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  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 8, 2003
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
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  • Starring: Alessandro Juliani, Mary McDonnell, Michael Hogan
  • Summary: The Best Show on Television? Yes, according to Time Magazine, The National Review, Rolling Stone and New York Newsday. Praised by The New York Times, The New Yorker, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Chicago Tribune and many other publications, Battlestar Galactica won a prestigious Peabody Award in the spring of 2006.

    Ronald D. Moore, the producer of Carnivale and writer for Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, boldly re-imagined the original 1978 space opera of humans versus the robotic Cylons. He teamed up with fellow executive producer David Eick on a powerful and dramatic update of the Galactica story.

    Gone are the technobabble, disco-themed costumes and Egyptian helmets of the original series. The modern show introduces new elements to the Galactica story. The Cylons have developed human-form models that are indistinguishable from real humans. The Cylons have a monotheistic religion in contrast to the polytheistic religion of the human Colonies. The approach is serious and intense, with a focus on tough political, philosophical and religious issues set in a tale that manages to keep the focus on realistic and not always perfect characters.In the miniseries, the Cylons launch a massive attack against the humans and wipe out the Twelve Colonies, sending the 47,000 survivors on a desperate search for the fabled 13th colony -- Earth.

    Season One Overview

    The Cylons declare war on humanity, wiping out billions in an unprovoked first strike. The Colonial fleet is all but eliminated leaving just a handful of ships, including the soon to be decommissioned battlestar Galactica. Galactica is manned by a crew that never expected to be involved in real duty. With the president gone and the government all but eliminated, Laura Roslin, the Education Minister, takes on the mantle of President of the 12 Colonies.

    Gaius Baltar, a top researcher in Artificial Intelligence, inadvertently betrayed humanity by allowing a Cylon agent into the defense network, rendering it and all of the Colonial military forces impotent in the face of the Cylon attacks. He sees her everywhere when no one else can. He initially attributes this to stress-induced hallucinations. She tells him that she implanted a chip in his brain during their time on Caprica, which enables her to talk to him. Over the season Baltar falls in love with the Cylon, Number Six, eventually betraying humanity again and again.

    A lone soldier is trapped on Cylon-occupied Caprica, having given up his seat on a transport for Baltar, as he believes that his own life is not as important as one of the greatest minds of their time. He struggles against the odds, trying to stay alive amid the hostile Cylons. He is surprised to learn that Sharon Valerii, the pilot of the transport, returned for him. However, the truth is that she is actually another human-form Cylon. Sharon and Helo spend the season trying to escape Caprica. Sharon also finds herself falling in love with her human target. The season ends with her pregnant and fighting to save his life.

    Meanwhile, the copy of Sharon onboard Galactica (known as "Boomer") has set off several bombs and engaged in other acts of sabotage. The season ends with a stunning turn of events after a successful mission to disable a Cylon base ship.

    For a more detailed overview of the first three seasons, visit the pinned thread titled "Battlestar Galactica in Just Ten Minutes" located in the forum.

    Awards and critical praise

    The 2003 miniseries was the highest-rated miniseries on the Sci Fi Channel (soon to be known as Syfy) at the time. It was also the most successful cable miniseries that TV season.The first regular season premiered to excellent viewer numbers and critical acclaim. After the midseason break in Season Two, the show received widespread recognition from the mainstream media, including several outlets not always known for their interest in science fiction. As mentioned above, Time Magazine named BSG the best show on television for 2005. Rolling Stone Magazine and New York Newsday also named BSG the best show of the year. Many other publications like the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune lavished praise on the series.The American Film Institute added the show to its list of the ten best television shows of 2005. The show won Emmy Awards in the usual sci-fi categories of special visual effects but it also received Emmy nominations for writing and directing. It also won a prestigious Peabody award for its general excellence in creativity in the television medium.

