Battlestar Galactica (1978–1979)

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The last major Colonial fighter carrier leads a makeshift fleet of human refugees on a desperate search for the legendary planet Earth.

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 Capt. Apollo (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Lt. Starbuck (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Commander Adama (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Lt. Boomer (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Baltar (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Maren Jensen ...
 Athena (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Boxey (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Laurette Spang ...
 Cassiopeia (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Tony Swartz ...
 Flight Sgt. Jolly / ... (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Colonel Tigh (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
David Greenan ...
 Omega / ... (18 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Opening Credit Announcer / ... (13 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Sheba (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Flight Cpl. Rigel / ... (10 episodes, 1978-1979)
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The leaders of the twelve human colonies are making plans to sign a peace treaty with their mortal enemies, the Cylons. On the eve of the ceremony, the Cylons attack and destroy most of the colonies. The remaining Colonial ships, led by the battlestar Galactica under the command of Adama, head out into space and seek out a "lost" 13th 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 mother world of all the colonies. All the while, the Cylons--led by the human traitor, Baltar--are in hot pursuit... Written by Anonymous

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17 September 1978 (USA)  »

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Kampfstern Galactica  »

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$750,000 (estimated)
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(24 episodes)

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Trivia

Much of the controls used on the bridge of the Galactica were standard electronic laboratory equipment manufactured at the time by Tektronix, Inc (TEK). This equipment was of a mainframe design where 19 inch wide racks contained test equipment components such as multi-meters, power supplies, or signal generators that slid into these racks like books on a shelf. One can notice tier after tier of these racks used all over the bridge as control panels. Tektronix is even mentioned in the closing credits. See more »

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The Gemini Freighter was filled with Gemons who followed Gemon religions and spoke Gemonese. It left Gemini during the exodus. However, in "Murder on the Rising Star", Cella says that both were on Caprica during the attack. See more »

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[repeated line]
Cylon Centurion: By your command.
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It's Love, Love, Love
by John Andrew Tartaglia, Sue Collins and Glen A. Larson
Performed by The Space Angels
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Flawed, but Fun.
18 January 2003 | by (Tampa, FL) – See all my reviews

Ah, GALACTICA. I had a party at my house on the night of the start of the series. A whole bunch of goofy high school juniors crowded into my living room watching the destruction of the human race by a bunch of evil robots ruled by a big lizard, hell-bent on galactic domination. An earlier poster made a comment about the show being interrupted by a news report(The Camp David Peace Agreements with Carter, Begin, and Sadat, signing the official accords)so while this was going on, we took a break for a bite. ABC, thoughtfully didn't rejoin the show in progress, but backed it up a few moments and started from there. Try THAT, today!

As the series commenced it was hard pressed to live up to, as Time magazine predicted, "block buster ratings". Re-used special effects, and a slow dive into "bad writing-ville", began after the first regular episode. And, as this was the first show in the ABC Sunday night line-up of shows, if football coverage went late, it was interrupted, and joined in progress. I remember being pretty unhappy when the cancellation of the series was announced, in early 1979.

Battlestar Galactica is pretty much cursed with a very dated "Disco-ish" look to it, with feathered hair, and '70-ish clothes. The reused SFX of Vipers banking away gets tired, too. A brave effort, but short lived.

Let's hope that the ever-planned update of the series stays true to the original concept. I'd happily watch Starbuck and Apollo fight Cylons, once again. Just pray that whom ever runs the show does not mess with the franchise.

And PLEASE have Maren Jensen in it, too!!!!


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