Battlestar Galactica (1978–1979)
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Greetings from Earth 

Apollo and Starbuck come across a vessel they think may have come from Earth and take it aboard the Galactica. On board are two adults and four children in a state of suspended animation. ... See full summary »


Rod Holcomb


Glen A. Larson (created by), Glen A. Larson

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Hatch ... Captain Apollo
Dirk Benedict ... Lieutenant Starbuck
Lorne Greene ... Commander Adama
Herbert Jefferson Jr. ... Lieutenant Boomer
John Colicos ... Count Baltar (credit only)
Maren Jensen ... Lieutenant Athena
Noah Hathaway ... Boxey
Laurette Spang ... Cassiopeia
Tony Swartz Tony Swartz ... Flight Sergeant Jolly
Anne Lockhart ... Lieutenant Sheba
Terry Carter ... Colonel Tigh
Randolph Mantooth ... Michael
Kelly Harmon Kelly Harmon ... Sarah
Murray Matheson ... Statesman Geller
George Murdock ... Dr. Salik


Apollo and Starbuck come across a vessel they think may have come from Earth and take it aboard the Galactica. On board are two adults and four children in a state of suspended animation. Adama disagrees with the Council of Twelve about opening the sleeping chambers, for that may mean endangering the humans within. When the adult male, Michael, wakes up, he finds it difficult to breath the air on board the Galactica. Apollo, Starbuck and Cassiopea decide to escort the Lunar Shuttle Avion to its destination, hoping to find out if the travelers home, Terra, may be related to the planet Earth. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Release Date:

25 February 1979 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Those from Terra use seconds, minutes etc to measure time not centons etc. See more »


Just after Apollo shoots the barrels with his laser, the camera cuts back to Michael. As Michael is speaking to Apollo, an airplane can be seen flying by in the background (this could not be an alien craft of any kind, because the planet is uninhabited.) See more »


Security Officer Reese: [drawing his laser gun] All right, you two, I don't know what you're up to but I've had just about all I'm gonna take from you, now step aside!
Flight Sgt. Jolly: Reese, now you're endangering the lives of these children! Now surely not even you're that cruel!
Lt. Boomer: [Reese pulls the blankets off the chambers revealing them to be empty] Jolly, you forgot the kids!
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Edited into Remembering 'Battlestar Galactica' (2004) See more »


Exploration/Theme from Battlestar Galactica
Composed and Conducted by Stu Phillips
Performed by The Los Angeles Philharmonic
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Weaker episode
14 February 2019 | by keyopeSee all my reviews

After a run of fun adventure episodes we end up with Greetings From Earth. The set up is good, a spaceship containing a family in sleep hibernation is picked up by the Galactica. Unfortunately what follows is pretty dull, and we are introduced to new villains, the Eastern Alliance, which I suppose is meant to be a subtle nod at the Nazis or the Russians. Thing is, after the Cylons, a group of blokes dressed like Nazis just doesn't really cut it. Their equipment and technology isn't as advanced as the Galactica's or the Cylons so these guys are a real step down (kind of like when Superman went from fighting General Zod, to fighting that daft Meteor Man). The Eastern Alliance subplot lasted a few episodes, none of which were any good in my opinion. This one is worth skipping.

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