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Colony Sagittaron
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Birth Name Thomas Zarek
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Introduced Bastille Day
Death Executed by firing squad (TRS: "Blood on the Scales")
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Former President of the Twelve Colonies
Former representative of Sagittaron on the Quorum of Twelve
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Portrayed by Richard Hatch
Zarek (disambiguation) is a Cylon
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Thomas Zarek, commonly known as Tom Zarek, was a political activist for more than thirty years before the Fall of the Twelve Colonies. He was a charismatic, eloquent, and ideological political agitator who turned to terrorism, and was eventually incarcerated for blowing up a government building on Sagittaron. His twenty-year incarceration culminated in a sojourn on Astral Queen, an FTL-capable prison ship, while in transit to parole hearings. Assigned the prison number of 893893, Zarek is under consideration for parole at the time of the Cylon attack. Afterward, he is elected the Sagitarion delegate to the Quorum of Twelve, before being appointed vice president of the Twelve Colonies under Gaius Baltar. He serves as president for several days before transferring power to Laura Roslin and in turn becoming her vice president. In punishment for leading a coup against the civilian government, Zarek is executed for murder and treason alongside Felix Gaeta.

Biography

Zarek came from Sagittaron, a colony known to be mistreated by the other eleven Colonies. Through his experiences on that colony he became an advocate of freedom from slavery, and proclaimed himself a voice for the disenfranchised. Along with publishing a book that was virtually banned throughout the Colonies, Zarek actively sought to combat injustices with the aid of his group, the S.F.M.

Though some consider him a terrorist for his often violent tactics (which include the destruction of a government building that results in unspecified casualties), others see him as a freedom fighter and a hero. He believes in the efficacy of violence as a means of change, going as so far as to go to prison over a "matter of conscience" by refusing President Richard Adar's politically motivated conditional pardon (the conditions of the pardon being that he would publicly apologize and pledge to give up violence as a means of change).

Some of his fellow Sagittarons have an intense dislike of him, including Anastasia Dualla. Despite this, he became a public figure whose name had weight and almost became legendary, thanks to public opinion (TRS: "Bastille Day").

After the Fall of the Colonies

Zarek in his cell (TRS: "Bastille Day").

As the Cylons attack the Twelve Colonies, Zarek is on a prison barge called Astral Queen, headed to Caprica for parole hearings with several hundred other inmates. Hiding out in the atmosphere of Ragnar with the rest of humanity's survivors, the captain of Astral Queen suggests that the inmates be euthanized, but his wish is overturned by President Roslin's humanitarian decision to keep all of humanity's remnants alive (TRS: "Miniseries"). This leaves Zarek with time to plot his escape.

With the discovery of a planet that could replenish Galactica's lost water, Commander Adama, Colonel Saul Tigh and President Roslin reluctantly decide to ask the prisoners to volunteer as badly needed manpower, under the condition that they would not be treated as slaves and they would agree of their own volition (TRS: "Water", "Bastille Day").

After Lee Adama's unsuccessful attempt to persuade the prisoners to help in the recovery efforts, Zarek's springs the prisoners' escape plan. The prisoners, under Zarek's command, usurp control of Astral Queen, and takes her crew and Galactica's visitors as prisoners. Zarek states his terms for release of the prisoners: the resignation of Laura Roslin and her administration, and the start of free and open elections for a new President. Zarek deems Roslin's presidency as illegitimate and illegal.

However, Zarek's aims are not in keeping with his demands; he wants a bloodbath to ensue, believing that all that people understand is violence, and that a bloodbath would destroy any credibility that Adama and Roslin have.

When the situation deteriorates near the point of catastrophe for all involved, Zarek, ready to sacrifice his life for his beliefs, is swayed by Lee Adama's promise that he would uphold the Articles of Colonization and hold open elections for a new president, once Roslin had served the remainder of President Adar's term (as dictated by the Articles and Case Orange), as well as give the ship over to the prisoners as a show of good faith (TRS: "Bastille Day").

Attempts for Political Power

Tom Zarek in debate with Quorum members.

With a degree of freedom obtained by the prisoners - including control of Astral Queen - Zarek engages in a steady effort to gain the goodwill of others of influence within the Fleet. This effort includes physical acts of support for other ships, such as fixing the air filtration system on the ship occupied by Marshall Bagott, a politician from Virgon.

Zarek's efforts result in a nomination as Sagittaron's representative on the Quorum of Twelve. From there, Zarek makes a bid for the position of vice president using the support of those he assisted, and possibly badgered (TRS: "Colonial Day").

While Zarek's attempt at the vice presidency fails after Roslin replaces the somewhat unlikeable Wallace Gray with the charismatic Doctor Gaius Baltar as an alternative candidate, Zarek makes it clear to Roslin that he will be standing against her in the elections. Zarek remains possibly the most powerful and popular representative in the Quorum of Twelve.

When he is interviewed by the press aboard Cloud Nine, he makes several comments consistent with a collectivist-oriented political ideology (TRS: "Colonial Day"). Whether these comments reflect Zarek's actual ideology, or if they are a cover he is using for his own purposes, remains unknown.

Breakaway from the Fleet

The schism created by Commander Adama's unlawful arrest of President Roslin and Colonel Tigh's declaration of martial law presents Zarek with an opportunity to convince others that Adama is after total control of the Fleet. Zarek likely sought to use Tigh's inexperience with dealing with the government and press against the military powers. Zarek and the Quorum soon learn of Roslin's terminal cancer, after Tigh permits the Quorum of Twelve to see her in Galactica's brig (TRS: "Fragged").

After the Gideon incident, where four civilians die, some crewmembers of Galactica orchestrate Roslin's escape. Lee Adama, knowing they would be hunted throughout the Fleet, enlists Zarek's assistance in secreting Roslin away from Tigh and Commander Adama (TRS: "Resistance", "Resistance", "The Farm"). Roslin is initially dismayed to be greeted by Zarek, but realizes that Zarek, no friend to Adama or Tigh, is "the enemy of my enemy."

Zarek and Roslin attempt to use appeals by recorded wireless messages to sway favor in the Fleet to return to Kobol. Zarek convinces Lee Adama at first to create a dissenting message against Galactica's rule, but Lee changes his mind (probably because he swore to his comatose father that it wasn't about them). After Roslin plays the "religious card" to sway support for her cause in the Fleet, Roslin and Zarek lead a separatist fleet back to Kobol to await Kara Thrace's return with the Arrow of Apollo, for use in unlocking the Tomb of Athena.

Zarek, with his associate Meier, plan to eliminate the young Captain Adama on Kobol, using the rationalization about Zeus's warning that any return to Kobol would "exact a price in blood". Zarek feels that removing the young Adama would create a political power vacuum, allowing Zarek to take the position as leader of the fractioned Fleet, while Roslin would remain president (TRS: "Home, Part I").

Zarek abandons the assassination plan when Commander Adama arrives on Kobol to mend fences with Roslin. However, Meier privately revises the plan outside of Zarek's knowledge, now with the goal of eliminating both Adamas by soliciting the help of the Caprica copy of Sharon Valerii that returned with Karl Agathon and Thrace. Unfortunately for Zarek, Sharon Valerii double-crosses Meier, killing him at the entrance to the Tomb of Athena. While none in the group immediately consider Zarek as a suspect in Meier's assassination attempt, Commander Adama remains guarded and leaves Zarek and several others outside of the Tomb under the watchful eye of Chief Tyrol while they unlock its secrets (TRS: "Home, Part II").

