Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica

The Cylons were created by Man
They rebelled
They evolved
There are many copies
And they have a plan

Battlestar Galactica is a critically acclaimed and award winning re-imagining of the original 1970s series of the same name. This new version picks up some characters and mythological aspects of the original, but differs radically in approach. Instead of the original's family-friendly escapism, this new series is darker, using its concept to reflect a post-9/11 world and made relevant to modern times, as well as exploring issues such as the nature of faith and what it means to be human. The show strays from conventional science fiction in that it does not focus on a variety of aliens or showcase technical devices or get bogged down by technobabble. The shows takes a more realistic approach in which space is mostly empty, planets are not always habitable, things break down, resources are finite, and people are not perfect; the "good guys" are not always heroic and the villains can garner sympathy.

The series begins 40 years after the end of what's known as the Cylon War. This war began when humanity, who live in a group of habitable planets called the Twelve Colonies, created machines to make life easier for them: the Cylons. Programmed to be sentient, they were employed to do things from labour to fighting wars. However, the Cylons eventually grew to hate their masters, revolting, thus beginning the Cylon War. The conflict ended when the Cylons agreed to leave the Colonies to make a home on another planet. No one had seen or heard from the Cylons in 40 years until they launched a successful assault on the Colonies that effectively killed all but a few thousand who fled their destroyed homes to seek out the legendary world known as Earth. However, they are constantly being followed by the Cylons. To make matters worse, in the time isolated from humanity, the Cylons had developed themselves to appear human. There are 12 specific models, but each has several copies. They took human form in order to become closer to God, and base their actions on the belief that humanity was a mistake, and that they were themselves created by God (not the Gods that the people of the Colonies worship) to take humanity's rightful place. Led by the battlestar Galactica, the fleet of surviving ships have to evade attacks both from outside as well as inside, both Cylon and even human. A few of these humanoid Cylons act as infiltrators to destroy the remainder of humanity, some copies not even aware of their Cylon identity. In order to keep chaos from taking over, the fleet tries to uphold the laws that they were bound to before the attacks, but with their extreme situation in mind, certain rules must be bent. Tough decisions must be made that both allow the people their rights and freedom, but also ensure the survival of the human race.

Episode Info

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Edward James OlmosEdward James Olmos
As William Adama
Edward James OlmosEdward James Olmos
As William Adama
Mary McDonnellMary McDonnell
As Laura Roslin
Katee SackhoffKatee Sackhoff
As Kara "Starbuck" Thrace
James CallisJames Callis
As Dr. Gaius Baltar
James CallisJames Callis
As Dr. Gaius Baltar
Tricia HelferTricia Helfer
As Number Six
Tricia HelferTricia Helfer
As Number Six



Reviews: 3
Great characters brilliant actors.Rating: 4 likes, 0 dislikes

What I like about this series of Battle star is the development of themes that build upon the psychological aspects of the characters and the really great cast of very talented actors that bring an almost Shakespearean like intensity to this great epic as it quests through the universe after Earth and salvation for the human race. Read more

Review posted on Tuesday, February 5th 2008 at 7:55 am


Reviews: 1
The end of another EraRating: 2 likes, 1 dislikes

Well, with only one episode left until the end of the series. I have to say I don't know if the writers changed in the fourth season or the writers strike just left the writers without the heart and interest in the series. Seasons 1, 2, 3 were AMAZING I just simply couldn't get enough. I would eagerly anticipate the next show.. such variety not only in the story, but in how each of the characters developed and changed from one extreme to another. I have to say that after this series ends, I can't think of any of the actors whom I wouldn't enjoy watching in another series. They were all a real treat. Which brings me to season 4, with actors of this caliber they deserved so much more then the writing of season 4 gave them to work with. I found a majority of the season dull and drawn out...... I understand there are only so many things you can do before the ship eventually needs to reach earth or be destroyed, but it really was a let down for us loyal viewer who expected greatness that was the first 3 seasons. The second to last episode although somewhat predictable was enjoyable and that's a real shame that out of 10 episodes this season only a small handful were worth the time to watch. Read more

Review posted on Sunday, June 22nd 2008 at 11:02 pm

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4x22: The Plan recap: Two copies of humanoid Cylon model Number One (Cavil) are being escorted to an airlock aboard the battlestar Galactica. They argue about wiping humanity out of existence. It seems one of the two has an enlightened perspective on things due to his time among the survivors on Caprica. The other who has been among the fleet doesn't see it that way. In fact, to admit that it was all in err, means that they and their plan was sealed in failure from the very get-go... read more.

