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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For the first season in the U.S., the opening theme was an instrumental piece. When broadcast in other countries, the opening theme was a completely different composition, a song with vocals, the same length as the instrumental theme. After the first season, the U.S. broadcasts used the same theme song as everywhere else. The vocals are a famous Hindu mantra, the Gayatri Mantra, taken from the Rig Veda; the words are "OM bhûr bhuvah svah tat savitur varçnyam bhargô dçvasya dhîmahi dhiyô yô nah pracôdayât", which may be translated in various ways but means approximately "may we attain that excellent glory of Savitar the God / so May he stimulate our prayers". See more »


The colony called Sagittarion in the miniseries is called Sagittaron throughout the series. See more »


Lt. Karl 'Helo' Agathon: That's my Raptor wranglers, always looking for new and interesting ways to get killed.
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The second season added the line "47,875 survivors in search of a home called Earth" in the opening sequence starting with Episode #2.1 "Scattered" and decremented it in every subsequent episode based on how many characters were killed off in the previous episode (or occasionally, as when the Pegasus returned, increasing it when the population increases). See more »


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This is not Science-Fiction Perhaps Religion-Fiction
9 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

Some people since the dawn of history have been interested in space, science, and technology, I am one of them. Yet some other have been interested in religion. The people who are responsible from this TV-series are no doubt of the second kind, that is, religious ones. They market space-sci-tech concepts to the people who are interested in them but in stark contrast what they deliver is religious concepts. I hated this TV-series with my every fibre. It is all about how evil is science and tech and how good is religion, seeing visions, talking to gods or angels. You call this Science-Fiction? I have no objection to religion, rather I object the marketing of the series as Sci-Fi. Sci-Fi is the Trojan Horse used to poison young minds, and they inject their religious ideas as the ultimate truth. They speak of polytheism of humans but both the cylons and humans seemed to me like Mormons.

I hated Adama and Roslin because they were all-corrupt, and I hated Katee Sackhoff (not Starbuck) because she seemed like always on drugs, always over-joyed than can be felt in such tragic circumstances.

I read a book called "The Science of Battlestar Galactica" written by science advisers of the series. I did not find it useful, they talk but explain nothing, it is like a science book written by religious people not scientists. I do not know how things are going on in Hollywood but either producers did not listen well their advisers or advisers were inadequate.

We are in an age that we can use energy weapons but far from traveling near the speed of light. Colonies on the contrary can travel even faster than the speed of light but using bullets! Don't make me laugh, this is stupid and for an even pseudo sci-fi TV-series utterly bad choice. I once feared Battlestars and Basehips will battle each other with catapults when I happened to watch that BSG rammed into The Colony base ship, I imagine Starbuck killing a cyclon with a sling shot, how cool is that? I wonder if there was any cylon passing out seeing a comrade cylon jerking oil when shot with a bullet.

In an episode we see Starbuck using a raider, which she killed and opened a hole in the raider's hull, to take-off from the ground and making a space travel by plugging the hole with her coat. Are you kidding me? In another one we see a raptor enter into a planet with a broken front window! Perhaps, you have not heard of The Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

Quote from the book I mentioned:

"The First Law of The Science of Battlestar Galactica takes care of the lack of scientific explanation, the unresolved plot issues, and the Fleet's endless supply of whiskey: "If you're wondering how they eat and breathe, and other science facts, just repeat to yourself, 'It's just a show, I should really just relax."

If you make such stupid mistakes I can't relax! The whole series is fulled with them. We see that some hand grenades can blow out the armoured hull of BSG but a nuclear bomb can't create a crater, yet the FTL jumping of a raptor can hurt more then a nuclear bomb when done near the BSG but when BSG is rammed into The Colony and make an FTL jump while still partly inside nothing happens to The Colony! Do you want more examples? They run out of fuel, food, but never not only whiskey also medicines, ammunition. It looks cool when a cylon uses a Gatling type of weapon which pop out of its arm, but where do you store all the ammunition? It seems they have an infinite supply of them in that tiny arm. Cylon raiders are yet another problem, their design is impossible to work. The missiles they carry cannot hold nuclear war heads, they are too small for that.

Guys, religious people might not even notice all such problems if they are your intended audience but a normal guy would, and if he is a geek he would find things even your science adviser would not have the answer perhaps. So, is this a Sci-Fi intended for geeks or not? Do not tell me, this is about human tragedy and drama, BSG has to be about Cylons not humans, and about space and science. If you want to make human drama do make a TV-series about how Moses took his tribe to their promised land and died before entering those lands; do you think this is Science-Fiction? this is religious human drama; You take this thousands year old story add to it space and robots and tell me that it is sci-fi; this is absurd! How many minutes do we watch Cylons? Almost none. Besides, new Cylons, Raiders, and Basestars are inferior to old ones, this is a shame. Terminator is about robots not about humans so is and must be BSG too, I wanna see Cylons not some tribal people fleeing for a home.

If we don't count the fact that this is not a sci-fi series, I think it's better than most of all, it's quite realistic indeed. Yes, you've some plus. I read you are making another TV-series of the concept, please make it like Caprica but eliminate the Adama family history which is about nothing but terrorism, mafia that's all sort of illegal stuff, up to that point however I liked it very much, it's my favourite off all, but I wish there was more science talk.

Guys, there are tons of things to tell however my time is not infinite like your whiskey, this is your job so please spend some more time to make it more realistic in terms of not only human side but also scientifically.

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