After the Fleet's Reunification

Zarek later gives Lee Adama information regarding the black market, initially claiming not to be a part of it because he needs to keep his hands clean, but ultimately points out that the black market does get supplies where they are needed. Nonetheless, Zarek mentions the central hub of the black market, Prometheus, a ship so lawless that it is practically "off the grid", as well as the name of a "businessman", Phelan. However, soon after Phelan's death at the hands of Captain Adama, Tom Zarek is seen walking through a crowd on Prometheus with one of Phelan's old henchmen in tow. It is unknown how much involvement Tom Zarek has with the organization (TRS: "Black Market").

Despite being the presumed opponent of Roslin in the upcoming presidential election, Zarek decides not to run against her because he realizes he probably won't win the election. However, he encourages Vice President Gaius Baltar to run in his place (TRS: "The Captain's Hand").

Baltar's Election Campaign

When Baltar announces his run for the presidency, Zarek assumes a position as his campaign manager. For all Zarek's personal political talent he has a hard time managing Baltar's campaign and faces the tough issue of whether Baltar is an electable candidate. After being trounced in the first debate by Roslin, Baltar's political future is in deep jeopardy and Zarek is left looking for a stronger wedge-issue other than Roslin's ties to the religious Gemenese. With the accidental discovery of New Caprica, an issue presents itself that they can get on the supposed right side of: the colonization of the newly found planet and a safe-haven from the Cylons. Zarek presses Baltar to pick up this issue and run with it and as soon as he does his political fortunes turn around dramatically. Like he predicted, the people rally around the idea of colonization; Baltar sails out of the final debate with a wide lead on Roslin (TRS: "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II").

With his job of campaign manager all but over on election day, there isn't much for Zarek to do but sit back and wait for the results to come in. When the initial tallies come in suggesting Roslin scored a remarkable come-back victory he says to Baltar that he's seen enough elections to recognize a fixed one. Baltar admonishes Zarek, maintaining that, whatever Laura Roslin is, she is above fixing an election.

Later, with Baltar as president, Zarek becomes his vice president.

The Occupation of New Caprica

After Baltar's surrender of the Colonial government, Zarek disagrees with the planned collaboration with the Cylons and is sent to a detention camp for four months.

Along with former President Laura Roslin, he and about 200 other dissidents are driven to the Pergamus Flats where they are to be executed by an order Baltar was forced to sign. After exiting the truck, Zarek asks Roslin directly whether she had attempted to steal the past election. After Roslin admits that she had, both agree that they wished she had succeeded. The group of detainees are soon faced with Cylon Centurions preparing to fire, and Zarek pulls Roslin back from the front of the crowd (TRS: "Precipice"). However, members of the resistance successfully prevent the execution.

Zarek attends the final meeting of the resistance to review the plan to escape New Caprica. Zarek and Roslin evacuate together towards their ships, though Roslin chooses to escape on Colonial One. Before departing for his own ship, Zarek gives a gun to Jammer and tells him to protect Roslin (TRS: "Exodus, Part II").

Presidency and the new Roslin Administration

After the escape of the colonists from New Caprica, Zarek assumes his office as President, succeeding the missing Baltar. He brokers an agreement with Roslin, whereby she is elected as vice president and he steps down, returning her to the office she has held since the Cylon invasion. She would then appoint him as Vice President to her. He asks her to give him a position in the new government and she offers this job to him herself citing his courage in standing up against Baltar. Unknown to Roslin and Adama, Zarek has signed into law an executive order authorizing a secret six-person group tasked to find, charge, try, and execute collaborators and traitors. Sometime after disclosing this to Adama and Roslin, Zarek does go through with his plan, allowing Laura Roslin to resume her role as president. Despite condemning his actions and pardoning collaborators who collaborated with Cylons on New Caprica (TRS: "Collaborators"), Roslin is true to her word and appoints Zarek as her vice president.

Genuinely afraid of the consequences of trying Gaius Baltar after his capture on the algae planet, Zarek argues with Roslin about instituting martial law throughout the Fleet during Baltar's trial, citing potentially dangerous and destructive civil unrest and work stoppages throughout the Fleet (TRS: "The Woman King").

When Cowen, the Caprican delegate to the Quorum of Twelve, dies, Zarek nominates the recently retired Lee Adama to the post, because of his dedication to finding the truth during the Baltar trial. In a benevolent attempt to keep the government from becoming a dictatorship, Zarek wants Adama on the Quorum to question some secretive decisions made by President Roslin. Zarek explains that this is not an attempt to manipulate Roslin in a malevolent way, but to deter her from the temptation of taking away the rights and power of the people for the sake of security. He acknowledges that he still supports Roslin and believes that even her most controversial decisions have been made for the good of the Fleet (TRS: "The Ties That Bind").

Several months later, Zarek finds himself in direct conflict with Lee Adama and his father. After President Roslin is taken away from the fleet by the rebel basestar (TRS: "Guess What's Coming to Dinner"), Zarek asserts his legal right as vice president to serve as acting president--an assertion that is ignored by Admiral Adama. The younger Adama, after backing his father's decision, convinces Zarek to give grudging approval to a search for another acting president--a search that ultimately puts Lee Adama himself into the position (TRS: "Sine Qua Non").

Post Earth/Coup d'etat

Following the discovery of a ruined Earth (TRS: "Revelations"), both Adamas advocate a plan for a permanent alliance with the rebel Cylons, a plan that will extend full citizenship and Quorum representation to the Cylons. Zarek angrily opposes the plan, and instead musters near-unanimous support in the Quorum for a law requiring prior permission from the people of each ship in the fleet before any Cylon is allowed to board. Admiral Adama retaliates by forcibly boarding Colonial One and placing Zarek under arrest. Adama compels Zarek to reveal the coordinates of a ship that had left the fleet in protest.

While in prison, Zarek meets with Lieutenant Felix Gaeta and wins his cooperation in resisting the Cylon alliance (TRS: "A Disquiet Follows My Soul"). Sometime later, Zarek is secretly freed from Galactica brig by Gaeta and several of Gaeta's co-conspirators. They are blocked from taking off in a waiting Raptor by deck chief Peter Laird, but Zarek kills Laird with a wrench before the latter can call for confirmation. Zarek returns to Colonial One in the midst of a stormy meeting of the Quorum led by Lee Adama. The vice president explains his surprise release as part of the admiral's decision to finally abandon democratic governance in favor of a military dictatorship: with democratic institutions such as the Quorum now cut off from power, Zarek is supposedly no longer a political threat and is therefore not worth keeping under arrest. While this is occurring, Gaeta's mutiny aboard Galactica continues until the CIC is secure and the senior staff are detained. Zarek calls Gaeta, and expresses his own surprise at the fact that Adama has not been killed (TRS: "The Oath").

During his and Gaeta's rebellion, Zarek uses violence to gain the power he wants. When the Quorum do not support him and order him to leave--addressing him as Vice President rather than President--he orders their execution by the marines outside the door. After the order is carried out, he summons Gaeta, who reacts in horror and says that now all they had were "lies and murder."

