Battlestar Galactica (1978–1979)
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The Living Legend: Part 1 

While suffering from a fuel shortage, The Galactica finds the supposedly lost Battlestar Pegasus, led by the legendary Commander Cain.


Vince Edwards


Glen A. Larson (created by), Glen A. Larson (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »




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
Maren Jensen ... Lieutenant Athena
Noah Hathaway ... Boxey
Laurette Spang ... Cassiopeia
Tony Swartz Tony Swartz ... Flight Sergeant Jolly
Terry Carter ... Colonel Tigh
Anne Lockhart ... Lieutenant Sheba
Jack Stauffer ... Lieutenant Bojay
Rod Haase Rod Haase ... Flight Officer Tolan
Lloyd Bridges ... Commander Cain
David Greenan ... Flight Officer Omega


A year has elapsed since the Galactica began the voyage of the fugitive Colonial Fleet on their quest for the mythical planet Earth, and fleet wide supplies of fuel are now critically low, to the point where the civilian fleet must shut down ship thrusters and coast through space. Patrolling well ahead of the Fleet, Captain Apollo and Lieutenant Starbuck come under fire - but after a prolonged pursuit their attackers turn out to be Colonial Vipers! These Vipers are flown by Lieutenants Sheba and Bojay, ace pilots from the battlestar Pegasus, a battlestar thought destroyed two years earlier in the Cylon empire's conquest of the allied human world Molecay. Apollo and Starbuck are flown to the Pegasus and meet its legendary commander, Cain. Eventually, the Pegasus reaches a rendezvous with the Galactica and Cain, greeted as a conquering hero for returning from the dead as well as for returning Apollo and Starbuck alive and well, informs Commander Adama about Gomoray, the capital planet ... Written by Michael Daly

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Lloyd Bridges' character "Commander Cain" is wearing on his jacket collar US Navy "Command Ashore" insignias (a trident surrounded by a laurel wreath. See more »


At around 15 mins into the episode, the scene where Cain asks Apollo and Starbuck if they know Cassiopeia is out of sequence and was obviously a part of their earlier first scene together on the Pegasus. However it was edited into the episode after Cain, Apollo and Starbuck had already gone to the Galactica, yet here they are on the Pegasus again for no reason. See more »


Commander Cain: Anything is possible. But I prefer to deal with the probable.
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Edited into Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack (1979) See more »


Main Title: Theme from Battlestar Galactica
Composed and Conducted by Stu Phillips
Performed by The Los Angeles Philharmonic
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User Reviews

back on track

Like one of the other reviewers said, this episode lives up to the legend and is back on track. We're not on some damned little planet again throwing the basic theme for the pigs: searching for Earth, the last place where humans can survive, nevermind all the other convenient-fodder-for-the-individual- episodes colonies then.

Lloyd Bridges gives an impressive performance as the legendary Commander Caine. And you can't help sitting there with a big fat smile at the end as old Baltar finds he's bitten off way more than he thought. Wonderful performances. Hello to Sheba (Anne Lockhart) and glad to see you are still with us, Maren Jensen, as the elusive scarcely-seen Athena. Hey, that girl, she sure didn't work hard for her paycheck. Flight Lieutenant Jolly has a bigger part than she does. Hell, that robot daggit thing has a bigger part than she does.

Unfortunately, Anne Lockhart clearly doesn't fill the void left by Jane Seymour. That's immediately obvious.

It is the first episode since the pilot that evokes that feeling of pride once more. All the others bar the two other double episodes were about making use of old Universal movie sets, Westerns and Medieval whatever, and they were quite dumb in places, and as way, way off target as Baltar's grand schemes. But this one, it makes you cheer again, for the colonies and for the Galactica and for the show!

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26 November 1978 (USA) See more »

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