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| Title= 33
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| title= 33
| Series= [[Battlestar Galactica (RDM)|The Re-imagined Series]]
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| Season= [[Season 1 (2004-05)|1]]
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| Episode= 1
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| Guests= [http://us.imdb.com/M/person-exact?+Michael+Hogan Michael Hogan] (COL [[Saul Tigh]]) <br> [http://us.imdb.com/M/person-exact?+Tahmoh+Penikett Tahmoh Penikett] ([[Karl Agathon|Helo]]) <br> [http://us.imdb.com/M/person-exact?+Aaron+Douglas Aaron Douglas] (CPO [[Galen Tyrol]]) <br> [http://us.imdb.com/M/person-exact?+Alonso+Oyarzun Alonso Oyarzun] (SPC [[Socinus]]) <br> [http://us.imdb.com/M/person-exact?+Nicki+Clyne Nicki Clyne]  (SPC [[Cally]]) <br> [http://us.imdb.com/M/person-exact?+Paul+Campbell+VIII Paul Campbell] ([[Billy Keikeya]]) <br> [http://us.imdb.com/M/person-exact?+Alessandro+Juliani Alessandro Juliani] (LT [[Felix Gaeta]]) <br> [http://us.imdb.com/M/person-exact?+Sam+Witwer Sam Witwer] ([[Crashdown]])
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| Writer= [[Ronald D. Moore]]
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| writer= [[Ronald D. Moore]]
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| Director= [[Michael Rymer]]
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| Production= 1.01 '''(Series Premiere)'''
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| director= [[Michael Rymer]]
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| production= 101
| US Airdate= October 18 2004
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| rating= 2.6
| UK Airdate= January 14 2005
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| US airdate= 2005-01-14
| DVD= March 28 2005 (UK)<BR>September 20 2005 (US)
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| CAN airdate= 2005-01-15
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| UK airdate= 2004-10-18
| Prev= [[Miniseries]]
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| dvd= {{Season 1 NTSC DVD release date}} '''US'''<br/>{{Season 1 PAL DVD release date}} '''UK'''
| Next= [[Water]]
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| prev= [[Miniseries, Night 2]]
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== Overview ==
 
  
: ''Continuing from the events of the [[Mini-Series]], [[Original battlestar (RDM)|battlestar]] ''[[Galactica]]'' and [[The Fleet (RDM)|the Fleet]] must avoid their [[Cylon]] pursuers, which ambush them every 33 minutes after each successful [[FTL|Jump]].''
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: ''Continuing from the events of the [[Miniseries]], ''{{RDM|Galactica}}'' and the [[The Fleet (RDM)|Fleet]] must avoid their [[Cylons (RDM)|Cylon]] pursuers, which ambush them every 33 minutes after each successful [[FTL|jump]].''
  
 
== Summary ==
 
== Summary ==
  
=== On ''[[Galactica]]'' ===
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=== On ''Galactica'' ===
* The crew of battlestar ''[[Galactica]]'' have been on continuous alert for some 130.35 hours, during which time the Fleet has had to make an [[FTL|Jump]] every 33 minutes to escape their [[Cylons (RDM)|Cylon]] pursuers shortly after their initial escape from [[Ragnar Anchorage]].
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* The crew of [[Galactica type battlestar|battlestar]] ''{{RDM|Galactica}}'' have been on continuous alert for some 130.35 hours, during which time the Fleet has had to make an [[FTL|FTL jump]] every 33 minutes to escape their [[Cylons (RDM)|Cylon]] pursuers shortly after their initial escape from [[Ragnar Anchorage]].
* Everyone in the Fleet is beginning to feel the strain – particularly [[Gaius Baltar]], who is also distracted by [[Number Six|Six’s]] repeated conversations about [[God]] having a plan for him, and also her wanting to have his children.
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* Everyone in the Fleet is beginning to feel the strain – particularly [[Gaius Baltar]], who is also distracted by [[Number Six|Six’s]] repeated conversations about [[God (RDM)|God]] having a plan for him, and also her wanting to have his children.
* Vessels in the Fleet are also beginning to feel the strain: Jump engines and their controlling computers are starting to breakdown or malfunction, requiring ''Galactica'' to linger longer and longer in the Cylon line of fire while the rest of the fleet complete their Jumps.
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* Vessels in the Fleet are also beginning to feel the strain: Jump engines and their controlling computers are starting to breakdown or malfunction, requiring ''Galactica'' to linger longer and longer in the Cylon line of fire while the rest of the fleet complete their jumps.
* Following jump number 237, [[Laura Roslin|President Roslin]] receives word from a Dr. [[Amorak]] aboard the ''[[Olympic Carrier]]'' concerning information on how the Cylons overcame Colonial defenses.
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*[[Anastasia Dualla]] finds time to visit a team of people who are [[Fleet registry|cataloging survivors]] in the Fleet. When she cannot leave her photos to aid in searching for her loved ones, she is amazed to see a corridor that has been [[Memorial hallway|converted into a makeshift memorial]].
* Overhearing the conversation, Baltar is worried: he knew Amorak at the [[Defence Ministry]]. As Six points out, Amorak might have information on Baltar's complicity with the Cylon attack.
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* Elsewhere, [[Sharon Valerii|Sharon "Boomer" Valerii]] is having problems accepting her new [[ECO]], [[Crashdown]], and is feeling guilty about leaving [[Karl Agathon|Karl "Helo" Agathon]] on {{RDM|Caprica}} to his fate.
* There is insufficient time before the next Jump to bring Amorak aboard ''[[Colonial One]]'', but Roslin wants to see him directly after the Jump has been completed.
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* Following jump number 237, [[Laura Roslin|President Roslin]] receives word from a Dr. [[Amarak]] aboard the ''[[Olympic Carrier]]'' concerning information on how the Cylons overcame Colonial defenses.
* Elsewhere, [[Sharon Valerii|Sharon "Boomer" Valerii]] is having problems accepting her new [[ECO]], [[Crashdown]], and is feeling guilty about leaving [[Karl Agathon|Karl "Helo" Agathon]] on [[The Twelve Colonies (RDM)#Caprica|Caprica]] to his fate.
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* Overhearing the conversation, Baltar is worried: he knew Amarak at the [[Ministry of Defense]]. As Six points out, Amarak might have information on Baltar's complicity with the Cylon attack.
* When the next Jump is made, the ''Olympic Carrier'', complete with Dr. Amorak and 1344 other souls, fails to appear with the rest of the Fleet. Six tries to convince Baltar that it is because God is watching over him.
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* There is insufficient time before the next jump to bring Amarak aboard ''[[Colonial One]]'', but Roslin wants to see him directly after the jump has been completed.
* Thirty-three minutes later, the Fleet is ready to jump, but the Cylons don’t appear. Adama orders a stand-down from the immediate alert, but the Fleet is to maintain a readiness to Jump, in case the Cylons do return.
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* When the next jump is made, the ''Olympic Carrier'', complete with Dr. Amarak and 1,344 other souls, fails to appear with the rest of the Fleet. Six tries to convince Baltar that it is because God is watching over him.
* When Baltar continues to refuse the concept of God, the ''Olympic Carrier'' reappears; Commander [[William Adama|Adama]] orders the Fleet to [[Action Stations|Condition One alert]], fearing the worst. He orders the Jump clocks reset in anticipation of the Cylons arriving.
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* Thirty-three minutes later, the Fleet is ready to jump, but the Cylons don’t appear. Adama orders a stand-down from the immediate alert, but the Fleet is to maintain a readiness to jump, in case the Cylons do return.
*The [[Combat Air Patrol]] lead by [[Lee Adama]] intercepts the [[Intersun|starliner]]. Adama orders all communications with the ''Carrier'' jammed and the ''Carrier'' is ordered (through signal lamps) to remain at it's current position. When the ''Carrier'' fails to heed orders not to approach the fleet, tensions rise, and a [[Radiological Alarm|radiological alarm]] reveals there is now a nuclear weapon on the liner.
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* When Baltar continues to refuse the concept of God, the ''Olympic Carrier'' reappears; Commander [[William Adama|Adama]] orders the Fleet to [[Action Stations|Condition One alert]], fearing the worst. He orders the jump clocks reset in anticipation of the Cylons arriving.
*As the crisis deepens, the Cylons appear precisely 33 minutes after the return of the ''Carrier'', confirming that the ''Carrier'' was used somehow by the Cylons to track the Fleet. Adama wants to destroy the liner, but Roslin hesitates to give the order, as no one can be sure if the 1,345 people aboard the ''Carrier'' are still alive. Baltar is terrified she won't give the order for fear of Amorak's information.
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*The [[Combat Air Patrol]] lead by [[Lee Adama]] intercepts the [[Intersun|starliner]]. Adama orders all communications with the ''Carrier'' jammed and the ''Carrier'' is ordered (through signal lamps) to remain at its current position. When the ''Carrier'' fails to heed orders not to approach the fleet, tensions rise, and a [[Radiological Alarm|radiological alarm]] reveals there is now a nuclear weapon on the liner.
*Six uses the hesitation to push Baltar into “repenting” before God. As soon as he does, Roslin gives the order to destroy the liner. Apollo and [[Kara Thrace|Starbuck]] (reluctantly) open fire, destroying the liner. After the Fleet makes a Jump once more, the Cylon's relentless pursuit is halted.
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*As the crisis deepens, the Cylons appear precisely 33 minutes after the return of the ''Carrier'', confirming that the ''Carrier'' was used somehow by the Cylons to track the Fleet. Adama wants to destroy the liner, but Roslin hesitates to give the order, as no one can be sure if the 1,345 people aboard the ''Carrier'' are still alive. Baltar is terrified she won't give the order for fear of Amarak's information.
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*Six uses the hesitation to push Baltar into “repenting” before God. As soon as he does, Roslin gives the order to destroy the liner. Apollo and [[Kara Thrace|Starbuck]] (reluctantly) open fire, destroying the liner. After the Fleet makes a jump once more, the Cylons' relentless pursuit is halted.
 
