"The Super Scouts" Part 1
Written by Glen A. Larson
Directed by Vince Edwards
Original air date: March 16, 1980
After a Cylon attack on the school ship, Troy and Dillon have no
choice but to evacuate a group of children to Earth.
Read the synopsis of this episode at the Battlestar Wiki site
James Patrick Stuart takes over the role
of Dr. Zee (previously portrayed by Robbie Rist) from this
Glen Larson's children, D.G., Eric, and Michelle Larson play
three of the super scouts. The only one named as a character is
Moonstone (Eric Larson). The same three young actors also
portrayed the three children of Sarah and Michael in the
"Greetings From Earth" episode of BSG.
The children of the fleet are depicted as having almost
super-strength when they arrive on Earth due to the lesser
gravity than that maintained in the fleet. Yet the adults Troy,
Dillon, and Xaviar were not depicted with such strength in the
"Galactica Discovers Earth"
3-parter (though we do see Troy and Dillon exhibit such skills
The schooling ship Delphi seen in this episode is the
same spaceship model/footage as that used for the Gemini freighter
seen in past episodes of both BSG and G1980, but seems intended
to be a different ship. The Delphi is destroyed in a
Cylon attack in this episode. A ship called
also appears in
Armageddon, though it is described as a freighter
converted into a marketplace for the fleet.
This episode reveals that Dillon is apparently also the teacher
of a children's class besides being a Warrior. Seems like an odd
combination of jobs!
The medallion worn at Colonel Boomer's throat appears similar to
the one worn by Commander Cain in the two-part
Legend". Boomer's, however, is silver in color, while Cain's
The Delphi develops engine failure and is said to have
come to a complete stop. But the ship should continue moving
through space at its last speed due to inertia until other
forces act upon it to slow it down.
At 6:39 on the DVD, as the
Cylons begin their attack on the
Delphi, the advanced A-B Raider
is seen briefly during the
attack. Officially, the A-B
Raider does not make its
first-and-only appearance until
"The Night the Cylons Landed"
Part 1. But the original script
"The Super Scouts" Part 1 introduced the A-B Raider in
early production before being
removed and this brief scene
managed to slip by. From a
continuity standpoint, it might
be argued that the Cylons did
use the new advanced Raider in
the attack as a shakedown and it
simply went unnoticed by the
Colonials in the confusion of
the quick hit-and-run strategy
of the Cylons in this attack.
At 7:44 on the DVD, a blast destroys a Viper in a launch tube.
But the Cylons are only attacking the Delphi, the rest of the
fleet has left it behind, so the Galactica and its launch bay is
not under attack!
At 7:50 on the DVD, an explosion supposedly inside the
Delphi shows rock walls! Obviously the shot is footage from
a movie shot earlier.
Footage from "Fire in
Space" is also used in depicting the fires aboard the
When the Viper squadron arrives to help out the Delphi
in the Cylon attack, notice that Colonel Boomer apparently still
keeps his hand in as a Viper pilot himself.
At 9:48 on the DVD, notice that the interior of the shuttle seen
is significantly redesigned from that seen previously in
episodes of BSG.
As the shuttle escapes the Delphi, notice the launch
bay looks exactly like that of the Galactica.
Boomer transmits the coordinates of the fleet to Troy and Dillon
on the shuttle and mentions that the fleet is 33,000 Mega-K's
from Alpha Centauri. A Mega-K is a Colonial unit of astral
distance introduced in this episode (and also used in another
Glen Larson production, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century).
Alpha Centauri is a star system about 4.37 light years from
Earth and the closest system to us.
The airliner seen at 13:11 on the DVD has a "CA" logo on the
tailfin. This stands for Columbia Airlines, not a real world
airline, but the one that appeared in the 1975 film Airport
1975. This shot is taken from that Universal film.
At 13:11 on the DVD, the airline pilot of Flight 427 reports
that they've left Los Angeles Center, flying at 30,000 feet,
and then goes on to say they're switching to Omaha Center and
climbing to 35,000.
