"Hijack in Space"
Battlestar Galactica Annual 1978 (Grandreams)
One of the fleet's ships suddenly pulls out,
hijacked by an insane captain.
On the bridge of the Galactica, Athena suddenly reports that
passenger liner Astraia is peeling away from the fleet.
Opening communications, they reach the ship's communications
officer, Garika. He informs them that Captain Targ has gone
crazy and thinks he can take the ship to Sansar and make peace
with the Cylons. Adama doesn't want to fire on the ship due to the
presence of civilians living aboard.
He sends Apollo and Starbuck in a shuttle to masquerade as two
named Grovar and Birtal who want to join them. Targ
allows them to land in docking bay four. When they land and
disembark, the two men sent to meet them recognize the two
warriors and a firefight ensues, with Targ's men killed. The two
warriors then split up, Starbuck to release the civilians likely
being held in the cargo hold and gather some of them for the fight
with the mutineers and Apollo to confront Targ on the bridge.
Apollo surprises Targ and his minimal bridge crew by coming up
the back elevator instead of the forward one and a firefight
ensues. When Starbuck and his civilian volunteers arrive via the
forward elevator, the tide is sealed against Targ, who tries to
trigger the engines to self-destruct, so Apollo is forced to
shoot and kill him.
This story appeared in the British
Battlestar Galactica Annual 1978, a book of short stories, articles and
games all about BSG,
geared towards kids.
Notes from the BSG Chronology
Captain Targ of the Astraia goes crazy and decides to
hijack his ship and take it to Sansar to surrender to the
Cylons. Sansar is not mentioned in any other BSG story, but it
seems to be known of among the Colonial officers here, so it seems
reasonable to assume it is somewhat close to the Colonies,
suggesting this story takes place shortly after
"Deathtrap", when the
fleet was still in the vicinity.
Page 1 of the story tells us that very few passenger-liners
survived the Cylon attack on the Colonies; the Astraia
is one that did.
Page 2 tells us the ship currently carries over 100 civilians of
the fleet. "Astraia" is Greek for "star".
On page 1, Garika tells Commander Adama that Captain Targ thinks
he can take the Astraia to Sansar and make peace with
the Cylons if they see that the ship is unarmed. But then on page 3
of the story, Starbuck comments that he's worried about his and
Apollo's approach in the shuttle because the Astraia is
an armed ship! In fact, Targ even fires a warning shot at them
from the Astraia! If he thinks the ship unarmed,
I guess Captain Targ really is crazy.
The shuttle lands in docking bay four of the Astraia.
That would imply that there are at least three other bays. Four
docking bays on a passenger liner that carries fewer than 200
passengers seems like an awful lot!
Page 4 of the story describes Starbuck as holding a gun in each
hand as he fires at Targ's men. But the accompanying
illustration on that page depicts him with just one.
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