Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)
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Black Market 

Apollo investigates the murder of one of the crew and falls for a young prostitute, whom he vows to save from the rogue ship dealing with the Black Market. As well as confronting the bad guys, Apollo has to confront some past mistakes.


James Head


Ronald D. Moore (developed by), Mark Verheiden | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Edward James Olmos ... Admiral William Adama
Mary McDonnell ... President Laura Roslin
Katee Sackhoff ... Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace (credit only)
Jamie Bamber ... Cpt. Lee 'Apollo' Adama
James Callis ... Dr. Gaius Baltar
Tricia Helfer ... Number Six
Grace Park ... Lt. Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii (credit only)
Michael Hogan ... Colonel Saul Tigh
Paul Campbell ... Billy Keikeya
Kandyse McClure ... Officer Anastasia Dualla
Richard Hatch ... Tom Zarek
Graham Beckel ... Commander Jack Fisk
Claudette Mink ... Shevon
Donnelly Rhodes ... Dr. Cottle
Bill Duke ... Phelan


There's a shortage of supplies on the fleet, the black market is thriving. President Roslin orders that these criminals, asking outrageous prices, must be stopped. Adama agrees and colonel Fisk says Pegasus is ready to help, but he doesn't seem to be sincere. Not long after he is murdered in the presence of someone he seems to know. Apollo, meanwhile, is still struggling with his near-death experience. He seeks comfort with the prostitute Shevon, who reminds him of a woman from his past. Her daughter Paya is in need of rare antibiotics. Apollo is asked to investigate the murder of Fisk. He soon finds out Fisk was heavily involved in black market operations. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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Release Date:

27 January 2006 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Apollo boards the "Prometheus", the first black market item seen being sold are cartons of cigarettes with the brand name "Sarcoma". A sarcoma is a form of cancer that develops in the connective tissue. See more »


The sign above the entrance to the complex in Lee Adama's flashback at about 39 minutes says "Elliott Lewis Gallery". This is located in British Columbia, Canada. Since Earth has not yet been found, this would not be possible. See more »


Phelan: It's hard to find the moral high ground when you're all standing in the mud.
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Worst episode of the series... by a mile or twenty
19 April 2009 | by emailgershmanSee all my reviews

Normally when shows I love have subpar episodes, I'll moderate my criticism with something like a "well, even a bad 'Dexter' is tons better than the best 'CSI: Miami.' " And BSG was so spectacular week in, week out that I never expected the show would come up with something that is just awful in general. Unfortunately, "Black Market" is about as bad as any one-hour drama you're likely to see on TV. It's just plain awful. The producers try to dress it up with a flash-forward at the start, but it's just an awful idea (BSG goes film noir!) executed even worse. Granted, exec producer Ronald Moore graciously acknowledges some of the weaknesses on the podcast/DVD commentary, but if he was being honest, he would have copped to the fact that this whole plot line should have died in the writers' room. Characters act out of character, the black market "heavies" seem like their moonlighting from an episode of "Walker: Texas Ranger" ... heck, even the sets don't look up to snuff. This episode kicked off a stretch of shaky hours ("Scar," "Sacrifice") before returning to form.

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