Battlestar Galactica (1978–1979)
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The Hand of God 

When the Galactica crew detects that a Cylon Basestar has swung around to attempt to intercept the refugee fleet, Commander Adama decides to attack.


Donald P. Bellisario (as Donald Bellisario)


Glen A. Larson (created by), Donald P. Bellisario (as Donald Bellisario)

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Episode cast overview:
Richard Hatch ... Captain Apollo
Dirk Benedict ... Lieutenant Starbuck
Lorne Greene ... Commander Adama
Herbert Jefferson Jr. ... Lieutenant Boomer
John Colicos ... Count Baltar
Maren Jensen ... Lieutenant Athena (credit only)
Noah Hathaway ... Boxey (credit only)
Laurette Spang ... Cassiopeia
Tony Swartz Tony Swartz ... Flight Sergeant Jolly
Anne Lockhart ... Lieutenant Sheba
Terry Carter ... Colonel Tigh
David Greenan David Greenan ... Flight Officer Omega


On a night off, Apollo takes Starbuck, Cassiopeia, and Sheba to one of the least-explored areas of the Galactica - the last of the ancient battlestar's astro-navigational domes, an area Apollo has been repairing in his spare time as relaxation and as an outlet for his passion for deep-star exploration. The dome's scanner is set for long-range communication, and to their surprise they receive a signal, an image of an ancient spacecraft similar to what the Colonies once flew. After showing the signal to Boomer and Commander Adama, they are sent on a long-range Viper patrol to a distant solar system on the transmission's line - and to their horror they discover a Cylon basestar orbiting one of the system's planets in its search for the Colonial Fleet. They escape to the Galactica undetected, and Adama considers avoiding the system, but then decides that he's tired of running and begins preparation to attack the basestar. Apollo recommends infiltrating the basestar to cripple its ... Written by Michael Daly

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Release Date:

29 April 1979 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Not only is it the last episode of the series, but it serves as the return of a Cylon, which were absent during many of the previous episodes. See more »


Fighter battle sequences are all recycled from "Saga of a Star World". See more »


Baltar: Destroy them? A basestar? Not likely.
Commander Adama: With your help.
Baltar: Why would I possibly help you?
Commander Adama: To regain your freedom.
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Edited into The Cylons of 'Battlestar Galactica' (2004) See more »


Let's Go Home
End Title" (uncredited)
Composed and Conducted by Stu Phillips
Performed by The Los Angeles Philharmonic
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Good final episode
15 July 2019 | by keyopeSee all my reviews

I liked this episode a lot. Like any good ending it's action packed and leaves you feeling sad that it's all over just when it felt like it was getting really good. I missed these characters a lot when the show was over. It was nice to have an ending where Starbuck and Apollo were doing a mission together, supported by the likes of Boomer and Sheba, with Adama fretting about it all from afar. It's a an episode that encapsulates all that was good about this series.

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