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Battlestar Galactica
Creator Glen A. Larson
Original work Original series
Print publications
Comics Comics
Films and television
Films Saga of a Star World
Reimagined pilot
Razor
The Plan
Television series Original series
Galactica 1980
Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined)
Caprica
Games
Traditional Video games

Battlestar Galactica is a franchise of science fiction television series and films. The franchise started with a 1978 TV show created by Glen A. Larson, followed by a sequel TV series, a line of book adaptations, original novels, comic books and video games. A reimagined miniseries developed by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick aired in 2003, continuing with a regular television series aired from 2004 to 2009 and a prequel series, Caprica, which began airing in January 2010.

All of the Battlestar Galactica productions share the same premise: in a distant part of the universe, a civilization of humans lives on a group of planets known as the Twelve Colonies, having migrated there from their ancestral homeworld of Kobol. In the past, the Colonies had been at war with a cybernetic race known as the Cylons. With the help of a human traitor named Baltar, the Cylons launch a sudden ambush on the Colonies, laying waste to the planets and devastating their populations. The few human survivors flee into space aboard any spacecraft they can reach. Of the entire Colonial Fleet, only the Battlestar Galactica appears to have survived the attack; the survival of another warship, the Battlestar Pegasus, is later discovered. Under the leadership of famed military leader Commander Adama, the Galactica and its crew take up the task of leading the small fugitive fleet of survivors into space in search of the fabled thirteenth colony known as Earth.

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Original series (1978 and 1980)

Battlestar Galactica (1978)

Glen A. Larson, the executive producer of Battlestar Galactica, has stated in many interviews that he originally conceived of the Galactica premise, which he originally called Adam's Ark, in the late 1960s. However, he was unable to get the project greenlit for many years.

Battlestar Galactica was finally produced in the wake of the success of the 1977 film Star Wars. In fact, 20th Century Fox sued Universal Studios (the studio behind Battlestar Galactica) for copyright infringement, claiming that it had stolen 34 distinct ideas from Star Wars. Universal promptly countersued, claiming Star Wars had stolen ideas from the 1972 film Silent Running (notably the robot "drones") and the Buck Rogers serial of the 1940s.[citation needed]

Initially, Larson envisioned Battlestar Galactica as a series of made-for-TV movies (a three-hour pilot and two two-hour episodes) for the ABC television network. A shortened version of the three-hour pilot, Saga of a Star World, was released in Canadian theaters (before the series aired) and American theaters (after the series aired), and instead of two additional movies, a weekly television series followed.

In 1979 at the 6th Annual People's Choice Awards, the series won for Best New TV Drama Series.[1]

The initial episode of the series was broadcast on September 17, 1978. However, approximately 60 minutes into the first episode, the broadcast was interrupted for a significant period—almost an hour—by the announcement of the signing of the Egyptian-Israeli Camp David Accords, deeply marring the broadcast as much of the initial episode was not seen. During the eight months after the pilot was broadcast, 17 original episodes of the series were aired (five of them two-part shows), totaling 24 hours of broadcasting. Citing declining ratings and cost overruns, ABC canceled Battlestar Galactica in April 1979, its last episode "The Hand of God" premiering on April 29, 1979.

Galactica 1980

During the autumn of 1979, ABC executives met with Galactica's creator Glen A. Larson to consider a relaunch of the series. A suitable concept was needed to draw viewers, and it was decided that the arrival of the Colonial Fleet at contemporary Earth would be the storyline. A new television movie entitled Galactica 1980 was rushed into production. Again, it was decided this new version of Galactica would be made into a weekly series. Despite the early success of the première, the show failed to achieve the popularity of the original series and was canceled after only ten episodes.

In this 1980 sequel series, the fleet finds Earth and covertly protects it from the Cylons. This series was a quick failure due to its low budget (e.g., recycling footage from the 1974 Universal Studios film Earthquake during a Cylon attack sequence), widely-panned writing, and ill-placed time slot (Sundays at 7:00 p.m., a time slot generally reserved for family-oriented programming and, more specifically, 60 Minutes). The show also had to adhere to strict content restrictions such as limiting acts of violence and being required to shoehorn educational content into the script and dialogue. To cut costs, the show was set mostly on contemporary Earth, to the great dismay of fans. Another factor for fan apathy was the nearly complete recasting of the original series: Lorne Greene reprised his role as Adama (working gratis), Herb Jefferson Jr. played (now Colonel) Boomer in only half of the episodes (with almost no screentime), and Dirk Benedict as Starbuck for only one (the abrupt final episode), which was mostly unused footage from the original series. Richard Hatch (Apollo in the original series) was sent a script for Galactica 1980 but turned it down since he was not sure what his part in the series would be now that all the characters had changed.[2]

Some syndication packages for Battlestar Galactica incorporate the episodes of this series.

Cinema releases

Besides a re-edited version of the pilot, released originally in Canada, Europe and parts of Latin America and, following the broadcast of the series, in the U.S., two other Battlestar Galactica feature films were released in cinemas. Both Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack and Conquest of the Earth were made up of various episodes of the original series and Galactica 1980 respectively. (See: List of Battlestar Galactica feature films)

Attempted revivals

The original series maintained a cult fandom, which has supported efforts by Glen A. Larson, Richard Hatch, and Bryan Singer (independent of one another) to revive the premise.

