The Battlestar Galactica TV show was a 60 minute Sci-Fi series on the Sci-Fi Channel about a group of wandering human spaceships that were both seeking the birthplace of mankind (Earth, the 13th colony of man) and, at the same time, trying to avoid being destroyed by the Cylons, a race of robots (some appearing human) that had already destroyed the other 12 colonies of man and killed off most of the human race!
Battlestar Galactica CastEdward James Olmos ....... Commander William Adama
Mary McDonnell ........... President Laura Roslin
Jamie Bamber ............. Captain Lee "Apollo" Adama
Katee Sackhoff ........... Lieutenant Kara "Starbuck" Thrace
Tricia Helfer ............ Number Six
James Callis ............. Dr. / Vice President Gaius Baltar
Grace Park ............... Lieutenant Junior Grade Sharon "Boomer" Valerii
Michael Hogan ............ Colonel Paul Tigh
Battlestar Galactica TriviaIn March of 2009, the Sci-Fi Channel announced that it would be changing its name to "Syfy" on July 7th as one part in a plan to attract a wider audience with its main target being females. Ronald D. Moore who was the developer, writer and executive producer of Battlestar Galactica admitted that the series while hailed by critics, never became a ratings success and that was probably due to the basic "war in space" concept. Moore's next Syfy series titled, "Caprica" takes place in the human colony on the planet Caprica 58 years prior to the time that Battlestar Galactica took place. That series concentrate a lot less on "shoot 'em up" and a whole bunch more on human interpersonal relationships. The plot will be about a society that's highly successful but has placed more and more control in the hands of machines (robots) that are becoming more and more intelligent.
Many new viewers of Battlestar Galactica ask whether they need to watch the webisodes that originally aired in September of 2006 in order to understand what happens in season three. None of the webisodes have any information critical to understand the regular episodes but some viewers felt that they made watching season three more enjoyable.
On the original 1978 version of the Battlestar Galactica TV show, both the humans and the Cylons had guns that fired laser beams. On this newer version both fire projectiles (bullets).
The Starbuck character was played by a man (Dirk Benedict of "The A-Team") on the 1978 series. While women's rights had made tremendous strides by that time, a woman would never have been accepted by audiences as a cigar-smoking, cussing, fighter pilot. And especially not as the best fighter pilot! Actually, Starbuck in the original series was an excellent pilot and tough but didn't have an attitude about his toughness like the "remake" Starbuck did.
Richard Hatch played the role of Apollo on the original series and played Tom Zarek on this series!
Back on the original series, Baltar was actually originally beheaded in the pilot! Then the creator of Battlestar Galactica, "Glen Larson" decided that having a human villian in addition to the Cylons might be a good idea so he reshot the final scenes of the pilot and Baltar survived!
In 2004, there was a pilot produced for a TV series that would have been a remake of the 1965-1968 series, "Lost in Space". It was to have been titled, "The Robinsons: Lost In Space". The series never got sold but the set for the Robinsons spacecraft was pretty impressive! It was bought for Battlestar Galactica and became the Battlestar Pegasus!
There is often some real confusion when looking for Battlestar Galactica Dvds. The problem is that the second and fourth seasons were broken into two Dvd sets. The season 2.0 set contains the first 10 episodes of the second season and the season 2.5 set contains episodes 11-20. The season 4.0 set has the first 10 of that season and the 4.5 has the final series' episodes. And if you've never seen Battlestar Galactica before, don't forget to watch the Dvds for the 2003 miniseries first!
On this series, the Cylons were machines that had been developed to serve man and became so intelligent that they revolted. On the original Battlestar Galactica TV show the Cylons were actually an extinct alien race of reptilian creatures. The creatures known as Cylons on the show were actually machines built by the Cylons.
In order to allow horrible language on the newer version, the writers had the characters use the word "frack" in place of the real "F word". A pilot might say that they were sick and "fracking" tired of not fighting the Cylons, for example. Coincidentally, the shaving mirror in Admiral Adama's cabin is (in real life) made by a company called IKEA and that particular model is called "Frack"!
This remake version of Battlestar Galactica was actually filmed in Canada and the first season aired in the United Kingdom on "Sky One" six months before it aired in North America on the Sci-Fi Channel. While we can never know for sure, most experts believe that those first episodes set a web record for the most illegaly downloaded media ever! The show's producers literally begged fans to stop for fear that it would kill ratings for the show when it did air in the U.S. and Canada!
Episodes List With Original Air DatesBefore the TV series there was a Battlestar Galactica Mini-Series as follows:
Part 1.0 (12/8/2003)
The First TV Series Season
Web Series:Battlestar Galactica: The Resistance (9/5/2006)
The Face of the Enemy (A 10-Part Web Series) (12/12/2008)
Other Battlestar Galactica Series:The Original Battlestar Galactica TV Show from 1978.
Galactica 1980 - The Battlestar Galactica and its armada finds Earth!
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