*A day later, everyone is living with the consequences of their actions. Only [[Billy Keikeya]] has a small nugget of good news: at some point in the proceedings, a baby was born in the Fleet.
 
*A day later, everyone is living with the consequences of their actions. Only [[Billy Keikeya]] has a small nugget of good news: at some point in the proceedings, a baby was born in the Fleet.
  
 
===On Caprica===
 
===On Caprica===
* [[Karl Agathon|Helo]] is on the run in the rainy woodland, and has [[Wikipedia:Claymore mine|Claymore-like ordinance]] he uses to blow up pursuing [[Cylon Centurion]]s.
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* [[Karl Agathon|Helo]] is on the run in the rainy woodland, and has [[Wikipedia:Claymore mine|Claymore-like ordnance]] he uses to blow up pursuing [[Cylon Centurion]]s.
* Helo's six days on the run comes to an end when he is captured by the Cylons, after being distracted by the appearance of a copy of [[Number Six]], wearing a white raincoat.
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* Helo's six days on the run comes to an end when he is captured by the Cylons, after being distracted by the appearance of a [[Number Six]], wearing a white raincoat.
*Helo is “rescued” by a copy of [[Sharon Valerii|Valerii]], who shoots Six and then leads Helo away into the woods. Helo mistakenly believes that this Valerii copy is actually the "Boomer" copy that left Caprica and returned to rescue him.
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*Helo is “rescued” by [[Sharon Agathon|a copy of Sharon Valerii]], who shoots Six and then leads Helo away into the woods. Helo mistakenly believes that this Valerii copy is actually the [[Sharon Valerii|"Boomer"]] copy that left Caprica and returned to rescue him.
  
== Summary from Sci-Fi.com ==
 
 
In the wake of the Cylon sneak attack, the ragtag fleet of human survivors is forced to play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with their pursuers. Every 33 minutes, they make a jump to a new location. And every 33 minutes, the Cylons manage to find them. The pilots are on the brink of exhaustion, relying on artificial stimulants to keep fighting, and the civilians are beginning to doubt the leadership of Commander Adama and President Roslin.
 
  
When the Olympic Carrier, a commercial passenger ship, fails to make a jump and then later mysteriously turns up unharmed, Adama fears it has been infiltrated by the Cylons. His choice: destroy it and the 1,300 souls it might still be carrying, or risk the annihilation of the entire fleet. Adama is not alone in fearing the mystery ship. Baltar, who remains mentally connected with his beautiful and deadly Cylon companion Number Six, panics when he learns one of the ship's passengers has information about a traitor in the president's inner circle.
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== Notes ==
  
Meanwhile, down on the ruined, Cylon-occupied colony of Caprica, Helo is on the run from another group of Cylons. He's going to need help to make it back to the Galactica — but there's no help in sight….
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=== Episode Notes ===
--©2005, [http://www.scifi.com SCI FI]. All rights reserved.
 
  
== Questions ==
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*Continuous jumping badly affects the FTL drives and management systems aboard commercial Colonial vessels, which are not as rugged as ''Galactica'''s military-issue drives.
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*The Cylons' FTL technology is more precise than the Colonials'. 238 times they manage to pounce on the Colonial fleet, arriving with precise momentum and trajectory to be able to close the distance and launch an attack. In the Season 2 episode "[[Lay Down Your Burdens, Part I]]", it is explained that the Cylons have far better navigational computers which allow more accurate jump plots and a greater range.
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*According to [[Socinus]], there are 5,251 people in the Fleet from [[Sagittaron]].
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*As of "33", there are 60 civilian ships in the Fleet. This number is [[Continuity errors (RDM)#Retcon|retconned]] up from the Miniseries.
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*The head count of Colonial citizens at the end of the episode is 47,973.
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*At first glance, there appears to be an error with Billy Keikeya's math with the [[survivor count]]. The episode starts with the count being 50,298. He informs Roslin this is in error by 300 = 49,998 survivors. When the ''Olympic Carrier'' is destroyed (1,345 people), he reduces the total to 47,972 – that’s a reduction of 2026, or 681 people ''more'' than listed on the ''Carrier''. However, in [[List of Deleted Scenes - Season 1 (RDM)#33|deleted scenes]] from this episode, Keikeya is actually reducing the survivor count additional times set between the beginning of the episode and the destruction of the ''Olympic Carrier''. These other deaths just occur off-screen.
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*[[Crashdown]] wears a patch of the battlestar ''[[Triton (RDM)|Triton]]'' on his flight suit, which fits to Boomer's comment that she has been saddled with a "refugee from ''Triton''". ''Triton'''s [[battlestar group]] number is ''39'', but is erroneously displayed on the patch as ''BS'''T'''-39'' instead of ''BSG-39''. The costuming department very likely assumed that "BSG" stands for "Battlestar Galactica" and changed the last letter accordingly. However, "[[Water]]" and ''{{RDM|Pegasus}}'' patch establish that it stands for "battlestar group".
  
* Billy reports that the number of survivors is down by 300 - some lost through death from injuries, etc., some "lost" through initial inaccurate counts, and the rest of whom have "disappeared". How can people simply "disappear" in the fleet?
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=== Production Notes ===
* Does Doctor Amorak truly have something on Baltar's involvement in the holocaust?
 
* Is Six actually in contact with other Cylons, and thus was involved in the disappearance / reappearance of the ''Olympic Carrier''?
 