Richard Hatch produced a demonstration video in 1998–1999 which featured several actors from the original series combined with state-of-the-art special effects. This video, titled Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming, was displayed at science fiction conventions, but did not lead to a new series.

In 1999, Wing Commander producer Todd Moyer and original series producer Glen A. Larson revealed plans to produce a motion picture based on the television series.[3][4][5] It would have featured Battlestar Pegasus.

In 2000, the director and an executive producer of the X-Men film, Bryan Singer and Tom DeSanto, began developing a Galactica television miniseries with Studios USA for Fox. Intended to air as a backdoor pilot in May 2002, filming was scheduled to begin in November 2001.[6] However, production delays caused by the September 11, 2001 attacks meant Bryan Singer had to drop out, due to his directing commitment on X-Men 2. This led Fox to lose interest in the project.

On February 20, 2009, IGN announced that they had information regarding a proposed revival of the 1970s version of the series as a feature film, with Glen A. Larson as writer and producer.[7] On August 14, 2009, it was reported that the new film was "a complete reimagination" and Bryan Singer had signed to direct and produce the new film with Larson as producer.[8]

2003 reimagining

Despite attempts to revive the series over the years, none came to fruition until it was reimagined in 2003 by Universal Television as a miniseries. Sky1 and the Sci-Fi Channel, with Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, were the creative forces behind it. Academy Award-nominated actor Edward James Olmos stepped into the role of Commander Adama, while two-time Academy Award nominee Mary McDonnell was cast as President Roslin. A weekly new Battlestar Galactica series followed, premiering on Sky1 in the UK and Ireland in October 2004, and on Sci-Fi in the U.S. in January 2005.

Miniseries

In December 2003, the American Sci-Fi Channel broadcast a three-hour miniseries that reimagined Battlestar Galactica. This miniseries was so successful that Sci-Fi opted to develop this new version of Galactica into a television series.

Television series

The new series first aired in the UK and Ireland on Sky1 in October 2004. The series debuted in North America on the Sci-Fi Channel in January 2005. Featuring most of the original cast from the mini-series, Edward James Olmos returns as Commander William Adama and Mary McDonnell as President Laura Roslin. Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Grace Park and Tricia Helfer round out the original cast.[9] Richard Hatch, who played Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica series, returns as Tom Zarek, a former freedom fighter who becomes part of the government.

An edited version of the "pilot" miniseries was broadcast on NBC—a corporate sibling of the Sci-Fi Channel—on January 9, 2005, five days before the Sci-Fi series premiere. NBC also aired three selected first-season episodes to promote the show in advance of the second-season premiere in July 2005. Three and a half seasons aired on Sci-Fi and Sky One between 2005 and 2008. Owing to production delays caused by the 2007–2008 Writers Guild strike, the fourth season was split into two parts, with a 7 month hiatus in between. The second half of the season began airing January 16, 2009. The fourth season aired on Universal HD in July 2009. A two-hour film (set during the show's second season), Battlestar Galactica: Razor, aired on Sci-Fi on Saturday, November 24, 2007, as a prelude to the fourth season.

The series has won widespread acclaim among many mainstream non-genre publications. Time[10] and New York Newsday[11] named it the best show on television in 2005. Other publications such as The New York Times,[12] The New Yorker[13], National Review[14] and Rolling Stone magazine[15] also gave the show positive reviews.

The show has received a Peabody Award for overall excellence, several Emmy Awards for Visual Effects, and Emmy nominations for Writing and Directing. Time named it one of the 100 Best TV Shows of All Time.[16]

Webisodes: The Resistance

The first set of webisodes were a series of shorts produced to promote the third season of the show. They filled in some of the events between the second and third seasons and featured some of the main cast. These webisodes were made so as not to reveal what would happen in the beginning of season three. Season 3 was also set up so that missing the webisodes would not leave a viewer confused about the story.

Each of the ten webisodes was approximately three minutes long, and they were released twice a week leading up to the U.S. Season 3 premiere.

Webisodes: Razor Flashbacks

The Razor Flashbacks were a series of seven webisodes set during William Adama's fighter pilot days during the later stages of the First Cylon War. They were released on the Internet as "webisodes" leading up to Razor's release. They are now available on the DVD of Battlestar Galactica: Razor, and some are inserted into the extended cut of the movie on the DVD (as opposed to none on the shorter version that aired on television). The installments that did not make the final cut include 1, 2, and the latter half of 7.

Razor (TV movie)

Battlestar Galactica: Razor is a television movie produced and broadcast in the gap between Seasons 3 and 4. Razor is also technically the first two episodes of Season 4 though it chronicles events on Battlestar Pegasus in two time periods, both of which are "in the past" with respect to the Season 4 continuity. The "present day" framing scenes are set during Lee Adama's command, in the latter half of Season 2, while "flashback" scenes depict Helena Cain's command in the period between the Cylon attack and the reunion with Galactica in the second season episode Pegasus. Also during the extended episode the Razor Flashbacks, which were previously released as webisodes, were integrated into the movie but only several were inserted into the shortened television cut. It aired in the United States and Canada on November 24 and in Britain and Ireland on December 18, 2007. An expanded version of the movie was released on DVD on December 4, 2007.

Webisodes: The Face of the Enemy

In late May 2008, a set of 10 webisodes were announced to be in the works which were released during the 7 month hiatus between episodes 10 and 11 of season 4.[17] The web series premiered on December 12, 2008 on SciFi.com. The webisodes are also available to view on Hulu.com, the iTunes Store and on DirecTV's OnDemand service.

