Monday, October 23, 2006

The Adama Manuever

I was watching "Battlestar Galactica" the other night, and couldn't help but hoot. In this weeks episode, Adama and Galactica had to rescue the humans that had been left behind on New Caprica, now under Cylon occupation. The plan was for insurgents (I've never heard that word used in any fictional show befor) to launch a ground offensive, while the humans launched to safety in their grounded ships.

Of course, the insurgents were sure to be crushed by superior Cylon airpower (which doesn't seem to be helping against the Iraqi insurgents). Even if the humans could get to the ships, there were two Basestars in orbit to prevent their escape. The solution to these problems involved getting Vipers into the fight to secure air superiority.

So... There's this scene of Colonel Tighe leading an assault. Suddenly, there is a thunderclap, and everyone looks skyward-- and there is Galactica-- hovering at 96,000 feet AGL [above ground level]. Unfortunately, a million ton Battlestar can not hover, so it begins to fall.

As she plummets through the atmosphere, the Vipers pour out of the launch tubes. The hull is blazing, red hot, and its shadow is rapidly engulfing the city. There is no way this puppy is going to land! Oh no! What ever shall we do? That's when Adama orders: "Jump!".

And Galatica FTL's out of the atmosphere, leaving a huge, gaping hole in the air. Dude. That was so cool. Now, off to battle the Basestars.

I do have one question: Don't the Vipers have FTL?

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