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Writer's Guide


This is the eight page Battlestar Galactica Writer's guide. I've transcribed it verbatim, all spellings, capitalization and page breaks are as they were in the original. The numbers in some of the margins are shorthand for Universal's production numbers for the episodes. For example, 902 refers to 50902, The Long Patrol.

You'll find terms here that never made it to the final edits of the episodes. Conversely, there are terms used in the episodes that do not appear in this guide. You'll also find that some of the definitions of terms here contradict the context the terms were used in and some spellings that defy the pronunciations uttered on the show.

The bottom line is, it is what it is. Enjoy.

Chris

10/2/78

GALACTICA

TERMINOLOGY SHEET

*Recurring Characters

MAIN CAST
*ADAMA - Commander of the Galactica and Rag Tag Fleet. Father of Apollo and Athena
*APOLLO - Adama's elder son - Captain of Blue Squadron
*STARBUCK - Lieutenant - Fighter pilot, pursued by both Athena and Cassieopia
*BOOMER - Lieutenant - Unflappable pilot and companion of Apollo and Starbuck
*ATHENA - Adama's Daughter - shuttle pilot, bridge officer - in love with Starbuck
*COLONEL TIGH - Second in command to Adama
*BOXEY - Apollo's son, after his marriage to Serina
*MUFFIT - Drone replacement of Boxey's daggit (dog) who was killed in the Cylon attack
*CASSIOPEA - Socialator turned medical corpsman - in love with Starbuck
*BALTAR - Traitor to humans, works with Cylons
*RIGEL - Launch controller
*OMEGA - Bridge operations coordinator
SERINA - News reporter - Boxey's mom - marries Apollo
JOLLY - Hefty, good-natured flight sergeant
GILES - Handsome flight sergeant
GREENBEAN - Thin flight sergeant
*IMPERIOUS LEADER - Reptilian leader of Cylons
*VULPA - Cylon Commander
*LUCIFER - Highly developed series Cylon, right arm to Baltar

TERMS

902

AGRO PARTS - Items used by farmers

902

AMBROSA - Scotch type drink, delicious, rare and very valuable - NOTE: DO NOT PRONOUNCE "AMBROSIA"

ASTRALONS - Meteor-like substances damaging to starships

BATTLESTAR - Immense fighter ship, a spatial aircraft carrier and battleship combined

CLAXON - Siren or warning bell

COLONY - Planet

908

CONSUMABLES - Cylon word for food

904

CRAWLON - Spider

904

CRYOGENIC SUSPENSION - Process of freezing humans in cryogen tubes until source of their infection can be determined

CUBIT - Gold coin, used for money

904

DECONTAMINATION - Process which all pilots must undergo on returning form a space mission

202

DI-ETHANE - Type of blizzardy storm

202

EDICT OF EXTERMINATION - Cylon's commitment to eradicate the humanoids

904

FUMARELLO - Cigar

GOLDEN CLUSTER - Humans' highest battle award

GROG - Rum-like beverage

902

HYDRONIC MUSHIES - Very tasty health food

904

INSTRUCTIONAL PERIOD - School

202

K BISCUIT - Snack food

LANDRAM - Transport vehicle used on surfaces

902

LASER GENERATORS - Starship mechanism that fires the lasers

908

LUPUS - Wolf-like animal

904

MAGNETIC SEA (OR ABYSS) - Endless black void in space

MINE - Hive-like structures on Carillon where Chosen Creatures extract tylium

TERMS - 2

908

NUMO - Compressed air gun, ineffective except for short distance shooting

908

OVINES - Sheep-like animals

902

PERFECT PYRAMID - Probably like a royal flush; i.e. a winning hand at cards

PLUTON - Poisonous substance generated from fallout of neutron elements which contaminates food

PRIMARIES - Basic, healthy food

202

PULSAR - (ALSO KNOWN AS ULTIMATE WEAPON, RAVASHOL LASER) Located on the asteroid, Arcta, invented by Dr. Ravashol, originally to communicate across the galaxy. In Cylon hands, converted to the most powerful weapon in the star system.

204

SEAL - Marry (used interchangeably)

904

SIMULATOR - Control Room aboard the Galactica where pilots train in simulated viper cockpits

SOCIALATOR - A great date

SOLIUM - Liquid substance used to propel vehicles

SOLENITE - Powerful explosive

BOOK OF STRATEGY - Fighter pilots' manual

202

SNOW RAM - Land vehicle for use on sub-zero planets

902

TOP PRIORITY SCRAMBLED CODE - Method of relaying messages from space vehicles back to Galactica

202

TULIPIAN BUDS - A side dish

TYLIUM - Volatile, valuable resource mined on Carillon

905

VALCRON - Simple, cotton-type material used for curtains, etc.

