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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 »
User Reviews:
Engaging Sci-Fi Epic 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
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)
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:
Richard Hatch (Captain Apollo) is the only actor to appear in both this series and "Battlestar Galactica" (2004).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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. However, in "The Long Patrol", Athena's computer lists it as T.S.S. Rising Star, making it Taura.See more »
Quotes:
Commander Adama:[closing narration] Fleeing from the Cylon Tyranny, the last battlestar Galactica leads a ragtag fugitive fleet on a lonely quest... a shining planet known as Earth.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
It's Love, Love, LoveSee more »

FAQ

What happens to the characters in the end?
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16 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Engaging Sci-Fi Epic, 15 May 2003
Author: Michael Daly (fanstp43@aol.com) from United States

Battlestar Galactica had so much going for it, and so much working against it from outside influences. That is has held up as an engaging sci-fi epic despite its myriad off-screen problems and short network run is a tribute to its many strengths in concept, overall production values, cast, and presentation.

Galactica was conceived as a series of TV movies, similar in format to the Columbo-McCloud-McMillan movie series format from earlier in the 1970s. However, late in the going ABC asked for a weekly series, a contingency for which Glen Larson, Universal, and company were not prepared. As a result, the series had a very uneven quality to the scripts, most notoriously shown in the standard-western scripts of the episodes "The Lost Warrior" and "The Magnificent Warriors." The passage of time, though, has been kind even to such clichés; the standard-western format of these early episodes can be traced to the western gunslinger themes of Star Wars and other 1970s sci-fi, and the performances of the casts, primary and guest, shine through and make these scripts work.

And as the show progressed mistakes were learned from and the writing became better. "Saga Of A Star World," "Lost Planet Of The Gods Part II," "The Long Patrol," and "The Living Legend" were more-sharply written stories combining the excellence of the cast with very good twists. It was with "Living Legend" (highlighted by Lloyd Bridges' show-stealing performance as Commander Cain, for which he will always be remembered) that really got the show's writing on a truly solid base, and excellent scripts followed in "War Of The Gods" (another story highlighted by the performance of the guest star, in this case Patrick Macnee, who immortalizes himself as Count Iblis), the excellent character-driven "The Man With Nine Lives," the surprisingly sharp murder mystery "Murder On The Rising Star," "Greetings From Earth," and the show's strongest and smoothest action drama "The Hand Of God."

The cast shines through good and bad in the show, from Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene, and John Colicos (my personal favorite of the show) down through Herbert Jefferson Jr., Laurette Spang, Terry Carter, Jane Seymour in her all-too-brief involvement, and mid-season addition Anne Lockhart. The underused George Murdock, Jack Stauffer, John Dullaghan as Doctor Wilker, Ed Begley Jr., Sheila DeWindt, Janet Louise Johnson, Tony Swartz, and Larry Manetti also sparkle in their appearances, as does veteran character actor Olan Soule as agro ship caretaker Carmichel.

Guest stars were used to superb effect in many episodes. In addition to Lloyd Bridges and Patrick Macnee (both as Count Iblis and the Cylon Imperious Leader - the show smartly gave Iblis an angle on the fact that his voice is the same as that of the supreme Cylon), other show-making guest performers included Lance leGault (of later "A-Team" fame), Lloyd Bochner, James Whitmore Jr., John Hoyt, Murray Matheson (in two roles, Sire Gella and the Cylon IL Specter), and Ina Balin. The interplay between the characters in the main and guest casts was always superb, and the off-screen camaraderie among the cast (most hilariously shown in Galactica's in-house gag reel film displaying series outtakes, where Macnee lampoons his opening narration and Colicos concludes by offering to sell some swampland in Florida in full Baltaresque charm, and in the closing top-hat number "We Gotta Find Earth" sung hilariously by Hatch, Benedict, and Greene) made the performances all the better.

Much has been made of how the show reused SFX shots every episode; the criticism usually ignores the reality that no sci-fi series of the time could afford not to reuse stock SFX footage - Galactica's practice was hardly unprecedented to fans of the earlier Land Of The Lost series. Made today of course the show could feature new SFX each episode given the advances in SFX technology.

The combination of concept, cast, overall production values, and presentation made for an immensely enjoyable sci-fi series. Comparisons with the new Ronald Moore Galactica series are inevitable, but both add something to a superb concept.

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