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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)
 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)
Jenn Griffin ...
 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)
Nahanni Arntzen ...
 Pilot #2 (2 episodes, 2003)
 Pilot #3 (2 episodes, 2003)
Ryan Nelson ...
 Pilot #4 (2 episodes, 2003)


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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Release Date:

8 December 2003 (USA)  »

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Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Laura Roslin: I don't know why I have to keep telling you this, but the war is over.
Adama: It hasn't begun yet.
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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 »


References Firefly (2002) See more »

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Some of the anti-BSG2003 complaints are just crazy
12 October 2004 | by (NB, Canada) – See all my reviews

Besides saying that I really liked the re-imagining of Galactica, I just wanted to point out the madness in one of the recurring complaints I've noticed among fans *and* nay-sayers of BSG2003. I read a lot of people saying "the new one doesn't have the humour of the original" or "it takes itself so seriously, the characters are too serious," or things to that effect.

I'm just wondering... how funny do you expect a nuclear holocaust to be?? I mean, writers of fiction are hoping that you can suspend your disbelief and try for a moment to imagine that what you are seeing is real, or could be real. So imagine for a moment, if you can, that you live in NYC and you just heard on the news that H-bombs have started falling from the sky in LA, and they're coming down in waves, west-to-east, and humanity is being utterly wiped out. Millions of people-- men, women and children, perhaps members of your own family, are dying in terror. Are you *really* going to be cracking jokes? Imagine that the human race is quickly being massacred, only a few hundred are managing to escape-- a tiny fraction of what civilization was, and you aren't sure if you're going to survive into tomorrow. Just how much humour is going to be in the air, mixing with the fallout and all? Even before the bombs start falling, all of the "overly serious" characters seem to me to have pretty good reasons... Adama's ship is being turned into a museum, effectively ending a major chapter in his military career (which is his life), Apollo's having to face his father, whom he blames for his brother's death, Teague is a drunk (they're not often the cheeriest people), Lauren's just been diagnosed with terminal cancer... you expect these people to be making with the ha-ha?

The character I did find funniest was Starbuck. Be it because she was a little 'crazy' or because she had the least on her shoulders (besides her boyfriend dying 2 years ago because of a decision she made... hm, may explain the 'crazy' a little, y'think?) to spoil her mood, and what do people say about Starbuck? "She was too crazy." There really *is* no pleasing some people.

Arguing that the characters in a story that depicts the extermination of said characters' species are "too serious" is... well, it only shows that you either can't do what the writers would like you to do-- and imagine yourself as a part of this world-- or that you can, but you're a suicidal sociopath.

I thought the miniseries was excellent; the re-worked premise made for a more textured story, the characters actually had some depth this time around, and were well-played by actors who obviously tried to 'get' some of the nuances of their characters and could take a serious situation (however imaginary) seriously. And I loved the special effects, too.

So with all due respect, the puritans who prefer the shallow, campy 70's series with its recycled fx footage, its 2-dimensional characters and it's plot that provides little context or background, can stick their complaints in their old pipes and smoke 'em.

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