"The Living Legend" Part 1
Story by Ken Pettus and Glen A. Larson
Teleplay by Glen A. Larson
Directed by Vince Edwards
The fleet encounters the lost
Read the complete synopsis of "The Living Legend"
Part 1 at the Battlestar Wiki site
This episode is the first to eliminate the "There are those who
believe that life here began out there..." preamble in the
opening theme. All episodes from this point on do not include
the preamble, with the exception of
"Take the Celestra",
which does include it for some reason.
The title and cast letters at the beginning of the episode (and
Part 2) revert to yellow again, after having been white in
episodes taking place after the fleet has left their home galaxy
of Cyrannus. I suspect this two-part story was originally
intended to take place before the fleet left Cyrannus, which
would explain why everyone seems to be familiar with the planet
of Gamoray, in the heart of the Delphian Empire, and how the Pegasus could have been lost in the
sector while battling the Cylons two yahrens ago. (The
novelization of this two-parter also
suggests the fleet has only traveled halfway across their own
galaxy). But we can't
really place it sooner in the timeline since this episode
introduces the new semi-regular cast member Sheba (and the
who is seen in most of the following episodes. We just have to
assume that the Colonies had encountered representatives of the
Delphian Empire in the past. Perhaps the Delphians were seeking
help in their own war against the encroaching Cylons in the
neighboring galaxy. This may be what sent the
Pegasus so far out in the first place, to investigate. The
distance does help to explain how the Pegasus failed to
make it back to the Colonies in all this time.
I'm not sure what it all means, but the readout below appears on
Sheba's viper screen as she scans Apollo's and Starbuck's
Realizing the approaching ships are Colonial Vipers piloted by
unknown humans, Sheba sends a communication to them via Unicom.
This appears to be a means of communicating
an encoded message between Colonial forces. In the real world,
UNICOM (short for Universal Communications) is used at low
volume airports that do not have a control tower to communicate
with approaching craft.
At 3:32 on the DVD, an emblem, presumably representing the
Pegasus, is seen on Sheba's Viper, just below the cockpit
canopy. The emblem looks like a sword with wings.
The helmets of the Pegasus Viper pilots feature a
winged horse instead of the falcon depicted on the Galactica
helmets. Of course, Pegasus was a winged horse in the
ancient Greek mythology of Earth.
The Pegasus is shown to
have more cross-hatching marks
on its surface than the Galactica.
Commander Cain wears a warrior's uniform instead of the more
formal Commander's one, but he has some additional adornments on
it compared to the typical warrior.
When Apollo mentions Commander Adama, Cain asks, "How is that
old modocker?" "Modocker" is an unknown term, but it seems to be
affectionate. Later, he also refers to Adama as "you old
wardaggit," obviously like the term "war dog" used in
Earth's own military history.
Apollo tells Cain that the fleet is composed of "some 220-odd
ships". In "Annihilation" Adama seems to indicate there are
exactly 220 ships. Have they picked up some ships we don't know
about? Given the earlier figure, later stories I have
tracked into the chronology suggest there are now just 214 ships
left at this point (as noted in
"Skirmish Beyond Skafrax"). However, if we consider the Pegasus
to be part of the fleet as of
now, there are now 215. (In the novelization of The
Living Legend, Apollo says there are
only 120-odd ships in the fleet).
Several times in the course of this two-parter, Cain uses the
adjective "gol-monging" to describe the Cylons. This term is
unknown, but may be similar to our own adjective
Cain jokingly comments that Adama's fleet is sitting on its
astrums. "Astrums" seems to be Colonial slang for "ass".
At 11:21 on the DVD, Cain flies over from the Pegasus
to the Galactica on a shuttle. But on the hull of the
shuttle, it can be seen that it is a Galactica shuttle
(in fact, the same shuttle we see every time a shuttle is
used in the TV series, GAL 366!).
Adama is shocked to learn from Cain that the Cylons now control
Gamoray, the heart of the Delphian Empire. Presumably, the
Delphians are an alien species with whom the Colonies had
infrequent contact. Adama comments that if the Cylons control
Gamoray, they wield power over "half the universe"; presumably,
he means half the known universe, in terms of those portions the Colonies
had some limited contact with.
