Battlestar Galactica #8 (Marvel)
Written by Bill Mantlo
Art by Sal Buscema and Klaus Janson
memory machine, Adama recalls a mission guarding the leader of
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The title "Shuttle Diplomacy" is a reference to the diplomatic
term which indicates an outside party acting as an intermediary
between two parties.
While Caprica is described as having mostly shunned the use of
robots in the novelization of "Saga of a Star World", this story
reveals that Scorpia did the opposite, and programmed robots to
perform all menial tasks, leaving the human inhabitants of the
world to lives of leisure.
Considering what happened to the Cylons, having been supplanted
by their own robotic creations, and the Colonies' thousand year
war with the now robotic species, it's hard to believe that one
of the Colony worlds would allow robots to maintain the Scorpian
civilization so thoroughly.
Page 11 suggests that Commander Ranyon commanded the Galactica
during Adama's time as a Captain aboard the ship. The Robert
Thurston BSG novels suggest that Adama's father was commander of
the Galactica before him, so it could be that Ranyon is
After the crash of the diplomatic shuttle on page 17, the
Scorpian warrior drones proclaim that the humans must be
protected, "That is the prime directive." This may be a
reference to the First Law of Robotics from the Robot novels and
stories of Isaac Asimov: "A robot may not injure a human being
or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm."
Apparently the Scorpian diplomats refused to heed their
ambassador's words to fight alongside their robots against the
approaching Cylon troops on page 22 because, on page 23, when the
front line of robots has fallen, Tigh laments that they have only
his and Adama's weapons to protect them, despite having secured
a box of laser pistols from the shuttle (although the diplomats finally
do pick up weapons later in the battle).
At the end of the story, a Scorpian diplomat suggests that, with
the disclosure that the Scorpian ambassador was actually a robot
herself, the humans of Scorpia will now work, fight and govern
side-by-side with the robots. If so, why do we not see any of
these Scorpian robots in the fleet? Also, it seems unlikely that the
general populace of Scorpia would have gone along with
considering robots equal to themselves.
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