A figure from Adama's past returns to haunt him. His return raises questions about why the Cylons launched their initial attack against the Twelve Colonies.



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Lt. Danny 'Bulldog' Novacek


Admiral Adama has to come to terms with a command decision he made three years ago. At that time, he was in command of a highly secret operation, black ops, to infiltrate as near as possible Cylon space to determine if they are arming for war. He send out a scout ship under the command of Lt. Danny "Bulldog" Novacek, a close friend. Adama was forced however to make a decision that he regrets to this day. Novacek however has survived and after three years of imprisonment by the Cylons, has managed to escape in one of their fighters. He's welcomed back with open arms but Adama now questions if he can continue as the senior military officer and submits his resignation to President Roslin. Starbuck meanwhile reviews the flight information on Novacek's arrival and finds something odd. Written by garykmcd

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17 November 2006 (USA)  »

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The Stealth Star from the flashback was designated 7746VA. See more »


After Col. Tigh breaks up the fight between Adama and Bulldog, the blood on Adama's chin switches between the left side of his mouth, and the center. See more »


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26 November 2011 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Initially, I didn't think HERO was one of Battlestar's better episodes.

But, after watching it again, I realised just how important it is - and, also why I had issues with it:

It's because it purposefully makes you uncomfortable.

In a way, HERO is a 'quiet' episode. There's not really much going on in the way of battles, but, what HERO does do, is ask questions, that are uncomfortable for the characters, and, for us the viewer

Up until now, the world of BSG has been defined by a predominantly white lead cast. But, in HERO, a black man literally flies in. His call sign is BULLDOG, and who, and what BULLDOG represents on different levels is what this episode is all about.

I don't want to give much of the plot away. Suffice it to say some truths that have been held by both the humans, and Cylons are put into play. Questions that will ultimately play very important parts of the rest of BATTLESTAR are begun.

Let me last say, that, one reason for the 'uncomfortability' in this episode is done whenever a character appears in a series we've become familiar with. Into this, a person, who seems to almost be a fish-out-of-water is thrown in - and given a backstory that appears to be instant.

In the Battlsstar movie, RAZOR, the plot follows another character of this type. Kn Kendra Shaw. But, whereas her integration with the plot threads is woven into the story so as not to 'warp' the fabric, I think that in HERO, Bulldog's character is intentionally dropped in cold.

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