Why Battlestar Galactica's Science Advisor Signed Off On The 'Worst Science' The Show Ever Did

Why Battlestar Galactica's Science Advisor Signed Off On The 'Worst Science' The Show Ever Did

When I first got the script for 'Exodus Part 2,' the fourth episode of Battlestar Galactica's third season. There’s that part where Galactica does 'The Adama Maneuver,' or the belly flop, when it literally plummets through the atmosphere of New Caprica. And what I said, in my notes, was ‘There’s nothing about this works. Galactica would break up. I don’t care what it’s made of. Since we’re going to real science, no really weird materials, it would break up. It would break up. When the Vipers tried to launch, you would slam into that plasma sheath and they would just get shattered.’ All the details – it would tumble. There’s no amount of thrusters that’s gonna keep it from tumbling. I went into all the details. And then I finished with ‘Owing to the extreme coolness of this, go for it, because I want to see that.’ And do you know how many people complaints we got online? Zero. One of the worst science moments we had, but it was cool. And so people gave it a pass because it was cool.