Both "Los Angeles Center" and "Omaha Center" seem to be a fictional airports, most
likely meant to symbolize Los Angeles International Airport
(LAX) and Eppley Field in Omaha, Nebraska. Airliners do commonly fly at altitudes of around 30-35,000
The emblem on the wall behind Colonel Sydell's desk is the
actual seal of the United States Department of the Air Force.
Riding their turbocycles on the freeway, Troy and
Dillon are pursued by a pair of California Highway Patrol
officers (CHiPs) on motorcycles. It seems likely that this was
intended as a light-hearted homage to the concurrently-running
TV series CHiPs, about two motorcycle-riding CHP
officers. The amusing and comradely give-and-take between the
two officers, as well as the background music played during the
scenes, are also similar to that featured in CHiPs.
They ride Kawasaki motorcycles similar to the models actually
used by the CHP at the time.
After the pair's second encounter with the Colonial Warriors, whose
turbocycles take off into the sky, one of the officers
incredulously asks the other, "How come this never happens to
those two guys on TV?"
As critics of
CHiPs pointed out at the time, CHP officers do
not generally patrol in pairs.
At 17:07 on the DVD, Troy and Dillon hide from the CHP officers
behind a sign reading "Drive 55 and Save Lives!"
This refers to the National Maximum Speed
Law of 1974-1995, which limited the speed of motor vehicles in
the U.S. to 55 mph in a national effort to conserve fuel. Before and
after this period, states could set their own speed laws.
The lot Troy and Dillon pull into to hide behind the sign
appears to be a
U-Haul rental outlet judging from the number of the
company's trucks and trailers parked there. We see that the
business is a
Chevron gas station and U-Haul has many franchises through
gas stations throughout the country.
At 17:44 on the DVD, a
gas station is seen behind the CHP officers, across the street
from the Chevron station.
At 18:04 on the DVD, a rooftop view along Hollywood Boulevard
appears. A few Hollywood landmarks are seen. On the left side of
the boulevard: The Hollywood Theater, the second movie theater
ever built in Hollywood in 1913, now housing a
Guinness World of Records museum. On the right side of the
Wax Museum and
Grauman's Chinese Theater. Also seen are business signs for
Security Pacific Bank (now part of Bank of America),
Troy decides they should trade some of their cubits, made of
auric (Colonial for "gold"), for cash at a bank. He remarks to
Dillon that he has seared off the Colonial markings on the
cubits with his laser. "Auric" is also an Earth term for the +3
ion of gold.
At 19:47 on the DVD, Dillon crosses the street to the United
California Bank. This was a real bank at the time, but has since
become, after a series of bank mergers, part of Wells Fargo.
The taxicab that almost hits Dillon as he crosses the street is
from Yellow Cab Company, a name now belonging to multiple
companies across the United States that operate taxi services in
their local areas under the name Yellow Cab.
scout uniforms bought for and worn by the Colonial children on
Earth are meant to represent those of the
Boy Scouts of
At 20:15 on the DVD,
camping supplies are seen on the department store shelf in the
background, including the Peak 1 multi-fuel stove.
When Troy appears inclined to purchase scouting equipment and
uniforms for the children in his and Dillon's charge, the sales
clerk assumes he is a scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts and asks
what council he is from. In the Boy Scouts, regional
administrative divisions are referred to as councils. Not
knowing better, Troy
unthinkingly replies, "From the Council of Twelve."
A banner stating the Scout Law is seen hanging near the cash
register near the scouting department of the store. It's not
entirely readable onscreen, but the Scout Law of the Boy Scouts
of America is made up of twelve points, stating, "A Scout is
trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind,
obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent."
American Express Traveller's Cheques are seen inside the
United California Bank.
After inadvertently robbing the bank, Dillon tells the clerk
he'll pay it back to her and extracts her address from her at
gunpoint. She gives her address as 327 Harrat Street. Searching
Google Maps, there is a Harrat Street in Los Angeles, but no 327
The Official Boy Scout
Handbook seen on the
department store shelf at 24:55
on the DVD features the cover
actually used on the 9th Edition
of the book at that time (from
Official Boy Scout Handbook,
9th Edition (from
After leaving the department store with a bin-full of scout
clothing and equipment for the twelve children, Troy and Dillon
are seen riding their turbocycles with a small bundle strapped
to the back of each bike. The bundles do not look large enough
to be holding all of that stuff!
