Battlestar Galactica: Origins #2 (Dynamite)
Writer: Kevin Fahey
Pencils: Jonathan Lau
Cover A: Jonathan Lau
former mentor in the pursuit of A.I. now tries to stop his
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Notes from the BSG
This story takes place
mostly on Caprica two years before the fall of the Colonies.
Some flashback scenes to Baltar's youth take place on his
homeworld of Aerilon an unrevealed number of years before.
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
Dr. Odin Maxwell
The small ship seen either lifting off or landing in panel 2 of
page 1 is a Mark II Colonial shuttle as seen in episodes of the BSG2000
On page 6, Baltar and Caprica Six appear to be walking along the
Riverwalk of Caprica City, then stop in front of the Ellison
Hotel. The Riverwalk is also seen in
"Humanity's Children" and in flashback in a couple of
On page 10, Dr. Maxwell tells Baltar he's planning on nominating
him for the Magnate Prize for his work in computer science. In
the BSG mini-series, it is seen that Baltar has by that time
earned three of the prestigious awards. Magnate is Latin
for "noble" and may have been intended by the creators of
BSG2000 as a play on the last name of Swedish inventor Alfred
Nobel, for whom the real world Nobel Prizes are named.
On page 11, Carter Jameson is revealed to have helped in
brokering the armistice between the Colonies and the Cylons. He
also remarks on informally speaking to Representative Bagot
about peace options between Tauron and Virgon. This is the first
mention of any hostilities between Tauron and Virgon. Marshall
Bagot is a Virgon politician who is seen as a member of the
Quorum of Twelve in a few episodes of BSG2000.
Carter is asked by a reporter if he supports the SFM. According
to "Zarek" Part 2, SFM stands for Sagittaron Freedom Movement, a
violent paramilitary group that sought the overthrow of the
Colonial-imposed government on Sagittaron.
On page 12, the producer who offers to book Jameson and Baltar
on The Colonial Gang for a debate on lifting the ban on
the study of artificial intelligence appears to be a Number
Three humanoid Cylon. The
is later seen to be produced and broadcast by Channel 7
The Colonial Gang political talk show also gains
new life as a broadcast in the rag-tag fleet, as seen in
"Colonial Day". The name of the show may be a play on CNN's The
Capital Gang, a similar political talk show that aired
In this issue, Dr. Maxwell introduces Baltar to Caprican
Imperial cigars. Later, an advertising poster for
Caprican Imperial is seen on page 17.
Baltar is later seen to acquire some in the fleet in
On page 14, panel 1, notice that a protestor outside of the
Colonial Gang studio is wearing a sign that reads, "THEY
LIVE". 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
planet. This is somewhat similar to what is happening the Twelve
Colonies with the humanoid Cylon infiltration. In "The Red Line", the slogan appears again,
spray-painted on the wall of a slum building.
Jameson's aide seems to be a Number Five model humanoid Cylon.
On page 17, a poster on a brick wall in a bad part of town
reads, "Life Here Began Out There!" This phrase was part of the
opening preamble of episodes of BSG70.
When Baltar takes a look inside Dr. Maxwell's bedroom, he finds
it strewn with old newspapers and Cylon schematics. Notice on
one wall is spray-painted, "Where are the Cylons now?" and
"There are 12 Colonies/Models". During the course of the BSG2000
TV series, we learn there are 12 models of humanoid Cylon.
The legible headlines of the newspapers strewn in Maxwell's
bedroom are: "Identity Theft on Rise", "Colonies Discuss the
Future of A.I.", "New Models Available, Mass Production Slated",
"Troy Mining Colony Mysteriously Destroyed" (Troy is seen to be
a planetoid orbiting Helios Beta on the
Map of the Twelve Colonies available from
Mechanix; it is also the birthplace of Boomer in her
fabricated human history as mentioned in "Flesh and Bone"),
"Baltar New Director of the CNP" (from the Caprican Times),
"Magnate Prize Winner Gaius Baltar Takes Post at the Defense
Ministry", and "Ministry of Intelligence Leaks!".
Books seen in Maxwell's room have the titles: The Sacred
Scrolls 2nd Edition, The Lost Sacred Scrolls Study
Guide (I'm guessing; we only see a partial title), and
The Sacred Scrolls Compendium. The Sacred Scrolls are the
basis of the polytheistic religion of the Colonies, mostly, if
not entirely, originating on Kobol.
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