The crew of the Galactica struggle to fight massive fires on board caused by Cylon suicide incendiary attacks.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Count Baltar (credit only)
Tony Swartz ...
Flight Sergeant Jolly
Fire Leader
Second Crewman
David Greenan ...


The Galactica again falls under Cylon attack, but this time, the Cylons have a new strategy. Instead of firing on the ship, they fly their ships into it. This kamikaze attack sets the Galactica ablaze, trapping many crew members, including Athena, Boomer, and Boxie. The initial impacts also critically injured Adama, whose life is now hanging in the balance. Can the crew put out the fire and save the Galactica, and will Adama survive to command it? Written by Catherine

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17 December 1978 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The episode "Fire in Space" used stock footage from The Towering Inferno (1974). See more »


The "smoke" coming under the door in the Rejuvenation Room stays on the ground, as dry ice would, instead of rising, as real smoke would. See more »


Athena: [the door won't budge] Maybe the locking mechanism shorted.
Lt. Boomer: No, no, it's a fire, and it's a bad one. Everybody, get over to the other side of the compartment! Move!
Athena: [assisting an injured pilot] All of those who aren't injured, please help those who are.
[another guy comes to help her assist]
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Edited into Working with the Daggit of 'Battlestar Galactica' (2004) See more »


Let's Go Home
End Title" (uncredited)
Composed and Conducted by Stu Phillips
Performed by The Los Angeles Philharmonic
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Maren Jensen is still with us, after all!
20 July 2017 | by (South Africa) – See all my reviews

Let's face it, guys, what worked in the movie/pilot, doesn't work week after week in the TV series, the episodes itself. Here, there are some good shots showing damage as it hits home internally with structures coming down - all totally adequate. But the exterior shots of spacecraft coming in to ram, they cannot be defended, they haven't stood the test of time, not even then, much less now.

However much you cheer for the old classic, for everything here that (gloriously) works, two things (cringe-worthily) don't. But cheer you do, in awe of the magnificence.

It struck me while watching that there is one thing you gotta understand. If you are fortunate enough to have a vivid imagination, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA can be the spark that ignites a whole new concept for you. You could mentally correct the images and more or less see what really needed to be seen. I wouldn't say I am that fortunate, but I at least go a way in that direction. And anything spurred on by this marvelous awesome concept is just bound to be great!

Best thing about this episode (for me) is that Maren Jensen is fully present, at long last, once more. I was working on a theory here these past few episodes: Maren is injured, look, she's either absent, or (as Athena) sitting down. So, it is good to see her and know she is alive and well after all. The most underemployed actress prior to Marliece Andrada of BAYWATCH and Lisa Stahl of BAYWATCH NIGHTS.

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