Battlestar Galactica (1978–1979)
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Gun on Ice Planet Zero: Part 1 

A special task force, mostly made up out of convicts, is dispatched to destroy a giant Cylon operated pulsar cannon on the planet Aracta directly in the Colonial Fleet's path. Having lost a... See full summary »

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A special task force, mostly made up out of convicts, is dispatched to destroy a giant Cylon operated pulsar cannon on the planet Aracta directly in the Colonial Fleet's path. Having lost a cadet on the planet earlier, Starbuck is eager to join the expedition for once. Boxey and Muffit also join the group as stowaways. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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According to the information on Athena's computer screen, the peak of Mount Heckla is actually above Arcta's atmosphere. See more »

Goofs

The length of Starbuck's hair throughout the episode "The Gun On Ice Planet Zero" part 1 & 2 is different. Apparently Dirk Benedict got a haircut somewhere along the shoot and it shows up in different scenes. See more »

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Cylon master gunner: Pulsar ready to fire.
First Centurion Vulpa: Fire as targets bear.
Cylon master gunner: By your command.
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References Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940) See more »

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Exploration/Theme from Battlestar Galactica
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Composed and Conducted by Stu Phillips
Performed by The Los Angeles Philharmonic
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This Gun is on target
10 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Plot; The Cylons herd the Galactica and its fleet near an ice planet where they have built a deadly laser weapon that can destroy ships in space. With no other options, Adama sends down a squad made up mostly of convicts to destroy the weapon.

This is essentially 'The Dirty Dozen' meets 'The Guns of Navarone'. Misfits on a one-way mission. It's a classic formula, and it works very well here in part 1. The production values here are outstanding, first in creating the two crash landings on the snow planet, and then creating the snow planet on a soundstage. It's all first rate stuff, and really helps to narrow that gap between reality and suspension of disbelief. The other aspect that works well here are the guest stars. There are some familiar names and faces--Bond girl Britt Ekland, 'Magnum' co-star Larry Manetti--and a host of colorful character actors who really bring their characters to life.

Being the first of a two-parter, nothing is resolved, but it certainly sets up strong stakes and has me looking forward to its conclusion.

BSG extras - Starbuck's (Dirk Benedict) hair noticeably changes lengths several times throughout the episode.


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