Battlestar Galactica (1978–1979)
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Saga of a Star World 

The Twelve Colonies of Man are annihilated by the Cylons. Adama, commanding the last surviving Battlestar, takes it upon himself to lead all remaining survivors aboard 220 ships to find a ... See full summary »


Richard A. Colla, Alan J. Levi (uncredited)


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
Tony Swartz Tony Swartz ... Flight Sergeant Jolly
Maren Jensen ... Lieutenant Athena
Noah Hathaway ... Boxey
Terry Carter ... Colonel Tigh
Lew Ayres ... President Adar
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Anton
John Colicos ... Count Baltar
Laurette Spang ... Cassiopeia
John Fink ... Dr. Payne
Jane Seymour ... Serina
Ray Milland ... Sire Uri


The Twelve Colonies of Man are annihilated by the Cylons. Adama, commanding the last surviving Battlestar, takes it upon himself to lead all remaining survivors aboard 220 ships to find a new home. After the Galactica's fighter pilots successfully navigate a path through the Nova of Madagon minefield, the spoiled Sire Uri proposes to settle down on Carillon, where food and entertainment are provided by the natives. However, Adama suspects a Cylon trap. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Release Date:

17 September 1978 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Terry Carter was initially cast as Lt. Boomer but broke his ankle while skating at Venice Beach with his daughter. Since he was unable to play the more physical part of Boomer, Glen A. Larson cast Carter as Colonel Tigh instead. All during the three-hour pilot, Colonel Tigh has his left leg in a cast. See more »


Just after Zac and Apollo launch on their patrol, you see the two Vipers coming toward the camera, a Cylon Raider can be seen entering the shot very briefly on the lower left side of the screen. See more »


Cylon Centurion: The warriors continue to advance, at least six squadrons.
Imperious Leader: Recall all raiders to defend base ship!
Cylon Centurion: Our raiders are all destroyed.
Imperious Leader: All destroyed? How? We took them by surprise.
Cylon Centurion: Apparently, it was not as big a surprise as we had hoped for.
Imperious Leader: Retreat closer to Carillon! Below their scanners!
Cylon Centurion: There are reports of fires on Carillon. It is dangerous to move closer.
Imperious Leader: I said lower! Or they will destroy us!
Cylon Centurion: By your command.
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Edited into Working with the Daggit of 'Battlestar Galactica' (2004) See more »


Cassiopia And Starbuck
Composed and Conducted by Stu Phillips
Performed by The Los Angeles Philharmonic
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Aged quite well
22 May 2018 | by keyopeSee all my reviews

Even though the 1978 Battlestar Galactica is often derided as a campy sci fi show, this pilot episode / movie is a fun and entertaining story. The effects are pretty good for their time and the plot has actually held up well. In this day and age where people are so divided in their opinions about things such as immigration what happens in Saga of a Star World gives an unbiased vision of what can happen and how it affects everyone rather than just a chosen section of people. Both sides of every argument are on show here. The cylons are pretty awesome and so are the space ships. Lorne Greene adds real weight to proceedings in the way that Alec Guiness did in Star Wars, while Starbuck and Apollo are closely based on Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. I actually prefer the 1978 version of Galactica to the much lauded 2004 reboot.

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