Written by Donald Bellisario
Directed by Winrich Kolbe
Baltar attempts to
escape with the help of the
enforcers and the Borellian Nomen.
Read the complete story summary at the Battlestar wiki site
For some reason, Anne Lockhart is missing from the secondary
opening credits, where she has been ever since
"War of the Gods" Part 1.
At 2:55 on the DVD, Commander Adama's journal entry mentioning
Lunar 7 reads "Luna 7" instead. (The novelization also
refers to Luna 7.)
It seems odd the recent captives on the prison barge are
permitted to continue wearing their previous uniforms/clothing.
I guess the fleet prison system doesn't have money for unique
At 3:43 on the DVD, notice that the door to Leiter's cell starts
to open before the guard has even slid his key card through the
I'm not sure that this has been previously stated implicitly:
Apollo comments to his father that he doesn't need to obey the
orders of the Council because the fleet has been under a state
of martial law since the Holocaust. Martial law is simply
military rule, which I suppose would be the case in the fleet
considering they are under constant threat of attack from the
While serving in the mess hall on the prison barge, Baltar saves
for the Nomen
from Borellian desert layers (or the closest
equivalent raised on the livestock ship),
evidently a creature native to the Borella region of Caprica (as
the region is revealed in Armageddon).
"The Man With Nine Lives",
Maga declared the foolish young
Taba to be disowned and his name to be stricken from the
roster of the Nomen. Yet, here, he seems to be one of them
again, working in concert with Maga and Bora. Did he somehow
earn redemption? If so, how?
Baltar claims to the Nomen that he has his "sources" from which
he gained the information that the Eastern Alliance soldiers are
going to be transferred to the Galactica. What sources are these? Someone low enough that they would collude
with the betrayer of the human race, seemingly. Is it someone on
Sire Domra seems to be in charge of the Council in this episode.
But, just recently in
"Greetings from Earth" Part 1, it was Sire Geller.
What happened to him? (The novelization briefly mentions Sire
Geller on page 2, but then it replaces him without explanation with Sire Domra
Sire Domra announces that the Council has decided to give Adama
the Star of Kobol, an award that has not been bestowed on any
living colonist in over a millennium. Adama refuses the award,
knowing it is just a bribe to get him to step down as leader of
the fleet. It seems strange then, that this rarely-given award
is shortly after awarded to Commander Kronus of the Celestra
in "Take the Celestra".
Boomer sarcastically remarks that he'll soon need Council
permission to use the turbo-flush. Presumably, the turbo-flush
is a space toilet.
When he gets angry with the Council Security officers on the
shuttle, Boomer sends the shuttle into a nosedive, throwing the
unsecured security men tumbling. This doesn't seem likely given
they were flying through space and, thus, zero gravity! I
suppose it's possible he also increased the shuttle's speed to
such an extent that thrust force is what was really effecting
them (and the tilted camera angle was just to communicate the
intended reaction to the viewing audience).
The escaping prisoners raid the storage of the prison barge for
their old equipment. But how likely is it that the Borellians'
laser bolas would be stored on the same ship in which they're
Baltar is pleased to see Lt. Boomer on the shuttle and comments,
"Too bad Starbuck and Apollo aren't here. I could settle all my
debts at once." Baltar met Starbuck in
"A Death in the Family"
and he might harbor a grudge against Apollo for simply being
Adama's son. But what in particular has Boomer done to him?
Where did Baltar and the rest of the escapees get the solenite
charges to plant on the shuttle? I doubt it also was being
stored on the prison barge! Maybe they found a crate of it in
the Galactica landing bay they now control?
I love the ironic touch at 36:53 on the DVD. It is merely a
stock shot of the Galactica moving across the field of view, but
with the basestar theme music playing over it, now that
Baltar has the Council hostage aboard her and Adama at his
The Colonial strike team on the landing bay is wearing a
different type of helmet than we've seen in the series before.
We're told the Alliance destroyer was being tracked so the
Galactica would know exactly where the Alliance base on
Lunar 7 was located. We later learn the fate of Commandant
Leiter and the destroyer beginning in "Lunar Won", but the
escape of the Nomen is not mentioned. It is not until
"Apollo's Journey" Part 2
that it is stated that the Nomen were recaptured near the lunar
moons of the planet Terra in an unchronicled tale. Maga and Bora
next appear in Die, Chameleon!, no mention of
how they came to be returned to the fleet being made there.
At the end of the episode there is an implied romantic
attraction between Adama and Siress Tinia. Did they continue to
see each other after this?
Notes from Experiment in
Terra, the novelization of
"Baltar's Escape" and "Experiment in Terra", by Glen A. Larson and Ron Goulart
(The page numbers come from the 2nd
printing, paperback edition, published May 1984)
Pages 1-55 cover the events of "Baltar's Escape".
The cover painting by David Schleinkofer appears to depict the
scene of the raid on the Galactica's landing bay to prevent
Baltar's escape. It's more of a symbolic depiction of what
happens though. Notice there is a planet visible outside the
opening of the landing bay; the Galactica was nowhere near Terra
or any other planet at the time! Also notice the ship on deck, to
Apollo's right...it's not a Viper, though it has a slightly
similar look; it looks a bit different from, but very similar
to, the ship on the cover of "The
Long Patrol" novelization. There is no laser battle in the
landing bay, as depicted here, either; the Colonials' con on Baltar is done through
subterfuge, not a gun fight.
Page 9 describes Baltar taking a bowl of bluish stew at the mess
hall of the prison barge. In the episode, the stuff is more
greenish, like pea soup.
Page 9 also describes there being prisoners from "all corners of
the universe" on the prison barge. We should probably consider
that an exaggeration.
Page 9 also suggests that there are a half-dozen Nomen eating
together in the mess hall and who agree to participate in
Baltar's escape plan. In the episode there are only three, the
same three seen previously in
"The Man With Nine Lives";
this novel makes no mention of those events since that story was
On page 18, Colonel Tigh scoffs at the notion of Council
Security guarding the prisoners, saying, "They couldn't keep a
lapdog from escaping off a zoo ship..." Shouldn't that be
lapdaggit? In the episode, he instead says, "Council Security
couldn't prevent an escape from the orphan ship."
In the Officers' Club on page 30, instead of receiving his drink
from a barman, an android delivers it!
On page 42, Starbuck mentions the vidball machine in the rec
lounge. Probably, this is a game similar to pinball.
Here in the novelization, Dr. Wilker manages to reprogram
Baltar's centurions to betray him. Before his Raider can launch,
the two Cylons take his detonator and gun from him, then open
the hatch, allowing Apollo and Starbuck to enter and take the
human villain back into custody.
Page 58 reveals that Baltar is now held in more isolated
quarters on the prison barge than he was before the escape