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* Even after committing the fleet to destruction, there are still serviceable Raptors on the surface of Earth, which are jump-capable. Would any of the surviving humans or Cylons come to regret having settled on a primitive world without technology and decide to return to the stars in search of resources or other habitable planets? Is there any [[tylium]] available on Earth?
* Even after committing the fleet to destruction, there are still serviceable Raptors on the surface of Earth, which are jump-capable. Would any of the surviving humans or Cylons come to regret having settled on a primitive world without technology and decide to return to the stars in search of resources or other habitable planets? Is there any [[tylium]] available on Earth?
* Assuming that (as Tigh indicated to Adama in [[Revelations]]) the Final Five Cylons age but the rest do not, what will become of Caprica-Six, Athena, and any other survivors of the non-Final Five models? How will Helo and Baltar cope with the non-aging of their spouses as they themselves age?
* Assuming that (as Tigh indicated to Adama in [[Revelations]]) the Final Five Cylons age but the rest do not, what will become of Caprica-Six, Athena, and any other survivors of the non-Final Five models? How will Helo and Baltar cope with the non-aging of their spouses as they themselves age?
* How is it possible that Hera is the genetic ancestor of all modern humans, unless in the course of history her offspring and their lines completely obliterated all the lines of the native Earth-evolved humans ''and'' those of all the rest of the Colonial fleet?


== Official Statements  ==
== Official Statements  ==

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Daybreak, Part II & Part III
"Daybreak, Part II & Part III"
An episode of the Re-imagined Series
Episode No. Season 4, Episode 20
Writer(s) Ronald D. Moore[1]
Story by
Director Michael Rymer
Assistant Director
Special guest(s)
Production No. 422
Nielsen Rating
US airdate USA March 20, 2009 [2]
CAN airdate CAN March 20, 2009
UK airdate UK March 24, 2009
DVD release
Population survivors
Extended Info Series Finale - 2 Hour Episode[3]
Episode Chronology
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Overview

Act 1

  • The final episode begins with a series of events before before the Fall.
  • In a strip bar in Caprica City, William Adama and Saul and Ellen Tigh enjoy themselves.
  • Adama questions whether to take a civilian job, rather than to take command of an aged battlestar[4] Over drinks, Adama decides to take the job.
  • Elsewhere on Caprica, Lee Adama is having dinner with Kara Thrace and her fiancee, Zak Adama.
  • Zak questions why his brother joined the Colonial Forces, despite Lee's idealism and his dislike of his father. Lee simply answers that he received college funding in exchange for service.
  • Elsewhere, Laura Roslin greets her date, Sean Allison, at her home. After realizing he seemed familiar, Roslin finally recalls where she had seen him. Sean was a former student from years ago.
  • Despite the age difference, Roslin decides to let him stay the night. "The night's young. Apparently, so are you," she says. "Let's see what happens."
  • Back at the strip bar, Bill Adama challenges Saul on whether he'd take the civilian desk job. Saul doesn't answer.
  • Lee Adama and Thrace manage to drag Zak back to the apartment after a night of drinking. But Thrace isn't done, and pulls out more alcohol for shots between her and Lee.
  • Bill Adama is drunkenly sick, vomiting outside somewhere on the street. With a weak smile, he looks up to the stars in the night sky.
  • The scene shifts back to present day on Galactica, where Gaius Baltar sits in the former home of his followers, now empty.
  • He listens to the virtual Six, telling him to trust in God's plan for him. When he asks what that plan is, she tells him that he already following it.

