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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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Battlestar Galactica: Bombardment "Bombardment"
Battlestar Galactica: Cylon Apocalypse #3 (Dynamite)
Written by Javier Grillo-Marxuach
Art by Carlos Rafael
Cover A by Jim Starlin

The Galactica begins its attack on the Cylon planet in the Canopus Wormhole.

Story Summary

Read the story summary at the Battlestar Wiki

Didja Know?

The individual issues of the mini-series did not have titles. I made up the titles myself, usually based on a bit of dialog from the issue.

Didja Notice? 

On page 3, Starbuck refers to Tassos as a "galmonging snitrat." This same insult was used by Boomer against Reese in "Greetings From Earth" Part 1.

On page 4, one of the Warriors (possibly Giles from the looks of him) objects to taking the Galactica to light speed, saying she hasn't engaged the hyper-velocity drives in over twenty yahrens. But Adama ordered the battlestar to light speed in "Experiment in Terra" (over Colonel Tigh's objections that it had been "some time" since the ship was pushed to that speed). Realistically, the fleet could not have even escaped the system of the Twelve Colonies without going to light speed; and beyond light speed to reach the other systems they've visited in their trek.

On page 6, Abbadon meets with the prisoner Belial, an infidel IL-series Cylon. "Belial" is one of the four crown-princes of Hell in the Bible.

On page 7, Abbadon accuses Belial of attempting to condemn the Cylons to an Ovine existence. "Ovine" is from the Latin ovinus and means anything that pertains to sheep.

On page 8, Boxey makes several references to past adventures in which he and Muffy were involved. The Ravashol pulsar on Arcta is a reference to "The Gun on Ice Planet Zero"; obtaining agron seeds from Sectar is a reference to "The Magnificent Warriors"; and Muffy saving everyone when "the Cylons crashed into us" is referencing "Fire in Space".

On page 9, Apollo tells his son that "what we need is to grow old and gray and have no wars to fight." Boxey replies, "You'll never be old, Father!" He means it as a compliment and a sign of affection, but Apollo whispers to himself, "I pray to the gods that you're wrong..." meaning that he hopes he (and the rest of humanity) lives long enough to become old and gray.

Also on page 9, Apollo refers to Boxey as Troy. This is, apparently, the boy's real name, with "Boxey" just a nickname. Although this is the first time, chronologically, that he is referred to as Troy, in Earth-time fans first learned of this officially in 1980 in the first episode of Galactica 1980.

On page 16, Apollo, leading Blue Squadron in the attack on Tessida, reports that they've lost Tyrie and Hutch. This is a reference to Star Wars: A New Hope, in which Gold Leader and Gold Two, Tiree and Hutch, were killed in the battle against the Death Star.

On page 18, panel 1, the cockpit of Starbuck's Viper looks awfully roomy!

On page 18, Starbuck launches his nano-cybrid missile on Tessida and says, "Here's a leadbird up your tailpipe!" I've been unable to confirm the use of the term "leadbird" previously in BSG or in the real world. It would seem it's a slang term for "missile".

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