(Saga of a Star World, hour 1)
0:00-41:59 on Side 1 of the DVD
Written by Glen A. Larson
Directed by Richard A. Colla
In another galaxy from our own,
the 12 planetary colonies of humanity are about to sign for
peace with their enemies, the robotic Cylons, ending a
of war. But the armistice turns into a trap, resulting in the
near total annihilation of humanity.
(This episode begins with the Colonial battle fleet gathering
for the armistice and ends with Adama's declaration that he will
lead the survivors in a search for Earth.)
Read the complete synopsis of the three-hour "Saga of a Star
World" at the Battlestar Wiki site.
I borrowed the cover slogan of issue #1 of the BSG comic book by
Marvel Comics for the title of this hour of Saga of a Star
This pilot episode of the series features a slightly longer
introductory preamble than the one presented in the hourly
episodes. Below is the text of this episode's preamble, with the
additional passages in red:
There are those who believe that
life here began out there. Far
across the universe, with tribes
of humans who may have been the
forefathers of the Egyptians. Or
the Toltecs. Or the Mayans.
may have been the architects of
the great pyramids or the lost
civilizations of Lemuria or
Atlantis. Some believe
that there may yet be brothers
of man, who even now fight to
survive somewhere beyond the
The first 5 hours of the series, "Saga of a Star
World" (3 hours) and "Lost Planet of the Gods" (2 hours) were
originally written as a mini-series before ABC gave Larson the
go-ahead to do a full series (probably due to the success of
Star Wars in theaters).
The helmets of the Cylon
centurion costumes worn by
actors had a small grouping of
pinholes above the Cylon eye
slit for the actor to see
(poorly) through. The pinholes
are generally hard to see in the
episodes, but a screengrab from
"The Lost Warrior" below
reveals them clearly.
Evidence suggests that most Cylon centurions were voiced by
voice actor Michael Santiago.
The series generally used different units of time and distance
measurement than those known in the English language which the
actors speak (though there was the occasional slip-up usage of
English measurements by either the actors or writers). A
completely comprehensive guide to Colonial measurements has
never been produced, due largely to conflicting usage even
within the series itself. Most fans accept that (approximately)
micron=second, centon=minute, yahren=year. During the first 5
hours of the series (the "mini-series" as mentioned above) even
these definitions do not hold, but they do for the balance of
the series. There was an excellent breakdown and discussion of
Colonial measurement at the fan site
battlestargalactica.com, but the site is currently inactive; the
article is archived at the
Throughout the series, the characters seem to invoke both "the
Lord" and the "Lords of Kobol". It is never really made clear
what the Lords of Kobol are; are they deities or merely saints?
I don't recall that we ever get
a complete listing of all 12
Colonies during the series, but
indications are that they have
names based on Earth's 12
constellations of the zodiac:
Aries (Aeries), Taurus (Taura),
Gemini (Gemoni), Cancer
(Orion--allegedly called this
due to the negative connotations
of "cancer", but in
Magnificent Warriors" Orion is
said to be a nearby planet, not
one of the colonies), Leo
(Leonis), Virgo (Virgon), Libra
(Libris), Scorpio (Scorpion),
Capricorn (Caprica), Aquarius
(Piscera). Various BSG sources
suggest that all 12 planets
exist in a single system, some
even suggesting that it is a bi-
or tri-nary sun system to
account for so many habitable
planets; a BSG fan called
AdmiralMarcus on the Battlestar
Galactica Wiki made the very
cool interpretation of the
display of the Battle of Cimtar
below, showing the orbits of the
planets and moons in the Colony
system(s), with 5 suns in
relatively close proximity to
had at least four different
basic logos used on its licensed
materials (shown below).
What are the planets and moons seen during the introductory
segment? Are they part of the 12 Colonies? The Kobol system?
