Battlestar Galactica

Season 1 Episode 6

The Lost Warrior

Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Oct 08, 1978 on ABC
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Episode Summary


Apollo is marooned on a Western Frontier-like planet, where he meets a woman and her son ... and a damaged Cylon, known as Red Eye, who has become a notorious gunslinger.

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  • This episode is about as bad as they come.

    Captain Apollo is forced down and finds himself on a planet right out of the wild west where the people live in fear of a cylon enforcer in the employ of a ruthless bully. As the fleet moves on and the other warriors frantically search for him, Apollo sets up house with a widow and her pre-teen son who have a special reason to hate the cylon more than most others.

    Apollo wants to fight the cylon, but the woman stops him. Understanding she is afraid, he agrees not to fight and then takes heat from the others in the community for being a chicken. Later, after the boy takes a shot at the cylon and is wounded, Apollo gets riled up and meets the cylon out in the street for a wild west style showdown.

    Once the situation is handled, we find out the widow's deceased husband was also a colonial warrior and died trying to face the cyclon down. His ship is still intact and has enough fuel to allow Apollo to return to the fleet just before it passes out of range.

    This episode was pretty much a stinker. Even as a kid who loved this show, I couldn't help but wonder why they allowed this particular episode to go forward. Shows like this were the reason this series didn't last long.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Clips from episode are shown prior to opening narration.

    • Goof: Red Eye carries a Colonial weapon rather than a Cylon one. If his own weapon was somehow damaged in the crash, then Martin must have been foolish to have allowed an unarmed Cylon to kill him when he himself had a laser pistol. Martin's wife cuts off her rendition of the event at that point. While out of grief, of course, it works out nicely in keeping the writers from having to deal with the question.

    • Goof: This society, which knows of and has contact with advanced alien civilizations apparently never has developed firearms. It seems odd with all of that technology around them that they rely exclusively on air guns ("pneumos").

    • Goof: Vella tells Apollo how much she hates "guns" and that she would not even have their "pneumos" (compressed air guns, the common arm on this planet) if not for the threat from the wolf-like lupis. And yet when she goes outside to meet "Red-Eye," she takes a pneumo despite the lack of lupis threat.

    • Goof: This episodes starts the pattern of the Colonial Fleet encountering a human outpost, and then leaving them behind. The Cylons pursuing the Fleet would destroy these relatively defenseless human communities in their bid to kill all humans.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (Apollo and Red Eye stare each other down, Red Eye sees Apollo's laser.)
      Red Eye: (electronic) Uh oh!

    • Apollo (to Red Eye): My name's Apollo. I don't suppose you'd like a drink?
      Red Eye: I do not ingest consumables.
      Apollo: In this case, you're not missing much.

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