Written by Robert L. McCullough
Directed by Barry Crane
Original air date: April 27, 1980
The Cylons destroy two of the fleet's agro ships, forcing the
Galacticans to start an agricultural colony on Earth.
Read the synopsis of this episode at the Battlestar Wiki site
The title of the episode is a play on the term "share cropper",
a tenant who lives on and farms land owned by another. In return
for allowing the tenant to live on and farm the land, the landowner
gets a return on a percentage of the crop.
The actress Ana Alicia, who plays the teenager Gloria Alonzo in
this episode, also portrayed Starbuck's ex-girlfriend Aurora in
the BSG episode "Take
At 2:09 on the DVD, we see three basestars, suggesting that at
least that many are currently tracking the Colonial fleet.
In this episode, we see the Imperious Leader for the first and
only time in the Galactica 1980 series. Notice that his
voice is not that of Patrick Macnee as it was in the original
BSG series. In terms of continuity, is the voice change
indicative of a new Imperious Leader? Previous stories in the
BSG universe have suggested all Imperious Leaders, when they
rise to the position, use the same voice (which is actually that
of Count Iblis). See further notes on the Imperious Leader's
voice at the end of this study.
At 3:24 on the DVD, stock footage from BSG is reused, depicting
Colonial Warriors riding the stand-up conveyors to the flight
deck. The Warriors are all wearing the traditional helmets here,
but when they are depicted in their Viper cockpits seconds
later, they are wearing the new helmet design (see below).
At 4:05 on the DVD, we see that the Viper pilots have a
different style of helmet than seen previously. Notice that the
new helmet has a more rounded to look it. Why the change? Troy,
Dillon, and other pilots were seen with the same style helmet
used in BSG in all previous episodes. These helmets look
suspiciously like modified motorcycle helmets.
This episode marks the first-and-only appearance of D Squadron,
called the Daggits, led by Lt. Dante.
At 4:34 on the DVD, a Gemini freighter is seen in the fleet
during the battle. In
"The Super Scouts" Part 1,
the Gemini freighter Delphi, the schooling ship, was
destroyed. But, it's quite possible there is more than one
Gemini freighter of the same model in the fleet. A ship that may
be the Celestra (the same ship type anyway, as seen in
the BSG episode "Take
the Celestra") is also seen in this shot (the
Celestra itself took heavy damage and was evacuated,
possibly abandoned, in
"War of Eden" Part 4").
A Cylon tanker is seen as part of the fleet at 5:09 on the DVD
(a shot stolen from the BSG episode
Legend" Part 1)! It's possible the fleet captured a Cylon
tanker at some point during its long journey to Earth.
The shots of the Cylon Raiders firing on the fleet's agro-ships
are taken from the BSG episode
Warriors", which itself features footage of the agro
ships from the 1972 Universal
film, Silent Running.
One of the stolen scenes is an
interior shot of the park-like
environment inside the dome of
an agro ship, with Saturn
clearly visible through the
clear dome! In
Warriors", I took it merely as an indication the events
were taking place near a ringed
planet. But should we here take
the planet's image as suggesting
that the current battle is
taking place near Saturn? If so,
how could the Cylons continue to
be overlooking Earth at such
Warriors", two of the fleet's three agro
ships were destroyed, leaving one. The same happens here in this
episode! Where did the fleet acquire two more agro ships in the
first place? Did they build them somewhere along the way?
The Viper pilot who screams "Yayhoo!" as the
retreat appears to be actor Dennis Haysbert, who would go on to
be best known as Senator, later President, David Palmer on the
TV series 24.
In his conversation with Dr. Zee about establishing their first
agricultural colony on Earth, Commander Adama seems to
contradict himself about the number of agro ships destroyed. He
first says "the loss of two of our agro ships" and then, just
microns later, he remarks, "Of all the ships in the fleet, the
chance of that one being destroyed..." So, he
first seems to say two ships destroyed, and then just one. Some
might argue he is talking about the potential loss of the
remaining agro ship in a future Cylon attack, but it's clear
that Dr. Zee, at least, is still referring to the present when
he responds to Adama, "I do not think it was chance, Commander."
In this episode, Colonel Boomer wears a silver medallion on
his collar, not previously seen.
How is it that the Viper maintenance captain is able to barge
right into Adama's quarters at 6:44 on the DVD? Isn't that a
fairly serious breach of military protocol?
Returning to Earth from the Galactica, Troy and Dillon
now wear new Earth attire from that seen in all previous
episodes. This may be because they left their original Earth
ensembles behind at the stage theater in
"The Night the Cylons Landed" Part 2.
Hector remarks that Steadman will never accept a bunch of
braceros as land owners. The term "bracero" is a reference to
the Bracero Program of 1942-1964 which allowed temporary
employment of Mexican nationals in the United States for needed
manual labor, usually crop harvesting.
