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Battlestar Galactica 

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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.
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Series cast summary:
Edward James Olmos ...  Admiral William Adama / ... 73 episodes, 2004-2009
Mary McDonnell ...  President Laura Roslin 73 episodes, 2004-2009
Jamie Bamber ...  Cpt. Lee 'Apollo' Adama / ... 73 episodes, 2004-2009
James Callis ...  Dr. Gaius Baltar / ... 73 episodes, 2004-2009
Tricia Helfer ...  Number Six / ... 73 episodes, 2004-2009
Grace Park ...  Lt. Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii / ... 73 episodes, 2004-2009
Katee Sackhoff ...  Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace / ... 71 episodes, 2004-2009
Michael Hogan ...  Colonel Saul Tigh 69 episodes, 2004-2009
Aaron Douglas ...  Chief Galen Tyrol 66 episodes, 2004-2009
Tahmoh Penikett ...  Captain Karl 'Helo' Agathon / ... 64 episodes, 2004-2009
Alessandro Juliani ...  Lt. Felix Gaeta 59 episodes, 2004-2009
Kandyse McClure ...  Officer Anastasia Dualla / ... 54 episodes, 2004-2009
Bodie Olmos ...  Lt. Brendan 'Hot Dog' Constanza / ... 37 episodes, 2004-2009
Donnelly Rhodes ...  Dr. Cottle / ... 36 episodes, 2004-2009
Nicki Clyne ...  Crewman Specialist Cally Henderson / ... 38 episodes, 2004-2009
Michael Trucco ...  Samuel Anders / ... 35 episodes, 2005-2009
Leah Cairns ...  Racetrack / ... 34 episodes, 2005-2009
Rekha Sharma ...  Tory Foster 31 episodes, 2006-2009


The second war against the Cylons is over, and The Twelve Colonies have been destroyed. Now Commander Adama of the Battlestar Galatica and President Laura Roslin lead a ragtag fleet of refugees in a supposed search for the fabled lost thirteenth colony, Earth. However, the dangers they face are many, which compound an already difficult situation. In addition to the Cylons hunting and attacking the fleet in space and their infiltrator units carrying out sabotage--even as their former unwitting pawn, Gaius Baltar, helps in the hunt for them while hiding both his own guilt and the strange presence that haunts his every thought--the fleet also faces internal political conflict in which the rabble-rousing figure Tom Zarek is merely the loudest dissenting voice, not to mention recurring shortages of food, water, and even oxygen. In the midst of these trials, however, clues begin to appear to suggest that Adama's bluff about finding Earth might hold more truth than anyone could have guessed. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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14 January 2005 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


In the classic series Battlestar Galactica (1978) the Cylons were created by a reptilian race. In this series, the Cylons are created by humans. See more »


Despite the fleet population being 50,000 people, the number on President Roslin's "White Board" is updated to only reflect changes in military/ govt personnel, but not births & deaths of the civilian population at large. Actually, this is not true and Roslin is seen adding the birth of a new born baby in an early episode. Additionally, the 10,000 people lost on New Caprica were mostly civilians. See more »


President Laura Roslin: [talking about Baltar] He's an odd one, isn't he?
Billy Keikeya: [in falsetto] Cuckoo...
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Battlestar Galactica is a Black Hole of Imagination
19 January 2005 | by dezell6See all my reviews

It is far easier for those that are originality-challenged to "sample" from an old classic that has instant name recognition than to "imagine" something that bears any resemblance to something unique. The New Battlestar Galactica (NBG) is nothing more than a regurgitated amalgamation of other Sci-Fi TV shows and movies (Space Above and Beyond, Wing Commander, Starship Troopers) with elements borrowed from yet others ('Replicants' from Blade Runner, and '7 of 9' from ST:V). Sadly, it is not just that NBG intentionally divorces itself from the Original Battlestar Galactica (OBG) it takes the highly unimaginative route of assimilating all of the cool stuff from other sources and re-labeling the finished product as a re-imagination. While NBG is good entertainment, it is hardly deserving of its own hype. But the NBG creators are only victims of the fanatical trend to reproduce old classics. In short, the OBG was a new universe complete with differences in language, culture, and technology – a universe that was somewhat set apart from the one that we are familiar with. While the OBG had a look that was stylish and new, it still retained a feeling that its origins were ancient - unlike the NBG which looks freshly micro-waved. Remember that the OBG had to fight for its viewing audience against other TV networks in competitive time slots while also fighting against the stereotype that it was nothing more than Star Wars Jr. Comparatively speaking, NBG has it easy. But the NBG creators were so enamored by their ability to create cool sfx that they became lazy and complacent when it came time to seriously dissect the OBG story and retell it from a new perspective.

Despite all of the criticism of the OBG by the NBG creators they have achieved little (so far) in satisfying there own story discrepancies, let alone improving upon the original story premise or elements. What makes a Cylon a Cylon? Why are Cylons called Cylons? Why did they revolt? Why do the Cylons need to develop other versions that are capable of evolving their programming to include human emotions and sensibilities? As with many other creation versus creator stories, the created are a product of their creators; so a human Cylon look-alike would be expected to aspire to be human, whereas a Cylon look-alike created by a race of computer toasters should be more akin to the Terminator. So why all of the subterfuge? Why produce bimbo infiltrator agents? The answer is simple: because it makes for good entertainment. Why complicate things with a comprehensive, multi-layered story with compelling characters, action, and comic relief when you can get away with a sci-fi soap opera. NBG lacks any sense of suspense – you don't have to wonder about motivation. To date, all that has been revealed about the Cylon origin is that there was some kind of toaster revolt, the humans managed to fight to a stalemate, and the Gen-0 Cylons high-tailed it out of town – whereabouts unknown.

Fans that like the NBG have hailed it for its gritty realism. But what about plausibility? Militarily, the Cylons appear to be formidable, almost undefeatable; superior weapons, advanced technology (e.g., genetic cyborg clones), and deadly effective tactics. The Cylons have every tactical advantage: element of surprise, a secret base of operations, replenish-able numerical superiority, and no human weaknesses (conscience, emotional liabilities, and 'slow' intellects). If NBG were a chess game, the Cylons would possess every advantage needed to checkmate the humans: time, position, and material – not to mention superior processing power. The battle between humans and Cylons boils down to one factor: Birth Rate (Humans) versus Manufacturing Rate (Cylons). What was stopping the Cylons from mounting an all-out frontal offensive against their former Colonial masters? From an historical perspective, the advantage during a siege resides with the attacker because they can 'starve' the defenders into submission. The Cylons don't have to worry about a timetable, because for all intents and purposes, they are immortal. So what if the Cylons engaged the humans in a centuries old battle – time is on their side. For example what if every 33 minutes the colonial planetary defenses were bombarded by nuclear weapons capable of projecting a 'scrambler' that would render these defenses useless? Why not send the Cylon equivalent of a 'Typhoid Mary' as a delivery device for a highly lethal bio-genetically engineered pathogen with a timed activation – perhaps timed to coincide with a sneak attack? All of these suggestions are story killers, but they point out the lack of plausible reality that the NBG creators used to develop their version of the BG universe. Much of the NBG's story doesn't add up, yet – but maybe they'll get around to making sense, eventually. So, despite my continued reservations, I am willing to give NBG a chance and to judge it on its own merits and not as a scion of the original. But I will not be so easily won over.

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