"Trial and Error"
Battlestar Galactica #14 (Marvel)
Written by Roger McKenzie
Inks by Klaus Janson
is led out of the void; Starbuck is left behind on Scavenge
World; Sire Uri goes on trial.
As Starbuck laments his fate on Scavenge World, Queen Euryale's
forces lead the Colonial fleet out of the void and celebrations
take place throughout the fleet. But Boxey feels sadness at
Starbuck having been left behind and sets out to find a way to
commandeer a Viper to go back and rescue him. Meanwhile, Sire
Uri manages to push his trial before the Council early so that
Adama won't have time to gather evidence against him. Adama
sends Apollo out to track down the missing Medea, Uri's
second-in-command, to turn testimony against him. Apollo finds
her on the Rising Star and rescues her from an angry
mob that would like to lynch her and Uri for their betrayal of
the fleet. Thanks to her testimony, Uri is found guilty.
While this has been going on, Boxey has been unable to get onto
the Galactica's hangar bay by the pilot's route and
decides to take the long way around, through the ship's engine
room. But the engine's have been damaged by the battle against
the Cylons at Scavenge World and the boy succumbs to the
tremendous heat leaking out, falling unconscious. Muffit pulls him out of the room, but collapses from heat damage himself. When
found by Apollo and Master-Tech Shadrack, Boxey is alive, but
the mechanical daggit is dead.
This issue marks the start of the second of a number of
"Starbuck left behind" stories (the first started in
the story that began with "Maytoria") that appear in the saga of BSG as
produced by various licensees.
Commander Adama begins his log entries in
this issue with, "Galactica log
one-thirty-five, mark four." This issue is the only time we see
the logs labeled or dated in such a manner. The numbers sound
more like a course heading than a log dating system.
On page 7, Boomer doesn't seem to be too
broken up about Starbuck's being left behind on Scavenge World.
He's celebrating the fleet's exit from the void with a girl on
Page 11 reveals that Adama's time trapped in
the memory machine at least did some good. He recalls that part
of the inscription he glimpsed on Kobol suggested that Earth is
the third planet from its sun.
This issue's guest artist, Jim Mooney, draws
the Rising Star in a manner similar to Ernie Colon's in
BSG #2 (the adaptation of "Exodus")
instead of the sleek luxury liner we are used to seeing in the
Writer Roger McKenzie seems to have
forgotten that he established in
"The Memory Machine" that
Sire Uri had arranged the disappearance of two other ships in
the fleet and then the agro ship disappeared without his knowledge in
"All Things Past and
Present". Here, Uri is charged (as far as missing ships go)
only with the disappearance of the agro ship (which is the one
he seemingly had nothing to do with!). For continuity's
sake, it might be best to consider that Uri arranged for the
hijacking of the first two agro ships (we learn there are three
in the fleet in "The Magnificent Warriors") and the third was
taken by his men without his consent, his men under the
impression he would want them all (along with his plan to
commandeer the Galactica itself and abandon the fleet).
This retroactive explanation would then assume that Eurayle
captured, and then returned, all three agro ships, bringing the
number of ships in the Colonial fleet back to 218.
Apparently, the Council's justice works very
swiftly. They try and convict Sire Uri in the span of a few
hours at most (actually it seems more like minutes from the pace
of the story!). This speedy justice is seen further in
"War of the Gods" Part 2 and
"Murder on the Rising Star".
On page 27, why do Muffit's fur and body
parts start to smolder and singe from the tremendous heat in the
damaged engine room when Boxey's clothing and skin do not?
The scene of Muffit pulling the unconscious
Boxey out of the heat of the engine room and sustaining severe
damage to himself is similar to the one in the upcoming
Space" where he pulls an unconscious fireman out of the inferno
burning in the Galactica after the Cylon attack, again
sustaining severe damage. In this issue, Muffit is declared
dead, irreparable; however, Dr. Wilker does finally manage to
repair (or replace?) him in "The Last Hiding Place".
How are the Cylons able to continue their
chase of the fleet past the void, as they do through many more
episodes, if it is so difficult to navigate through? It must be
relatively easy to navigate around it, as evidenced by the later
human and Cylon outposts seen beyond this point throughout the
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