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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.
  • Currently 9.4/10
9.4/10 (174 Votes cast)


Episode Info

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Orchestrated by the spiteful Number One model, the Cylons carry out a devastating attack on the Twelve Colonies, but things don't go so well. Remnants of humanity survive among a small fleeing fleet of ships and a band of resistance fighters on Caprica. Determined to finish the end of humanity and strike back at their Cylon mothers and fathers, two copies set out to clean up the aftermath, but run into problematic factors they didn't calculate when they started.

  • Currently 8.4/10
8.4/10 (18 Votes cast)

Cast
Edward James OlmosEdward James Olmos
As William Adama
Mary McDonnellMary McDonnell
As Laura Roslin
Katee SackhoffKatee Sackhoff
As Kara "Starbuck" Thrace
Jamie BamberJamie Bamber
As Lee "Apollo" Adama
James CallisJames Callis
As Dr. Gaius Baltar
Tricia HelferTricia Helfer
As Number Six
Grace ParkGrace Park
As Sharon "Boomer" Valerii/Sharon "Athena" Agathon

Reviews

ca451z

Reviews: 4
A Very Dark Revision of the Original SeriesRating: 7 likes, 3 dislikes

Loosely based on the 1970s TV series, the 21st century version has little in common with the original. Rather than relying on the not so cheap fall back of special effects, the new series starts off with an excellent pilot with great background music and sets the foundation for the development of each of the characters that will appear in the up going three seasons so far. Each character has profound human traits and personalities that you may enjoy or hate. Read more

Review posted on Friday, December 8th 2006 at 1:07 am

sapharella

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 Monday, February 4th 2008 at 11:55 pm

asakofdonuts

Reviews: 1
HOPE, keeps them and me alive!Rating: 3 likes, 6 dislikes

I have watched a few episodes of the old series and just found it not entertaining, this may be because we now are used to high visual effects. This revision of Battlestar Galactica has those effects and more. The miniseries was just terrifically done; it’s no wonder why the TV series emerged. The first season was excellent and even through most of season two. Season two's finale where you were left hanging in suspense until season three was a nice sight. Sadly this is where I felt it started to go downhill. For the most part each episode in season 3 lacks that something that makes you unable to wait till the next episode. There, however, were two or three episodes that made you wonder what was going to happen next, but nothing near of what season one or two had and out of the 15 episodes so far I believe the series to be in trouble. All the actors have done a marvelous job; I just hope that the scripts start getting a little more focused on the big picture instead of all the little tiny things; that just seem to tide you over until the next episode. My one idea for it is that they get back on the road to earth. Read more

Review posted on Tuesday, February 20th 2007 at 9:04 am

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Recaps
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.

4x2: Six of One (2) recap: Colonel Tigh and Helo race towards Adama's cabin with several marines. Kara confronts Roslin, talking about her visions and how she followed and trusted her blindingly. Kara, however, has seen Earth and knows where it is. Playing into Roslin's suspicion, Kara tells her that if she honestly believes that she is a Cylon to shoot her. Roslin agrees and takes the gun and fires, only to miss. The marines then come in and take Kara away, literally kicking and screaming, vowing that she will die before she gives up... 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.
Recurring Guests

Michael Hogan as Saul Tigh (73 eps)
Aaron Douglas as Galen Tyrol (71 eps)
Tahmoh Penikett as Karl "Helo" Agathon (67 eps)
Alessandro Juliani as Felix Gaeta (61 eps)
Kandyse McClure as Anastasia Dualla (56 eps)
Michael Trucco as Sam Anders (38 eps)
Nicki Clyne as Cally (37 eps)
Bodie Olmos as Constanza/Hot Dog (37 eps)
Donnelly Rhodes as Dr. Cottle (36 eps)
Leah Cairns as Racetrack (33 eps)

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Warning: Battlestar Galactica guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Action | Adventure | Drama | Military/War | Sci-Fi
Status: Ended
Network: Syfy ( USA)
Airs: Fridays at 10:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: December 08, 2003
Ended: March 20, 2009
Themes
Prologue  
Season 1 - UK version Lyrics
View All 4 Theme Songs
Akas
• Battlestar Galáctica (Used In Spain)
• BSG (abbreviated)
• Csillagközi Romboló (Used In Hungary)
• Galaktikos kovos (Used In Lithuania)
• Taisteluplaneetta Galactica (Used In Finland)
• 太空堡垒卡拉狄加 (Used In China)
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