Act 2

  • In Galactica's sickbay, Dr. Cottle (who will not be staying aboard the ship for the battle) leaves assistant Layne Ishay two injections of heavy medication to allow Laura Roslin enough lucidity and mobility for 48 hours. She thanks him sincerely, causing Cottle to be something he'd rarely been: speechless.
  • Lee Adama briefs the marines on where little Hera would likely be: deep inside the Cylon colony.
  • Admiral Adama work out the tactics of the battle against the colony. Close-range combat; nuclear weapons and missiles will not be possible for the battlestar. He orders the gun batteries to fire until exhausted, and after that, "start throwing rocks," he says with a small smile.
  • The Final Five plan out what they can offer as well. As befitting a cybernetic race, they consider a tactic used by Cylons in the past. They will use Samuel Anders, now effectively a Hybrid on Galactica, to interface with the Colony and its Hybrids to interrupt their commands, slowing the effectiveness of the Colony's weapon systems.
  • The catch is that Anders will need to be connected to the DRADIS, fire control and C-3 systems. They plan to take Anders and connect him inside CIC.
  • Admiral Adama hands over command of the Fleet to Hoshi, noting that if they aren't back from the mission in 12 hours, they will never come back.
  • In CIC, Saul Tigh jokes at his old friend at the bizarre sight of a Cylon interfaced to his battlestar, gooey wires and conduit that extend over Adama's command console everywhere and into the DRADIS console. "Still not too late to flush them all out of the airlock," Tigh quips. "Take too much time," Adama answers.
  • With Lee Adama staying for the attack, he appoints Romo Lampkin as President of the Twelve Colonies. He joins Admiral Hoshi on the last Raptor to leave Galactica for the baseship, the Fleet's new flagship.
  • Baltar's followers get in the ship. Baltar enters, but then tells Paulla that he must stay on the ship. Lee Adama throws Baltar a weapon.
  • Adding to the Battlestar's attack force, a Number Six leads a large number of Cylon Centurions down the hangar deck, some with a red sash painted on them for identification.

Act 3

  • A shot of the Fleet shows that the rebel baseship has fully regenerated from its damage from the start of the Cylon Civil War. It is ready to lead the civilians to safety while Galactica goes hunting, retracting its flight pods to prep for FTL.
  • Adama commands a ship-wide readiness report, a sort of countdown.
  • Meanwhile, in sickbay, Layne Ishay prep sickbay for wounded. Laura Roslin assists as best she can.
  • Vipers are in launch tubes. The entire Raptor squadron, armed with missiles, have been placed inside the starboard flight pod deck, amidst the ruins of the old Galactica Museum.
  • Gaius Baltar is a soldier protecting the hallways against borders. He is surprised to find Caprica-Six by his side.
  • In CIC, Ellen Tigh signals that Anders is ready to work.
  • Adama gives a final speech, a final understanding and call to arms.
  • The battlestar jumps only meters from the edge of the Colony--and is immediately besieged by the Cylon batteries.
  • With little time, Sam Anders attempts to make contact with the Colony Hybrids--and takes them offline, apparently by causing them to go into a state of ecstasy. Ellen warns that Cylon Raiders will appear any minute.
  • Galactica responds by launching its fighter wings. The Vipers launch, and the Raptors jump directly from within the starboard pod--causing incredible damage to the pod as it vents open--but now placing themselves on the opposite side of the Colony in a flanking position.
  • Adama orders the battlestar's engines at flank speed. He rams the alligator head into the Colony. Galactica's inhabitants take a beating, but so does the Colony. The Colonials have breeched it, forming an entrance. Lee Adama leads his marines and several Cylon Centurions inside from a front airlock.
  • Sharon Agathon and Helo's Raptor make their way to the Colony's interior.
  • Racetrack and Skulls arm their nuclear missiles, presumably to strike the colony after the rescue. But suddenly a piece of debris strikes their Raptor, killing all aboard and leaving the Raptor adrift.
  • The Raptors breech another section of the Colony, and their teams enter.
  • Deep inside the Colony, a Simon works on young Hera as Boomer looks on in disgust. When she questions why he continues to work on Hera, the Simon explains that they maintain and superior force and numbers.
  • Suddenly, Boomer assaults the Simon, snapping his neck. She takes Hera out of the room.

Act 4

  • The Colony's halls are filled with gunfire. Cylon Centurions, including older Model 0005s fight each other as the Colonial fire teams push through.
  • Cavil, a Number Five and another Simon decide to go on the defensive, to attack the battlestar with their troops.
  • In a hallway in Galactica, ready to repel boarders, Caprica-Six and Baltar come to terms with their old relationship. As they kiss, they hear a Six's voice. "All of the pieces are falling into place."
  • The Virtual Six--and the Virtual Baltar--stand above them. To the surprise of Caprica-Six and Baltar, they can hear and see each of the avatars.
  • With a shudder, the battlestar hull is breeched as waves of enemy Centurions, both old-model and modern, pour into the ship.
  • The Agathon's team find Boomer, holding Hera. She gives the child to them, telling them to tell Admiral Adama that she "owed him one." With the child safe, Athena shoots Boomer.
  • A flashback scene shows what Boomer meant: a time back in her days on 'Galactica, as Adama and Tigh redress her but give her another chance to be a better pilot.
  • Ishay has her hands full in sickbay, trying to triage and treat as many people as she can. The event is taxing, physically and mentally, for Roslin, as she comforts more dying than not.
  • Lee Adama's team connects with Starbuck's team, with Hera in tow. When Lee asks where Thrace was, she answers, "Stopped for coffee."[5] With their objective complete and no other battlestar patrols found, they head back to the battlestar's alligator-head.
  • Galactica batteries are being targeted by Raiders. She is losing what little defensive ability she has left. Enemy forces are coming at the reserve forces--where Baltar waits.