He acts as judge in a court-martial for Adama, finds him guilty of treason, and as he had intended all along, orders his execution. When Roslin calls from the Cylon baseship demanding that he and Gaeta surrender, he refuses, claiming that Tigh is dead already and that Adama is going to be executed. His call for Roslin to surrender in order to end the bloodshed infurates her to the point of turning the baseship's weapons on Galactica. Zarek wants to fight, but Gaeta tries to jump away, only to be foiled by Tyrol's sabotage of the FTL drive. Zarek is shocked by Gaeta's order to stand down all weapons. Seconds later, Zarek and Gaeta are arrested by Adama and his supporters, ending the rebellion.

Zarek is later executed by firing squad for his actions alongside Gaeta. He offers Gaeta a smile before the squad opens fire (TRS: "Blood on the Scales").

Notes


Preceded by:
unknown
Sagittaron delegate
to the Quorum of Twelve
Succeeded by:
unknown
eventually Jacob Cantrell
Preceded by:
Gaius Baltar
Vice-President
of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol
Succeeded by:
Laura Roslin
Preceded by:
Gaius Baltar
President
of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol
Succeeded by:
Laura Roslin
Preceded by:
Laura Roslin
Vice-President
of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol
Succeeded by:
Lee Adama




This article discusses an aspect of the Re-imagined Series version of the Twelve Colonies. For information on the Original Series version, see The Twelve Colonies of Man.


The Twelve Colonies, like most civilizations, have a rich historical record of arts and literature as well as other works. Their democratic republic gives its citizens many freedoms of expression in addition to freedom of the press. Colonials have paintings, abstract designs and a variety of musical traditions.

Additionally, many functional items produced on the Colonies adhere to an aesthetic, even at a cost to efficiency.

Part of the series on


Literature

Autobiographical

The Man Who Could See the Future

The Man Who Could See the Future is the autobiography of Daniel Graystone, published as of YR42.

Baxter Sarno references it in his show's monologue, joking that it should have instead been titled Wow, I Didn't See That Coming following the public revelation regarding Zoe Graystone's involvement in the Maglev 23 bombing (CAP: "Reins of a Waterfall").

Religion

My Place in Heaven

Lacy Rand moves aside a copy of My Place in Heaven while searching through Zoe Graystone's desk (CAP: "Pilot").

A copy of My Place in Heaven resides on Zoe Graystone's desk, and is often moved aside by Lacy Rand when attempting to find the e-sheet that allows her to access the V-Club and the last remnant of Zoe (CAP: "Pilot").

The Physics of Religion and Spirituality

A copy of The Physics of Religion and Spirituality is included in the package of Zoe Graystone's personal effects that Natalie Stark gives to Amanda Graystone at Apollo Park (CAP: "Rebirth").

Political

Tom Zarek's book

Tom Zarek's book is a political book of Tom Zarek's beliefs, which he wrote while imprisoned. The manuscript is smuggled from his prison and published, but due to its yet-unspecified content, the book became banned in certain places throughout the Twelve Colonies, particularly the fleet academy.

During the incident on the Astral Queen, Captain Lee Adama tells Zarek that he read the book and that it challenged the way he thought about things on the Colonies (TRS: "Bastille Day").

My Triumphs, My Mistakes

Main article: My Triumphs, My Mistakes

After returning to the The Fleet months after the exodus from New Caprica, Gaius Baltar wrote his manifesto, in which he criticizes the Colonial government system and highlights the class factions between the "Caprican elite" and the lower classes in the Colonies. Much like Tom Zarek's book, Baltar's manifesto was smuggled out by his lawyer and published, despite attempts to ban and destroy the book by Laura Roslin and her supporters (TRS: "Dirty Hands", "The Son Also Rises").

Prose

Dark Day

Edward Prima is the author of the novel Dark Day.

William Adama, who had Dark Day in his personal library on Galactica, gives it to Laura Roslin as a gift (TRS: "Water"). She considers it to be "one of those classics I've never gotten around to reading." Given the context of their conversation, notably Roslin's reference to A Murder on Picon, it is likely a mystery.

Roslin returns the book, to Adama's consternation, after the prognosis of her illness sharply worsens (TRS: "Flight of the Phoenix").

The French Lieutenant's Woman

A copy of The French Lieutenant's Woman.

The French Lieutenant's Woman[1] is part of William Adama's formidable library of books on Galactica.

It is located on the shelf behind the couch in Adama's quarters (TRS: "Black Market").

A Murder on Picon

A Murder on Picon is a mystery novel, apparently taking place on Picon.

Laura Roslin brought the book with her on the trip to Galactica prior to its decommissioning ceremonies (TRS: "Miniseries", "Water").

Blood Runs at Midnight

A mystery novel given to William Adama by President Roslin as a gift (TRS: "A Day in the Life").

Love and Bullets

A murder mystery written by Nick Taylo that is set in Caprica City. Adama reads part of the book to Roslin when she lies in Galactica's sickbay to receive Doloxan treatments (TRS: "The Ties That Bind").

See The Ties That Bind#Noteworthy Dialogue for an excerpt.

Searider Falcon

Adama's singed copy of Searider Falcon (TRS: "Sine Qua Non").

Another book Adama reads to Roslin. Adama calls it a classic, and both say that it is one of their favorites (TRS: "Escape Velocity"). Roslin takes it with her when she visits the rebel baseship (TRS: Guess What's Coming to Dinner) and Adama finds it shortly later in a derelict Raptor that escaped from a battle with the Cylons. When Adama decides to stay behind the Fleet in a Raptor in order to find Roslin, he takes the book with him (TRS: "Sine Qua Non").

The raft was not as seaworthy as I'd hoped. The waves repeatedly threatened to swamp it. I wasn't afraid to die. I was afraid of the emptiness that I felt inside. I couldn't feel anything. And that's what scared me. You came into my thoughts. I felt them. It felt good.

Poetry

A Poet's Dream

A Poet's Dream, Kataris' memorable collections of poetry.

A Poet's Dream is a compilation of poems from the Caprican poet Kataris. Lieutenant Palladino owns a bound edition of this book and threatens Colonel Tigh with lines from a poem within:

From the darkness you must fall
Failed and weak, to darkness all.

At least one of the poems from this compilation is quite well-known amongst Colonials. Kara Thrace recognizes the above quotation, recalls from which piece it comes, and knows the poem's quality relative to his other works. D'Anna Biers identifies Palladino's copy on sight in a recording she is editing (TRS: "Final Cut"). Later, Gaius Baltar has a copy of this book in his cell on Galactica (TRS: "Dirty Hands").


Children

Muffit's Really Big Adventure

A copy owned by Clarice Willow's family.

Featuring the character of Muffit, this book was written by Vincent Uytdehaag and illustrated by Shay Hilliard. (CAP: "False Labor," eBay & Propworx).

Dragon Fighters of Kobol

A fantasy book, Dragon Fighters of Kobol featured dangerous monsters as part of its story. Zoe Graystone was a fan of the book as a child. (CAP: "Here Be Dragons").


Periodicals

Pre-Armistice

True Confessions
A copy of the True Confessions periodical in Clarice Willow's hands circa 42YR (58 BCH) (CAP: "Rebirth").

A periodical of interest to Clarice Willow, who picks up a copy at a news stand across from a dive bar (CAP: "Rebirth").

Post-Armistice

Law books

Caprican Criminal Codes is a multi-volume collection of Caprican law (TRS: "A Day in the Life").

Trial Tactics and Strategies and Law and Mind: The Psychology of Legal Practice are two books about the the practice of law, written by Joseph Adama, William Adama's father (TRS: "The Son Also Rises", "Crossroads, Part I").

