(Saga of a Star World, hour 2)
42:00-1:23:15 on Side 1 of the DVD
Written by Glen A. Larson
Directed by Richard A. Colla
The fleet risks passing through
a minefield to reach a planet that can provide fuel and food.
(This episode begins with Starbuck's apology to Athena and
ends with Starbuck and Boomer entering the casino on
Read the complete synopsis of the three-hour "Saga of a Star
World" at the Battlestar Wiki site.
I borrowed the title of issue #2 of the BSG comic book by
Marvel Comics for the title of this hour of Saga of a Star
The dialog by the refugees on the freighter suggests that it has
been two days since the fleet rendezvous at the end of
A refugee claims that he saw the luxurious conditions aboard the
Rising Star before he was cast out and put on the freighter
among the Borays of humanity. We don't learn here what Borays
are, but in the episode "The Magnificent Warriors", we are
introduced to a pig-like race of sentient humanoids called
As Starbuck takes down Cassiopeia's information, we learn that
her name means "fairy queen".
Cassiopeia describes her profession as socialator. The following
dialog between her and Starbuck suggests that socialator is akin
to prostitute or, perhaps, geisha.
Explaining the anger of the woman to her on the freighter to
Starbuck, Cassie says the woman belongs to the Otori sect which
does not believe in physical contact between genders except when
sanctified by the priests during the high worship of the
sunstorm every seven years. This is somewhat similar to the
Vulcan's mating practice of Pon Farr on
At 52:03 on the DVD, a Cylon centurion identifies himself as
Flight Leader Serpentine. Is Serpentine the Cylon's name? Or
just the name of his flight squadron?
Jolly says that pluton poisoning from the radiation of the Cylon
bombings is breaking down much of the food that was scavenged
from the devastated Colonies. The term "pluton poisoning"
appears to be a fictional concept.
At 58:00 on the DVD, in the control room hallway of the
Rising Star, the name of the ship can be seen on the nearby
console as T.S.S. Rising Star. The T.S.S. probably
stands for Trans-Stellar Services since the guard outside the
Club Elite says he is being paid by Trans-Stellar to keep people
out of Sire Uri's celebration.
At 58:43 on the DVD, the same symbol that was on what I guessed
was a first aid kit and fire extinguisher in the pilots'
"Annihilation" is also seen on the door of the Life Center, suggesting
that it is a universal emergency symbol.
At 1:06:14 on the DVD, a fake tongue can be seen protruding from
the metal mouth of Muffit the mechanical daggit.
From 1:08:00-1:09:13 on the DVD, as Adama is speaking with Athena in his
quarters, the light shining through the oval portal gradually
moves up and down the wall behind him. It must be intended to
convey motion of the ship as it moves through space past a
When Athena hits the steam purge button for the launch tube
in which Starbuck and Cassie have sequestered themselves, why is
Starbuck the only one we see jumping up and screaming in pain? I
guess the producers decided the audience wouldn't find it funny
to see that happening to a woman!
At 1:12:34 on the DVD, we can see that most of the viper helmets
on the shelf in the pilots' barracks have the Galactica's
"Egyptian" symbol on them, but one has no symbol at all.
At 1:15:41 on the DVD, it appears that some foreign substance
got stuck on the film stock or the camera lens.
We again see the lizard resting on Imperious Leader's shoulder
(as we did in "Annihilation") at
1:17:37 on the DVD.
When Baltar argues with the Imperious Leader that his colony was
to be spared, the Imperious Leader replies, "I now alter the
bargain." This is similar to a line later said by Darth Vader in
the 1980 film Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, "I am
altering the agreement. Pray I do not alter it further."
The image of Carrilon that
appears on the viper scope at
1:18:41 on the DVD, looks like
the same aerial land shot
photo on the wall of Dr.
Wilker's lab at 1:06:09! Some
similar images also hang in the
Quorum chamber at 6:38.
Dr. Wilker's lab
The woman Starbuck and Boomer meet outside the casino is wearing
a large headdress of long, white feathers. Notice that as she
speaks to the two and moves her head around, the feathers smack
the two actors in the face at various times!
As the first vacationer they meet on Carillon starts to trot off
down the trail, Boomer says to Starbuck, "She must have been smoking
plant vapor," a veiled reference to our Earth's own cannabis
plant and its effects when smoked.