Act 5

  • Caprica-Six and Baltar hold off the enemy Centurions. Baltar's passion at killing Centurions gets a bit out of control as Lee Adama's team reenter the battlestar with Hera. As more enemies appear, Lee and Baltar fire away.
  • Laura Roslin sits and experiences yet another vision of the Opera House and little Hera. Struggling to walk, driven by something she can't fully realize, she gets up to find Hera.
  • Starbuck leads the Agathons through the hallways, but a Number Five appears, seriously wounding Helo in the leg and killing a marine before Starbuck eliminates him. In the confusion, Hera runs away. Athena runs after her.
  • Hera walks amidst the gunfighting, when soon she encounters Roslin, who pulls out of the path of an enemy patrol and to safety. But when Roslin turns back to the child, she is gone again.
  • Caprica-Six and Baltar are running, and are out of ammo. Suddenly they see Hera, as well as Roslin and Athena--all grouped together as in the Opera House vision. Caprica-Six scoops up the child and enters a hallway, closing the hatchway, preventing Athena and Roslin from following. THe opera house vision had Caprica-Six and Baltar closing the door on boht Athena and Roslin after picking up Hera.
  • As the scene shifts between visions of the Opera House and the corridors, Baltar and Caprica-Six realize what they must do: They follow their vision into the Opera House--which turns out to be CIC, where the Final Five reside, overlooking the lower deck of CIC as they appeared in the vision, standing above.
  • Suddenly Cavil, a Number Five and a Simon enter the room. Cavil grabs Hera as a shield.
  • Baltar pleads for the child's freedom, telling Cavil that Hera is key to humanity's survival as well. He reasons with Cavil that there are higher forces at work, that led them all, here, for a reason. When Cavil questions if God has his people's interests at heart, on how Baltar knows that God is on his side, Baltar replies (in an allusion of something he once said to the virtual Six), "God is not on any one's side." The Virtual Six and Virtual Baltar look on with a pleased expression.
  • Baltar asks Cavil to take a leap of faith. Saul Tigh sweetens the pot by offering to reteach Cavil the secret of resurrection, this time in exchange not only for Hera's life but for permanent peace, where the Cylons leave humanity alone.
  • Cavil agrees. He uses the Battlestar comm to order his forces to stand down and releases Hera. Admiral Adama orders stand-down as well.

Act 6

  • Vipers and Raptors return to Galactica' as Raiders return to the Colony. Laura Roslin joins the admiral in CIC.
  • The Five each know part of the secret to resurrection. They will combine their knowledge by connecting themselves through the water in Ander's tank. Ellen Tigh tells the others that the process will also share memories as well as data.
  • But before they begin, Tory Foster, visibly anxious, warns the others that they will see "certain things" of their bad behavior. She tries to prepare the others of what they will see of her. An impatient Cavil screams. "I don't mean to rush you, but you are keeping two civilizations waiting!"
  • The Five dip their hands and make the connection. As the data flows to the Colony, Foster's visions of murdering Cally Tyrol in an effort to protect her secret of being a Cylon comes to the forefront, surprising the others of the Five, and angering Galen Tyrol immediately.
  • Tyrol pulls his hand from the pool and wraps both hands tightly around Foster's neck in a death-grip, eventually snapping her neck.
  • As Anders screams from the sudden disconnection, the Cylons in CIC believe they are deceived and open fire. The Colonials kill all but Cavil, who shouts an exasperated "Frak!" before putting his pistol in his mouth and pulling the trigger.
  • High above, as gunfire begins again over Galactica, Racetrack's Raptor drifts, its crew lifeless. A rock strikes the ship, causing Racetrack's dead hand to strike the firing button to the Raptor's tactical nuclear missiles, launching them all straight at the Colony.
  • The force of the explosions disable the Colony, pushing it towards the black hole, threatening to take Galactica with it.
  • Adama orders Kara Thrace to make a blind jump, but Thrace thinks about the music her father played, the music that Hera wrote to her. Recalling the mathematical associations she tried to discern from the music, Thrace realizes the music works as a series of FTL coordinates.
  • She punches in the coordinates into the navigation computer and jumps the ship.
  • A flashback scene appears where Lee Adama and Kara Thrace talk about how she thinks about death every time she gets into a cockpit.
  • Galactica completes the jump--but the strain of the last battle causes the battlestar's structure to ripple and twist as structural members tear and break. The ship will never jump again. Engines and life support are okay, but Galactica's backbone is broken.
  • "Where have you taken us, Kara?" Roslin asks, as the scene changes to an exterior shot to show the battlestar flying over a gray, rocky moon.
  • But is not just a moon...Galactica has arrived at the moon of Earth...another Earth, this one with the continent of Africa in prominent view.