The voice that performs the introductory preamble of each
episode of BSG is that of actor Patrick MacNee. MacNee is also
the voice of the Cylon Imperious Leader and later portrays
the malevolent Count Iblis,
who is implied to have been responsible for starting the
reptilian Cylons down the path of mechanizing their own species,
in the two-part "War of the Gods" storyline. Why did series creator and producer Glen A. Larson
choose to use the same actor for all three roles? True, MacNee
has an awesome voice, but is there meaning behind the casting of
the multiple roles? It makes some amount of sense that the now
robotic Imperious Leader might have the voice of the being who led
the original leader (said to be
Sobekkta in "Nostalgie
De La Boue") astray, but why does the opening
narrator of the series also seem to have Iblis' voice?
The opening narration mentions that some people on Earth believe that
humans from across the universe may have been the forefathers of
the Egyptians, Mayans, or Toltecs. These are all ancient Earth
civilizations who were quite advanced for their time. The
Egyptians, of course, arose in Egypt (the "great pyramids"
mentioned in the narrative are also a reference to the Egyptian
civilization). The Mayans and Toltecs were civilizations in
ancient Central America.
The opening narrative's mention of the lost civilizations of
Lemuria or Atlantis are references to two mythological land
masses that once harbored advanced civilizations that later
suffered severe cataclysms that sank the lands beneath the ocean.
During his toast to the Council of Twelve, President Adar calls
this august body "the greatest leaders ever assembled." Gee,
The terms Council of the Twelve and Qurorum of the Twelve are
borrowed from the hierarchy of the Mormon Church, which is the
religion of BSG creator Glen A. Larson.
Also, in the BSG universe, humanity's home planet is said to be
the lost planet Kobol. The name was probably inspired by the
alleged star or planet called Kolob in the Mormon religion.
I never quite caught on before this viewing, but as the camera
pans around the Council table, we see that Commander Adama is
seated there. So, he must have been one of the twelve members of
the Council from the start! I'd always assumed he'd gained his
position by default as the leader of the rag-tag fleet after the
Cylon annihilation. My understanding is that the twelve
council members originally represented each of the 12 Colonies,
so that must also mean that Adama is the representative for
Caprica. He appears to be the only active military member of the
Council as both the commander of a battlestar and a
councilmember. It seems that he must be some kind of icon to the
Colonies (or at least Caprica) if this is true.
President Adar says they are approaching the seventh millennium
De La Boue" implies that they are already in it.
(PopApostle reader Jace Toronto points out that Starbuck tells
Zara during the interview in
"The Man With Nine Lives"
that his parents were probably killed in the village of Umbra
during the Cylon sneak attack of 7322, making it currently the
The four openings along the vertical edge of the battlestar
landing bay are Viper launch ports. There are 12 more ports, in
groups of 4,
farther down the bay as well.
As Zac enters the pilot barracks at 3:50 on the DVD, a fire
extinguisher and a metal box (possibly a first aid kit?) are
seen mounted on the wall. Both have the same symbol on them. Is
the symbol the Colonial version of a universal emergency symbol?
As Apollo turns toward Zac at 4:45 on the DVD, a light
reflection suddenly appears and bounces around on the bulkhead
beam above him. I'm not sure what is causing it, perhaps
reflection from the metallic clasps on either Apollo's or Zac's
The helmets worn by the Viper
pilots are similar in look to
headdresses worn by ancient
||King Tut mask
I always wondered what was the point of the little lights on the
helmets worn by the viper pilots. During my research of BSG for
these analyses, I found an article in
Battlestar Galactica Official Poster Magazine #2 from 1978
that suggests that the lights are the emitters of a personal
force field that help protect the pilot's air supply.
As Apollo and Zac zoom out into space on their routine patrol, a
Cylon Raider pops into the bottom right corner of the screen at
5:57 on the DVD, even though they will not encounter the Cylons
for another 10 minutes!
At 6:38 on the DVD, a couple of paintings or photographs are
seen on the walls of the Council chamber. The one on the right
looks somewhat like the layout of a Mayan city.
