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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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Battlestar Galactica: Loose Cannon "Loose Cannon"
Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero #3 (Dynamite)
Writer: Brandon Jerwa
Pencils: Jackson Herbert
Cover: Stephen Segovia
2007

 

A new pilot by the callsign "Starbuck" stirs up both trouble and admiration on the Galactica.

 

Read the story summary of this issue at the Battlestar Wiki

 

Notes from the BSG chronology

 

This story takes place about six months after "Absolutely Necessary".

 

Didja Know?

 

Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero was a 13-issue mini-series published by Dynamite Entertainment, covering the crew's adventures starting with Commander Adama assigned to the command of the Galactica, two years before the fall of the Colonies.

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this story

 

Dash

Starbuck

Dipper (mistakenly referred to as Ripper)

Lt. Gaeta

Petty Officer Dualla

Commander Adama

Colonel Tigh

Carolanne Adama

Zak Adama

Agent Nolan

Darja Purat

Carrot

Hotfoot

Lt. "Jolly" Anders

Helo

 


 

Didja Notice?

 

The Viper pilot called Dash here (Dashiell Unger) is a different one from the one whose Viper appears later in "Resistance" (Theo Oberon).

 

This issue is the first appearance of Dipper, Major Jackson Spencer, mistakenly referred to in the Season Zero mini-series as "Ripper". Dipper later dies during the fall of the Twelve Colonies in "Serve and Protect".

 

Lt. Gaeta mistakenly refers to Petty Officer Dualla as "lieutenant" here; she is not promoted to junior lieutenant until some time during the rag-tag fleet's stay at New Caprica.

 

Agent Nolan works for Colonial Intelligence (ColIntel). ColIntel also plays a role in the Zarek mini-series.

 

Colonel Tigh addresses seven pilot jocks of the Galactica for the ColIntel mission on page 8. But on page 9, panel 1, there appear to be quite a few more than seven!

 

Carrot is one of the Viper pilots assigned to the ColIntel mission. He later dies during the Cylon attack on the Colonies in "Enemies Among Us".

 

Jolly appears for the first time in this issue (named for the character of Lt. Jolly from BSG70), playing triad with Starbuck and Helo. This appears to be Lt. "Jolly" Anders (no known relation to Samuel Anders), whose Viper is later destroyed by Cylon Raiders during the fall of the Twelve Colonies in "Serve and Protect" and not the marine corporal called Jolly in Sagittarius Is Bleeding.

 

On page 11, Darja Purat is reading a book called Dominion: The Manifest Destiny of the Thirteen Colonies. The author's name is mostly obscured, but begins with J. Byb. In the 19th Century, "Manifest Destiny" was an American concept of the belief that the U.S. would spread across the continent and later, spread democracy throughout the world. Presumably the book Purat is reading is about the humans of the Thirteen Colonies (including Earth) spreading across and taming the galaxy. It's odd that the book's title and author are printed so boldly on what would seem to be the back cover!

 

The small, FTL-capable craft used by the terrorists to rescue Purat is similar to a Raptor, but appears to be a bit larger and has a more "industrial" look. Starbuck does refer to it as a Raptor in "Boundaries".

 


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