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Book Synopsis "Saggitarius is Bleeding"
« on: October 31, 2006, 06:45:53 AM »
This book is far more involved than "Cylon's Secret" was, so the synopsis will be comparatively longer.

The book takes place during Season 2, after "Black Market", because that engineer is now in command of Pegasus, but before Sacrifice, as Billy is still around.  The story revolves around dreams and hallucinations that Roslin is having, as well as a group of religions separatists called "Midguardians", an apparent breach of internal security which results in the Cylons having advance knowledge of Colonial jump plotting, and Boxey who is having some contact with Sharon Valerii and the Midguardians.

As the story begins, Roslin is having disturbing dreams about the Map Room on Kobol, except that the statue of Sagittarius has blood pouring from it, and then all the statues do, then they start to crumble and fall down on her.  Also, Cylons attack the fleet, but they're not actually trying to destroy anything.  Adama realizes that they're trying to force them to jump, so he has a Raptor jump ahead to the co-ordinates, and sure enough it is almost destroyed by a swarm of raiders with more Basestars nearby.  It jumps back to report, so Adama orders a blind jump.  It nearly results in their destruction, as Gaeta's plot jumps them right near a star.  Galactica is nearby rammed from behind as Pegasus is nearly pulled into it by the star's gravity.  A sweep of the CIC and personnel finds no bugs or malicious programs that would be transmitting their FTL calculations to the Cylons, so Adama reluctantly agrees to Tigh's plan to plant bugs in the private quarters of anyone who works in CIC or has high clearance... including Baltar.  Roslin asked Adama to keep an eye on Baltar (though didn't give him a reason for it, being her half-recollection of Balter and Six on Caprica, during "Epiphanies").  Adama orders Tigh that this is ONLY to check for Cylons and Cylon sympathizers, and will not be used as evidence it someone is performing some other low-priority crime.

At the same time, Boxey is getting chummy with the Viper pilots, and becoming quite the poker player (or whatever that game is).  He gets himself shuttled between Galactica and a ship called the Peacemaker, where he's been learning some tricks from pickpockets.  During the Cylon attack, he was on Galactica and managed to sneak into the detention area where Sharon Valerii was, and had a conversation with her.  He was basically asking alot of questions about whether her predecessor saving him was part of some Cylon plot, and how much she remembers about the incident.  It appears in fact, that Caprica Sharon recalls some of Galactica Sharon's memories, even after the two kinda parted company so to speak.  The Marine guards eventually find him and cart him off to Baltar's lab for a Cylon check (yes, it seems that they're still using his detector, even after the Sharon fiasco).  Baltar checks him out, and despite urging from Six to label him as a Cylon, he refuses... however orders from Tigh and Adama, result in Boxey being denied access from the Galactica, at least for the time being, at least until Kara can sweet-talk Adama, who can lean on Tigh, to loosen the rules a bit.  So, for the moment, he get's shipped to the Peacemaker.

Also, on the Astral Queen, a representative of the Midguardians, a man named Wolf Gunnerson, and his daughter Freya, come to see Zarek.  The Midguardians are a group of people who follow the book of Edda, a scripture which the rest of the Colonies rejected because it was too dark.  It seems that most of it predicts doom... who'd'a thunk it eh?  It seems that the Midguardians want equal representation in the Quorum of 12, as a 13th colony, making Earth the 14th.  He's skeptical, but he agrees to talk to Roslin about it.  In the meantime, Roslin's dreams are getting more vivid, with blood being a recurring theme.  Often, her dreams appear mimic normality, which begins to distort her sense of reality.  Furthermore, she starts to get hallucinations in a waking state, which result in some instances similar to her situation of "Hand of God" in season 1, when she sees the snakes on the podium.  However, she's been clean of Kamala for months now, so she can't figure out what's going on.  Eventually, she lets Billy in on the situation, but swears him to secrecy, and is flat against telling Adama, not wanting to show weakness.  Roslin's dreams and hallucinations also start including Sharon Valerii, who appears to be threatening her.  As she attempts to continue on in her daily routine of official duties, she's constantly trying to ignore her hallucinations, and she briefly and half-jokingly remarks to herself that the way she must appear to be acting, reminds her oddly of some of Baltar's unusual mannerisms, as though he's trying to ignore something that only he can see.

She also experiences her hallucinations during an interview with Wolf Gunnerson, who asks that she allow him to address the Quorum on the possibility of being made another colony with equal representation.  He tells her that the Edda has some rather accurate predictions for the future, which in fact told the tale of the Colonies obliteration, as well as the rag-tag fleet which would escape with Galactica and later Pegasus, protecting them... though all of this is written far less straight-up, but more prophecy-ish.  Roslin is intrigued by this, as Wolf pledges that if they accept the Midguardians and the Edda, then the prophecies of the Edda can be made to serve the fleet, including a reference to a bridge to their new home, which Wolf speculates could be a wormhole to Earth.  Roslin takes his request under advisement.

