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)
Ginger Broatch ...
 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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 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)
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 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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 Pilot #2 (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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8 December 2003 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

According to the DVD commentary, the Botanical Garden ship with all the plants that was carrying the little girl was intended to reference the botanical ships from the movie Silent Running (1972). However, reused footage from that movie was used in the original Battlestar Galactica series in which it was an agriculture ship, thus becoming a double homage. See more »

Goofs

Adama takes his glasses off twice when first contacting Apollo on Colonial One. See more »

Quotes

[a hallucinatory Number Six has shown Baltar an odd device on the DRADIS display console in the Galactica's CIC]
Baltar: You're not helping.
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Number Six: Honestly, I don't know.
Baltar: Well, it hasn't exploded.
Number Six: Yet.
[Baltar gives her a shocked look]
Number Six: I'm just guessing.
Baltar: I have to warn them.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

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Love it or Hate it
27 April 2006 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Viewers either love this programme, or else they completely hate it. It seems there's no middle ground.

This incarnation does deviate from the standard format of BattleStar Galactica -- and indeed, from every single episode of every series produced in the 80s by Glen A Larson. The first scene has one of the leading roles played by a woman, the source of about half the griping. Apparently, women aren't supposed to be tough, nor fully-dressed, in space.

Also, no one's perfect. It's hard to faithfully jump in and worship the 2-3 main characters, like we're used to doing as children. Back then, the main characters flashed their CHiPs smiles, fired their blasters from the hip and got all the girls, even if they were blue. The main characters saved the day, reliably and on time, each and every week. By comparison, the characters in this series are barely keeping themselves together and obviously suffering from their environment, let alone trotting out the whitened smiles for the final chuckle at the 44th minute freeze-frame. The characters in this series, faithful to the style of modern scifi series like FireFly, are as realistic, as flawed and ultimately as believable as it gets, warts and all. The stories are generally well-written, well-acted and consistently cruel to the characters we want so dearly to like.

Be forewarned: This new BattleStar Galactica requires thought and some attention to detail. It's not metal chewing gum, and it doesn't suck up to the audience nor offer the safe and predictably mindless entertainment we're used to seeing in a space opera. But if you can stand occasionally hating your heroes, and if saccharine leaves a taste in your mouth, then you may just become a fan.


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