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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo (Part 2) Battlestar Galactica
"The Death of Apollo" Part 2
Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo #2 (Dynamite)
Written by Dan Abnett
Illustrated by Dietrich Smith
Cover A by Mike Mayhew
Published: 2015

Major Apollo leads a search flight to the alleged coordinates of Earth.

Story Summary

As the Taurella is reunited with the fleet, Countess Sephoni provides them with her divined coordinates of Earth. Apollo leads a search flight of Vipers to the location, finding only a dead moon...and a Cylon super-basestar! Apollo's wingmen are blown out of space by Cylon Raiders, then his fighter is struck and the Galactica loses contact as we see his flaming fighter plow into the dead moon.

Back on the Galactica, a grieving Commander Adama orders Sephoni placed in the brig on suspicion of being a Cylon agent. Once behind bars, she is confronted with a grieving and drunk Starbuck, who pulls a gun on her and has to be knocked out by the guards. Meanwhile, in the life center, Xam continues to type out the false coordinates of Earth...but now adds Apollo's name to them.


Didja Know?

Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo was a 6-issue mini-series published by Dynamite Entertainment.

Didja Notice? 

On page 6, Commander Adama remarks that Colonel Tigh has misgivings with regard to psionics. Why? Does Tigh have some past history with a psionic person that didn't work out well?

The super basestar introduced on page 10 has some similarities to the one seen in "The Law of Volahd" Part 2 that hosted the Imperious Leader, though the one here has more levels built onto it.
super-basestar super-basestar
Super-basestar in this issue An earlier super-basestar in "The Law of Volahd" Part 2

On page 12, Apollo uses the expletive "clusterfrack". This term was used a time or two in BSG2000, but not previously in a BSG70 story. Of course, we all know what this term means..!

Pages 13 and 14 bring the story up-to-date to where the flash-forward of "The Death of Apollo" Part 1, pages 1-2 left off.

Viper pilot Breena appears on page 17, last seen in "The Adama Gambit" Part 1.

On page 20, when Starbuck pulls a gun on Sephoni in the brig, one of the guards grabs him and knocks the gun out of his hand, while another pulls a syringe and injects Starbuck with a tranquilizer. The guards are armed with tranq syringes?

Unanswered Questions

Shouldn't Commander Adama and the other senior staff have been suspicious of coordinates of Earth provided by Sephoni considering said coordinates just happened to be at a location near the fleet?

How were the Cylons able to fake the psionics so as to fool Sephoni into thinking she had located humans on Earth? How did they even know she was searching that way? These questions are never answered throughout the mini-series.

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