Colonial Day is the 11th episode of the 2004 TV series, Battlestar Galactica. It aired during the show's first season.
The refugee ship, Cloud 9, has completed repairs and is set to host the inauguration of the newly-appointed of Quorum of Twelve, the upper house of the Colonial government where every colony has an equal vote no matter its size. A team of three journalists, James McNamus; Playa Palacios and Sekou Hamilton represent the "Colonial Gang", a new political commentary show. The three, considered by McNamus to be the only remaining legitimate journalists in the fleet, takes disparate opinions of the current evens. Palacios commends President Laura Roslin for restablishing the democratic process, but McNamus derides the Quorum as a rubber-stamp cunjoured up by a "power-mad schoolteacher" to give the air of legitimacy; Hamilton meanwhile disapproves of McNamus' comments that the Quorum are all Roslin "cronies", as half the colonies are yet to receive a delegate. McNamus continues, insisting all were picked by the Presidential aide Wallace Gray and the entire process is nothing more than a publicity stunt. The three turn to discussing Gray; McNamus considers him the architect of Roslin's career, despite calling her power-mad, which Palacios objects to, while Hamilton insists Gray is a positive force as it is thanks to his experience the cargo distribution system has been established.
President Roslin turns off her radio onboard Colonial One in disgust, as Gray enters the room. Billy Keikeya runs into the room to turn the wireless back on after receiving a tip - McNamus reports that the Sagittarons in the fleet have named Tom Zarek as their representative (which itself contradicts his earlier claim of all delegates being appointed through Roslin or indeed Gray). McNamus is entirely in favour of the appointment, insisting that the various allegations against him, from being a terrorist to his actions in the Astral Queen prison riot, were invented by the government to discredit him. Zarek gives a speech from Astral Queen, where he talks about a wind of change going against President Roslin and her "confederates". During this, a mysterious man readies a handgun and places it in his briefcase.
Dr. Gaius Baltar is interrupted in his lab by Lt. Kara Thrace, who is to be his security on a trip to Cloud 9. As he hasn't heard on the wireless, he is told he has been picked as Caprica's delegate for the Quorum of Twelve. Messenger Six tries to persaude him to like his job with the offer of beautiful women being drawn to men in power. On Cloud 9, Lt. Thrace observes the ship's garden with Cpt. Leland Adama to make security checks. Due to its large size and the size of the guest-list, a Cylon agent or terrorist could sneak in and assassinate her. When the guests begin arriving, Col. Saul Tigh and his wife, Ellen, begin greeting the new arrivals. As Tom Zarek will be amongst them, the press makes sure to keep their eyes on him, as anyone shaking his hand will indirectly be condoning or forgiving his terrorist past and those not shaking his hand will therefore be a snub to all Sagittarons.
In the Quorum assembly, Zarek immediately wants to discuss the issue of a Vice President. So far there's only one candidate, Tom Zarek, as nominated by Virgon and Gemenon. Meanwhile Starbuck and Apollo are in charge of security because some kind of attack is suspected on President Laura Roslin. Back on Caprica, Helo and Boomer have arrived at the city Delphi. Helo has come to the conclusion that Cylons can look like humans. While in an attempt to capture a raider, he discovers another truth.
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- Teleplay By: Carla Robinson
- Directed by: Jonas Pate
Guest stars Edit
- Nicky Clyne as Cally
- Cailin Stadnyke as Ensign Davis
- Christina Schild as Playa Palacios
- Biski Gugushe as Sekou Hamilton
- James Ashcroft as Spectator #1
- Patricia Idlette as Sarah Porter
- Mario Battista as Gardener