Look-In (1980) #30-42
Angus P. Allen
Artist: Martin Asbury
Scouting for a source of supplies on the planet Zardak, Apollo, Starbuck, and Athena are
captured and enslaved to work in a Cylon metals mine.
Apollo, Starbuck, and Athena arrive on the planet Zardak to
scout for a source of supplies. But it turns out there is a
small human settlement on the planet ruled by a petty dictator
named Mendrix who has enslaved most of the population in order
to mine metals for his Cylon allies. The Cylons detect the
Galactican shuttle, but do not wish the human fleet to become
aware of their presence there, so Mendrix is
ordered to take care of
the intruders. Mendrix sends an armed hovercraft to attack the
small ship after it lands. The three Colonials take off again to
escape the guns but are shot down out of the sky and captured to
become additional slaves in the mines.
On the Galactica, Boomer volunteers to search for the missing
warriors and takes another shuttle down to the planet, not
realizing Boxey and Muffit have stowed away as well.
In the mines, a slave guard who is actually a member of a secret
resistance to Mendrix's rule helps Apollo, Starbuck, and Athena
to escape their toil, but has no weapons to offer them except
Meanwhile, Boomer's shuttle has also been detected by the Cylons
and another hovercraft is sent to shoot it down. But Boomer
turns the tables and destroys the craft. One soldier manages to
ditch from the falling vehicle, but lands in swamp and is soon
mired and being sucked down into its depths. Boomer and Boxey
lower a grapple down from the hovering shuttle to rescue him and
the grateful man agrees to help them infiltrate the mines to
rescue the imprisoned warriors.
Boomer's attack on the mining compound just happens to coincide
with an attack on the control center by Apollo, Starbuck, and
Athena and they are reunited. During the battle, the Cylon
commander eviscerates the cowardishly babbling Mendrix and then
is himself destroyed by Boomer. As our heroes flee the site, the
Zardakian soldier who'd befriended Boomer and Boxey gets on the
comm system and announces over the loudspeakers to his people
that the Cylons have murdered Mendrix and they must rise up
against the honorless robotic overlords.
As the rebellion spreads, our heroes escape Zardak in Boomer's
Notes from the Battlestar Galactica chronology
I've chosen to place this story during the fleet's trek through
the new galaxy where it encounters several "lost" Colonial
settlements that began in "The
Long Patrol" and ends some time before
"The Living Legend"
Part 1. In this story, we see there is a small human
civilization or settlement ruled by a petty dictator who has
enslaved most of the population and they seem to speak the same
language as the Colonial visitors, so they are at least
distantly related. It is also stated several times in the story
that the Colonial patrol is looking for a "supply source" and
looking for human life, making it sound like they are expecting
(or at least hoping) to find a settlement that will have
manufactured "supplies" as opposed to just searching for indigenous
food, mineral, or fuel sources.
This story appeared in thirteen issues of
Look-In, a UK magazine geared towards kids. The story is
told in comic strip form and appeared in two-page chapters of
The story itself is untitled. I borrowed the title "Enslaved"
Battlestar Galactica Chronology on the
(this site was also the source of the writer and artist credit on the
story since there are no credits on the story itself).
The writer may have named the watery world
Zardak for the species of cyprinid fish of the same name found
in Russia and Iran (also known as the Caspian Barbel).
The Cylons are seen to use previously unseen
airboats in their search for the escaped human slave through
the swamps of Zardak.
On page 3 of the story, the Galactican
shuttle is seen to have a large number "2" painted on the roof.
Presumably, this indicates a designation as shuttle #2. Later,
Boomer's shuttle on page 13 has a large "3" on the side; but, as
it returns to the Galactica at the end of the story,
Commander Adama refers to it as "shuttle one"!
In this story, we once again see that the
humans on this planet of Zardak seem to speak the same language
as the Colonials, even though there does not appear to be an
obvious connection between the two civilizations.
|On page 19 of the story, an
unusual Cylon model is seen at
their base on Zardak. Perhaps
this is some variation of an
Also on page 19 of the story, the Cylons
activate their seismosonic detector to see if anything is moving
within the base and reveal the escapees' location. "Seismosonic"
is not a real word, but obviously is intended to convey a
meaning of detecting motion and sound (or possibly motion
The ship of the fleet seen drifting behind
the Galactica on page 21 appears to have part of the word
"freighters" stenciled on its side, probably from the name of the
company that owned the ship back in the Colonies.
Oddly (and amusingly), Starbuck's whip on
page 23 of the story seems to make the sound of "shassa!" when
cracked. Starbuck was already the Han Solo of Battlestar
Galactica, now with the whip he's the Indiana Jones as
What became of the human survivors of the
revolt on Zardak? Even though they seem to have toppled Mendrix
and his Cylon allies at the base, it seems likely the Cylon
Empire will simply send reinforcements to reestablish their
dominance there (and possibly slaughter the remaining humans).
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