At 14:41 on the DVD, Cain uses the expletive "Hades' hole",
seemingly "hell hole". The term is later used to describe the
red planet on which the fleet finds Count Iblis in
"War of the
Gods" Part 1.
When it appears that Starbuck may lose Cassiopeia to Commander
Cain, Boxey comments, "Oh, well. He still has Athena and Miriam,
and Noday and--" before Apollo cuts him off. Miriam and Noday
are two names we have not heard before. In addition to these,
we've seen in the Marvel Comics issues of BSG that he has
Sapphire as well; maybe that's who Boxey was about to mention
before his father cuts him off! (In the novelization, Boxey says
"Miran" instead of "Miriam".)
Sheba tells the Galactica warriors in the officers' club that
the Pegasus has just kept knocking down the Cylons' base at
Gamoray and "every time they send one of their scramble-headed
leaders in to rededicate that base, we go right in and turn it
into scrap metal." By "scramble-headed leaders", she may be
referring to IL-series Cylons like Lucifer and Spectre (the tops of the
IL-series' heads looks like a scramble of coiled light tubes).
At 22:05 on the DVD, a chess-like game board is seen on a table
in the officers' club.
The brooch worn by Cain on his
ascot is somewhat similar to the
medallion worn by Adama
"A Death in the Family".
The novelization suggests that Cain's is actually the Gold
Cluster, a recognition for heroism; this is the same award
Apollo, Starbuck, and Boomer were given after clearing the mine
field in the Straits of Madagon at Carillon in
At 24:06 on the DVD, it can be seen that Cain has a swagger
that has a winged horse on the end, suggestive of Pegasus.
At 29:53 on the DVD, the winged
horse ornament on Cain's viper
helmet is slanted to his left! At
30:16, it has been straightened
Baltar tells Lucifer the upcoming attack on the Colonial fleet
won't be a battle, it will be a rout because a single battlestar
is no match for three baseships. However, recall that the
Galactica also faced three baseships in
"Collision Course" and
managed to destroy all three with cunning. (Although, Adama
later tells Cain that the Cylons did not use more than three
baseships when they wiped out the entire battle fleet at
Baltar comments to Lucifer that he has decided to make the city
of Gamoray his seat of power. This implies that the planet
Gamoray also has a city by the same name.
According to Adama, the Cylon task force that attacks the fleet
near the end of the episode is the largest they've seen since
the destruction of the Colonies.
Leading the attack personally, Baltar is seen wearing a helmet
that seems to almost be a modified Cylon centurion head casing.
Perhaps the original, reptilian Cylons wore a similar helmet
before they were replaced by their own robotic creations?
As the Cylon attack begins, Baltar remarks to his pilots that
"this is going to be a classic defeat, spoken of throughout the
star system for a thousand yahrens." Ironically, the "classic
defeat" becomes his own, thanks to the appearance of the
It may seem odd that Baltar should be surprised at the appearance of the Pegasus.
After all, we're told over and over in this episode that Cain has been
launching attacks against the Cylon base at Gamoray for most of
the past two years. Did the Cylons not know who, or at least
what, has been attacking them? In Baltar's defense, he
does later criticize Lucifer for his "so-called intelligence
reports" regarding the additional battlestar in
"The Living Legend" Part
2. And it's also revealed in the pages covering
"The Living Legend" Part
2 in the novelization that the base commander on Gamoray was
providing false reports of the successfulness of the occupation
of the Delphian Empire, just as Spectre did of his forces on the
planet Attila in "The
Notes from the Deleted Scenes on the DVD
The deleted scenes include a second confrontation between
Apollo and Sheba in which she states, in a slight towards
Apollo's defense of Cassiopeia, that human weakness is a given.
He then asks her, "What about you? Any weaknesses?" This
deleted scene clarifies
Apollo's later remark to her in the episode, after it seems that
Pegasus' Silver Spar
Squadron "accidentally" destroyed the two Cylon tankers, that
"we have found a weakness or two, haven't we, Lieutenant?"
