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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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Complete series cast summary:
 Commander Adama (2 episodes, 2003)
 President Laura Roslin (2 episodes, 2003)
 Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace (2 episodes, 2003)
 Lee 'Apollo' Adama (2 episodes, 2003)
 Gaius Baltar (2 episodes, 2003)
 Number Six (2 episodes, 2003)
 Leoben Conoy (2 episodes, 2003)
 Lt. Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii (2 episodes, 2003)
 Col. Tigh (2 episodes, 2003)
 Doral (2 episodes, 2003)
 Billy (2 episodes, 2003)
 Crew Chief Tyrol (2 episodes, 2003)
 Transport Pilot (2 episodes, 2003)
 Elosha (2 episodes, 2003)
 Dualla (2 episodes, 2003)
 Boxey (2 episodes, 2003)
John Mann ...
 CAG / ... (2 episodes, 2003)
 Gaeta (2 episodes, 2003)
 Cally (2 episodes, 2003)
 Prosna (2 episodes, 2003)
 Lt. Karl Agathon (2 episodes, 2003)
Ginger Broatch ...
 Cami (2 episodes, 2003)
Alonso Oyarzun ...
 Socinus (2 episodes, 2003)
 Capt. Kelly (2 episodes, 2003)
 Launch Officer (2 episodes, 2003)
 Armistice Officer (2 episodes, 2003)
 Doctor (2 episodes, 2003)
 Liner Captain (2 episodes, 2003)
Brenda McDonald ...
 Old Woman (2 episodes, 2003)
 Reporter / ... (2 episodes, 2003)
 Woman #1 (2 episodes, 2003)
 Woman #2 (2 episodes, 2003)
 Woman #3 (2 episodes, 2003)
 Blonde Woman (2 episodes, 2003)
 Man #1 (2 episodes, 2003)
Robert Lewis ...
 Man #2 (2 episodes, 2003)
Denzel Sinclaire ...
 Man #3 (2 episodes, 2003)
 Chantara (2 episodes, 2003)
 Chantara's Husband (2 episodes, 2003)
 Jr. Reporter (2 episodes, 2003)
 Giana (2 episodes, 2003)
 Pilot #1 (2 episodes, 2003)
 Pilot #2 (2 episodes, 2003)
 Pilot #3 (2 episodes, 2003)
Ryan Nelson ...
 Pilot #4 (2 episodes, 2003)


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Release Date:

8 December 2003 (USA)  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Ryan Robbins, who plays the officer on Armistice Station (identified as Colonel Wakefield in the novelization), is seen with age-enhancing makeup in his sole onscreen scene. This was because the original version of the opening teaser would have featured his character visiting Armistice Station several times over 40 years, each time appearing progressively older. However, all scenes but the final one were cut after filming. See more »


In part 2, when the fleet is preparing to leave the storm at Ragnar station, Col. Tigh is heard giving orders to lay down covering fire, but his mouth isn't moving while he speaks into the radio. See more »


Starbuck: I thought you were dead.
Apollo: Well, I thought you were in hack.
Starbuck: It's - it's good to be wrong.
Apollo: Well, you should be used to it by now.
Starbuck: Everyone has a skill.
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The stop-motion/cut-out animation R&D TV logo has Ronald D. Moore and David Eick taking turns to kill each other every week, with one partner making a proposal in gibberish and the other attacking him using items from a gorilla to a lance. See more »


Referenced in Battlestar Galactica: The Lowdown (2003) See more »

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Some People Just Do Not Understand
14 December 2003 | by (Fresno, California, USA) – See all my reviews

I've read a lot of your comments, and it amazes me how some people seem to think that the function of this mini-series (and hopefully series) is to cater to the whims of the fans of the original series. Sorry, that's not it.

The die-hard types -- the "fans" (and I am one, of BSG, BSG2003, Trek, B5, etc.) -- are never going to be more than a small fraction of the viewership of any television program. It must appeal to a broader audience, or it is DOOMED.

Ronald D. Moore -- in my opinion, one of the better writer-producers in sci-fi today -- took a concept that pleased just about nobody but the fans and reproduced it in a manner that made it interesting and watchable to a modern audience. And if you step outside of your "I want Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch, and Dirk Benedict" temper tantrums, you will find it interesting and watchable as well.

As for some of the main cast members -- like the Adamas pere et fils -- being stiff and friends, welcome to career military officer types. I would bet you're the same people who complained about Commander Jeffrey Sinclair in the first season of Babylon 5 as well. These are TRUE TO LIFE heroes, not the Saturday morning cartoon comic book heroes.

As for remolding Starbuck (does she drink a lot of coffee? ;-) and Boomer into women... well, I had my doubts at first, but I thought they did a magnificent job. As for the Cylons looking like humans now... well, only some of them do. And, to be perfectly honest, it makes a lot of sense for them to be able to blend in with their enemies. Anyone who has knowledge of terrorists in the Middle East knows that the reason they can get in to major civilian population centers and cause hideously evil damage and destruction is because THEY BLEND IN. Use some logic, people!

Much like when going to see a movie based on one of Tom Clancy's novels, I didn't go into this expecting to see the original. I went into it expecting to see something new and interesting with some similarities at the plot level. And I was not disappointed.

Since ENTERPRISE seems to be killing the Trek franchise -- and I admit, I enjoy ENTERPRISE a lot of the time, but a lot of people don't, and I can see why -- I am in high hopes a series based on BSG2003 can revitalize hope for on-going TV science fiction. I don't see why it shouldn't as long as people stop thinking they're going to get Lorne Greene. They're getting Edward James Olmos, one of the most brilliant actors in Hollywood, coming BACK to TV after a successful movie career... and how often does THAT happen?!?

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