Observation deck

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A Cylon Raider zeros in on the observation deck (TRS: "Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down").

The observation deck is a recreational room located on the bow of Galactica, and is one of the few locations featuring windows to view the surrounding space outside the ship. Large doors protect the bay window from being damaged when not in use, or during emergency situations.

Vipers from the CAP maneuver in front of the bay window (TRS: "Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down").

Following the Fall of the Twelve Colonies, the room is largely used by civilians and couples for courtship, although astronomers make use of telescopes placed within the room as well. Due to high demand by the Fleet's denizens, Galactica's leadership imposes time limits on each group using the deck to maximize use by all persons.

Occasionally, Viper pilots on CAP duty like to dazzle spectators, and perform maneuvers in front of the large bay window (TRS: "Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down").

The forward section of Galactica embedded through the Colony's hull during the Battle of the Colony, including damage to the observation deck that is shuttered (TRS: "Daybreak").

The observation deck was ultimately destroyed during the Battle of the Colony, after Galactica was used to ram the Colony, resulting in the collapse of many of the forward compartments in the bow section (TRS: "Daybreak, Part II").


In the "Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down" podcast, executive producer Ron Moore explains how the observation deck highlights one of the naturalistic science fiction style of the Re-imagined Series:

"There really aren't any windows aboard Galactica, it's not really a traditional sort of sci-fi spaceship where you get to look outside and see space all the time. It's not like the bridge of the Enterprise where there's a giant viewscreen where you're always looking at stars and looking at space. And aboard Galactica, which is really a warship, the idea that there would be big places of windows was sort of ridiculous. But it did feel right that perhaps there was one place, that perhaps there was one area of the ship which accepted a window, a port, to look out, and that it would be a fairly confined space for the crew on these very deep space missions that probably last months, if not years, and that there might be a place where they could go and just stargaze for a little bit. And in this situation, it seemed like there would be a lot of people lining up to try to look at the stars and— y'know, a break from the monotony of staring at metal walls and the claustrophobia of being onboard a spaceship out in the vacuum of space."