning "Aircraft is out of or unable to employ active radar missiles".(TRS: "The Captain's Hand")
Re-imagined Series definition: slang for a certain piece of Cylon equipment; Silas Nash names this piece as something to be avoided when briefing Coker Fasjovik and William Adama (TRS: "Blood and Chrome")
Re-imagined Series definition: slang for Cylon Raider (TRS: "Maelstrom")
Re-imagined Series definition: engineering component of a battlestar's FTL drive (TRS: "The Captain's Hand")
Re-imagined Series definition: decoy drone deployed by Raptors (TRS: "Miniseries")
Re-imagined Series definition: engineer (TRS: "The Captain's Hand")
Re-imagined Series definition: contraction of "screwed the pooch," describing a serious pilot error (TRS: "Scar")
Re-imagined Series definition: abbreviation of tally-ho; the sighting of an enemy target, such as a craft, landmark, or position (TRS: "The Hand of God", "Scattered", "Maelstrom")
Re-imagined Series definition: battlestar landing bay mechanism that arrests a landing Viper, Raptor or other small craft (TRS: "Final Cut")
Two Alpha
Re-imagined Series definition: designation for an extremely risky and hence voluntary mission (TRS: "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part I")
slang for a Cylon Heavy Raider (TRS: "Maelstrom")
underway replenishment
Re-imagined Series definition: refueling and replenishment between ships away from dock, usually during flight. Taken from the contemporary term for the resupply of military vessels at sea while en route (TRS: "Water", "Maelstrom")
war porn
Re-imagined Series definition: gun camera footage from engagements, typically played back by Colonial Marines for their enjoyment (TRS: "Blood and Chrome")
weapons free
Re-imagined Series definition: weapon control order indicating weapons systems may be fired at any target not positively recognized as friendly (TRS: "Resurrection Ship, Part I")
weapons hot
weapons status indicating that safeties are off and weapons systems are armed (TRS: "Final Cut")
Re-imagined Series definition: "will comply," the typical terse acceptance to an order given

Religious terminology

Caprica definition: a belief held by members of the STO, including Clarice Willow, with various view points (CAP: "Reins of a Waterfall"). Willow believes that the STO can prevail if they use Zoe Graystone's program to offer real eternal life to their members in the form of holographic avatars. One of the Hybrids also uses this term during the Fall of the Colonies, stating "Apotheosis was the beginning before the beginning" (TRS: "The Plan"). (See: resurrection program)
temple group
Caprica definition: a religious group akin to a "church group"; Lacy Rand tries telling a security guard that her temple group missed their flight to Picon (CAP: "Retribution")
Caprica definition: a being in three different states; Zoe-R considers herself to be a trinity, as she is "Zoe, and the avatar, and the robot" (CAP: "Rebirth")

Other Colloquialisms

The Beast
Re-imagined Series definition: nickname for Pegasus given by Galactica's crew (TRS: "The Captain's Hand")
Big G
Re-imagined Series definition: nickname for Galactica
The Bucket
Re-imagined Series definition: nickname for Galactica given by Pegasus' crew (TRS: "The Captain's Hand")
Re-imagined Series definition: slang for a Cylon Centurion (TRS: "Downloaded")
Re-imagined Series definition: slang for a Cylon Centurion
chrome job
Re-imagined Series definition: slang for a Cylon Centurion (TRS: "The Resistance")
Re-imagined Series definition: a set of steps leading from a ship's deck down to a cabin or lower deck (TRS: "Valley of Darkness")
Caprica definition: occurrence of a holographic avatar's loss of either cohesion or deletion from the Virtual World, see: derez (CAP: "Pilot", "There is Another Sky", "The Imperfections of Memory", "End of Line", "Unvanquished" and "False Labor")
Re-imagined Series definition: equivalent of "square," a socially awkward person (CAP: "The Imperfections of Memory")
Download City
nickname used by Diana Seelix to describe the unknown or figurative place where humanoid Cylons are resurrected on New Caprica (TRS: "Exodus, Part I")
Re-imagined Series definition: all-purpose vulgarism; Colonial version of "fuck" (see: frak)
freight monkey
Re-imagined Series definition: crewmen on Colonial freighters (TRS: "Scattered, deleted scene")
hard six
Re-imagined Series definition: taking large risks; literally, rolling 2 threes with a pair of dice
Re-imagined Series definition: used to signify a civilian transport vessel over a certain gross weight/mass, i.e. Colonial Heavy 798
Re-imagined Series definition: Aerlionian slang for hayseed (TRS: "Blood and Chrome")
skin job
Re-imagined Series definition: derogatory term for humanoid Cylons; homage to the movie Blade Runner (TRS: "Downloaded")
[1] derogatory term for a prisoner in a labor camp (TRS: "Bastille Day")
Re-imagined Series definition: derogatory shorthand for sympathizer, vis-à-vis Cylons; Strohmeyer refers to Jenna McGavin and Nina Leothe thusly during a heated discussion about his war porn (TRS: "Blood and Chrome")
Re-imagined Series definition: derogatory term for Cylons in general
toaster shopping
Re-imagined Series definition: searching and destroying Cylons (TRS: "Valley of Darkness")
Go Panthers!
C-Bucs Rule!
Re-imagined Series definition: passphrase between Sharon "Athena" Agathon and Samuel Anders, referring to two pyramid teams, the Picon Panthers and the Caprica Buccaneers (C-Bucs), the later being Anders' former team (TRS: "Exodus, Part I")

