Battlestar Galactica: Cylon Apocalypse #2 (Dynamite)
Written by Javier Grillo-Marxuach
Art by Carlos Rafael
Cover A by Jim Starlin
ponders the moral questions of releasing a “bio-weapon” against
Read the story summary at the Battlestar Wiki
The individual issues of the mini-series did not have titles. I
made up the titles myself, usually based on a bit of dialog from
Responding to Apollo's report from the
science deck that Cylons are boarding the ship from a hole
blasted into the hull, Commander Adama tells him there are D-com
warriors on the way. "D-com" seems to be a reference to
"decompression"; warriors later show up in environment masks to
battle the Cylons.
On page 2, an incredulous Dr. Wilker asks
Starbuck, "Are you out of your Umbran mind?" This is a reference
to Starbuck's home village of Umbra on Caprica as a child. It
may also be a nod towards Dr. McCoy's frequent insults toward
Mr. Spock in Star
Trek, as in, "Are you out of your Vulcan mind?"
On page 3, Starbuck tells the invading
Cylons, "Eat this, daggit frackers!" In colloquial English, he's
basically calling them "dog fuckers".
On page 6, Colonel Tigh reports on a
detonation in space "less than a metric away." In Colonial
parlance, a metric is about one Earth kilometer.
On page 7, Greenbean appears for the first
time since "The Leiter
Side of Life".
On pages 3-7, how are Apollo and Starbuck
and the rest of Warriors who enter not being flash-frozen as
the atmosphere of the room is being sucked out into space by the
gaping hole in the hull? They're wearing environment masks to
breathe, but nothing else besides their normal uniforms for
protection! (Though it is mentioned later in the issue that the
recovering Apollo and Starbuck had their blood replaced and
tissues healed, suggesting there was some significant damage.)
On page 8, Boomer refers to the captured
Cylon centurion as a Mark V standard combat model. Presumably
the Mark V's are the silver centurions we see throughout the
televised episodes. In "Berserker"
we met an exiled Mark III Cylon, built 1,000 yahren ago; it
would seem the Cylons do not bring out new models often!
On page 9,
Abbadon refers to the Imperious Leader as Lord Barkol. The
Battlestar Wiki suggests that the name "Barkol" is a
misinterpretation of the word "debacle" spoken by Lucifer in
"The Gun on Ice
Planet Zero" Part 1.
As Starbuck regains consciousness in the
life center on page 10, he mistakenly refers to Cassiopeia as
Aurora. Aurora was an old flame of his on Caprica before the
destruction of the Colonies, last seen in
"Take the Celestra".
Cassie, in return, calls him a Boray.
Borays are bipedal,
boar-like creatures of at least some intelligence who terrorized
the town of Serenity on the planet Sectar in
Warriors". Further, it
seems that the Colonies were familiar with Borays in that
they have been known to use the epithet "Borays
of humanity" (as heard in "Exodus"). Perhaps the term "borays" was already
in use in the Colonial language and later applied to these
boar-like creatures by the human émigrés to Sectar.
The miffed Cassie goes on to say to Starbuck
that she should never have forgiven him for the Rising Star.
Possibly she actually meant the Celestra, since that is
the ship on which Aurora is stationed. Another possibility is
that she is referring to the incident when Starbuck was juggling
both Cassie and Athena in two separate private suites on the
Rising Star at the same time in
"The Long Patrol".
Although he sometimes gets it correct,
Rafael seems to have trouble remembering that Apollo wears his
holstered weapon on his left hip, not his right.
On page 11, Adama remarks that the Cylons
rejected their biological origins thousands of yahrens ago.
Also on page 11, Dr. Wilker uses the term "wavelons".
This is the Colonial term for "wavelength".
On page 18, we see several
Cylons in the city of Tessida who
wear similar cloaks to the ones
"The Living Legend" Part 2,
but the constructed faces are
On the last page, Apollo quotes a wise man
as saying, "The Cylons hate us with every fiber of their
existence." This wise man was Commander Adama in
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