  
==Blooper Moments==
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*This episode won the [[Awards and Honors|2005 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form]].
* During the opening titles, ''Galactica'' is shown to be making a Jump with her flight pods extended - not only that, the shot was recycled footage from the [[Mini-Series]].
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*When Season 1 premiered in the United States, "33" and "[[Water]]" aired back-to-back as a two hour TV event. This was also the case when [[Season 3 (2006-07)|Season 3]] first aired in the United States with the episodes "[[Occupation]]" and "[[Precipice]]".
* Billy may be a good PA, but he’s not good at math. The inaugural episode starts with 50,298 survivors. He informs Roslin this is in error by 300 = 49,998 survivors. When the Olympic Carrier is destroyed (1,345 people), he reduces the total to 47,972 – that’s a reduction of 2026, or 681 people MORE than listed on the ''Carrier''!
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*When the first few episodes of the series began airing in the US on the [[Sci Fi Channel]], title cards were shown at the beginning of each episode, i.e. "33" or "Water" flashing in white letters on a black screen, and then the episode would begin. These episode titles stopped midway in Season 1.
** Whatever Roslin taught at school, it wasn’t mathematics – she fails to pick up on Billy’s error.
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*[[Zoic]] visual effects artists hid small signs of movement within the ''Olympic Carrier'' in close-up effect shots as something of a morbid joke.  Lights in the windows appear to flicker on and off rather rapidly and when slowed down there is some kind of movement visible on the inside of the ship. Originally, the scene was to confirm the existence of civilians inside the ship by showing civilians peering out the windows.<ref>{{cite_book|last=Bassom|first=David|authorlink=|authorlinkurl=|coauthors=|year=2005|title=[[Battlestar Galactica: The Official Companion]]|pages=47|editor=ed. Adam "Adama" Newell|publisher=Titan Books|location=|id=ISBN 1-84576-0972}}</ref>
** This is after five sleepless nights and doubtlessly uncertain population figures coming from across the Fleet, making the uncertain numbers of survivors partly reasonable. The business of performing an accurate census, after all, is of a comparatively low priority than the business of self-preservation.
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*In the DVD commentary for this episode, Ron D. Moore states that during the scene when Dualla hands Commander Adama a set of reports that he reads aloud (including fuel shortages, dozens of crewmen breaking down from nervous exhaustion, etc), Edward James Olmos ad-libbed "and ten suicides" in one take.  The production team really liked the ad-lib, and thought the way Olmos acted the scene was fantastic. However, there were concerns that the network would think this would make an already ''extremely'' "dark" episode far '''too''' dark and alienate the audience during the premiere, and the line was reluctantly cut.
* When [[Anastasia Dualla|Dualla]] admits that she lost the ''[[Olympic Carrier]]'', her headset changes sides during the conversation.
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*While waiting to film a Viper sequence for this episode at 11 or 12 o'clock at night, [[Katee Sackhoff]] fell asleep inside the Viper cockpit.<ref>{{cite_book|last=Bassom|first=David|authorlink=|authorlinkurl=|coauthors=|year=2005|title=[[Battlestar Galactica: The Official Companion]]|pages=44|editor=ed. Adam "Adama" Newell|publisher=Titan Books|location=|id=ISBN 1-84576-0972}}</ref>
* As Helo fires upon the Cylon Centurion that survived the detonation of an anti-personnel mine (similar to a [[Wikipedia:Claymore mine|Claymore mine]]), the first time Helo fires the pistol, it is heard to fire, but there is no accompanying visual spark from the barrel. In contrast, the second shot is accompanied by both a spark and the appropriate sound.
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*To add realism to the sleep deprivation motif, Olmos enlisted the aid of a sleep deprivation expert and also curtailed his sleeping habits to a maximum of three hours per night, noting how it affected him. With the help of this expert, he relayed to the rest of the crew how deprivation affects the human body and mind. Additionally, director [[Michael Rymer]] told the actors to choose one symptom to play, so as to avoid distracting repetition.<ref>{{cite_book|last=Bassom|first=David|authorlink=|authorlinkurl=|coauthors=|year=2005|title=[[Battlestar Galactica: The Official Companion]]|pages=46|editor=ed. Adam "Adama" Newell|publisher=Titan Books|location=|id=ISBN 1-84576-0972}}</ref>
* As the Cylon Centurion approaches Helo from behind, you can see the rain hitting it, but it does not drip off the Warrior's body. In contrast, water is dripping from Helo's face in a fairly consistent and noticeable manner.
 
* After the disappearance of the Olympic Carrier in Jump 238, and the timer is running towards the 33 minute mark, the viewer can see that the clock is at 10 seconds. When focusing on Adama and Tigh, the viewer hears ten seconds counting off, but when the camera quick-pans to the overhead console, it reads that 3 seconds have passed.
 
  
 
== Analysis ==
 
== Analysis ==
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*'''Why did the Cylons come "every 33 minutes"?''' Short answer:  it was a number Ron Moore has stated he picked at random, with no other significance. The long answer is available in Ron Moore's [http://blogs.scifi.com/battlestar/archives/2005/01/why-33-minutes.php blog entry] of January 13, 2005:
  
Overall, a good opening episode that cleverly adds to a number of arcs from the Mini-Series: is Boomer a Cylon? What is the Six who is interacting with Baltar? Can the Colonials truly escape the shadow of the Cylons?
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<blockquote>The truth is, there's no real answer. It's just a random number that felt right when I came up with the idea that our people were under continuous, relentless attack since the end of the pilot. I wanted it to be a short interval, just long enough for them to grab a bite to eat, jump in the shower and maybe try to catch a catnap before dragging themselves back to their duty stations and begin the whole tedious, terrifying ordeal all over again.</blockquote>
  
The opening sequence of shots ending with the second Valerii on Caprica is interesting: is this a hint to the real identity of Boomer on ''Galactica''? Also, is the good-natured teasing between Starbuck and Boomer during the CAP an indication that others have noticed Boomer seems to be handling the lack of sleep a lot better than others. Could this lead to some kind of rumour-mill starting-up about her? ([[Litmus|Answers start in "Litmus"]])
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<blockquote>A deeper truth is, I was never interested in coming up with an explanation for Why? Never. I mean, I suppose I could've come up with a sufficiently important-sounding bit of technobabble that would've made sense (you see, the Cylon double-talk sensors tracking the Olympic Carrier's nonsense drive signature needed 15 minutes to relay the made-up data wave through the pretend continuum, then the Cylon navigational hyper silly system needed another 10 minutes to recalculate the flux capacitor, etc.) but what would that have really added to the drama? How does explaining that 33 minute interval help our understanding of Laura's terrible moment of decision, or bring us to any greater knowledge of Dualla's search for her missing family and friends, or yield insight into Baltar's morally shattered psyche?</blockquote>
  
As to Baltar's Six: three possibilities seem to suggest themselves:
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<blockquote>It doesn't, of course. The answer, however artfully it may (or may not) have been crafted can only subtract from the experience we have in watching the episode. Not knowing the how's or why's of the Cylon attack puts us in the same seat as the characters we're watching. They're in the dark, and we're in the dark. The relentless attack is unfathomable in its origin and unstoppable in its execution. It's mortality coming at you on a loop. If you only had 33 minutes before the next time you could die, what would you do? And what about the time after that? And the time after that? At a certain point, you stop caring about why it's happening, all you know is that it is happening, and it's happening to you.</blockquote>
  
*She is a working of his own psyche; a reaction to his betrayal of his people to the Cylons. Certainly, his increasing psychosis in the episode would seem to point to this; but then, he has - like the rest - been five plus days without sleep, and some degree of paranoia is bound to result.
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<blockquote>So the mystery of 33 will be permanent on this show. No explanation, not even the attempt. Let it just be a number that seemed like an eternity for five long days on the battlestar Galactica.</blockquote>
*She is, as she suggested in the Mini-Series, an implant in his head and possibly in communication with the Cylons. However, if this is the case, surely the Cylon hunt for the Fleet would continue despite the destruction of the ''Olympic Carrier'' - as the Cylons would be tracing the fleet through Baltar. Given the humans are to all intents and purposes "on the ropes", it seems odd that they would break off the attack when they have such a clear advantage. (The brain scan on Baltar in "[[Home, Part II]]" dismisses the notion that a mechanical implant is in his head, although it may not be medically recognizable or even in his head, but elsewhere.)
 
*Could Six be could she actually be a complete download of "Six's" personality, captured at the point of destruction of Baltar's home, and now contained in his head, possibily occupying his subconscious, out of contact with her own kind, but able to fully interact with his thoughts and feelings – even manipulate his thoughts and feelings? This may suggest Baltar [[Gaius Baltar#Speculation: The Real Baltar?|could be a Humano-Cylon himself]].
 
  
Meanwhile, the episode builds on some of the relationships established in the Mini-Series: Apollo and Starbuck clearly have a past, at least through Thrace's relationship with Lee's deceased brother, [[Zak Adama|Zak]], one that reaches beyond command hierarchies, exhaustion and tempers. The [[Hangar Deck|hangar deck]] confrontation is a valuable byplay not so much for what it says, but for the way in which it is communicated - a large element of non-verbal communication passing between Thrace and Lee Adama prior to her taking the [[stims]].  
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*The cast actually consulted with a sleep deprivation expert before this episode, making a large effort to accurately depict the effects of sleep deprivation on their characters, and it really comes through on screen. Rather than simply yawning alot and constantly saying "wow, I'm so tired", the cast met the series' goal of realistically portraying their symptoms: they behave aggravated, they start to forget things, their minds just start "slowing down". 
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*The [[Messengers|Messenger Six]]'s motives, and her origins, become murkier, and Baltar's tendency to listen to her advice increases.
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*Raptors are general purpose vehicles that handle reconnaissance, electronic countersurveillance on [[Combat Air Patrol|CAP]]s, troop deploys and other tasks. In a [[You Can't Go Home Again|later episode]] a Raptor is used for rescuing ejected pilots during combat.
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*The [[Memorial hallway]] scene continues the writers' allusion to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States to the events of the Miniseries through the use of the many memorials, the confusion in finding lost loved ones, and Dualla's amazement at the size of the memorial. (A [[Lest We Forget|picture of a Colonial soldier]] on one of the Colonies during its destruction also plays on the intense feelings felt by many Americans when they saw similar pictures of New York City firefighters at the ruins of the World Trade Center.)
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*Despite his age, [[Saul Tigh|Colonel Tigh]] seems to be taking the sleep deprivation better than others.  He is shown waking people up in the CIC.  [[Chief Tyrol]] is seen doing the same on the hangar deck. Perhaps this is an early clue to their true nature {{TRS|Crossroads, Part II}}.
  
