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The Return of Starbuck 

Dr. Zee describes his dreams which reveal the fate of Starbuck and his link to the lost pilot.



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Episode credited cast:
Captain Troy (credit only)
Lieutenant Dillon (credit only)
Jamie Hamilton (credit only)
Dr. Zee (as Patrick Stuart)
Rex Cutter ...
Ellen Gerken ...
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Cy (voice)


The Seraph youth Doctor Zee sees Commander Adama to explain that he is experiencing dreams. Adama shows no particular concern, but when Doctor Zee explains that his dream involves a mysterious Colonial warrior named Starbuck, Adama realizes there is something very real in Zee's dream. In the dream, the Colonial Fleet has come under unusually savage attack from Cylon raiders, and Starbuck's viper takes a grave hit, though he succeeds in shooting down a Cylon raider that loses power and crashes onto a nearby planet. Boomer tries to stay with Starbuck, but the Fleet is in such grave danger that Starbuck tells his close friend to save himself and the Fleet. As Starbuck's crippled viper drifts toward the nearby solar system, Boomer is driven to tears that his close friend will never be seen again, and after landing on the besieged Galactica pleads with Commander Adama to try and rescue Starbuck. But the Cylons have succeeded in annihilating much of the Fleet, and it is all Adama can do to ... Written by Michael Daly

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Release Date:

4 May 1980 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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(#1.10) came out 5 years before Enemy Mine (1985) which has a similar plot. The film is about a space fighter pilot (Dennis Quaid) whom along with his nemesis; a reptilian extra terrestrial (Louis Gossett, Jr.) crashes on a volcanic planet when their ships are both damaged in a space battle and both human and alien are forced to put aside their prejudices and they begin to understand each other and they become friends. See more »


Despite being stranded for several months, Starbuck's hair remains at the same length, and his face remains clean shaven. In addition, his clothing remains clean and untattered. See more »


[Cy returns, carrying a pregnant woman in his arms]
Lt. Starbuck: She's alive!
Cylon Warrior: I presumed you'd prefer her that way.
Lt. Starbuck: Cy, this isn't funny. This is a living, breathing human being.
Cylon Warrior: Yes, I feel I have already compromised everything I believe in. What's helping one more human going to matter more or less?
Lt. Starbuck: Cy, this is more than a woman.
Cylon Warrior: I'm sorry if you are displeased, there wasn't much of a selection.
Lt. Starbuck: Cy, this woman is with child.
Cylon Warrior: Child?
Lt. Starbuck: Small human. She's going to bear another human life.
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how can you not love it?
26 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

OK, the plot is utterly preposterous, and full of holes. Much of the acting is questionable at best...and yet. A snarky, moody, Cylon and smarta$$ Starbuck eye candy. Perfect.

Some of the dialog between Cy and Starbuck in this episode has stuck with me for more than 30 years, in that list of stupid movie or TV quotes that most of us have some version of in our heads. So it's hokey; who cares? If you watch it accepting that it is an old TV show, and don't take it seriously, it is a lot of fun.

The rest of the season was pretty much torture that only die-hard Battlestar Galactica fan desperation can get you through, but this one almost makes up for it.

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