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FTL in Battlestar Galactica

I've recently started watching Battlestar Galactica. I'm not sure how it's possible I hadn't seen it yet, but the show does some great stuff with starships.

I wanted to expand a bit on a previous post: The visuals of FTL travel.

Battlestar is quite unique in its FTL animation. They don't travel at faster-than-light speeds, but rather "jump" to their destinations.

In Battlestar Galactica, a flash shows up and travels from one end of the (often horizontal) ships to the other, after which an orange flash shows up. The ship is then instantly gone, without any "flying off into the horizon" business.

The Battlestar Galactica jumps

The fleet jumps

When the ship arrives, it seemingly does the same in reverse. An orange flash appears, after which the ship shows up, followed by a light-blue light travelling across the hull.

Battlestar Galactica arrives

Cylon base stars appear to use a different mechanic, or at least different visuals. First a large blue ring shows up, which then forms a hole. The base stars then appear from that hole, very Orville-like — perhaps they travel at light speed instead of jumping.

I haven't seen enough of the show yet to ground that theory in any kind of evidence. I'm only on episode 8.

Cylon base stars jump in

When smaller ships such as Cylon fighters or Raptors jumps, only a blue flash appears, there is no travelling across its hull. That makes sense, as such vessels are very small.

Perhaps the blue light serves to apply some sort of chemical to the ship to allow it to jump, much like how the U.S.S Discovery uses its disks to spread spores across its hull.

Cylon fighter jumps away during combat

Thoughts? Ideas? Noticed a mistake?

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