"The Red Line"
Battlestar Galactica: Origins #4 (Dynamite)
Writer: Kevin Fahey
Pencils: Jonathan Lau
Cover A: Jonathan Lau
Baltar questions his place in life; the Cylons move their
ultimate plan into action.
Read the story summary of this issue at the Battlestar Wiki
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
Bernard Baltar (flashback)
Vanessa Baltar (flashback)
Dr. Maxwell (flashback)
Aerilon Lines stewardess (unnamed)
Number Six model at Armistice Station
The Vipers seen flying during the test of the Command Navigation
Program appear to be Mark VII models. On page 2, notice that one
of the Viper pilots is Apollo.
On pages 3-6, various classes of battlestars and other
Colonial ships are seen. Notice also a Celestra-type
ship on the left-hand edge (seen also in
Blood and Chrome,
based on the Celestra from BSG70) and one that looks
like the Colonial Movers freighter in the first
On page 8, talking with Six, Baltar brings up the "red line"
concept used in faster-than-light jump calculations, the red
line being the maximum distance a ship's computer can calculate
a safe jump before the ship risks becoming lost or damaged by
interstellar phenomena and unable to return home. He then asks
Six if she thinks that people have red lines, moral points that
might be crossed from which they can never return. This
foreshadows his moral conundrums and increasing sense of guilt
beginning with the fall of the Colonies in "Humanity's
In panel 6 of page 9, Baltar says, "Life here began out there."
This is part of the preamble of the opening titles of BSG70. I'm
not sure why he chooses to use the phrase here, it
doesn't really seem to be connected to the conversation he's
having with Six.
Baltar's computer screen on page 11 shows his calendar with one
date marked as "Interview with Kellan, Colonial News". This
refers to Kellan Brody, host of The Spotlight on
channel Caprica 5; she interviews Baltar on the show a few days
before the fall of the Colonies, as seen in
Also on page 11, a copy of the Caprican Times sitting
on Baltar's desk has the headline "Battlestar Galactica
Decommissioning Ceremony Planned". This again refers to events
in the upcoming
"Humanity's Children", where the Galactica is being
turned into a museum. The article itself is mostly illegible,
but refers to news in the town of Minnewaska, Minnesota!
On page 13, panel 1, a newspaper blowing in the breeze across
the street has the headline "Top Politicians Vanish"; this same
headline was seen earlier in "A
Higher Purpose" and appears again in
"Buck the Stars". In panel
6, another newspaper has the headline "University Mourns Loss of
On page 13, panel 3, notice that "They Live" is spray-painted on
the wall of a slum building. In "Trust", a protestor outside of the
Colonial Gang studio was wearing a sign that reads, "THEY
LIVE". The same slogan appeared previously in
"Trust". This may be a reference to the 1988 John Carpenter film
They Live, about aliens disguised as humans who
infiltrate Earth government and media in order to manipulate the
The tattoo on the man's arm in panel 3 of page 13 is a
skull-and-crossbones with a top hat perched atop the skull. This
may be a reference to the real world rock guitarist Slash, who
is known for his top hats and who has a similar
skull-and-crossbones on his left arm.
Page 14 is our first glimpse of a modern Cylon centurion.
On page 15, Caprica Six meets up with a Number Three, Number
Five, and Number Eight. In the infirmary there are also several
Number Fours caring for the prisoners.
The small ship seen in the old parking structure that has been
taken over by the Cylons is a
On page 16, Number Three remarks to Caprica Six,
"It will be a new world soon. God's children will inherit the
Earth." It seems odd that she says "Earth" instead of the
Colonies or Caprica or something. Is there any significance to
its use here?
The seat cushions on the spaceliner Baltar takes
back to Caprica from Aerilon identify the spaceline company as
On page 19, panel 3, a book stuffed inside the
pouch on the back of one of the seats aboard the Aerilon Lines
spaceliner appears to be Aerilon Discovery.
The news headlines on Baltar's laptop in panel 5 of page 19 read
"Command Navigation Program Networked Fleetwide--Delays at the
Scorpian Fleet Shipyard" and "Defense Ministry Invitation to
Decomissioning Ceremony of Battlestar Galactica".
Baltar arrives at Caprica City Spaceport on page 20. In episodes
of Caprica, the city's spaceport was known as Caprica
Inter-Colonial Spaceport but, since Caprica takes place
over 50 years prior, it's possible the spaceport has undergone a
name change since then.
An Eversun starliner appears to be landing at
Caprica City Spaceport on page 20.
The last four panels of the issue (on pages 21-22), seem to be a
flash-forward to a year or two later, as a Number Six is seen aboard a Cylon
Heavy Raider about to dock at Armistice Station, where a
Colonial shuttle is already waiting. This leads into
"Humanity's Children" (though the Heavy Raider is itself is not
seen in the episode).
The Colonial shuttle docked at the station looks quite similar
to the Colonial shuttles depicted in BSG70.
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