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After the destruction of the twelve human colonies, the last major fighter carrier leads a makeshift refugee fleet in a search for Earth.

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The story of how the Twelve Colonies of Man are destroyed after a 1000 year war with the evil Cylon Empire. Through deceit, the Cylons are able to destroy the Colonies' entire fleet, except for the Battlestar Galactica, captained by Commander Adama. Adama gathers up the few remaining humans left on all the twelve worlds and embarks on a journey to find the mythical planet Earth, the supposed thirteenth colony of Mankind, lost millennia ago when humans first left the motherworld Kobol. With food and fuel running out, the fleet heads for an ore planet, Carillon, hoping to get what they need. The Ovions, who populate the planet, are being controlled by the Cylons, who set a trap for the Galactica. Under a clever ruse, Adama convinces the Cylons that his pilots are on the surface at a banquet, while the real pilots are at full combat readiness. The fleet gets their food and fuel, and escapes, destroying Carillon and a Cylon Basestar hiding behind the planet. Written by BSG Mailing List <bsg@csonline.com>

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The super-reality of SENSURROUND takes you into an intergalactic war...Experience the sensation of laser beams, space explosions and battlestar attacks...all in Academy Award winning SENSURROUND. See more »


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27 January 1979 (Japan)  »

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Galactica: Astronave de Combate  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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As part of the settlement with George Lucas, they were not allowed to show laser trails when they use their blasters. All you see is the weapon lighting and then whatever damage was caused. The only time you see a laser or light trail is when they're in space, the Colonial Vipers and Cylon Raiders. See more »

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In various scenes where "radar" displays are seen, the same "readout" is reused numerous times. See more »

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Capt. Apollo: No way those guys can outfight us without a 10-to-1 margin.
Lieutenant Zac: Apollo, better look at your scanner...
[a solid wall of Cylon raiders is chasing them]
Capt. Apollo: No, but 1,000-to-1, that's not fair.
Lieutenant Zac: What does it mean?
Capt. Apollo: It means there isn't going to be any peace. There may not be much of anything if we don't warn the fleet.
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A for effort, C- for execution
25 December 1998 | by (Rolla, MO) – See all my reviews

Give the people who made "Battlestar Galactica" credit, it took a lot to make what they did. The concept was good, a war between humans and "cyborgs" (although they seem more like simple robots) to survive, as the humans flee in a collected fleet trying to find the lost colonies of humanity, namely Earth.

That would have been a novel idea for a theatrical movie, and for a TV show it was outer limits. The special effects were (by 1978 standards) top notch, the set design was good, and they even tried to create a different system of measures, since I think even in Star Trek they refer to things by minutes, hours, and years.

What let the movie (and later series) down was the same limits that affected most of seventies television. Schlocky dialogue, storylines sticking on personal and relationship problems, and somebody had the bright idea to put in a kid and a robot dog to go with him. If the series had been made today, or had simply been let free to explore ideas rather than stick to the "conventions" expected of series television, it might have been great. Instead, it's hardly remembered today.


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