"The Memory Machine"
Battlestar Galactica #6 (Marvel)
Written by Roger Mckenzie
Art by Rich Buckler and Klaus Janson
Adama employs dangerous means to attempt to recall his memory of
the Earth inscriptions he saw on Kobol.
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Serina receives a military funeral in space, her casket
jettisoned into Kobol's sun.
On page 2, Adama reflects that Serina was much like his own
In "A Death in the Family",
it's never stated that they've exited the void, yet we see
background stars during the Cylon attack on Kobol, indicating
they are outside the void. However, the Marvel Comics
stories that begin here, immediately after
"A Death in the Family",
depict the fleet as continuing its journey through the void.
On pages 5-7, Lucifer and a squadron of Cylons land on Kobol and
find the trapped Baltar, rescuing him.
In the epilog of the book The Tombs of Kobol (adapting
the two-part "Lost Planet of the Gods" episodes), an
alternate version of Lucifer's rescue of Baltar takes
place. In the TV series we don't get an
explanation of how he made it back to his basestar.
On page 7, Apollo is gazing at what appears to be a holo-cube of
The novelization of "Saga of a Star World" suggests that Sire
Uri was forced to step down from the fleet's recently elected
Council of Twelve after the debacle resulting from his suggestion that the
fleet settle on Carillon, destroy their weapons, and make a
renewed bid for peace with the Cylons. Here though, Uri appears
to still be on the Quorum and still up to his shifty tricks. In
fact, at the end of this issue, he gets elected President of the
Council while Adama is trapped within the memory machine.
On page 19, a blond female in warrior attire is jealous of Starbuck's
interest in Medea. But who is this blond supposed to be? It
can't be Cassiopeia because she's a medical technician, not a
warrior (although she is depicted as going through viper
training as a reserve cadet later in
"Ape and Essence"). Possibly it's supposed to be Athena and her hair is
simply miscolored in these two panels.
The later episode "War of the Gods" Part 1, suggests that the
Colonials have a safer memory-inducing scan called
psycho-electron recall. Why doesn't Adama try that instead of
subjecting himself to what Dr. Spang admits is a dangerous
process intended for use in wartime against traitors and
saboteurs to retrieve vital information. Possibly Adama already
psycho-electron recall and it failed, so he opted for the next,
more dangerous, approach.
As Adama's memories begin to appear in the mists of the memory
machine globe on page 21, Apollo sees his destroyed childhood home on
Caprica form in the images. He comments that he and his father
returned there after the Cylon attack (in
"Annihilation") and that they
found his mother, Ilya, dead inside. But in the episode (and the
novelization) it is clear that they did not find a body, though
Adama is sure she was there and killed inside. Of course, in
issue #15 ("Derelict"), Ilya turns up alive, though not for long.
Boomer's patrol of the fleet reveals that two of the 220 ships
in the fleet have disappeared, leaving only 218.
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