Apollo activates his viper's onboard
warbook to identify the vessel
hiding in the cloud behind the
moon Cimtar and it flashes
through a few different ship
designs before matching the ship
to a Cylon tanker. Some of these
graphics appear to be
based on pre-production designs of other
ships that appear in the series.
The three buttons on the viper joysticks normally read Fire,
Turbo, and IM; the first two words are obvious and frequently
used functions on the Viper, IM is never explained in the series.
occasions during the series, the IM button is used for reverse
(letter writer Sean Lee in the lettercol of
Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck #3 claims the IM stands
for "Inverse Mode"; in Armageddon, Apollo
uses the right side button to arm the targeting system of a
Scarlet-class Viper). But
in Zac's viper, at 11:10 on the DVD, the joystick buttons are
instead labeled Stores, Camera Auto, and Camera Pulse (though he
seems to use them the same way as Fire and Turbo). On
Joel Owens' website (now
archived at the
Internet Archive), a fan
named Kevin Coyne has pointed
out that the joystick is from a
Vietnam-era recon aircraft, the
OVC1-Mohawk; so the camera terms
were relevant for capturing
aerial landscape shots during
recon missions. (Thanks to Roger
Wilcox for the tip!). Joel
Owens' site also points out some
similarities of the Viper
console panels to the flight
console of the U.S. space
At 17:05 on the DVD, President Adar says this is "the first
peace man has known in a thousand years." Either the actor or
the writers slipped up in having Adar say "years" instead "yahrens".
It must be just a film artifact, but at 19:28 on the DVD, a
green Cylon Raider is seen flying in the formation!
Why do the Colonials keep referring to Cimtar as "the old moon"?
Old compared to what? Is there a new moon? And of what planet is
Cimtar a moon anyway? Page 4 of the novelization reveals that
Cimtar is the moon around a planet with a decaying orbit in an
out-of-the-way, uninhabited system. (PopApostle reader Jace
Toronto comments, "The word 'old' may not be meant to be a
literal term referring to age. Perhaps in Colonial history,
Cimtar was the first moon discovered; at some point, a newly
discovered moon might be referred to as a 'new moon' and thus
Cimtar as the 'old moon,' a nickname that perhaps stuck for
millennia afterwards--There are plenty of things in our world
that have names or nicknames for historical reasons that are
literally illogical or incorrect.")
During the battle, Commander Adama asks if any of the other
battlestars managed to launch vipers and his bridge crew reports
they did not. Yet, as vipers begin to regroup on the
Galactica at Caprica, we learn that only 25 of the 67
vipers landing are Galactica's. Perhaps these vipers
were launched from other headquarters such as on Caprica or other
colonies and moons? (PopApostle Jace Toronto also adds that, the
battle being a chaotic time, the bridge personnel may simply
have not had accurate information in hand at the moment.)
Notice that at 21:31 on the DVD,
the shot of the Atlantia moving
past the camera is missing the
ship's name on the bulkhead of
the landing bay! Just seconds
later, we see the name of the
ship through the viewport of a
At 22:32 on the DVD, a Cylon commands, "Atlantia death
squadron, attack." This suggests that there was a squadron of
Cylon raiders designated as suicide fighters to deliberately
collide with the Atlantia to cause maximum damage to
the presidential battlestar.
At 24:19 on the DVD (and later scenes), the Cylon Imperious
Leader is seen to have a small, green lizard upon his left
shoulder! It even moves around some. A pet, I suppose, perhaps
intended as a touchstone to the Cylons original reptilian
origins. (In the
audio commentary, Richard Hatch says the lizard was a
chameleon that had fake wings attached to it!)
At 26:10 on the DVD, above the planted flowers spelling out
peace at the Presidium on Caprica, we see 11 flags. Presumably
these are the flags of the 11 colonies besides Caprica; the flag
of Caprica must be located on some central spire or point of
honor within the Presidium. Unfortunately, we never get a good
look at the designs.
During her broadcast, Serina mentions that the armistice meeting
is taking place on the Star Kobol. Presumably, this is
a Colonial diplomatic ship.
