Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)

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When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurfaces and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protects a small civilian fleet - the last of humanity - as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony of Earth.

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Series cast summary:
 Admiral William Adama / ... (73 episodes, 2004-2009)
 President Laura Roslin (73 episodes, 2004-2009)
 Cpt. Lee 'Apollo' Adama / ... (73 episodes, 2004-2009)
 Dr. Gaius Baltar / ... (73 episodes, 2004-2009)
 Number Six / ... (73 episodes, 2004-2009)
 Lt. Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii / ... (73 episodes, 2004-2009)
 Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace / ... (71 episodes, 2004-2009)
 Colonel Saul Tigh (69 episodes, 2004-2009)
 Chief Galen Tyrol (66 episodes, 2004-2009)
 Captain Karl 'Helo' Agathon / ... (64 episodes, 2004-2009)
 Lt. Felix Gaeta (59 episodes, 2004-2009)
 Officer Anastasia Dualla / ... (54 episodes, 2004-2009)
 Crewman Specialist Cally Henderson / ... (38 episodes, 2004-2009)
 Dr. Cottle / ... (36 episodes, 2004-2009)
 Lt. Brendan 'Hot Dog' Constanza / ... (36 episodes, 2004-2009)
 Samuel Anders / ... (35 episodes, 2005-2009)
 Racetrack / ... (33 episodes, 2005-2009)
 Tory Foster (31 episodes, 2006-2009)


The second war against the Cylons is over and The Twelve Colonies have been destroyed. Now Commander Adama of the Battlestar Galatica and President Laura Roslin lead a ragtag fleet of refugees in a supposed search for the fabled lost thirteenth colony, Earth. However, the dangers they face are many which compound an already difficult situation. In addition to the Cylons hunting and attacking the fleet in space and their infiltrator units carrying out sabotage-even as their former unwitting pawn, Gaius Baltar, helps in the hunt for them while hiding both his own guilt and the strange presence that haunts his every thought, the fleet also faces internal political conflict in which the rabble-rousing figure, Tom Zarek, is merely the loudest dissenting voice, not to mention recurring shortages of food, water and even oxygen. In the midst of these trials, however, clues begin to appear to suggest that Adama's bluff about finding Earth might hold more truthful than anyone could have guessed. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

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Quite simply the best sci-fi show ever made
6 November 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When George Lucas announced that he was to make the Star Wars prequels I had this preconception of a darker, better acted, and more more grown up version of the movies that were made in the late seventies - early eighties. Instead we got a bunch of kids movies, littered with some of the most terrible cinematic decisions ever put on celluloid.

And then the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica came along, which I must add, I watched from start to finish only after the show had made it's debut on mainstream television.

I was initially sceptical of whether this would be any good, but after having reached the finale I can honestly say that this is quite simply the best sci-fi show ever made. The scripts are top notch, the acting superb with a real heart and soul, and characters that, even with their faults, will be remembered with great affection by the viewers for many years to come.

This is the template for all future TV shows. I't does not overstay it's welcome, knows when to stop, and constantly delivers fresh, new ideas as the seasons progress.

Series 1 was a great introduction; series 2 built on the initial success and delivered some of the shows highlights; season 3 was awesome for the first half (until the writers strike kicked in just after half way - but still highly entertaining); and season 4 put the icing on the cake with what I consider to be a tremendous and satisfying end to this great series.

The only downside was that I wished it could have continued, but I guess it is better to exit on a high and leave the crowd wanting more.

For me this has stripped Star Wars of it's crown and raised the bar where although it may one day be equalled, will never be bettered.


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