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"Battlestar Galactica" (1978) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1978-1979

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Battlestar Galactica -- Rather than continue fleeing from their enemies, the crew of Galactica commences an all-out attack on a Cylon Basestar.
Battlestar Galactica -- Rather than continue fleeing from their enemies, the crew of Galactica commences an all-out attack on a Cylon Basestar.
Battlestar Galactica -- Starbuck runs into his long-lost love, Aurora, who is involved with a group trying to free the electronics ship Celestra from its supposedly dictatorial captain.
Battlestar Galactica -- Apollo and Starbuck follow the escaped Eastern Alliance ship back to Terra, where they help the Terrans overcome a nuclear holocaust.

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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
17 September 1978 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
The last major Colonial fighter carrier leads a makeshift fleet of human refugees on a desperate search for the legendary planet Earth. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Exodus in Space See more (53 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 16 of 60)

Richard Hatch ... Capt. Apollo (21 episodes, 1978-1979)

Dirk Benedict ... Lt. Starbuck (21 episodes, 1978-1979)

Lorne Greene ... Commander Adama (21 episodes, 1978-1979)

Herbert Jefferson Jr. ... Lt. Boomer (21 episodes, 1978-1979)

John Colicos ... Baltar (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Maren Jensen ... Athena (21 episodes, 1978-1979)

Noah Hathaway ... Boxey (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Laurette Spang ... Cassiopeia (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Tony Swartz ... Flight Sgt. Jolly / ... (21 episodes, 1978-1979)

Terry Carter ... Colonel Tigh (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
David Greenan ... Omega / ... (18 episodes, 1978-1979)

Patrick Macnee ... Opening Credit Announcer / ... (13 episodes, 1978-1979)

Anne Lockhart ... Sheba (12 episodes, 1978-1979)

Sarah Rush ... Flight Cpl. Rigel / ... (10 episodes, 1978-1979)

Felix Silla ... Lucifer (10 episodes, 1978-1979)

Jonathan Harris ... Lucifer (9 episodes, 1978-1979)
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Series Directed by
Rod Holcomb (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Christian I. Nyby II (5 episodes, 1978)
Alan J. Levi (3 episodes, 1978)
Daniel Haller (3 episodes, 1979)
Donald P. Bellisario (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Vince Edwards (2 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Writing credits
Glen A. Larson (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Donald P. Bellisario (11 episodes, 1978-1979)
Michael Sloan (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jim Carlson (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Terrence McDonnell (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
John Ireland (2 episodes, 1978)
Ken Pettus (2 episodes, 1978)

Series Produced by
Glen A. Larson .... executive producer (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Donald P. Bellisario .... supervising producer / producer (20 episodes, 1978-1979)
David J. O'Connell .... producer / co-producer (18 episodes, 1978-1979)
David G. Phinney .... associate producer (18 episodes, 1978-1979)
Gary Winter .... associate producer (16 episodes, 1978-1979)
John Dykstra .... producer (3 episodes, 1978)

Michael Sloan .... producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Stu Phillips (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
 
Series Cinematography by
Ben Colman (10 episodes, 1978-1979)
H. John Penner (7 episodes, 1978)
Enzo A. Martinelli (2 episodes, 1978)
Frank Thackery (2 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Film Editing by
Leon Ortiz-Gil (10 episodes, 1978-1979)
Michael Berman (7 episodes, 1978-1979)
George Potter (7 episodes, 1978-1979)
David Howe (6 episodes, 1978-1979)
John J. Dumas (2 episodes, 1978)
John F. Schreyer (2 episodes, 1978)

John Elias (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
Patti Hayes (15 episodes, 1978-1979)
Mark Malis (6 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Art Direction by
Paul Peters (8 episodes, 1979)
Richard D. James (7 episodes, 1978)
Bill Camden (6 episodes, 1979)
Mary Dodson (4 episodes, 1978)
James J. Murakami (4 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Lowell Chambers (12 episodes, 1978)
Sam Gross (9 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Costume Design by
Jean-Pierre Dorléac (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
 
Series Production Management
Harker Wade .... unit production manager (18 episodes, 1978-1979)
Rowe Wallerstein .... unit production manager (2 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Watson Sanford .... second assistant director (14 episodes, 1978-1979)
William Holbrook .... first assistant director (10 episodes, 1978-1979)
Phil Cook .... first assistant director (8 episodes, 1978-1979)
Katy Emde .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1978)
Britt Lomond .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1978)
Chuck Lowry .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1978)
Herb Adelman .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Art Department
Margaret Mazzola .... set dressing (4 episodes, 1978-1979)

