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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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Battlestar Galactica: The Adama Gambit (Part 1) "The Adama Gambit" Part 1
Battlestar Galactica #10 (Dynamite)
Written by Dan Abnett
Illustrated by Cezar Razek
Cover by Livio Ramondelli

In the aftermath of his mistaken notions about the nearness of Earth, Commander Adama decides he must step down as leader of the fleet.

Story Summary

As the fleet emerges from the quantum storm, the Cylon basestar continues its pursuit. In light of his mistaken notions about the nearness of Earth, Commander Adama decides he must step down as leader of the fleet and engages psychoanalyst Dr. Madusa to help him choose his successor.

As this is happening, the Ariadna's engines fail again and it is determined she must be evacuated before the Cylons arrive. As the last transfer shuttle is preparing to depart the doomed ship, the Cylon basestar arrives and launches a huge assault wave of Raiders.


Didja Know?

Starting with this issue and continuing on to the final issue of the series, #12, the closing tagline of the TV episodes is used to introduce the fleet at the beginning of each issue: "Fleeing the Cylon tyranny, the last battlestar, Galactica, leads a rag-tag fugitive fleet on a lonely quest: for a shining planet known as Earth."

Didja Notice?  

On page 1, Commander Adama records in his journal that he expects the Cylons currently trailing the fleet to engage them in combat within 12 centars. A centar is about one Earth hour.

Adama no longer appears to have a built-in computer terminal on the desk in his quarters. Instead, he is dictating his journal into a tablet computer!

The boxy (no pun intended) ship seen behind the Galactica on the double-page spread of pages 2-3 is the dream artifact created by the psionic powers of Xam, still in existence from the end of "Dreams of the Thirteenth" Part 3.

On page 4, panel 3, the second sentence in Adama's journal paragraph should have a capital letter at the beginning. Also, "earth" should be capitalized when naming the planet.

In this issue, the Ariadna's drive fails. This ship also had engine trouble in "Red Shift".

On page 14, panel 3, Apollo says "an centar" instead of "a centar". Perhaps the term "hour" was originally used in the script and then substituted with "centar" but the edit of "an" to "a" was missed?

On page 15, Athena tells Apollo the first transfer shuttles to the Ariadna will arrive in under a millicenton. The Battlestar Wiki points out that the term "millicenton" is used as a time unit only a few times in the TV series. The best estimate is that one millicenton is about ten minutes.

On page 20, Hightail's Viper is destroyed by a Cylon Raider. Hightail has appeared in the series since being introduced in "Red Shift".

In response to Hightail's death, Starbuck exclaims, "The Cylon's are going pay for that!" There should be no apostrophe in "Cylons" and the word "to" was left out of the phrase "going to pay".

Page 21 reintroduces Breena, a Viper pilot previously seen in "Red Shift".

On page 21, Athena, as officer of the watch, orders all Vipers launched for defensive strategy Alphon Beton Eight when the Cylon attack force arrives. It is implied that Alphon Beton Eight is a predetermined strategy for protecting the fleet.

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