Notes from the novelization of
"The Living Legend" by Glen A. Larson and Nicholas
(The page numbers come from the 1st
printing, paperback edition, published April 1982)
Pages v-79 cover the events of "The Living Legend" Part
This is book 6 in the BSG series, coming after the novelization
of the "Galactica Discovers Earth" episodes of
the Galactica 1980 TV series, which
was set 30 years after Battlestar Galactica. As
such, pages v-viii are a prologue that seem to take place
sometime after those events. In the
prologue, Troy (formerly Boxey, now called Troy as an adult, as
revealed in the
Galactica 1980 TV series) is watching a video of
Commander Adama, recorded sometime before his recent (undetailed)
death. It's clear from the recording that Adama now expects Troy
to become the Commander of the Galactica. In the
Galactica 1980 TV series, which lasted only 10 episodes,
Adama did not die; in the later re-imagining of the series by
Dynamite Entertainment, a 4-issue mini-series also called
Galactica 1980, he is killed in the Colonials' suicide
attack to take out Baltar's basestar.
On page vi, Adama's recording reveals that he never told his son
Apollo he loved him and regrets that. Apollo's death is said
only to have taken place sometime after the fleet's encounter
with the Pegasus and Commander Cain and that he didn't
have time to reach the rank of Commander as his father had
Page vi suggests that neither "Boxey" nor "Troy" are the real
name of Adama's adopted grandson. Adama comments on how they
never knew his real name and page vii reiterates the version of
Boxey's parentage presented in the novelization of
"Saga of a
Star World", that Serina was not his real mother;
the boy was caught in the middle of the
Cylon attack at the Presidium and Serina heroically went to his
aid and soon after adopted him. You'd think a boy Boxey's age
would know his own name but, presumably, the shock of losing his
parents, witnessing the death of most of humanity, etc., blocked
his memories and he never fully recovered (in fact, something
similar happened to Starbuck as a boy).
Page vii suggests that Adama has been the commander of the
ever since its commission. This goes against some
other reports that the ship is around 500 yahrens old and, thus,
has had a number of commanders, including Adama's own father.
"Baptism of Fire" suggests that Adama has been the commander
for less than 20 years. "Shuttle
Diplomacy" suggests that when Adama was a captain on the
battlestar, Commander Ranyon was the head
officer; I speculated in the study of "Shuttle
Diplomacy" that Ranyon may thus be interpreted as
Page 5 reveals that Starbuck likes to drink baharri while
playing cards with the other pilots. Presumably, baharri is an
Page 6 reveals that an old military catchphrase, "Never
volunteer for anything," has become known as Starbuck's Law on
Page 12 suggests that the Cylons have tried mimicking human
voices with a vocal synthesizer in the past in order to trick
their human enemies.
Page 15 suggests that Cain's Executive Officer, Tolen, is just a
Flight Officer, not a Colonel as Tigh is as Adama's X.O. on the
Galactica. Possibly a higher-ranking person once held
the spot but was killed during the two years the Pegasus
has been missing. (In the televised episode, Cain seems to refer
to the off-screen Tolen as Colonel, however; and on page 124 of
the novel, Cain also refers to Tolen as Colonel, so there seems
to be a discrepancy.) Tolen seems to fill the positions of both
Colonel Tigh and Sergeant Omega on the Pegasus.
Page 16 reveals that the Pegasus is slightly older than
Galactica. Also described are a number of battle
scars on the ship from her two years battling the Cylons without
Page 19 suggests that a number of the smaller ships of the fleet
have been cannibalized to become parts to repair other, larger
ships. This kind of throws my ongoing ship count into disarray
since the number of ships sacrificed (and when) is not
Page 20 reveals that Commander Cain earned the nickname the
Juggernaut back in the Colonies.
Page 27 reveals that Adama's hair turned prematurely white many
years ago. This may explain why he has white hair already even
in the flashback of him and Baltar at the Academy in
"All Things Past and
Page 32 suggests that both Tigh and Tolen have lost family
during the war.
Page 42 tells us the guest quarters used by Cain aboard the
Galactica were temporarily vacated by another occupant
for him to use, living space being at a premium in the fleet.
Despite the episode "The Long
Patrol" showing the fleet entering a new galaxy, page 66
suggests the fleet has only traveled halfway across their own