When Hector walks out of the
general store at 16:45 on the
DVD, there is an object sitting
on the top shelf behind him that
looks like it may be a toy
X-Wing fighter from Star
At 16:56 on the DVD, a large, empty Rhoplex can is seen holding
a supply of rakes for sale outside the general store.
Rhoplex is an acrylic polymer used in many
Facing the results of prejudice by some of Steadman's men,
Hector tells his son to be proud of his Latino heritage, citing
their pioneering of the West and such great Latino men as the
philosopher Ramos, the humanist Juarez, and the artist Diego
Rivera. "Latino", of course, refers to natives of Latin America.
As he states, Latinos from Mexico pioneered the colonization of
western territory in what was to become the United States
(though the Amerindians were there first, for thousands of
years). The individuals he mentions are likely Dr. Samuel Ramos
(1897-1959), Benito Juarez (1806-1872, 26th President of
artist Diego Rivera (1886-1957).
Hector goes on to say that, to people like Maze, Latinos are
just wetbacks. "Wetback" is a derogatory term for a Latino who
is an illegal immigrant to the U.S.
When Steadman presents Troy and Dillon with the offer of winning
the horse Satan, plus $1000, if one of them can ride
rather wild horse, Troy gestures to Dillon and says he's always
had an ability with these situations. What kind of situations is
he referring to? Is Dillon known for having an affinity with
animals? After Dillon uses his wristcomp to send a burst of
alpha waves to calm Satan and rides the beast successfully, Troy
does remark to Steadman that "he seems to have a way with
Dillon remarks that horses don't seem much different from a type
of animal on Caprica. This implies that Dillon is old enough to
have lived on Caprica before the holocaust and was not born in
When Hector is skeptical of the scouts' ability to work the farm
themselves, Jamie tells him they are a specialized branch with a
lot of agricultural training, like the 4-H club. The
4-H Club is a
youth organization administered by the National Institute of
Food and Agriculture of the United States Department of
Agriculture. The group was originally focused on teaching
American kids about civic values through agricultural endeavors,
but currently has a more broad-based mandate of developing
citizenship, leadership, responsibility, and life skills.
Most of the scenes of the Galactican flying saucer in this
episode are taken from its previous appearance in
"The Super Scouts" Part
Dr. Zee's description of how rain is formed is basically
correct. The information is included in the episode as part of
the educational requirement of the 7-8 p.m. timeslot the series
occupied in 1980.
At 34:24 on the DVD, the flying saucer is depicted as dropping
from the center of Galactica, to depart towards Earth.
The lasers Troy and Dillon use to plow the fields are actually
Cylon pistols (as seen in
"The Night the
Cylons Landed" Part 2), not Colonial!
While working the farm in the middle of the night, the super
scouts sing the same, horrible
"Galactic Scouts" song they sung around the campfire in
"The Super Scouts" Part 1.
Additionally, the shots of Troy and Dillon leaping and flailing
their arms through the air to drop seeds to the sound of the
singing is just laughably ridiculous. Not long after that, the
scenes of accelerated plant growth are accompanied by an
instrumental/whistling version of the same awful tune!
The shot of the town at 39:03 on the DVD is just an extension
from the same shot earlier at 16:42, even though it's now a
different day in the story.
As has become the habit on this series, a New York state flag is
hanging in the meeting room of the growers association instead
of a California flag.
In this episode, we see for the first time the (alleged) Boy
Scout troop number of the super scouts, 234, on the left sleeves
of the scouts. I don't know how the number assignation of Boy
Scout troops works; there appear to be a number of Troop 234s in
At 40:09 on the DVD, a box labeled with the brand Donnie Lettuce
is seen in the background. At 45:20, an Obispo
produce box is also seen.
I've been unable to confirm whether these were real world brands
at the time.
Steadman arranges to have the Sheriff visit Hector's farm to
investigate the alien activities he witnessed the night before.
But the law enforcement vehicles seen speeding down the road to
the farm at 40:01 are those of the California Highway Patrol!
The vehicles that arrive, however, are Sheriff!
There were 12 super scouts in previous episodes, but only 9
appear here. Where are the other three? One of the missing is
Wellington, who had seemed to be the de facto leader among the
The shot of Troy and Dillon riding their turbocycles along a
country road at 46:21 on the DVD is the same one seen at the
opening of "Spaceball". It's also
obvious that the two are wearing their original Earth attire
The end credits of this episode credit Dennis Haysbert as "The
Creature" (presumably Imperious Leader). But I suspect this is
mistaken. Haysbert is clearly seen portraying a Colonial Warrior
during the Cylon Raider attack at the beginning of the episode
(as mentioned earlier), so he should be credited for that. It's
doubtful he also provided the voice of Imperious Leader...it
sounds nothing like him. In fact, the Leader's voice does sound
vaguely familiar as some actor I've heard before elsewhere.
I want to say it might be John Lithgow! Can anyone out there
confirm or have any other guesses? Here is the
entirety of Imperious Leader's dialog in this episode:
I'm growing impatient.wav