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When introduced, Adama claims that Zee is one of the many Colonial children born in space, but is a "cerebral mutation". Due to this, this youth becomes a scientific advisor who has great influence on Commander Adama and the Council of Twelve, having saved them from their enemy "countless times in the past" (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I"). Additionally, the Council has never overruled him due to his penchant for always knowing the correct course of action (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part II").
Zee convinces Adama not to attempt contact with the newly-discovered descendants of the Thirteenth Tribe, as the nations of Earth are not unified and are ill equipped to resist the Cylons should they follow the Fleet to Earth's solar system.
Zee creates most of the special devices used by Colonial Warriors Troy and Dillon, including the invisibility screen (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I"), an anti-gravity craft that resembles a UFO (1980: "Space Croppers"), and a method of time travel first employed by Xaviar (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part II").
Zee is an expert on any topic he is consulted on from sociology, to history to agriculture.
Not everyone in the Fleet is comfortable with so much authority having been given to a boy, and Xaviar expressed this view from time to time.
While on that remote moon, Starbuck was visited by Angela, who may have been from the race of Angels. Angela gave birth to Zee, and Starbuck sent Angela and Zee off to rendezvous with the Fleet in a small escape pod that was too small to carry him.