Similarly, Roslin's mistrust of Adama, as expressed at the end of the Mini-Series following his admission that "Earth" was a deception on his part, has begun to grow into an edgy respect: she knows full-well that without his leadership, the Fleet would not have survived 5 days of repeated Jumps - and she is prepared to admit it. (Roslin deals with Adama's deception about Earth starting in a multi-episode story arc [[Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part I|starting later in the season and concluding in season 2]].)
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== Questions ==
  
Then there is Adama's relationship with his son. From the scene where they discuss responsibility, it is evident that there is a gulf between them still - one that may well be held open in part by their relative positions aboard ''Galactica''. Adama is Lee's father and the commmanding officer of ''Galactica''. While both again appear to want to bridge the gap – the difference in rank still prevents them openly discussing things: hence Lee's act of rebuffing his father's attempt to console him following the shooting of the ''Olympic Carrier''. (The tension between the Adamas comes to a head with significant reconciliation in "[[Act of Contrition]]", "[[You Can't Go Home Again]]", "[[The Hand of God]]", and in the concluding first season and opening second season episodes, starting with "[[Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part I]]" through "[[Home, Part II]]".)
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=== Answered Questions ===
  
Overall the three storylines evident in the episode – escaping the Cylons, Baltar and Six and Helo on Caprica - are cleverly interwoven, with the main storyline; the Baltar / Six relationship in particular intersecting smoothly through the crisis involving the ''Olympic Carrier'', while the Helo subplot is given enough exposure to engage us and deflect attention from the "A" story sufficiently to heighten the drama, without actually interrupting the overall story flow.
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{{answered questions|season=1|series=RDM|episode=33}}
  
Indeed, such is the subtlety of the Helo sub-plot that the questions it raises don't really reveal themselves until a second viewing, and you realize they are related to the central Cylon theme: why does Six ask him if he is alive? He clearly is, and the question is not a reference to either his leg wound or his radiation-induced sickness. Nor is it simply a throwback to her "sister's" first words to the Colonial officer at [[Armistice Station]]. It is something that appears to go to the very center of Cylon reasoning. (Answers to the strange manipulations with Helo are explained in the second season episode, "[[The Farm]]".)
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*[[Billy Keikeya]] reports that the [[Survivor count|number of survivors]] is down by 300 as a result of some being lost through death from injuries, initial inaccurate counts, and others having "disappeared." How can people simply "disappear" in the [[The Fleet (RDM)|Fleet]]?
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*Is [[Messenger Six]] actually in contact with other [[Cylons (RDM)|Cylons]], and thus involved in the disappearance and reappearance of ''[[Olympic Carrier]]''?
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*What happened to the group of survivors [[Karl Agathon]] was left with in the [[Miniseries]]?
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*Was the person speaking over the wireless when the ''Olympic Carrier'' returned really its captain, or a humanoid Cylon?
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*Were there any people aboard ''Olympic Carrier'' when it was destroyed?
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*What is the Cylons' plan?
  
Similarly, while it could be over-sensitivity given the amount of time the Valerii on Caprica was on-screen, but one couldn't help but feel she was perhaps a little too human; too familiar with Helo? It seems odd that she is introduced to Helo through the "killing" of the Six construct. Why resort to the "murder" of one of her own? Was this simply to establish her credibility in the eyes of Helo? Could she not have found another way to make contact with Helo? Contrasted with the comments regarding Boomer's heritage back on ''Galactica'', are the writers attempting to imply something?  Could it bee that BOTH the Valerii characters are Cylons that believe themselves to be human? (The Valerii model indeed shows a history of being ''too'' human as season 1 and 2 progresses: See the [[Humano-Cylon]] article for more.)
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=== Unanswered Questions ===
  
===Nit-picks===
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*Did Doctor [[Amarak]] truly have something on Baltar's involvement in the holocaust?
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*Was Amarak even aboard ''Olympic Carrier''?
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*How long was ''Olympic Carrier'' under Cylon control?
  
*Why is Boomer's Raptor launched alongside Apollo's Vipers for what everyone is expecting to be an interdiction exercise against Cylon Raiders?
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== Official Statements ==
:* Based on events from the [[Mini-Series]] and in later episodes, Raptors are occasionally used to support or augment Viper operations with strengthened [[DRADIS]] and perhaps [[Radiological Alarm|radiological]] detection. Normally, Raptors are not on [[CAP]] with Vipers and are frequently deployed alone or as a group, but the events of "[[33]]" suggest that Commander Adama wanted to ensure extra coverage with the Raptor's stronger [[Computers|avionics]] to ensure extra coverage of Cylon activity.
 
  
*The Corridor Memorial scene, while somewhat heavy-handed to some viewers, succeeded in continuing the writer's allusion to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States to the events of the Mini-Series through the use of the many memorials, the confusion in finding lost loved ones, and Dualla's amazement at the size of the memorial. (A [[Lest We Forget|picture of a Colonial soldier]] on one of the Colonies during its destruction also plays on the intense feelings of loss and hopelessness felt by many Americans when they saw similar pictures of New York City firefighters at the ruins of the World Trade Center.)
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=== Note on [["Lest We Forget"]] ===
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{{From RDM blog}}
  
*Similarly, the failure to openly resolve the issue of whether or not 1,345 people remained aboard the ''Olympic Carrier'' after its return weakens the story for some. Indeed, Apollo's flyby of the ship is suggestive that the ship indeed was empty - thus removing our feelings of horror one step further from the drama being played out on screen. Would the scene have been better portrayed with humans looking outward to give a heightened potential of loss? By ''not'' showing the passengers, the writers increase the magnitude of consequence to the Colonials. The ambiguity of the passenger's status also fit with the new Humano-Cylon ''modus operandi''. Given that it is likely that a Humano-Cylon had infiltrated the ''Carrier'', leading to its probable capture and transformation into a weapon, the operatives also tend to play psychological games on the Colonials for greater long-term effect than the mere loss of a ship. It is very likely that the Cylons ''knew'' that the missing passengers would make things harder for the Colonials and cause greater strife.
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:"It's probably been asked before, but I'm curious as to whom[sic] is in the picture in the Viper Pilot's briefing room, facing away from the camera . . . the one the pilots, including [[William Adama|Commander Adama]], touch when they enter and leave? This is touching, and is a wonderful human element to the story. So who is it?"
  
*Another nit-pick comes with the reminder of Tigh's alcoholism. The by-play here didn't entirely fit, and came across as a clumsy reminder that the writers hadn't forgotten about Tigh's condition and would possibly be returning to it in the future (which does happen in season 2, particularly in "[[Resistance]]").
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:There was a scene cut from [[33|"33"]] where we saw [[Laura Roslin]] being given her copy of the photo along with a card that said it was taken on the roof of the capitol building on Aerilon during the attack. The photo was inspired by the famous shot of the fire-fighters raising the flag at Ground Zero that became iconic. I thought the Colonies would have their own version of this -- a snapshot taken in the moment that becomes a symbol of the day they can never forget and of all they had lost. The photo itself is of a soldier falling to his knees (possibly shot or simply overcome by emotion) as he stands on the rooftop overlooking the devastation of his city, while the Colonial flag waves at the edge of frame. The inscription below the photo on Laura's plaque reads, [["Lest We Forget"]] in itself a reference to the inscription on the watch presented to John Wayne's character in "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon."
  
