Terms of Service. just happens to force Robber to land on a planet in the exact area where she has enemies. Robber unwittingly puts an end to that. Perhaps the best thing about his book is the cover art, although there is a mistake as Starbuck is in a colonial uniform and Apollo is wearing a disguise. He believes her to be in danger even though he never is given a good reason, and so he goes off to rescue her (like the true hero he is!). ( Saga of a Star World | The Cylon Death Machine | The Tombs of Kobol | The Young Warriors ) by Robert Thurston, Galactica Discovers Earth by Michael Resnick, ( The Living Legend | War of the Gods ) by Nicholas Yermakov, ( Greetings from Earth | Experiment in Terra | The Long Patrol ) by Ron Goulart, From Battlestar Wiki, the free, open content Battlestar Galactica encyclopedia and episode guide, https://www.battlestarwiki.org/index.php?title=The_Long_Patrol_(Book)&oldid=226953. This does not mean that the basestar, apparently still in the Cyrannus Galaxy, would have any idea where specifically the signals came from. 0–9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A … Wikipedia, List of ships in Battlestar Galactica (2004) — There have been many appearances of various spacecraft in the re imagined Battlestar Galactica science fiction television series, with the primary means of travel being FTL. champagne?) I usually enjoy novelizations more when the author takes liberties with the story and does not do a straightforward adaptation of the episode. We do see one brief scene of an alien world (Crodus) during the daylight hours when Robber's family talks to Apollo and Boomer about the prison situation on Proteus. Didja Know? See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. Apollo and Boomer are dispatched to track and destroy Starbuck's viper. Croad lands his fighter next to the shuttle. By the way, that ship looked beautiful. He finds a shuttle pilot, Robber (James Whitmore, Jr.) bootlegging ambrosia (cosmic wine? It is never really clear where ships in this show derive their power from, much less how it is used to create the fantastic speeds which are obviously achieved. It was mentioned in "Take the Celestra" that the Celestra's top speed was "factor four", without elaborating what that meant. Starbuck takes Roberta out to the Rising Star and meets the same waiter again. what is going on. Three Cylon fighters ram Galactica, but the damage they do is pretty minimal compared to what happened in the episode when only one Cylon raider rams the ship. Ron Goulart makes a lot of changes to what was one of the better one-hour episodes of Battlestar Galactica, and virtually all of his changes are for the worse. The notion of a backwards, Botany Bay-style penal colony is turned on its ear in this story, with hilarious results. This is exactly what happens: on a basestar in the Cyrannus Galaxy, Lucifer reports strange signals. Starbuck drops a crate on Croad's foot and then knocks him out and steals his fighter. Bottom line, if you miss this book, you're not missing much. The Athena and Cassiopeia discover each other in the corridor, and realize what Starbuck is up to. OMEGA SGT. ATHENA LT. HD GAL RED There is a rather large plot hole in the fact that C.O.R.A. Of all of them, at least Boomer must be in Blue Squadron. They needle their buddy constantly. Athena and Cassiopeia get air time in this episode, but the air seems used up by heavy breathing over Starbuck. Warp factor 4? Starbuck pulls Athena away from one suite and into another. The computer can get smart with Starbuck, but never challenged Robber. even mentions that the Starchaser is slowing to sublight speed prior to engaging Croad's antique fighter, not to mention the braggadocio that the ship "can outrun anything in the Universe.". Maybe she could've volunteered to fly in Boomer's place or Apollo's. In the absence of any teleportation device the characters could use to "beam down" anywhere, C.O.R.A. Speaking of "sixth millennium" ships, how old could those ships be? of a stellar vintage. Funny how you can land on any one of a handful of asteroids and they each have agreeable climate. The prisoners are glad to serve the war effort by making ambrosia, which the Enforcers feed back to the inmate population. They could've at least made her a lieutenant-commander; that would've given sitting in a chair reporting to Tigh and her father a little more credibility. Guests = Ted Gehring as Croad, Sean McClory as Assault 9, Cathy Paine as the voice of CORA, James Whitmore, Jr. as Robber Episode list = Episode chronology Still, it would be nice if we knew who the people of Aeries were, and what their relationship was to the Tribes of Kobol, if any. Does this mean it could out-drag-race a battlestar? Starbuck, Roberta, and the other people from Croad go to. He fears a Cylon has taken control of the viper while on the asteroid's surface, and