Visual Arts

Representationalist

Monclair

A Monclair original.

Monclair was a Colonial painter. One of his original paintings, a stylized depiction of the Cylon War, adorns William Adama's quarters on Galactica. He is apparently of considerable renown, given Gaius Baltar's impressed reaction to the piece (TRS: "Bastille Day").

Notes


Abstract

Kara Thrace

Abstract paintings by Kara Thrace.

Between tours of duty, Kara Thrace was an enthusiastic painter. Karl Agathon is surprised to discover this side of her when they visit her apartment in Delphi (TRS: "Valley of Darkness"). Curiously, a specific design that Thrace has doodled as a child would be found more than two years later inside an ancient temple of the Thirteenth Tribe, without Thrace or Helo understanding why she would be aware of the design (TRS: "Rapture").

Film

The Tauron Line

The Tauron Line is a war film produced several decades before the Fall of the Twelve Colonies. It is possibly set during the Tauron Civil War.

The plot of the film is unknown. At one point in the film, the antagonists booby-trap an item with explosives, then wait for the protagonists to pick it up and take it somewhere before detonating it. Samuel Anders uses this scene as inspiration for the Caprica Resistance's first attack on the Cylons (TRS: "The Plan").

According to Serge's Twitter Account, Daniel and Amanda Graystone are fans of the film.

Tattoos

Tauron Tattoos

Ruth's tattoos on her right upper forearm, signifying her children and grandchildren as of YR42 (CAP: "Reins of a Waterfalldeleted scene).

Many Taurons sport tattoos, from which can be read essential aspects of their life stories, including familial connections. The most extensive tattoos are found among members of the Ha'la'tha crime syndicate, and many Capricans associate the practice with the Ha'la'tha (CAP: Gravedancing). However, members of the Heracleides militia were also thusly illustrated (CAP: Dirteaters).


Kara Thrace & Samuel Anders

Samuel Anders and Kara Thrace's wedding band.

Instead of wearing wedding rings, Samuel Anders and Kara Thrace[2] created tattoos on their arms that, when they embrace, form a unified circle with wings. The symbol for the colony of Caprica is also in view[3].

From a behind-the-scenes perspective, Michael Trucco adds that it is their wedding band, but that this is never fully explained in the show. Further, these matching tattoos are applied by the makeup department.


Other

Felix Gaeta displays a tattoo of a rather large tiger during his interview with D'Anna Biers (TRS: "Final Cut"). Gaeta indicated he was quite inebriated with ambrosia to minimize the pain of the tattoo.

Socinus has a tattoo of an Aries design on his right arm (TRS: Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part I).[4]

An unnamed pilot has many tattoos on both upper arms, depicting a tiger and a dragon, among other things.

Vireem, specialist aboard the battlestar Pegasus, has a complex tattoo on his shoulder (TRS: "Pegasus")[5].

Sculpture

In addition to the Arrow of Apollo, the Delphi Museum of the Colonies contains a large collection of ancient pottery. Located in numerous display cases in the exhibit halls spanning the museum's levels, this large collection of vases, jars, pots and stone fragments form a rough outline of the Colonials' artistic history. Many of the artifacts and art pieces are quite elaborate and appear to be in the detailed Corinthian Style.

Music

Dreilide Thrace

Dreilide Thrace was a pianist. His daughter Kara kept recordings of some of his piano arrangements in her Delphi apartment (TRS: "Valley of Darkness").[6] At some point in his career, he recorded an album, Dreilide Thrace: Live at the Helice Opera House (TRS: "Someone to Watch Over Me").

Colonial Anthem

The Colonial anthem is heard as a short fanfare over the Viper flyby during Galactica's decommissioning ceremony and as a background music at the beginning of Baltar's television interview (TRS: "Miniseries"). Its third, and longer, appearance is as background music for the rousing closing speech of D'anna Biers's documentary on the Colonial military (TRS: "Final Cut").[7]

Popular music

Popular Colonial music can be heard in Boomer's apartment on Caprica in the episode "Downloaded" and in Joe's bar in "Taking a Break From All Your Worries". Another song is playing as Lee Adama enters the bar on Prometheus (TRS: "Black Market") [8].

In addition, a popular sing-a-long song is "99 Bottles of Ambrosia"[9], which Marcia Case throws out there as a recommendation after Kara Thrace comments on the humdrum of their up-until-then-uneventful search and rescue mission for a missing Raptor (TRS: "Razor").

Roughly 60 BCH, musical styles emerged on Caprica and Tauron, themselves later repeated more than 150,000 years later on the second Earth; these include alternative hip-hop, of which the only known artists are Tauron (CAP: Reins of a Waterfall) as well as forms of punk rock and dance music (CAP: "Pilot").[10]

Aesthetics

Colonial aesthetics lead to an avoidance of right angles.

Octagons

Colonial printouts, photographs, videos, and data discs are rarely rectangular; the corners are trimmed at 45 degree angles, creating snub rectangles, i.e. octagons. The reasoning for this is likely based on their aversion to right angles, as rectangles are, particularly for paper, more efficient[11].

This design choice is also evident in Colonial computer systems with windows and menus often having clipped corners.

Hexagons

In the Re-imagined Series, hexagons feature significantly as dog tags, playing cards, glass bottles and many other objects. This likely reflects both the dislike of right angles and the simplicity of polygons over curved shapes.

Pentagons

While not a part of Colonial society per se, pentagons play a large part in the architecture of the lone Thirteenth Tribe structure encountered by the Colonials thus far, the Temple of Five. Much like the Colonials, it appears at least the ancient members of the Thirteenth Tribe were also wary of right angles.


Architecture

Federal Period

Some Federal Period architecture in Caprica City

This style was mix of older and newer trends, utilizing traditional stone facades along with glass and steel. This architecture was found throughout Caprica City, Delphi, and other unnamed cities prior to the Cylon attack.

Several buildings in Caprica City had the form of a pyramid, but the cultural significance of this design choice is unknown [12].

Ancient Kobol

Bird's eye view of the City of the Gods and its architecture
The stone ruins of the Opera House

In "Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part I", Roslin looks at schematics for the City of the Gods on Kobol. Its buildings, such as the Temple, Forum, and the Opera House, were made of stone and range in shape and size, and resemble classical Greco-Roman architecture.

Later, the ruins of the Opera House are seen when Gaius Baltar and others crash-land nearby. The building was made of stone and utilized decorative columns and pillars. While there, Baltar has a vision which may have represented the original appearance of the Opera House before it fell into disrepair.

Polygonal Architecture

Many places and objects within Galactica reflect early aesthetic choices that eschew right-angular forms. Many corridors, including ship bulkhead doors, are hexagonal. CIC elements, particularly the Command & Control Center table, the tactical station table, and even the alignment of the displays of the DRADIS console, form a hexagonal appearance.

