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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cassiopeia (credit only)
Tony Swartz ...
Flight Sergeant Jolly (credit only)
Christine Belford ...
Denny Miller ...


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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22 October 1978 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The schematic of the pulsar weapon from "Gun on Ice Planet Zero" is that of a common reflector telescope. See more »


Painfully obvious paper-mache rocks. See more »


Lt. Boomer: [Indicating Leda while leaning towards Starbuck] She looks like she could take us all on, *with* or *without* chains.
Lieutenant Starbuck: [reading a scanner] Leda. Medic, First Class, expert in laser wounds, and arctic experienced.
Leda: What's the mission?
Lt. Boomer: Commander will brief you.
Leda: [Glares at Croft before turning back to Starbuck] To have Croft and myself in the same place, at the same time, invites disaster.
Lieutenant Starbuck: You don't like him?
Leda: I'm married to him! And no, I don't like him
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Edited into Working with the Daggit of 'Battlestar Galactica' (2004) See more »


Exploration/Theme from Battlestar Galactica
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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