Battlestar Galactica: Season 1, Episode 10

The Living Legend: Part 1 (26 Nov. 1978)

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While suffering from a fuel shortage, The Galactica finds the supposedly lost Battlestar Pegasus, led by the legendary Commander Cain.



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A year has elapsed since the Galactica began the voyage of the fugitive Colonial Fleet on their quest for the mythical planet Earth, and fleet wide supplies of fuel are now critically low, to the point where the civilian fleet must shut down ship thrusters and coast through space. Patrolling well ahead of the Fleet, Captain Apollo and Lieutenant Starbuck come under fire - but after a prolonged pursuit their attackers turn out to be Colonial Vipers! These Vipers are flown by Lieutenants Sheba and Bojay, ace pilots from the battlestar Pegasus, a battlestar thought destroyed two years earlier in the Cylon empire's conquest of the allied human world Molecay. Apollo and Starbuck are flown to the Pegasus and meet its legendary commander, Cain. Eventually, the Pegasus reaches a rendezvous with the Galactica and Cain, greeted as a conquering hero for returning from the dead as well as for returning Apollo and Starbuck alive and well, informs Commander Adama about Gomoray, the capital planet ... Written by Michael Daly

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In the early scenes, five Battlestars appear, although only two are clearly named: the Galactica and Atlantia. Faint background radio voices can be heard identifying the other three - Pacifica, Triton, and Acropolis. In "The Living Legend" a sixth battlestar, Pegasus, is named. The other six remained unnamed. See more »


When Sheba is first seen in "The Living Legend/Mission Galactica:The Cylon Attack", the insignia on her helmet changes from the stylized bird used by Galactica pilots, to the art deco type used by Pegasus pilots and back again, during the same flight. See more »


[last lines]
Baltar: Burn, Galactica. You're finished, Adama!
Cylon Pilot: [looking out to port] Sir, if I may...
Baltar: I don't want to miss a moment of the last Battlestar's destruction.
Cylon Pilot: I really think you should take look at the other Battlestar.
Baltar: What are you babbling about, a...
[Baltar is dumbstruck at the sight of the Battlestar Pegasus]
Baltar: It's impossible!
Cylon Pilot: No. It is a Battlestar.
Baltar: *Turn* you fool! Turn! He's coming right for us!
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Edited into Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack (1979) See more »

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Warriors In Space
16 January 2011 | by (Camden, NJ (The Forbidden Zone)) – See all my reviews

To the astonishment of everyone, The Galactica discovers the Battlestar Pegasus, believed destroyed 2 years earlier, has survived, and the charismatic Commander Cain, equally stunned to learn about The Galactica and its refugee fleet, sees their reunion as a turning point in the war.

After 4 so-so episodes in a row, THIS is the point where this series finally began to live up to its potential. I remember being enthralled the first time I watched it, and now, decades later, I can hardly express how excited I was to sit thru this again, having watched all the episodes leading up to it in sequence.

Glen Larson, always the best writer on McCLOUD, proved he still had it with this script, a complex story where almost everyone gets a moment to shine (except maybe Athena, who's only seen briefly on the bridge). Lloyd Bridges cuts an imposing figure as Cain, BG's answer to George Patton or Douglas McArthur-- a brilliant, skilled tactician who nevertheless winds up clashing with superior officers-- in this case, Adama, who has trouble convincing Cain that fighting and trying to conquer a planet to use as their base is just out of the question. When Cain pulls a stunt in an attempt to force his situation, he's relieved of command, causing his crew to stray close to mutiny!

Among the Pegasus crew is Cain's headstrong daughter Sheba (Anne Lockhart, daughter of June-- as if having Jonathan Harris as a regular wasn't already enough of a "LOST IN SPACE" connection). Cain proves what he's made of when he tells Sheba, "I may be the most hard-headed warrior in the Colonies, but I'm also the BEST warrior in the Colonies, and I'm NOT about to abandon our people when they need us most!" Later, when the attack Adama feared happens, Cain gladly admits he was wrong, at which point Adama simply tells him it's Cain's tactical skills they need right now.

Adding to the complications, it turns out Cain & Cassieopia were very close before he disappeared, and now Starbuck fears he may lose the woman he feels closest to (though he refuses to admit it). My favorite line in the entire story came from Boxey, when he said, "Poor Starbuck. Oh well. At least he's still got Athena. And Mirrian and Noday and..." I was laughing SO HARD when he said this! (I really like this kid.) Come to think of it, since the girl in the previous episode was named "Miri", maybe her family did change their mind and decide to come along after all?

I loved the bit where Adama and Tigh discuss the uncanny way that the entire fleet's fuel ran out just before they crossed into more Cylon territory, and Adama suggests it was "providential". Lorne Greene's character on the series was not only their military and political leader, but their spiritual one as well. Despite Cain's problems following anyone's orders but his own, Adama believes men like Cain are something people really need, to look up to, when things are as bad as they are.

Meanwhile, Baltar, aching to put the finish to Adama since he was left behind on Kobol, has reached a peak in his megalomania, planning a victory celebration before the fight has even started. When Lucifer suggests it might be a good idea to win FIRST, Baltar mentions "You're not the only I-L series who dreams of standing besides the greatest warrior the empire has ever seen!" This is clearly a reference to Spector in the previous episode. I love how with so much going on, Glen Larson manages to slip in continuity references like that, quite an unusual thing for any network show from the 70's.

When the fight finally breaks out, for the first time GALACTICA starts to really resemble an episode of STAR BLAZERS, as fires break out on both the bridge and one of the landing bays. But the other funniest line in the story comes from an unexpected source-- one of the usually-dim-witted Cylons. As Baltar is gleaming over the impending destruction, his pilot tells him, "Sir, I really think you should take a look at the OTHER Battlestar." What a moment for a cliffhanger!!!

I'm glad this was shown as a two-parter. I couldn't fit all my thoughts into just ONE review!

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