Battlestar Galactica: Origins #3 (Dynamite)
Writer: Kevin Fahey
Pencils: Jonathan Lau
Cover A: Jonathan Lau
Adar makes Baltar the director of the Colonial Networking
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Notes from the BSG
This story takes place
mostly on Caprica two years before the fall of the Colonies.
Battlestar Galactica: Origins
was an 11-issue mini-series published by Dynamite
Entertainment, covering the origins of several characters of
BSG2000. Issues 1-4 feature Gaius Baltar rising to prominence in
Caprican computer science before the Fall of the Twelve
Characters appearing or mentioned in this story
Colonial salvage pilots (unnamed)
On page 1, Caprica Six wakes up in a new body from a rebirthing
tank aboard a Cylon
resurrection ship, her previous body having died from the
gunshot wounds inflicted by Dr. Maxwell in
On page 4, panel 3, notice that one of the Colonial
salvage pilots is wearing a space helmet that is
somewhat similar to the Egyptian-style helmets of the
Viper pilots in BSG70.
The ship seen floating amongst the debris on page 4, panel 4
appears to be a Cylon
Heavy Raider, a combination fighter/transport
later seen in several episodes of the TV series. One was also
seen in use by the Annihilators in "The Hard Six".
The salvage pilots discuss heading to the Hudson
Sector to look for salvage, where the Tauronese are known to
blast supply ships. This is the first and only mention of the
Hudson Sector in Colonial space.
Baltar awakens in Caprica City Medical Center
after being hit by a car in
"Trust". He is treated by a Number Four model humanoid Cylon
there; the Number Four models are known to portray medical
practitioners in several episodes of BSG2000.
When the doctor asks Baltar if he knows where he
is, Baltar remarks that he'll survive as long as he's not in
Cuffle's Breath Wash.
Cuffle's Breath Wash is the small farming town on Aerilon near
which he was born and raised, as later revealed in "Dirty
The celestial chart behind Baltar during his
presentation on page 18 features the names of actual
constellations and stars visible from Earth!
On page 19, Baltar states that the Command
Navigation Program is being configured into a few Colonial
freighters and a Mercury-class battlestar at the
Scorpian Fleet Shipyards. This last possibly refers to the
Pegasus, which is a
Mercury-class battlestar whose computer operating
system was converted to the Command Navigation Program at some
point prior to the fall of the Twelve Colonies.
It's implied in this issue that Baltar's time in
the hospital may be when the supposed chip was planted in his
head that presents images of Caprica Six after the destruction
of the Colonies (notice that he begins to have strange dreams of
her here and there is a bandage on the back of his head, as well
as the real Six's comment about his dreams of her, "Get used to
it"). However, a scan of his brain performed by Dr. Cottle
aboard the Galactica in "Home" Part 2 shows no
implants. It's not explained in the course of the series whether
Baltar really does have some kind of implant, or is insane, or
if there is some other explanation for the visions (as hinted in
the final episode of the series).
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