Act 7

  • The Fleet jumps into Earth orbit as Galactica passes by. A Raptor came to Hoshi to guide them to Earth.
  • Landing ship after landing ship leave for the new world.
  • On a green, rich savannah in Africa, Admiral Adama, Cottle, Saul Tigh, Hoshi, and Baltar look on, lying prone on their stomachs with binoculars at a tribe of early humans. Cottle confirms that the native humans are compatible with the Colonials genetically.
  • At a camp, as Lampkin considers a building of a new city, Lee Adama tells him to let humanity start all over again, leave their technology behind, which has almost always gotten them into trouble. Let the Colonials enter Earth with just their basic possessions.
  • Admiral Adama maps out a plan to populate various continents and land masses, spreading out humanity and Cylon far and wide, distributing supplies to give all a good chance of survival. To Lampkin's surprise, the peoples of the Fleet take a liking to leaving technology behind.
  • A Number Two tells Adama that the remaining Cylons will stay on Earth as well, handing over the baseship to the Centurions, to give them their own freedom. When Lampkin questions if setting the Centurions free won't cause another holocaust hundreds of years from now, Ellen Tigh agrees it's a risk, but believes the cycle of death has been ended. Adama agrees.
  • Adama tells that, after everyone is offloaded from the ships, the Fleet will reunite with 'Galactica a final time. Piloted by Samuel Anders, still in his tank in CIC, connected into the battlestar, he will fly all the ships on a final voyage into the Sun.
  • Kara Thrace, eyes filled with tears, meets with Anders at his tank, kissing him goodbye for the last time, and leaving her dog tags. As she leaves, he mutters, "I'll see you on the other side."

Act 8

  • Admiral William Adama descends into the hangar deck, wearing a flight suit. The deck is otherwise completely empty of anything, and anyone.
  • He takes a seat in a Viper Mark II. Not just any Mark II...but the one that Galen Tyrol's team rebuilt for him as a retirement gift so long ago.
  • As Adama's Viper launches, the scene shifts to six years prior, where Adama is taking a lie detector test for the prospective desk job. When the test administrator asks him test questions such as, "Are you a Cylon?" and "Have you ever stolen money from a cash drawer?" Adama is angered and leaves, saying, "I'd rather spend the rest of my career--what's left of it--on a broken old down ship, than to have someone sit here and question my word."
  • Husker's Viper makes a final fly-by of the old battlestar, looking at her one last time before pointing his Viper towards Earth.
  • Samuel Anders' voice from the past talks of his days in sport, dreaming of perfection, and being linked to it, to creation, as Anders guides the Fleet, now united to the mathematical perfection he once spoke of through his duties as a Hybrid.
  • As a version of the Original Series main theme plays, the scene shows Galactica and the Fleet gathered a final time, heading away from Earth and towards the sun to its demise.
  • Walking in the savannah, the Tighs speak with Galen Tyrol a final time. He has decided to go to the northern highlands of Earth, what will likely be Ireland or Iceland. The scene shifts to the Tighs, partying back in Caprica City, once upon a time.

