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

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Battlestar Galactica: Season 1: Episode 21 -- Rather than continue fleeing from their enemies, the crew of Galactica commences an all-out attack on a Cylon Basestar.
Battlestar Galactica: Season 1: Episode 20 -- 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: Season 1: Episode 19 -- Apollo and Starbuck follow the escaped Eastern Alliance ship back to Terra, where they help the Terrans overcome a nuclear holocaust.
Battlestar Galactica: Season 1: Episode 18 -- When Baltar plans his escape with the help of the three Borellians and the Eastern Alliance Enforcers, members of the Council of Twelve are taken hostage, and Adama must give in to the escapees' demands.
Battlestar Galactica: Season 1: Episode 17 -- The exciting conclusion - When Apollo and Starbuck find a primitive sleeper ship carrying a man, a woman, and four children, speculation spreads in the fleet that the people are from Earth.

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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 »
NewsDesk:
(120 articles)
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Arlene Martel passes away, aged 78
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Has great aspects and awful aspects but the majority of it is "OK" with unrealised potential and a lack of consistency in plot and tone See more (51 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
Jim Carlson .... story editor (10 episodes, 1978-1979)
Terrence McDonnell .... story editor (10 episodes, 1978-1979)
 

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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The character 'Starbuck' was ranked #21 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends" (1 August 2004 issue).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The Gemini Freighter was filled with Gemons who followed Gemon religions and spoke Gemonese. It left Gemini during the exodus. Yet, in "Murder on the Rising Star," Cella says that both were on Caprica during the attack.See more »
Quotes:
Lucifer:Anything is possible, but the odds are astronomically against it.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
It's Love, Love, LoveSee more »

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What happens to the characters in the end?
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Has great aspects and awful aspects but the majority of it is "OK" with unrealised potential and a lack of consistency in plot and tone, 20 August 2009
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Having enjoyed the recent reimagining of Battlestar Galatica I was discussing it with a colleague when he brought up the original and I realised that I had not seen it for several decades and, even then, it was fragmented in my memory. I decided to watch it again and I was quite surprised by how much I remember some of the episodes and how I don't think I had ever seen some of the others. Anyway, this was reason enough to watch it from the start to the end – a decision made easier by the fact that it was only one season long before it got cancelled.

To get the comparisons out of the way, watching both leaves me in little doubt that those that trash the remake and praise the original are probably heavily influenced by protective nostalgia when they say that, because there are few ways that this is the case. Indeed the ways that the original is "better" than the remake relates to qualities that I didn't like in the original and that the remake didn't try and have (namely a swashbuckling comedy and the clumsy aim at the family/kiddie viewing sector). With that more or less done I can concentrate on judging the original Battlestar Galatica on its own terms and not against something else. This produces a mixed feeling that I struggle to reconcile because at times this series is awful and at others times it is actually quite engaging and offers potential (that it admittedly doesn't manage to deliver on) but mostly it is a mixed bag.

The split is not total but the series does seem to go through phases where it is silly and for kids and then also more dramatic stuff that could have been a solid backbone for more. Sadly it gets into the silly stuff first. While Apollo and Starbuck were always going to be the lead characters, the first half of the season makes it their show, with a weekly "theme park" style story where we have planets that are like the Wild West or like Medieval times etc etc. Annoyingly all these stories seem to involve the Cylons – who are either already on these planets or are using these planets as a trap for the Galatica. This bugged me because it felt like the Cylons were so far ahead all the time that the struggle to watch the survivors shouldn't be this hard and it minimised their presence as a real tangible threat because they were always a handful of robots laying a trap, not a race hunting another to extension. None of it is helped by the overuse of that child and also that bl00dy robot dog thing.

Happily things get a bit more "serious" in the second half of the series, where the approach appears to be more towards action and plot rather than the kiddie theme park approach. It doesn't really pull this off though. The Cylons drop off the map for many episodes while the Eastern Alliance comes into it, but then that thread isn't done particularly well either. That said though it did generally make for a much better series than the first half had been – but it is still not that great. It is the contentment with the basics that hurt it, because nothing really convinces and nothing really engages or builds. The Cylons don't menace like they should, the human fleet doesn't feel like it is more than a handful of people, many, many threads are left with unsatisfying endings (and I mean mi-series, not just cause it got cancelled) while other threads just "stop" without a thought for the viewer, as if to say "well, that's that episode filled". The Pegasus episodes along with the Eastern Alliance and other specifics do offer a more grown up thread/feel that could be expanded like the remake did to great success but this never happens and it retains a very fragmented and unsatisfying feel.

There is much to enjoy about it despite this. The effects are limited but the designs are great, with the centurions, the base stars, the vipers or the Galatica herself being iconic and memorable. The comic swagger it has also works well, with Starbuck benefiting from this with some nice moments in the action. Such things as these combined with the better aspects of the second half of the series do combine to make it a solid enough piece of TV sci-fi but the "downsides" do limit it a lot and make it less than it could have been. The mix of aims, the lack of consistency in the central plot (escaping genocide) and in the tone (is it for kids, it is for adults, is it a comedy, is it all worthy and heavy??) are too big to overcome and, as a whole series it is not that great when you sit now and watch it with as little "warm nostalgic glow" as you can muster. Has good episodes and bad episodes but too many fall somewhere in the middle, showing a potential that frustratingly it never really seems to realise or do anything with.

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