When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurface and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protect a small civilian fleet - the last of humanity - as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony, Earth.
Edward James Olmos,
A year after Liberation Day, courtesy of the red-dust bacteria, the humanoid, lizard-like aliens develop a resistance to the micro-organism and try to regain control of the Earth--only now some humans are knowingly working with them.
Following the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol by the Cylons, a rag-tag fugitive fleet of the last remnants of mankind flees the pursuing Cylons while simultaneously searching for their true home: Earth.
Edward James Olmos,
The leaders of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind are making plans to sign a peace treaty with their mortal enemies, the Cylon Empire. On the eve of the ceremony, the Cylons betray the pact and destroy most of the Colonies and their entire fleet. Under the command of Commander Adama, the battlestar Galactica leads the remaining Colonial ships into space and seeks out a lost thirteenth colony, which turns out to be Earth. Along the way, the Colonials encounter various races (both friendly and hostile), the legendary human warrior Commander Cain, and the planet Kobol, the motherworld of all the Colonies. All the while, the Cylons - under the command of human traitor Count Baltar - closely pursue this fugitive fleet across the universe.Written by
When John Dykstra was hired to work on this show, it was not yet planned as a weekly television series, but rather a three-part miniseries of made-for-television movies. In order to pay him a higher salary than he would have made as an Optical Effects Supervisor, Glen A. Larson made Dykstra a Line Producer. Unfortunately, Dykstra's working relationship with Larson became strained, partly due to the decision to release the first television movie (Saga of a Star World) in theaters, which Dykstra felt was not a proper way to showcase his effects work (which had been designed for the smaller aspect ratio of television). When ABC decided to buy the series, Dykstra chose not to stay, and so his producer credit only appeared on "Saga of a Star World" and the two-part "Gun on Ice Planet Zero", which were the first to be shot before the switch to a regular series format. See more »
The members of the council were elected in the first episode. However, every time we see the council, there are different members. See more »
Opening Credit Announcer:
There are those who believe that life here began out there, far across the universe... with tribes of humans... who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians... or the Toltecs... or the Mayans. Some believe there may yet be brothers of man... who even now fight to survive - somewhere beyond the heavens!
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Two episodes were edited together to form the made-for-video movie Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack. In syndication, the series incorporates the episodes of "Galactica 1980" (1980). See more »
Ah, GALACTICA. I had a party at my house on the night of the start of the series. A whole bunch of goofy high school juniors crowded into my living room watching the destruction of the human race by a bunch of evil robots ruled by a big lizard, hell-bent on galactic domination. An earlier poster made a comment about the show being interrupted by a news report(The Camp David Peace Agreements with Carter, Begin, and Sadat, signing the official accords)so while this was going on, we took a break for a bite. ABC, thoughtfully didn't rejoin the show in progress, but backed it up a few moments and started from there. Try THAT, today!
As the series commenced it was hard pressed to live up to, as Time magazine predicted, "block buster ratings". Re-used special effects, and a slow dive into "bad writing-ville", began after the first regular episode. And, as this was the first show in the ABC Sunday night line-up of shows, if football coverage went late, it was interrupted, and joined in progress. I remember being pretty unhappy when the cancellation of the series was announced, in early 1979.
Battlestar Galactica is pretty much cursed with a very dated "Disco-ish" look to it, with feathered hair, and '70-ish clothes. The reused SFX of Vipers banking away gets tired, too. A brave effort, but short lived.
Let's hope that the ever-planned update of the series stays true to the original concept. I'd happily watch Starbuck and Apollo fight Cylons, once again. Just pray that whom ever runs the show does not mess with the franchise.
And PLEASE have Maren Jensen in it, too!!!!
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