BSG Science

The Science of Battlestar Galactica
by Patrick Di Justo (2010)


The official guide to the science behind the Battlestar Galactica universe.

This book postulates three laws of ‘The Science of Battlestar Galactica”…
First Law – It’s just a show, relax
Second Law – Space is mostly empty. That’s why it’s called space
Third Law – All this has happened before and it will happen again.

The first should really be ‘Oops, we forgot about that science/engineering/logic when we wrote this’.
The second was stolen from Carl Sagan. And the third is not science but a narrative comment, only making sense within the BSG world and when you have finished the series.

So at the start, this feels like a justification for the science (or lack thereof) used in BSG. The biggest problem I had with the show was why can’t you distinguish between Humans and Cylons.
This is explained by postulating that they used fibre optics and silicon based systems. It’s a bit weak as you still need electronics for signal processing and transmission. I didn’t buy it !

When the book advances to Physics and Cosmology, the authors really shows their expertise. A lot of it I knew, but there was plenty of interesting stuff to read about. The best bits were the comparisons between the BSG military equipment and that used currently by the USA forces.

So Say We All !!

Caprica 3

Rebirth (2010-01-29)


It is now one month since the bombing, and Zoe is having problems distinguishing her real self from her virtual self. Lacy is approached by Sister Clarice Willow, the head of Zoe and Lacy’s school, the Athena Academy, and also a member of the STO cult, who takes a special interest in her. Joseph struggles to connect to his son William, who begins spending time more with his uncle Samuel.

The first problem here is the the decision to cut between depictions of the robot as mechanical and human (using the actor). One switch is all it needs to remind the audience that the robot contains the virtual girl, then the rest can be done with the mechanical prop. But they repeatedly cut between the two. It becomes annoying and at times creepy, especially as the robot is over 2m tall, where the girl is probably 1.6-1.7m.

The second issue is the actions of the mother at the end . This makes no sense (unless she has a death wish). She is portrayed as reserved and introverted, then at the end behaves completely the opposite way.


Caprica 1 & 2

Pilot (2010-01-22)


Caprica is an American science fiction television series. It is a prequel spin-off to the Syfy channel’s series Battlestar Galactica which ran from 2003 to 2009. Set 58 years before the events seen in Battlestar Galactica, Caprica depicts life in Colonial society and shows how humanity first created the robotic Cylons who would later plot to destroy the human race.

It starts with a common trope, the scientist who looses a loved one and will do anything to replace her. Half way into this 2 hour start things were looking like a re-telling of the Frankenstein story.

However the different ending, where the daughter is “reborn’ in a military robot gave it a new twist and hopefully prospects for an engaging story to come.

The other thing that made no sense, They have a house robot that moved, interprets speech and interacts with people. It can carry out commands, so why is it the IQ driving this device is not good enough for the military application the scientist is working on ?



Spy is a 2015 American action comedy spy film written and directed by Paul Feig. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney, and Jude Law, the film follows the transformation of desk-bound CIA analyst Susan Cooper (McCarthy) into a field agent who attempts to foil the black market sale of a suitcase nuke.

Produced by Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Feig and Jessie Henderson, the film was theatrically released on June 5, 2015. It received praise from critics and was a box office success. It was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards: Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for McCarthy.

This is a comedy movie that doesn’t resort to toilet humour for laughs. It’s got a good script and action pieces, including a few surprisingly good fights featuring McCarthy. Miranda Hart is good, playing herself (as seen on her TV series). Allison Janney also does a great job in a more dramatic role (I have only seen her on the comedy Mom). Jude Law is suitably smarmy as the top CIA agent. But it’s Jason Statham that almost steals the show with his foul-mouth, hard as nuts agent. He really knows how comedy works.

So overall a rare thing… a good comedy.



Dark Lord’s Empire

Empire (The Dark Lord’s Handbook #3)
by Paul Dale (2017)

Conquer the world—check. Assume the title Dark Lord Emperor—check. Job done. Or not so done. Morden Deathwing thought he could kick back and enjoy holding sway over the world but no. There just wasn’t pleasing some people. Something was going to have to be done. Something drastic.

The Dark Lord’s Handbook: Empire is the concluding chapter of The Dark Lord’s Handbook trilogy.

The final book is the series has the tone of an epic fantasy novel, instead of the more satirical first two. There is still the commentary chapters that are amusing, but it’s the characters that provide the humour. His ex-wife Griselda is a lot of fun, orcs and elves behave as expected. If you have read the first two, you will need to complete the trilogy.


BSG Plan

Battlestar Galactica – The Plan (2010-01-10)

As two John Cavil Cylons wait to be blown out of a Galactica airlock, they discuss their opposing opinions on the plan to annihilate humankind. They reflect on their own experiences with the humans since the attack on the Twelve Colonies, their roles in the orchestration of the Cylon agents onboard the Galactica, and efforts to sabotage the resistance effort on Caprica come to light. The film provides an alternate perspective on many events already known to the viewer.

Essentially a repeat of the first season. This re-uses shots to re-tell from the Cylons point of view. Dean Stockwell get to do most of the work, and shows his talents. Ultimately, it adds little to the story previously told.


BSG 4.21 Daybreak

Daybreak Parts 1, 2 & 3 (ending 2009-03-21)

A series of pre-Cylon attack flashbacks delve into past situations of Caprica Six’s involvement in caring for Baltar’s elderly father, Roslin’s sudden loss of her family in an accident, and Lee Adama’s passionate feelings for Starbuck, who is dating his brother Zak. In the present, Anders reveals the location of Cavil’s base and Adama decides to take Galactica on one final mission to rescue Hera.

Admiral Adama leads Galactica’s final battle and rescues Hera from the Cylon Colony. Starbuck draws upon the meaning of Hera’s musical notes to lead the fleet to a habitable world. The fate of the fleet and its relationship to modern day Earth is revealed

Are we to understand that  all of BSG takes place in the distant past. The earth referred to is in fact a parallel earth, where humans evolved and the ending is 150,000 years in our past. Hence the Hera is the Eve of our ancestors.


Is does it take place in the future where everyone takes a giant leap back in time at the end to seed the humans and everything is just a great loop in time ?

Either way, the sermon at the end felt like it had been tacked on.


BSG 4.20 Stars

Islanded in a Stream of Stars (2009-03-06)

Boomer’s Raptor escape damages Galactica when she jumps too close to the hull. Admiral Adama makes the crucial decision to abandon ship and puts Lee in charge of offloading equipment to the rest of the fleet. As Starbuck searches for the meaning behind the “Cylon song”, Baltar tries to expose her return from the dead as proof of life after death.