Battlestar Galactica: The Final Five 2

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Battlestar Galactica: The Final Five 2
Battlestar Galactica: The Final Five 2
An issue of the Dynamite series.
Issue No. 2
Writer(s) Seamus Kevin Fahey
David Reed
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Inker(s) Nigel Raynor
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Cover Artist(s) Mel Rubi
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Published May 13th, 2009
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Summary

  • The Thirteenth Tribe are growing increasingly aware of their finite food stores, and frustrated that their leader, Michael Tigh, won't decide on a destination for their fleet. Head Six tells Tigh that he must follow Pythia's path to find Earth. Tigh and the other leading citizens are onboard the Resurrection Ship, which also serves as a command ship for the fleet.
  • John Cavil says that any given system has a 4% chance of containing a planet able to support life, and they should check each system until they find one. Tigh insists that they must find Earth, an ideal place to start over with a clean slate. Cavil dismisses Pythia's preachings, and points out that the slate is already clean. They are onboard a relativistic ship, and decades have already passed on Kobol, while they have experienced only months. Cavil predicts that the humans will have found new scapegoats and wiped themselves out by now, and that even if there are survivors, Pythia will have been long forgotten. He criticizes Tigh for leaving beacons that could allow the other twelve tribes to follow them.
  • A mysterious small ship appears on their sensors. One of the Thirteenth Tribe ships, the Anopheles, opens fire on it, and follows it into the nearby globular cluster. Prompted by Head Six, Tigh gives the order for the Resurrection Ship to follow the Anopheles and the newcomer into the cluster, as its hull is shielded against radiation.
  • Magnus Baltar, the hooded man who "killed" Tigh, killed Pythia, and stowed away aboard the Resurrection Ship before it left Kobol, sets off an explosion, which cripples the Resurrection-matrix, and causes the ship to crash on a planet within the cluster, killing several people.
  • The survivors are pulling dead and injured people out of the wreckage. Baltar is among them. He has a change of heart after seeing the Thirteenth Tribe grieving. Tigh is blaming himself for the disaster, and screams at Head Six that he's done with her. Cavil also blames Tigh, and summarizes the situation succinctly: they can't resurrect, and are cut off from the people on the other ships outside the cluster, who can't resurrect either, but at least there's an ocean of algae on this planet, so they won't starve.
  • Tigh approaches one of the people who are digging graves outside the wreckage. It's Baltar. Tigh recognizes him as Pythia's murderer and attacks him, scarring him on the face with a shard of metal, despite Baltar's claim to be a changed man. The two continue to scuffle, until Pythia appears and breaks it up by holding a gun on Baltar. It was her ship that they followed into the cluster. She tells Tigh that she's been to Earth, and is going to take them there.
  • Tigh and Baltar realize that she is a divine messenger. Head Six informs Tigh that it's not really Pythia, but instead one of her own kind, Aurora. She claims that Aurora is the only one of them that isn't content to just offer guidance, instead actively interfering by taking physical form. Tigh tells her that he doesn't care.
  • With Pythia's help, the Resurrection Ship is rebuilt, and the Thirteenth Tribe continue until they reach Earth, while Baltar is sent back in Pythia's small ship to a war-ravaged Kobol to bring the other Twelve Tribes the Book of Pythia. Pythia and Tigh are married. Baltar is seen as an old man, telling the story to a group of young people onboard a ship, near a window showing a view of space.

Notes

  • The ship that Pythia mysteriously appeared in bears a resemblance to a Viper Mark VII. Pythia appears in an outfit which resembles the uniform of a Colonial pilot from around the time of the Fall of the Twelve Colonies.
  • Pythia's resurrection, and her words, "I'll see you on the other side" and "I've been to Earth, and I'm going to take us there," highlight a connection to Kara Thrace.
  • Head Six claims that her kind are the same as what humans call the Lords of Kobol, though they don't care for that name.
  • Not counting ads, this issue is 22 pages in length.

Analysis

  • If Head Six is to be believed, and "Pythia" is not who she appears to be, then the "Kara Thrace" seen from "Crossroads, Part II" to "Daybreak, Part II" is almost certainly a manifestation of Aurora as well, despite believing herself to be the real Thrace, and possessing the real Thrace's memories.
  • Although Head Six calls Aurora a rogue who can't play by the rules, the fact that Head Six advised Michael Tigh to follow her ship into the cluster indicates that they are not working at cross-purposes.
  • If Pythia and Michael Tigh are Saul Tigh's ancestors, then Saul Tigh is descended from Aurora in human form.
  • Magnus Baltar is probably an ancestor of Gaius Baltar.
  • As Cavil predicted, things only continued to get worse on Kobol after the Thirteenth Tribe left. Baltar says that the gospel of Pythia "saved us all." The ship that Baltar is on at the end of the issue is probably journeying from Kobol to the Twelve Colonies.
  • Baltar's deliberate infliction of destruction on the Thirteenth Tribe and his immediate regret of it, followed by a redemption of sorts, make him a similar figure to Caprica Six.
  • Although the construction of the Temple of Hopes is not mentioned or depicted, the appearance of Pythia likely marks the end of the Thirteenth Tribe's atheism.