The Plan (TV movie)

On August 7, 2008 Sci Fi Channel officially announced the production of a two-hour TV movie which was originally supposed to air after the final episode of Season 4. The movie began production on September 8, 2008.[18] The movie premiered exclusively on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download on October 27, 2009 and aired on January 10, 2010, on Sci Fi. Written by Jane Espenson and directed by Edward James Olmos, The Plan storyline begins before the attack on the 12 colonies and shows events mainly from the perspective of two Cylon agents, Cavil and Anders.[19] Tricia Helfer states that the disappearance of Shelly Godfrey in "Six Degrees of Separation" will be explained. Scenes including Aaron Doral preparing for the suicide bombing seen in "Litmus", Anders awakening in a Cylon resurrection chamber, and Cavil berating Boomer for failing to kill William Adama in "Kobol's Last Gleaming" appeared on IGN.com prior to the release of the film. In addition to Shelly Godfrey, there is a dark-haired Six called "Tough Six" in the script. A sneak peek was made available by SciFi on June 12, 2009, showing Cavil and Ellen Tigh during the events of "33". Cast members include Edward James Olmos, Michael Trucco, Aaron Douglas and Dean Stockwell. All the actors playing Cylons were present in the movie, except Lucy Lawless.[20] Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Rick Worthy, Matthew Bennett, Callum Keith Rennie, Michael Hogan and Rekha Sharma are all featured.[18]

On July 24, 2009, Edward James Olmos stated that The Plan will not be the last BSG reimagined movie.[21]

Caprica

Caprica is a television series that premiered on Syfy (formerly Sci-Fi) on January 22, 2010, and is described as "television's first science fiction family saga". It was originally a two-hour back door pilot for a possible weekly television series, but on December 2, 2008, SyFy gave the go-ahead to expand the project into a full, 20-episode series. Caprica is set on the fictional planet Caprica around fifty years before the events depicted in the 2004 reimagined series. The show will revolve around two families, the Adamas and the Graystones, the building of the Cylons, and the beginnings of the first Cylon War.

The pilot was directed by Jeffrey Reiner (Friday Night Lights), and starred Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Paula Malcomson, and Polly Walker.[22] The pilot was released on DVD on April 21, 2009.[23]

Feature film (2010/2011)

Creator Glen A. Larson is in talks with Universal Pictures to bring Battlestar Galactica to the big screen. The film will not be based on the Sci-Fi Channel series of the same title; it will be based on the original series which starred Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict and the late Lorne Greene.[24][25][26][27]

Bryan Singer is to direct the feature film version of Battlestar Galactica.[28][29]

Comic books

A series of comic book publishers have adapted Battlestar Galactica since its inception.

Marvel Comics published a 23-issue comic book series based upon the show between 1978 and 1981. Walt Simonson, who later wrote and drew Thor, and also had a long stint on Marvel's Star Wars comic, was the artist for the series at its conclusion. Other comics have since been published by Maximum Press, Grandreams, Look-in Magazine, Realm Press and, currently, Dynamite Comics. Of all these series, only those by Marvel, Grandreams and Look-In actually completed their storylines and brought the story to a conclusion. All the other series were cancelled at various points during their run, with no resolutions.

Both the Grandreams and Look-In comic strips take place early in the series. The other comic series based on the 1978 series have been set after the final episode of the series and ignored Galactica 1980.

The Maximum Press series began with the discovery of a completely unpopulated Earth some fifteen years after the conclusion of the TV show. The look and the feel of the comics had been changed considerably from the series, to give the stories a "more nineties" feel.

The Realm Press series picked up immediately after the conclusion of the final episode of the original series in an attempt to present what they called "Season Two" of the original show.

Dynamite Entertainment is currently publishing comic books featuring both the classic and reimagined Battlestar Galactica series. In June, 2009, it was announced that Dynamite Entertainment will be releasing a Galactica 1980 comic series. It will be written by Marc Guggenheim and will be a re-imagining of the original series and is expected to be released in August 2009.[30]

Books

Both the original and the reimagined series have had books published both about the series, academically oriented analysis, novelizations, and new works based on the characters. These works came from many authors, from Glen A. Larson to those not associated with the series; among those authors, Richard Hatch wrote seven novels based on the original series characters.

Games

Wiz Kids, Inc. (a collectible game manufacturer) produced the Battlestar Galactica Collectable Card Game based on the 2003 mini-series and 2004 TV show. The premier set of this game was released in May 2006. After the release of one expansion set, Wizkids announced the game's cancellation on March 13, 2007.[31]

The original series inspired a Battlestar Galactica board game. The game is set during a training mission, where two to four players maneuver pieces representing Colonial Vipers in order to capture a damaged Cylon Raider. Skillful play includes using terrain elements and a number of special-ability cards to the players' advantage.

