"Greetings from Earth" (Part 2)
(49:36-end in the episode)
Written by Glen A. Larson
Directed by Rod Holcomb
Apollo, Starbuck, and
Cassiopeia aid Michael and Sarah against the
Eastern Alliance on the planet Paradeen.
Read the complete story summary at the Battlestar wiki site
Three of the Lunar Seven children are played by the children of
series creator Glen A. Larson.
The android Vector is played by
Ray Bolger. The facial make-up
he wears for the role,
particularly on his nose, is
reminiscent of what he wore as
the Scarecrow in the 1939
classic film The Wizard of
The android Hector is played by Bobby Van. Van grew up with
vaudeville and the previously-mentioned Bolger was a vaudeville performer in the 1920s.
The short musical act the two androids put on for the humans'
entertainment in this episode is reminiscent of one type of act
seen in old vaudeville shows.
As Adama speaks into his journal at the beginning of the episode,
he says that Apollo, Starbuck, and the Lunar Avion have
been gone for almost a secton (1 week). So, Apollo and Starbuck
have been cooped up, trapped in only a seated position, going
without bathing for a week in their Vipers before landing on
Paradeen! (And how do they go to the bathroom? Depends.) At least on the
Lunar Avion Cassie can walk around a little!
It is as it approaches Paradeen that we learn that Michael
and Sarah's ship is named the Lunar Avion (which is
essentially Latin for Moon Bird).
The Eastern Alliance military seems to be a cross between Cold
War era Soviets and WWII Nazis in their uniforms, accoutrements,
The interior design of the Eastern Alliance destroyer appears to
be modeled after a submarine.
The discussion between Krebbs and Commandant Leiter reveals that
left Lunar Seven a month ago.
Lanceman, one of Leiter's subordinates on the destroyer,
mentions they are due on Lunar Nine in three days. This would
presumably mean that there are at least nine of the "Lunar"
colonies of Terra.
Leiter tells Lanceman to set a course for Paradeen at star
speed. The meaning of "star speed" is not explained; is it light
The Terran symbol seen on the
hull of the Lunar Avion
and on the arm patches of the
occupants (right) looks a bit like the
current United Nations symbol of
Earth (left). Also, notice that there
is a planet depicted in the
lower half of the symbol that
seems to show a close
Earth's own continents!
The spacing of the windows on
the Lunar Avion doesn't quite match
between the model seen in the space
shots and the full-size ship seen at
the Paradeen spaceport.
The gravestone over Sarah's father's grave is roughly
cross-shaped, as it might be among a Christian population on
Earth. Another hint that Terra might be Earth (though it turns
out not to be in "Experiment in Terra".)
Inside the house on the Fowler ranch at 58:21 on the DVD, we see
what appear to be the horns of a longhorn steer, antlers of a
cervid animal, and a mounted cervid head like a deer or elk.
Who built the fire that is burning in the Fowler home when the
group arrives? Presumably, Vector and Hector didn't start it
before they left to pick them up at the spaceport; it's not the
best idea to leave a fire burning in the house when no one is
there to watch after it. And no one had previously gone into the house
except the kids (who you'd think would be too young to be
allowed to do so) and Sarah (who was upset and crying in the
bedroom over her father's death).
What is Apollo doing at 59:13 on the DVD? He turns towards the fireplace (off-screen)
and raises his hands. Is he just enjoying the warmth?
During Vector and Hector's song routine, one of the children is
missing from the crowd, the youngest boy. I guess he was put to
Aboard the Eastern Alliance destroyer, one of Commandant Leiter's men informs him it would take at
least two months for a communiqué to reach Terra from their
location since the light wave relay station on Lunar Seven was
sabotaged. Since radio transmissions travel at the speed of
light, the destroyer must be about two light-months out from
When Michael is not willing to help Apollo find the coordinates
to Lunar Seven, Apollo tells him he just traded 6 lives for
6,000. That would suggest that there are about 6,000 people in
the fleet. Not many left over from all the 12 Colonies.
The East/West conflict of Terra was meant to be representative
of the potential hazard of the enmity of the then current Cold
War between the United States and its NATO allies (west) and the
Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact (east).
At 1:13:32 on the DVD, an airplane crosses in the background sky
from the right of screen.
The city scenes on Paradeen were shot at the grounds of Expo 67
(the 1967 International and Universal Exposition) in Montreal,
Quebec, Canada. By 1978, when the episode was shot, most of the
unused buildings were in a state of disrepair which allowed for
the production to capture the feeling of a dead, futuristic
Taking a shine to Hector, Starbuck comments he wishes he had a
few more like him and maybe he'd put them on the Council of
Twelve so they could start a world that reacts to logic instead
of passion, greed, and jealousy. Starbuck must not be thinking
straight because they are already fleeing an empire that is
ruled by robots!
The scene of the Lunar Avion and the Vipers parked at
the spaceport at 1:18:41 on the DVD looks as if it was just shot
on the Universal Studios lot. The hangar-like building appears
to be a soundstage.
I guess the series only had one full-size Viper to use for
on-location shooting. We only see one at the spaceport when
Apollo heads there to communicate with the Galactica.
There should have been both his and Starbuck's.