Act 9

  • On the plains, Bill Adama sits with Laura Roslin, watching herds of gazelle. Her vision weakening, she tries to use her glasses with the binoculars. "A very beautiful world," she says. When she asks what the name of the planet is, Adama tells her it's Earth. He adds, "Earth is a dream," believing that their new home, a long-sought destination, deserves the name.
  • Roslin's breathing becomes labored and shallow. Adama offers to give her a better look at the wildlife. He picks her up and carries her to a nearby Raptor.
  • Lee Adama and Kara Thrace notice and meet Bill Adama there. The Adamas hug, and Bill Adama gives Thrace a final greeting of "Nothing but the rain" before he hugs and kisses her. Thrace and Lee wave goodbye to a smiling Roslin as the Raptor ascends.
  • Lee realizes that his father isn't coming back. Kara Thrace tells Lee that she isn't coming back, either. "I just know that I am done here. I've completed my journey...and it feels good."
  • A flashback scene, back in Thrace's apartment, where Thrace dares Lee to make love to her on her dining room table. But before they could do anything, the crash of a glass partially awakens Zak, causing the two to realize what they were doing. They shake hands and say goodbye.
  • "Today is the first day of the rest of your life, Lee," Kara Thrace says. As Lee tells her of desire to explore and climb mountains, he turns to find that Kara Thrace has vanished, as if she were a ghost. "Goodbye, Kara," he says. "You won't be forgotten."
  • A flashback scene shows the pigeon that would be trapped in Lee's apartment after his visit to Kara and Zak. It looks at Lee and flies out of the window and away.
  • In another flashback from six years prior, Laura Roslin returns to stand by the side of the bed, thanks Sean Allison, but tells him that they will not meet this way again, and asks him to leave. As the man leaves, Roslin returns to her bathroom, lights a cigarette, then makes a phone call. She accepts the opportunity to work on Mayor Richard Adar's campaign.
  • Bill Adama's Raptor flies over flamingos. "So much..life," Laura Roslin says...her final words as she closes her eyes and quietly passes.
  • Moments go by before Bill realizes that she is gone.
  • In tears, Bill removes his wedding ring and places it on Laura's hand. "Right there...I'm going to build our cabin right there," he says, pointing to some hills.

Act 10

  • A line of people walk into the wilderness, calm and ready to take on the world.
  • The Agathons walk as well, Helo using a makeshift crutch, talking of hunting and other pleasantries. Hera runs about in play, a smile on her face.
  • Gaius Baltar and Caprica-Six look on at Hera playing as the Virtual Six and Baltar reappear. When Caprica-Six questions if the protection of Hera was all that God wanted of them, the Virtual Six replies, "God's plan is never complete." "Great..." Baltar replies sullenly.
  • Virtual-Baltar counters, "I think it's safe to say that, from now on, your lives will be less...eventful."
  • When Baltar points to some land, he recalls his heritage, and his father, and that he knows a bit about farming, to a bit of tears.
  • Bill Adama sits, looking out into the hills and valley. "I laid out the cabin today. It's going to have an easterly view. You should see the light that we get here. When the sun comes from behind those mountains. It's almost heavenly. It reminds me of you."
  • As he speaks, the camera pans up to show Adama, seated near the cairn he built for Laura Roslin's body.
  • The scene turns to show Hera playing and looking upward. Scenes of wood and desert and sea pass by in a geologic montage to reveal an Earth city--New York City--150,000 years ahead in time.
  • As a fly-over of the city appears, a voice-over of Virtual-Six reads from a magazine article of the Tanzanian discovery of the bones of what scientists believe our the remains of the mitochondrial Eve, the common ancestor of mankind.
  • As Ron D. Moore reads about the scientific discovery, the Virtual Six and Baltar look over his shoulder at a magazine article of the news, and reveal what they know...the bones are that of Hera Agathon, born of a Cylon mother and a human father. No other people on the street appear to notice them.
  • The two talk of the technology and decadence, of whether this Earth will repeat the mistakes of generations past and again become overwhelmed by their creations. The Six thinks not, believing it to be God's plan.
  • "You know it doesn't like that name," Baltar says. Six only looks back in mild defiance. "Silly. Silly me," he replies as the two walk away into the metropolis.
  • The episode concludes with scenes of robots, from toys to advanced automatons growing and evolving, as Jimi Hendrix's--Earth's popular version--of "All Along The Watchtower" plays.
  • The story ends.