There are those who believe that
obscene language here began out
there. Far across the universe,
with the tribe of humans known
as Capricans. Some believe the
words "FUCK OFF" are written in
the lights of Caprica City
during the Cylon attack. It is
seen at 26:54 on the DVD, most
noticeable when the third Cylon
Raider flies to the middle of
the screen (look to its right).
Kobol.com for pointing this
out on their site!
For some reason, at 28:16 on the DVD, there appear to be a
couple of small camp tents set up on the perimeter of the
At 28:48 on the DVD, Athena is crying at the scenes of
destruction on Caprica, with makeup running down her face.
Athena begins running a remote
damage check on Starbuck's
incoming viper, at 31:55 on the
DVD, the words "Made in USA"
appear on her computer screen!
And at 32:04, a panel in
Starbuck's viper cockpit shows
the word "USASCII", an American
character-encoding scheme for
computers which was the standard
on the worldwide web until the
end of 2007. Above it, is the
acronym EBCDIC, another
character encoding code, used in
mostly IBM mainframe operating
As Starbuck quickly exits his damaged viper at 33:31 on the DVD,
he tells the damage repair crew to "give it a good wash, fellas!"
At 34:30 on the DVD, two suns are seen in the sky over Caprica.
At 35:13 on the DVD, we get our only glimpse of Adama's wife,
Ila, in a couple of photographs found in a keepsake box in the couple's
demolished home. Despite Adama's certainty that Ila was at the
home when it was destroyed, she does later turn up alive in a cameo in issue
#15 of Marvel's BSG comic book ("Derelict").
When he first meets Serina in the crowd of survivors on Caprica,
Adama calls her by name even though she has not introduced
herself. The novelization makes it clear that she is a media
personality known all over Caprica.
As the rag-tag fleet begins its exodus from the Colonies, Adama
states that there are 220 ships in all. (In the novelization,
there are 22,000 ships!)
It seems a bit difficult to believe that all these ships would
be able to escape their colony worlds with the Cylons attacking
and patrolling the system. I suppose it could be argued that
even the vast numbers of the Cylon fleet might be stretched thin
in attacking 12 worlds at once, so some ships were able to slip
away through the cracks with skill and luck. Once at the
rendezvous point, the novelization reveals
that Apollo was able to rig up an
enveloping camouflage force field to hide the gathered ships from the many Cylon patrols that passed nearby.
|I like how the
Colonial Movers ship has storage
modules that look similar to
train freight cars! And the
slogan of Colonial Movers
appears to be "We move
anywhere." Ironic, considering
they are now part of the
movement of humanity across the
cosmos to Earth!
At about 39:15 on the DVD, we
see a rare instance of writing
that does not appear to be
English on one of the ships.
(The ship is identified in later
episodes as the Prison Barge.)
While addressing the survivors about his plan to find Earth,
Adama says that it lies in a galaxy much like their own. However,
there is conflicting information throughout the series as to
whether the Colonies from which the fleet has fled existed in
another galaxy or simply in a solar system (in either case,
referred to as Cyrannus) in the same galaxy in which they are
searching for Earth. If the Colonial legends and mythology
speak of Earth existing in a galaxy (or system) much like their
own, it would imply that people from the Earth colony
communicated with the 12 Colonies at some point in the past.
Notes from the deleted scenes on the DVD
During Starbuck's Pyramid game in the pilots' barracks, Jolly is
seen by the bunks with his shirt off. Not for the faint of
heart...he was one hairy guy!
During the attack on Caprica, Boxey is seen chasing the original
Muffit, but he calls the daggit Peanut. Probably this was the
actual name of the trained dog portraying Muffit.
Some of the deleted scenes of the Imperious Leader do not yet
have Patrick MacNee's voice in place. Most of these just feature
an off-camera script reader speaking the lines. But a few of the
scenes sound as if they're voiced by Ted Cassidy! Possibly it is
the voice of Dick Durock, another behemoth like Cassidy, who was
in the Imperious Leader costume for most, if not all, episodes
in which the character appeared.
