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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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)
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 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)
Tim Henry ...
 Doctor (2 episodes, 2003)
Kwesi Ameyaw ...
 Liner Captain (2 episodes, 2003)
Brenda McDonald ...
 Old Woman (2 episodes, 2003)
 Reporter / ... (2 episodes, 2003)
 Woman #1 (2 episodes, 2003)
Jenn Griffin ...
 Woman #2 (2 episodes, 2003)
BJ Harrison ...
 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)
Nahanni Arntzen ...
 Pilot #2 (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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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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Although his name is Captain Lee Adama, Roslin calls him as "Captain Apollo", a nod to the original series. See more »


When the Galactica is preparing to do its first FTL jump, the hangers are retracted into the ship. As the ship is jumping, however, the hangers are fully extended again. See more »


Starbuck: Permission to speak off the record, sir?
Tigh: Granted.
Starbuck: You're a bastard.
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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 »


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Intense, moody, and dark. Much better than expected.
9 January 2006 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

Those who are used to SciFi's standard fare are likely to be a bit bored by the realism, character development, intelligent dialog, and lack of explosions, mutant organisms and/or poor special effects. This is REAL science fiction, not cheap shock effects strung together with a mediocre plot. Hand-held photography- pioneered in groundbreaking series like ER and Firefly - has started to become cliché. Nevertheless, it works in this film partly because it is not overdone. The shots alternate between a hand-held documentary feel and a more standard dramatic presentation.

I was never a big fan of the original Battlestar Galactica TV show, and I have only seen a few SciFi originals which did not embarrass me on behalf of the entire genre of science fiction (Farscape and both Dune Mini-series being the exceptions). SciFi hypes their productions heavily, and they are almost always disappointingly silly. So, I was not inclined to go into this with an open mind. If anything convinced me to give it a shot, it was the fact that E J Olmos was hired to play Adama and that Mary MacDonnell was on-board. To say the least, I was very pleasantly surprised by the production quality, intelligent script, and the cast. This is more than a reinvention of BSG, it is a vast improvement over the silly cowboy histrionics the first series devolved into.

The story begins just before an invasion of 12 planets colonized by humans. The invading force has infiltrated all of the defense networks by positioning key agents in positions where they can easily exploit vulnerabilities, and has basically disabled all planetary defenses, leaving everybody and everything vulnerable. There is no battle. The few vestiges left of the once thriving human population are those who were fortunate enough to have been in space at the time of the attack. From this dire premise, Battlestar Galactica proceeds.

All considered, this is a film about the human will to survive, redemption and the spirit of hope. Though dark, moody, and as fragmented as life often is, BSG is also driven, suspenseful, and very well written. The cast is as talented as it is visually striking - mixing weird beauty, youthful energy, and hard-edged agedness. None of the actors misstep, and each seems to know their character particularly well. This is an unusual quality for SciFi originals, and shows that the network invested in quality directing talent and worked with reasonable production deadlines (as opposed to rush-jobs).

I strongly recommend this film for serious science fiction fans.

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