This aesthetic appears to have waned during the construction of more advanced battlestars such as Pegasus, which uses far fewer hexagonal shapes.[13]


References

  1. This is likely a gaffe and never intended to be seen on screen in detail. See: Continuity errors (RDM) for additional information on this book's appearance.
  2. Actress Katee Sackhoff has a number of personal tattoos on her body. The crew uses various means to cover or block these tattoos from view during filming, but the results are not always perfect. See the article on Katee Sackhoff for details.
  3. In a TV Guide photoshoot video interview, Katee Sackhoff comments: "...the tattoos that Anders and Starbuck got when they got married and uh, it kinda looks like the Redwings sign doesn't it? Or logo, but its, um... when he's holding me the rings match up and it becomes one ring with two wings. So it's very cool there's some signs in there like the Caprica symbol and some space things and its all very intricate and very cool and the guys over at Twin Villain Tattoo down in Gastown designed it so we're all very excited about it."
  4. It is not yet known if the tattoo belongs to Alonso Oyarzun or if it is purely for the character of Socinus, as both the actor was born under the sign of Aries and the character is a colonist of Aerelon.
  5. Visible on his left shoulder in the "little robot girl" sequence, apparently a Chinese-style dragon and a Chinese character over a spiral background that could be a galaxy.
  6. According to Battlestar Galactica composer Bear McCreary, the piece attributed to Thrace's father is actually Metamorphosis Five, composed by Philip Glass, from his 1989 album Solo Piano.
  7. In reality, this is the Original Series theme by Stu Phillips. For "Final Cut", the piece was specially re-arranged by Bear McCreary.
  8. This is only a small part of the song that was composed for the episode by Bear McCreary. The full 5 minute long version is available on the Season 2 soundtrack.
  9. This is clearly the Colonial version of "99 Bottles of Beer".
  10. McCreary, Bear (23 April 2009). The Themes of "Caprica" (backup available on Archive.org) (in ). Retrieved on 26 February 2010.
  11. This developed out of a discussion between Richard Hudolin, Ron Moore, David Eick and Michael Rymer. It was felt that cutting the corner of most documents is an easy way to make the look a bit unconventional and unfamiliar. Hudolin also states that not all documents are clipped, but that classified ones definitely are (Battlestar Galactica: The Official Companion, p.140)
  12. This is a reference to the Caprica of the Original Series, which was influenced by Egyptian mythology and symbolism.
  13. The sets for Pegasus were purchased from a failed series pilot for a Lost in Space series remake. As such, the sets adhere to "earthly" rectangular design, and budget constraints for Battlestar Galactica likely limited any large modifications.


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Prior to the First Cylon War, she marries Jerome Zarek and works in the nitrassium production factories in Sagittaron City.




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Jerome Randal Zarek is the father of controversial Sagittaron personality Tom Zarek.

Prior to the Cylon War, Jerome marries Karen Zarek, a fellow worker in the nitrassium processing plants in Sagittaron City. Living in Sagittaron's capitol city in near destitution, he would, as a form of recreation, play cards with a fellow worker named Taylor, and inevitably always wins the remnants of Taylor's meager paycheck.

Eleven months into the Cylon War, Jerome and Karen decide to have a child, taking advantage of the Colonial government's re-population incentive program, which awards couples to conceive children as a "patriotic effort"; Karen is hesitant, but Jerome convinces her that there will never be a "right time", and it's best to conceive a child while they still can. As a result, Thomas J. Zarek is born.

Two years after Tom's birth, Jerome's fellow workers go on strike while Jerome himself does not. In addition to having to provide for Tom, Karen develops symptoms due to nitrassium exposure that require an expensive medicine called aelotol to properly treat. As the medicine is not covered under the company's insurance, he works extra hours, despite the harassment of the strikers. When asking for a raise, he is turned down due to financial issues incurred by the strike, but is instead able to negotiate a life insurance plan for himself.

Eight years later, as Karen still struggles with having proper amounts of aelotol, Jerome finds that the local clinic cannot give them any more aelotol. As his wife runs out of the medication, he finds himself robbing the Sagittaron City Pharmacy during the night before the 9:30 curfew. He is subsequently killed by a Colonial Marine who believes that Jerome is a looter about to take out a gun.

As a result of an assessment into the incident, the Colonial military admits that "some degree of error" resulted in Jerome's death and the Colonial Fleet provides a payout of a small amount of money and a life-time supply of aelotol to the widowed Karen (Battlestar Galactica: Zarek 1).

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Marvel Comics

Marvel Comics began its adaptation of Galactica with Super Special 8. Super Special was a magazine format comic book that featured different characters or adaptations each month. Issue 8 was produced just in time for the launch of the TV series in September 1978.

Marvel Comics Series - Issue 2

The Super Special adaptation was derived from an interim script of "Saga of a Star World", and some of the differences in the story are evident. This adaptation was also released in a tabloid format by both Marvel Comics and Whitman Comics.

Spurred on by the success of this adaptation, Marvel began a monthly comic series that ran from 1978 through 1980, and lasted a total of 23 issues. The first three issues, titled Battlestar Galactica, Exodus! and Deathtrap! respectively, consisted of a longer adaptation of Saga of a Star World, taking much of the art from the Super Special adaptation and expanding it by several pages.

The adaptation of the series continued in next two issues entitled Into the Void and A Death in the Family, which chronicled the story from the two part television episode "Lost Planet of the Gods".

Beginning with The Memory Machine, Marvel began publishing all new stories based on the characters in the series. From this point, the story began to depart from what was depicted in the series. According to letters pages within the publication, Marvel's contract with Universal Studios specifically did not allow them to use anything from the television series that followed "Lost Planet Of The Gods".

In the storyline that unfolded, a good deal of the comic took place in the magnetic void which the fleet first encountered in the TV episode "Lost Planet of the Gods". In the end of the TV episode, the fleet moves back into normal space, leaving the void behind, but in the comics the rag tag fleet remains in the void beginning in issue #4, with the fleet finally returning to regular space in issue #14. (This makes placing the episodes within the span of the TV series difficult, since much of the action could be surmised to have taken place between "Lost Planet of the Gods" and "Lost Warrior".)

In terms of tone, many of the Marvel comics had horror elements, a theme that was visited sparingly in the TV series. An incomplete list of monsters from the comic series would include a space vampire (issue #9), a carnivorous planet (issue #10), alien vermin (issue #15), a crewmember who transforms into a red ape (issues #17 and #18) and a monstrous shapeshifter (issue #21). Even the menacing and relentless Cylon Mark III in issue #16 owes as much of his origin to horror elements as he does to science fiction. Taken as a whole, Marvel’s Galactica is somewhat darker in tone than the series, but this not-so-subtle paranoia is arguable truer to the initial premise of the series than were some of the latter episodes of the television program.

Notably, the writers of Galactica comic were quite willing to remove key characters from the dramatic mix for periods of time. From issues #6 to #12, Commander Adama is placed within a machine to help him remember the ancient writings he briefly saw on Kobol and, although we do spend some time in his dreams, he is effectively removed from commanding Galactica for several issues, which of course sets up its own dramatic tension.

Another character who leaves the series for awhile is Starbuck, as part of perhaps the most effective story arc in the series. In this plotline the fleet stumbles upon Scavenger World, the dominion of the female space pirate Eurayle, who makes a deal to spare the Colonials if she can keep Starbuck at her side. The interactions between Starbuck and Eurayle are memorable, and the conclusion of the storyline, with a tremendous battle in issue #13, is a satisfying conclusion. At the end of the tale, Starbuck remains with Eurayle, and the fleet moves on without him, which of course sets us up for his triumphant return in issues #19 and #20.

Unlike both television series, Galactica comic actually had a planned ending, with a series of plot devices being wound up in the final two part story of issues #22 and #23. In the course of solving a mystery, Lieutenant Jolly finds adventure and romance and helps in figuring out the long sought coordinates for Earth. A tongue in cheek adventure ably drawn and scripted by Walt Simonson this plotline provided a strong end for a memorable series.