Notes from the audio commentary by Richard Hatch, Dirk
Benedict and Herbert Jefferson, Jr. on the DVD
Richard Hatch reveals that his character was originally named
Skyler before it was changed to Apollo several days into
shooting! I don't know that it's been confirmed, but speculation
has been that the name was changed so as not to have a name too
similar to Skywalker from the Star Wars franchise.
Hatch comments that actor David Greenan, who ultimately
portrayed bridge crew member Omega, was originally slotted to
Notes from the novelization of
"Saga of a Star World", Battlestar Galactica by Glen A. Larson
and Robert Thurston
(The page numbers come from the 1st
printing, paperback edition, published September 1978)
Pages 1-85 cover the events of
The novelization has a number of
differences from the aired version of
"Saga of a Star World", having
been based on an early draft of the script. Author Robert
Thurston has also since commented that script changes were
constantly coming in to him while he was writing and he would
try to incorporate those changes into the book; this probably
explains a number of self-contradictions within the novel about
the mythology of Earth, the origin of the Cylon war, the
techno-organic nature of the Cylons, etc.
The novelization uses Earth units of measurement, not the
Colonial ones used in the TV series.
On page 1, Adama's journal mentions that
the Cylon war began 1,000 years ago, without warning.
Also on page 1, Adama comments on the
"time twistings of space travel". Presumably, he is referring to
the time dilation that occurs aboard a space vessel traveling at
or near the speed of the light (as described in Einstein's
theory of relativity).
Page 3 reveals that Zac is 23 years old at
the time of the armistice and that he is somewhat of a viper
pilot veteran already, not the greenhorn he is depicted as in
On page 5, Zac comments that his being on this patrol is
punishment from Colonel Tigh for an unrevealed escapade with a
nurse. In the episode itself, the greenhorn Zac practically begs
to go on the patrol as his first flight mission.
Page 6 reveals that Zac made it through the academy with the
highest marks in its history.
Also on page 6, Zac uses the phrase, "Roger dodger, old codger."
It's a bit of a surprise to see such an obvious Earth
used in the context of BSG. The phrase "Roger dodger, you old
codger" originated as a flippant remark among U.S. military
personnel during WWII.
Page 9 reveals that Baltar is a "self-proclaimed" count (a count
essentially being a companion to the ruler of a kingdom). In the
case of Baltar, there may be a double-meaning in that he is
something of a companion to Colonial President Adar and he is
the secret partner of the Cylons, who plan to conquer the
Page 9 also reveals that Adama and Adar went to the academy
Page 11 suggests that there are just five battlestars in the
fleet (and four of them are destroyed in the upcoming battle;
through dialog in this episode we learn these four are
Atlantia, Pacifica, Triton, and Acropolis).
This must just mean five that survived up until the time of the
Battle of Cimtar, because several others are mentioned (or seen,
in the case of Pegasus) in later episodes or novels.
Page 11 also suggests that the Galactica is over two
hundred years old and was commanded by Adama's father before
him. ("The Hand of God" suggests the battlestar is about 500
Page 11 refers to the Pacifica as the Atlantia's
sister ship, perhaps because of our own Earth connection between
Atlantic and Pacific as the two major oceans of the world.
In the original BSG TV series, all the battlestars seen look
alike. The novel describes them as having unique designs and
Page 13 reveals that Adama as been commander of the
Galactica for 25 years. The
Starbuck mini-series from
Dynmite Entertainment implies Adama had a shorter amount of time
Page 13 also reveals that Starbuck's gambling acumen has made
his name a part of fighter-pilot slang. To be starbucked means
to be "maneuvered into a situation in which your defeat was
Page 15 compares Jolly and Greenbean to Mutt and Jeff. Another
odd connection to modern Earth; Mutt and Jeff were characters in
a comic strip of the same name, one short and heavy, the other
tall and thin.