Battlestar Galactica Specific Terms

Re-imagined Series definition: a type of alcoholic beverage, see: ambrosia
Re-imagined Series definition: term used in conjunction with a DRADIS contact read; analogous to the term "mark"
Re-imagined Series definition: a hallucinogenic plant used in religious ceremonies and medical treatments, see: chamalla
Re-imagined Series definition: unit of currency, see: cubit
fumarella leaf
Re-imagined Series definition: tobacco or a type of tobacco (TRS: "Water")
Re-imagined Series definition: plastic explosive similar to modern C-4, see: G-4 (TRS: "Water")
Re-imagined Series definition: a unit of measure for liquid, approximately 1 pint (TRS: "Water")
Re-imagined Series definition: Colonial version of "mayday"; in practice, the term is usually repeated three times, see: krypter (TRS: "Miniseries", "Hero")
Re-imagined Series definition: Colonial equivalent of morphine, see: morpha (TRS: "Valley of Darkness", "Epiphanies")
Re-imagined Series definition: popular Colonial ball game, see: pyramid
Red Line
Re-imagined Series definition: a point in space behind which an accumulative error creeps into FTL jump calculations (TRS: "Miniseries", "Pegasus")
Re-imagined Series definition: stimulants or a type of stimulant (TRS: "33", "Final Cut")
Re-imagined Series definition: card game similar to Poker, see: triad
Re-imagined Series definition: mineral that can be refined to a powerful fuel, see: tylium
Caprica definition: alternate term for the spring season (The Caprican: "Argentum Bay: The Ultimate Vernal Break")
Vernal Break
Caprica definition: a period of time when students from educational institutions are released to celebrate vacation, c.f. spring break (The Caprican: "Argentum Bay: The Ultimate Vernal Break")


Caprica definition: a program in advanced sports courts, including the private tennis court on the Graystone Estate (CAP: "Pilot")
line sensors
Caprica definition: sensors in the grid of a tennis court that can track a ball in play (CAP: "Pilot")
Re-imagined Series definition: a magnetic acceleration feature in a battlestar's launch tube, thus allowing the Vipers to launch at high rates of speed for rapid deployment in combat situations (TRS: "Daybreak, Part I")
movie tile
Caprica definition: storage media on which movies are stored; Amanda Graystone instructs Serge to find old home movie tiles of Zoe Graystone (CAP: "Rebirth")
wireless mobile pack
Caprica definition: equipment used by Zoe-R for her work into reconnecting with the V-World (CAP: "Reins of a Waterfalldeleted scene)
Re-imagined Series definition: Colonial equivalent of radio


  1. This is a Battlestar Wiki descriptive term.
Kat shortly after firing her gun (TRS: "Scar").

The firing range is a facility on Galactica that allows her crew to maintain their small arms proficiency.

A standard practice among pilots is conducting an equilibrium exercise by spinning a person around in a vertigo chair and then having him or her fire several shots on a target within a set amount of time. Many of them don't even hit the target (TRS: "Scar").

Lee Adama and Kara Thrace conduct target practice on the firing range when the oxygen to the room reaches dangerously low levels. They overcome their hypoxia-induced delirium long enough to shoot out the glass of the pressurized door, allowing air to reach them. The drop in air pressure was caused by the effects of the Cylon logic bomb (TRS: "Flight of the Phoenix").

After Sharon Valerii is revealed to be a Cylon sleeper agent, some of the crew post images of her face on the targets. Thrace does the same with a picture of Leoben after having been held captive by him on New Caprica (TRS: "Maelstrom," deleted scene).

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