*Some viewers had become curious of the significance to the use of the number "33" in this episode, as well as the use of the number "3" with events in later episodes. As with other science-fiction television such as "Star Trek", writers tend to play inside jokes, sometimes perpetuating this from series to series. Nothing to date has shown that these plays on numbers are anything more than jokes that do not infer additional relevant episode data. See the amusing [[Numerology]] page for more on these number jokes and the "mystery of 33."
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=== Comments from the Cast ===
  
== Notes ==
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*"Insomnia.  Nobody has slept.  Everyone's just coming to terms with the fact that they have lost everybody that they've loved or relate to." -- [[Jamie Bamber]], [http://scifi.com/battlestar/bts/video/mov/video_06_320.mov]
  
* Continuous jumping badly affects the FTL drives and management systems aboard commercial Colonial vessels, which are not as rugged as the ''Galactica's'' military-issue drives
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*"It was a hard episode, because, you just had to basically fall apart." -- [[Katee Sackhoff]], [http://scifi.com/battlestar/bts/video/mov/video_06_320.mov]
* The Cylons Jump ability is just as highly-accurate  as the Jumps of the Colonials. In 238 times they manage to pounce on the Colonial fleet, arriving with precise momentum and trajectory to be able to close the distance and launch an attack
 
* There are 5,251 people in the Fleet from [[The Twelve Colonies (RDM)#Sagittaron|Sagittaron]]
 
* As of "[[33]]", there are 60 civilian ships in the Fleet, but [[Continuity errors (RDM)|errors in continuity of episode events]], especially from "[[Home, Part I]]", may place this initial information in question
 
* The head count of Colonial citizens at the end of the episode is 47,273
 
* This episode won the [[Awards and Honors|2005 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form]]
 
* [[Zoic]] visual effects artists hid small signs of movement within the ''Olympic Carrier'' in close-up effect shots as something of a morbid joke. Lights in the windows appear to flicker on and off rather rapidly and when slowed down there is some kind of movement visible on the inside of the ship
 
*In the DVD commentary for this episode, Ron D. Moore states that during the scene when Dualla hands Commander Adama set of reports that he reads aloud (including fuel shortages, dozens of crewmen breaking down from nervous exhaustion, etc), Edward James Olmos ad-libbed "and ten suicides" in one take.  The production team really liked the ad-lib, and thought the way Olmos acted the scene was fantastic.  However, there were concerns that the network would think this would make an already ''extremely'' "dark" episode far '''too''' dark and alienate the audience during the premiere, and the line was reluctantly cut. 
 
 
 
== Noteworthy Dialogue ==
 
  
*<b>Colonel Tigh:</b> Yes, we're tired. Yes, there is no relief. Yes, the Cylons keep coming after us time after time after time. And yes, we are still expected to do our jobs!
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*"Episode 1 is extremely docu-style because the characters haven't actually slept for five days (sic) and they have been running from the Cylons for the 250th time. And it's very stressful and they're about to lose the plot completely because of sleep deprivation." -- [[Michael Rymer]], [http://scifi.com/battlestar/bts/video/mov/video_06_320.mov]
  
* ''When Lee Adama and Kara Thrace are on ''Galactica's'' flight deck:''
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* ''Bamber discusses why "33" is his favorite episode:''
:<b>Lee Adama:</b> Hey, did you see the note from the XO?
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: My favorite episode...I'd say "33"...the very first one, just because that was the unknown. We were in an unknown situation. We'd made a decent [[Miniseries|mini-series]] and we were all very excited. To read that script, I thought structurally it was really compelling. It was kind of a nutshell of what the whole of our story is, which is a nightmare, waking up constantly to find that the monster is on you again, and that's basically the modus operandi of the show, and Ron [Moore] captured it in one episode. I think that is really the perfect episode of ''Battlestar Galactica''.<ref name="acedmag">{{cite_web|url=http://acedmagazine.com/content/view/677/1/|title=ACED Magazine: Battlestar Galactica: Cast Interviews|date=24 November 2007|accessdate=25 November 2007|last=Bensoussan|first=Jenna|format=|language=}}</ref>
:<b>Kara Thrace:</b> I saw it. No way.
 
:<b>Lee Adama:</b> Kara, everyone else--
 
:<b>Kara Thrace:</b> I don't fly with stims. They fudge with your reflexes, your reaction time.
 
:<b>Lee Adama:</b>  Come on, Kara, give me a break. Just--
 
:<b>Kara Thrace:</b> Why are we arguing about this?
 
:<b>Lee Adama:</b> I have no idea.
 
:<b>Kara Thrace:</b> Neither do I. You're the [[CAG]], act like one.
 
:<b>Lee Adama:</b>  What does that mean?<br>
 
:<b>Kara Thrace:</b> It means that you're still acting like everyone's best friend. We're not friends. You're the CAG. "Be careful out there?" Our job isn't to be careful, it's to shoot frakking [[Cylons (RDM)|Cylons]] out of the sky. "Good Hunting" is what you say. And one of your idiot pilots is acting like a child and refusing to take her pills. So she either says "Yes, sir" and obeys a direct order, or you smack her in the mouth and drag her sorry ass to [[sickbay]] and you make her take those pills.
 
:''(Lee and Kara both start laughing)''
 
:<b>Lee Adama:</b> Well, I'm glad I'm not working for you.
 
:<b>Kara Thrace:</b> ''(laughing)'' Damn right you're glad.
 
:<b>Lee Adama:</b> So do I have to smack you in the mouth, Lieutenant?
 
:<b>Kara Thrace:</b> No sir, I'll take my pills. ''(takes pills from Lee)'' Perfect.
 
:<b>Lee Adama:</b> Carry on.
 
:<b>Kara Thrace:</b> ''(half-heartedly saluting)'' Yes, sir.
 
  
* ''When Commander Adama and Colonel Tigh are talking outside the [[CIC]]:''
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=== Excerpt from the Official Companion ===
:<b>Colonel Tigh:</b> ''(grunting)'' Oh...a couple hours rack time does sound awfully sweet right about now...
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In ''[[Battlestar Galactica: The Official Companion]]'', the dedicated performance by the cast, trying to accurately and realistically depict extensive sleep deprivation on-screen, was explained:
:<b>Commander Adama:</b> You deserve it.
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:"''Battlestar Galactica<nowiki>'</nowiki>''s first season première required the show's cast members to depict their characters under extreme physical and emotional duress, as they faced sleep deprivation and the constant threat of Cylon attack. This unique and intriguing acting challenge prompted Edward James Olmos to enlist the assistance of a sleep deprivation expert, who met with the cast shortly prior to the starting of shooting. Olmos and several other cast members also restricted their sleeping patterns a few days before filming, to gain a better understanding of sleep deprivation.
:<b>Colonel Tigh:</b> You know, the truth is, all this has me feeling...well, more alive than I have in years.
 
:<b>Commander Adama:</b> You look that way too. It's good to see you without the cup in your hand.
 
:<b>Colonel Tigh:</b> Ah, don't start.
 
:<b>Commander Adama:</b> I know there's a whole lot of people on this ship, that wish you weren't feeling as good.
 
:<b>Colonel Tigh:</b> ''(laughing)'' If the crew doesn't hate the XO, then he's not doing his job. Besides, I've gotta make the old man look good.
 
:<b>Commander Adama:</b> I always look good.
 
:<b>Colonel Tigh:</b> Look in the mirror.
 
:<b>Commander Adama:</b> Seriously...
 
:<b>Colonel Tigh:</b> Sir?
 
:<b>Commander Adama:</b> It's one thing to push the crew. It's another thing to break them.
 
  
* ''As the [[Olympic Carrier]] heads on a suicide run towards ''Galactica'', Lee Adama, Kara Thrace and Sharon Valerii are flying beside the liner:''
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:"I rested just before we actually shot the episode, because I didn't want to go on-camera exhausted," explains Olmos. "But in the week before shooting, I only had about three hours of sleep per night and I studied myself to get to know how to pay the symptoms of sleep deprivation. About two days away from shooting, I was sitting in this meeting and everyone was looking at me as I tried to make sense. I told everyone, "This is what happens when you go without sleep — you don't act funny or yawn all the time, it's more the case that your mind doesn't function correctly". The doctor later expanded on this, and pretty soon everyone was tuned in. So when we went into the episode, everyone knew exactly what they were doing, and it was beautiful to watch."" (page 46)
:<b>Boomer:</b> ''(in a Raptor flying beside the ''Olympic Carrier'')'' We have...new orders. We are directed to...destroy the ''Olympic Carrier'', and return back to ''Galactica''.
 
:<b>Kara Thrace:</b> ''(in a Viper flying beside the carrier)'' It's a civilian ship!
 
:<b>Crashdown:</b> ''(inside the Raptor)'' Yeah...a civilian ship with nukes.
 
:(Lee Adama looks out the cockpit window of his Viper at the ship, which seems to be barren)
 
:<b>Crashdown:</b> I don't see anybody in there. Do you?
 
:<b>Lee Adama:</b> The Cylons will be here any second. If we're gonna do this, let's just do it. Starbuck, form up with me and we'll make one pass from astern.
 