Page 15 goes on to suggest that the two pilots' names, Jolly and
Greenbean are nicknames awarded by their fellow pilots. If so,
what are their real names? And which other pilots' names we know
of are also just nicknames, not the real ones (Starbuck comes to
mind)? In the reimagined BSG of the 2000's, this is the case
with most of the pilots; Apollo, Starbuck, Boomer...all are
Pages 13-16 depict Starbuck's pyramid card game in the barracks
and reveals that his two opponents are Gemons...and they're good
players to boot! This makes Starbuck's comment to Cassiopeia
later on (in "Exodus") about Gemons ("No wonder those little buggers are such
good card players!") both in the novel and in the episode, make
more sense. (This scene was filmed and appears in the deleted
scenes on the DVD.)
On page 16, Apollo compares the lure of what was hiding inside
the space cloud above Cimtar to "space Loreleis". Here on modern
Earth, Lorelei is a reference to a mermaid who lures sailors to
their deaths with the sound of a beautiful song.
Page 17 reveals that, here in the novel, the Cylons are still
part organic, many-eyed creatures with heads that could alter
shape at will. There is no reference to the reptilian nature of
the ancient Cylons before they became robotic, as told in the TV
Page 21 describes Athena as blond. In the TV series, she is
dark-haired. And page 92 describes Cassiopeia as dark-haired
instead of blond!
Page 22 describes the landing deck of the Galactica as coming
out of its pod, expanding, and easing itself under a descending
shuttlecraft. This is obviously different from the landing bays
depicted in the series.
Page 22 also describes Colonel Tigh as short and wiry. On the TV
series, actor Terry Carter as Tigh is 5'10"...not tall, but not
Page 23 suggests that Tigh's inability to keep his feelings
reigned in had cost him at least one command of his own.
Page 35 suggests that as they progress in life, Cylons may
surgically acquire additional brains (up to three)! Of course,
this would seem to apply only to the partly-organic Cylons
depicted here in the novel, not in the TV series.
On page 46 we learn that in the novel, unlike in the series,
Boxey is not Serina's son, he is just a boy who is caught in the
middle of the Cylon attack on the Presidium and Serina
heroically goes to his aid.
Page 51 reveals that Adama and Tigh have shared more than three
decades of friendship.
The Adama Journals entry on pages 53-55 tell us that, in this
early novelization, Earth was not the lost 13th colony of
humankind, but the actual origin world of humanity. This may
explain the use of Earth phrases mentioned earlier. No mention
is made of Kobol being the homeworld of humanity throughout the novel.
Page 65 reveals that the time of the Cylon attack on Caprica was
late afternoon. As he gazes at the wreckage of his and his
wife's abode, Adama despondently reflects that late afternoon was the
time she usually took a nap; she had probably been asleep when
the structure was demolished.
On page 68, Adama reflects on how he met Ila while he was on
TDY. TDY is an abbreviation of "temporary duty yonder", a term
used in the United States government when assigning its
employees to a temporary duty away from their usual place of
The Adama Journals entry on page 75 tells of the secret
rendezvous point for all ships escaping the Colonies to meet
with the Galactica. He comments that it is a miracle
that so many ships managed to make it off their home planets and
to the rendezvous without being stopped or destroyed by the
Cylons. He also admits, though, that they have no way of knowing
how many ships didn't make it. He also comments that
Apollo was able to rig up an enveloping camouflage force field
to hide the ships gathered at the designated assembling point
from the many Cylon patrols that passed nearby.
When the Imperious Leader reneges on his deal with Baltar and
informs the human traitor of his pending execution, Baltar asks
if he thinks he's some kind of god. Imperious Leader responds,
"Gods are one of the intellectual trivialities of your race." I
point this out only because it's a far different statement than
what the Cylons of the reimagined BSG would have said.
On page 80, it is Baltar who, in an attempt to bargain for his
life, gives the Imperious Leader information about the human
refugees who have fled the Colonies in a ragtag fleet. In the
aired episode, it is Baltar who learns of it second-hand from a
centurion who is reporting on the statements of recently
Page 81 indicates that Baltar is actually executed. In the
series, Imperious Leader sentences him to death in the following
episode ("Exodus") and then he is granted a reprieve by the
successor to the Imperious Leader in "Deathtrap".
