Battlestar Galactica (2003)

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A re-imagining of the original series in which a "rag-tag fugitive fleet" of the last remnants of mankind flees pursuing robots while simultaneously searching for their true home, Earth.

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 Commander Adama (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Laura Roslin (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Lee 'Apollo' Adama (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Gaius Baltar (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Number Six (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Leoben Conoy (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Lt. Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Col. Tigh (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Doral (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Billy (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Crew Chief Tyrol (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Transport Pilot (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Elosha (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Dualla (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Boxey (2 episodes, 2003)
John Mann ...
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 Gaeta (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Cally (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Prosna (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Lt. Karl Agathon (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Cami (2 episodes, 2003)
Alonso Oyarzun ...
 Socinus (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Capt. Kelly (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Launch Officer (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Armistice Officer (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Doctor (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Liner Captain (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Old Woman (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Reporter (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Woman #1 (2 episodes, 2003)
Jenn Griffin ...
 Woman #2 (2 episodes, 2003)
BJ Harrison ...
 Woman #3 (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Blonde Woman (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Man #1 (2 episodes, 2003)
Robert Lewis ...
 Man #2 (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Man #3 (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Chantara (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Chantara's Husband (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Jr. Reporter (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Giana (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Pilot #1 (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Pilot #2 (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Pilot #3 (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Pilot #4 (2 episodes, 2003)
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It's been 40 years since the 12 colonies of mankind have heard from their progeny, the Cylons -- robotic creatures who rose up and declared war on their masters, then disappeared. In a sudden, devastating strike, the Cylons return and lay waste to the colonies, aided by human-looking Cylon variants and an unwitting fifth columnist. The attack forces Commander William Adama to call into action his museum-piece warship, the Battlestar Galactica, and soon its company of hotshot fighter pilots is blasting away at the invaders. But their best efforts can't prevent the colonies' obliteration. Fleeing the Cylon genocide, the Galactica leads a rag-tag fleet of survivors on a lonely quest to find humanity's fabled 13th colony -- a planet known as Earth. Written by John Colicos #6

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They look like us. They act like us. They want to destroy us. See more »


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8 December 2003 (USA)  »

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Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The hand held camera shot of Secretary Roslin being sworn in as the new President of the Twelve Colonies is a direct reference to the historic photograph of Vice President Lyndon Johnson taking the oath of office aboard Air Force 1 following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. See more »

Goofs

Just as Boomer brings in the fuel ship to the civilian fleet, there is a brief external view (at around 1h 55 mins) which shows three Viper Mk VII's flying in formation from right to left. The only Viper available was Apollo's, and it was disabled in the cargo bay of Colonial One. See more »

Quotes

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Intelligent scifi for a new generation
22 December 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A fantastic reinterpretation of Larson's original premise.

I loved the old Galactica. It was cheesy, simplistic fun. However, I always find Larson's old pilots hold more promise than their series.

Like Buck Rogers, the original Galactica pilot is far darker than the rest of the series run. For a show based on the genocide of 12 planets, the original Battlestar Galactica never really got to grips with the futility, fear and condition of a race on the edge of extinction.

The new show makes up for that in abundance. The tone is dark, the pace is slow yet methodical. In the old show the attack on the colonies was dealt with in the first half hour. Here we have a far slower build up.

The characters, while sombre are very real. Even Starbuck (and kudos for changing sex here, how many male Solo rips offs will we have to endure in SciFi?) works well. She has a hint of Benedict in expression and dialogue with far more consistency ever offered to Benedicts character.

Apollo takes some getting used to, but surprisingly, the best characters this time around aren't the pilots, but the Administration. Adama is fantastic. Believable and oozing authority. Tigh is a wonderful mess and the President surprisingly well written.

Finally, the glory to the show has to be Baltar. No longer a panto baddie, he is deeper character. A character with realistic motivations, drives and issues. While a tragic character, his portrayal is humorous and sinister at the same time.

The best scifi show since Farscape. The series is pretty fine too!


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