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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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Battlestar Galactica: Absolutely Necessary "Absolutely Necessary"
Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero #2 (Dynamite)
Writer: Brandon Jerwa
Pencils: Jackson Herbert
Cover: Stephen Segovia


Admiral DiMarco makes a controversial decision regarding his actions while mapping an uncharted planet in neutral space.


Read the story summary of this issue at the Battlestar Wiki


Notes from the BSG chronology


This story takes place about two years before the fall of the Colonies.


Didja Know?


Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero was a 13-issue mini-series published by Dynamite Entertainment, covering the crew's adventures starting with Commander Adama assigned to the command of the Galactica, two years before the fall of the Colonies.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this story


Admiral DiMarco

Commander Adama

Lee Adama (Apollo) (flashback)

Zak Adama (flashback)

Captain Kelly

Byron Dane

Silvia DiMarco

President Adar (mentioned only)


Bulldog (mentioned only)

Carolanne Adama

Chief Tyrol

Lt. Gaeta






Didja Notice?


Adama's and DiMarco's people see a modern model Cylon Raider for the first time in this issue. A few have appeared previously in issues of the Battlestar Galactica: Origins mini-series, but they were not seen by human characters.


On page 16, one of Adama's people remarks, "Looks like I picked the wrong day to quit smoking..." This is probably a nod to the character of Steve McCroskey in the 1980 comedy film Airplane!, who said variations of this line throughout the film. The character was portrayed by Lloyd Bridges, who was also Commander Cain in the two-part "The Living Legend" episodes of BSG70.


As Commander Adama takes his leave of his former commander, DiMarco, on page 17, he says, "Stay young or die." These words were said to Adama by DiMarco in the flashback sequence to their time aboard the Columbia in "Dark Secrets".


It's implied that Adama and his crew must keep silent about the Cylons they encountered in neutral space.


Adama's wife tells him she's filing for divorce at the end of this issue.


Unanswered Questions


Why did the Colonial government/military want to wipe out the separatist settlement? The question is never answered.


Did the Colonial government/military already know the Cylons were active in neutral space near the Colonial border?

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