"Hades Hath No Fury"
Battlestar Galactica: Season III #2 (Realm Press)
Written by James A. Kuhoric
Illustrated by Robert Scott
Cover by Chris Scalf
Council begins the establishment of a settlement on Domia; the
Cylons are unexpectedly caught in a deadly battle with beings
they refer to as the Ancient Enemy.
The Council begins the establishment of a small settlement on
Domia. Meanwhile, the Imperious Leader's forces, on their way to
assault the human fleet, encounter a ship of their Ancient Enemy
and become locked in a pitch battle. Red Squadron stumbles
across the battle on patrol and lends a hand against the Cylon
Raiders attacking the alien ship.
Elsewhere, on the Apshaidian ship, the telepathic aliens
manipulate Baltar into thinking they want him as their leader.
On Domia, as the Council makes a presentation at the new
settlement, a number of large, hideous alien forms suddenly
emerge from the stone columns left behind by a long-ago
civilization, grabbing and killing the assembled humans.
CONTINUED IN BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: SEASON III #3
The title of this issue is not to be confused with
"Hell Hath No Fury", issue
#20 of the Marvel BSG series.
In both of these cases, however,
it seems the title was inspired by a woman who has been jilted
The titles of the two issues were inspired by the common paraphrasing of a line
from William Congreve's 1697 play, The Mourning Bride: "Heaven
has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a
woman scorned." The more well-known paraphrase in full is "Hell
hath no fury like a woman scorned." In the BSG universe,
the Colonials tend to use "Hades" in place "Hell". Hades is the
underworld in Christian theology, with Hell being the deepest,
darkest part of it.
The image of the Galactica on page
2, panel 1 is missing the GALACTICA nameplate on the hull of the
I don't know if it's meant to be
a secret message from artist
Robert Scott, but Apollo's
handheld video communicator on
page 8, panel 2, has a row of
buttons labeled IL OV EU M. "I
love you, M"? Also, notice that
the digital graphic in the lower
left corner of the video screen
is the same one that appears on
communicators/translators in the
"Experiment in Terra")
As the Cylon forces battle their "Ancient Enemy",
the Imperious Leader is shocked to learn of the Ancient Enemy's continued
existence. Notice that the Ancient Enemy's ship on page 13,
panel 3 appears to have the Cylon pentagon symbol (as well as
some alien lettering) on its hull. This is an early indication
that the Ancient Enemy is actually a remnant population of the
original reptilian Cylons, which is not officially revealed
until "Fire in the Sky".
Upon seeing the gigantic ship of the Ancient
Enemy, Imperious Leader uses the epithet "By the Nefandi." This
appears to be the first use of the term "Nefandi" seen in the
BSG universe; the meaning of the word to the Imperious Leader is
not known. In Italian, "nefandi" is the plural form of "nefando",
something vile or base.
On page 18, Baltar awakens and clutches his
head, saying, "Ohh, the pain." This may be a reference to the
same line often spoken by the traitorous human Dr. Smith on the
1965-1968 TV series
Lost in Space; note also that
Baltar's former Cylon first officer, Lucifer, was voiced by the
same actor who played Dr. Smith, Jonathan Harris!
On page 20 we are introduced to a Cylon,
similar to an
IL-series unit with eight limbs, named Bael. In
"Fire in the Sky", Imperious Leader seems to identify Bael as an S-R series.
Possibly S-R units are built as research and repair units.
On page 21, two Council Security officers
are guarding the door to docking port 94, the door labeled for
"Council use only". The docking port number is probably a
reference to docking bay 94 at Mos Eisley spaceport, where the
Millennium Falcon was docked on Tatooine in Star
Wars: A New Hope.
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