:''(Lee and Kara fall back a fair distance from the ship)''
 
:<b>Kara Thrace:</b> Lee, what if you're wrong? ''(silence)'' Lee, come on. Lee!
 
:<b>Lee Adama:</b> Okay, fire on my mark.
 
:<b>Kara Thrace:</b> No [[Frak|frakking]] way, Lee. Lee! Come on!
 
:<b>Lee Adama:</b> Fire.
 
:''(Lee and Kara both open fire on the Olympic Carrier, and it explodes in a ball of flames)''
 
  
== Official Statements ==  
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== Noteworthy Dialogue ==
  
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:'''Six:''' You know you're not safe.
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:'''Baltar:''' No, course notThe Cylons will follow us again, as they have the last two hundred and thirty seven times.
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:'''Six:''' You're right, you know. There are limits. Eventually you'll make a mistake.
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:'''Baltar:''' And then you'll kill us all. Yes. Yes, I know, but... not for another thirty-three minutes.
  
=== {{from_RDM_blog}}: Note on [["Lest We Forget"]] ===
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*{{audio|33tighspeech.mp3|''Tigh and Adama addressing the CIC crew:''}}
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:'''Colonel Tigh''': Yes, we're tired. Yes, there is no relief. Yes, the Cylons keep coming after us time after time after time. And yes, we are still expected to do our jobs!
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:'''Commander Adama''': We make mistakes, people die. There aren't many of us left.
  
:"It's probably been asked before, but I'm curious as to whom[sic] is in the picture in the Viper Pilot's briefing room, facing away from the camera . . . the one the pilots, including [[William Adama|Commander Adama]], touch when they enter and leave? This is touching, and is a wonderful human element to the story. So who is it?"
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* ''When Lee Adama and Kara Thrace are on ''Galactica'''s flight deck:''
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:'''Lee Adama''': Hey, did you see the note from the XO?
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:'''Kara Thrace''': I saw it. No way.
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:'''Lee Adama''': Kara, everyone else--
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:'''Kara Thrace''': I don't fly with stims. They fudge with your reflexes, your reaction time.
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:'''Lee Adama''':  Come on, Kara, give me a break. Just--
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:'''Kara Thrace''': Why are we arguing about this?
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:'''Lee Adama''': I have no idea.
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:'''Kara Thrace''': Neither do I. You're the [[CAG]], act like one.
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:'''Lee Adama''':  What does that mean?
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:'''Kara Thrace''': It means that you're still acting like everyone's best friend. We're not friends. You're the CAG. "Be careful out there?" Our job isn't to be careful, it's to shoot frakking [[Cylons (RDM)|Cylons]] out of the sky. "Good Hunting" is what you say. And one of your idiot pilots is acting like a child and refusing to take her pills. So she either says "Yes, sir" and obeys a direct order, or you smack her in the mouth and drag her sorry ass to [[sickbay]] and you make her take those pills.
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:(Lee and Kara both start laughing)
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:'''Lee Adama''': Well, I'm glad I'm not working for you.
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:'''Kara Thrace''': (laughing) Damn right you're glad.
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:'''Lee Adama''': So do I have to smack you in the mouth, Lieutenant?
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:'''Kara Thrace''': No sir, I'll take my pills. (takes pills from Lee) Perfect.
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:'''Lee Adama''': Carry on.
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:'''Kara Thrace''': (half-heartedly saluting) Yes, sir.
  
:There was a scene cut from [[33|"33"]] where we saw [[Laura Roslin]] being given her copy of the photo along with a card that said it was taken on the roof of the capitol building on Aerilon during the attack. The photo was inspired by the famous shot of the fire-fighters raising the flag at Ground Zero that became iconic. I thought the Colonies would have their own version of this -- a snapshot taken in the moment that becomes a symbol of the day they can never forget and of all they had lost. The photo itself is of a soldier falling to his knees (possibly shot or simply overcome by emotion) as he stands on the rooftop over looking the devastation of his city, while the Colonial flag waves at the edge of frame. The inscription below the photo on Laura's plaque reads, [["Lest We Forget"]] in itself a reference to the inscription on the watch presented to John Wayne's character in "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon."
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* ''When Commander Adama and Colonel Tigh are talking outside the [[CIC]]:''
 
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:'''Colonel Tigh''': (grunting) Oh...a couple hours rack time does sound awfully sweet right about now...
=== Comments from the Cast ===
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:'''Commander Adama''': You deserve it.
 
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:'''Colonel Tigh''': You know, the truth is, all this has me feeling...well, more alive than I have in years.
*"Insomnia. Nobody has slept. Everyone's just coming to terms with the fact that they have lost everybody that they've loved or relate to." -- [[Jamie Bamber]], [http://scifi.com/battlestar/bts/video/mov/video_06_320.mov]
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:'''Commander Adama''': You look that way too. It's good to see you without the cup in your hand.
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:'''Colonel Tigh''': Ah, don't start.
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:'''Commander Adama''': I know there's a whole lot of people on this ship, that wish you weren't feeling as good.
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:'''Colonel Tigh''': (laughing) If the crew doesn't hate the XO, then he's not doing his job. Besides, I've gotta make the old man look good.
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:'''Commander Adama''': I always look good.
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:'''Colonel Tigh''': Look in the mirror.
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:'''Commander Adama''': Seriously...
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:'''Colonel Tigh''': Sir?
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:'''Commander Adama''': It's one thing to push the crew. It's another thing to break them.
  
*"It was a hard episode, because, you just had to basically fall apart." -- [[Katee Sackhoff]], [http://scifi.com/battlestar/bts/video/mov/video_06_320.mov]
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== Guest stars ==
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*[[Michael Hogan]] as Colonel [[Saul Tigh]]
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*[[Aaron Douglas]] as Chief [[Galen Tyrol]]
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*[[Tahmoh Penikett]] as Lieutenant  [[Karl Agathon|Karl "Helo" Agathon]]
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*[[Kandyse McClure]] as Petty Officer [[Anastasia Dualla]]
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*[[Paul Campbell]] as [[Billy Keikeya]]
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*[[Alessandro Juliani]] as Lieutenant [[Felix Gaeta]]
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*[[Samuel Witwer]] as [[Crashdown]]
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*[[Alonso Oyarzun]] as Specialist [[Socinus]]
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*[[Nicki Clyne]] as Specialist [[Cally Tyrol|Cally Henderson]]
  
*"Episode 1 is extremely docu-style because the characters haven't actually slept for five days (sic) and they have been running from the Cylons for the 250th time.  And its very stressful and they're about to lose the plot completely because of sleep deprivation." -- [[Michael Rymer]], [http://scifi.com/battlestar/bts/video/mov/video_06_320.mov]
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33
"33"
An episode of the Re-imagined Series
Episode No. Season 1, Episode 1
Writer(s) Ronald D. Moore
Story by
Director Michael Rymer
Assistant Director
Special guest(s)
Production No. 101
Nielsen Rating 2.6
US airdate USA 2005-01-14
CAN airdate CAN 2005-01-15
UK airdate UK 2004-10-18
DVD release 20 September 2005 US
28 March 2005 UK
Population 50,298 survivors
Extended Info Series Premiere
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Continuing from the events of the Miniseries, Galactica and the Fleet must avoid their Cylon pursuers, which ambush them every 33 minutes after each successful jump.

