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Battlestar Galactica (1978)

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After the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind, the last major fighter carrier leads a makeshift fugitive fleet in a desperate search for the legendary planet Earth.

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... Captain Apollo
... Lieutenant Starbuck
... Commander Adama
... Lieutenant Boomer
... Lieutenant Athena
Tony Swartz ... Flight Sergeant Jolly
... Boxey
... Colonel Tigh
... President Adar
... Sire Anton
... Count Baltar
... Cassiopeia
... Dr. Paye
... Serina
... Sire Uri
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The story of how the Twelve Colonies of Mankind are destroyed after 1,000 years of war with the evil Cylon Empire. Through deceit, the Cylons are able to destroy the Colonies' entire fleet, except for the Battlestar Galactica, captained by Commander Adama. Adama gathers up the few remaining humans left on all the twelve worlds and embarks on a journey to find the mythical planet Earth, the supposed thirteenth colony, lost millennia ago when humans first left the motherworld Kobol. With food and fuel running out, the fleet heads for a mineral planet, Carillon, hoping to get what they need. The Ovions, who populate the planet, are being controlled by the Cylons, who set a trap for the Galactica. Under a clever ruse, Adama convinces the Cylons that his pilots are on the surface at a banquet, while the real pilots are at full combat readiness. The fleet gets their food and fuel, and escapes, destroying Carillon and a Cylon Baseship hiding behind the planet. Written by BSG Mailing List <bsg@csonline.com>

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The last Battlestar Galactica leads a ragtag fugitive fleet on a lonely quest...for a shining planet known as Earth. See more »


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18 May 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kampfstern Galactica  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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(Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

There are numerous references to ancient Earth civilizations:
  • The helmets worn by Colonial Viper pilots are based on headdresses work by ancient Egyptian kings.
  • Count Baltar's name is a merger of the Norse god Baldur and the Summarian god Baal.
  • The Cylon force structure is based on Roman legions.
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Goofs

Shortly after Apollo and Zac launch, as they make a turn there is a very brief moment when a Cylon Raider is visible in the lower left hand of the screen (only on the DVD box set, Saga of a Star World). See more »

Quotes

Boxey: [to Apollo] Can I ride in your ship, sir?
Captain Apollo: Fighter planes are no place for little boys.
Serina: They're going to have to be if our people are going to survive. We must fight back.
Commander Adama: Yes, we are going to fight back. But not here, not now, not in the Colonies. Not even in this star system. Let the word go forth to every man, woman and child who survived this holocaust; tell them to set sail at once in every assorted vehicle that will carry them.
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Connections

Followed by Conquest of the Earth (1981) See more »

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better story than Star Wars but worse effects
5 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

Battlestar Galactica did have a heavy impact on my childhood. I remember all of my friends trying to rebuild Battlestars and Vipers in various designs out of our LEGO space edition tiles. And how much fun it was to blast the other's ships into pieces! LEGO must have earned millions through us. Never ever has there been another spacecraft as illustrious in design as the Galactica (forget Star Trek's clumsy saucers). Unfortunately, the special effects appeared a little simple, because they were persistently reused. And YES, another commentator was right: Maren Jenson is THE reason to watch the show! Of course, there are one or two things about the story which are quite dubious. For one, the praised military leadership being better than a civilian one is a little hard-core cold-war belief. And in the series, those partially overemphasized religious elements sometimes got a little annoying in the otherwise splendid science-fantasy plot. But after all, those elements formed a heterogeneous mix promoting tolerance and gave the show its uniqueness. Definitely worth watching!


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