During his conversation with Boxey about the Cylons, Apollo
mentions that the Cylons can exchange parts, so they can live
forever. Perhaps this line of dialog was Ron Moore's inspiration
for having the Cylons of the reimagined BSG being able to
resurrect over-and-over, hence living forever.
Notes from the deleted scenes on the DVD
The deleted scenes include the excised subplot of Serina
becoming ill with a fatal disease. The doctor reveals that
several other refugees have succumbed and died from it and his
research indicates it was caused by an agent in the Cylon bombs
that were dropped which breaks down the components of food to
make it inedible and it also turns out to be deadly to humans
who are exposed to the agent. It might be argued that this
omitted subplot was the inspiration for President Laura Roslyn's
cancer in BSG2000.
Notes from "From Construction Kits to Battlestars: An
Interview With Model Maker Ken Swenson" in the book Mission
Galactica: The Cylon Attack
Swenson reveals that the three-disked ship from the fleet (seen
heading to Carillon, implying it is a mining ship), was made of
three film cans in a line, one behind the other, and was
intended as a livery ship for carrying the livestock of the
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 87-152 cover the events of "Exodus"
Pages 98-99 extend the scene between Adama and Athena as she
consoles him over the burdens of his command in the face of such
devastation. She points out the ragtag fleet may be old, rusty,
beat-up, and battered, but it contains life--life searching for a
new world to grow in.
Page 106 describes Sire Uri as tall and handsome, despite his
age, not like the old, heavyset man seen in the series.
On page 109, Cassie is treated by Dr. Paye, who was played by
John Fink in the episode. Later episodes featured Dr. Salik,
played by George Murdock, as the head physician on the
Galactica. Paye is mentioned later in
"War of the Gods"
Part 2 as having treated Apollo after his return from death at
the hand of Count Iblis.
On page 111, Commander Adama announces to Colonel Tigh his
intention to resign as president of the Council of Twelve. He
does so, but later withdraws his resignation after the battle of
Carillon, which the Council allows him to do.
Page 118 describes the robotic Muffit II as looking like a real
daggit, not the metallic toy with fur seen in the TV series. At
times, Muffit is also referred to in the text as a droid, a term
short for "android" popularized in 1977's Star Wars.
In the Adama Journals entry on pages 121-123, Adama recounts a
pre-annihilation anecdote about Starbuck during his days as a
In the novel, the
explosive mines have been placed in orbit around Carillon, not
within the nearby Nova of Madagon as depicted in the episode.
Pages 132-134 feature a scene not found in the episode, as Adama
and Athena discuss the dangerous mission of Apollo, Starbuck, and
Boomer to clear a path through the mines in Carillon's
Notes from the comic book
adaptation of "Exodus"
Battlestar Galactica #2 (Marvel Comics)
Script by Roger McKenzie
From the teleplay by Glen A. Larson
Art by Ernie Colon
(Also, part of this episode continues into BSG #3)
On page 5, the fleet shuttles are depicted quite a bit
differently than they appear on the TV series!
On page 7, the Rising Star exterior is depicted quite a bit
differently than the model used in the show.
Also on page 7, Jolly is depicted with red hair!
In the episode, the security guard outside Sire Uri's elite club
on the Rising Star tells Boomer he works for Trans-Stellar
Services. Here in the comic, he calls it Trans-Galactic Star
On page 11, panel 3, Sire Uri's concubine (or what-have-you) is
wearing her hair in Princess Leia danishes!
Opposite of the handsome characterization of the novelization,
here Sire Uri is depicted as being quite corpulent.
Dr. Wilker is depicted quite a bit differently here than in the
TV episode. On TV he was a gray-haired, middle-age man. Here, he is
younger, with a shaved head and a Van Dyke beard.
BSG #3: As the story from this episode continues in BSG #3, note
that on page 1, the mines in the Nova of Madagon are depicted
with the generic look of an underwater mine, with horns sticking
out all around instead of the more satellite-looking mines seen
in the TV episode.
BSG #3: At least in my copy, there is a blank dialog balloon
coming from Boomer's viper on page 1, panel 2.
BSG #3: On page 2, panel 2, an unidentified young woman with
braided hair is seen seated at a bridge console on the
Galactica. This must be a representation of Rigel, since actress
Sarah Rush also wore braids in most of her scenes.
BSG #3: Page 3 uses the distance unit "quadron". I know of no
Colonial or Earthly unit by that name.