Battlestar Galactica #5 (Dynamite)
Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
Illustrated by Cezar Razek
Cover by Alex Ross
Showdown in an alternate timeline!
Apollo tells Baltifer he'll recreate the
temporal event that allows crossover to the other timeline if
only Baltifer will stop his attack on the humans of Cache.
Baltifer agrees. As Apollo flies out in his temporal Viper and
Zee activates the basestar's own new temporal weapons, opening a
rift, the alternate Galactica suddenly de-cloaks and pirate
captain Starbuck offers his aid to the human cause. As the
battlestar pummels the basestar from without, alternate-Adama
leads a revolt of the human prisoners within, killing Baltifer
and taking control of the basestar.
The temporal rift then erupts, dragging the
alternate Galactica and the captured basestar into the original
timeline, where they assist Galactica-actual in their own battle
against the Cylons, right at the moment Apollo and Starbuck's
Vipers originally vanished in "Memorial".
The Cylon basestar is destroyed and the Raiders routed. The
alternate Galactica and basestar then pass back through the rift
to their own timeline before it closes for good.
Apollo and Starbuck are joyously reunited
with the fleet. Young Zee feels confident he can repair the temporal
battery, but Apollo and Starbuck warn them all against it after
what they've seen.
The individual issues of this series do
not have titles. I made up the titles myself, usually based on a
concept or bit of dialog from the issue.
As Baltifer realizes that Apollo is from another timeline, he
figures if the Cylons could travel there, they can be the masters
of two galaxies. This implies that they are still in the
Cyrannus galaxy, which would place the story before
"The Long Patrol",
in which the rag-tag fleet
enters a new galaxy. But if this story takes place
so early in the chronology, the fleet would not be having the
latest in what has apparently been a series of annual memorials
to all the humans lost in the Cylon attack on the Colonies in
"Annihilation". Taking this into
account, I think it is better to imagine that Baltifer was being
nondescript in his use of "galaxy" and meant their current
galaxy and its divergent counterpart, not including their home
Cyrannus galaxy, already conquered (more-or-less) by the Cylons.
On the last page of the issue, having
finally returned to their own timeline, Starbuck tells
Commander Adama that he and Apollo have been gone months.
That would be quatrons in Colonial terminology.
How did the alternate Starbuck come to be in possession of the
Galactica (as first seen in
"Acts of Defiance")? And why is it that the alternate Adama never
heard of a battlestar by that name being built (as also revealed
in "Acts of
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