"The Care and Feeding of Your Daggit"
Battlestar Galactica Gallery (Realm Press)
Programming by Barry Lyga
Interface by Dan Parsons
Output by Mark Haynes
Cover by Matt Busch
worries that Boxey has become too attached to his artificial
As Apollo tucks Boxey into bed, the boy insists that his father
say goodnight to Muffit. Apollo thinks it's silly to say
goodnight to an unfeeling robotic drone, but does it to get his son
to go to bed quietly. Apollo then turns out the light and Muffit
goes into his own SleepSim for the length of Boxey's sleep
period, 8 centars (hours).
When Muffit's SleepSim ends after 8 centars, he finds that Boxey
is not in his bed. His programming tells him "If Not
BoxeyPresent then daggitState=UNDEFINED". The daggit leaves the
room to search for his master. Along the way he bumps into
Boomer and Giles and then overhears Apollo talking to Adama
about his fear that Boxey is displacing his pain of losing his
mother, Serina, into love for the artificial daggit.
Muffit continues down the corridor and bumps into Starbuck, who
guesses the little daggit must be searching for Boxey. He tells
the drone, "I think he's in the rejuvenation center with
Muffit increases his pace to maximum, heading for the
rejuvenation center. Arriving there, he sees Athena and Boxey
eating breakfast, but the boy is complaining he wants to go play
with Muffit. The daggit bounds into the center and jumps into
Boxey's surprised arms, spilling the meal. Boxey has a huge
smile on his face, while the adults present look reproachfully
at the drone.
"If BoxeyPresent then daggitState=JOY."
Notes from the BSG Chronology
This story is a bit hard to place in the chronology due to the
continuous series of events that occur in the Marvel comic book
series, beginning almost immediately after
"A Death in the Family"
with "The Memory Machine"
("a few short hours" after Serina's death). The story can't
easily be plugged in within the Marvel series due to the
appearance here of: Commander Adama, who spends much of that
series trapped in the memory machine; Starbuck, who spends much
of the time after Adama's return trapped on Scavenge World; and
Muffit, who is seemingly irreparably damaged in issue #14,
"Trial and Error" (he gets better in #23,
"The Last Hiding
Place"). So, if this story is to take place not long after
Serina's death, as it seems to, it can really only fit
immediately before the Marvel series (immediately after doesn't
seem to work because if Apollo was so worried about Boxey's
attachment to Muffit, why did he allow the daggit to be repaired
and returned to the boy?).
So this story pretty much has to take place the night of
Serina's death, with Apollo now tucking Boxey in to bed for the
night. Boxey's preoccupation with Muffit as he's being told to
go to sleep would then be a legitimate concern for Apollo since
it's immediately after the death of the boy's mother.
Even with the above reasoning, there is still a minor continuity
error in that stars appear through the porthole window in
Boxey's room, when the fleet should still be in the void at this
Muffit's tail is depicted incorrectly throughout the story as
short and stubby instead of the longer, segmented one seen in
the TV series.
On page 3, during his search for Boxey, Muffit comes across Lt.
Boomer and Sgt. Giles. Giles is a character played by Larry
Manetti in a handful of episodes, though not often seen in the
licensed materials. Manetti is best known as Rick on the TV
series Magnum P.I.
On page 5, the pyramid game Starbuck is walking away from
appears to have a number of aliens in attendance. I wasn't aware
that the fleet was in the habit of picking up non-humans. Maybe
these are refugees rescued from Carillon before it blew?
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