Written and Pencilled by Mike Grell; Inked by Vince Colletta
- There's an almost literal "Chekhov's gun" in this issue.
- The housekeeping robots in the complex are almost Jetson-like in their comic efficiency.
This issue seems to combine elements of two previous issues. We've got the ancient robot gone bad from "The City in the Sky" (issue 8)--the names of the two robots (Bogg and Tragg) are even similar--and the sacrifice to a snake creature in ancient ruins from "War Gods of Skartaris" (issue 3).
Bogg is even closer than Tragg to their likely inspiration: the robot Box from the film Logan's Run (1976). Box is a former servant (his job was to freeze sea food and store it) whose interpretation of his programming has drifted a bit list like Bogg. Box also has an expansive and gregarious personality like Bogg.
Not long after his appearance in the story, Bogg says his function is "to serve man." This wordplay on the duplicitous robot's part is a reference to the 1962 Twilight Zone episode, "To Serve Man," based on a short-story by Damon Knight. The story's famous twist is based on the same play on the meaning of "serve" as Bogg's comment.
Agravar is a Spanish verb meaning "to make worse."