"Risk and Luck"
Classic Battlestar Galactica #4 (Dynamite)
Written by Rick Remender
Art by Carlos Rafael
Cover by Dave Dorman
colonial warriors and Sagittarian resistance capture a Cylon
freighter in order to escape from Maytoria.
As the issue opens, the Galactica detects an S.O.S.
communication in the latest fleet code. But they can't be sure
it is actually Starbuck or Boomer; it could be a Cylon trap.
Commander Adama decides to hang the Galactica just at
the rim of the system to see if another communication comes
On Maytoria, the guerillas launch their attack on the Cylon
transport hub. Despite losses, they manage to capture a personnel
carrier and Starbuck shows up (with Stadra) just in time to
pilot it, having escaped their watery grave (at the end of
"Taking it to the Enemy"). As they take off, they are pursued by four Cylon
raiders, which Starbuck manages to destroy by (accidentally)
dumping the crates from the cargo hold.
They land at the guerilla hideout long enough to pick up the
rest of the survivors. They successfully escape Maytoria and
begin to head towards the Galactica's last known route.
Later, the Galactica picks up the ship on sensors and
communications confirm it is Starbuck and Boomer and friends.
The carrier is allowed to dock with the battlestar and the new
refugees are examined and treated by ship's doctors.
Starbuck soon finds himself in hot water with the three current
women in his life, Stadra, Athena, and Cassiopeia.
Meanwhile, on the Cylon carrier, hidden compartments suddenly
open to reveal scores of golden-hued Cylons and one IL-series
commander. Walking through the corridor near the bay, Starbuck
and Stadra share a kiss when a laser bolt suddenly strikes her
in the back and Cylons march into the corridor of the
CONTINUED IN CLASSIC BATTLESTAR GALACTICA #5.
As with last issue, the advertising image used by
for this issue is slightly
different than the cover image
that appeared on the comic
itself. In the ad, Lorne Green
as Commander Adama overlooks a Cylon/Colonial battle in space. On the
actual cover, the
face has been repainted to not
resemble Lorne Green!
Again, I can only assume that
Dynamite did not have the license to use Green's likeness and so
had to change it.
Classic Battlestar Galactica #4
||Actual cover of
Classic Battlestar Galactica #4
On page 3, a Cylon repeats the "Resistance is futile" phrase
from last issue, known as a Borg slogan from Star Trek: The
On page 5, Freg calls a Cylon a "son of a daggit", parodying the
Earth curse, "son of a bitch".
On pages 11-12, the four Cylon raiders chasing the captured
personnel carrier are all destroyed by Starbuck's jettisoning of
the cargo boxes in the hold. Seems extremely unlikely, even
given Starbuck's luck.
As the guerillas land the captured transport ship at their
hideout to pick up the rest of the survivors on page 13, Stadra
orders everyone aboard, remarking, "It is by the grace of the
spirit that we are not crawling with Cylon raiders already."
It's unusual within the BSG universe for her to say "the grace
of the spirit" instead of "the Lords of Kobol" or even just "the
grace of God" (or the Lord). Do the Sagittarians generally have
a different religious persuasion than the other Colonists?
Another possibility is that the Lords of Kobol concept is more
of a Caprican-specific theme (presented to us largely by Adama)
than a Colony-wide one.
The guerillas successfully take the Cylon transport into space
in pursuit of the fleet. But what is the likelihood that a Cylon
ship would have the kind of life support that would sustain
human life in space for any period of time? As robots, the
Cylons wouldn't need oxygen and probably only limited heating. I
suppose it could be argued that Cylon ships have variably
adjustable life support systems to accommodate organic life forms
that may be taken as prisoners or slaves.
The officer who scans the personnel carrier as it approaches
Galactica on pages 16 and 17 may be Flight Corporal Rigel,
though she's not sporting her traditional braids.
The Galactica doctor on page 18 is not identified, but
is presumably Dr. Salik, seen in several episodes of the TV
Page 19 suggests that the captured personnel carrier will be
converted into the Maytorian survivors' home in the fleet.
Hopefully it doesn't also have Cylon tracking devices aboard
like their armor does (as noted by Stadra in
"Behind Enemy Lines").
However, the point becomes moot when the ship is destroyed next
issue, in "Boarding Party". Presumably, the fleet managed to
squeeze the Maytorian survivors in on other ships of the fleet.
On page 20, we see the large carrier docked to the Galactica's
landing bay in a way we do not see at any other time in the
Also on page 20, we see that a Cylon personnel carrier seems to
have many hidden storage compartments.
On page 21, Starbuck tells Stadra, "I've never felt this way
about anyone before, the other girls...they're just
that--girls." Does he mean it, or is it just another one of his
lines? Probably just a line, he says something similar in some
later TV episodes and comics.
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