The shot of Troy and Dillon flying away from the CHP officers on
their cycles at 26:32 on the DVD is a reuse of one from
"Galactica Discovers Earth" Part
The pick-up truck in the background during the Air Force search
for the Colonial shuttle at 26:59 on the DVD has the emblem of
the U.S. Forest Service on the door. The bed of the pick-up is
labeled Park Ranger, suggesting the site is on National Forest
Colonel Sydell is said to work for the U.S. Air Force's Special
Detachment One, a unit attached to the investigations of
unexplained phenomena. This is a fictional unit of the Air
Force, based loosely on a real unit of the Air Force, Project
Blue Book, which existed from 1952-1970, ending with the claim
that most UFOs were misidentifications of conventional craft or
natural phenomena and that the few unexplained sightings did not
constitute a threat to national security.
At the campsite, the scouts sing a strange song around the
campfire. Jamie says she would like to learn it, so I'm assuming
it was a Colonial song. Part of the lyrics are "Zay. Zee. Zy,
lo, do. Zay. Zee. I know you. Ask me, I told you.
Zay. Zee. Zy, lo, do.
" (I never said it was a good song.) The end credits
suggest the song is called "Galactic Scouts" and was written by
John Andrew Tartaglia, Sue Collins, and Glen A. Larson (the
complex lyrics obviously required the collaboration of three
songwriters). The song actually follows the rhythm of a
frequently-heard high school cheerleader's cheer: "We've got
spirit! Yes, we do! We've got spirit! How 'bout you?"
Troy and Dillon take the sick kids to the Paradise Valley
Medical Center. This appears to be a fictional location, as
later scenes indicate the town is called Paradise Valley, of
which there is none in California.
The nurse at
Paradise Valley Medical Center uses a
brand CB radio unit to contact the doctor, identifiable by the
stylized "M" on the unit.
Troy's wrist computron detects benzene and dioxin in the
children's blood. Both are toxic.
Dr. Spencer refers to his nurse as Valerie and her name badge
appears to show her last name as Thompson.
Jamie tells Dr. Spencer that Troy and Dillon are from "that new
Astro-medics place outside of Cleveland." As far as I can tell,
this is an entirely fictional term and location (except for
Cleveland, of course).
The Stanford Chemical plant in this episode is a fictional
business. But a company by the name Stanford Chemicals did start
up in the Los Angeles area in 1994 and is still in business.
James & Sons Fine Furniture is seen next to the Sheriff's Office
in Paradise Valley.
James & Sons appears to be a fictitious business; in fact the
street and buildings look likely to be part of the Universal
The Sheriff accuses Jamie of being in town to foment trouble
with the chemical plant in order to get a news story, remarking
that one of the biggest newspapermen in the country started the
Spanish-American War just to make headlines. The
Spanish-American War took place April 25-August 12, 1898 over
U.S. intervention against Spain in Cuba's war of independence
from that country. Some historians place part of the blame for
the escalation to war on both Joseph Pulitzer and William
Randolph Hearst, two American newspaper publishers, who
published scathing articles of oftentimes dubious veracity
(yellow journalism) against Spain.
The shot of Troy and Dillon flying off into the sky on their
turbocycles at 47:50 on the DVD is just an image flip of the
earlier scene at 26:32.
Did Troy really launch the Galactica shuttle out into
space after bringing the children to Earth? Where into space?
Was it picked up later?
Where did Troy and Dillon get the turbocyles they ride in this
episode? The cycles just happened to be loaded onto the shuttle
that was only intended for a jaunt between the Galactica
and Delphi and back? I suppose it might be argued that
the cycles were hidden in the forest near where they landed the
shuttle from their previous mission(s) to Earth for emergency
use as needed.