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When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurface and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protect a small civilian fleet - the last of humanity - as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony, Earth.
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 Admiral William Adama / ... (73 episodes, 2004-2009)
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 President Laura Roslin (73 episodes, 2004-2009)
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 Cpt. Lee 'Apollo' Adama / ... (73 episodes, 2004-2009)
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 Dr. Gaius Baltar / ... (73 episodes, 2004-2009)
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 Number Six / ... (73 episodes, 2004-2009)
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 Lt. Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii / ... (73 episodes, 2004-2009)
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 Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace / ... (71 episodes, 2004-2009)
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 Colonel Saul Tigh / ... (69 episodes, 2004-2009)
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 Chief Galen Tyrol (66 episodes, 2004-2009)
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 Captain Karl 'Helo' Agathon / ... (64 episodes, 2004-2009)
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 Lt. Felix Gaeta (59 episodes, 2004-2009)
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 Officer Anastasia Dualla / ... (54 episodes, 2004-2009)
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 Dr. Cottle / ... (36 episodes, 2004-2009)
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 Crewman Specialist Cally Henderson / ... (38 episodes, 2004-2009)
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 Lt. Brendan 'Hot Dog' Constanza / ... (36 episodes, 2004-2009)
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 Samuel Anders / ... (35 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Racetrack / ... (33 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Tory Foster (31 episodes, 2006-2009)
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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 (kchishol@rogers.com)

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The first season was aired in the United Kingdom on SkyOne months before it aired in North America. This resulted in an increase in North Americans downloading episodes on the Internet that were made freely available by British viewers of the show. Fearing that this widespread "previewing" of the series would diminish the show's ratings once it aired in North America, executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick made a written plea to fans to stop downloading episodes and wait for them to air in the United States and Canada. See more »

Goofs

If the humanoid Cylons are only distinguishable from humans by the fact that there were only six models of them, why aren't they considered to be human beings? After all, if they can mate successfully with human beings and have all of the same bodily functions, are they not human?

Additionally, the equipment or biological changes that allow the Cylons to communicate with the robotic Cylons and their ships should be apparent if/when they are scanned. Yet no one during the entire run of series seems to have consider this. See more »

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Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: [in a deleted scene after Laura Roslin asked him if what she did was a mistake] I believe that it is never a mistake to follow your heart.
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Crazy Credits

The second half of the opening credits for the first season is a montage of quick teaser clips from the current week's episode. Ron D. Moore said he took the idea from "Space: 1999". This was removed at the beginning of the second season, but later reinstated. See more »

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Different? Yes, Better? Absolutely!
4 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a child of the 70's I can say that I loved the original BSG and always wanted a proper return to the story, not that lame attempt called "Gallactica" with the guy from "Adam 12". However, I was skeptical about this new show because of the core changes, like making Starbuck and Boomer female, for example. It didn't matter. This is one of the best TV shows ever made. It's dramatic, funny, sad, extremely dark and immensely engrossing. By changing the character of Baltar from a ruthless power hungry madman in the original to the witless and sympathetic patsy that he is at the beginning of this show creates a whole new dynamic to this character and his development. Adding the president to be a counter balance to Adama instead of the commander automatically ruling over everyone was far more believable than the council full of wusses that were supposed to be in charge in the '78 version.

Bottom line, the stories are more intense, the characters are stronger, the suspense can drive you mad. This show is addictive to say the least. The creators have brought a realism to this idea that just wasn't there in the original. In '78, the show was a campy attempt to capitalize on the Star Wars phenomenon that was definitely entertaining, but was also a little too convenient in its "everything works out by the end of the episode" theme. Life isn't like that. This new version completely escapes from the happy family sweetness of a '70's TV series. Battlestar Gallactica(2004) is a more believable life and death struggle because people actually die in this series. The only noteworthy death in the original was that of Serena, and that was in the first 3 to 5 hours of the series. These people are fighting for their lives. They're not all going to make it. The last scene of season 1 had me and all my friends jumping out of our seats yelling "NOOOOO! They didn't just do that!!! They can't leave it like that!! When does the next season start?!?!?!?!" Not many shows have had that kind of effect on me in my life, and I watch way too much TV.

In closing, BSG(04) is a fantastic show. If you were a fan of the original, savor it for what it was, but give this reincarnation a chance, I think you'll love it.


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