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Battlestar Galactica: The Final Five (Part 3)

Battlestar Galactica

"The Final Five" Part 3

Battlestar Galactica: The Final Five #3

Dynamite Entertainment

Writers: Seamus Kevin Fahey and David Reed

Pencils: Nigel Raynor

Colors: Iven Nunes

Letters: Simon Bowland

Cover B by Nigel Raynor



The story of the original Earth.


Read the summary of this issue at the Battlestar Wiki


Notes from the BSG chronology


This issue takes place 2,000 years before the fall of the Twelve Colonies.


Didja Know?


Battlestar Galactica: The Final Five is four-issue mini-series published by Dynamite Entertainment in 2009.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue


Vickers (corpse only)

Sam Anders


Saul Tigh

Michael Tigh

Ellen Cavil

John Cavil (dies in this issue)

Tory Foster


Galen Tyrol


Woman in Red (Head Six)


Didja Notice?


On page 2, Sam Anders (on the original Earth) is playing a guitar and singing the opening lyrics of "All Along the Watchtower". We further learn that Sam is a homeless street performer at this time.


On page 4, we see that John Cavil owns Cavil Cybernetics on the original Earth.


Page 7 reveals that John Cavil and Michael Tigh have been enemies for a hundred years, making the relationship between Saul and Ellen problematic and kept in secret.


In panel 2 of page 9, we can see from the name on the vial that the drug Tyrol has just injected his test subject with is morpha, the BSG universe equivalent of morphine, designed to kill pain.


On page 9, after Tory unexpectedly shoots Anders to speed up his death for the resurrection experiment, Tyrol remarks to her, "For the record, that sort of thing isn't a turn-on for me." The two were stated to have been lovers on Earth in "No Exit".


On page 11, Saul watches a NewsNet broadcast about the death of his father. While it didn't exist at the time this issue was written, there is currently a NewsNet streaming and television service on our Earth as of 2021.


In a flashback in panel 4 of page 14, little Saul Tigh is seen playing jacks with his father.


Page 15 reveals that Saul Tigh was seeing visions of Head Six along with his father at this time. 


The Cylons of original Earth who rebel against humanity in this story appear to have the single eye slit commonly seen in Colonial models, not the double slits seen on the recovered Cylon head found in the ruins of Earth in "Sometimes a Great Notion".
Earth Cylon Earth Centurion
Earth Cylon in this issue Earth Cylon in "Sometimes a Great Notion"


It was established in the televised episodes, particularly "Daybreak" Part 2, that all five of the Final Five held knowledge of particular aspects of how to build resurrection technology, so all five would be needed to recreate it. But here, Anders' only role in it was as the first successful resurrection subject, he doesn't seem to be a scientist at all. Also, Tory seems to be just an administrative assistant to the project, again not a scientist.


There is no mention of Anders and Tory having visions of Head Six or other "head beings" here as Anders had mentioned in "No Exit".

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