Battlestar Galactica (2003)
Battlestar Galactica is a science fiction series that premiered as a miniseries on the Sci Fi Channel (now SyFy) on December 8, 2003. Due to stellar ratings, it spawned a one-hour television series aired on Sky One and Sci Fi Channel, which premiered its 13-episode first season on October 18, 2004 in the UK and January 14, 2005 in the United States.
Helmed by Star Trek: Deep Space Nine scribe Ronald D. Moore, this "re-imagining" of the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica is similarly based around the aftermath of the massacre of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol by the Cylons. The battlestar Galactica, an aging Colonial military vessel, leads the remnants of humanity on a desperate pilgrimage to the fabled thirteenth colony of Earth. The Cylons, having "evolved" from their mechanical/robotic forms into humanoid models, pursue the human fleet tirelessly. Some (allegedly, eight) of the human survivors are in fact Cylon spies, creating a constant threat from within as well as without.
This new Galactica series, unlike the original, features no aliens (actor Edward James Olmos went on record as saying that he would leave the show immediately if they ever started doing alien-of-the-week episodes), and foregoes sci-fi technobabble and random "advanced technology" in favor of realistic modern-day naval terminology, realistic weaponry instead of "ray-guns", and character-driven plots.
Galactica was perhaps best known, at least initially, for its dramatic departures from the original series. The character of Starbuck, originally portrayed by Dirk Benedict (The A-Team), became a female character, and Boomer, originally a secondary character who fulfilled the show's 1970s "wisecracking black man" quotient, was now a primary character portrayed by Grace Park. Colonel Tigh, also originally a black character, was replaced with a balding white man with a drinking problem. The calendar system was also returned to a "true" dating system (years, months, etc; instead of the original series' convention of time units like "centon" and "yahren") and each character was issued a full name, instead of being referred to by occasionally goofy single-word names like "Apollo", "Boomer", "Athena", "Greenbean", and so on.
Battlestar Galactica aired on Sci Fi Channel on Fridays until 2007, when it was announced that the show would be moving to a new timeslot Sundays at 10PM with the new series The Dresden Files as a lead-in. The show officially moved to the new Sunday timeslot with the premiere of Season 3.5 on January 21, 2007. Although the series was renewed for a fourth season during the upfront presentations, it was later announced on May 31, 2007, that the fourth season would be the last for the show. The fourth season returned to the original Fridays at 10PM slot.
The show was produced by R&D TV throughout its run. USA Cable Entertainment co-produced the miniseries, then the regular series was co-produced by NBC Universal Television for its first three seasons and by Universal Media Studios for its final season. NBC Universal Television Distribution syndicates the series.
Other characters can be found here.
|Sci Fi Channel|
|Miniseries||December 8, 2003||December 9, 2003||2|
|Season One||January 14, 2005||April 1, 2005||13|
|Season Two||July 15, 2005||March 10, 2006||20|
|Season Three||October 6, 2006||March 25, 2007||20|
|Season Four||April 4, 2008||March 20, 2009||20|
|The Resistance||September 5, 2006||October 6, 2006||10|
|Mini-sodes||October 5, 2007||November 16, 2007||7|
|The Face of the Enemy||December 12, 2008||January 12, 2009||10|
Telefilms and Direct-to-Video Films
|Razor||Sci Fi Channel||November 24, 2007|
|The Plan||Direct-to-Video||October 27, 2009|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series
- Characters: A listing of characters in the series
- Locations and Places: A list of all the different locations known in the Battlestar Galactica universe
- Ships and Technology: A listing of all the technology that populates the series, including ships and weaponry
- Culture and Mythologies: A listing of the various aspects of Colonial and Cylon culture, and the contrasting belief systems that drive them
- Terminology: A listing of common terminology heard in the series
- Military Rank: A listing of ranks in the Colonial military
DVD and Blu-ray Releases
|The Complete Series||July 28, 2009||25||purchase|
|The Complete Series (2010)||April 6, 2010||26||purchase|
|The Miniseries||December 28, 2004||1||purchase|
|Season One||September 20, 2005||5||purchase|
|Season 2.0||December 20, 2005||3||purchase|
|Season 2.5||September 19, 2006||3||purchase|
|Season Three||March 18, 2008||6||purchase|
|Season 4.0||January 6, 2009||4||purchase|
|Season 4.5||July 28, 2009||4||purchase|
|Season Sets (HD DVD)|
|Season One||December 4, 2007||4||purchase|
|Razor (Unrated Extended Edition)||December 4, 2007||1||purchase|
|The Plan||October 27, 2009||1||purchase|
|Season Sets: Region 2|
| Volume 1
|July 26, 2005||4|
|Season One||January 5, 2010||4||purchase|
|Season Two||April 6, 2010||5||purchase|
|Season Three||July 27, 2010||5||purchase|
|Season 4.5||July 28, 2009||3||purchase|
|The Complete Series||July 28, 2009||20||purchase|
|The Complete Series (2010)||April 6, 2009||21||purchase|
|The Plan||October 27, 2009||1||purchase|
|Title||Release Date||Music By||#|
|Miniseries Soundtrack||March 16, 2004||Richard Gibbs||26|
|Season 1 Soundtrack||June 21, 2005||Bear McCreary||30|
|Season 2 Soundtrack||June 13, 2006||Bear McCreary||23|