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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Complete series cast summary:
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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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$750,000 (estimated)
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John Colicos became so well known for his Baltar role that reportedly it was what won him the role of Mikkos Cassadine for the ABC daytime drama General Hospital (1963) for its Ice Princess story arc in the summer of 1981, and in 1991 he was appearing in theater in his native Toronto, and after performances audience members would applaud him and supportively chant "Baltar Lives!" See more »

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Also, the Rising Star brought Uri from his home, which had to be on one of the other eleven planets (the novelization says that he was Leon.) This makes sense, as we can see when Apollo leaves Jolly below decks, we see the writing L.S.S. Rising Star on the bulkhead. Yet, in "The Long Patrol," Athena's computer lists it as T.S.S. Rising Star, making it Taura. See more »

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Narrator: There are those who believe that life here began out there, far across the universe... with tribes of humans... who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians... or the Toltecs... or the Mayans. Some believe there may yet be brothers of man... who even now fight to survive - somewhere beyond the heavens!
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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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An Underappreciated Classic
19 September 1999 | by (Morristown, NJ) – See all my reviews

Only in the last five years or so has "Battlestar Galactica" begun to emerge from the unfair stigma that was attached to it for so many years as a "Star Wars ripoff". Although a lot of people don't know this, based on what gets written by BG bashers in their histories of sci-fi TV, George Lucas's lawsuit against Universal was dismissed on all counts and found to be without merit. Indeed, considering how Lucas had "borrowed" from so many other genre stories of the past his lawsuit claiming Galactica stole from Star Wars was the biggest case of hypocrisy ever.

For me, "Galactica" continues to age well and is even better than it was when I first experienced it as a child in 1978. Unlike the Star Wars series, which increasingly came to be about FX at the expense of characters, BG's appeal has always lied in its characters. The characters of Apollo (Richard Hatch), Starbuck (Dirk Benedict), Adama (Lorne Greene), Sheba (Anne Lockhart) and even the wicked Baltar (John Colicos) were fascinating and multi-dimensional. And unlike Star Trek, there was a semblance of continuity and character development whereas the former was entirely self-contained from week to week with no development in the characters.

Was BG flawed? Certainly. But it also attracted a larger audience in its one year on ABC than any Star Trek series ever has in syndication. What can't be forgiven is ABC's quick dismissal of this show and then insulting the intelligence of us all by bringing it back in a bastardized version known as "Galactica 1980".

Hopefully, Galactica fans will one day get the last laugh if there is a successful revival with the original cast. It's a show that deserves another chance even more than Star Trek did.


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