"Planet of the Cyclops"
Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack (Grandreams)
The fleet searches desperately for water to
replenish that which was poisoned by the strange shape-shifters.
Searching desperately for water to replenish that which was
poisoned by the strange shapeshifters in
"Switch in Space", the
fleet comes to the planet Skafrax, rich in water. But Commander
Adama senses a trap and orders the fleet to proceed another day
farther to an unnamed system of worlds. There, they find only
one desert planet with a small well of water detected from
orbit. Adama orders Apollo and Starbuck down to investigate,
with Boomer hovering overhead to ride shotgun.
The two warriors find the ruins of an ancient city and discover
a flowing fountain...but it turns out to be only a few gallons
of water recycled over and over. Their search is a bust. Then
two cyclopean beings emerge from out of nowhere, claiming to be
the gods of the lost race that once lived there. They promise to
provide all the water the human fleet needs. But Apollo realizes
it's a trap and shoots the two beings, revealing them to be the
same shape-shifting species the fleet encountered in
"Switch in Space". As the two
warriors attempt to flee the ruins, hundreds of Cylon centurions
encroach, firing their weapons. It was all an elaborate trap!
Boomer zooms down from the clouds and blasts away at the Cylons,
allowing Apollo and Starbuck to attain their Vipers and escape
along with him before a flight of Cylon Raiders can arrive. They
safely arrive back at the Galactica, but without the water the
fleet so desperately needs. Commander Adama decides they have no
choice but to return to Skafrax for water. But what awaits them
CONTINUED IN "SKIRMISH BEYOND SKAFRAX"
This story appeared in the British book
Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack, a book of short stories
and articles all about BSG,
geared towards kids. The title of the book is derived from a
1979 theatrical release in Europe which combined the episodes
"The Living Legend" Parts 1 and 2 and
"Fire in Space" into one
"Planet of the Cyclops" is part two of a 4-part story which
began in "Switch in Space" and
continues in the remaining two comic book stories contained in
Notes from the BSG Chronology
This story takes place seven days after
"Switch in Space".
On page 1 of the story, Adama's
uniform seems to have only half
of his pendant/emblem on his
Except for the alien figures depicted in the hieroglyphics, the
unnamed desert planet Apollo and Starbuck land on seems to be a
lot like Kobol, complete with ruins (although in this case,
possibly more Greek-like than Egyptian).
Before the shapeshifters have revealed themselves
to Apollo and Starbuck on page 4 of the story, notice that there
are subtle hints of their presence on page 3, panels 2 and 4.
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