A Battlestar Galactica role playing game was released in August 2007 by Margaret Weis Productions at Gen Con.[32]

FASA in 1979 released a tabletop counter piece game for Battlestar Galactica based on the fighter combat, which included the Galactica and a basestar to be launched from, attack with and attacked/defended. The counters for the Vipers and the Raiders included three model versions MKI/MKII/MKIII not just the MKII Viper and Raider MKI.[33]

Fantasy Flight Games has produced Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game. It is a semi-cooperative game for 3-6 players with some players being Cylon agents, either aware at start of the game or become aware later, as Sleeper agents. Each of the 10 playable character has their own abilities and weaknesses, and must all work together in order for humanity to have any hope of survival as well as attempt to expose the traitor while fuel shortages, food contaminations, and political unrest threatens to tear the fleet apart.[34] In June 2009, the Pegasus expansion to the board game was announced, adding seven new characters, and extra gameboards representing Battlestar Pegasus and New Caprica.[35]

In November 2003, shortly before the premiere of the re-imaged TV series, Sierra released the 3D space combat game Battlestar Galatica for the original Xbox and Playstation 2. The game took place 40 years before the original series and featured an ensign Adama flying a Viper during the Cylon war. The game was developed by Warthog.

There is also a Xbox 360 Live Arcade Title called Battlestar Galactica which is 2D in nature where you can co-op or dogfight with up to 8 people over Xbox Live.[36] (The game is rendered using polygonal rendering, but you can't go up or down.)

Battlestar Galactica is also featured as a separate Mod for the PC game Homeworld 2.[37]

See also

References

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  2. ^ Mike Egnor (December 30, 2008). "Richard Hatch GALACTICA.TV interview". www.galactica.tv. http://www.galactica.tv/battlestar-galactica-1978---interviews/richard-hatch-galactica.tv-interview.html. Retrieved December 30, 2008. 
  3. ^ Glen Oliver (March 16, 1999). "GALACTICA Reborn ((Todd Moyer talks to Glen about the new movie, Richard Hatch press release, etc. !!!))". aintitcoolnews.com. http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=3247. Retrieved June 14, 2006. 
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  10. ^ Time Magazine Dec. 16, 2005 issue
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  13. ^ "Across the Universe," The New Yorker Jan. 23, 2006
  14. ^ "Starborn Society," The National Review Jan. 20, 2006
  15. ^ Rolling Stone Magazine Jan. 27, 2006
  16. ^ "Complete List - The 100 Best TV Shows of All". TIME. http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/completelist/0,,1651341,00.html. Retrieved February 25, 2009. 
  17. ^ Battlestar Galactica (2003) Episodes - Seasons 1-5
  18. ^ a b "'Battlestar Galactica' movie snares Tricia Helfer, Grace Park and lots more Cylons" chicagotribune.com September 4, 2008.
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  20. ^ "Sci Fi confirms details of 'Battlestar Galactica' movie" chicagotribune.com August 7, 2008.
  21. ^ Godwin, Jennifer (July 24, 2009). "Have We Really Seen the Last of Battlestar Galactica?". E! Online. http://ca.eonline.com/uberblog/watch_with_kristin/b135219_have_we_really_seen_last_of_battlestar.html. Retrieved July 24, 2009. 
  22. ^ "The Highly Anticipated Feature-Length Prequel to the Series Phenomenon, 'Battlestar Galactica' Premiering Exclusively on DVD and Digital Download, Caprica". Universal Studios Home Entertainment. April 21, 2009. http://sev.prnewswire.com/entertainment/20090205/LA6740805022009-1.html. 
  23. ^ "Caprica DVD Premiere Announcement". http://capricadvd.com/. 
  24. ^ Old-School Creator in Talks for Big-Screen "Battlestar Galactica", E! Online, February 20, 2009
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  26. ^ Universal in Talks for "Battlestar" Movie, Hollywood Reporter, February 20, 2009
  27. ^ "Battlestar Galactica" Movie Exclusive, IGN.com, February 20, 2009
  28. ^ Bryan Singer May Be Setting His Sights On "Battlestar Galactica", MTV.com, August 13, 2009
  29. ^ Bryan Singer to Direct "Battlestar Galactica", Variety.com, August 13, 2009
  30. ^ http://io9.com/5297230/the-battlestar-galactica-revival-you-never-saw-coming-1
  31. ^ Battlestar Galactica Collectible Card Game
  32. ^ Gen Con 2007 In A Nutshell
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  34. ^ Boardgamegeek page on BSG Boardgame
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  37. ^ http://www.moddb.com/groups/battlestar-galactica-fleet-commander-team

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Conquest of the Earth
Reimagined pilot
Razor
The Plan
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Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined)
Caprica
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Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction franchise created by Glen A. Larson. The franchise began with the Battlestar Galactica TV series in 1978, and was followed by a brief sequel TV series in 1980, a line of book adaptations, original novels, comic books, a board game, and video games. The reimagined miniseries Battlestar Galactica, developed by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, was first telecast in 2003, and this concept was continued with another Battlestar Galactica TV series telecast from 2004 to 2009. A prequel TV series, Caprica, began airing in 2010.

All Battlestar Galactica productions share the premise that in a distant part of our galaxy, a human civilization lives on a group of planets known as the Twelve Colonies, to which they have migrated from their ancestral homeworld of Kobol. The Twelve Colonies have warred for decades with a cybernetic race known as the Cylons, whose goal is the extermination of the human race.

The Cylon Empire offers peace to the humans, which proves a ruse. With the aid of a human traitor named Baltar, the Cylons carry out a massive attack on the home planets of the Twelve Colonies and on the Colonial Fleet of starships that protect them. These attacks devastate the Colonial Fleet, lay waste to the Colonies, and destroy their populations.

