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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After shooting "Saga of a Star World", Dirk Benedict got a haircut and has much shorter hair in this episode, which in production order was actually the second one filmed. By the time "The Gun on Ice Planet Zero" aired (as the sixth and seventh episodes of the series), a subplot had been added in which Starbuck tampers with the computer in order to be selected for the Arcta mission. In these scenes, Benedict has much longer hair. See more »


Ice Planet Zero is described as an asteroid, but asteroids have neither atmosphere nor substantial gravity. See more »


Ser 5-9: You came to destroy the Ravashol pulsar.
Capt. Apollo: Ravashol?
Tenna: Dr. Ravashol. He is human.
Lt. Starbuck: A human created that monster up there for the Cylons?
Tenna: If it were not for Ravashol, we would not exist.
Ser 5-9: He is the Father Creator.
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Edited into The Cylons of 'Battlestar Galactica' (2004) See more »


Main Title: 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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