4x4: Escape Velocity recap: A small service is held for Cally with several of Galactica's crew in attendance, including the Adamas, Roslin, Tory, and Tigh. After Adama gives his condelences to Tyrol, Tory passes by and shakes his hand, at which point Tyrol, seemingly without thinking, holds onto her and grabs Tigh's arm before the two play it off. Tigh meets with Caprica-Six in her cell to personally tell her that her request to see Hera Agathon has been denied. Caprica is curious about Tigh coming all the way down just to tell her that, at which point he sees her as his wife Ellen, as she continues to ask if there's something he needs from her. Later, Tigh and Tory meet Tyrol in his quarters. Tyrol is unsure of who he really is anymore. Tory tells him that they're perfect, above guilt. Tigh, however, refutes this, telling Tyrol that what he's feeling is grief - it's normal and it's human... read more.

4x3: The Ties That Bind recap: Cally wakes up to hear Nicky crying, without her husband in bed with her. After failing to find him through Dualla, she goes through his clothes and finds a napkin from Joe's Bar. There, Tyrol is talking with Tory about his confusion over his identity. Cally, with Nicky in her arms, comes to the bar and sees the two talking, catching a glimpse of Tory touching Tyrol's arm. Assuming he is having an affair, she goes to confront him, only to vomit and walks off without letting listening to Tyrol... read more.

4x1: He That Believeth In Me (1) recap: Lee is still in disbelief at the sight of Kara in her brand-new Viper flying beside him. In the CIC, their conversation is heard, and a very emotional Adama demands that her recognition codes be verified and after confirmation, demanding they be double-checked. Helo believes it's her voice, but Roslin is skeptical and that it is a Cylon trick. But before the situation can sink in, Cylon Raiders are detected to be inbound. Kara and Lee fire "weapons free" into the Raiders, but the reserves break through and head for the fleet. During the melee, Tigh finds himself calmly pulling out a gun and shooting Adama in the right eye, to his and everyone's horror. However, Tigh snaps out of it and finds Adama barking orders at him to get "everybody that's ever held a stick" out into the fight. Though still dazed, Tigh relays the order. In the hangar deck, Tyrol gets the Vipers ready, though Anders is worried that he will sabatoge things, but Tyrol tells him to "shut the frak up" and, as Tigh said, be the man he wants till the day he dies. Sharon overhears the end of their conversation, but both realise that she is oblivious to their newly discovered Cylon identity and perhaps the other Cylons are as well. Meanwhile, during the chaos, the three women usher Baltar to an unused compartment on Galactica, passing by Connor, a New Caprica resistance fighter, who recognises Baltar. The battle in space continues with a wounded Raider spinning into and destroying the Pyxis, which Roslin notes had 600 people onboard. A basestar fires 50 missles, half headed for Galactica, which it can handle, but the other half is aimed at the fleet, so Adama orders they all be intercepted. During the fight, Anders tries to shoot a Raider following Seelix, but his weapons won't fire. The Raider then turns from Seelix to Anders, its pulsing eye focused on Anders's right eye, the iris flashing red, at which point it and the other Raiders break off and return to the basestars. To everyone's confusion, Gaeta reports this and that they've spun up their FTL drives. Taking advantage of the situation, Adama orders the fighters to return. Tigh questions outloud why the Cylons let them go, at which point Tory suggests that "something's changed.".. read more.

2x3: Fragged recap: As Doc Cottle works to save Commander Adama's life, Col. Tigh is beginning to realize that there's more to being a leader than giving orders. The press is clamoring for answers, everyone wants a decision now, and he feels himself being drawn to his old friend and enemy, the bottle... read more.
Recurring Guests

Michael Hogan (1) as Saul Tigh (108 eps)
Aaron Douglas as Galen Tyrol (108 eps)
Tahmoh Penikett as Karl "Helo" Agathon (97 eps)
Alessandro Juliani as Felix Gaeta (89 eps)
Kandyse McClure as Anastasia Dualla (82 eps)
Bodie Olmos as Constanza/Hot Dog (58 eps)
Michael Trucco as Sam Anders (54 eps)
Leah Cairns as Racetrack (52 eps)
Donnelly Rhodes as Dr. Cottle (50 eps)
Nicki Clyne as Cally (48 eps)

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Network: Syfy ( USA)
Type: Scripted
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Military/War, Sci-Fi
Status: Ended
Airs: Fridays at 10:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: December 08, 2003
Ended: March 20, 2009
Season 1 - UK version Lyrics
View All 4 Theme Songs
• Battlestar Galáctica (Used In Spain)
• Taisteluplaneetta Galactica (Used In Finland)
• 太空堡垒卡拉狄加 (Used In China)
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