• Network: Syfy
  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 8, 2003
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 100
    The premiere should please fans who consider Battlestar Galactica a landmark and entice newcomers to look at previous seasons on DVD.
  2. There are many small and wonderful dramatic accomplishments in the underappreciated gem that is Battlestar Galactica, but perhaps the most enduring is that what was conceived of as an epic space adventure has turned into a finely detailed, intimate drama.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    91
    The series' brilliant conceit is that enemies are often sane and rational, and many good guys and gals are obsessed, flawed, and ruthless.
  4. This new season gets off to a rousing start that lives up to high expectations.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    90
    Simply put, the journey of Battlestar Galactica is one long, exhilarating headtrip.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    90
    Crisp and tense, this Sci Fi Channel staple looks destined to make a headlong plunge toward the finish line in pursuit of that elusive place called Earth.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    90
    Tonight's episode is superb, and barrels--relentlessly--toward the answers.
  8. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    90
    Thus begins the final season of a cerebral space opera that asks what it means to be human.
  9. 80
    Though Sci Fi only sent one Season 4 episode for review, it looks as though the prodigal pilot, as well as the rest of the Galactica crew, is in for a bumpy ride.
  10. But of what actually happens, I will say no more. You'll have to watch it yourself. And you should.
  11. 80
    Only one thing is for certain: Even if you're skeptical of science fiction, Battlestar Galactica will make a true believer out of you.
  12. The multitude of exegeses and theories devoted to major plot twists and minor details attest to the series’s enduring egghead appeal.
  13. 75
    Riveting as ever, Battlestar Galactica proves again that sci fi doesn't have to be clap trap.
  14. Reviewed by: Thomas Conner
    75
    Never mind the feminine religious cult Baltar falls into in this premiere. Add that to the clue-packed promotional photograph circulating of the BSG cast mimicking "The Last Supper," and what began as a deep, dark sci-fi drama seems to be turning into an anti-Arthur C. Clarke religious tract.
  15. The truth is that at this point, the complex subplots and nuances of all the backstories make it more satisfying for longtime fans than for recent drop-ins.
  16. To be honest, I'm weary of Baltar and his endless visions/hallucinations, as I am of the fleet's wandering as the surviving colonists try, somewhat fitfully, to find their way back to a home planet none of them remembers.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 172 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 36
  2. Negative: 4 out of 36
  1. RobZ
    Dec 14, 2009
    3
    What was a promising show ends in flames. Not enough imagination, too much space soap opera. The line between cylons and humans merge and What was a promising show ends in flames. Not enough imagination, too much space soap opera. The line between cylons and humans merge and there really is no difference. The contrast between machine and man from earlier seasons is lost. Everyone acts the same way. The mystery of the cylon is completely shredded by writers of the show. They show no characteristic of their condition or background. All Cylons act like they just walked out of an episode of a reality show in the year 2008. Maybe the show is running out of money, maybe the show want to reach more audience, but at least think first before making crap up on the spot. Full Review »
  2. May 25, 2013
    8
    Judging this Third Season of Battlestar Galactica by the high standards of Seasons One and Two it is easy to view it as a slightJudging this Third Season of Battlestar Galactica by the high standards of Seasons One and Two it is easy to view it as a slight disappointment, particularly since it starts strongly following the last year's unexpected cliff-hanger.

    Much of what made Battlestar so good for Two Seasons remains in place here. Refusing to pull its punches the opening episodes deal unflinchingly with the issues raised when an occupying force comes up against a determined local resistance (in a conflict that draws comparisons with the US occupation of Iraq). This strong storytelling combined with excellent performances from the cast and breathtaking combat scenes continues to make for fantastic viewing on plenty of occasions.

    Where this series did falter however was in the increased focus on the Cylons. Season two had already done an excellent job of showing that they are not all the monsters we first believed them to be and Baltar's experiences aboard their ship, as well as often being unnecessary to the plot, came close to taking the show into your typical cliched sci-fi territory on more than one occasion and that has never been what Battlestar has been about.

    Despite these mis-steps I can still highly recommend this Third season to anyone that has enjoyed the show so far and the many plot twists will keep viewers guessing throughout.
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  3. Apr 11, 2013
    9
    Should go down as one the greats. Philosophical, spiritual, beautiful, ugly, violent, and most of the time extremely well done. This seriesShould go down as one the greats. Philosophical, spiritual, beautiful, ugly, violent, and most of the time extremely well done. This series I believe ranks in the top 5 of The Wire, Sopranos, and Breaking Bad. The shows human elements are so well constructed and by the time I hit the 4th season my brain was already melted. There are few wayward episodes that do not move the story forward, and some of the characters presences and acting are better than others, but believe this series fracking rocks. Full Review »