"The Magnificent Warriors"
Written by Glen A.
Directed by Christian I. Nyby II
Two of the agro ships are
destroyed and the third damaged in a Cylon attack, so the fleet
must seek new seed stock on a nearby planet.
Read the episode summary at the Battlestar Wiki
The story of this episode was inspired by the 1960 western film,
The Magnificent Seven, in which seven gunfighters are
hired to protect a small village from a band of bandits. In our
story here, the seven Colonials who travel to the planet Sectar
find themselves protecting the small agricultural town of
The footage of the three agro ships are re-used shots from the
1972 Universal film, Silent Running.
Constable Farnes is played by Rance Howard, father of
actor/director Ron Howard.
The tracking alert screen in Boomer's Viper shows the cruise
speed and acceleration of the Cylon Raiders on the scope.
At 4:42 on the DVD, a shot of the park-like interior of one of
the bio-domes on the first agro ship shows a brief glimpse of
actor Bruce Dern from Silent Running entering the scene
from the left! (I suppose we can assume here that he's just one
of the fleet's caretakers of the agro ship.) Notice also that,
visible through the dome in the background is the planet Saturn,
in orbit of which is where the botanical freighters are
stationed in Silent Running (although a ringed planet
also appears in the night sky of Sectar later on, possibly
intended as an explanation of a ringed planet's appearance
through the bio-dome).
Two of the three agro ships are destroyed by the Cylons in their
attack. This brings the fleet down to 215 ships (previously at
217 in "The Last Hiding
The wall just inside the door of Adama's quarters has changed
yet again! In the early-filmed episodes of the
"Saga of a Star
World" 3-parter and
"The Gun on Ice Planet Zero" 2-parter, there
is a picture of the Galactica hanging there. In the
"Lost Planet of the Gods" 2-parter, the wall is blank. Now,
here, there are two video screens inset into the wall!
Apollo mentions that the old energizer owned by Siress Belloby
was made on Orion and Tigh seems thrilled at that, commenting,
"Well, that's perfect! No one would know it's from the
Colonies." This suggests that Orion was a human inhabited planet
relatively near the Colonies, but not part of them. You have to
wonder if the Galactica sent warning to Orion about the Cylon
attack at the armistice. Or did the Cylons hit it as well? Not
to mention all the human-inhabited outposts the fleet later runs
across in its attempt to escape the Cylons. Are the Cylons
destroying these worlds as they chase the ragtag fleet across
star systems and at least one more galaxy? Or perhaps the Cylons
are not out to destroy all humans so much as to destroy all
remnants of the 12 Colonies with whom they were actually at war?
Siress Belloby tells Adama that it should be obvious that "after
all these years...I...want...you." She should have said
"yahrens" instead of "years".
Adama tells Apollo he has been cooped up on the Galactica for 16
quatrons. A quatron is an unknown measure of Colonial time.
(Some sources list a quatron as being a Colonial month.)
Adama tells Apollo that if they don't have seeds, they don't
have food. But, according to
"Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair",
they have enough food from the fruit paste obtained from
Jungleworld to feed the fleet for years. Perhaps it is simply
that the fruit paste, despite its high nutritional content (as
"Ape and Essence"), is not a
complete enough nutritional source to satisfy all of the human
The planet in this episode is called Sectar. The word "sectar"
seems to also be a unit of both distance and time measurement
throughout the series.
Wherefrom is this view of the planet Sectar at 12:48 on the DVD?
It is not explained, but must be the view from the "windshield"
of the shuttle, though it seems oddly shaped.
At 13:57 on the DVD, Dipper sees a full moon in the sky of
Sectar. Yet, earlier, at 13:13, the sky shows only a sliver of a
moon! Perhaps Sectar has another moon on almost the opposite
Notice that the full moon of Sectar seen here is actually an
image of Earth's own moon!
Why is Dipper (and the others when he tells them) shocked to see
the full moon this night? Don't the inhabitants of Serenity know
how to predict the cycles of the moon?! My no-prize explanation
is that this portion of the planet is usually cloud-covered,
covering up the view of the moon, and so, the Borays do not
attack when they cannot see at night to make their raid (there
is a wisp of cloud seen in front of the moon).
Constable Farnes complains that his rifle wouldn't stop a
hedge-hopper. Presumably a hedge-hopper is an animal on Sectar
(perhaps a crop pest similar to a rabbit?).
The Borays, who terrorize the town of Serenity, are bipedal,
boar-like creatures of at least some intelligence. Somehow, it
seems that the Colonies were familiar with the Borays in that
they have been known to use the epithet "Borays
of humanity" ("Exodus"). Perhaps the term "borays" was already
in use in the Colonial language and later applied to these
boar-like creatures by the human émigrés to Sectar.
While Bogon's men are in the process of stealing the powersled
and energizer from them, Starbuck refers to the men as "galmonging
thieves" and Boomer calls them "dirty, rotten crasoneys". "Galmonging"
and "crasoneys" appear to be expletives in Colonial parlance.
Bogon pays Dipper and his men 25 quantums for stealing the
powersled and energizer from Starbuck and Boomer. A quantum
appears to be a monetary unit used on Sectar (in this case
presented in coinage).
Bogon tells Starbuck that seed (generic seed, I guess!) goes for
12 quantums a lexon. "Lexon" must be some unit of measurement by
either weight or volume. Starbuck complains that 12 quantums a
lexon is kind of high.
"Chancery" seems to be a Colonial term for "casino".
In the night shot at 27:41 on the DVD, the lights of a ground
vehicle are moving across the screen in the distance.
Below is a look at the constable's shield badge, won by Starbuck in a
game of pyramid. Bogon comments that the inscriptions on it are
in the ancient tongue of the people who first colonized Sectar.
The gaming wheel seen at 30:48 on the DVD, appears to have
pyramid cards around its circumference.
Commander Adama introduces himself to Bogon as "Squire Adama,
Lord of Bellarium". Presumably he intends Bogon to believe that
Bellarium is a region of Sectar.
Siress Belloby refers to the Borays as "odorous vermin" when she
hasn't even met them yet. Is she just using a euphemism? Or are
Borays known on other human inhabited worlds as well?
Borays appear to ride camel-like creatures, though, at times, a
horse's head (or hooves) appears in galloping scenes.
When tracking the Borays, our Colonial Warriors track them into
a cave and then suddenly seem to be in a canyon at the
Perhaps it was a cave tunnel that opens on a hillside and then
exits into a canyon on the other side of the hill.
It is implied that Commander Adama knows Siress Belloby from his
past. What is their history?
Are the Boray beings seen here the same creatures that inspired
the "boray" epithet spoken of in