The Magnificent Warriors
|"The Magnificent Warriors"|
|Battlestar Galactica (1978) episode|
|Episode no.||Season 1
|Directed by||Chris Nyby, Jr.|
|Written by||Glen A. Larson|
|Original air date||12 November 1978|
"The Magnificent Warriors" is an episode of the original Battlestar Galactica television series.
When a Cylon attack destroys the Fleet's food supply, Adama and the others must agree to certain compromises with old acquaintances and with the inhabitants of a grain-rich, yet politically turbulent planet.
After a Cylon attack that targets the fleet's agricultural ships, the Colonials are faced with a shortage of seed to plant. With the Galactica approaching a section of space with some human settlements, Adama puts together a plan to trade with the locals to get some seed.
An old energizer, used to produce power, would seem to be the best item to trade, but the only suitable one is owned by one Siress Belloby, who has amorous designs on the Commander. Belloby agrees to hand over the energizer, but only if Adama agrees to court her.
Starbuck, Apollo and Adama, with Belloby along for the ride, head to the planet Sectar to try and barter with the locals. Unknown to the Colonials, the town they hope to visit is under constant siege by the pig-like Borays, and Sire Bogan, the mayor is looking for a new sheriff (or constable), since his most recent one died in the last Boray attack.
Starbuck and Boomer head into town and meet Bogan, and receive very little interest in the energizer. As they head back, they are ambushed and their transport along with the energizer are stolen. Returning to town to complain, Starbuck finds himself, naturally enough, in a gambling match, and accidentally wins the constable's star, making him the new sheriff.
Adama comes into town to sort things out, but before any headway can be made the Borays, led by their chief Nogow, attack. Although the Colonials are able to fend off the raid, Belloby is captured in the confusion and hauled away to the Boray camp.
The Colonials, having straightened out with Bogan what his scheme was, head to the Boray settlement to recover Belloby. Adama attempts to communicate with Nogow, but is gets nowhere. Then, Starbuck makes an attempt to negotiate and somehow gets Nogow to agree to terms. Belloby is released and the other Colonials wonder what Starbuck must have said to change the course of negotiations.
Heading back into town, Starbuck reveals that he made Nogow the sheriff, and with him involved in the community his concerns are now met. Belloby decides Adama is too old for her, and the Colonials leave with their much needed grain.
- "The Magnificent Warriors" is the second of the two Western episodes of Battlestar Galactica. Where "The Lost Warrior" was an imitation of Shane, "Magnificent Warriors" is a blatant imitation of The Magnificent Seven right down to the title.
- This episode is a light hearted adventure which plays counter to the more somber tone that underlies the series. It has of course been argued that such radical variations in tone prevented the series from truly exploring the dramatic underpinnings of its premise, but this was a television program that was conceived of as light family fare in any case, and this episode certainly fits that bill.
- The concern over the Cylons finding the energizers is hard to understand. The odds that they would find them are remote, and even if they did, enough time would have passed that the Colonials would be long gone.
- Another alien race is introduced in this episode, the Borays, but they get no lines and are largely an undefined culture.
- Filmed for the most part in the backlot of Universal Studios, the town site looks remarkably similar to the towns in "The Lost Warrior" and "The Long Patrol". Also, just as on Equellus, the town is only seen at night.
- The footage of the Agro Ships as well as the interior of the Agro Dome was re-used footage from the film Silent Running.
- The Magnificent Warriors at the Battlestar Wiki
- The Magnificent Warriors full episode summary and review at Sheba's Galaxy
- The Magnificent Warriors deleted scenes