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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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Battlestar Galactica: Days Without End "Days Without End"
Battlestar Galactica #12 (Dynamite)
Written by Dan Abnett
Illustrated by Cezar Razek
Cover by Livio Ramondelli

Boxey and Muffit seek a safe place to play on the Galactica.

Story Summary

As Boxey and Muffit seek a safe place to play on the Galactica, they keep getting told by adults that the place they're at is not safe too play in. Along the way, he witnesses a burial in space for some recently fallen Colonial Warriors. Finally, his grandfather, Commander Adama, allows them to come up to the command core and inspires him with a vision of the stars in space through the main view port. Boxey tells him he wants to be a Viper pilot like his dad and grandpa and he wants to be the one who finds Earth.

At the end of the day, he sits down to dinner with his father, Apollo, who asks him what he's been up to today. Boxey responds simply, "The usual."


Didja Notice?  

The alternate cover of this issue by Ken Haeser features a cartoony likeness of a Cylon Centurion in love with a toaster. Obviously, this is a reference to the Colonial derogatory epithet for Cylons, "toasters", introduced in BSG2000 and since used at times in newer stories set in the BSG70 universe as well.
Battlestar Galactica #12 alternate cover

Colonel Tigh gives Boxey a bit of a lecture when he hears the boy use the word "pogees". "Pogees" seems to be a Colonial equivalent of "shit".

Boxey tells Boomer he's not scared of dying because "...when people die they come back. Muffy did. He always does." Boxey is probably referring to Muffit II's brushes with death in "Fire in Space" and "Trial and Error", and maybe the "resurrection" of the original, living daggit, Muffit I, in the form of the robotic Muffit II in "Exodus". But is Boxey deliberately ignoring the death of his mother, Serina, in "A Death in the Family"?

Boxey witnesses a memorial service aboard the Galactica for fallen comrades lost during the recent battle with the Cylons (in "The Adama Gambit" Part 2), including the Viper pilot called Hightail. But there are caskets, which Boxey deduces must be holding peoples' bodies and his grandfather does nothing to correct the notion, even though the Colonial Warrior called Hightail at least, died in space in a Viper explosion, so no body.

Adama takes Boxey and Muffit to the bridge even though it is considered out of bounds for civilians. Of course, Boxey was on the bridge at least once before, to witness the fleet enter a new galaxy at the beginning of "The Long Patrol".

Boxey tells his grandfather he wants to be a Viper pilot and the person who discovers Earth. In Dynamite Entertainment's comic-book mini-series reimagination of Galactica 1980, Troy (Boxey's adult name) and Dillon discover one of Earth's Voyager probes, leading the fleet to Earth.

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