Battlestar Galactica: Season 1, Episode 3

Lost Planet of the Gods: Part 2 (1 Oct. 1978)

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Adama orders the fleet to set a course into the seemingly endless void, where he expects to find the lost planet of Kobol, mother-world of the twelve tribes of man. Apollo and Serina are '... See full summary »

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Adama orders the fleet to set a course into the seemingly endless void, where he expects to find the lost planet of Kobol, mother-world of the twelve tribes of man. Apollo and Serina are 'sealed' in marriage while Starbuck is being held captive on Baltar's Basestar. When Baltar learns of the search for Kobol, he follows the Colonial fleet for a face to face confrontation with Adama. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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The word "sealing" instead of "marriage" is taken from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). See more »

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The long shot of the pyramids shows a "Serina" with no weapon on "her" hip and only hair half way down the back but the close-ups with Jane Seymour shows "Serina" with her hair down to her waist and a laser holstered on her right thigh. See more »

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Commander Adama: The Book of the Word tells us that a great star guided the Lords of Kobol away from the dying planet, across an endless black sea.
Col. Tigh: The void? Adama, there are probably as many voids in the universe as there are ideas.
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Pyramids-- In Space! (and this time we really mean it)
14 December 2010 | by (Camden, NJ (The Forbidden Zone)) – See all my reviews

So often with old-fashioned 2-parters, the story's title is an enigma, until you get to Part 2. So it is here.

So much is going on here. Most of the pilots are on the verge of death from an unknown illness, their replacements, all women, are still barely learning the ropes, the fleet is faced with a magnetic void which makes radar & visual near-impossible, and to spare his best friend, Starbuck went on a re-con flight solo and disappeared, now presumed dead! In the midst of this, Apollo & Serina decide to get married, while Adama believes the void may contain the planet Kobol, original home-world of the Colonies. This proves correct, and soon they've landed an expedition to explore the largest ruins of a dead city.

I've always had a thing for ancient Egypt, and this was the 3rd film in 2 years that featured The Great Pyramids and the Temple Of Luxor (the other 2 being THE SPY WHO LOVED ME and DEATH ON THE NILE). As with the designs of the pilots' helmets, the implication is clear that the people who built the pyramids on Earth originated on Kobol.

Meanwhile, Starbuck has actually been captured and taken back to a Cylon Base Ship. In a completely hopeless situation, he never lets down his bravado, as when he light-heartedly comments, "I like the way you haven't gone overboard on furniture", and then lights his match by striking it on a Centurion's armor. (James Garner would have been proud of this guy!) It's at this point he discovers Baltar-- the man who betrayed the Colonies to the Cylons-- is still alive, and in charge of the Base Ship! Baltar claims to come as a friend, then has Starbuck hauled away for safe-keeping. Baltar was probably never more devious than he is in this episode. He tells his Cylon assistant, Lucifer, that he has a scheme whereby he can "lure" Adama into Cylon hands without firing a single shot-- and that it requires him to go and face Adama ALONE. This, he does, and confronting his "old friend" in the ancient underground crypt, he tells him the Cylon Empire is in chaos, spread out across space searching for them. He further states that ONE Battlestar could take control of the Cylon home planet and win the war.

Having seen 12 planets of people destroyed (including his wife and younger son), Adama is having NONE of it. Baltar warns if he's not heard from soon his Cylon "friends" might gets antsy, and this is exactly what happens. Lucifer, sitting in the Command seat ("just getting the feel!") says "It appears Baltar's plan has failed-- whatever that plan may have been!" It's clear Lucifer doesn't trust Baltar, EITHER!

I've seen this at least 4 times, and it's taken me this long to figure out what was probably going on (though there's still no way to be really sure, the way it was written). It's obvious Baltar meant to double-cross SOMEBODY. The question has always been-- WHO? My feeling after seeing it again is that he was GENUINE in his plea to Adama. The Cylons double-crossed Baltar in the 1st episode, now he wants revenge. But Adama has other plans. It's interesting that in the remake decades later, Adama initially wanted to strike back at the Cylons, and had to be talked out of it. But in the original version here, someone tried to talk him INTO striking back, and he refused.

So, thanks to Lucifer, the Cylons attack, the inscription that MIGHT have led Adama to Earth is destroyed, Baltar is trapped under some rubble, and unable to free him, Adama & co. leave him behind, as Baltar swears revenge on his sidekick. The near-death pilots, recovering slowly thanks to Dr. Salik, return to duty just in time to save the raw recruits from disaster. But before they can flee the planet, Serina gets shot, and winds up dying in a slow, painful farewell scene after-wards.

Jane Seymour's character was originally supposed to be dying of radiation poisoning when they shot the pilot, but someone changed their minds and decided to make Serina a regular. She wasn't interested in a long-term series at that point, and requested to have Serina bumped off. And so, she becomes the latest in a long line of women who married "Cartright" men (or the nearest equivalent) who came to sad ends.

My one real problem with this story is mainly in retrospect, and that's that I can't get a grip on the "geography" of the overall big story. It seems they spend the first half of the season just running in circles around their own huge star system (which has more than just the dozen "Colony" planets). Considering the number of planets with humans on them they kept running into, it sure seems THIS story should have taken place a bit later in the run (as, indeed, it did in the remake). Nevertheless, it still stands as the BEST of the early stories, and a sign of how much potential this show had-- but only rarely ever lived up to.


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