Marvel Comics Monthly Comic Book

Marvel Comics Series - Issue 6
  1. Battlestar Galactica
  2. Exodus!
  3. Deathtrap!
  4. Into the Void
  5. A Death in the Family
  6. The Memory Machine
  7. All Things Past and Present
  8. Shuttle Diplomacy!
  9. Space-Mimic!
  10. This Planet Hungers
  11. Scavenge World - Image Gallery included
  12. The Trap! - Image Gallery included
  13. Collision Course! - Image Gallery included
  14. Trial and Error
  15. Derelict!
  16. Berzerker - Image Gallery included
  17. Ape and Essence
  18. Forbidden Fruit!
  19. The Daring Escape of the Space Cowboy - Image Gallery included
  20. Hell Hath No Fury!
  21. A World for the Killing!
  22. Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair
  23. The Last Hiding Place - Image Gallery included

SuperSpecial Adaptation

Marvel Super Special 8: Battlestar Galactica

While not a great adaptation, what makes this comic interesting is that it is based on an early script of the pilot, and thus there are several distinct differences.


Titan Books Marvel reprints - trade paperbacks

Look-In Magazine

Look-In Magazine, a UK based publication for children, published a serialized comic strip featuring Galactica from October 20, 1979 through October 11, 1980. The four untitled storylines spanned 52 issues, and contained 13 two page chapters per storyline. A very solid composition throughout, this incarnation of the rag tag fleet has been largely overlooked.[1]

  1. Storyline 1 (issues 1979 #43 to 1980 #3)
  2. Storyline 2 (issues 1980 #4 to 1980 #16)
  3. Storyline 3 (issues 1980 #17 to 1980 #29)
  4. Storyline 4 (issues 1980 #30 to 1980 #42)

Grandreams Annuals

The UK company Grandreams came out with two Battlestar Galactica hardcover annuals, which contained short text and comic book stories. Far inferior to the Look-In strips, these comics were aimed primarily at children.

Battlestar Galactica Annual

COMIC STRIPS:

  1. Battlestar Galactica [adapts ep. 1-3]
  2. Chess-Players of Space
  3. Bane of Baal Farr
  4. Amazons of Space

SHORT FICTION:

  1. Doomsday Rock
  2. Swamp World
  3. Hijack in Space

Mission Galactica Annual: The Cylon Attack

COMIC STRIPS:

  1. Part One: Switch in Space
  2. Part Two: Planet of the Cyclops
  3. Part Three: Skirmish Beyond Skafrax
  4. Part Four: Final Showdown

SHORT FICTION:

  1. Dice With Death
  2. Enemy Within


Maximum Press

War of Eden 1

For a very long time, Battlestar Galactica did not appear in comics. Finally, in July of 1995, Maximum Press (a Rob Liefeld imprint) published a miniseries that continued Galactica mythos, and ignored the storyline from Galactica 1980. This miniseries is also known as the War of Eden.

This series was popular enough that it encouraged Maximum to keep going, and soon more miniseries appeared. Apollo’s Journey, The Enemy Within, and Starbuck all published as three issue series in 1995 through early 1996. Journey’s End, the final four issue series, broke many Galactica conventions. For example, there is a depiction of Galactica traveling back through time back to the destruction of the Colonies. This was not to last, however, and after the publishing of a compendium volume in early 1997, Maximum announced it would cease publishing comics based on Battlestar Galactica.

Maximum Press Image Gallery

War of Eden

  1. War of Eden #1
  2. War of Eden #2
  3. War of Eden #3 - Image Gallery included
  4. War of Eden #4 - Image Gallery included

The Enemy Within

  1. The Enemy Within #1
  2. The Enemy Within #2
  3. The Enemy Within #3

Starbuck

  1. Starbuck #1
  2. Starbuck #2 - Image Gallery included
  3. Starbuck #3

Apollo's Journey

  1. Apollo's Journey #1
  2. Apollo's Journey #2
  3. Apollo's Journey #3

Journey's End

  1. Journey’s End #1
  2. Journey’s End #2
  3. Journey’s End #3
  4. Journey’s End #4

Asylum (monthly anthology series)

  1. Issue #1: Baptism of Fire, Part #1
  2. Issue #2: Baptism of Fire, Part #2
  3. Issue #3: Baptism of Fire, Part #3
  4. Issue #4: Athena’s Quest, Part #1
  5. Issue #5: Athena’s Quest, Part #2
  6. (No BSG story in issue #6)
  7. Issue #7: Athena’s Quest, Part #3
  8. Issue #8: First Date
  9. (No BSG story in issue #9)
  10. Issue #10: The Rebirth of Cy, Part #1
  11. (No BSG story in issue #11)

NOTE: "Athena's Quest" was originally titled "Apollo's Quest"

Battlestar Galactica: The Compendium

  1. Baptism of Fire (compilation)
  2. The Rebirth of Cy, Part 1 (unfinished)

Battlestar Galactica: Special Edition

  1. Athena’s Quest (compilation)

Realm Press

In 1998, Realm Press brought Battlestar Galactica back to comics again beginning with their Battlestar Galactica Search for Sanctuary single issue special. Other one shots were subsequently published. Later, Realm introduced a monthly comic titled Battlestar Galactica Season 3. This series only ran for three issues before it was canceled, and shortly thereafter Realm abandoned the project altogether.

The Realm series was notable for its use of airbrushed art and its attempts to remain faithful to the look and feel of the Original Series.

Battlestar Galactica, Season II

  1. Issue 1: The Law of Volahd, Part 1 (2 alternate covers)
  2. Issue 2: The Law of Volahd, Part 2
  3. Issue 3: Prison of Souls, Part 1 (2 alternate covers)
  4. Issue 4: Prison of Souls, Part 2
  5. Issue 5: Prison of Souls, Part 3

Battlestar Galactica, Season III

  1. Issue 1: No Place Like Home (3 alternate covers)
  2. Issue 2: Hades Hath No Fury (4 alternate covers)
  3. Issue 3: Fire in the Sky (3 alternate covers)

The New Millennium

  1. Fear of Flying / Favorite Son / Tales of the Pegasus: Chapter One, Daddy’s Girl (3 alternate covers)

Eve of Destruction

  1. Prelude I: Nostalgie De La Boue / Prelude II: Daughter of Elysium

Search For Sanctuary

  1. Search For Sanctuary, Part 1
  2. Search For Sanctuary Special Edition

1999 Tourbook

  1. Dark Genesis (3 alternate covers) - Image Gallery included

Battlestar Galactica Special Edition

  1. Centurion Prime (2 alternate covers)

Gallery Special

  1. The Care and Feeding of Your Daggit / Masquerade - Image Gallery included

Cancelled one-shots and Season III comics

  1. Colonial Technical Journal, Volume 1 - Image Gallery included
  2. Dire Prophecy (2 alternate covers)
  3. Darkest Night (2 alternate covers)
  4. Battlestar Black and White (2 alternate covers)
  5. Cylon Dawn (2 alternate covers)
  6. No-Man’s Land (2 alternate covers)
  7. Minor Difficulties (anthology of short tales)
  8. Battlestar Galactica Season III issue 5
  9. Battlestar Galactica Season III issue 8

Dynamite Entertainment

In May 2006, Dynamite began its forays into Battlestar Galactica comics with releases within the Re-imagined Series universe. The debut series of comics are set within the framework of the show and were set between the episodes "Home, Part II" and "Pegasus".

