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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.
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Series cast summary:
...  Admiral William Adama / ... 73 episodes, 2004-2009
...  President Laura Roslin 73 episodes, 2004-2009
...  Cpt. Lee 'Apollo' Adama / ... 73 episodes, 2004-2009
...  Dr. Gaius Baltar / ... 73 episodes, 2004-2009
...  Number Six / ... 73 episodes, 2004-2009
...  Lt. Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii / ... 73 episodes, 2004-2009
...  Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace / ... 71 episodes, 2004-2009
...  Colonel Saul Tigh / ... 69 episodes, 2004-2009
...  Chief Galen Tyrol 66 episodes, 2004-2009
...  Captain Karl 'Helo' Agathon / ... 64 episodes, 2004-2009
...  Lt. Felix Gaeta 59 episodes, 2004-2009
...  Officer Anastasia Dualla / ... 54 episodes, 2004-2009
...  Dr. Cottle / ... 36 episodes, 2004-2009
...  Crewman Specialist Cally Henderson / ... 38 episodes, 2004-2009
...  Lt. Brendan 'Hot Dog' Constanza / ... 36 episodes, 2004-2009
...  Samuel Anders / ... 35 episodes, 2005-2009
...  Racetrack / ... 33 episodes, 2005-2009
...  Tory Foster 31 episodes, 2006-2009
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The second war against the Cylons is over and The Twelve Colonies have been destroyed. Now Commander Adama of the Battlestar Galatica and President Laura Roslin lead a ragtag fleet of refugees in a supposed search for the fabled lost thirteenth colony, Earth. However, the dangers they face are many which compound an already difficult situation. In addition to the Cylons hunting and attacking the fleet in space and their infiltrator units carrying out sabotage-even as their former unwitting pawn, Gaius Baltar, helps in the hunt for them while hiding both his own guilt and the strange presence that haunts his every thought, the fleet also faces internal political conflict in which the rabble-rousing figure, Tom Zarek, is merely the loudest dissenting voice, not to mention recurring shortages of food, water and even oxygen. In the midst of these trials, however, clues begin to appear to suggest that Adama's bluff about finding Earth might hold more truthful than anyone could have guessed. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Trivia

"Kobol" in the ancient Persian language means "Heaven". It is also an anagram of "Kolob", the name of the planet/star nearest the "throne of God", according to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) - Glen A. Larson, the executive producer of the original television series, was a church member and incorporated a number of themes from Mormon theology into the show. See more »

Goofs

If the humanoid Cylons are only distinguishable from humans by the fact that there were only six models of them, why aren't they considered to be human beings? After all, if they can mate successfully with human beings and have all of the same bodily functions, are they not human?

Additionally, the equipment or biological changes that allow the Cylons to communicate with the robotic Cylons and their ships should be apparent if/when they are scanned. Yet no one during the entire run of series seems to have consider this. See more »

Quotes

Racetrack: Been playing with these cards for so long, I know every fold.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: So life's a bitch. What do you want to do, cry about it?
Racetrack: No, I just want it to end, okay? The bad food, the endless rotations, pretending that a card game is the high point of our day.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: It's not going to last forever, all right? Earth is out there.
Racetrack: Right. We could all be chasing our tails over some half-assed planetarium show.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: And you guys can all go to hell. I'm going to go find Helo.
Racetrack: Good idea... maybe that Cylon whore taught him a ...
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Crazy Credits

The second season added the line "47,875 survivors in search of a home called Earth" in the opening sequence starting with Episode #2.1 "Scattered" and decremented it in every subsequent episode based on how many characters were killed off in the previous episode (or occasionally, as when the Pegasus returned, increasing it when the population increases). See more »

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Sci-fi for Grown-Ups
10 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

Before I proceed, I'll just add a quick comment for those slating the series without seeing it: please, stop it. Instead, wait and see what the new show is about and give it a chance. Unless of course, you want to miss one of the best dramas currently airing...

BSG is a very human story. Yet unlike Star Trek, they're not resolved by the end of the episode. Here the characters are real people who make mistakes, grow and learn from their errors. Or maybe they don't...

The point is that in the new BSG, the impact of the loss of the Colonies is something everybody must deal with, be it on a resource-management level to dealing with the loss of their families. The impact of the Cylon attack - never explored in the original series - is a major emphasis in the show and the viewer genuinely does get the feeling of the "rag tag fleet."

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the original series as much as anybody, but it was a product of its time and audience-slot. The new BSG is a much more adult production, both in terms of the writing and performances and the intended audience.

Additionally, the show is very non-sci-fi, but in a good way. Whenever any "science" turns up, it's integrated in such a way as to have minimal impact on the plot and, unlike Star Trek, it isn't used as a Deus Ex Machina to simply resolve the "crisis of the week." In fact, I'd go as far as to say the show is closer to 24 or The West Wing than it is Star Trek or Babylon 5, with the focus being much more on the people and their individual actions, rather than a wide-scale "space opera."

Performances are all strong, with James Callis being the real star. His tortured performance as the guilt-stricken Baltar are a joy to watch as he flips from near-hysterical lunatic to scheming toad to smooth womaniser. Olmos has the presence to give Adama the air of authority required. Sackhoff's performance as Starbuck is "subtly obvious" - she plays the brash, cocky pilot a little too well, something that's explained in later episodes. And Bamber's Apollo is a mix of heroic action and self-doubt which balances well. Mention must also go to McDonnell's President Roslin who, over the course of the series, has grown in stature and presence in a very subtle manner.

Quite simply, Battlestar Galactica is one of the most consistently strong shows I've ever seen. Considering this is only the first of (hopefully) many seasons, it's amazing to see how the show has "hit the ground running," with each episode being an improvement on the last. And considering the high standard of the first one, that's quite the achievement.

Watch it. You won't be disappointed.


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