Summary

On Galactica

  • The crew of battlestar Galactica have been on continuous alert for some 130.35 hours, during which time the Fleet has had to make an FTL jump every 33 minutes to escape their Cylon pursuers shortly after their initial escape from Ragnar Anchorage.
  • Everyone in the Fleet is beginning to feel the strain – particularly Gaius Baltar, who is also distracted by Six’s repeated conversations about God having a plan for him, and also her wanting to have his children.
  • Vessels in the Fleet are also beginning to feel the strain: Jump engines and their controlling computers are starting to breakdown or malfunction, requiring Galactica to linger longer and longer in the Cylon line of fire while the rest of the fleet complete their jumps.
  • Anastasia Dualla finds time to visit a team of people who are cataloging survivors in the Fleet. When she cannot leave her photos to aid in searching for her loved ones, she is amazed to see a corridor that has been converted into a makeshift memorial.
  • Elsewhere, Sharon "Boomer" Valerii is having problems accepting her new ECO, Crashdown, and is feeling guilty about leaving Karl "Helo" Agathon on Caprica to his fate.
  • Following jump number 237, President Roslin receives word from a Dr. Amarak aboard the Olympic Carrier concerning information on how the Cylons overcame Colonial defenses.
  • Overhearing the conversation, Baltar is worried: he knew Amarak at the Ministry of Defense. As Six points out, Amarak might have information on Baltar's complicity with the Cylon attack.
  • There is insufficient time before the next jump to bring Amarak aboard Colonial One, but Roslin wants to see him directly after the jump has been completed.
  • When the next jump is made, the Olympic Carrier, complete with Dr. Amarak and 1,344 other souls, fails to appear with the rest of the Fleet. Six tries to convince Baltar that it is because God is watching over him.
  • Thirty-three minutes later, the Fleet is ready to jump, but the Cylons don’t appear. Adama orders a stand-down from the immediate alert, but the Fleet is to maintain a readiness to jump, in case the Cylons do return.
  • When Baltar continues to refuse the concept of God, the Olympic Carrier reappears; Commander Adama orders the Fleet to Condition One alert, fearing the worst. He orders the jump clocks reset in anticipation of the Cylons arriving.
  • The Combat Air Patrol lead by Lee Adama intercepts the starliner. Adama orders all communications with the Carrier jammed and the Carrier is ordered (through signal lamps) to remain at its current position. When the Carrier fails to heed orders not to approach the fleet, tensions rise, and a radiological alarm reveals there is now a nuclear weapon on the liner.
  • As the crisis deepens, the Cylons appear precisely 33 minutes after the return of the Carrier, confirming that the Carrier was used somehow by the Cylons to track the Fleet. Adama wants to destroy the liner, but Roslin hesitates to give the order, as no one can be sure if the 1,345 people aboard the Carrier are still alive. Baltar is terrified she won't give the order for fear of Amarak's information.
  • Six uses the hesitation to push Baltar into “repenting” before God. As soon as he does, Roslin gives the order to destroy the liner. Apollo and Starbuck (reluctantly) open fire, destroying the liner. After the Fleet makes a jump once more, the Cylons' relentless pursuit is halted.
  • A day later, everyone is living with the consequences of their actions. Only Billy Keikeya has a small nugget of good news: at some point in the proceedings, a baby was born in the Fleet.

On Caprica

  • Helo is on the run in the rainy woodland, and has Claymore-like ordnance he uses to blow up pursuing Cylon Centurions.
  • Helo's six days on the run comes to an end when he is captured by the Cylons, after being distracted by the appearance of a Number Six, wearing a white raincoat.
  • Helo is “rescued” by a copy of Sharon Valerii, who shoots Six and then leads Helo away into the woods. Helo mistakenly believes that this Valerii copy is actually the "Boomer" copy that left Caprica and returned to rescue him.


Notes

Episode Notes

  • Continuous jumping badly affects the FTL drives and management systems aboard commercial Colonial vessels, which are not as rugged as Galactica's military-issue drives.
  • The Cylons' FTL technology is more precise than the Colonials'. 238 times they manage to pounce on the Colonial fleet, arriving with precise momentum and trajectory to be able to close the distance and launch an attack. In the Season 2 episode "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part I", it is explained that the Cylons have far better navigational computers which allow more accurate jump plots and a greater range.
  • According to Socinus, there are 5,251 people in the Fleet from Sagittaron.
  • As of "33", there are 60 civilian ships in the Fleet. This number is retconned up from the Miniseries.
  • The head count of Colonial citizens at the end of the episode is 47,973.
  • At first glance, there appears to be an error with Billy Keikeya's math with the survivor count. The episode starts with the count being 50,298. He informs Roslin this is in error by 300 = 49,998 survivors. When the Olympic Carrier is destroyed (1,345 people), he reduces the total to 47,972 – that’s a reduction of 2026, or 681 people more than listed on the Carrier. However, in deleted scenes from this episode, Keikeya is actually reducing the survivor count additional times set between the beginning of the episode and the destruction of the Olympic Carrier. These other deaths just occur off-screen.
  • Crashdown wears a patch of the battlestar Triton on his flight suit, which fits to Boomer's comment that she has been saddled with a "refugee from Triton". Triton's battlestar group number is 39, but is erroneously displayed on the patch as BST-39 instead of BSG-39. The costuming department very likely assumed that "BSG" stands for "Battlestar Galactica" and changed the last letter accordingly. However, "Water" and Pegasus patch establish that it stands for "battlestar group".

Production Notes

  • This episode won the 2005 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.
  • When Season 1 premiered in the United States, "33" and "Water" aired back-to-back as a two hour TV event. This was also the case when Season 3 first aired in the United States with the episodes "Occupation" and "Precipice".
  • When the first few episodes of the series began airing in the US on the Sci Fi Channel, title cards were shown at the beginning of each episode, i.e. "33" or "Water" flashing in white letters on a black screen, and then the episode would begin. These episode titles stopped midway in Season 1.
  • Zoic visual effects artists hid small signs of movement within the Olympic Carrier in close-up effect shots as something of a morbid joke. Lights in the windows appear to flicker on and off rather rapidly and when slowed down there is some kind of movement visible on the inside of the ship. Originally, the scene was to confirm the existence of civilians inside the ship by showing civilians peering out the windows.[1]
  • In the DVD commentary for this episode, Ron D. Moore states that during the scene when Dualla hands Commander Adama a set of reports that he reads aloud (including fuel shortages, dozens of crewmen breaking down from nervous exhaustion, etc), Edward James Olmos ad-libbed "and ten suicides" in one take. The production team really liked the ad-lib, and thought the way Olmos acted the scene was fantastic. However, there were concerns that the network would think this would make an already extremely "dark" episode far too dark and alienate the audience during the premiere, and the line was reluctantly cut.
  • While waiting to film a Viper sequence for this episode at 11 or 12 o'clock at night, Katee Sackhoff fell asleep inside the Viper cockpit.[2]
  • To add realism to the sleep deprivation motif, Olmos enlisted the aid of a sleep deprivation expert and also curtailed his sleeping habits to a maximum of three hours per night, noting how it affected him. With the help of this expert, he relayed to the rest of the crew how deprivation affects the human body and mind. Additionally, director Michael Rymer told the actors to choose one symptom to play, so as to avoid distracting repetition.[3]

Analysis

  • Why did the Cylons come "every 33 minutes"? Short answer: it was a number Ron Moore has stated he picked at random, with no other significance. The long answer is available in Ron Moore's blog entry of January 13, 2005:

The truth is, there's no real answer. It's just a random number that felt right when I came up with the idea that our people were under continuous, relentless attack since the end of the pilot. I wanted it to be a short interval, just long enough for them to grab a bite to eat, jump in the shower and maybe try to catch a catnap before dragging themselves back to their duty stations and begin the whole tedious, terrifying ordeal all over again.

A deeper truth is, I was never interested in coming up with an explanation for Why? Never. I mean, I suppose I could've come up with a sufficiently important-sounding bit of technobabble that would've made sense (you see, the Cylon double-talk sensors tracking the Olympic Carrier's nonsense drive signature needed 15 minutes to relay the made-up data wave through the pretend continuum, then the Cylon navigational hyper silly system needed another 10 minutes to recalculate the flux capacitor, etc.) but what would that have really added to the drama? How does explaining that 33 minute interval help our understanding of Laura's terrible moment of decision, or bring us to any greater knowledge of Dualla's search for her missing family and friends, or yield insight into Baltar's morally shattered psyche?

It doesn't, of course. The answer, however artfully it may (or may not) have been crafted can only subtract from the experience we have in watching the episode. Not knowing the how's or why's of the Cylon attack puts us in the same seat as the characters we're watching. They're in the dark, and we're in the dark. The relentless attack is unfathomable in its origin and unstoppable in its execution. It's mortality coming at you on a loop. If you only had 33 minutes before the next time you could die, what would you do? And what about the time after that? And the time after that? At a certain point, you stop caring about why it's happening, all you know is that it is happening, and it's happening to you.

So the mystery of 33 will be permanent on this show. No explanation, not even the attempt. Let it just be a number that seemed like an eternity for five long days on the battlestar Galactica.

