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Battlestar Galactica: Twilight Command (Part 1)

Battlestar Galactica

"Twilight Command" Part 1

Battlestar Galactica: Twilight Command #1

Dynamite Entertainment

Writer: Michael Moreci

Artist: Breno Tamura

Colorist: Dijjo Lima

Letterer: Taylor Esposito

Cover: Brent Schoonover

2019

 

A secret group of non-colonist humans strikes at the Cylons on New Caprica.

 

Read the story summary at the Battlestar Wiki

 

Notes from the BSG chronology

 

This mini-series takes place largely over Days 102-106 of the Cylon occupation of New Caprica. There are also flashbacks to previously unseen events shortly before and after the discovery of the planet that becomes New Caprica in "Lay Down Your Burdens" Part 1.

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode

 

Number One

Deacon

Commander Alexa Flores

Devos

Private Tomlin

Colonel Tigh

Sam Anders

Admiral Adama (mentioned only)

Number Five

Chief Tyrol

Nicholas Tyrol (mentioned only)

Starbuck (mentioned only)

Spark

Cally (mentioned only)

 

Didja Notice?

 

Number One (John Cavil) as drawn here, looks nothing at all like actor Dean Stockwell who played him in the TV series. He is also drawn as much younger and more muscular than the character seen in the televised episodes. But in the next issue, he is drawn much more accurately. It almost seems as if artist Breno Tamura mistakenly used Sam Anders (actor Michael Trucco) as the reference in this issue.

 

The Cylon Centurion that Twilight Command has captured and reprogrammed to work for them has a green eye rather than the typical red. It is also capable of speech, unlike the typical Centurion. It responds to human commands with the typical "By your command." In "Twilight Command" Part 2, it is called Deacon.

 

On page 8, a Number Five approaches Colonel Tigh with two Centurions to bring him in for questioning. Tigh runs from them and is pursued by the Centurions, while he shouts for Chief Tyrol. He quickly finds Tyrol and whispers that Tyrol needs to find Commander Flores. Tigh should be smart enough not to be shouting the names of his resistance co-horts while running from the Cylons! To add insult to injury, as Tigh is being hauled away by the Centurions, he says over his shoulder to Tyrol, "Remember what I told you, Chief. Whatever it takes, you frakking do it!" This would make Tigh's entire interaction with Tyrol that much more suspicious!

 

While discussing the dangers of Cylon occupation and resistance, Tyrol says he has a daughter. This is incorrect; he has a son, Nicholas. Presumably, the writer is confusing Tyrol's baby son (with wife Cally) with the imaginary, VR daughter, Dionne, presented to him by Boomer later in "Someone to Watch Over Me".

 

Flores states the Cylons have built a toaster factory on New Caprica a couple klicks out from where she meets up with Tyrol and Anders.

 

Spark seems to have done a better job getting his pet Centurion Deacon to obey him and other humans than Baltar had with the Centurion Tallos in "Gods and Monsters".


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