"Search for Sanctuary" Part 2
Battlestar Galactica: Search for Sanctuary Special #1
Story by Chris Scalf and Fred Prince
Written by James Kuhoric
Art by Chris Scalf and Robert Scott
Cover by Chris Scalf
Imperious Leader begins a bizarre transformation.
As the huge Goratha surround Starbuck and Razad, Razad suddenly
growls in shock as he transforms within seconds into a Goratha
himself. Now alone, Starbuck fears the worst, but he hears
someone shout his voice and turns to find Athena running to
embrace him. She informs him the Goratha have been taking care
of her (apparently along with Sheba and Giles as well) and the
Goratha are merely the second life-stage of the smaller Karas
who took him in (in
"Search for Sanctuary" Part
1). The immediate threat past, Starbuck remarks to Giles
that they still need to find Apollo, whom they believe to be
somewhere on the planet.
On the Imperious Leader's basestar, Lucifer finds that the Cylon
leader is undergoing a bizarre metamorphosis upon his throne.
Lucifer reports that the alien ship Vulpa Six has captured is
about to make rendezvous and that the human fleet has been
located. Imperious Leader orders ten squadrons of Cylon Raiders
and three basestars to attack the humans.
Later, as the Galactica detects the massive force of 500 Cylon
Raiders moving in, the alien ship arrives at Imperious Leader's
basestar. But instead of disembarking peacefully, the two alien
bounty hunters on board begin blasting their way to the Leader's
Apollo dominates the cover but does not appear
in this issue.
Despite page 1 of this issue stating
"And now, the conclusion of Battlestar Galactica: Search for Sanctuary...",
the story does not conclude here! Apollo is still missing, the
intergalactic bounty hunters have invaded the Imperious Leader's
baseship, the Imperious Leader is in the middle of a bizarre
transformation, and the rag-tag fleet is about to come under
attack by nearly 500 Cylon Raiders! Even more upsetting, the
story was never concluded elsewhere either; Realm Press ceased publication
shortly after this issue was published. The publishers seemed to
be aware, without quite admitting, that their days were numbered
and the BSG project would not be completed; the last half of
this issue is made up of cover paintings and a few interior
pages that were to have appeared in the continuing chapters of
Search for Sanctuary and the later Battlestar
Galactica: Season Three issues after #3. One of the bonus
pages depicts Dr. Resik working on a clone, possibly a clone of
his own self.
This issue also contains four pages from Realm's never-published Battlestar Galactica Colonial Technical Journal.
From the text included with the technical pages, it was to have
been presented as if it were a publication within the fleet
itself, even mentioning that the fleet has been travelling
through space for 10 years (shouldn't that be yahren?) since the
destruction of the Colonies.
Page 1 recaps the events of
"Search for Sanctuary" Part
1, the first and last sentences being, "In part one of
Battlestar Galactica: Search for Sanctuary..." and "And
now, the conclusion of Battlestar Galactica: Search for Sanctuary..."
These are similar to the opening and closing lines spoken by
Lorne Green in the "part one" recaps at the beginning of "part
two" of the two-part TV episodes presented during the series.
On page 3 we see that Boomer has grown a
short beard. He also looks rather like LeVar Burton on this
On page 4 (which is actually a reprint of
the last page of
"Search for Sanctuary" Part
1), Starbuck and Razad's encounter
with the Goratha appears to take place in the middle of the
jungle. But on page 5, they suddenly seem to be in the middle of
a stone temple or something. I suspect the pages presented here
are from an incomplete story that was re-dialoged to (sort of)
make sense as a truncated chapter; notice there's only 13 story
pages instead of the usual 20-some, with the rest of the issue
being made up of cover paintings and pages from
On page 6, Athena tells Starbuck that the
large Gorathas are the second life stage of the Karas, the
short, rat-like beings who led him to the Gorathas and that the
two groups have been separated from each other for hundreds of
yahren until he reunited them. Huh? Starbuck didn't do anything
except follow Razad into the jungle for the confrontation. And
both groups live on the same planet, in relatively close
proximity, and were aware of each other, even if the Karas were
not aware of the relationship between them. Why didn't the
Gorathas reunite by themselves long ago?
In this story, Lucifer is depicted with a
red face for some reason instead of a dull metallic color as
seen in episodes of the TV series.
On page 9, the metamorphosing Imperious
Leader says to Lucifer, "I trust that none of your IL or SR
series cohorts will discover what you have seen here today." We
know that Lucifer, and other similar models, are IL-series
Cylons. But what is an SR-series?
On page 11, Lucifer's hand appears to be
four-fingered and almost organic looking.
How was Apollo finally found and rescued? In
the first issue of Battlestar Galactica: Season Three,
he is back with the fleet without the story of the search for
him in "Season Two" never completed.
What is Imperious Leader transforming into?
Since the story is unfinished, we never learn. In the study of
"Dark Genesis" I will present a speculation that it may relate
to the ancient Cylon leader
How does the fleet survive the latest
overwhelming attack against it by Cylons?
What happens to the two alien bounty hunters
who attack the basestar of Imperious Leader?
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