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"The Living Legend" Deleted Scenes
Written by Marcel Damen   
Sunday, 05 September 2010

These are deleted scenes from the Battlestar Galactica episode "The Living Legend" that weren't on the official DVD set, but come from the various telemovies and feature film compilations of series episodes. They're a combination of stock and new material.

 

"Landing Aboard The Pegasus"

A nice mix of stock and new FX footage as Apollo and Starbuck land their Vipers aboard the newly located Pegasus.

 

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Deleted Scene "Landing Aboard The Pegasus" from the Battlestar Galactica episode "The Living Legend"

 

 

"There's a Certain Young Lady"

In the broadcast episode, this scene was split into two parts, with the latter half (Cain talking about Cassie and Sheba) taking place after the Pegasus joined the fleet. As indicated by this footage from the MGCA feature film, however, these two scenes were originally one longer scene, both parts of which take place during Apollo and Starbuck's first meeting with Cain aboard the Pegasus.

 

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Deleted Scene "There's a Certain Young Lady" from the Battlestar Galactica episode "The Living Legend"

 

 

"Cain Boards The Galactica + Cain's Sideboy"

A sequence of scenes created especially for the Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack feature film, extending the arrival of Cain's shuttle aboard the Galactica (and thus heightening the dramatic tension a bit). An obvious visual blooper during this scene is the long shot of the shuttle approaching the Galactica, which was mined from "Saga of a Star World" (the mystery planet in the background is Carillon).

The FX sequence of the shuttle coming to rest inside the Galactica's Alpha landing bay is unique to Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack. Note that the GAL portion of the registry number was blocked out for the shot so the model could double as a Pegasus shuttle. The FX boys forgot to block it out in the stock shot of the shuttle approach, though, making for a jarring visual blooper.

Also unique to Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack is the deleted footage of Cain's sideboys. The Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack footage shows a more dramatic egress for Cain, with his sideboys coming out of the hatch first (per military protocol for a flag officer) and taking their places on both sides of the latter. It is at this point that the scene as shown in the episodic version begins, with the sideboys already in place and Cain making his egress through the shuttle hatch.

 

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Deleted Scene "Cain Boards The Galactica + Cain's Sideboy" from the Battlestar Galactica episode "The Living Legend"

 

 

"Cain's Toast (alternate version)"

This takes the place of the close-up shot used in the episodic print. Closer examination of the footage, though, reveals that this toast was originally part of the scene in the Officer's Club after Sheba sees Cassie with Cain for the first time. Compare the first frame of this scene with the last frame of the wide shot inside of the Officer's Club, just as Cain remarks, "Everything changes." The close-up shot is nothing more than this same scene filmed from a different angle.

 

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Deleted Scene "Cain's Toast (alternate version)" from the Battlestar Galactica episode "The Living Legend"

 

 

"Aboard Baltar's Basestar (extended version)"

Stock FX model shots (different from the ones used in the episode) are combined with footage from both "The Young Lords" and "The Hand of God", as well as one deleted scene (the two Cylons walking down the corridor) for this sequence. The "rearm and refuel" clip comes from later in the episode itself, and is actually the Gammoray control center - hence the blooper of seeing Cylon civilians aboard a base star. Other than that one jarring blooper, though, this extended version is visually more impressive than the one used in the episode proper.

The Cylon corridor footage is the same that popped up in the deleted scenes section of the series DVD box set. That version was raw footage. This one is the "aired" version, with some appropriately overdubbed Cylon dialogue.

That Cylon corridor set was redressed for the interiors of Ardala's flagship Draconia in several episodes of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century - most notably the "Awakening" pilot movie.

 

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Deleted Scene "Aboard Baltar's Basestar (extended version)" from the Battlestar Galactica episode "The Living Legend"

 

 

"Pegasus Arrives - extended version"

Almost identical to the opening of part two of the episodic print ... save for that interior scene of the cockpit of Baltar's fighter as it banks sharply away from the Pegasus.

 

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Deleted Scene "Pegasus Arrives - extended version" from the Battlestar Galactica episode "The Living Legend"

 

 

"Silver Spar Squadron, Launch When Ready"

This is the one telemovie scene that somehow got omitted while the others were mined for the series DVD box set deleted scenes. In the telemovie, it happens right after Baltar's fighter flees the scene and just before the visuals of Silver Spar Squadron coming to engage the Cylons. In Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack, it is used as the very FIRST scene in which the Pegasus appears - for the launch of Sheba and Bojay's patrol, the very same that eventually stumbles across Apollo and Starbuck at the start of the story. Thus, in Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack, the viewer knows right away that there's another Colonial battlestar in the area, long before Apollo and Starbuck learn that fact.

