- This article discusses the Original Series ship. For other meanings of Pegasus, see Pegasus (disambiguation)
|Role:||Carrier / battleship hybrid|
|Weapons:||32 known turbo-lasers and fusion missiles|
The battlestar Pegasus, in the years prior to the fall of the Colonies, was assigned to patrol the edges of Colonial space under the leadership of Commander Cain. Cain was a noteworthy military leader, and was in fact known as a "living legend."
Two yahren before the destruction of the Colonies, Pegasus was involved in the Battle of Molecay with the Cylons. The battle was a complete disaster for the Colonials and the entire fifth fleet, except Pegasus, was destroyed. Pegasus managed to slip away from the battle and, aware that the route back home would be crawling with Cylons, Cain ordered the battlestar out into deep space.
As a result, Pegasus is the second of only two battlestars known to have survived the Cylon attack.
The two battlestars meet and conduct a fierce assault against the Cylons. Toward the end of the battle, Cain leads his ship against two Cylon basestars to permit Galactica and the Fleet to escape. Lieutenant Sheba, remains with Galactica after Pegasus disappears, as does Lieutenant Bojay. In the battle Cain orders the use of electronic defense shields, which seems to be an ability unique to Pegasus (The Living Legend).
- The question of the survival of Cain and his battlestar remains in doubt, and is unresolved by the conclusion of the series. Count Iblis mentions to Sheba in "War of the Gods, Part I" that she would see her father again, but it is unclear whether or not he is lying. Producer Glen A. Larson has mentioned in subsequent interviews that he had hoped to revisit the Pegasus storyline, and briefly pursued a revival attempt based around Pegasus at one point.
- The name "Pegasus" is derived from the Greek mythos. Pegasus was a winged horse-god who was the foal of Poseidon. This image of a winged horse is emblematic on the helmet of Pegasus's Viper pilots in "The Living Legend".