902

VAPOR POINT - Point at which any element vaporizes

WEAPONSTURBOLASER - Viper weapon
LASER - Holstered gun, fires blast of light
SHORT-SPANS, COMAS, BRAIN CRYSTALS - Chemical weapons, usually encapsulated, which produce result suggested by their names

WARSHIP OF THE SUNSTORM - Gemonese religious ceremony noted for physical contact between genders

WARBOOK - Visual reference library of all characteristics of enemy warships

EXPRESSIONS

Cut through the feldergarb - Eliminate the bull

Frack! - an expletive

Sniff plant vapors - Similar to "Take drugs"

"By your leave" - Cylon response to Imperious Leader commands

902

Scare the pogees out of - Frighten

902

Jar my chips - Shake me up

902

For Sagan's sake - For God's sake

902

Eating ion vapors - Eating the dust of a passing fighter plane

BEINGS

HUMANS - All main characters - former inhabitants of Caprica and other planets destroyed by Cylons

HUMAMOIDS - Cylon name for humans

CYLONS - Armor-covered, robotized race bent on destroying all humans

CENTURIONS - Cylon G.I.'s

COUNCIL OF THE TWELVE - Legislative quorum of representatives from all twelve planets or colonies

ALLIANCE - Evil group of Cylons, Chosen Creatures, etc., who work together to destroy the humans

OVIONS - Insect-like inhabitants of Carillon, totally communal and without emotion

908

OVINERS - Farming/ranching people on Equellus

OTORIS - A religious sect among the Gemonis who believe in physical contact between genders only ceremonies

HASARIS - Small group at one time given aid by humans (similar to foreign aid)

LORDS OF KOBOL - Governing and religious leaders of ancestors, from whom all humans evolved

TUCANAS - Feline, three-dimensional creatures - singers on Carillon

DRONES - Computerized units which can be fashioned to resemble humans or animals

DAGGITS - Dogs

CHOSEN CREATURES - Inhabitants of Carillon who employ slaves to do their menial tasks

902

ORIGINAL SINNERS - Residents of Proteus Prison, incarcerated and names for crimes their ancestors committed. Supplied with ambrosa from their captors, they naively believe they are still helping the thirteen colonies' war effort

PLANETS/PLACES

902

AERIES - Planet of Aerians

CAPRICA - Former planet of humans

902

CROTAN - Agricultural planet

CARILLON - Food and fuel stop for humans in their search for Earth - opulent, pleasure-palace planet of Ovions

CLUB ELITE - Private starship accommodations of Sire Uri

CYLON - Planet of Cylons

902

CYRANUS GALAXY - Galaxy of Caprica and other planets destroyed by the Cylon invasion

EARTH - The thirteenth colony, sought as a sanctuary by humans fleeing Cylons

908

EQUELLUS - Old West-type planet where Apollo is temporarily stranded

GEMONI - Planet of Gemons

908

HATARI SYSTEM - Star system containing Equellus

KALPA - The ice planet

904

KOBOL - Planet of human origin, only tombs of Lords exist there now

NOVA OF MADAGON - Dangerous, blindingly bright alternate route to Carillon

PICON - Planet of Picons

902

PROTEUS PRISON - Place where Original Sinners are held

902

QUOTARA - Magnificent star cluster where Rising Star sailed before the war

SAGITARIA - Planet of Sagitarians

SCORPION - Planet of Scorpions

TAURON - Planet of Taurons

VIRGON - Planet of Virgons

SYSTEM OF MEASURES

TIMES

Centon - (sentonn) - equivalent of a minute

Micron - a tenth of a centon

Yahren - a year

Millenium - a thousand years

DISTANCES

Metron (mettron) - approximately one meter

Parsec (parseck) - 90 million miles (distance between sun & Earth)

Hectare (hecktarr) - nine million miles

WEIGHTS

Megon - (meggon) - a ton

VEHICLES

RAG TAG FLEET - Vehicles carrying surviving humans away from Cylons

TRANS STELLAR SPACE SERVICE - Spaceship

GEMONI GREIGHT - Immense passenger vehicle

ALPHA SHUTTLE & STARLINER - Transport ships

TUARON BUS LINES - Small space trams

RISING STAR - Luxury liner with Astral Restaurant

SANITATION SHIP - Space-age garbage truck

Also - Inter-galactic passenger liners, freighters, tankers, buses, air taxis, troop carriers, ships of burden

GALACTICA - Super-speed carrier/battleship, sole surviving battleship of colonies

COLONIAL VIPERS - Single seater fighter planes capable of exceeding light speed

MINERAL SHIPS - Landram party (landing party) ships on Carillon

RECON VIPER - Superspeed, unarmed, inter-stellar exploration ship equipped with audio activated computer named CORA

SHUTTLE - Sub-light vehicle used to transport people or equipment
[Cylon Raider] [Colonial Viper]

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