Author's Notes

Yes, of course Baltar gets away with it... for now. His part of "The Plan" is far from over, after all.

Q: Who killed Frosty and Stinger?
A: Who killed Valance?
;-)

Obviously this story is rapidly becoming AU with the arrival of season 2 episodes, but I still had fun writing it.

The conflicted loyalties of the two pilots who betrayed Lee Adama were inspired by numerous true-life stories from the American Civil War. It has intrigued me how men could go to war and fight alongside each other on foreign soil (Mexico) for the sake of their country, and yet turn arms against each other back home when it later became a question of National loyalty vs. State loyalty. Robert E Lee for instance, who was offered command of the Union Army before resigning to fight for the Confederacy, did not even truly support the dissolution of the Union... but in the end came to decide that his ultimate loyalty was to Virginia, not to the United States of America. It's especially unfortunate when you consider that Lee was the greatest general of the war, and if he had chosen instead to accept the post with the Union Army, the Civil War might have ended far sooner than it did. The American Civil War occurred more than 80 years after the United States was established... a period that is much longer than the apparent time since the Articles of Colonization united the 12 Colonies of Kobol under a single government. It stood to reason then, from my point of view, that there could still be many lingering conflicted loyalties amongst the citizens of the Rag Tag fleet. Do they see themselves as a united people yet, or still as a collection of separate colonies? I think there must be many different answers to that question throughout the Colonial population.

The story of the "prank" inflicted upon Lee by his brother was inspired by the alleged true life prank that Jamie Bamber suffered at the hands of his co-stars during the location filming of "Horatio Hornblower." The play-by-play details are of course my invention, but the basic events may actually be true... though those who could positively confirm or deny it aren't talking. Some who have heard the "real" story believe there is indeed photographic evidence... but again, those in the know aren't sharing.

I wish I could say that Dr. Edith Marsh was inspired by someone in my own life, but she is essentially just a product of my imagination. I'm pleased to see that she has meet with such a warm reception. I may have to bring her out to play again.

Thanks again for taking the time to read this story and my subsequent ramblings. Sincere thanks to everyone who has taken the time to offer a review. Your comments of support are deeply appreciated, and constructive criticisms are always welcome and encouraged.

Long may BSG run on SciFi.

So say we all!