Scattered survivors flee into outer space aboard available spaceships. Of the entire Colonial battle fleet, only the Battlestar Galactica, a gigantic aircraft carrier of outer space, appears to have survived the Cylon conflagration. Later, it is discovered that another Battlestar, the Pegasus, has also survived and fled into deep space under the command of Commander Cain (Admiral Cain in the reimagined series).

Under the leadership of Commander Adama, the Galactica and the pilots of "Viper" fighters lead a fugitive fleet of survivors in search of the fabled thirteenth colony known as Earth.

Contents

Original series (1978 and 1980)

Battlestar Galactica (1978)

Glen A. Larson, the creator and executive producer of Battlestar Galactica, conceived of the Battlestar Galactica premise, which he originally called Adam's Ark, during the late 1960s. However, he was unable to find financial backing for his TV series for a number of years.

Battlestar Galactica was finally produced in the wake of the success of the 1977 film Star Wars. In fact, the movie studio 20th Century Fox sued Universal Studios (the studio behind Battlestar Galactica) for copyright infringement, claiming that Universal Studios had copied 34 distinct ideas from Star Wars. Universal Studios promptly countersued, claiming that Star Wars itself had stolen many ideas from its motion picture Silent Running (1972) (notably the robot "drones") and the Buck Rogers serial movies of the 1940s.[citation needed]

Initially, Larson envisioned Battlestar Galactica as a series of made-for-TV movies (a three-hour pilot program plus two two-hour episodes) for the American Broadcasting Company (ABC). A shortened version of the three-hour pilot, Saga of a Star World, was screened in Canadian theaters (before the TV series was telecast) and in American theaters (later on). Instead of two additional TV movies, ABC decided to commission a weekly TV series of one-hour episodes

In 1979 at the sixth annual People's Choice Awards, the TV series won in the category of "Best New TV Drama Series".[1]

The initial episode of the TV series (the long pilot TV movie) was broadcast on September 17, 1978. However, about one hour into the first episode, that broadcast was interrupted for nearly an hour by the announcement of the signing of the Egyptian-Israeli Camp David Accords, causing much of the initial episode not to be telecast as planned.

During the eight months after the pilot was partly telecast, 17 original episodes of the series were made (five of them two-part shows), totaling 24 hours of video tape. Citing declining ratings and cost overruns, ABC canceled Battlestar Galactica in April 1979. Its final episode "The Hand of God was telecast on April 29, 1979.

Galactica 1980

During the autumn of 1979, ABC executives met with Battlestar Galactica's creator Glen A. Larson to consider restarting the series. A suitable concept was needed to draw viewers, and it was decided that the arrival of the Colonial Fleet at the contemporary Earth would be the storyline. A new TV movie called Galactica 1980 was produced. Again, it was decided this new version of Battlestar Galactica would be made into a weekly TV series. Despite the early success of the premiere, this program failed to achieve the popularity of the original series, and it was canceled after just ten episodes.

In this 1980 sequel series, the Colonial fleet finds the Earth, and then it covertly protects it from the Cylons. This series was a quick failure due to its low budget (e.g., recycling footage from the 1974 Universal Studios movie Earthquake during a Cylon attack sequence), widely-panned writing, and ill-chosen time slot (Sundays evenings, a time generally reserved for family-oriented programming and, more specifically, also for the 60 Minutes newsmagazine program). The TV series also had to adhere to strict content restrictions such as limiting the number of acts of violence and being required to shoehorn educational content into the script and dialogue.

To cut costs, the show was set mostly on the contemporary Earth, to the great dismay of fans. Another factor for fan apathy was the nearly complete recasting of the original series: Lorne Greene reprised his role as Adama (working unpaid), Herb Jefferson, Jr., played "Colonel" Boomer in about half of the episodes (with little screentime), and Dirk Benedict as Starbuck for only one episode (the abrupt final episode), which was mostly unused footage from the original series. Richard Hatch (Apollo in the original series) was sent a script for Galactica 1980, but he turned it down since he was not sure what his part in the series would be - now that all the characters had changed.[2]

Some TV syndication packages for Battlestar Galactica incorporate the episodes of this series.

Cinema releases

Besides a re-edited version of the pilot, released originally in Canada, Europe and parts of Latin America and, following the broadcast of the series, in the U.S., two other Battlestar Galactica feature films were released in cinemas. Both Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack and Conquest of the Earth were made up of various episodes of the original series and Galactica 1980 respectively. (See: List of Battlestar Galactica feature films)

Attempted revivals

The original series maintained a cult fandom, which has supported efforts by Glen A. Larson, Richard Hatch, and Bryan Singer (independently of one another) to revive the premise.

Richard Hatch produced a demonstration video in 1998 - 99 which featured several actors from the original series combined with state-of-the-art special effects. This video, titled Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming, was screened at some science fiction conventions, but it did not lead to a new series.

In 1999, the producer of Wing Commander, Todd Moyer, and the producer of the original TV series, Glen Larson, announced plans to produce a motion picture based on the TV series.[3][4][5] It would have featured Battlestar Pegasus.

In the year 2000, the director and an executive producer of the X-Men movie, Bryan Singer and Tom DeSanto, began developing a Battlestar Galactica TV miniseries under the auspices of Studios USA for the Fox TV network. Intended to be telecast as a backdoor pilot in May 2002, its taping was scheduled to begin in November 2001.[6] However, production delays caused by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks meant that Bryan Singer had to drop out. He had to leave because of commitment to direct the X-Men 2 movie. This caused the executives of Fox TV to lose interest in this project.

