CROSSFIRE

By John Ireland, Jr.


Starbuck is on patrol with a squadron of cadets. The Galactica picks up a large amount of heat coming from an asteroid the pilots are approaching. An unmanned probe is launched to investigate and its camera finds a huge mountain with a powerful cannon. The cannon destroys the probe. Adama orders the patrol to retreat but Cadet Terry Cree attacks the cannon. He is hit by smaller Cylon guns, crashes, and is soon captured.

The Galactica cannot retreat because several Cylon basestars are approaching from the rear. An assault team lead by Captain Skyler and Starbuck flys to the asteroid. Once there, they split up into two teams to take the mountain from different sides. Starbuck's team finds a small village inhabited by an immortal humanoid race called the Nari, created millenia ago by a female human. They are now enslaved to the Cylons. Starbuck is shown a book (written in Hebrew) describing how they were created. Unfortunately, neither they nor Starbuck understand the language. Later, Starbuck sees a room full of copies of famous Earth paintings by Margrit, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Renoir, and Warhol.

Adama communicates with Skyler and orders them to capture the weapon instead of destroying it. Starbuck frees Cree. Then he and Skyler put on the helmet and armor of captured Cylons and capture the control room. They aim the cannon at the Cylon basestars and destroy them. Later, some of the Nori visit the Galactica and give Adama the book which tells of their creation.


Crossfire is an early version of The Gun On Ice Planet Zero. Missing from the script are Dr. Ravashol, the convicts, Boxey and Muffit, and considerably better characterization.

This script was originally titled The Nari of Sentinel 27.

Skyler was an earlier name for Apollo. It was probably changed to avoid similarities with the character Luke Skywalker of Star Wars.

In this script, the Cylons are living creatures wearing armor, not robots.

Lyra (later Serina) is a member of the Council of Twelve, providing evidence that the producers may have planned for Jane Seymour to be a regular on the show all along, but she refused.


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