Look-In (1979) #43-52 and Look-In (1980) #1-3
Angus P. Allen
Artist: Martin Asbury
An unsuspecting member of the fleet has
been brought under the control of Imperious Leader.
Read the story summary at the Battlestar Wiki
As stated above, this story appeared in thirteen issues of
Look-In, a UK magazine geared towards kids. The story is
told in comic strip form and appeared in two-page chapters of
The story itself is untitled. I borrowed the title "Time Bomb"
Battlestar Galactica Chronology on the
Look-In wiki (this site was also the source of the
writer and artist on the story).
Notes from the Battlestar Galactica chronology
I've chosen to place this story during the break between Realm
Press' published issues of the so-called seasons two and three
of BSG. It is during this time period that Baltar is
missing (having escaped incarceration on the prison barge in
"Prison of Souls" Part 3,
but not yet having returned to the Cylons), so it makes sense
that we see the Imperious Leader plotting the clandestine attack
On page 1 of the story, Athena reports that
she's received an emergency communication from Number Eighteen,
which Colonel Tigh indentifies as an old Valnic-class
freighter. It's not clear whether "Number Eighteen" is the name
of the ship (possibly as part of a larger corporate fleet of
freighters) or a designation assigned it within the rag-tag
fleet. It does make some sense that the ships of the fleet might
have been assigned numbers by Commander Adama and his staff to
help keep track of them in a manner easier than simple ship
names; if so, it suggests that each ship of the fleet has a
designated number. This identification scheme also seems to
be in effect in "Beautiful
On page 1, Tigh remarks there are 300
passengers on Number Eighteen. Later chapters of the story suggest 400.
On page 1, panel 5, Starbuck is playing a
game of cards and the cards are rectangular instead of the
hexagonal ones normally seen in a game of pyramid.
On page 2, panel 4 of the story,
one of the crew of Number
Eighteen is wearing a jacket
that has words on the back.
Possibly it says "Space Freight"
since he appears to have a
shoulder patch with the stylized
letters "SF" on page 4.
On page 2, panel 6 of the story, Boomer
volunteers to stay behind with Number Eighteen while
repairs are made to her engine, allowing Starbuck to get to his "poker
game". Shouldn't that be "pyramid game"? (On page 9 of the
story, Adama even refers to Starbuck as a "poker-king"!)
On page 3, panel 7 of the story, Boomer
seems to be depicted as white!
A ship referred to as a Cylon assault ship
appears on page 4 of the story.
Page 5 of the story suggests that the
Galactica shuttlecraft are called scarabs. In the BSG toy
line produced by Mattel, the scarab was a land vehicle with an
aerial assault gun and Viper-type cockpit.
Regaling Boxey with stories of his youth,
Captain Heffren mentions working a boat on Lake Karkk on the
Ninth Colony. Is "Ninth Colony" meant to be a secondary name for
one of the Twelve Colonies? If so, then each Colony world
presumably had its own number designation 1-12.
On page 12, panel 5, a Viper pilot's dialog
is mistakenly given to a Cylon Raider!
The Viper/Raider dogfight on page 12 of the
story takes the lives of two previously unknown Colonial
Warriors (from Green Squadron) named Skinly and Mackay.
Why do Commander Adama and Colonel Tigh
investigate the situation in the fuel room personally, as seen
on page 15 of the story? They're much too valuable on the bridge
considering there are plenty of security personnel to send instead.
Obviously, Adama is personally concerned for his grandson
Boxey's safety, but even so, guards should have accompanied them
in the first place.
On page 20 of the story, we see
another unknown type of Cylon
ship, large and heavily armed.
Judging from the dialog by the
Imperious Leader, it seems the
ship was launched from his
basestar, but it appears too
large for that, almost as big as
a basestar itself.
How did the Cylons know where to go aboard
freighter Number Eighteen? They knew where the refugees were
housed and where the command crew was located.
Why have the Colonials seemingly not seen
the large Cylon warship in this story previously? Or since?
How did Commander Adama know that sending
the impulse microvator to the Cylon ship would cause the ship's
destruction? Imperious Leader's plan could just as easily have
been to have Heffren ignite the tylium fuel on Galactica
manually. Did Adama have any particular reason to think an
electronic burst would be sent to the microvator to trigger the
explosion? And if the Colonials had the means to deliver a
powerful missile to a crucial point of the Cylon ship, just as
they do here, why not blow the missile themselves...and at some
time before this
If the Cylons have a device such as the
impulse microvator, which allows the Imperious Leader to
telepathically manipulate an implanted human, why do they not
use it again in later stories?
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