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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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Battlestar Galactica: Origins #3 (Dynamite)
Writer: Kevin Fahey
Pencils: Jonathan Lau
Cover A: Jonathan Lau
2008

President Adar makes Baltar the director of the Colonial Networking Program.

Read the story summary of this issue at the Battlestar Wiki

Notes from the BSG chronology

This story takes place mostly on Caprica two years before the fall of the Colonies.

Didja Know?

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 Colonies.

Characters appearing or mentioned in this story

Caprica Six
Number Three
Number Eight
Number Six
Gaius Baltar
Colonial salvage pilots (unnamed)
Number Four
Bernard Baltar
Vanessa Baltar
President Adar
 

Didja Notice?

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 "Trust".

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.
Salvage pilot's helmet BSG70 Viper helmet

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 Hands".

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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