 

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Deleted Scene "Silver Spar Squadron, Launch When Ready" from the Battlestar Galactica episode "The Living Legend"

 

 

"Shuttle Launch + Apollo's Briefing + Cylon Basestar"

In Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack, we actually see the landing bay visual of the launch of the jump team's shuttle, as opposed to watching it on the monitor at Omega's bridge station.

The interesting difference in the next scene is a view of the shuttle interior's cockpit as Apollo briefs the jump team. This scene appears only in Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack. It probably wasn't used for the episode proper, because our erstwhile pilots appear to have gotten a little carried away in pushing buttons and flipping switches.

The following stock Basestar footage is different from that used to bridge the shuttle scene with that of Baltar and Lucifer discussing the failure of the attack. It was in fact mined from "The Hand of God", like so many other stock FX shots that crop up frequently in Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack. The view of Baltar inside his fighter is nice, though. Judging from the expression on his face, this appears like it might have been part of the raw footage originally shot for his gloating over the Galactica's apparently imminent destruction prior to the arrival of the Pegasus on the scene.

More of this cockpit footage was reused for the opening of the "Space Prison" telemovie. It was part of a opening flashback sequence, based on "War of the Gods", recounting how Baltar eventually decided to fly to the Galactica and was arrested almost immediately upon arrival.

 

 

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Deleted Scene "Shuttle Launch + Apollo's Briefing + Cylon Basestar" from the Battlestar Galactica episode "The Living Legend"

 

 

"Nearing The Drop Zone"

An FX shot that is unique to Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack and possibly done especially for it. This is the scene of both the Galactica and Pegasus flying in formation as they prepare for the attack on Gammoray. - The radio chatter of the shuttle pilots is unique to Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack. - Apollo's overdubbing of the subsequent scene, reminding the jump team of their mission objectives, is also unique to Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack.

 

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Deleted Scene "Nearing The Drop Zone" from the Battlestar Galactica episode "The Living Legend"

 

 

"Imperious Leader (and his lizard) Arrive At Gammoray"

Footage obviously mined from "Saga of a Star World" is redubbed for Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack and used to depict the approach and eventual landing of Imperious Leader's Basestar at the Gammoray aerodome. Huh?! Base stars can LAND?!?!? Maybe that's why it didn't respond to the attack by the two battlestars - it got disabled while it was parked on the landing field. A nice addition to the story, even if most of it IS stock footage.

The one really unique bit in this scene, though, is the shot of Imperious Leader on his throne. It's the only frontal shot of him that was ever "aired," if you know what I mean. This shot was originally filmed but never used for "Saga of a Star World". The proof is on his left arm ... where his pet lizard (deleted from the scenes used in "Saga of a Star World") is sitting in plain sight for all the world to see. 

 

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Deleted Scene "Imperious Leader (and his lizard) Arrive At Gammoray" from the Battlestar Galactica episode "The Living Legend"

 

 

"Baltar's Minefields"

Another sequence of scenes mined from "Saga of a Star World" for Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack, and a rather bad one at that. The logic is sound, but the visuals don't work, as this is nothing more that a reworking of the passage of the Nova Madigon. I mean, the ragtag Colonial fleet is clearly visible behind the battlestar that's supposed to be the Pegasus, for crying out loud! Having vented, let's return to the logic. It makes sense that Baltar would have his base stars drop space mines in an effort to slow Cain's approach. Perhaps the very talented Battlestar Galactica fan editor David Kerin can do something with this, should he ever decide to revisit his work on "The Living Legend".

There are some nice reaction shots of Cain here (under battle lighting) that could be mined for other purposes.

 

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Deleted Scene "Baltar's Minefields" from the Battlestar Galactica episode "The Living Legend"

 

 

"Scan For The Pegasus"

This is nothing more that footage lifted from "The Hand of God" and redubbed to depict the Basestar commander's reaction to the attack by the Pegasus. Again, another blooper - why scan for the Pegasus when all he had to do was look out a porthole?

Coincidentally, large parts of the battle scenes in "The Hand of God" were lifted from "The Living Legend".

 

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Deleted Scene "Scan For The Pegasus" from the Battlestar Galactica episode "The Living Legend"

 

 

"Cain's Duel With the Basestars (extended version)"

This is included for three reasons. First, it's longer, making good use of FX footage mined from "The Hand of God". Second, it shows that the Pegasus was still intact and firing when the second Basestar exploded. Third, it has no BGMs (background music).

We included a brief sequence from the "Fire In Space" scenes that immediately follow the battle in Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack. It is now an established fact that the Pegasus survived this battle, as indicated in the writer's guide for the never-produced second season of classic Battlestar Galactica. This footage is included for all of you fan editors out there who want to re-edit the episode accordingly. 

 

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Deleted Scene "Cain's Duel With the Basestars (extended version)" from the Battlestar Galactica episode "The Living Legend"

 

 
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