"The Living Legend" Part 2
Story by Ken Pettus and Glen A. Larson
Teleplay by Glen A. Larson
Directed by Vince Edwards
Adama is forced to accept Cain’s plan to have their two
battlestars attack Gamoray.
Read the complete synopsis of "The Living Legend"
Part 1 at the Battlestar Wiki site
At 4:30 on the DVD, the shot of the Pegasus is flipped, as
revealed by the mirror image of its name on the landing bay.
As Adama is speaking to Cain at 5:18 on the DVD, we see two
other screens displaying information at the command console.
Adama tells Cain he wants to land the Galactica's
Vipers on the Pegasus until the landing bays can be
repaired from the attack. But then the two of them schedule to
meet for a war briefing in Adama's quarters just 20 centons
(minutes) later! How did Cain manage to land? Maybe he just
docked a shuttle to an airlock somewhere on the Galactica's
At 15:47 (and elsewhere) on the
DVD, the ground assault team on
Gamoray runs past some power
units (or something) that look
like elements of the Ravashol
"The Gun on Ice Planet Zero")
Ravashol pulsar elements from
"The Gun on Ice Planet Zero"
At 17:11 on the DVD, part of Cassiopeia's dialog gets cut off
for no apparent reason. From the subtitles, she's saying, "All right, now hold him
still, this is gonna hurt, but it'll stop the bleeding," but
what we hear on the soundtrack is
"All right, now hold him still, this is g--, but it'll stop the
Given what seems to be the changing meanings of words like "star
system" and "galaxy" in the course of the series, Imperious
Leader's reference to Gamoray as "deep in the heart of the
Krillian star system," seems to imply Krillian as the name of a
galaxy rather than a solar system. It seems likely then, that
the previously unnamed galaxy
the fleet entered at the beginning of
was the Krillian galaxy.
The shots of the explosions going off on Gamoray from the ground
team's planted explosives, at 17:55 on the DVD, are stolen from
"The Young Lords". During
freeze-frame, you can even see the castle ramparts in the
There is a strange hesitation in the voice of the IL-series
Cylon at 19:35 on the DVD, as he is saying, "Long-range scanners
are picking up an intrusion in our quadrant."
Lucifer informs Baltar that the Galactica's forces are over
Gamoray "blowing the pogees out of it." "Pogees" has previously
been established (in "The Long
Patrol") as essentially meaning "shit".
In close-up scenes of the
Pegasus pilots in their
the Pegasus logo can be seen
just below the canopy seal. But
in long-range shots of the
vipers, the logo has vanished.
Throughout the scenes on Gamoray,
Cylons who do not fit any
previously known profile are
glimpsed, wearing cloaks and
robotic faces. Presumably these
are Cylon civilians or drones.
At 43:56 on the DVD, the baseships fire at the Pegasus.
But the wide view reaction shot on the bridge as the blasts hit
is clearly borrowed from
"Annihilation" and Adama and Tigh are visible on the command
At 44:24 on the DVD, the Pegasus nameplate on the docking bay
actually says "Galactica" in reverse!
At the end of the episode, the fleet is left wondering whether
the Pegasus survived the assault against the three
basestars. Wouldn't Baltar be able to reveal that to them after
his incarceration in "War of the Gods" Part 2?
(Of course, the Pegasus does turn up again much later in the
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 79-end cover the events of "The Living Legend" Part
On page 83, Apollo mentions he and Starbuck having "taken apart"
a Cylon base on Naytar. Naytar is not mentioned in any of the
chronicled BSG adventures, so it is, presumably, a mission that
took place before the destruction of the Colonies.
Pages 87-90 describe how Cassiopeia first met and developed a
relationship with Commander Cain.
On page 98, Adama tells the departing ground assault team, "May
the Lord be with you." Possibly, this is an homage of "May the
Force be with you," from the Star Wars films.
Page 101 depicts Omega as piloting the shuttle that drops
the ground assault team on Gamoray. (Although, in the episode,
we see him still on the bridge of the Galactica during the assault.)
Page 103 describes the Imperious Leader arriving at Gamoray in
his flagship. How is a flagship different from a baseship? If it
was just another baseship, the Cylons would actually have 4
baseships to attack with, not just 3 as stated numerous times
in the story. However, when Jolly makes his report to Cain about
the fleet's success at stealing tankers-full of fuel from
Gamoray, he also reports the presence of a fourth baseship that
seemed to swoop in to retrieve and escape with an important
Cylon figure (unknown to him, the Imperious Leader). I guess the
Cylons just didn't wanted to risk the Imperious Leader's
baseship in the attack.
Page 103 also confirms that the Delphians have been eradicated
by the Cylons.
