Daniel Novacek

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Daniel Novacek
Daniel Novacek


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Portrayed by Carl Lumbly
Daniel Novacek is a Cylon
Daniel Novacek is a Final Five Cylon
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Daniel Novacek in the separate continuity
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Lieutenant Daniel "Bulldog" Novacek is a pilot who served under then-Commander William Adama aboard the battlestar Valkyrie, approximately six years[1] before the Fall of the Twelve Colonies.

Novacek was part of a covert mission from the admiralty of the Colonial Fleet as pilot of a special fighter known as a Stealthstar. The mission was to fly over the Armistice Line for reconnaissance of Cylon activity.

Upon crossing the Line, Bulldog was soon interdicted by an unknown contact. Under fire, his fighter is severely damaged and was spinning out of control.

With two more unknown craft bearing down on him, Commander Adama ordered Novacek's fighter destroyed so as to eliminate any evidence of their incursion into Cylon space. Instead of being killed, however, Novacek ejected a split second before the incoming missile detonated.

Novacek was taken prisoner by the Cylons, where he spent many years in captivity.

The Escape

Novacek as a prisoner of war.

Novacek was allowed to escape his imprisonment in a elaborate ruse by the Cylons. Two Raiders in pursuit of Novacek's escape Raider were apparently unable to shoot Bulldog down. As Kara Thrace later discovered, the Cylons deliberately missed, allowing him to escape and bring a measure of terror to the admiral.

Shortly after telling Novacek of Adama's actions that nearly killed Bulldog, Saul Tigh finds Novacek in the process of killing Adama. After stopping him, Tigh harshly berates Novacek for almost giving the Cylons the assassination they wanted.

Later, Novacek is boarding a Raptor, presumably to start a new life on a civilian ship. Before he departs, Admiral Adama presents him a Colonial uniform and assures him he will always have a place as an officer on Galactica (TRS: "Hero").


  • David Eick's Video Blog entitled "Introducing Bulldog"[2] revealed that after agreeing to the role, Carl Lumbly stated that he wanted to keep his dreadlocks, much to the bemusement of director Michael Rymer.
  • In early drafts Novacek's first name was Seamus[3] and then Eugene.[4]
  • When Cottle checks if Novacek is a Cylon, the computer screen shows Novacek's first name to be Eugene. His name changed several times during the production of the episode, and this is a remnant of that process.


  1. While dialogue from "Hero" places these events at 1 BCH, this contradicts previously established dates about the time Adama and others served on Galactica. See Hero#Analysis for a detailed explanation why Battlestar Wiki chooses to treat this as a continuity error.
  2. Introducing Bulldog (backup available on Archive.org) (in ). (VID Icon.pngVID) (2006-10-11).
  3. Template:Cite rdm podcast
  4. 4.0 4.1 Bassom, David (2007). Cath Trechman Battlestar Galactica: The Official Companion Season Three. Titan Books. ISBN 1-84576-478-1, p. 58.
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