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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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Battlestar Galactica: Dualities


Battlestar Galactica #5 (Dynamite)

Writer: Greg Pak

Art: Nigel Raynor

Colors: David Curiel

Letters: Simon Bowland

Cover A: Stjepan Sejic



When Sharon dies at the hands of an old-model Cylon, her memories are uploaded to a nearby duplicate on an unknown mission.


Read the story summary at the Battlestar Wiki Clone site


Didja Know?


The issues of this series were untitled. I assigned the title "Dualities" to suggest the overlapping personalities of the two Number Eights and how Adama's observations of Cylon behavior mirror those of humanity. 


Characters appearing or mentioned in this story




Commander Adama


Head Six

Doc Cottle

Captain Valerii

Barge captain (unnamed)

Petty Officer Dualla



Zak (Returner, mentioned only, deceased)

Zak (mentioned only, deceased)

Darrin Dualla (Returner)

President Roslin

Lt. Gaeta

Earth Protectorate


Didja Notice?


Baltar speculates that the antebellum centurions don't recognize the Returners as Cylons because the Returners are early experiments, without the full capacity of the later humanoid Cylon models.


On page 8, a couple of boxes seen in the Galactica sick bay have the standard red cross symbol of first aid on them, just as used here on Earth.


Adama's acceptance of the Returners in this issue is a nice harbinger of his eventual acceptance of an alliance with the rebel Cylons in Season Four.


On page 17, President Roslin announces that a Returner has been found murdered by the Earth Protectorate in the rec room of the cruiser Destiny. This is the first and only mention of this ship of the fleet in the series.


Captain Valerii uses her pistol to shoot through the clear canopy of her Raptor and through the viewing window of the barge. But this seems fairly unlikely to work, as such windows on spacecraft would have to be made strong and thick enough to withstand the impacts of micrometeoroids travelling at extremely high velocities. A bullet from a gun is relatively weak in comparison.

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