Also on page 81, Adama reflects on the odd transports that
now make up his fleet, with ships belonging to Trans-Stellar
Space Service, Gemini Freight, Tauron Bus Lines, etc.
On pages 81-82, Athena makes a remark about "the catlet that
swallowed the underbird," referring to a famous Caprican
children's story. This also, of course, refers to the English
colloquialism, "the cat who ate the canary."
On page 82, Adama says the information he has about Earth comes
from "the secret history books" which, he remarks, he doubts any
of the crew assembled around him have been privileged to
inspect. This sounds a bit like Earth's own Ancient Astronaut
Theory of present-day, that there is a secret history of Earth
that humans were visited (or colonized) by
extra-terrestrials in the distant past and that some secret
societies or shadow governments have the records and knowledge
Notes from the comic book
adaptation of "Annihilation"
Battlestar Galactica #1 (Marvel Comics)
Script by Roger McKenzie
From the teleplay by Glen A. Larson
Art by Ernie Colon
Marvel Comics titles published from
1963-2002 almost always featured
a symbol in the upper-left
corner of the cover that
represented the particular title
(rumored to be for
recognition by customers who
were flipping through the stacks
of comics on a convenience store
spinner-rack). The corner
symbol of the first three issues
of BSG is seen at right. There's
a recognizable viper, Cylon
centurion, and Colonial warrior,
but the ship in the middle
doesn't look much like the
This issue of the comic is actually just titled "Battlestar
Galactica". I am using the cover slogan "Annihilation" as the
title of both this issue and the first hour of the pilot.
The first three issues of Marvel's BSG
comic are an adaption of the
three-hour pilot "Saga of a Star
World". Some of the material presented
in these three issues originally
appeared in Marvel Super Special
#8, with additions and
modifications in these issues.
The Marvel Super Special
has some plotline differences
from the comic series, leftovers from the early drafts of the
pilot script: Baltar is depicted as bald and he is killed by
Cylon centurions at Imperious Leader's command; Serina is named
Lyra instead and she is diagnosed with a fatal illness; the
centurion who is stationed with the Ovions on Carillon is
referred to as Slygg by the Ovion queen, Lotay (in the
novelization, the centurion calls himself Serpentine).
Special #8 (Treasury Edition)
Marvel Super Special #8 (Magazine Edition)
Throughout the three issues there is a
mixture of Colonial and Earth measurement units (yahrens/years,
Throughout this issue, the artist seems to have gotten the pre-
and post-destruction Colonial fleets confused. Early scenes of
the fleet depict it as the ragtag fleet, not the majestic
battlestar fleet that existed before the destruction.
The narration on page 1 ends with "It is the mission of the
Colonial fleet to bring peace, at long last, to the war-torn
galaxy." This, again, implies the series is moving in galactic
terms rather than merely interstellar.
On page 2, Apollo comments that he's afraid that once the
armistice is signed, they'll turn all warriors out to leisuron.
"Leisuron" seems to be a Colonial word for vacation. Later in
the series, "furlon" seems to be the preferred term for "leave
of absence" for the warriors. Obviously the writers have derived
these Colonial terms from "leisure" and "furlough".
On page 14, we see the interior of a Cylon raider as Zac's viper
appears on the monitor scope. The screen shows English words and
numbers at the top and, at the bottom, what might be meant to suggest
On page 15, Starbuck's viper maintenance crew seems to be made
up of hot women who have their own form-fitting
overalls...with the words "Starbuck's Crew" printed on the back!
Perhaps this is the
C.W.O. (Chief Warrant Officer) of Starbuck's ground crew named
Jenny as later revealed in the novelization of
"The Gun on Ice
On page 22, panel 2, Apollo is mistakenly depicted with blond
hair, making him look like Starbuck. Maybe he quickly dyed it
blond so he could score with Starbuck's maintenance crew!
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