As they search for Starbuck in the bowels of the city, Apollo
asks Hector if anything looks familiar and the lost android
replies, "They all look familiar." Then it appears he says
something else as well, but it has been dubbed over with
If you look closely at Hector's face at 1:26:24 on the DVD, it
does not appear to be actor Bobby Van playing him under the
make-up and helmet. It seems as if a stand-in was used.
Apollo and Cassie use a pair of funky communicators during their
search for Starbuck. Are these Colonial devices or were they
obtained from the Fowler house?
Despite his exhaustion, it would seem that Starbuck moved to
another location from the scene at 1:30:44 to the one at
1:31:49 on the DVD. Notice that he is not banging on the same pipe later as
he was in the earlier scene.
Both Michael and Starbuck carry a silver-and-black gun when they
storm in on the Alliance soldiers at the homestead. They must be
Terran weapons obtained from the Morelands.
Speaking of Michael's gun, where did he get it? When we see him
run up to the door outside with Apollo and Starbuck, he's
empty-handed. When we cut to the interior as they all enter, he
suddenly has the gun in his hand.
With the Vipers damaged by Sarah's sabotage, Apollo and Starbuck
ride aboard the captured Eastern Alliance destroyer with their
captives in order to return to the fleet. Were the Vipers left
behind permanently? Would the Alliance find the wrecked ships
and reverse-engineer them? Or maybe Apollo made
arrangements with Michael and Sarah to destroy the ships so they
wouldn't fall into the wrong hands.
Notes from the novelization of
"Greetings from Earth" by Glen A. Larson and Ron
(The page numbers come from the 1st
printing, paperback edition, published June 1983)
Pages 82-end cover the events of "Greetings
from Earth" Part 2.
Pages 83-86 contain an added scene in which Boxey presents
Commander Adama to be briefed on the status of the missing
Throughout the book, Hector is presented a bit differently than
in the episode in that he has a double-strength vocabulary tube
installed, which causes him to often speak a string of words
that have the same meaning while making his point.
On page 94, Vector accuses his "son",
the way he sits with legs crossed and hand on his hip, of
looking like a pansy! Not that there's anything wrong with that.
On page 95, Vector and Hector discuss baseball, another red
herring that Paradeen is a colony of Earth. The teams mentioned
are the Lunar Six Giants and the Terra Five Blue Sox.
The hovercraft driven by Vector and Hector are presented as
actually flying 20 feet in the air.
On page 98, Hector exclaims, "Holy Moley!" The slightly
different spelling, "Holy Moly" was first used by the super-hero
character Captain Marvel in Whiz Comics #2, February
The book suggests that Sarah's father was a scientist. In the
televised episode, it is not clear what profession he may have
had before his death.
On page 103, Zixi mentions her cousin Maxine's missing earring,
worth $100,000. I guess besides cubits and
the Colonials also use dollars!
On page 106, Hector serves the humans steaming hot cups of
Javine, which Starbuck compares to nearcaf. These two terms are
probably meant to evoke "java" and "caffeine", both used to
describe coffee here on Earth.
In the book, it is Hector who follows Sarah out of the house at
night instead of the two little girls as in the televised
On pages 115-116, Apollo meets a Paradeen hermit named Kurtiz
who has some low-level telekinetic abilities. Later, Starbuck
meets a young woman gang member in the city who also has psi
abilities. It's never explained why these two unrelated
characters should have psi abilities; I suppose the implication
is that it has to do with mutation caused by the
chemical/biological attacks by the Eastern Alliance in past
On page 116, Hector offers to fix snapjacks for breakfast.
Obviously this is meant to suggest the flapjacks of
Later, on page 159, Starbuck uses the phrase "they'd sell like
hotcakes" (another Earth expression), referring to android
duplicates of himself he jokes he'd like to have made.
On page 117, Hector mispronounces Starbuck's name as Starburst.
Also on page 117, Hector describes the city as lying 10 miles
from the homestead. "Mile", of course, is an English, Earth unit
The book suggests a somewhat more alien environment on Paradeen
than is seen in the TV episode, such as blue grass and trees and orange birds.
The book reveals that Sarah's husband was killed on Lunar Seven
over two years ago.
In the book, Michael's daughter
is the youngest girl
the oldest one as in the televised episode.
Starbuck's adventure in the city is quite a bit different in the
book than in the televised episode. Here, he's taken there by
Hector but then is captured by a street gang of young adults. He
claims to be a pilot hauling a load of weapons that he can give
to them in exchange for his life. He then befriends the young
woman, Queenie, who is leading him back to the spaceport and, with
Apollo's intervention, they both escape the gangs of the city.
They manage to collect up some books on Terra from the abandoned
library while they're at it.
The cover of the book depicts Starbuck's and Queenie's visit to
the city library on Paradeen, but for some reason it appears
they are being attacked by robots instead of the human gang, the
Commandos (though the attackers may be humans wearing gas masks
for some reason).
On page 147, Big Words refers to Starbuck's laser as a
blunderbuss. This may be due to the design of the Colonial
weapon, which has a flared muzzle as in the TV series, a feature
of Earth guns called blunderbusses invented in the 17th century and mostly out of use
after the 19th.
In the last chapter of the book, Apollo does give Sarah one