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A note regarding spoilers

The following entries may contain spoilers. Spoiler tags are used sparingly to make the page easier to read.

Yes. The 3-hour miniseries acts as a pilot episode and sets up all of the events, characters, and themes of the series.

The seven main models are:

#1 Brother Cavil

#2 Leoben Conoy

#3 D'Anna Biers

#4 Simon

#5 Aaron Doral

#6 Gina/Shelley Godfrey/"Number Six"

#8 Sharon Valerii/Boomer/Athena

The "Final Five" are:

- Colonel Saul Tigh

- Chief Galen Tyrol

- Samuel Anders

- Tory Foster

- Ellen Tigh

Spoiler-filled explanation of the Final Five:

[spoiler] The "Cylons" that had been created on Kobol (including humanoid models) rebelled, causing the Exodus to the Twelve Colonies. The humanoid Cylons escaped to the "Thirteenth Colony," or Earth. On Earth, they lived as humans (despite being the original humanoid Cylons), until they created their own race of Cylons, which rebelled against them, attacking Earth with nuclear weapons.

Saul and Ellen Tigh, Galen Tyrol, Sam Anders, and Tory Foster escaped the nuclear holocaust on Earth several thousands of years prior to the events of the series. They had developed resurrection technology, so that when the Earth was destroyed and their lives ended, they would resurrect on a ship in Earth's orbit. They traveled to the Twelve Colonies, the journey taking thousands of years without faster-than-light capability, to convince the humans left over from Kobol not to repeat their mistake and develop artificial life again.

Upon their arrival to the Twelve Colonies, they discovered that they were too late. The humans were already at war with the Centurions (this iteration created by Daniel Greystone on Caprica), who had begun to experiment with creating humanoid life (such as the Hybrids, which run the Basestars in the series). The Five, in exchange for peace between the humans and Cylons, gave them the resurrection technology and developed eight humanoid models - the seven listed above, and "Number Seven," or "Daniel." The Armistice was declared, and peace had been achieved, the Cylons disappearing entirely.

The Number Ones, or "Cavils," grew frustrated with being limited to human form, and not being allowed to continue fighting humans. He also grew jealous of Ellen's attachment to Number Seven (Daniel). So Cavil completely destroyed the entire line of Daniels, and erased the memories of the Tighs, Tyrol, Anders, and Tory, scattering them throughout the Colonies with false, implanted memories, to have them live among humanity so they could experience the coming nuclear holocaust from the human perspective.

Battlestar Galactica is serialized so it is best watched in a definite progression so you understand the long story arcs.

1) Miniseries (2003) - This is a 3-hour miniseries that acts as a pilot for the weekly series and introduces the characters and situations.

2) Season 1 (2004/2005) - Contains 13 episodes.

3) Season 2 (2005-2006) - Contains 20 episodes.

4) Battlestar Galactica: The Resistance webisode series (2006) - Consists of 10 "webisodes" that bridge the gap between Seasons 2 and 3. Although not essential, the webisodes enhance the story of the series. As yet, these are not available on all DVD/Blu-ray sets throughout the world.

5) Season 3 (2006-2007) - Contains 20 episodes.

6) Battlestar Galactica: Razor (2007) - This is a 2-hour TV movie (officially the first two episodes of Season 4). Takes place during Season 2 with flashbacks to the miniseries and earlier, but should be viewed here, not during Season 2. Not 100% necessary, but it adds considerable detail to certain aspects of the series. DVD and Blu-ray versions contain both the aired version (90 mins) and extended version (103 mins). Another webisode series, Battlestar Galactica: Razor Flashbacks, was produced and released around the time of this movie, and all episodes are included on the DVD release, though many of them have been re-edited back into the extended cut of Razor.

7) Season 4, Part 1 (2008) - Contains 10 episodes (also known as "Season 4.0" on DVD).

8) Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy webisode series (2008-2009) - Consists of 10 "webisodes" that take place between Season 4, Part 1 and Season 4, Part 2. Function is similar to The Resistance. The events of this actually take place after the first episode of Season, Part 2 (or 4.5), though they were released before that episode. It doesn't really matter much whether you watch it before that episode or after (though I would recommend watching it after). As yet, not released on DVD or Blu-ray.

9) Season 4, Part 2 (2009) - Also titled "Season 4.5" or "The Final Season", this is the final 10 episodes of Battlestar Galactica.

10) Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (2009) - This is a post-series prequel TV movie which depicted the events of the 2003 miniseries and immediately thereafter from the Cylon point of view. The DVD and Blu-Ray includes an extended director's cut (112 mins, which includes graphic violence, sexual content and nudity).

There are also two spin-off prequels which may be of interest:

11) Caprica (2009/2010) - Prequel TV series set 58 years before the events of the miniseries of Battlestar Galactica. The series deals with the creation of the Cylons, and stars Eric Stoltz as Daniel Greystone, creator of the Cylons, and Esai Morales as Joseph Adama, father of Battlestar's William Adama. The series (comprising 19 episodes including the feature-length pilot) has been released on DVD (and Blu-ray in certain territories).

12) Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome (2012) - another prequel that is set during the first Cylon War, 40 years before the miniseries and around 18 years after Caprica. The story follows a young William Adama (future commander of the Galactica) as a new recruit in the Colonial Fleet, and shows his first experience of battling the Cylons. This is a one-off story that was originally planned to be a backdoor pilot for a new series that was ultimately never made. Released on DVD and Blu-ray.

The ending suggests that the real Starbuck died when she crashed her ship on the original planet called Earth and that the person who returns to the fleet is some form of celestial messenger in her guise or has been allowed a little more life in order to fufil her role in the prophecy of humanity's destiny (which she does by taking the Galactica to our planet, which the Colonials called "Earth"). Hence she disappears whilst talking to Lee in the final scene because her role in the story is completed. Presumably Lee keeps his word that she will not be forgotten and the region of Thrace in Greece is named in her memory

We know that Helo and Athena's half human/half Cylon daughter has at least one child of her own (from whom modern humanity is descended) and dies reasonably young, the archaelogists referring to her fossilized remains as that of a young woman. Galen is last seen heading for an area which sounds reminiscent of Western Europe, the area from which the ancient tribe of the 'Gaels' originates which suggests he may be its' founder. Ancient Greek myths utilise many of the names of the characters including Apollo (The Sun God) and Athena (Goddess of War and Wisdom) which suggests they may have been based on the actual story of the Galactica with the Greek region of Thrace deriving its' title from Starbuck's surname, Lee having promised she wouldn't be forgotten. Mankind adopts the names of the 12 tribes to identify various star constellations. The rebel Cylon Centurions are given their baseship with which to explore the galaxy and have been suggested as the source of UFO sightings if they periodically checked in on their human progeny. The fate of any non-rebel Cylons throughout the cosmos is unclear, though without their resurrection technology, it is likely they simply died out.

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