R and D TV

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"Got a brainstorm...!"

At the end of the credits of every episode of the Re-imagined Series, writer/developer Ron D. Moore and producer David Eick present themselves in cartoon form inside their office settling developmental arguments by maiming each other alternately in humorously creative and highly violent ways. This animation is the production logo (of sorts) for R & D TV, Battlestar Galactica's production company. Each cartoon ends with its "R&D TV" logo, and is immediately followed by the NBC Universal logo.

The background pictures in the office also change periodically for unknown reasons.

The victim of each attack usually begins to suggest an idea ("Get this..!", "I think..", "I've got it..", etc.) as a lightbulb appears over the head of the episode's victim. This sign indicates that bloodshed, maiming, and/or death is about to begin. Luckily for the viewers, Ron and David are revived to write and produce again (before their next scheduled episode and subsequent R&D TV demise, at least).

Ron and David do not provide their own voices for the cartoon, but the creator of the skits impersonates their voices so well that Ron Moore has pointed out that most viewers don't notice.

Here is a summary of cartoon results tabulated to date. Each episode lasts only 5 seconds.


There is no R&D TV skit in the Miniseries.

Season 1


David beats Ron over head with a baseball bat after talking too much.


Ron lets loose a gorilla that attacks David.

Bastille Day

Ron balls up David's body into a paper wad with eyes and shoots David through a small basketball goal. The audio of a cheering crowd saluting Ron's basket accompanies the R & D TV logo.

Act of Contrition

David throws Ron through the office window to be run over by a passing NBC studio van.

You Can't Go Home Again

Ron slaps David so hard that his head spins 360 degrees. David cries out as if he were bitc...well...he cries out without much masculinity...


David calls a shark to eat Ron with his whistle.

Six Degrees of Separation

David smirks "Major brainstorm" then Ron pulls out a magic wand (complete with a star on top), says, "No bones", and zaps David's bones away, leaving him a boneless mass that crumples to the floor.

Flesh and Bone

Ron sings, "I've got an idea" as the office looks like in a concert, and David rips a portion of Ron's shirt off.

Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down

As David says, "...This'll kill ya..." Ron brings on an armored knight, whose mace crushes David's skull as David says "Oh my God..!"

The Hand of God

David subjects Ron to death (or maybe just intense stinging) by a thousand paper cuts — to the face.

Colonial Day

David proposes "Rock, Paper, Scissors". David says "Go" and prepares a large set of scissors, while Ron goes off-screen to find a very large rock, dropping it on David's body to squish him flat, winning the match.

Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part I

Ron says "This will shock you..." David flings magic lightning from his fingers at Ron, who is transformed into Martha Stewart.

Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part II

Before the two can suggest suggesting an idea, a courier makes a special delivery with packages for each. A small toy vibrophone playing "Pop Goes the Weasel" is heard as the packages open with monsterous heads that look like the courier on springs. The heads promptly consume both David and Ron.

Season 2


Ron says in an exaggerated cowboy accent, "I've got an I-dear!". David smacks him in the face, and it falls off, revealing that he is a robot, in an homage to the film "Westworld."

Valley of Darkness

David gets an idea, not noticing Cylon Centurions appearing outside the window. Ron runs away, and David is riddled with bullets by the Centurions. This is a take-off from the plot of "Valley of Darkness".


This skit is re-used from a previous episode.


Ron says, "This is hot". David says, "So is this", whips out a drying iron, and melts Ron's face with it.

The Farm

This skit is re-used from "Litmus."

Home, Part I

David says "Jot this down." Ron says "OK" and proceeds to use his pen to violently carve the word "THIS" into David's forehead.

Home, Part II

This skit is re-used from "Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down."

Final Cut

David suggests an idea, but is interupted by the telephone ringing, and Ron answers it. Annoyed, David jams the telephone into Ron's head, then shouts in the mouthpiece, greatly amplified, "Can you hear me now?" as Ron screams from the din.

Flight of the Phoenix

David gets an idea and says "this will make your jaw drop." Ron punches David in the jaw, making his head swivel around in a circle on his neck, and David's jaw drops off.


Ron says, "Here's a good one..." David pushes a football into the hands of Ron, who is quickly tackled (and decapitated by its force) by a football player. The audio of a whistle accompanies the R & D TV logo.

Resurrection Ship, Part I

David goes, "Bingo! Let's...", but Ron interrupts with a R&D TV weather bulletin, complete with a national map which covers the entire office: "This just in...Lightning." David is cleaved by the lightning strike.

Resurrection Ship, Part II

As Ron says, "I need your verdict on this one. What if...?" David transforms into a British Lord, complete with robe, wig, and a very, very large gavel, and pummels Ron in one shot into a barely recognizable goo. David replies: "I hate it!"


Ron states, "I think..." just as David pinches Ron's butt. "Cut it out!" Ron cries. When David tries again, Ron reveals a sword and removes David's offending arm. "Testy," David answers.

Black Market

Ron suggests "Monsters!" when David himself explodes into a multi-tentacled monster, which attacks Ron furiously.


David suggests a "Valentine's Day episode." Ron disagrees at David's suggestion, instead, heaves a jack-o-lantern over David's head and eats a candy bar in celebration.


This skit is re-used from "Water".

The Captain's Hand

Ron says "I know," but David interrupts, asking "Hungry?" as he hands Ron an apple. Ron lifts the apple to his mouth and David pulls out a bow and shoots the apple and Ron's face in one smooth motion.


This skit is re-used from a "Litmus".

Lay Down Your Burdens, Part I

David suggests, "New scenery." Ron snaps his fingers to change the office into a surreal mountainous area as he escapes out of the picture. David enjoys the change for only a moment into a tyrannosaurus pounces on him like a cat on a ball of string.

Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II

David begins to play a flute as Ron says, "...And now a moment of zen as we reflect on season 2..." Ron can't finish his thought as he is swallowed by a very large viper David has summoned. Seeing Ron being eaten, David says, "Payback!"

Battlestar Galactica: The Resistance

There is no R&D TV skit in the webisode series Battlestar Galactica: The Resistance.

Season 3


Ron suggests an idea.


David suggests an idea.

Exodus, Part I

Exodus, Part II



A Measure of Salvation


Unfinished Business

The Passage

The Eye of Jupiter


Taking a Break From All Your Worries

The Woman King

A Day in the Life

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