Onboard Stanley’s ship, he argues that attacking the Cylons is madness. Apollo counters they won’t be attacking them, but that it is a matter of getting the children back to their planet and freeing their world from the Cylons. He then comments that it has been a long time since Stanley sold electronium, an energy source that is not good for the Cylons. As they will recognise still Stanley’s ship and think that he is selling stuff to them, they will not attack. So the Colonials hope to use this element of surprise, despite only having two Vipers and a landram onboard. Stanley says that his business will be finished once the Cylons find out he’s betrayed them. They arrive at the planet and find that the atmosphere is breathable. They land and Apollo orders Starbuck and Cassiopeia to take the landram. Byron, one of the children, says he does not know how to thank Apollo, but the Captain says that their troubles are not over yet. The children board the landram and Apollo tells Starbuck and Cassiopeia to move fast and be at the hidden location within the hour. But Athena and Stanley soon warn him that the Cylons have spotted the ship. The two Colonial Warriors hide, while Stanley goes out to meet the approaching Centurions. They fire at him but he identifies himself.
Art by Gérald Forton
They ask why he didn’t make himself known at the base as usual. He says that he was forced to land here due to a damaged booster. They ask him for electronium, but he says that he has something better. He shows them the two Vipers in the hold of the ship. The Cylons are impressed. But they spot Apollo and Athena nearby and attack. Stanley helps the others to destroy the Centurions, saving Apollo’s life in the process. They take off and land the ship near the Cylon base. Meanwhile the landram runs into a Cylon patrol. They escape out of the side hatch and hide in the nearby rocks. The children tell Starbuck and Cassie to stay down. Three of them fly up into the air and use their lasers to destroy the Cylons. The two warriors begin to wonder if these are really children. Meanwhile, Stanley meets with Baltar at the Cylon base. A Centurion interrupts them and reports of the attack on the patrol.
Art by Gérald Forton
Athena and Apollo surprise Baltar and the Cylons by removing their Cylon disguises. The Haroldien children keep up their attack on the Cylons. Stanley’s ship arrives and the Vipers launch to finish off the last of the Centurions. The Haroldiens thank the Colonials for freeing their planet, to which Apollo says that the Colonials have a valuable prisoner to take back with them. Stanley expresses his doubts about the outcome.
In this story, we get some background information about Stanley, who has a reputation for flogging cheap junk to the Cylons. Is electronium some sort of drug for the Centurions?! And is ripping off the Alliance a crime in the same way that robbing one of their platinum mines was for Croft and his crew? The Haroldiens turn out to be like the Super Scouts of Galactica 1980, but their background is still very vague. And Baltar turns up, only to be captured. This would seem to place the comic series after the TV show, when Baltar was seemingly left on an isolated planet after his cooperation in The Hand Of God. The Cylons soon found him again if that is the case. Using Cylon armour as a disguise has been seen before in Crossfire, the earliest draft of the script for The Gun On Ice Planet Zero. Next time, I’ll have a look at the third part of this story.