Yarek Alfer .... property maker (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Earl Crain Jr. .... sound (13 episodes, 1978-1979)
Dick Wahrman .... sound effects editor (13 episodes, 1978-1979)
Peter Berkos .... sound effects editor (8 episodes, 1978)
James R. Alexander .... sound (3 episodes, 1978)
Charlie King .... sound (2 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Special Effects by
Joe Goss .... special effects (1 episode, 1978)
Karl G. Miller .... special effects (1 episode, 1978)
John Peyser .... special electronics effects (1 episode, 1978)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Peter Anderson .... visual effects supervisor (19 episodes, 1978-1979)
David M. Garber .... production and special effects consultant (17 episodes, 1978-1979)
Wayne Smith .... production and special effects consultant (17 episodes, 1978-1979)
David Stipes .... visual effects (3 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Stunts
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts (11 episodes, 1978-1979)
John Ashby .... utility stunts (6 episodes, 1978-1979)
Marneen Fields .... stunt double: Jane Seymour / stunt performer: camel rider / ... (4 episodes, 1978)

Bob Bralver .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Paula Crist .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Michael M. Vendrell .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Michael J. Schwartz .... electrician (21 episodes, 1978-1979)

Stephen Vaughan .... still photographer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mark Peterson .... costume supervisor (16 episodes, 1978-1979)

Haleen K. Holt .... costume illustrator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Virgil E. Hammond III .... post-production: Universal Studios, Los Angeles (3 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Music Department
Glen A. Larson .... composer: theme music (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Stu Phillips .... composer: theme / composer: theme music / ... (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Herbert D. Woods .... music editor (17 episodes, 1978-1979)
James D. Young .... music editor (5 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (2 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Other crew
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Gentle Jungle (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jim Carlson .... story editor (10 episodes, 1978-1979)
Terrence McDonnell .... story editor (10 episodes, 1978-1979)
 

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Additional Details

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Runtime:
60 min (24 episodes)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Australia:M (DVD rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) (VHS/DVD rating) | Canada:PG (TV rating) | Singapore:PG

Did You Know?

Trivia:
John Colicos became so well known for his role of Baltar, 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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: The members of the council were elected in the first episode. However, every time we see the council, there are different members.See more »
Quotes:
[repeated line]
Cylon Centurion:By your command.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Love Guru (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
It's Love, Love, LoveSee more »

FAQ

What happens to the characters in the end?
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35 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Exodus in Space, 30 January 2003
Author: grendelkhan from Xanadu

Battlestar Galactica is one of those series you either love or hate, or else didn't watch. I loved it. It had a great concept and, generally good effects. The writing was a bit uneven at times, with the "homages" to other genres and movies getting way out of hand (Magnificent Seven, Guns of Navarone, Shane, Dirty Dozen, Perry Mason, Towering Inferno, etc.). As far as the criticism of "rip-off" goes, Battlestar Galactica was vindicated in court and in saga itself. The only real similarities with Star Wars are that both are space opera, both have bad guys in armor, both had dogfights in space, and both had John Dykstra supervising the effects. Otherwise, the biblical story of Galactica bore little resemblance to the mythical Star Wars. Besides, Star Wars was inspired by Flash Gordon, Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress, The Dam Busters, King Arthur, and the works of Joseph Campbell. I think a series based on Exodus and Erik Von Danekan can be cut a little slack.

The acting was generally good, although the child actors were not the most skilled (but, hey, they're kids). Lorne Greene was great as the fatherly Adama, leading his people on a search for their brethren. Richard Hatch was the mature and stoic Apollo; the cerebral hero. Dirk Bennedict is the reckless and fun-loving Starbuck, the true fighter pilot in space. John Colicos is the evil Baltar, traitor to his people; part Benedict Arnold, part Herod, part Hitler. Add a well rounded supporting cast and you have a fine ensemble.

Yes, there is much dated material here: feathered hairdo's, disco clothes, social interaction; but it doesn't detract from the better stories. The use of a unique slang was a nice idea, but a bit distracting. The music was good and the Egyptian influences were interesting in the designs. The uniforms were stylish and gave a sense of military symbol and function. The ship designs were cool (can't say it any other way).

The biggest fault in this series is the tendency to depart from the overall saga into homage episodes. "Gun on Ice Planet Zero" was a fine remake of the Guns of Navarone and the Dirty Dozen, but it also presented a threat to the fleet and a new obstacle they must overcome. Others, like "The Lost Warrior" or "The Magnificent Warriors" had little consequence for the fleet and tended to get bogged down. The series was at its best when the Galactica found a new clue to the lost tribe, or overcame the Cylons to live another day. Unfortunately, the producers didn't have a timeline in mind when they created this show, unlike Babylon 5. Had they determined how long the journey should take, they could have avoided unnecessary episodes and concentrated on the overall saga, bringing character development and drama into the story, without losing sight of their goal. As it was, we were teased with false Earths and little idea when the Lost Tribe would be found. Unfortunately, when it was found, the series took a complete nosedive.

It will be interesting to see what the future will bring for this series; but, for the present, I will continue to watch my tapes. Is it too much to ask for a DVD release for the entire series?

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