On February 20, 2009, IGN announced that it had information regarding a proposed revival of the 1970s version of the series as a feature film, with Glen Larson as the screenwriter and also the producer.[7] On August 14, 2009, it was reported that the new movie was "a complete reimagination" of Battlestar Galactica, and that Bryan Singer had been hired to direct and produce the new movie with Mr. Larson as its producer.[8]

2003 reimagining

Despite attempts to revive the series over the years, none came to fruition until it was reimagined in 2003 by Universal Television as a miniseries. Sky1 and the Sci-Fi Channel, with Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, were the creative forces behind it. Academy Award-nominated actor Edward James Olmos stepped into the role of Commander Adama, while two-time Academy Award nominee Mary McDonnell was cast as President Roslin. A weekly new Battlestar Galactica series followed, premiering on Sky1 in the UK and Ireland in October 2004, and on Sci-Fi in the U.S. in January 2005.

Miniseries

In December 2003, the American Sci-Fi Channel broadcast a three-hour miniseries that reimagined Battlestar Galactica. This miniseries was so successful that Sci-Fi opted to develop this new version of Galactica into a television series.

Television series

The new TV series was first telecast in the United Kingdom on the Sky1 channel in October 2004. This TV series was first telecast in North America on the Sci-Fi Channel in January 2005. This series featured most of the cast from the TV mini-series. Edward James Olmos returned as "Commander William Adama", and Mary McDonnell returned as "President Laura Roslin". Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Grace Park, and Tricia Helfer also returned as members of the cast.[9] Richard Hatch, who played "Captain Apollo" in the 1970s Battlestar Galactica TV series, also returned as "Tom Zarek", a former rebel freedom fighter who became part of the Colonial government.

An edited version of the "pilot" miniseries was broadcast on NBC—a corporate sibling of the Sci-Fi Channel—on January 9, 2005, five days before the Sci-Fi series premiere. NBC also aired three selected first-season episodes to promote the show in advance of the second-season premiere in July 2005. Three and a half seasons (Seasons 2, 2.5, 3 & 1/2 of 4) aired on Sci-Fi and Sky One between 2005 and 2008. Owing to production delays caused by the 2007–2008 Writers Guild strike, the fourth season was split into two parts, with a 7 month hiatus in between. The second half of the season began airing January 16, 2009. The fourth season aired on Universal HD in July 2009. A two-hour film (set during the show's second season), Battlestar Galactica: Razor, aired on Sci-Fi on Saturday, November 24, 2007, as a prelude to the third season.

The series has won widespread acclaim among many mainstream non-genre publications. Time[10] and New York Newsday[11][dead link] named it the best show on television in 2005. Other publications such as The New York Times,[12] The New Yorker,[13] National Review[14] and Rolling Stone magazine[15] also gave the show positive reviews.

The show has received a Peabody Award for overall excellence, several Emmy Awards for Visual Effects, and Emmy nominations for Writing and Directing. Time Magazine named it one of the 100 Best TV Shows of All Time.[16]

Webisodes: The Resistance

The first set of webisodes were a series of shorts produced to promote the third season of the show. They filled in some of the events between the second and third seasons and featured some of the main cast. These webisodes were made so as not to reveal what would happen in the beginning of season three. Season 3 was also set up so that missing the webisodes would not leave a viewer confused about the story.

Each of the ten webisodes was approximately three minutes long, and they were released twice a week leading up to the U.S. Season 3 premiere.

Webisodes: Razor Flashbacks

The Razor Flashbacks were a series of seven webisodes set during William Adama's fighter pilot days during the later stages of the First Cylon War. They were released on the Internet as "webisodes" leading up to Razor's release. They are now available on the DVD and Blu-Ray releases of Battlestar Galactica: Razor, and some are inserted into the both the broadcast and extended cuts of the movie on the DVD. The installments that did not make the final cut include 1, 2, and the latter half of 7.

Razor (TV movie)

Battlestar Galactica: Razor is a television movie produced and broadcast in the gap between Seasons 3 and 4. Razor is also technically the first two episodes of Season 4 though it chronicles events on Battlestar Pegasus in two time periods, both of which are "in the past" with respect to the Season 4 continuity. The "present day" framing scenes are set during Lee Adama's command, in the latter half of Season 2, while "flashback" scenes depict Helena Cain's command in the period between the Cylon attack and the reunion with Galactica in the second season episode Pegasus. Also during the extended episode the Razor Flashbacks, which were previously released as webisodes, were integrated into the movie but only some were inserted into the shortened television cut. It aired in the United States and Canada on November 24 and in Britain and Ireland on December 18, 2007. An expanded version of the movie was released on DVD on December 4, 2007.

Webisodes: The Face of the Enemy

In late May 2008, a set of 10 webisodes were announced to be in the works which were released during the 7 month hiatus between episodes 10 and 11 of season 4.[17] The web series premiered on December 12, 2008 on SciFi.com. The webisodes are also available to view on Hulu.com, the iTunes Store and on DirecTV's OnDemand service.

