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Battlestar Galactica (1978)

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After the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind, the last major fighter carrier leads a makeshift fugitive fleet in a desperate search for the legendary planet Earth.

Directors:

Richard A. Colla, Alan J. Levi (uncredited)

Writer:

Glen A. Larson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Hatch ... Captain Apollo
Dirk Benedict ... Lieutenant Starbuck
Lorne Greene ... Commander Adama
Herbert Jefferson Jr. ... Lieutenant Boomer
Maren Jensen ... Lieutenant Athena
Tony Swartz Tony Swartz ... Flight Sergeant Jolly
Noah Hathaway ... Boxey
Terry Carter ... Colonel Tigh
Lew Ayres ... President Adar
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Sire Anton
John Colicos ... Count Baltar
Laurette Spang ... Cassiopeia
John Fink ... Dr. Paye
Jane Seymour ... Serina
Ray Milland ... Sire Uri
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Storyline

The story of how the Twelve Colonies of Mankind are destroyed after 1,000 years of war with the evil Cylon Empire. Through deceit, the Cylons are able to destroy the Colonies' entire fleet, except for the Battlestar Galactica, captained by Commander Adama. Adama gathers up the few remaining humans left on all the twelve worlds and embarks on a journey to find the mythical planet Earth, the supposed thirteenth colony, lost millennia ago when humans first left the motherworld Kobol. With food and fuel running out, the fleet heads for a mineral planet, Carillon, hoping to get what they need. The Ovions, who populate the planet, are being controlled by the Cylons, who set a trap for the Galactica. Under a clever ruse, Adama convinces the Cylons that his pilots are on the surface at a banquet, while the real pilots are at full combat readiness. The fleet gets their food and fuel, and escapes, destroying Carillon and a Cylon Baseship hiding behind the planet. Written by BSG Mailing List <bsg@csonline.com>

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The last Battlestar Galactica leads a ragtag fugitive fleet on a lonely quest...for a shining planet known as Earth. See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kampfstern Galactica See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (Ontario) | (Québec) | (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Sensurround (theatrical print)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

ABC originally ordered seven hours worth of programming from Universal, with the intention of airing "Battlestar Galactica" as a series of television movies: the three-hour "Saga of a Star World", and a pair of two-hour sequels. After "Saga" was finished, and filming had begun on the next installment (originally known as "The Ultimate Weapon", but ultimately aired as the two-part episode "The Gun on Ice Planet Zero"), the network decided not to air "Battlestar" as a miniseries, but instead wanted a regular weekly series ready to begin airing as part of its 1978 fall line-up. Because of this, "Battlestar" premiered with a three-hour television movie serving as the pilot episode. See more »

Goofs

The characters in the Galactica universe are all supposed to say "yahrens" instead of "years". However, when Cassiopeia tells Starbuck about the Geminese Sunstorm, she says it "happens only once every seven years", not once every seven yahrens. The President of the Colonies makes a similar error when saying that this is the "first peace mankind has known in a thousand years". See more »

Quotes

Boxey: [to Apollo] Can I ride in your ship, sir?
Captain Apollo: Fighter planes are no place for little boys.
Serina: They're going to have to be if our people are going to survive. We must fight back.
Commander Adama: Yes, we are going to fight back. But not here, not now, not in the Colonies. Not even in this star system. Let the word go forth to every man, woman and child who survived this holocaust; tell them to set sail at once in every assorted vehicle that will carry them.
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Alternate Versions

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The highest potential of any sci-fi series ever...
27 November 2000 | by nunyerbizSee all my reviews

As remembering 'Battlestar' from the viewpoint of a youngster in the late 70s - early 80s, I would give it a 9/10.

Viewing 'Battlestar' from the viewpoint of a near 30 male in the year 2000, I give it 7/10. (I have all 24 episodes on tape)

The special effects were near the late 70's level of "Star Wars", and that is truly saying something considering this was a made for TV movie / weekly series. Sure, the stories were uneven. However, to put that in perspective, they rode the gambit from the morality plays of Star Trek (TOS) to the character stories of Star Trek (TNG).

The backstory involved the last known group of 'humans'. After they were given a 'Pearl Harbor' job by the alien bad guys and nearly wiped out, they went in search of a long lost colony. This colony was located on a planet called 'Earth'.

This was really a revolutionary show. It took the best 'good vs evil' elements of Star Wars and combined them with the 'every show is a lesson' elements of Star Trek (TOS). If you weren't contemplating the human nature element of the story, you were involved in the characters.

Unfortunately, you were rarely concerned about both of those within the same episode. In my opinion, this is the only major flaw of the series, it was somewhat unbalanced from show to show. This is somewhat understandable from a series that was wrought with network politics and never made it past 25 episodes. Nevertheless, this is a series that would be very much enjoyed by any true sci-fi fan.

If you don't know the history of the show by now... ABC canned it, despite well above average ratings. The brass felt the show was too expensive. What could have been one of the great sci-fi TV series of all time was done after 24 episodes.

I place 'Battlestar' behind only Star Trek (TOS) as the best sci-fi TV series of all time.


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