Pages 103-110 go into some detail about the Cylon philosophy of
their superiority to other races.
Page 104 reveals that the Cylons have come across several races
capable of dismantling an entire planet for its raw materials
which, apparently, is not a desire shared by the Cylons.
Page 107 describes the different classes in the Cylon hierarchy.
At the top is the Imperious Leader with his 3 brains; a level
down are Cylon executive officers with 2 brains (presumably the
gold-colored Cylons in the TV series); next are Cylon warriors,
part organic and part technology; Cylon citizens possess their
first brain and lack any inorganic augmentation; Cylon drones
possess only rudimentary brains and their lack of achievement
disqualifies from receiving higher brains and relegates them to
performing the base tasks in society. Entirely inorganic Cylons
include the IL-series robots (like Lucifer and Spectre) and
robotic Cylon warriors used to augment their attack forces. This
leaves the place of the IL-series in Cylon society somewhat
vague, though Lucifer seems to hint (in
"A Death in the Family")
that IL-series robots have the potential to be promoted to
Imperious Leader in the event of the previous Leader's death;
perhaps what this means is that the brain of an IL can become
the third brain of a newly promoted executive officer to the
position of Imperious Leader.
Page 110 reveals that Lucifer, having saved Baltar from the
Imperious Leader's death order after the successful destruction
of the Colonies, explained to his Leader that Baltar could still
be useful for 1) tracking and destroying the surviving humans of
the fleet and 2) observation in order to learn close-hand how
and why humans behave the way they do. Imperious Leader agreed
to the experiment and plans to eventually kill Baltar either
way; if the human is successful in wiping out the rest of his
kind, he himself will also be executed shortly after, and if he
doesn't accomplish the task, he will be killed when his
observer, Lucifer, decides there is no more to learn from him.
Page 112 reveals that the base commander on Gamoray did not
report the presence of a battlestar in the system for the past 2
years because he had begun to exaggerate the extent of the
damage to the infrastructure of the Delphian Empire in
conquering it; he had needed more and more time to repair the
needed facilities due to the unexpected presence and attacks by
the mysterious human battlestar. If he reported it, a basestar
would have been sent and they soon would have realized he was
not managing the base in an acceptable manner and been replaced
and possibly demoted to a lower class in the Cylon hierarchy.
A few times in the book, the Imperious Leader is also referred
to as the supreme Cylon.
Page 113 refers to a bronze Cylon centurion. It's unclear
whether this is just a differing description of the gold
centurions seen in the TV series, or an actual separate class
Page 114 reveals that the Cylons have an official anthem of
"strange, dissonant music."
The episode subtitles refer to Gamoray as being in the Krillian
system. The novel spells it Cryllion instead.
In the episode, Imperious Leader commands his minions to find
out what caused the sound of an explosion that interrupted his
address by saying, "Find out before I have you scavenged for
spare parts." In the novel, given that the Cylons are still
depicted as being part reptilian, he instead says to the base
commander, "...find out, before I find a post more suited to one
of your limited knowledge."
Contrary to previous indications in both the TV and novel
series, page 139 suggests that Lucifer was the first of his kind
and it was he who assisted Cylon scientists with designing the
actual IL-series robots. From the point of view of overall
continuity of the BSG saga, while we can accept that Lucifer is,
perhaps, the most gifted version of the IL-series, we must
dismiss the idea that he invented the series; though, perhaps he also
assisted in improving subsequent iterations.
Page 141 reveals that Imperious Leader was wounded in the attack
on Gamoray, but not fatally so.
Page 148 reveals that Cain's wife died of a wasting disease.
Cain did not arrive home from his posting until it was too late;
she had already died.
Page 149 seems to confuse the timeline of the Battle of Molecay
and the destruction of Caprica. It almost seems to suggest that
the destruction of Caprica came first, shortly after the death
of Cain's wife, and the Battle of Molecay, where the 5th fleet was
lost and the Pegasus fled into deep space, as after. Obviously,
this makes no sense in the timeline as we understand it; the
Battle of Molecay took place at least a year before the
destruction of the Colonies.
On page 150, Starbuck uses Earth profanity, saying, "Oh, shit."
In Colonial parlance, I suppose he should have said, "Oh, pogees."
The novel suggests that all of Pegasus' Viper squadrons
may be named after a metal followed by the word "spar", as in
Silver Spar Squadron and Bronze Spar Squadron.
In the novel, Tolen is injured in the attack on the Pegasus by
the Cylon fighters. He gets patched up in the life station and
then insists on returning to his post.
Page 176 suggests that Adama and Cain had a friendship when they
were young pilots much like that of Apollo and Starbuck. Surrender
the Galactica describes Adama and Tigh as being the Apollo
and Starbuck of their day.