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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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Battlestar Galactica: Hade Hath No Fury "Hades Hath No Fury"
Battlestar Galactica: Season III #2 (Realm Press)
Written by James A. Kuhoric
Illustrated by Robert Scott
Cover by Chris Scalf
July 1999

The Council begins the establishment of a settlement on Domia; the Cylons are unexpectedly caught in a deadly battle with beings they refer to as the Ancient Enemy.

Story Summary

The Council begins the establishment of a small settlement on Domia. Meanwhile, the Imperious Leader's forces, on their way to assault the human fleet, encounter a ship of their Ancient Enemy and become locked in a pitch battle. Red Squadron stumbles across the battle on patrol and lends a hand against the Cylon Raiders attacking the alien ship.

Elsewhere, on the Apshaidian ship, the telepathic aliens manipulate Baltar into thinking they want him as their leader.

On Domia, as the Council makes a presentation at the new settlement, a number of large, hideous alien forms suddenly emerge from the stone columns left behind by a long-ago civilization, grabbing and killing the assembled humans.


Didja Know?

The title of this issue is not to be confused with "Hell Hath No Fury", issue #20 of the Marvel BSG series. In both of these cases, however, it seems the title was inspired by a woman who has been jilted by Starbuck! The titles of the two issues were inspired by the common paraphrasing of a line from William Congreve's 1697 play, The Mourning Bride: "Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned." The more well-known paraphrase in full is "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." In the BSG universe, the Colonials tend to use "Hades" in place "Hell". Hades is the underworld in Christian theology, with Hell being the deepest, darkest part of it.

Didja Notice? 

The image of the Galactica on page 2, panel 1 is missing the GALACTICA nameplate on the hull of the landing bay. 

I don't know if it's meant to be a secret message from artist Robert Scott, but Apollo's handheld video communicator on page 8, panel 2, has a row of buttons labeled IL OV EU M. "I love you, M"? Also, notice that the digital graphic in the lower left corner of the video screen is the same one that appears on Colonial communicators/translators in the TV series.
Video communicator Colonial communicator
Video communicator Colonial communicator (from "Experiment in Terra")

As the Cylon forces battle their "Ancient Enemy", the Imperious Leader is shocked to learn of the Ancient Enemy's continued existence. Notice that the Ancient Enemy's ship on page 13, panel 3 appears to have the Cylon pentagon symbol (as well as some alien lettering) on its hull. This is an early indication that the Ancient Enemy is actually a remnant population of the original reptilian Cylons, which is not officially revealed until "Fire in the Sky".
Ancient Enemy ship

Upon seeing the gigantic ship of the Ancient Enemy, Imperious Leader uses the epithet "By the Nefandi." This appears to be the first use of the term "Nefandi" seen in the BSG universe; the meaning of the word to the Imperious Leader is not known. In Italian, "nefandi" is the plural form of "nefando", something vile or base.

On page 18, Baltar awakens and clutches his head, saying, "Ohh, the pain." This may be a reference to the same line often spoken by the traitorous human Dr. Smith on the 1965-1968 TV series Lost in Space; note also that Baltar's former Cylon first officer, Lucifer, was voiced by the same actor who played Dr. Smith, Jonathan Harris!

On page 20 we are introduced to a Cylon, similar to an IL-series unit with eight limbs, named Bael. In "Fire in the Sky", Imperious Leader seems to identify Bael as an S-R series. Possibly S-R units are built as research and repair units.

On page 21, two Council Security officers are guarding the door to docking port 94, the door labeled for "Council use only". The docking port number is probably a reference to docking bay 94 at Mos Eisley spaceport, where the Millennium Falcon was docked on Tatooine in Star Wars: A New Hope.

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