As Boxey returns to the Peacemaker, to be met by Freya Gunnerson, who is apparently a friend of his, as well as a lawyer.  He tells her (reluctantly) about Sharon Valerii being in the prison, so Freya decides to make herself Sharon's Lawyer and heads over to the Galactica to see to Sharon's well being and proper treatment, and declares that she will force Adama to release her into society.  At the same time, on Six's urging, Baltar discretely checks his lab for listening devices, and finds the one Tigh placed.  Realizing that he's under suspicion, he takes Six's advice and decides to implicate Boxey as a possible Cylon.  He makes a recording to a mini personal tape recorder, knowing that the bug will pick up his words.  Tigh's bugs also pick up an interesting recording.  Billy was visiting Dualla for dinner, and the two had a bit of a falling out.  Billy was late, due to the President's hallucination problems, but couldn't discuss it with Dualla, which made her more annoyed.  Then he kinda laid things on the table so to speak, expressing that considering their positions, its gonna be difficult for them to maintain a relationship when they have to keep secrets from each other as an operational necessity.  They way he said it, was a bit too final sounding, so Dualla was understandably ticked, though she agreed with everything he said inwardly, but she remarked internally, that her feelings for Lee were growing, and she wasn't gonna count him out until she was sure.  I'm guessing that they were trying to fill in a bit of the gap in that relationship triangle leading up to "Sacrifice".  Anyway, after Dualla storms out of the room, Billy just matter-of-fact speaks allowed to Dualla, as if she was there, and briefly but concisely lays out the situation with the President's dreams and hallucinations, not realizing that he's being bugged.

More on the situation with the President, while trying to quantify her visions in terms other than "I'm going completely crazy", and based on some of her visions, she's getting a notion that perhaps she's developed some kind of subconscious telepathic link to either Sharon Valerii, or perhaps her child.  All this makes it into Billy's solitary rant, and thus into Tigh's recording.  When Adama learns of this, he confronts Roslin, descretely, which also forces him to tell her about the bugging program, which she's understandably not too happy about, but agrees to let it go on for the purposes of protecting the fleet.  He also suggests that they visit Sharon Valerii in her cell, to confront her to see if she knows anything about this connection.  The conversation doesn't go well, and Sharon appears to know nothing, but having Roslin being a bit defensive from the get-go, kinda sabotages the possibility of any constructive results.  In fact, at one point, Sharon clams up and refuses to talk without the presence of her Lawyer.  However, as they're leaving, she angrily suggests that the blood from her fetus is infesting Roslin, and she's actually being transformed into a Cylon, which would make her the "Enemy" to the rest of humanity.

After an official request from Baltar to have Boxey brought back to Galactica for re-testing, as apparently the original blood sample was "contaminated", Adama sends Kara and Helo over to the Bitfrost, the ship owned and populated by Midguardians, where he's taken up temporary residence.  However, when the two show up, Boxey is quietly skeptical and resists their enticements for him to come back, to see just how far they'd go in trying to convince him to leave with them.  Eventually, he flat-out refuses and then bolts for the door.  He manages to elude the two when he leaps into an overhead air duct, but they can't pursue as they're apprehended by Wolf and his guards.  He accuses them of stealing the Edda, which has gone missing.

Back on Galactica, Freya is meeting with Sharon about further plans to get the Colonies to recognize her freedom, when Adama interrupts with news of the incident on the Bitfrost, and plans to take her into custody as a bargaining chip.  However, when she denies any knowledge or involvement with that situation, Sharon, asks for a private moment with Adama, where she tells him the Freya is lying, and that Cylons have some neural "software" so to speak, to allow them to identify all the visual signs of humans lying, as well as beating them.  Needing the answers to what Freya realy knows, he agrees to give Freya over to Sharon, who will extract the information, at a cost of a favor from Adama.  It seems that Cylons are also equipped with all the knowledge of the human body to be able to perform torture without leaving any visual indications afterwards, but still causing more pain than one would normally experience.  Sharon succeeds in forcing out the admission, that Freya herself in fact stole the Edda, hoping to incite some kind of incident, when she heard that Kara and Helo were on their way over.  Freya is returned to the Bitfrost under guard, along with the Edda, while Wolf had agreed to travel to Colonial One to meet with the Quorum both to present his plea for recognition, and to act as a good will exchange.  Kara and Helo would be released after that point.

At one point, Baltar is called to meet with Roslin to present reports on the possibility of the Cylon Fetus' blood interacting and altering her own biology (IE, turning her into a Cylon), but her hallucinations allow her to see Six standing and interacting with Baltar... quietly, and Roslin even talks aloud to him, asking what Six was doing there.  Fortunately for Baltar, Roslin believes afterwards that her seeing Baltar interacting with Six could in fact have been completely an hallucination, and that Baltar wasn't speaking to Six at all.

