A year after Liberation Day, courtesy of the red-dust bacteria, the humanoid, lizard-like aliens develop a resistance to the micro-organism and try to regain control of the Earth--only now some humans are knowingly working with them.
When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurface and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protect a small civilian fleet - the last of humanity - as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony, Earth.
Edward James Olmos,
The leaders of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind are making plans to sign a peace treaty with their mortal enemies, the Cylon Empire. On the eve of the ceremony, the Cylons betray the pact and destroy most of the Colonies and their entire fleet. Under the command of Commander Adama, the battlestar Galactica leads the remaining Colonial ships into space and seeks out a lost thirteenth colony, which turns out to be Earth. Along the way, the Colonials encounter various races (both friendly and hostile), the legendary human warrior Commander Cain, and the planet Kobol, the motherworld of all the Colonies. All the while, the Cylons - under the command of human traitor Count Baltar - closely pursue this fugitive fleet across the universe. Written by
When John Dykstra was hired to work on "Battlestar Galactica", it was not yet planned as a weekly television series, but rather a three-part miniseries of made-for-TV movies. In order to pay him a higher salary than he would have made as an optical effects supervisor, Glen A. Larson made Dykstra a line producer. Unfortunately, Dykstra's working relationship with Larson became strained, partly due to the decision to release the first TV movie ("Saga of a Star World") in theaters, which Dykstra felt was not a proper way to showcase his effects work (which had been designed for the smaller aspect ratio of TV). When ABC decided to buy the series, Dykstra chose not to stay, and so his producer credit only appears on "Saga of a Star World" and the two-part "Gun on Ice Planet Zero", which were the first to be shot before the switch to a regular series format. See more »
The battle tactic of the Cylons is usually to swoop down on the target in a row, one after the other. On the green radar screen, they are always shown closing in on a wide front, regardless of the formation actually employed. See more »
Opening Credit Announcer:
There are those who believe that life here began out there, far across the universe... with tribes of humans... who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians... or the Toltecs... or the Mayans. Some believe there may yet be brothers of man... who even now fight to survive - somewhere beyond the heavens!
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Space saga with a religious vein which leans toward mormonism
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA was a tv series which at times fell back on the creators religious upbringing as a mormon. In a few epiosdes there was a falling back on Chrisitan/mormon religious concepts for the portrayal of a battle of good and evil. The series was conceptualized in 1968 or 1969 as ADAMS ARK and following the success of STAR WARS was first called STAR WORLDS then GALACTICA. There was a progression in a change from the ARK story to GALACTICA. The series became a quest show as a group fleeing persecution and carnage at the hands of a war like race of lizard cyborgs searches for a lost planet called EARTH. A city in space was changed to a fleet under the protection of a intergalactic aircraft carrier called the GALACTICA. Along the way they discover that space can be a breeding ground for the war between GOD and the devil in later episodes. One of the most costly and ambitious series ever made, the series was cancelled after one year while still a ratings blockbuster. Many of the effects/production teams that worked on STAR WARS worked on this 20 million dollar film and the series.
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