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)
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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)
Tim Henry ...
 Doctor (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Liner Captain (2 episodes, 2003)
Brenda McDonald ...
 Old Woman (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Reporter (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Woman #1 (2 episodes, 2003)
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 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)
Denzel Sinclaire ...
 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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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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cylon | survivor | quest | planet | genocide | See more »

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


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Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The humans live on 12 planets and moons known as "The Colonies of Kobol", whose names are taken from Zodiac signs. During Season Two, Laura Roslin mentions that the Zodiac signs are the "ancient" names of the colonies: Aerelon, Tauron, Gemenon, Canceron, Leonis, Virgon, Libron, Scorpia, Sagittaron, Caprica, Aquaria and Picon. At the end of the miniseries, Cmdr. Adama mentions a 13th colony called Earth. These references were influenced by the religious beliefs of series creator Glen Larson: The Twelve Tribes of Israel, the 13th is a group of Israelites who migrated to North America. "Kobol" is a misspelling of "Kolob," according to Latter-day Saints, is a place near the throne of God. See more »

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The dawn of a new era. A sci-fi show you don't have to be a nerd to watch.
1 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before this re-imagining was even announced I had never before heard about "Battlestar Galactica" except when an overweight comic book geek mentioned it on TV. But when I heard such a show was airing I found myself....well, gitty. Never watching the old series I spent the night that it first aired glued to my TV waiting for it to come on. And after I watched the whole miniseries, I was blown away. A sci-fi show with no lasers? No elaborate, all too clean, spacecrafts? No weird talking animals? A sci-fi show that is actually relevant to today? Can such a show exist? Yes, my friend.

Never before has such a show like this been created, "Naturalistic Science Fiction," is what the producers call it. It was created to shake things up in the sci-fi genre the only problem is that it came too late. Sci-fi is now associated to too extremes, Star Trek and Star Wars, both are great, I prefer Star Wars, but, whatever. And there have been smaller shows in between the two, Farscape, Stargate, the old BSG. But never before has this entered.

The new Battlestar Galactica is simply saying "screw those guys, I am the evolved one." And it shows, it shows. The story of the miniseries starts where the original series starts, the original series started with a movie by the way.

One of the most noticeable differences is the camera, what i mean is that you are aware that there is in fact a camera recording the action, from shaking to zooming in and out this is to give the impression that this is all really happening and that you are viewing war footage. Another thing is that everything feels authentic, from the towns to the corridors of the ships, everything is alive and is used in the scene, you actually feel that theses ships are real. Speaking of ships the new look of the Cylon ships is eerie to say the least.

The characters are also unique, for the first time you can have a tough WOMEN soldier without her being regarded as a lesbian. All the characters change, meaning they don't simply stay, the tough one, the scared one, the dumb one, they all switch to different roles.

The technology of the show is similar to that of our own and of Blade Runner. They also make do with what they have, there isn't a piece of technology that is presented to the characters at the beginning that will vanquish the enemy that will be introduced in ten minutes.

All in all if you are looking for something different to watch than the new Battlestar Galactica is one to see. In fact everyone should at least give it a try. Do not listen to those who say that it is bad they are the ones who would rather see the women as background characters, and who want the kid to be smarter than everyone else.

Give the miniseries a try.

I give it 9 "Screw you were more evolved" statements out of 10


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