"Journey's End" Part 4
Battlestar Galactica: Journey's End #4 (Maximum Press)
Plot: Rob Liefeld
Co-plot/Script: Robert Napton
Pencils: Ching Lau, Michael Chang
Inks: Livesay, Sean Parsons, Dan Fraga
Sent into the
past, the Galactica crew and their allies attempt to
prevent the destruction of the Twelve Colonies.
Because Elias has transported the Galactica back in
time to shortly before the holocaust at the Twelve Colonies,
this issue takes place during what would have been the events of
"Annihilation", the premiere
episode of Battlestar Galactica.
This was the final BSG issue published by Maximum Press.
Although it concludes the Journey's End story, it still leaves
many loose threads from this and the three previous mini-series
Page 1 states that our heroes are in the Colonial yahren 7342.
However, as discussed in several previous studies of BSG
episodes on PopApostle, according to the
BSG Timeline on the Battlestar Wiki, the year 7342 is
unlikely based on what we know of the TV episodes. The only date given in
the TV series is the Colonial yahren 7322, when the Cylons
attacked Umbra on Caprica, causing Starbuck to become orphaned
at about the same age as Boxey,
as mentioned in "The Man
with Nine Lives". The characters' ages are presumed
from the actors' ages at the time: Noah Hathaway as Boxey was 7
and Dirk Benedict as Starbuck was 33. From this it is deduced
that the destruction of the Colonies occurs in 7348.
Page 1 presents an introductory segment of Serina's broadcast
from the Caprican Presidium on the eve of the armistice, not
previously seen in
"Annihilation". She remarks she
is on CBN, the Caprican Broadcasting Network. This is the first
mention of the network. The clothing she wears is colored
entirely grey, instead of the grey and brown seen in the
"Journey's End" Part 3,
Commander Cain was back in his traditional uniform after
assuming temporary command of the Galactica to warn the
Colonies of the impending Cylon attack while Apollo and Tigh
attempted to warn the Colonial President and Quorum of same. But
now, Cain is suddenly wearing his patient gown from the Life
Center again! (Cain was seriously injured in
"Apollo's Journey" Part 1.)
On page 2, Serina's dialog during the broadcast is the same as
that heard in
"Annihilation" until it is
changed by the appearance of the Vipers from the future-Galactica.
Notice on page 4, panel 3, that despite Cylon Unit
5560 being programmed to obey the Colonials, a past-Warrior is
holding a gun on it anyway as Commander Apollo asks it to access
its historical records to call off the Cylon Raiders attacking
5560 refers to the destruction of the Colonies and battlestars
as Operation 8432.
On page 7, Commander Apollo refers to Earth as the last human
outpost in all the universe, despite knowing from his travels
(as does the reader from past episodes) that humans inhabit a
number of other worlds besides the Colonies and Earth.
Because of the altered timeline, not only has Zac survived the
Cylon assault, but so has Adama's wife, Ila, and most of the
humans of the Twelve Colonies, now bound for Earth to escape the
Speaking of the burden of command on page 9, Apollo says, "It's
just not as good at it as my father was...is."
Obviously, the "it's" at the beginning of his
statement should be "I'm".
The last we see of Zac, he's reporting to Captain Apollo that
he's lost two of his turbos in the battle and Apollo tells him
to head back to the Galactica. This means Zac is aboard and
alive-and-well when Elias propels the battlestar back to 7362.
It would seem though, that the young Captain Apollo and Lt.
Starbuck, as well as the old Commander Cain and Sheba and one of
the Boomers (probably Colonel Boomer) were left behind, still
taking out the baseship's forward laser batteries.
Panel 3 of page 17 features an image of the fleet reprinted from
page 9, panel 1 of this issue.
At the end of the story, Elias returns the Galactica to the year
7362, before the fleet discovered Earth. With his
current knowledge of the future, Apollo decides to send the
fleet to Earth alone, with assurances from Elias that Count
Iblis and the Cylons won't be bothering them with the Galactica
leading them away. This would seem to imply that Adama is still
alive, though still in suspended animation to prevent the Kaitai
syndrome from killing him. And Elias informs Apollo that
Starbuck is still lost (after his battle with Ares in
"The Enemy Within" Part 3) because he
has a journey of his own on which to embark.
What happens from here? Does the Galactica ever track
down the missing members of the Thirteenth Tribe? Now that time
has changed somewhat, will the Galactica and
Pegasus ever be reunited? Did the young Apollo and the rest
of the Viper pilots left behind in the past ever manage to make it back to
the fleeing rag-tag fleet? What is future Starbuck's destiny
with the Seraphs? These questions all remain unanswered, as
Maximum Press ceased publication of BSG titles after the
completion of this mini-series.
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