    The Sci Fi Channel has used creative means to promote the series, including the release of certain episodes as free streaming video on the official website. In the month leading up to the start of Season Three, the Sci Fi Channel aired a Web-only series titled Battlestar Galactica: The Resistance. The brief, 2 to 3 minute episodes revealed key events from the time period between the Season Two finale and the Season Three premiere episode. Another Web-only series was shown on the official website in the lead-up to the Season 4.5 "final" episodes.

    A Battlestar Galactica television movie, "Razor", was broadcast in late 2007, followed soon after with a release on DVD. The story followed the struggles of Admiral Cain and young Kendra Shaw as they tried to survive the Cylon attack on the Colonies. The hard-hitting movie was well received by fans and critics.

    Even though the series "ended" on March 20, 2009, with the two-hour broadcast of "Daybreak, Part 2", the Sci Fi Channel (Syfy) will broadcast one final Battlestar Galactica television movie. "The Plan" is scheduled to air in the fall of 2009.

    The Galactica franchise will live on, even after the final movie and DVD. A prequel series, Caprica, began production even before Battlestar Galactica ended. The pilot movie will be released as a stand-alone DVD in April 2009. The movie will later air on Syfy along with regular episodes of the new series in 2010. For more information about this look at the early days of the development of the Cylons on Caprica, please consult the separate guide for that series.

    Original Broadcast History: Season One
    October 18, 2004 - January 24, 2005 - 8:00 PM SKY One (UK)
    January 14, 2005 - April 1, 2005 - Fridays @ 10:00 PM Sci Fi Channel (USA)
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction
  • Creator: Glen A. Larson
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Jan 14, 2005
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 10:00 PM
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  1. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 28, 2013
    A well-crafted, surprisingly intelligent update of ABC's late-'70s Star Wars clone.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. ALF
    Apr 3, 2011
    All four seasons were brilliant although sad that we had to wait for the second part of Season 4. The whole production was so well done and I cannot fault it. The more realistic ships and weapons compared to the lazers in the old version was an absolute plus. The cast were excellent and the story line kept me guessing until the last episode of Season 4. The music be Bear McCreary was awesome and the way it complimented the show was memorable. I have all this wonderful series on DVD and would recommend it to anyone, skills required, the ability to follow a running story. Expand
  2. May 29, 2012
    It's a pity that one of the best and awesome TV show is as unknow as this. I mean, because it's SCIFI, a majority just think that there will be some evils aliens and badass against them, but BSG is faaaaaar away from these clichés. To me, this is one of the best show that you must see before dying. Expand
  3. Jun 19, 2011
    The best science fiction show to appear on television. What can I say that hasn't already been said? The series is epic and personal at the same time, grounded in reality but also mythic in scope. BSG follows the survivors of a nuclear attack by 'cybernetic life-form nodes' or 'Cylons', on the 12 Colonies of Man. The civilization is decimated and every of the Colonial's massive space ships, called Battlestars, are destroyed. All except one. The Battlestar Galactica rallies the surviving colonials and they form a fleet with the mission of finding the mythical planet of Earth. The series follows the crew of the Galactica and the newly formed government. The fleet is constantly hounded by the Cylons who wish to finish what they started. I could go on and on about what the series is about, but I'll leave you with this. Even if you hate science fiction, you should still watch this show. It's that damn good. 10/10. I doubt television will find something this good again for a long time. Expand
  4. Jan 17, 2013
    There is a large cult following behind this show and I am proud to be a part of it. In fact, I would consider this series to be one of my favorite television shows in existence.

    Whenever a series develops such devotion, there is always a reason for it. Battlestar Galactica is often overlooked as being another
  5. Apr 19, 2013
    An all time great sci-fi show-It's a must see for any sci-fi fan. Loved the music of this show so much! It goes perfectly along with the plot and stays in your mind for days.. Expand
  6. Nov 23, 2013
    The best modern sci-fi tv series. There is great action and surprisingly good special-effects in BSG and it all comes together to create an amazingly enjoyable experience. Expand
  7. Sep 10, 2013
    The series, while starting good, quickly fell into a soap opera. It was like Voyager, but without the happiness or even rhythm. It just becomes tedious. Expand

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