Battlestar Galactica (2003)/Kobol's Last Gleaming (2)

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Kobol's Last Gleaming (2)
Season 1, Episode 13
Airdate • January 24, 2005 (UK)
• April 1, 2005 (USA)
Production Number
Teleplay by Ronald D. Moore
Story by David Eick
Director(s) Michael Rymer
Fleet Survivors 47,887
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Battlestar Galactica (2003)Season One

Kobol's Last Gleaming (2) is the thirteenth episode of the first season of Battlestar Galactica.

Starring: Edward James Olmos (Commander William Adama), Mary McDonnell (Laura Roslin), Katee Sackhoff (Lt. Kara "Starbuck" Thrace), Jamie Bamber (Captain Lee "Apollo" Adama), James Callis (Dr. Gaius Baltar), Tricia Helfer (Number Six), Grace Park (Lt. Sharon "Boomer" Valerii)

Secondary Stars: Michael Hogan (Colonel Saul Tigh), Aaron Douglas (Chief Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Kandyse McClure (PO Dualla), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Sam Witwer (Crashdown)

Guest Star: Lorena Gale (Elosha)

Cast: Alonso Oyarzun (Socinus), Nicki Clyne (Cally), Jim Shield (Karma), Warren Christie (Ground Crew #1), Jen Halley (Ground Crew #2), Leah Cairns (Racetrack)


Plot Summary

Cylon Raiders shoot down a Raptor from the Galactica over Kobol. Back on Caprica, Helo, Caprica-Boomer and Starbuck meet up at Delphi, and on Galactica.


Arc Advancement


  • Learning that Roslin coerced Kara into taking the Raider to Caprica, Adama asks her for her resignation. She refuses, which leads to Adama sending a strike team to arrest her. However, she backs down and surrenders. She is put in the brig.
  • Adama approaches Boomer about a mission to take a Raptor with a Cylon transponder and using it to get close and use a nuke on the basestar. Despite a hiccup in the execution, it's a success and the basestar is destroyed.
  • Kara makes it to Caprica and finds the Arrow of Apollo.
  • Number Six takes Baltar through the ruins and shows him a vision of the opera house that once was to show him "the shape of things to come." On stage is a cradle and she claims the first member of their family will be with them soon.
  • As Adama congratulates her for her job well done, Boomer pulls out her gun and shoots him twice in the torso before she is tackled to the ground.


  • Everyone is alive in the Raptor that crashed on Kobol is alive, although Socinus is seriously injured.
  • Sharon reveals to Helo that she's pregnant.
  • Boomer enters the landing bay where she is confronted with multiple copies of herself, confirming to horror that she is in fact a Cylon.
  • Lee essentially commits mutiny and puts a gun to Tigh's head in refusing to depose Roslin. He is arrested.
  • Kara is reunited with Helo, but horrified when she sees another copy of Sharon. He prevents Kara from shooting her.
  • Six tells Baltar that his destiny is to be the protector and guardian of the next generation of God's children.



The Show

Behind the Scenes

  • Originally, Baltar was to be confronted by a cigar-smoking character calling himself God, and was intended for Dirk Benedict who played Starbuck in the original series. However, the idea was scrapped for generally going too far.

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • When talking to Crashdown about "tactical employment", the Chief's hands go from hanging at his side to being on his hips between cuts.
  • A specific camera shot shows a crew member as Kara prepares and shoots the glass case of the Arrow of Apollo.


  • Sharon: I have feelings.
Helo: You have software.
Sharon: I don't know if you can hear this or not, Helo, but what we had between us was important. It was very important.
Helo: Why?
Sharon: Because it was the next step. Because it brings us closer to God.
Helo: Don't mock the Gods. It's a human belief. I'm human. They're our gods.
Sharon: But beyond that, I just want you to know that I genuinely feel something for you.
Helo: I don't care. I don't love you. I loved what I thought was you.
Sharon: Helo, I think there's something else that you should know. I'm pregnant.
  • Tigh: (to Roslin) I'm placing you under arrest.
Lee: No. No, we're not doing this.
Tigh: I'm in command here, Captain.
Lee: Colonel, this is wrong!
Tigh: You're relieved! Fall back. Madam President, I would --
Lee: (pulls a gun on Tigh) Men, lay down your weapons.
Tigh: Have you lost your frakking mind?
Lee: Colonel, tell these marines to fall back!
Tigh: This is mutiny. You know that.
Lee: Yes I do, but you can tell my father that I'm listening to my instincts, and my instincts tell me that we cannot sacrifice our democracy just because the President makes a bad decision.