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 »

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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
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 Jack Stauffer ... Lieutenant Bojay
Rod Haase Rod Haase ... Flight Officer Tolan
Lloyd Bridges ... Commander Cain
David Greenan 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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Release Date:

26 November 1978 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


During the initial attack on the Colonial fleet, a Cylon fighter disappears without being shot at and destroyed by the Colonials. See more »


Commander Cain: [after the hologram of Cassiopeia] Uh, speaking of lovely ladies, you've met my daughter.
[Starbuck looks surprised]
Sheba: [hologram] Happy birthday, Father. I love you.
Capt. Apollo: [shakes his head] I'm sure that if I met that young lady, I'd know it.
Commander Cain: You met her. She was the pilot that almost flew you right out of your britches.
Commander Cain: Like father, like daughter.
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Edited into Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack (1979) 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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Lloyd Bridges!
2 August 2018 | by keyopeSee all my reviews

I saw this two parter at the cinema as a kid. It's one of the more ambitious and cinematic episodes. The Galactica comes across Cain and the Battlestar Pegasus. This introduces a few more characters to the series, notably Sheba, Cain's daughter who becomes a main player. What makes this episode interesting is Lloyd Bridges and his conflict with Adama. The two of them disagree on every strategy despite the fact they both want the same end goal. There are some nice subplots like Cassiopia being Cain's ex, which doesn't go down well with Starbuck. Overall there is a good mix of action and conflict, and on top of that, if you've seen Lloyd Bridges in Hot Shots, it's very hard not to laugh because he's playing a very similar character here, only it's not meant to be funny on this occasion.

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