The Plan (TV movie)

On August 7, 2008 Sci Fi Channel officially announced the production of a two-hour TV movie which was originally supposed to air after the final episode of Season 4. The movie began production on September 8, 2008.[18] The movie premiered exclusively on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download on October 27, 2009 and aired on January 10, 2010, on Sci Fi. Written by Jane Espenson and directed by Edward James Olmos, The Plan storyline begins before the attack on the 12 colonies and shows events mainly from the perspective of two Cylons, Cavil and Anders.[19] Tricia Helfer states that the disappearance of Shelly Godfrey in "Six Degrees of Separation" will be explained. Scenes including Aaron Doral preparing for the suicide bombing seen in "Litmus", Anders awakening in a Cylon resurrection chamber, and Cavil berating Boomer for failing to kill William Adama in "Kobol's Last Gleaming" appeared on IGN.com prior to the release of the film. In addition to Shelly Godfrey, there is a dark-haired Six called "Tough Six" in the script. A sneak peek was made available by SciFi on June 12, 2009, showing Cavil and Ellen Tigh during the events of "33". Cast members include Edward James Olmos, Michael Trucco, Aaron Douglas and Dean Stockwell. All the actors playing Cylons were present in the movie, except Lucy Lawless.[20] Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Rick Worthy, Matthew Bennett, Callum Keith Rennie, Michael Hogan and Rekha Sharma are all featured.[18]

On July 24, 2009, Edward James Olmos stated that The Plan will not be the last BSG reimagined movie.[21]

Caprica

Caprica is a television series that premiered on Syfy (formerly Sci-Fi) on January 22, 2010, and is described as "television's first science fiction family saga". It was originally a two-hour back door pilot for a possible weekly television series, but on December 2, 2008, SyFy gave the go-ahead to expand the project into a full, 20-episode series. Caprica is set on the fictional planet Caprica around fifty years before the events depicted in the 2004 reimagined series. The show will revolve around two families, the Adamas and the Graystones, the building of the Cylons, and the beginnings of the first Cylon War.

The pilot was directed by Jeffrey Reiner (Friday Night Lights), and starred Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Paula Malcomson, and Polly Walker.[22] The pilot was released on DVD on April 21, 2009.[23]

Webisodes: Blood & Chrome

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome is an upcoming webisode series based on the television series Battlestar Galactica. Thanks to the highly acclaimed response to both Battlestar Galactica and its spinoff Caprica, Syfy approached show runner Ronald D. Moore to produce another spinoff set in the reimagined Battlestar Galactica universe. The spinoff, as announced in the summer of 2010, will unfold as nine or ten 10-minute webisodes that will focus on William "Husker" Adama during the Great Cylon War (as was glimpsed in "BSG: Razor" and the corresponding webisodes). This would place the action between "Caprica" and "BSG". No release date has been announced and it is unknown if the actor who portrayed Husker in the "Razor" webisodes (Nico Cortez) will reprise his role. The webisodes could be a backdoor pilot for yet another series in the BSG universe.

Feature film (2010/2011)

Creator Glen A. Larson is in talks with Universal Pictures to bring Battlestar Galactica to the big screen. The film will not be based on the Sci-Fi Channel series of the same title; it will be based on the original series which starred Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict and Lorne Greene.[24][25][26][27]

Bryan Singer is to direct the feature film version of Battlestar Galactica.[28][29]

Comic books

A series of comic book publishers have adapted Battlestar Galactica since its inception.

Marvel Comics published a 23-issue comic book series based upon the show between 1978 and 1981. Walt Simonson, who later wrote and drew Thor, and also had a long stint on Marvel's Star Wars comic, was the artist for the series at its conclusion. Other comics have since been published by Maximum Press, Grandreams, Look-in Magazine, Realm Press and, currently, Dynamite Comics. Of all these series, only those by Marvel, Grandreams and Look-In actually completed their storylines and brought the story to a conclusion. All the other series were cancelled at various points during their run, with no resolutions.

Both the Grandreams and Look-In comic strips take place early in the series. The other comic series based on the 1978 series have been set after the final episode of the series and ignored Galactica 1980.

The Maximum Press series began with the discovery of a completely unpopulated Earth some fifteen years after the conclusion of the TV show. The look and the feel of the comics had been changed considerably from the series, to give the stories a "more nineties" feel.

The Realm Press series picked up immediately after the conclusion of the final episode of the original series in an attempt to present what they called "Season Two" of the original show.

Dynamite Entertainment is currently publishing comic books featuring both the classic and reimagined Battlestar Galactica series. In June, 2009, it was announced that Dynamite Entertainment will be releasing a Galactica 1980 comic series. It will be written by Marc Guggenheim and will be a re-imagining of the original series and is expected to be released in August 2009.[30]

Books

Both the original and the reimagined series have had books published both about the series, academically oriented analysis, novelizations, and new works based on the characters.

Original series books

These Battlestar Galactica softcover novelisations were written by Glen A. Larson with the authors listed below.[31] All novels except Battlestar Galactica #14: Surrender the Galactica (ACE publishing) were originally published by Berkley and have been republished recently by I Books as Battlestar Galactica Classic to differentiate it from the reimagined series.