Notes

  • A portion of this episode was being filmed in Kamloops, BC during the week of June 16, 2008. Local extras of all ages were utilized for this scene (or scenes) and were required to have an athletic build and a clean-cut look, or to be slim with long hair or dreadlocks. Extras were auditioned at Best Western room 137 (in Kamloops) on June 12th [6]. The rural area surrounding Kamloops was previously utilized to depict the algae planet in "The Eye of Jupiter" and "Rapture".
  • Although Part I had a runtime of one hour, Part II will run for two hours. An even longer cut of Daybreak will later be released on DVD. [7]
  • There was no final population count given after the engagement with the Cavil forces. However, there were no reported deaths by accident or violence before the engagement so the population count is most likely the same as it was in "Daybreak, Part I" before the attack on the Cylon Colony, 39,516.
  • There is a poetic ring to the nature of the conflict of the Second Cylon War. It began with the Cylon attack on Colonies nearly wiping out mankind. It ended with the Colonial attack on the Cylon Colony very likely wiping out the Cylons who didn't join with the humans. This is also in line with Romo Lampkin's observation of him being President of it being "Poetic justice" and Lee Adama's "What goes around, comes around" since Lampkin originally pushed him to be a politician.
  • Gaius Baltar, with deliberate forethought, gave Caprica Six the back door to the Colonial defenses. He still did not know Caprica Six was a Cylon, but he did commit willful corporate espionage knowing he would be punished for it.
  • This episode marks the deaths of Boomer, Cavil, Racetrack, Skulls, Tory Foster, Samuel Anders and Laura Roslin and the destruction of Cavil's forces. The Doral and Simon lines are also presumably wiped out, or at least decimated beyond recovery. Kara Thrace, having fulfilled her purpose, vanishes without a trace and her whereabouts are unknown. In detail:
    • Boomer was killed by Athena in revenge for taking Hera, sleeping with Helo and beating her in the lavatory.
    • Cavil took his own life in Galactica's CIC when his side lost.
      • It is unknown what happened to the other members of the Cavil/Number One line. The death of only a single Cavil is depicted.
    • Racetrack and Skulls's Raptor was stuck by a meteor penetrating their wind screen and striking them. Both Skulls and Racetrack were killed on impact. Racetrack's dead hand later hit the launch button that launched the nuclear missiles after her Raptor was hit again by a asteroid.
    • Tory was killed by Galen Tyrol in revenge for Tory killing his wife Cally after he learned Tory murdered her during the mutual and involuntary exchange of private information of the Final Five's minds while downloading Resurrection technology data to the Cavil forces.
    • Anders guided himself in Galactica and the Fleet into the Sun.
    • Roslin died of cancer as Adama was giving her a bird's eye view of their new home on second Earth in a Raptor.
    • Since they did not have either Cylon females or Resurrection the Cavil, Simon and Doral models on the various Cylon Baseships presumably died out after their natural life spans were exhausted.
    • Kara was presumably taken by the same force, probably God, that resurrected her.
  • This episode also marks the destruction of the Galactica and her Fleet.
  • Humanity, along with the Cylons, finally reaches its new homeworld, names it Earth, and the humans of today are the Colonials', and probably the Rebel Cylons', descendants 150,000 years later. The Leobens, Sixs and Sharon models from the Baseship joined the Colonials on the new Earth.
  • The tracing of the human blood line through Mitochondrial DNA to a common ancestor and dubbing her Mitochondrial Eve is a real theory. Mitochondrial Eve was the matrilineal most recent common ancestor, the most recent person in the female line that all of humanity can be said to be from.
    • In the series, Hera is Mitochondrial Eve, meaning that all of modern humanity is a combination of what the Colonials considered humanity and Cylon, thus fulfilling the prophecies about the "end" of the human race.
    • The fossilized remains are said to be of a young woman, indicating Hera does not live to see a middle age, though she has children before she dies. Specifically, she must have daughters to pass on her (Cylon) mitochondrial DNA.
  • The Centurions are granted full independence and subsequently depart in the rebel Baseship to pursue their own destiny. Their status 150,000 years later remains a mystery. The Colonials and humanoid Cylons believe it is unlikely they will be a threat, as they have no reason to bear a grudge this time around.
  • The Kodiak, the command ship of the Global Defence Initiative (GDI) faction from the computer game Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun is seen among the fleet in one establishing shot.
  • The final scene, like most of the rest of the series, was filmed in Vancouver, BC, and not in New York City at all. In the final scene with Angel Baltar and Six, "Bread Garden Bakery and Cafe", W Pender St, and Dunsmuir St are visible, all of which are within a couple blocks of each other along Granville St in downtown Vancouver. [1]