Beginning in late September 2006 Dynamite began releasing an Original Series continuation series.

In October 2006, a miniseries focusing on the Re-imagined Series character Tom Zarek was released, focusing on Zarek's past.

In September 2009, a miniseries focusing on a "re-imagined" Galactica 1980 was released. A sequel was scheduled to be released in 2012 written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, jumping it 33 years later[2], but the series never materialized. Instead, Abnett and Lanning began work on what would be known as the 35th anniversary comic run based on the Original Series (with some 1980 elements), entitled Classic Battlestar Galactica Vol. 2.

Other brief comic book mini-series, numbering 4 to 5 issues, came and went for both the Original and Re-imagined installments over the next decade. Some experimental re-interpretations and one-off additions were released in 2014 for the Original Series, namely Steampunk Battlestar Galactica 1880, Battlestar Galactica Annual 2014 and Li'l Battlestar Galactica, not to be repeated thereafter in lieu of going back to mini-series events that followed the post-"The Hand of God" adventures of the rag-tag, fugitive fleet.

Dynamite's final releases for Battlestar Galactica culminated into a 40th anniversary release covering the Original Series saga, ending in 2019. No other installments have since been announced.

As with other comics, storylines from previous series (in both the Original and Re-imagined series) were either ignored or directly contradicted with what came after.

Re-imagined Series

Debut Series

Re-imagined Battlestar Galactica Issue 8

The first series of issues based on the Re-imagined Series written by Greg Pak and pencilled by Nigel Raynor was published during 2006. The storyline appears after the events of "Home, Part II" and before "Pegasus" and significantly diverge from the Re-imagined Series' timeline of Season 2.

  1. Battlestar Galactica 0
  2. Battlestar Galactica 1
  3. Battlestar Galactica 2
  4. Battlestar Galactica 3
  5. Battlestar Galactica 4
  6. Battlestar Galactica 5
  7. Battlestar Galactica 6
  8. Battlestar Galactica 7
  9. Battlestar Galactica 8
  10. Battlestar Galactica 9
  11. Battlestar Galactica 10
  12. Battlestar Galactica 11
  13. Battlestar Galactica 12

All thirteen issues have been collected in the following trade paperbacks:

  1. Battlestar Galactica Volume I (Issues #0 - #4)
  2. Battlestar Galactica Volume II (Issues #5 - #8)
  3. Battlestar Galactica Volume III (Issues #9 - #12)

Battlestar Galactica: Zarek

This 2006 miniseries explores the history and origins of Tom Zarek.

  1. Battlestar Galactica: Zarek 1
  2. Battlestar Galactica: Zarek 2
  3. Battlestar Galactica: Zarek 3
  4. Battlestar Galactica: Zarek 4

Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero

Written by Brandon Jerwa and penciled mainly by Jackson Herbert, this 2007 series chronicles the first mission of Galactica under the command of Commander William Adama, dealing with terrorism in the Twelve Colonies.

  1. Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero 0
  2. Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero 1
  3. Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero 2
  4. Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero 3
  5. Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero 4
  6. Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero 5
  7. Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero 6
  8. Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero 7
  9. Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero 8
  10. Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero 9
  11. Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero 10
  12. Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero 11
  13. Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero 12

Battlestar Galactica: Pegasus

Brandon Jerwa wrote this October 2007 one-shot comic based on Admiral Helena Cain and Pegasus, the events to which occur prior to the Fall of the Twelve Colonies.

  1. Battlestar Galactica: Pegasus

Battlestar Galactica: Origins

Origins is a 2007-2008 comic book series that explores the beginnings of various important Re-imagined Series characters, including Gaius Baltar, William Adama, Kara "Starbuck" Thrace and Karl "Helo" Agathon. Issues #1 through #4 deal with the life of Gaius Baltar, while issues #5 through #8 reveal the history William Adama and issues #9 through 11 focus on Kara Thrace and Karl Agathon.

  1. Battlestar Galactica: Origins 1
  2. Battlestar Galactica: Origins 2
  3. Battlestar Galactica: Origins 3
  4. Battlestar Galactica: Origins 4
  5. Battlestar Galactica: Origins 5
  6. Battlestar Galactica: Origins 6
  7. Battlestar Galactica: Origins 7
  8. Battlestar Galactica: Origins 8
  9. Battlestar Galactica: Origins 9
  10. Battlestar Galactica: Origins 10
  11. Battlestar Galactica: Origins 11

All the issues in this series have been collected in trade paperbacks:

  1. Battlestar Galactica Origins: Adama (#1-4)
  2. Battlestar Galactica Origins: Baltar (#5-8)
  3. Battlestar Galactica Origins: Starbuck and Helo (#9-11)


Battlestar Galactica: Ghosts

Written by Brandon Jerwa, this 2008 four issue mini-series consists of new characters outside of the Battlestar Galactica "mainstream" who are part of the Ghost Squadron, a black-ops team struggling to survive after the wake of the Fall of the Twelve Colonies.

  1. Battlestar Galactica: Ghosts 1
  2. Battlestar Galactica: Ghosts 2
  3. Battlestar Galactica: Ghosts 3
  4. Battlestar Galactica: Ghosts 4


Battlestar Galactica: Cylon War

Cover to Battlestar Galactica: Cylon War 1.

Written by Joshua Ortega and Eric Nylund, this four issue 2009 mini-series tells the tale of the Cylon War decades before the Fall of the Twelve Colonies.

  1. Battlestar Galactica: Cylon War 1
  2. Battlestar Galactica: Cylon War 2
  3. Battlestar Galactica: Cylon War 3
  4. Battlestar Galactica: Cylon War 4


Battlestar Galactica: The Final Five

Mel Rubi cover to Battlestar Galactica: The Final Five 1.

Written by Seamus Kevin Fahey, David Reed and Nigel Raynor, this four issue 2009 event ties directly into the events of the final episodes of the Re-imagined Series.

  1. Battlestar Galactica: The Final Five 1
  2. Battlestar Galactica: The Final Five 2
  3. Battlestar Galactica: The Final Five 3
  4. Battlestar Galactica: The Final Five 4


Battlestar Galactica: Six

Between April and August 2014, Dynamite produced a 5-issue series on the origins of Six.

  1. Battlestar Galactica: Six 1
  2. Battlestar Galactica: Six 2
  3. Battlestar Galactica: Six 3
  4. Battlestar Galactica: Six 4
  5. Battlestar Galactica: Six 5


Battlestar Galactica: Gods & Monsters

Written by Karl Kesel and published between 2016 and 2017, this five issue series takes place during the second season of the Re-imagined Series, covering Gaius Baltar's rebuild of a Cylon Centurion he calls Tallos and the threat it poses to Cylon agents hiding in the Fleet.

  1. Battlestar Galactica: Gods & Monsters 1
  2. Battlestar Galactica: Gods & Monsters 2
  3. Battlestar Galactica: Gods & Monsters 3
  4. Battlestar Galactica: Gods & Monsters 4
  5. Battlestar Galactica: Gods & Monsters 5


Battlestar Galactica: Twilight Command

A 5-issue series released in 2019 depicting a band of human freedom fighters in the "wilds of New Caprica", written by Michael Moreci with artwork by Breno Tamura.

