"The Lost Warrior"
Story by Herman Groves
Teleplay by Donald Bellisario
forced to land on a small, forgotten farming world where he
encounters a malfunctioning Cylon under the command of an evil
Read the episode summary at the Battlestar Wiki
I have placed "The Lost Warrior" after
"The Long Patrol" in
the chronology (defying the original airdate order) because it
is at the beginning of that episode that we
see the fleet entering a new galaxy for the first time
(according to Apollo's dialog to Boxey on the bridge). And
"The Lost Warrior", Boomer comments that "...the stars are kind
of nice in this galaxy," which would seem to suggest that they
are no longer in their old (Cyrannus) galaxy at this time.
Later, Commander Adama says he has been studying the charts of
the Hatari sector (where this episode's "planet of the week" is
located); this, I believe, merely indicates that Colonial forces
have been to portions of this galaxy in the past, as witnessed
by other human presences, on Equellus in this episode, and on
planetoids in "The Long Patrol"...note that in "The Long Patrol", Apollo says that no human in the
seen this galaxy before, not that no Colonial has ever
seen it. Further evidence may be that the population of Equellus
does not seem to be aware of the existence of the Colonies and
the Cylon Alliance, unlike the inhabitants of the planetoids in
"The Long Patrol".
This episode's story is based on the 1949 western novel
Shane by Jack Schaefer; the novel was made into a film in
1953. It is about a western gunfighter who befriends a widow and
her son, who idolizes the gunfighter's strength and skill.
Carol Baxter, who portrayed the talkative woman in the casino elevator
on Carillon in "Deathtrap", here portrays Macy,
one of Lacerta's servers at the cantina. She's also known as
Mary Gibbons on the Curse of Dracula segments of
Lance LeGault, who portrays Bootes here, will go on to play Maga,
leader of the Borellian Nomen in later episodes.
Many of the proper names in this episode are derived from those
of constellations visible from here on Earth: Bootes ("bootes"
is also a Greek word meaning "herdsman", appropriate for the
rancher character in this episode), Equellus (Equelleus),
Lacerta ("lacerta" is also Latin for "lizard", possibly a nod to
the character's association with Red-Eye, of the formerly
reptilian Cylons), Lupus (the wolf-like beasts on the planet;
"lupus" is Latin for wolf), Puppis, and Vella (Vela).
Although Apollo is flying a lone patrol, at 2:46 on the DVD, we
can see a wing and tailfin of another Viper at the edge of the
The Cylon dialog aboard the Raider reveals that the planet is in
the Hatari sector of the galaxy.
Puppis' pony, Strider, makes a growling noise like a mountain
lion rather than the whinny of a horse. Listen:
As Vella brandishes a rifle at Apollo, Puppis assures him,
"Don't worry, my mom can't hit the side of a grainery with a
numo." This is similar to the Earth expression "couldn't hit the
broad side of a barn".
A numo is an air-compression gun used on Equellus. It would seem
the term "numo" is derived from the Earth term "pneumatic",
meaning "air compression".
Attempting to keep Boxey from worrying about his missing father,
Starbuck and Boomer tell him he can hang out with the pilots
tonight, play some pyramid, and have a couple of fruit juices
with them. Maybe the juice is from the processed fruit the fleet
recently picked up on Jungleworld in
"Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair".
The cattle on Equellus are referred to as "ovines". Obviously,
this is a play on the English word "bovine", used to describe a
number of hoofed mammal species.
Vella makes a reference to her son feeding Strider and the
layers. Possibly, layers are the Equellus term for chickens
(because they lay eggs).
With the introduction of Red-Eye at 14:16 on the DVD, we can see
that he has a number of bullet dents in his body, indicating he
has survived many attempts to kill him.
It interesting to note that Red-Eye rides a horse that is
metallically armored like himself!
Notice that at 14:56 on the DVD, Red-eye's pistol is the same
Colonial style as Apollo's. Later, Vella explains that Red-Eye
took it from her husband Martin (who was a long-lost Colonial
Warrior) after killing him in a duel.
Many of the cowboy-style hats worn by Bootes and other men in
town appear to be made of aluminum instead of cloth.
Somehow, Bootes recognizes that Apollo has the rank of captain;
at first meeting, Bootes refers to him as such.
After the encounter with Red-Eye at Vella's ranch, Vella appears
to be holding an older style Colonial Warrior's jacket with a
symbol on the sleeve (it looks somewhat like a vertical infinity
symbol). Presumably, it is Martin's jacket.
As Vella tells Apollo the story of how she met and married her
deceased husband, she mentions how he and Bootes got
drunk on buzzer the night before the wedding. Presumably, buzzer
is an Equellus term for what we would call moonshine.
At 20:40 on the DVD, there is a strange-looking dart board in
the pilots' bunkroom in the background. The images on it appear
to be of preliminary production designs of Cylon Raiders and Base Ships.
The drinking vessels used by the pilots have a representation of
an eagle-like head on them.
At 23:12 on the DVD, there appears to be at least one zebra-like
equine tethered to the hitching post outside the saloon. (Later,
Apollo is seen riding a horse with similar, though vertical,
During Lacerta's card game with Marco in the cantina, we learn
that a blader is a unit of currency on Equellus.
The backs of the cards played in Lacerta's game at the cantina
have a vertical infinity symbol on them. Perhaps this is in
recognition of Colonial forces that were in the area in the past
(as evidenced by the symbol on Martin's old jacket above).
The cantina has the mounted head
on the wall of a deer-like creature with a
At the cantina, Apollo orders vignon. This is probably a sort of
wine, judging by its name (sauvignon).
On Equellus, a lupus is a wolf-like carnivore. Lupus is
the genus of wolves on Earth.
At 33:41 on the DVD, Colonel Tigh sounds like he says "feldergarb"
instead of "felgercarb".
At 43:05 on the DVD, Red-Eye says, "Uh-oh," when he sees that
Apollo is carrying a Colonial gun.
Just before he draws his gun, Red-Eye seems to emit a
high-pitched sound like the ping of sonar in many submarine
At the end of the episode, Vella and Puppis imply that Apollo
promised to return to Equellus to see them someday. Really? He
has no idea how far the fleet must travel to find Earth; does he really think he'll have the time and resources to
return across one or more galaxies for a visit?