Analysis

  • The coordinates that Thrace enters, 1123 / 6536 / 5321 correspond to the notation of the Final Four theme [2]. The song is in a C# Phrygian scale (enharmonic with A major and F# minor). 1 represents C#, and each higher integer indicates the next note in the scale, such that
1 = C#
2 = D
3 = E
(4 = F#)
5 = G#
6 = A
(7 = B)
The linked graphic omits the first and last note of the theme, but both can be heard in the soundtrack during the jump montage. The second "five" (in the third chunk of four digits) corresponds to the tuplet G#/A/G#, effectively omitting the trill up to high A. Every note has the same duration except for the last two, which are twice the length of the others.
  • The Virtual Beings are angels of God who came to guide Baltar and Caprica Six in their destiny of protecting Hera.
  • Kara Thrace is an angel who was sent back from the dead to guide humanity to a new home the coordinates of which were hidden in The Music.
  • It is possible that some Baseships of Ones, Fours, and Fives were not at the Colony when it was destroyed, given the fact that they were observed jumping in and out of the system by Racetrack and Skulls. However, as noted in the "Notes" section it is unlikely that the Cavil, Simon and Doral lines will continue without Cylon females. The Threes are extinct with the last copy D'Anna Biers herself dying on the original Earth; Boomer killed in the Colony (and in anycase couldn't single handedly save the lines even if she were alive); and the last Sixes and Eights staying with the humans on the second Earth. However, there is the possibility of having a few remaining human females from the survivors of the various Colonial worlds including Caprica being viable, so the lines could in theory continue. However, given the total lack of success in the forced breeding of Cylons and humans and the Cavil, Dorals and Simon's cynical view of love, an apparent requirement of conception between both Cylon-Cylon and Cylon-human combinations, it is unlikely.
  • On the second Earth Hera's mate that produced children was most likely human. Saul Tigh and the Leobens would be too old for her. While it was fairly common in ancient times for the men to be far older than their brides (particularly with royalty), for example with the female being as young as 12 and and the male being say 60 to take an extreme, Colonial mores, which are much like our own in real life, would forbid the Leobens from sexual congress with Hera when she reach the accepted reproductive age. On the other hand there were many human children about her age and slightly older in the Fleet. She could had also had children with a human child unborn at the time of the landing on Second Earth perhaps within five years to ten years of her age. It is possible that other hybrid children could had been born after the landing given that the Twos, Sixes, and Eights joined the humans. And it is possible that pure Cylon children could had been born to the age compatible Sixes, Eights, and Leobens but as noted in the series it is difficult if not impossible for a pure Cylon child to come to term making any pool of pure Cylon children that were successfully born very small. Cylon-Human mating with a human male with a Six or a Sharon is very possible with the example of Hera herself an significantly more likely than with a Cylon-Cylon birth, but it is harder than with human-human pairings making any pool of those pairing while much more likely and larger than Cylon-Cylon offspring, still quite small number compared to pure human offspring. Therefore Hera's offspring is most likely with a human. A more remote possibility is with another Cylon-human hybrid. Her producing children with a pure Cylon offspring is the least likely since pure Cylons are the least likely to exist.
  • Ronald D. Moore appears as himslef holding a National Geographic magazine in New York City. With this scene the series Battlestar Galactica becomes part of itself as Ronald D. Moore later creates the series with the knowledge of mitochondrial Eve.
  • The shelters erected by the Colonials on Earth resemble Quonset huts, World War II-era temporary structures.
  • The final scenes of this episode, in fast-forwarding through time and attempting to set the entire work as a backstory, make the ending similar to that of the film How the West Was Won.
  • There are at least two distinct angels. They have known each other long and born witness to Kobol and the original Earth, as well as the Twelve Colonies and the new Earth. They can walk around and observe events even when no one else present can see them.
  • In another piece of irony, the two beings most directly responsible for the attack and destruction of the 12 Colonies, Gaius Baltar and Caprica Six, get to live on a lush green New Earth in love with each other.
  • Even if humanity does repeat the cycle, Lee Adama's plan would seem to have had some success, because it will have taken much, much longer to do so this time around.