Meanwhile in CIC, Tigh is quitely fuming about how he can't seem to figure out how the Cylons managed to get their FTL plot, when he observes Gaeta talking to himself quietly as he was working and calculating.  He returned quietly with a bug-detection device, and scanned Gaeta's hand, which turned out to have a bug implated within it.  They manage to fool the Cylons by saying one thing aloud, but using hand signals and written messages to convey the real orders.  In fact, there's a funny part as Tigh enters the bridge with the detector, he has Gaeta a piece of paper that says, "hold out your hands and shut up".  Then, when he finds the bug, he hands him another piece (already pre-written) that says "plot us a new set of FTL calculations, and keep your frakkin mouth shut".  Then, he turns back to Adama and holds up a piece that says "not bad for an old fart, eh?".  It's then that things heat up.

Cylons attack, trying to force another FTL attack as before, but at the same time, Wolf Gunnerson is on Colonial One, and reads a transcript of some of the Edda, but its not what he read to Roslin.  The piece that he reads, at least according to his summary, indicates that ALL the colonies population should have been wiped out with the Cylon attack, and that he will take steps to complete that prophecy.  At that moment, the Bitfrost comes about and makes for a collision course with Colonial One.  On the Bitrost, the now-released Kara and Helo, with the help of the 2 marines that escorted Freya over, having briefly and quite unexpectedly apprehended Boxey, suddenly find themselves with the task of taking control of the Bitfrost.  Unfortunately, the door to the command deck is locked and made of reinforced materials.  They agree to let Boxey attempt to get in through the air ducts.  He succeeds, but is shot by Freya in the chest as he opens the door... its implied that he's dead.  Kara and Helo manage to avoid a collision (though the two ships to scrape a bit), and are forced to kill Freya and her 2 guards.

The fleet manages to escape the Cylons and jumps to a new location.  Wolf Gunnerson is in a state of shock at his prophecy not being fulfilled... that and the death of his daughter... a state of mind shared by another enemy of Humanity... D'Anna Biers.  Still posing as a reporter, she'd had a small part in convincing one of the Quorum members to agree to Gunnerson's request to address the Quorum, and it was she that had implanted the bug in Gaeta's hand, while giving him a hand-shake during "Final Cut".  She however, could mask her irritation at the Colonials having escaped the Cylons' clutches twice in a row like that.  Roslin is informed by Baltar, that her hallucinations were a result of tainted toothpaste from one of Gunnerson's operatives... though a complete fabrication.  Sharon is given her "favor" from Adama, in the form of a quiet and solo stroll on the lawns about Cloud 9.  Aboard Galactica, Kara pins a photo of Boxey onto a wall where photos of the dead are placed.  However, on the Peacemaker, an acquaintance of Boxey, the one who had taught him how to be a successful pickpocket and snoop, is wondering where he'd been all this time, when he suddenly shows up, claiming to have been wearing a metal plate under his shirt, when Freya shot him.  He then starts to contemplate why he's dreaming about stone carvings bleeding... and that's where the story ends.

Conclusions:

-Boxey was a Cylon (no joke), and a copy of him was waiting somewhere on the Peacemaker, for Caprica Boxey to die so that it could take his place... which will also mean that he'll have to stay away from Galactica to avoid being seen.
-Roslin appears to have developed a temporary telepathic link with Hera Valerii.
-Cylons can tell when someone is lying to them (but I guess that doesn't include Doc Cottle, who would later lie to Sharon about Hera's death, or lack of speaking)
-Despite the flaws that are known to Adama, Tigh, and Roslin, Baltar's Cylon-detector is still in use
-Roslin is even more suspicious of Baltar than we were aware of as a result of her recollections in "Epiphanies".

Odd Tid-Bits

-There was a reference to "micons" as a measurement of time.  Likely that it was referring to some fraction of a second, rather than the metric-time substitute for seconds, as was in TOS.
-While attempting to quantify the possibility of a link between Roslin and Hera, it was suggested that the Cylons might have isolated what elements allegedly give some humans telepathic powers, and in fact incorporated it into their skin-job designs, and use it as the primary transmission means in their death-download-resurrection process.
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Book Synopsis "Saggitarius is Bleeding"
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2006, 11:44:03 PM »
Boxey as a Cylon? :confused: I'm guessing that these books aren't canon in any way, shape or form, then...

Are they any good? I glanced at The Cylons' Secret in the bookstore the other day, and it looked suspiciously like a young reader novel (garish cover, large text). But I did like the idea of featuring a younger Zarek and Adama, that piqued my interest somewhat. Are they worth reading, would you say?
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2006, 12:45:54 AM »
Well, I'm not a big novel reader anyway, so my opinion on what is or isn't a good book shouldn't exactly carry much weight.  I'd say that "Cylon's Secret" is a little simpler in terms of plot, as there are a fewer number of threads to the story, which makes it a little easier to follow.  Also, they've got Six on the cover, but none of the events of this book take place during the era when the Cylons should have Skin-jobs.  I guess that's just a hook to get you to buy the book.
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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2006, 11:14:16 PM »
Cylon's Secret wasn't really that good though. I'll check this one out.