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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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Capt. Troy (credit only)
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Jamie Hamilton (credit only)
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Angela
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Rex Cutter ...
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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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4 May 1980 (USA)  »

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There are numerous fan fiction stories and fan edits of this episode that have a new ending of Starbuck modifying a Cylon Raider to enable him to leave the planet and return to the fleet. See more »

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Why didn't Starbuck just use the "Cylon Raider" to leave the planet after Cy and he destroyed the other Cylons?

Because it is known that it takes two people to fly a cylon raider. It's even said in the original 1978 series when Starbuck and Apollo had to infiltrate the basestar using Baltar's raider. See more »

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Cylon Warrior: I may not find your incessant talk fascinating, but at least I don't walk off.
Lt. Starbuck: Did you say something, Cy?
Cylon Warrior: [sarcastically] No, of course not. What could I possibly say to you? I'm nothing but a machine.
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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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