Questions

  • What becomes of the Centurions?
    • Do they go after the remnants of Cavil's forces, or go their separate ways?
    • Will the freed Centurions eventually develop their own humanoid forms, or develop in a completely other direction?
    • If there are descendants of the Centurions 150,000 years later, do they remember their history?
  • Did any copies of Cavil, Doral, or Simon survive?
  • Why does Cavil choose to commit suicide?
  • What becomes of the Baseships seen orbiting the Colony?
  • Are any other human-Cylon hybrids born on Earth, or do the Twos, Sixes, and Eights remain childless?
  • If "it" doesn't like to be called God, what does "it" like to be called?
  • Will modern humans discover remains of Colonial technology such as Raptors?
  • Why do the angels still look like Baltar and Six 150,000 years later?
  • Will humanity repeat the Cycle?
  • Are Thrace and Anders together after Thrace's disappearance?
  • Can Thrace ever return again?
  • Do Baltar and Caprica-Six marry? Do they go into isolation like Adama and Tyrol, or will they be near a human colony?
  • Since Caprica Six and Gaius Baltar genuinely love each other, do they eventually have a child?
  • Do Adama and Tyrol stay isolated for the rest of their lives?
  • Why was Romo Lampkin chosen as President? Wouldn't a member of the Quorum of Captains have been selected?
  • What became of the remaining prisoners aboard the Astral Queen? Were they sent out amongst the rest of the human population, or were all of them deposited in some geographical area completely isolated from the other humans?
  • Were any of the groups provided with medicine, or medical training or at least someone with medical knowledge before spreading out among the world?
  • Is God related to the Lords of Kobol or something completely different?
  • Why did the First Hybrid not want humanity to follow Thrace?
  • How many angels are there? Are the ones that resemble Six and Baltar the same as those that appeared to the Final Five and Thrace, or distinct?
  • Why have angels not been appearing to the Final Five since Old Earth's destruction, only to Baltar, Six, and Thrace?
  • Since the notes of All Along the Watchtower lead to Earth, do they still serve a purpose on Earth?
  • Will analysis of Hera's remains reveal that she was not a normal human?
  • Is the evolution of humans on two planets due to the same divine hand that's been guiding other events?
  • Does human life evolve on planets other than Kobol and the new Earth?
  • Who did Hera eventually have children with? A human or a Cylon?
  • Was it coincidence or divine intervention that an asteroid caused Racetrack's hand to hit the launch button for the nuclear weapons at the exact right moment?
  • Why was Galactica able to jump without retracting its flight pods when escaping from the Colony? Did this cause Galactica to break its backbone?
  • Will modern humanity venture out into space and discover places such as Kobol, the original Earth, the Twelve Colonies, and New Caprica?
  • How close are the two Earths? The Tomb of Athena starmap showed constellations known on the second Earth, but was supposed to have been the sky as seen from the first. Does this mean they are very close indeed?
  • Why was Starbuck not aware of her true nature until after her role had been fulfilled?
  • In what part of Earth (a northerly island with "highlands") did Galen Tyrol settle? Scotland?
  • What is the nature of Starbuck's journey to the First Earth, crash, and return in the unscathed Viper? How did she "jump" to its coordinates? If her return was engineered by God to use her as an angel and bring humanity to Earth, why do so in a way that raised more questions about how it occurred than it answered?
  • In what way, if any, did Starbuck fulfill her destiny as the "harbinger of death" that would lead humanity to its "end"?
  • How did the proto-Greek polytheistic religion of the Colonies survive nearly 150,000 years before being revived in garbled form with the rise of Greek civilization? Did it die out in practice but return through the universal subconscious?
  • In what way, if any, did the Cylons' monotheistic religion and the Colonies' polytheistic religion intertwine? Did they coexist peacefully, or were there conflicts? Do modern monotheistic religions trace their traditions ultimately to those of the Cylons and the Cult of Baltar?
  • During the lie detector test in the flashback scene of William Adama's attempt to secure a civilian job, why did the interrogator ask him if he was a Cylon? At that point in history, it was unknown that the Cylons had humanoid appearance.
  • Even after committing the fleet to destruction, there are still serviceable Raptors on the surface of Earth, which are jump-capable. Would any of the surviving humans or Cylons come to regret having settled on a primitive world without technology and decide to return to the stars in search of resources or other habitable planets? Is there any tylium available on Earth?
  • Assuming that (as Tigh indicated to Adama in Revelations) the Final Five Cylons age but the rest do not, what will become of Caprica-Six, Athena, and any other survivors of the non-Final Five models? How will Helo and Baltar cope with the non-aging of their spouses as they themselves age?
  • How is it possible that Hera is the genetic ancestor of all modern humans, unless in the course of history her offspring and their lines completely obliterated all the lines of the native Earth-evolved humans and those of all the rest of the Colonial fleet?

Official Statements

Noteworthy Dialogue

"Silly me.... silly, silly me."
--Virtual Baltar in the last line of the series.

"Not to rush you or anything, but you are keeping two entire civilizations waiting!"
--Cavil to the Final Five

"Frak!"
--Cavil's last word before he blows his brains out.

"Can we not tell her the plan?"
"Right." (Athena kills Boomer)
--Starbuck and Athena about Boomer before Athena kills her.

"There must be some kind of way out of here."
--Starbuck attempting to figure out the jump coordinates.

"All of this has happened before..."
"But does it all have to happen again?"
--Virtual Six and Virtual Baltar speculating if the cycle will continue.

Guest Stars

References