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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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Battlestar Galactica: A Bird to Fly "A Bird to Fly"
Battlestar Galactica: Origins #7 (Dynamite)
Writer: Robert Place Napton
Pencils: Jonathan Lau
Cover A: Jonathan Lau

Mustered out of the service after the end of the war, Adama struggles to find purpose and meets a kindred soul in Saul Tigh.

Notes from the BSG chronology

This story opens in Caprica City, 9 years after the end of the first Cylon War, then jumps 3 years further.

Didja Know?

Battlestar Galactica: Origins was an 11-issue mini-series published by Dynamite Entertainment, covering the origins of several characters of BSG2000. Issues 5-8 featured a young William "Husker" Adama during the first Cylon War and its aftermath.

Many of the scenes of how Adama and Tigh met and served on freighters together as depicted in this issue are borrowed from scenes (including deleted scenes) from the TV episode "Scattered".

Characters appearing in this story

William Adama
Betty (character on a TV show)
Lloyd (character on a TV show)
Pinball Peck
Saul Tigh
Carolanne Adama (nee Lee)
Richard Lee
Joseph Adama (mentioned only)

Didja Notice?

On the cover, neon signs advertise a number of bars and clubs in Caprica City: The Lounge, Picon Pub, Joe's Tab, Caprica Club, and Garden Beers. Another place advertises Gudd Beer sold here. Page 1 shows signs for the Captain's Beerhouse and Martini Bar. Inside one of the bars, advertising signs for alcoholic beverages called (25) Ice and Guff are seen.

When Adama bumps into Pinball at the bar, Pinball remarks they haven't seen each other since the Columbia. This seems to imply they served on the Columbia together. In "The Lab" the Columbia was destroyed in a Cylon attack shortly before the armistice was signed.

On page 4, Pinball remarks that Adama was on the Atlantia when the war ended. This was seen in "Armistice".

On page 5, signs for Cafe Caprica, Klub Kobb, and the Ambrosia are seen. Ambrosia is a type of alcoholic beverage in both BSG2000 and BSG70.

Adama meets Saul Tigh for the first time in this issue. However, the details depicted here are a bit different from those presented in The Cylons' Secret.

Tigh tells Adama he served aboard the Brenik, a ship that was boarded by Cylons during the war.

Tigh and Adama reflect on the fact that Cylon centurions smell like machine oil.

On page 8, Adama says, "You've got to it get together..." It should say, "You've got to get it together..."

On page 10, Adama meets Carolanne Lee, who will later become his wife and the mother of his children Lee and Zak. Presumably, her last name was the inspiration for the first name of their first son, Lee.

On page 11, Adama is seen to ride a chopper in this phase of his life. Adama's chopper

Carolanne reveals that her father is the CEO of Heracles, Inc., a defense contractor. CEO stands for Chief Executive Officer.

Carolanne's phone number as she and Adama begin dating is 876-4356. 

On page 13, Adama impresses Carolanne with a flight in a vehicle that looks like an early version of a Raptor.
Early bird Early bird

On page 15, in Adama's apartment, we see a pennant for the Panthers and a photo celebrating his 1,000th landing. "The Panthers" is a reference to the Picon Panthers, a pyramid team he is also said to be a fan of in "Lay Down Your Burdens" Part 2. We witnessed his 1,000th landing, aboard the Atlantia, in "Armistice".

On page 16, panel 3, a box of Ride and a box of Picon Cereal are seen sitting next to the kitchen sink in Adama's apartment. Ride may be a reference to Tide laundry detergent.

On page 17, "Aerilon" is misspelled "Arelon".

Page 18 reveals that Adama achieved his reinstatement to the fleet due to his father-in-law's influence with the Colonial defense department.

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