  • The cast actually consulted with a sleep deprivation expert before this episode, making a large effort to accurately depict the effects of sleep deprivation on their characters, and it really comes through on screen. Rather than simply yawning alot and constantly saying "wow, I'm so tired", the cast met the series' goal of realistically portraying their symptoms: they behave aggravated, they start to forget things, their minds just start "slowing down".
  • The Messenger Six's motives, and her origins, become murkier, and Baltar's tendency to listen to her advice increases.
  • Raptors are general purpose vehicles that handle reconnaissance, electronic countersurveillance on CAPs, troop deploys and other tasks. In a later episode a Raptor is used for rescuing ejected pilots during combat.
  • The Memorial hallway scene continues the writers' allusion to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States to the events of the Miniseries through the use of the many memorials, the confusion in finding lost loved ones, and Dualla's amazement at the size of the memorial. (A picture of a Colonial soldier on one of the Colonies during its destruction also plays on the intense feelings felt by many Americans when they saw similar pictures of New York City firefighters at the ruins of the World Trade Center.)
  • Despite his age, Colonel Tigh seems to be taking the sleep deprivation better than others. He is shown waking people up in the CIC. Chief Tyrol is seen doing the same on the hangar deck. Perhaps this is an early clue to their true nature (TRS: "Crossroads, Part II").

Questions

Answered Questions

For answers to the questions in this section, click here.
  • Billy Keikeya reports that the number of survivors is down by 300 as a result of some being lost through death from injuries, initial inaccurate counts, and others having "disappeared." How can people simply "disappear" in the Fleet?
  • Is Messenger Six actually in contact with other Cylons, and thus involved in the disappearance and reappearance of Olympic Carrier?
  • What happened to the group of survivors Karl Agathon was left with in the Miniseries?
  • Was the person speaking over the wireless when the Olympic Carrier returned really its captain, or a humanoid Cylon?
  • Were there any people aboard Olympic Carrier when it was destroyed?
  • What is the Cylons' plan?

Unanswered Questions

  • Did Doctor Amarak truly have something on Baltar's involvement in the holocaust?
  • Was Amarak even aboard Olympic Carrier?
  • How long was Olympic Carrier under Cylon control?

Official Statements

Note on "Lest We Forget"

From RDM's Sci-Fi Channel Blog

"It's probably been asked before, but I'm curious as to whom[sic] is in the picture in the Viper Pilot's briefing room, facing away from the camera . . . the one the pilots, including Commander Adama, touch when they enter and leave? This is touching, and is a wonderful human element to the story. So who is it?"
There was a scene cut from "33" where we saw Laura Roslin being given her copy of the photo along with a card that said it was taken on the roof of the capitol building on Aerilon during the attack. The photo was inspired by the famous shot of the fire-fighters raising the flag at Ground Zero that became iconic. I thought the Colonies would have their own version of this -- a snapshot taken in the moment that becomes a symbol of the day they can never forget and of all they had lost. The photo itself is of a soldier falling to his knees (possibly shot or simply overcome by emotion) as he stands on the rooftop overlooking the devastation of his city, while the Colonial flag waves at the edge of frame. The inscription below the photo on Laura's plaque reads, "Lest We Forget" in itself a reference to the inscription on the watch presented to John Wayne's character in "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon."

Comments from the Cast

  • "Insomnia. Nobody has slept. Everyone's just coming to terms with the fact that they have lost everybody that they've loved or relate to." -- Jamie Bamber, [1]
  • "It was a hard episode, because, you just had to basically fall apart." -- Katee Sackhoff, [2]
  • "Episode 1 is extremely docu-style because the characters haven't actually slept for five days (sic) and they have been running from the Cylons for the 250th time. And it's very stressful and they're about to lose the plot completely because of sleep deprivation." -- Michael Rymer, [3]
  • Bamber discusses why "33" is his favorite episode:
My favorite episode...I'd say "33"...the very first one, just because that was the unknown. We were in an unknown situation. We'd made a decent mini-series and we were all very excited. To read that script, I thought structurally it was really compelling. It was kind of a nutshell of what the whole of our story is, which is a nightmare, waking up constantly to find that the monster is on you again, and that's basically the modus operandi of the show, and Ron [Moore] captured it in one episode. I think that is really the perfect episode of Battlestar Galactica.[4]

Excerpt from the Official Companion

In Battlestar Galactica: The Official Companion, the dedicated performance by the cast, trying to accurately and realistically depict extensive sleep deprivation on-screen, was explained:

"Battlestar Galactica's first season première required the show's cast members to depict their characters under extreme physical and emotional duress, as they faced sleep deprivation and the constant threat of Cylon attack. This unique and intriguing acting challenge prompted Edward James Olmos to enlist the assistance of a sleep deprivation expert, who met with the cast shortly prior to the starting of shooting. Olmos and several other cast members also restricted their sleeping patterns a few days before filming, to gain a better understanding of sleep deprivation.
"I rested just before we actually shot the episode, because I didn't want to go on-camera exhausted," explains Olmos. "But in the week before shooting, I only had about three hours of sleep per night and I studied myself to get to know how to pay the symptoms of sleep deprivation. About two days away from shooting, I was sitting in this meeting and everyone was looking at me as I tried to make sense. I told everyone, "This is what happens when you go without sleep — you don't act funny or yawn all the time, it's more the case that your mind doesn't function correctly". The doctor later expanded on this, and pretty soon everyone was tuned in. So when we went into the episode, everyone knew exactly what they were doing, and it was beautiful to watch."" (page 46)

Noteworthy Dialogue

Six: You know you're not safe.
Baltar: No, course not. The Cylons will follow us again, as they have the last two hundred and thirty seven times.
Six: You're right, you know. There are limits. Eventually you'll make a mistake.
Baltar: And then you'll kill us all. Yes. Yes, I know, but... not for another thirty-three minutes.
Colonel Tigh: Yes, we're tired. Yes, there is no relief. Yes, the Cylons keep coming after us time after time after time. And yes, we are still expected to do our jobs!
Commander Adama: We make mistakes, people die. There aren't many of us left.
  • When Lee Adama and Kara Thrace are on Galactica's flight deck:
Lee Adama: Hey, did you see the note from the XO?
Kara Thrace: I saw it. No way.
Lee Adama: Kara, everyone else--
Kara Thrace: I don't fly with stims. They fudge with your reflexes, your reaction time.
Lee Adama: Come on, Kara, give me a break. Just--
Kara Thrace: Why are we arguing about this?
Lee Adama: I have no idea.
Kara Thrace: Neither do I. You're the CAG, act like one.
Lee Adama: What does that mean?
Kara Thrace: It means that you're still acting like everyone's best friend. We're not friends. You're the CAG. "Be careful out there?" Our job isn't to be careful, it's to shoot frakking Cylons out of the sky. "Good Hunting" is what you say. And one of your idiot pilots is acting like a child and refusing to take her pills. So she either says "Yes, sir" and obeys a direct order, or you smack her in the mouth and drag her sorry ass to sickbay and you make her take those pills.
(Lee and Kara both start laughing)
Lee Adama: Well, I'm glad I'm not working for you.
Kara Thrace: (laughing) Damn right you're glad.
Lee Adama: So do I have to smack you in the mouth, Lieutenant?
Kara Thrace: No sir, I'll take my pills. (takes pills from Lee) Perfect.
Lee Adama: Carry on.
Kara Thrace: (half-heartedly saluting) Yes, sir.
  • When Commander Adama and Colonel Tigh are talking outside the CIC:
Colonel Tigh: (grunting) Oh...a couple hours rack time does sound awfully sweet right about now...
Commander Adama: You deserve it.
Colonel Tigh: You know, the truth is, all this has me feeling...well, more alive than I have in years.
Commander Adama: You look that way too. It's good to see you without the cup in your hand.
Colonel Tigh: Ah, don't start.
Commander Adama: I know there's a whole lot of people on this ship, that wish you weren't feeling as good.
Colonel Tigh: (laughing) If the crew doesn't hate the XO, then he's not doing his job. Besides, I've gotta make the old man look good.
Commander Adama: I always look good.
Colonel Tigh: Look in the mirror.
Commander Adama: Seriously...
Colonel Tigh: Sir?
Commander Adama: It's one thing to push the crew. It's another thing to break them.

Guest stars

References

  1. Bassom, David (2005). ed. Adam "Adama" Newell Battlestar Galactica: The Official Companion. Titan Books. ISBN 1-84576-0972, p. 47.
  2. Bassom, David (2005). ed. Adam "Adama" Newell Battlestar Galactica: The Official Companion. Titan Books. ISBN 1-84576-0972, p. 44.
  3. Bassom, David (2005). ed. Adam "Adama" Newell Battlestar Galactica: The Official Companion. Titan Books. ISBN 1-84576-0972, p. 46.
  4. Bensoussan, Jenna (24 November 2007). ACED Magazine: Battlestar Galactica: Cast Interviews (backup available on Archive.org) (in ). Retrieved on 25 November 2007.