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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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Battlestar Galactica: War of Eden (Part 3) "War of Eden" Part 3
Battlestar Galactica: War of Eden #3 (Maximum Press)
Story: Rob Liefeld and Robert Napton
Script: Robert Napton
Layouts: Karl Altstaetter
Penciler: Hector Gomez
Inkers: Hector Gomez and Rene Micheletti
September 1995

After 15 yahrens, Adama is resuscitated from suspended animation.

Story Summary

Read the story summary of "War of Eden" Part 3 at the Battlestar Wiki

Didja Notice? 

On page 2, the doctor tells Commander Apollo that the revived Adama has been given tri-senatine so he can move about. This is the first mention of the drug.

On page 3, Box recalls to his grandfather how Apollo pinned a Colonial insignia on him and told him he was a "Junior Warrior". This occurred in "Exodus". He also mentions the death of his mother at the hands of the Cylons; this was in "A Death in the Family".

Also on page 3, Adama recalls his days on the battlestar Cerberus, serving with Cain. One of his and Cain's adventures during this time period was chronicled in "Baptism of Fire".

Page 5 reveals that Adama had a collection of amulets and other artifacts.

On page 7, Baltar tells Iblis about a drive the Cylons appropriated from the Unari for travelling via a warp corridor, similar, but not as advanced as, the temporal overdrive given to the human fleet by the Seraphs. This is the first mention of the Unari and suggests that they are a species recently conquered by the Cylon Empire.

On page 10, a command centurion informs Baltar of a communication from the Imperious Leader via hypercom. This is the first mention of hypercom; presumably the term refers to faster-than-light communication as hyper-speed traditionally refers to faster-than-light travel.

On page 15, Adama matches one of the hieroglyphs on the Kobolian ark with the design on an amulet which had belonged to the chieftain of the Thirteenth Tribe, which he had retrieved from a museum on Caprica before the flight from the Colonies. The design is a variation on what we know of as of the ancient Egyptian Eye of Horus.
Adama's amulet Eye of Horus
Adama's amulet Eye of Horus

On page 17, Adama suggests that Kobol was dying as the 13 tribes abandoned it in search of new worlds to call home.

We also get an image of Kobol on page 17. The single, cloud-obscured continent visible appears to be an image of Mexico and part of the United States. The giveaway is the peninsula of Baja California and the Gulf of California to the east of it.

On page 19, Sheba is musing about her father and the Pegasus' assault against two basestars. This is a reference to the events of "The Living Legend" Part 2, though the Pegasus actually faced three basestars if you count Baltar's, which pulled back from the battle when he realized the battlestar was coming for him.

On page 21, the gas giant planet seen in the sky over the world where the wreckage of Iblis'(?) ship was found in "War of the Gods" Part 1, is actually Jupiter, oriented on its axis about 180 degrees from the way we're used to seeing it.

On page 22, Iblis places a false image of Commander Cain lying dead in the wreckage of the ship for Sheba to see. The real body that was in there is revealed in the Glen Larson interview on the DVD of the pilot episode. Larson reveals that they shot a scene of Iblis' body in the ship's wreckage and it was shown to have cloven hooves (like the Christian devil). The network made him take the scene out.

On page 24, another one of Adama's amulets features a symbol known to us from the ancient Egyptians, the scarab, symbolic of death and rebirth.

On page 26, Adama and his grandson, Cain, decipher the hieroglyphs in the ark's burial chamber as Adam's Ark. Adam's Ark was the original title of Glen Larson's first proposal for the TV series.

The concept of using his ancient Kobolian amulets to open temple doors was also used by Adama in "A Death in the Family".

At the end of this issue, it is revealed that the two humans of the Thirteenth Tribe, the son of the chieftain, and his wife, held in stasis chambers on the ark found on Earth, are known in Colonial history as Adam and Eve! 

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