  1. Battlestar Galactica: Twilight Command 1
  2. Battlestar Galactica: Twilight Command 2
  3. Battlestar Galactica: Twilight Command 3
  4. Battlestar Galactica: Twilight Command 4
  5. Battlestar Galactica: Twilight Command 5

Classic Battlestar Galactica

Volume 1

Dynamite produced a short-lived comic book run based on the Original Series.

  1. Classic Battlestar Galactica 1
  2. Classic Battlestar Galactica 2
  3. Classic Battlestar Galactica 3
  4. Classic Battlestar Galactica 4
  5. Classic Battlestar Galactica 5

Volume 2

Starting in May 2013, the Classic Battlestar Galactica was continued in a 12-issue run called Volume 2.

  1. Classic Battlestar Galactica Vol. 2 1
  2. Classic Battlestar Galactica Vol. 2 2
  3. Classic Battlestar Galactica Vol. 2 3
  4. Classic Battlestar Galactica Vol. 2 4
  5. Classic Battlestar Galactica Vol. 2 5
  6. Classic Battlestar Galactica Vol. 2 6
  7. Classic Battlestar Galactica Vol. 2 7
  8. Classic Battlestar Galactica Vol. 2 8
  9. Classic Battlestar Galactica Vol. 2 9
  10. Classic Battlestar Galactica Vol. 2 10
  11. Classic Battlestar Galactica Vol. 2 11
  12. Classic Battlestar Galactica Vol. 2 12


Volume 3

Beginning August 2016, Classic Battlestar Galactica's third volume was released in a 5-issue run, later collected in the trade paperback omnibus entitled Battlestar Galactica: Folly of the Gods in May 2017.

These issues chronicle the revenge of Iblis against the Colonials, and follow after the events of "The Hand of God."

  1. Classic Battlestar Galactica Vol. 3 1
  2. Classic Battlestar Galactica Vol. 3 2
  3. Classic Battlestar Galactica Vol. 3 3
  4. Classic Battlestar Galactica Vol. 3 4
  5. Classic Battlestar Galactica Vol. 3 5


Battlestar Galactica: Cylon Apocalypse

Cylon Apocalypse 1

This 2007 four-part mini-series written by Javier Grillo-Marxuach details the story of the Colonials' discovery of a virus that can destroy their Cylon foes and how they try to weaponize it.

  1. Battlestar Galactica: Cylon Apocalypse 1
  2. Battlestar Galactica: Cylon Apocalypse 2
  3. Battlestar Galactica: Cylon Apocalypse 3
  4. Battlestar Galactica: Cylon Apocalypse 4

All four installments of the series have been collected in the Battlestar Galactica: Cylon Apocalypse trade paperback.


Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck

Between November 2013 and February 2014, Dynamite produced a 4-issue series on the origins of Lt. Starbuck from the original series.

  1. Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck 1
  2. Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck 2
  3. Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck 3
  4. Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck 4


Li'l Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica was one of five one-shots in Dynamite Entertainment's Li'l collection, released in January 2014 to celebrate the publisher's 10th anniversary. It joins four other releases: Li'l Vampi (for Vampirella), Li'l Bionic Kids (written by Brandon Jerwa), Li'l Ernie and Li'l Sonja (for Red Sonja).[3]

  1. Li'l Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica Annual 2014

In April 2014, Dynamite produced a one-shot on the origins of Baltar from the original series.

  1. Battlestar Galactica Annual 2014

Battlestar Galactica: Death of Apollo

Between December 2014 and May 2015, Dynamite produced a 6-issue series on the aftermath of the presumed death of Apollo from the Original Series.

  1. Battlestar Galactica: Death of Apollo 1
  2. Battlestar Galactica: Death of Apollo 2
  3. Battlestar Galactica: Death of Apollo 3
  4. Battlestar Galactica: Death of Apollo 4
  5. Battlestar Galactica: Death of Apollo 5
  6. Battlestar Galactica: Death of Apollo 6


Battlestar Galactica (Classic) - 40th Anniversary Series Run

Not to be confused with Classic Battlestar Galactica, Battlestar Galactica Classic (also dubbed Battlestar Galactica Classic: Counterstrike) is a 40th anniversary comic series written by John Jackson Miller and featuring the work of Daniel HDR, and published between 2018 and 2019. It is set after the events of the first season's "The Hand of God," and details the rag-tag, fugitive fleet running into another fugitive fleet that flees its own "different mortal enemy."[4]

  1. Battlestar Galactica Classic 0
  2. Battlestar Galactica Classic 1
  3. Battlestar Galactica Classic 2
  4. Battlestar Galactica Classic 3
  5. Battlestar Galactica Classic 4
  6. Battlestar Galactica Classic 5


Galactica 1980

"Galactica 1980 1"

A "re-imagined" Galactica 1980 written by Marc Guggenheim was released between September and December 2009. A trade paperback containing all the 4 issues was released in April 2011.

  1. Galactica 1980 1
  2. Galactica 1980 2
  3. Galactica 1980 3
  4. Galactica 1980 4


Steampunk Battlestar Galactica 1880

Between August and November 2014, Dynamite produced a 4-issue steampunk-inspired comic book series.

  1. Steampunk Battlestar Galactica 1880 1
  2. Steampunk Battlestar Galactica 1880 2
  3. Steampunk Battlestar Galactica 1880 3
  4. Steampunk Battlestar Galactica 1880 4


Battlestar Galactica vs. Battlestar Galactica (a.k.a. BSG VS BSG)

In 2018, science fiction author Peter David wrote a five issue tale entitled Battlestar Galactica vs. Battlestar Galactica depicting a crossover between the two disparate versions to celebrate their different anniversaries: the 40th anniversary of the original 1978 series and the 15th anniversary of the 2003 series developed by Ronald D. Moore.

The six issue series, outside of the obvious fantastical nature, feature a plethora of visual incongruities and detail deficiencies relating to both series over its limited run.

  1. Battlestar Galactica vs. Battlestar Galactica 1
  2. Battlestar Galactica vs. Battlestar Galactica 2
  3. Battlestar Galactica vs. Battlestar Galactica 3
  4. Battlestar Galactica vs. Battlestar Galactica 4
  5. Battlestar Galactica vs. Battlestar Galactica 5
  6. Battlestar Galactica vs. Battlestar Galactica 6

Tokyopop

In April 2009, Tokyopop released a manga edition entitled Battlestar Galactica: The Manga -- Echoes of New Caprica, with stories by Emily Salzfass, Richard Hatch and Mike Wellman, and art by Chrissy Delk, Christopher Schons and Anthony Wu. This first volume contained three stories:

  1. "Teacher's Pet" (writer: Emily Salzfass, artist: Chrissy Delk)
  2. "Shelf Life" (writer: Richard Hatch, artist: Christopher Schons)
  3. "Visitation" (writer: Mike Wellman, artist: Anthony Wu)

References

  1. John's Look-out: A Guide to Look-in the Junior TV Times (backup available on Archive.org) (in ). Retrieved on 30 December 2007.
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  3. Siegel, Lucas, "NYCC 2013: LI'L DYNAMITES - Dynamite Goes for 5 Weeks of Fun in January", Newsarama, 10 October 2013. Retrieved on 8 April 2020. (written in English)
  4. BATTLESTAR GALACTICA 40th Anniversary Series Celebrated in Comic Books (backup available on Archive.org) . (17 July 2018). Retrieved on 16 May 2019.

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