"The Final Showdown"
Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack (Grandreams)
Commander Adama has no choice but to order a
stand against the allied Cylon/Skafraxian forces at Skafrax in
order to collect the much-needed water.
As the Galactica arrives at Skafrax, it is immediately
strafed by two Skafraxian cruisers. The gunners on the
battlestar manage to destroy one of the cruisers, while Red and
Blue Squadrons take out the second. Meanwhile, Commander Adama
sends two large water-tankers piloted by Colonel Tigh and
Captain Apollo to gather water from the planet.
Near the surface, Tigh's tanker takes a hit and is damaged,
forcing him to abandon the mission and head back to the fleet.
Apollo manages to make it to a lake with help from a Viper
escort that wipes out the Cylon gun emplacements waiting for him
Hovering the tanker over the lake, Apollo lowers a suction tube
down to the water, but the flexible tube develops a split. Apollo
lowers himself down on a winch to repair the split, but is
attacked by giant versions of the Skafraxians in the water. He
sets his pistol to overload and drops it into the lake, allowing
the heat from the weapon to boil everything living in the water
within twenty yards. His plan successful, Apollo's tanker is
nearly full when Adama orders him back to the fleet as the Cylon
force that has pursued them (from
"Skirmish Beyond Skafrax")
is about to arrive.
Apollo arrives back at the fleet, to find that there have,
amazingly, been no losses of life on their side in the Battle of
This story appeared in the British book
Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack, a book of short stories
and articles all about BSG,
geared towards kids. The title of the book is derived from a
1979 theatrical release in Europe which combined the episodes
"The Living Legend" Parts 1 and 2 and
"Fire in Space" into one
"The Final Showdown" is part four of a 4-part story which
began in "Switch in Space",
"Planet of the Cyclops" and
"Skirmish Beyond Skafrax"
Notes from the BSG Chronology
This story takes place about a day after
"Skirmish Beyond Skafrax".
For the first and only time in BSG, we see the gunners who man
the Galactica's built-in defensive weapons during an assault on
page 1, panel 3 of the story.
On page 3 of the story, a large tanker type of ship is used by both
Tigh and Apollo in an attempt to gather water from the planet Skafrax.
When Apollo realizes the water tube from the shuttle must have a
split in it on page 5 of the story, he lowers himself down to
fix it on a motorized winch-seat that is apparently called a
To prevent the Skafraxians from grabbing him while he's making
the repairs to the water tube, Apollo sets his gun on overload
and drops it into the lake, knowing "it should make the water
hot enough to boil alive everything within twenty yards." It's
hard to believe one overloading pistol could do that; the heat
generated would be greatly dissipated through the much larger
What about the Cylon forces that were about to arrive at Skafrax
to join in the attack against the fleet? Even if the fleet heads
out immediately after Apollo's arrival with the water tanker,
wouldn't the Cylon force continue to pursue them, essentially right
on their heels? It seems that a large battle is still due to
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