"The Enemy Within" Part 2
Battlestar Galactica: The Enemy Within #2 (Maximum Press)
Story: Rob Liefeld, Greg Aronowitz, and Robert Napton
Script: Robert Napton
Art: Hector Gomez
Ares’ presence disrupts life within the
fleet and in the new settlement of Eden on Earth.
This issue depicts the fleet in the midst of construction of a
city called New Eden City near the ark. In
"A Death in the Family",
Adama suspects that the ruins they explore on Kobol may be those
of the city of Eden. And in
"The Enemy Within" Part 1,
Adam says he was originally from Eden and it is revealed that
the ark in which he and Eve were found is named Eden.
On page 2, Dr. Cyrus indicates that both the ark and Ares' craft
are composed largely of a unique alloy called syilium, found
only on Kobol. This is the first mention of such an alloy.
Also on page 2, Apollo remarks that, while the original
Kobolians had telepathic abilities, later generations of the
Thirteenth Tribe may have lost them, as the humans of the
Colonies did. Of course we saw in the Hatch novels, starting
with Armageddon, that
Apollo himself (and later his sister, Athena), have developed
telepathic abilities due to the direct Kobolian lineage of their
On page 3, Ares remarks to Athena on how fast the members of the
fleet are managing to build their new city and she responds that
the new refugees have dreamed of this for 20 yahrens. We saw that they also
have practice at city building, as depicted in
Sheba resumes her commission as a Warrior, still a lieutenant,
much to her husband Apollo's consternation. (In
Armageddon she was
supposedly a captain and in
Rebellion, a colonel!)
On page 7, panel 3, the dialog balloons of Starbuck and Ares are
A game of triad is played in the new arena constructed on Earth,
the teams being Starbuck and Box against Boomer and Ares.
This issue reveals that Boomer and Dietra had a daughter named
Cleo. She is also a lieutenant in the service. It is implied
that Dietra died at some point after Cleo's birth. In
Warhawk, Boomer was said to be
married to a woman named Phaedra and that they were expecting a
child, though the subplot seemed to have been dropped in later
novels in the series. One might imagine that Phaedra and child
died and Boomer later married Dietra, but that doesn't really
Warhawk took place
only a couple of yahrens before this and Boomer and Dietra would
had to have become parents not long after the events of the TV
series to have a child of Warrior age now! Perhaps the Phaedra
character of the Hatch novels should simply be considered to be
Dietra instead, with the second pregnancy of
resulted in a miscarriage.
On page 11, Baltar, on his basestar Hades, gazes out of
a viewport or viewscreen at a planet in the distance that looks
similar to Earth. It must be another planet though, for the
continents are different and there appears to be three moons in
view. If it's not Earth then the Hades must be in an
entirely different solar system since no other planets in the
Sol system have oceans of water on the surface as seen here.
Also on page 11, Lucifer remarks that the Omega Project
(mentioned last issue) is one of the most costly ventures ever
undertaken by the Cylons.
On page 13, Starbuck is considering whether to continue in the
service or retire and open a casino in New Eden City.
During a talk with Commander Cain, Starbuck reveals that
Cassiopeia was killed on a mission that he was in command of. Of
course, he blames himself for her death.
On page 14, Rigel is revealed to now be a Lt. Colonel.
On page 16, Lucifer asks Ares if he has taken the appropriate
precautions, referring to masking the communications link
between them. It may also have been intended by the writer as a
bit of a joking double-entendre considering Ares has just been in bed
with Athena (though Ares is revealed to be a Cylon robot in
"The Enemy Within" Part 3, so he presumably could not
have impregnated her nor been susceptible to venereal disease!).
On page 20, firefighters on the Galactica fight the
blaze, caused by the explosion of the generator on the temporal
overdrive, with boraton mist. Boraton was also used to fight the
Galactica fire in "Fire in
On page 22, Dr. Salik gives nidrinalline to the crewmembers
exposed to the fire, to combat radiation exposure. This is the
first mention of nidrinalline in the BSG universe.
On the last page of this issue, Dr. Wilker is revealed to be a
robot. Upon finding the remains of the body, Apollo remarks that
the skull is intact, so the positronic brain may be undamaged.
The term "positronic brain" was coined by Isaac Asimov for use
in his popular robot stories, beginning in 1939; many writers
have since borrowed the term for use in their own works.
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