Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (139)

  • Maggie Weston: At the ready Wolf, I don't want to be surprised by anything nasty on the other side. Wolf Bronski: Ain't nothing nastier than Wolf Bronski (burp). Maggie Weston: (under her breath) I believe it.

  • (Maggie Weston dragging in heavy equipment) Maggie Weston: Takagi, Bronski, give me a hand here. (Takagi and Bronski starts clapping) Maggie Weston: Comedians. I got 84 pieces of equipment to maintain on this tub and this is the crew I get.

  • (Alec Deleon practicing his gun draw) Kaz Takagi: Wow, check those moves Bronski. Wolf Bronski: Big deal, (burp) some guys need to practice.

  • (Marsala effortlessly picks up heavy equipment to aid Weston) Takagi: Man, I'm glad those Neosapiens are on our side.

  • (Watching gun camera footage from previous battle alone in his room) J.T. Marsh: You can review the tapes a thousand times to see what you did, what you shoulda done, but the only battle that really counts... is the next one.

  • Napier: I got shot, and that's the best thing that's happened to me all day.

  • J.T. Marsh: Resolute to all ships, the attack is cancelled! Re-join the fleet! Prepare to return to the homeworlds at once! If we have any homes to return to.

  • DeLeon: Lieutenant, my infrareds getting a reading from that cave. If that's where they've taken her, they're daring us to follow. J.T. Marsh: Then we'll just oblige them.

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Notes (73)

  • The perception of ExoTroopers as living off the taxpayers and doing nothing easily translates into resentment of them by resistance members once the war begins.

  • We first see Able Squad joyriding in the vicinity of Olympus Mons, and J.T. gets reprimanded by Marcus for it. Compare to "The First Step", in which Marsh reprimands Kaz and Yuri.

  • Alice Noretti, a character later introduced in episode 6 Target Earth, makes her first cameo-appearance in this episode.

  • This is the first episode that you get to see jump troops in action. Note their appearance as it evolves later on in the series.

  • The Neo sapien War begins.

  • The Homeworlds Congress is dissolved.

  • Marcus' reaction to having his orders questioned by another officer (i.e. charging Marsh with mutiny and having him sentenced to death) no doubt discouraged anyone else from questioning him in the future.

  • We see the genesis of Napier's resistance cell.

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Trivia (8)

  • The eruption of Olympus Mons has destroyed the surrounding cities, which apparently included the capital of Mars, Maginus City. Later episodes, however, show Phaeton's Martian Palace still standing.

  • Fire Ship the episode title and its storyline echoes a famous military tactic that goes back to the ancient Greeks and persists into modern usage with an explosive laden vessel being propelled near a much more valuable craft of an adversary to destroy it. The USS Cole was attacked by such a tactic in 2000.

  • The Martian waterfall is named after Eris, the Greek goddess of strife, discord, and rivalry. An appropriate name and location for this episode in which a group of exo-scouts who don't quite get along are settled nearby. One should also note, Mars is associated with the Greek god of war, Aries, and Eris is also his friend and sister.

  • In this episode, we are re-introduced to Stavrogan, only this time, he has undergone a huge character change from hotshot maverick pilot to a much more darker and mature squad leader.

  • The inscription on Phaeton's bunker entrance is from Dante's Divine Comedy and its written in Italian. It means, "abandon all hope, ye who enter here." In Dante's Divine Comedy, it is the inscription on the gateway entrance to hell.

  • Typhonus refers to the moon as "a dagger pointing at the Earth." This is a common saying. Japan was said to refer to Korea as a dagger pointing at the heart of Japan before invading them in the late 18th century.

  • The term Fifth Column is a name for any organized group that works to destroy an army or nation from the inside.

  • Anti-matter is a scientific fact. Physics labs are able to produce it in minute amounts but only for theoretical studies. They are produced using a particle accelerator which is also mentioned in the series and just as Algernon describes, when anti-matter comes in contact with regular matter, a huge explosion results.

Allusions (13)

  • Marsala: Dr. Xenobius, I presume? This is a play on the famous quote "Dr. Livingston I presume".

  • Title: Scorched Venus is an allusion to the harsh military tactic of Scorched Earth, destroying crops and any necessities of survival which the population could be able to use. The Neos have done this to the human colonists on Venus.

  • Marsh: Come on, let's see if we can teach these young dogs some old tricks. A play on the famous quote, "Teaching an old dog new tricks."

  • Napier: One thing you can say for Phaeton, he makes the magnotrains run on time. This is a play on quote about WWII Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.

  • Butler: Any heroes on board? Platoon: No sir! Butler: Good, the only heroes I ever saw weren't breathing. Now let's jump! This is almost a direct quote from Robert A. Heinlein's book Starship Troopers which was made into a movie in 1997 where the quote reappeared.

  • The episode title alludes to the now common phrase first used in William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar: "Cry 'Havoc!', and let slip the dogs of war." Many works of art, music and literature have copied at least a part of the phrase in some form, often as a title.

  • It was interesting to see Marsh reprimand Yuri and Kaz for joyriding, especially in light of Yuri's remark that when Marsh was an Ensign he enjoyed the same. What makes this ironic is that Captain Marcus reprimanded J.T. in Episode 1 when Able Squad went joyriding in the vicinity of Olympus Mons.

  • The one word reply Tyree gives to Shiva is the same one word reply General Anthony McAuliffe gives to the German ultimatum in the Battle of Bastogne during World War II. McAuliffe was the commanding general of the 101st Airborne division and became famous for his line when they were surrounded by German forces in Bastogne.

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