References in the Original Series

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Silent Running

  • Shots of the Valley Forge, the domed greenhouse ship from this movie, were used to show 'agricultural ships' in "Battlestar Galactica."
  • Reuse of interior shots of the geodesic domes from the film, including a fleeting appearance of Bruce Dern as Freeman Lowell and the depiction of Saturn as seen through the windowed dome, are used to depict the interior of the ships for the episode "The Magnificent Warriors."
  • During the lawsuit between Lucasfilm and Universal Pictures over Battlestar Galactica, Universal referenced Silent Running when alleging Lucasfilm's theft of ideas from that film and the 1930s Buck Rogers serials in a counter-suit.
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Star Wars

The hidden message in the lights of Caprica (TOS: "Saga of a Star World").
  • Many people noted the apparent similarities, aesthetic and plot-wise, between Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica. George Lucas even (unsuccessfully) sued the makers of "Battlestar Galactica," citing forty-four specific counts of plagiarism.
  • In reply to these allegations, the Apogee special effects team "wrote" the words "Fuck Off" by using the lights of the Caprican city. This can be seen as the Cylon Raiders approach in the attack sequence on Caprica.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation

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Industrial Light & Magic

  • The "IL" in IL-series Cylon is actually a reference to Industrial Light, the previous employer of John Dykstra.
  • The "IL" marking can be seen as a button marking on the Viper control stick. This is seen in closeup shots of the stick, starting with "Saga of a Star World".

Pop Culture

  • Boomer's reference to "plant vapor" is almost certainly a nod to the popularity of marijuana in the late 1970's. See also: New Caprican loco weed.