Battlestar Galactica

War of the Gods (1) - S1-E15

Continuity mistake: The show uses made-up terms similar to metric system terminology when remarking about measures of distance and time. Roughly speaking, microns tend to refer to seconds, while centons refer to hours. But here, when Count Iblis enters the communications area and the video screens malfunction, Athena comments that everything was fine "a few centons ago", suggesting hours, when it was only seconds ago that the trouble started. (00:18:50)

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Saga of a Star World (1) - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Apollo asks Zac, "How many of them can you make out?", Zac looks at his targeting screen and replies, "Four." However, the screen displays five. The ensuing battle proves Zach is correct with four, meaning the film makers inserted an incorrect targeting screen graphic. (00:10:30)

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The Lost Warrior - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: When Bootes throws a tantrum at the bar, he knocks two hats off the bar and his mug falls over directly in front of him. When the shot changes to an angle from behind him, his mug is standing and one of the hats is back on the bar. (00:36:30)

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The Lost Planet of the Gods (1) - S1-E4

Continuity mistake: When Boxey plays with Muffit, a red chair on the right sits away from the wall and turned slightly. Boxey and Muffit leave the room as Serina and Apollo argue, and when Apollo walks toward the chair, it is not turned as much and is much closer to the wall. (00:24:20 - 00:25:55)

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The Long Patrol - S1-E7

Revealing mistake: When Apollo fires at Robber, his shot hits a pillar, knocking a chunk of it off. As he runs behind the pillar, a circular device dangles from a wire in the damaged part of the pillar- the remnants of the effects charge that was used to cause the damage. (00:33:45)

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Greetings from Earth (2) - S1-E20

Revealing mistake: The "hovercraft" Starbuck arrives in with Hector is bouncing over the terrain, very obviously riding on wheels and not air. (00:20:15)

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The Lost Warrior - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: When Tigh enters Adama's quarters, the photo frame holding Apollo and Athena's pictures is sitting on the desk. Next shot, Adama has it in his hands. Cut again, it's back on the desk. (00:28:35)

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The Living Legend (2) - S1-E13

Revealing mistake: When the "drop team" shuttle passes over the Cylon city of Gamoray, the city lights below are a reuse of the graphic in Episode One that represented the human city of Caprica City. (00:14:00)

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The Gun on Ice Planet Zero (2) - S1-E9

Revealing mistake: After an avalanche, Apollo gets off a guy he has sheltered. Around them, in the fake snow, are several chunks of ice or snow. As Apollo moves forward, note how they move less like snow, and just like the Styrofoam that they actually are. (00:29:25)

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Fire in Space - S1-E14

Revealing mistake: When Apollo and Starbuck are space walking outside of Galactica, the ropes holding them up can be seen. (00:34:05)

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The Lost Planet of the Gods (2) - S1-E5

Revealing mistake: When Galactica arrives at what they believe is the planet Kobol, Adama, Apollo and Serina all go down to the surface. As they approach the ruins in several shots from behind, the three are obviously, almost laughably, replaced by stand-ins. Adama's white hair is enormous, almost helmet-like, and Apollo's is nearly as bad. Serina's famously long, rump-length hair is suddenly much shorter and she has no gun on her right hip. When the three are seen entering a shot from the left, the normal actors are back, including Jane Seymour's abundant brown hair and her gun. The stand-ins appear again later, in all the exterior shots obviously filmed in Egypt. The normal stars were filmed on studio sets. (00:18:20)

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Saga of a Star World (1) - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When the Vipers come to Galactica's rescue, an interior shot shows a pilot hitting the 'Turbo' button. The next exterior shot shows two Vipers pulling upward as we hear the familiar sound of the Turbos- but no white exhaust is emitted by these two Vipers as normally seen when Turbo is used. Seconds later in the same shot, the sound is heard again as two more Vipers turn right, but they do display the white exhaust effect. (02:07:40)

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The Long Patrol - S1-E7

Other mistake: The very first shot of the episode shows the Galactica is coming through a cloud of "asteroid dust". The ship is intermittently obscured by the black dust, yet the stars in the background remain perfectly visible- barely a flicker as the dust passes through the shot. (00:02:40)

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Fire in Space - S1-E14

Plot hole: In order to extinguish an enormous fire aboard the Galactica, multiple explosives are placed on the exterior hull that are then detonated, opening the ship's interior to the vacuum of space and thus suffocating the flames instantly. No explanation is given for how everything is fine immediately after, yet everyone is up and around, breathing just fine. No holes to repair, etc.

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Saga of a Star World (1) - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: As the Vipers join in the defense of the Galactica, an exterior shot zooms in on the side of Galactica, showing that her name is missing from the front side of her port landing bay. (02:07:55)

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The Gun on Ice Planet Zero (1) - S1-E8

Revealing mistake: When the 'snow ram' loses power and stops, the crew jumps out to see what has happened. The snow surface behind the ram is undisturbed and trackless, as if the ram has been stationary long enough for its tracks to be erased. This is because it is actually on a set and has not moved at all. (00:34:00)

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The Long Patrol - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: Starbuck and Cassiopeia stand looking out the window. In the wide shot, her back is to his front, his arms around her waist. In the close-up shot, they are suddenly face-to-face, her hand toying with the trim on his cloak. (00:05:15)

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The Long Patrol - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: When Apollo asks Adama if he was ever like Boxey, Adama replies "Worse". The two characters are standing well apart, each leaning forward with both hands on a railing, shown from the front. When the shot changes to show them from behind, Adama has his arm around Apollo, hand on his shoulder. (00:03:45)

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Fire in Space - S1-E14

Continuity mistake: Sheba is wearing her Pegasus helmet when her viper launches. But most of the in-flight shots show her wearing a Galactica helmet (and a few with the Pegasus version). (00:03:50 - 00:05:40)

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Saga of a Star World (1) - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: In the second shot showing the fleet of Battlestars (from the port side and slightly behind), the closest ship has a blank nameplate on the front of the landing bay where all the ships normally have their names displayed. In the next shot, a close-up shows this plate now says, "Atlantia". (00:02:45)

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Commander Adama: Mr. President, a wall of unidentified craft is closing in on the fleet.
Baltar: Possibly a Cylon welcoming commitee.
Commander Adama: Sir, may I suggest we launch a 'welcoming commitee' of our own?

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Trivia: The pilot crests (worn by Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict, among others) on their collars were actually U.S. Army Military Intelligence Class A uniform crests.

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