"Endings and Beginnings"
Battlestar Galactica: Origins #8 (Dynamite)
Writer: Robert Place Napton
Pencils: Jonathan Lau
Cover A: Jonathan Lau
struggles with family and career desires as he grows older in
the Colonial military.
Notes from the BSG
This story opens aboard the
Atlantia, 25 years after the end of the first Cylon
War, then jumps ahead 8 years, then another 2.5 years after
that. This would place the end of this story, as Commander Adama
is being assigned to the Galactica, about 4.5 years
before the fall of the Twelve Colonies.
Battlestar Galactica: Origins
was an 11-issue mini-series published by Dynamite
Entertainment, covering the origins of several characters of
BSG2000. Issues 5-8 featured a young William "Husker" Adama
during the first Cylon War and its aftermath.
Characters appearing in this story
Admiral Tanner (mentioned only)
Jigsaw (mentioned only)
Commander Julian DiMarco
Monclair (painter, mentioned only)
Sandavol (an officer on Valkyrie, mentioned only)
Lt. Daniel "Bulldog" Novacek
Joseph Adama (mentioned only)
Sister of Carolanne (unnamed, mentioned only)
The cover depicts both Mark II and Mark VII Vipers.
On page 3, the banner hanging at the airfield misspells
"Remembrance Day" as "Rememberance Day". Apparently, the Adama
family is at the air field to celebrate a Colonial holiday
called Remembrance Day, to honor the fallen veterans of past
wars. Many countries on Earth have a Remembrance Day holiday as
well for the same reason. In the United States, Memorial Day is
The photo taken by Carolanne of Adama and his two sons
in front of his Viper is later seen in “Humanity’s
On pages 4 and 5, we see that Bill Adama's older son Lee is
eager to be a Viper pilot like his dad, but his younger one,
Zak, is not so enthusiastic, feigning interest to keep his dad
happy and due to his dad's pressure to follow in his footsteps.
On page 5, Adama claims he just wants to reach the rank of
colonel so he can retire with a real pension, but his wife knows
what he really wants is to command a battlestar. Page 7 reveals
that he is currently a major.
On page 7, Adama visits an area of the Remembrance Day grounds
set aside for a reunion of P.O.W. Association members. There he
meets Lucky, the pilot he flew alongside in
"Stealth Mission" and who was
taken prisoner by Cylons in that same story. P.O.W., of course,
stands for Prisoner of War.
On page 8, panel 1, a sign hanging on the chain-link fence in
the background says something about "Cylon scrap".
On page 8, Adama asks Lucky if he remembers Jigsaw, telling him
he's still in the fleet, on Pacifica.
is presumably a battlestar, as the name is mentioned as
one in a couple episodes of the BSG70, though not otherwise in
On page 9, panel 1, a sign reading "Don't let them down"
can be seen in the background. This is from an actual
WWII poster promoting support of U.S. service personnel.
|Colonial "Don't Let Them Down" poster
||"Don't Let Them Down" WWII poster
Lucky says he was a Cylon prisoner of war for years. But he was
captured just 6 months before the end of the war, as seen in
"Stealth Mission". So why did
it take so long to get him back?
Lucky tells Adama the Cylons took apart his body piece by piece
and put him back together just so they could do it again.
Obviously, they were trying to figure out how to build their own
humanoid bodies, as attested by the humanoid models seen in
episodes of the TV series. The image Adama recalls when he tells
Lucky he saw one of the labs is a scene from
8 years after the Remembrance Day event, Adama has been promoted
to commander, commanding the battlestar Valkyrie.
Colonel Tigh becomes his Executive Officer. The
was previously seen in
Blood and Chrome and is
later said (in The Plan) to have been destroyed during
the fall of the Twelve Colonies.
This issue introduces Commander DiMarco of the battlestar
Columbia, under whom Adama served as Executive Officer for
several years. He gives Adama a painting by Monclair of a scene
from the first Cylon War as a gift (the painting is later seen
hanging in Adama's quarters aboard the Galactica as
well). A previous battlestar called
was destroyed during the events of
"The Lab". The newer Columbia
is reported destroyed during the fall of the Twelve
In the painting, both the Caprica and Tauron flags are seen
flying, and there is a sculpture of the Colonial emblem.
On page 12, Adama thanks DiMarco for helping Zak with his flight
Page 12 reveals that Adama is having all computer systems on
converted to be independent of each other, just as he
later will do on the
Page 13 introduces Lt. Daniel "Bulldog" Novacek, a Viper pilot
Valkyrie. He is later seen again in "Hero".
The Stealthstar ship piloted by Bulldog for a special mission
across the Cylon Armistice Line has a somewhat similar look to
the stealth Vipers piloted by Adama and Lucky in
After being struck by an assailant ship, Bulldog calls for help,
Krypter! Krypter!" This term is the Colonial equivalent of
The two ships that tow away the Stealthstar after disabling it
are similar (or the same) as the Cylon ones seen towing Lucky's
stealth Viper in
Page 21 shows us the funeral of Zak Adama (glimpsed again in
"Act of Contrition").
Page 23 reveals that Carolanne has at least one sister, unnamed.
As Adama and Tigh are to be reassigned to the
Galactica, Tigh refers to her as "frak-up-star
Galactica", most likely because of her age. The
is almost as old as Adama himself and he considers his
assignment as her commander to be a forced retirement.
On the last page of this issue, Adama reveals to Tigh that all
the letters he's written to his father over the years of his
service were never sent. They were filled with classified
information which would have been heavily censored, so he didn't
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