is using the transmitter as a beacon to attract more Cylons. The most-used special effects in this outing were either recycled stock fighter footage or computer screen "tactical" graphics. What is strange is that Starbuck drops his anger at Robber for stealing his ship pretty quickly. "Launch fighters." C.O.R.A. Yet the Croad's fighter looks to be of the same lineage as the Colonial viper. Three Cylon fighters are approaching, and Starbuck must lure them in so the other two ships can destroy the raiders. Baltar orders interceptors launched to investigate. C.O.R.A., for Computer Oral Response Activated, advises her pilot that there is activity in the planetary system within sector alpha-6. What comes across as a rip-off is when Goulart decides to rehash the "Fire In Space" episode by having kamikaze Cylon raiders attack Galactica at the end and people trapped inside a lounge (How original!). is a pure joy. There would have to be a little more background as to how those Aerian colony-asteroids got there, and why. While some people talk of how BATTLESTAR GALACTICA championed a supposedly conservative, militaristic theme, "The Long Patrol" illustrates that theme twisted around by an abusive social order kept in place by a mixture of misguided patriotism and booze. The "Robber" family tells of how the prison class has been trapped on Proteus for generations, serving Aerian Enforcers who have nothing better to do than manufacture ambrosia. They soon rescue Robber from a gang of thugs and then head back. The curiosity exhibited by Adultress (Arlene "Tasha" Martel), as to what "Starbuckin'" is about was purely R.O.F.L. The Long Patrol (Battlestar Galactica #10) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1984 by Glen A. Larson (Author), Ron Goulart (Author) 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 ratings. Filled with anticipation, Adama, Apollo, young Boxey and Colonel Tigh watch as the Battlestar Galactica leads the fleet out of a field of asteroid dust. The whole fleet must be faster than that. Or maybe one war, that was alternately hot-and-cold? The set was huge, but they did an effective job as making it look bigger and more active than it was. This is the last of the Berkely novelizations. The painting of the Proteus penal colony seen from a distance looked interesting, if a bit vague, shrouded in darkness. At least the Colonial helmets offer some pretense of being useful as part of a spacesuit. He starts playing musical chairs between the private rooms, patronizing both women, when he is recalled to the Galactica for the patrol. These possibilities make more sense than just one hot war for a thousand yahrens straight. Either that or Arnie Becker would have to get caught red-handed and dealt with decisively. Then a man with a metal arm named Scrapper zaps her, knocking her into the pit with Starbuck. This system included Earth. Whatever passage permitted this intergalactic travel, Robber is able to send some kind of long-range transmission through it. Nobody seems to care what will happen when the Cylons loose three interceptors in an inhabited planetary system. more in the series to help the characters articulate more complex and interesting situations as part of the flow of the plot. :-). One wonders if Starbuck didn't leave behind anything with the colonists on Proteus; plans to a new Viper for them to build, maybe? Yet Starbuck is apparently the "flight leader" if this roster means anything. for to initiate long-range transmission prove useful in relocating the fleet? An old, "sixth-millennium" sublight fighter is harassing an antique shuttle. Athena and Cassiopea are in a booth next to where their reserved table is, so Starbuck has the waiter take them to another area. What is going on here? Do the same advanced abilities Robber used C.O.R.A. To Goulart's credit, he does write Starbuck better here than in the previous two novels. It is never made clear if the Cylons report anything back to the basestar. Apollo lets Starbuck know this fighter has double the ordinary speed and range, the drawback being the weapons were replaced with engine boosters. The combination of combat footage, fire and background imagery added in was beautifully done. Price New from Used from Paperback "Please retry" $78.01 . Here, Starbuck is ironically in his full glory leading an uprising against the establishment. Athena and Cassiopea declare a truce and hang out with each other, wondering who Starbuck has hooked up with. They head off to look for Starbuck. Life signs are indicated in sector alpha-6, and Adama ordered the lieutenant to conceal his warrior identity. In a situation as desperate as theirs, it doesn't make sense for the Galactica to throw away a good pilot and a good ship. To use an analogy from STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE, they need a Runabout, or STAR TREK: VOYAGER's Delta Flyer.