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Battlestar Galactica: Gods & Monsters (Part 2)

"Gods & Monsters" Part 2

Battlestar Galactica: Gods & Monsters #2

Dynamite Entertainment

Written by Karl Kesel

Art by Alec Morgan & Dan Schkade

Color by Chris O'Halloran

Letters by Tom Napolitano

Cover A by Alec Morgan & Chris O'Halloran

2016

 

Commander Adama finds a use for Baltar's pet centurion.

 

Story Summary

 

When Tallos appears ready to follow and protect Caprica-Valerii, Baltar disables the Centurion temporarily with a kill switch he wears like a watch on his wrist. Meanwhile, D'Anna is afraid Tallos will be able to identify her as a Cylon as it did Valerii.

 

As Commander Adama considers allowing Tallos to mine the planetoid to speed up the harvesting, the Galactica discovers a drifting, old Colonial heavy cruiser, Cyclops, from the first Cylon War, its radioactive hulk on an immediate collision course with the planetoid. Adama decides to allow Baltar to send Tallos to Cyclops to prevent the crash. It succeeds by blowing up the derelict in space.

 

Meanwhile, on Cylon-occupied Caprica, Anders interrogates Simon, getting nowhere, so he allows Barolay to administer her own "enhanced interrogation". But Brother Cavil intervenes during a respite for the prisoner, allowing Simon to escape.

 

CONTINUED IN BSG: GODS & MONSTERS #3

 

Didja Know?

 

Battlestar Galactica: Gods & Monsters was a 5-issue mini-series published by Dynamite Entertainment in 2016-2017.

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this story

 

Colonel Tigh

Baltar

Caprica-Valerii

Tallos

Commander Adama

President Roslin

Apollo

D'Anna Biers

Head Six

Starbuck

John Cavil

Sam Anders

Simon O'Neill (Number Four model Cylon)

Jean Barolay

Lt. Gaeta

Redwing

Dee

Spyver

 

Didja Notice?

 

On page 6, Anders recalls the last game the Buccaneers played before the Cylon attack, against the Aerilon Longhorns. This is the first and only mention of the Longhorns.

 

On page 9, Cavil jokes with Anders, "Before you know it, people will be convinced both of us are Cylons!" Of course, they both are, though Anders doesn't know it yet (Cavil does).

 

On the last panel of page 9, Cavil answers Anders' query of "What would I do without you?" with "Oh, you probably would've beaten the Cylons months ago...", subtly indicating that he (Cavil) has been steering Anders and the Buccaneers wrong during the months of resistance against the Cylon occupation of Caprica.

 

After talking about the Cylons with Commander Adama on page 10, when Lt. Gaeta reports a sudden dradis contact, Colonel Tigh spurts, "Say Hecate's name--!" in much the same way we might say "Speak of the devil". In "Pilot" Part 1 of the Caprica TV series, Hecate is said to be the goddess of the underworld. On Earth, Hecate was the Greek and Roman goddess of crossroads, the Moon, and witchcraft, whose abode was the underworld.

 

On page 11, Adama tells Tigh and Gaeta it's time to "roll a hard six". Adama (and those close to him) have used this term a number of times in past stories, something his father used to say when he was about to make his closing argument on a tough case. "Roll the hard six" is a phrase originating in the dice game of craps; it refers to rolling threes on a pair of 6-sided dice.

 

A Raptor pilot called Redwing is introduced (chronologically) in this issue. He goes on to appear in "Exodus" Part 2 and a few other episodes.

 

At the planetoid, the fleet encounters the drifting hulk of the Colonial heavy cruiser Cyclops, left over from the first Cylon War.

 

On page 19, Cavil refers to the beating Simon takes at the hands of Barolay as "enhanced interrogation". This is a reference to the "enhanced interrogation techniques", considered torture by many, of the U.S. government employed under the administration of President George W. Bush after the 9-11 terrorist attacks against the U.S.

 

On page 20, panel 3, the first dialog balloon seems to have erroneously been given to Baltar instead of D'Anna.

 

On the last page of this issue, Cavil remarks that a centurion like Tallos without the programmed Cylon protocols isn't "part of the plan". This refers to the larger Cylon plan as later revealed in The Plan.


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