Episodic novels

  • Battlestar Galactica #1: Saga of a Star World. (with Robert Thurston)
  • Battlestar Galactica #2: The Cylon Death Machine. (with Robert Thurston)
  • Battlestar Galactica #3: The Tombs of Kobol. (with Robert Thurston)
  • Battlestar Galactica #4: The Young Warriors. (with Robert Thurston)
  • Battlestar Galactica #5: Galactica Discovers Earth. (Galactica 1980 novelisation, with Michael Resnick)
  • Battlestar Galactica #6: The Living Legend. (with Nicholas Yermakov)
  • Battlestar Galactica #7: War of the Gods. (with Nicholas Yermakov)
  • Battlestar Galactica #8: Greetings from Earth. (with Ron Goulart)
  • Battlestar Galactica #9: Experiment in Terra. (with Ron Goulart)
  • Battlestar Galactica #10: The Long Patrol. (with Ron Goulart)

Original novels

  • Battlestar Galactica #11: The Nightmare Machine. (with Robert Thurston)
  • Battlestar Galactica #12: "Die, Chameleon!". (with Robert Thurston)
  • Battlestar Galactica #13: Apollo's War. (with Robert Thurston)
  • Battlestar Galactica #14: Surrender the Galactica. (with Robert Thurston)

Reimagined series books

Tor Science Fiction has published the following works in both hardcover and paperback format.

Academic analysis

  • So Say We All: An Unauthorized Collection of Thoughts and Opinions on Battlestar Galactica, edited by Richard Hatch

Games

The original series inspired a Battlestar Galactica board game. The game is set during a training mission, where two to four players maneuver pieces representing Colonial Vipers in order to capture a damaged Cylon Raider. Skillful play includes using terrain elements and a number of special-ability cards to the players' advantage.

FASA in 1979 released a tabletop counter piece game for Battlestar Galactica based on the fighter combat, which included the Galactica and a basestar to be launched from, attack with and attacked/defended. The counters for the Vipers and the Raiders included three model versions MKI/MKII/MKIII not just the MKII Viper and Raider MKI.[32]

In November 2003, shortly before the premiere of the re-imaged TV series, Sierra released the 3D space combat game Battlestar Galatica for the original Xbox and Playstation 2. The game took place 40 years before the original series and featured an ensign Adama flying a Viper during the Cylon war. The game was developed by Warthog.

Wiz Kids, Inc. (a collectible game manufacturer) produced the Battlestar Galactica Collectable Card Game based on the 2003 mini-series and 2004 TV show. The premier set of this game was released in May 2006. After the release of one expansion set, Wizkids announced the game's cancellation on March 13, 2007.[33]

A Battlestar Galactica role playing game was released in August 2007 by Margaret Weis Productions at Gen Con.[34]

Fantasy Flight Games has produced Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game. It is a semi-cooperative game for 3-6 players with some players being Cylon agents, either aware at start of the game or become aware later, as Sleeper agents. Each of the 10 playable character has their own abilities and weaknesses, and must all work together in order for humanity to have any hope of survival as well as attempt to expose the traitor while fuel shortages, food contaminations, and political unrest threatens to tear the fleet apart.[35] In June 2009, the Pegasus expansion to the board game was announced, adding seven new characters, and extra gameboards representing Battlestar Pegasus and New Caprica.[36]

There is also a Xbox 360 Live Arcade title called Battlestar Galactica which is 2D in nature where you can co-op or dogfight with up to 8 people over Xbox Live.[37]

Battlestar Galactica Online is a browser-based MMOG set to be released in the fall of 2010 by Bigpoint Games.[38]

International distribution

See also

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Battlestar Galactica is a science fiction franchise. It includes two separate television series, one sequel series, movies, books, comic books, toy and other merchandise. The series are named after the main spacecraft, the Battlestar (a large type of warship in space) Galactica.

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Original series

The first series was created in 1978 after the successful theater release of Star Wars. The series was shown on the American network ABC. The series lasted for eight months and 17 episodes before it ended. The cost of making the series was said to be one of the reasons for it ending. The series starred Lorne Greene as Commander Adama, captain of the Galactica. Richard Hatch played his son, the pilot Apollo. Dirk Benedict played Apollo's friend and fellow pilot, Starbuck.

In 1980, ABC make the sequel series Galactica 1980. This series took place after the fleet got to Earth. The series did not do well in the ratings and quickly ended. Several movies were made using edited version of both series.

Remake series

In 2003, Universal Television along with the Sci-Fi Channel and Sky One created a three hour mini-series based on the original television series. This series was very well liked by both the audience and critics. This led to the Sci-Fi Channel making it into a series in 2004. After the 2007 season of Battlestar Galactica, the Nielsen ratings said that over 119 million people watched the series. This made it the highest rated and most watched series on cable networks. Edward James Olmos plays Commander William Adama. Jamie Bamber plays his son, Lee "Apollo" Adama. Katee Sackhoff plays Kara "Starbuck" Thrace. Starbuck was one of several characters to be changed from a male character into a female character.

Story

All of the Battlestar Galactica series have the same basic setting. In a far away part of the universe, a civilization of humans live on planets known as the "Twelve Colonies". In the past, the Colonies were at war with a cybernetic race known as the Cylons. With the help of a human named Gaius Baltar, the Cylons attacked on the Colonies. This surprise attack caused much damage to the planets where the humans lived and killed most of their populations. A few thousand of humans did not die in the attacks. They fled into space aboard any spacecraft they could. Of all the Colonial Fleet, the battlestar Galactica appears to be the only military ship that was not destroyed in the attack. Under the leadership of military leader Commander Adama, the Battlestar Galactica and its crew lead and protect the fleet of survivors into space in search of a fabled Thirteenth Colony and its home planet, Earth.

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