On a routine recon patrol consisting of Starbuck (Dirk Benedict), Boomer (Herbert Jefferson Jr.) and some Viper cadets they discover a small moon and decide to investigate. Starbuck and Boomer fly down towards this “ice planet” to get a better look while ordering the cadets to chill out and hang back, but Cadet Bow (Alex Hyde-White) spots a flash of light on the horizon and decides to fly over for a looksee. Turns out Ice Planet Zero is home to a giant pulsar cannon operated by our friendly neighbourhood Cylons and they blow poor Cadet Bow into space dust. The two remaining cadets are ordered out of the area but because they are morons they charge the giant bloody cannon in some kind of noble act of vengeance.
Viper cadets, the Red Shirts of the Galactica universe.
If Cree isn’t careful, an Imperial Walker is going to crush his Viper.
“Well it says here we have to fly right in front of that cannon, so I guess that’s that.”
“Hey, this Dirty Dozen is two men short!”
Where’s a blood thirsty wampa snow creature when you need one?
I can forgive a lot of mad science if it results in multiple clones of Britt Ekland.
Baltar, even colder than a machine.
Back on the ice planet the clones agree to take the Galactica team to their village where they can meet Dr. Ravashol only to discover the scientist is a bit of a twit. It was he who created the pulsar cannon, though he claims it was meant to be a telescope, and that it was the Cylons who modified it to be a weapon. He also doesn’t want to get involved in any kind of combat and initially says that it’s impossible for the Cylons to be using his “telescope” as a weapon. When he is confronted with the truth about what the Cylons are doing he claims that it is a "temporary misuse" and he holds no responsibility over the use of his creations. His mind is changed when Apollo drops the bomb that his clones are breeding even though they were created sterile and he owes it to them to stand up against the Cylons.
"Later I'm going to create some Fraggles"
Heroic at the end.
Starbuck, blasting Cylons is his thing.
Ice Station Kablooey
Note: Though Richard Lynch's character Wolfe disappeared into the snow, Lynch himself would return as a different and even more dangerous villain in the follow-up series Galactica 1980.