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Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica 1978 - intro.jpg
Battlestar Galactica intro
Format Science fiction
Created by Glen A. Larson
Starring Richard Hatch
Dirk Benedict
Lorne Greene
John Colicos
Maren Jensen
Noah Hathaway
Jane Seymour
Herb Jefferson, Jr.
Tony Swartz
Laurette Spang
Terry Carter
Ed Begley, Jr.
Rick Springfield
Anne Lockhart
David Greenan
Sarah Rush
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 24 (List of episodes)
Running time 45 minutes per episode
Original channel ABC
Original run September 17, 1978 – April 29, 1979
Followed by Galactica 1980

Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction television series, produced in 1978 by Glen A. Larson and starring Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict.

The show lasted only one season in 1978–1979, but has since developed a cult following and several books have been written continuing the sagas of the characters. After its cancellation, its story was continued in 1980 as Galactica 1980 with Adama, Lieutenant Boomer, now a colonel in the Colonial Service, and Boxey, now called Troy, being the only continuing characters.

A reboot series Battlestar Galactica premiered in 2004 on the Sci-Fi Channel.

Universal has announced a feature film, directly based on this version of the story with some structural changes, is in development.[1] This film is not designed to be a continuation of this 1978 series, but a parallel version,[2] unlike the 2004 reboot TV series. Currently director Bryan Singer is attached to direct[3] with production input of series creator, Larson. As of August 2009, no script has been finalized though a 2011 release date has been announced.


Narrations and theme music

The show begins with a narration, spoken by Patrick Macnee:

There are those who believe that life here began out there, far across the universe, with tribes of humans who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians, or the Toltecs, or the Mayans. That they may have been the architects of the great pyramids, or the lost civilizations of Lemuria or Atlantis. Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man who even now fight to survive somewhere beyond the heavens...

The short version of the narration, also spoken by Patrick Macnee:

There are those who believe that life here began out there, far across the universe, with tribes of humans who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians, or the Toltecs, or the Mayans. Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man who even now fight to survive somewhere beyond the heavens...

During the narration, the viewer sees scenes of nebulae and other celestial phenomena. Patrick Macnee also provides the character voice of the Cylons' Imperious Leader throughout the series, and appears as Count Iblis in "War of the Gods", a two-part episode which originally aired in January 1979.

This is followed by images of the Galactica, the colonial fleet, and other scenes. The Battlestar Galactica theme song plays prominently, an orchestral piece with an emphasis on brass instruments. It was written by Stu Phillips.

The show closes with this narration, spoken by Lorne Greene:

Fleeing from the Cylon tyranny, the last Battlestar, Galactica, leads a rag-tag fugitive fleet on a lonely quest -- a shining planet, known as Earth.

Plot summary

Humanity lived on twelve colony worlds in a distant star system. They fought a thousand-year war with the Cylons, warrior robots created by a reptilian race which expired long ago—presumably destroyed by their own creations. Having never been commanded to cease fire, these warrior robots continuously waged war against the colonials. Mankind was defeated in a sneak attack on their homeworlds conceived by the Cylons, carried out with the help of Count Baltar (John Colicos). Protected by the last surviving warship, a "battlestar" (the word, presumably coined by Glen Larson, is short for the phrase "line-of-battle starship") called Galactica, the survivors fled in any ship that could fly. The Commander of the Galactica, Adama (Lorne Greene), led this "rag-tag fugitive fleet" of 220 ships in search of a new home on a legendary planet called Earth. The episodes dealt with the fleet's struggle to survive the Cylon threat and to find Earth.

The era in which this exodus took place is never clearly stated in the series itself. The implication of the final aired episode, "The Hand of God", was that the original series took place after the Apollo 11 moon landing in July 1969, almost certainly centuries later, allowing for the time necessary for the propagation at light-speed of television images of the landing to be received by the Galactica. In "Saga of a Star World" the President of the 12 Tribes states "as we approach the seventh millennium of time..." The later Galactica 1980 series is expressly set in the 1980s.


The pilot to this series, the biggest budgeted (US$7 million) pilot ever up to that time, was originally released theatrically in Canada, Western Europe and Japan in July 1978 in an edited 125-minute version. (See Saga of a Star World for information on the pilot).

On September 17, 1978, the uncut 148-minute pilot premiered on ABC to spectacular Nielsen Ratings. Two-thirds of the way through the broadcast, ABC interrupted with a special report of the signing of the Camp David Accords at the White House by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, witnessed by U.S. President Jimmy Carter. After the ceremony, ABC resumed the broadcast at the point where it was interrupted. This interruption, however, did not occur on the West Coast.

In 1978, 20th Century Fox sued Universal Studios (the producers of Battlestar Galactica) for plagiarism, claiming it had stolen 34 distinct ideas from Star Wars. Universal promptly countersued, claiming Star Wars had stolen ideas from their 1972 film Silent Running (notably the robot "drones") and the Buck Rogers serials of the 1930s. Both lawsuits were eventually dismissed in 1980 as being "without merit".


As the series progressed, the ratings began to decline, even though the show still consistently won its coveted Sunday evening timeslot.

In mid-April 1979, ABC executives canceled the still strongly-rated show. Some believed that it was a failed attempt by ABC to position its hit comedy Mork & Mindy into a more lucrative timeslot.[4] (The ratings for Mork & Mindy plummeted far below what they had been for Battlestar Galactica.) The cancellation led to viewer outrage, protests outside ABC studios, and even contributed to the suicide of Edward Seidel, a 15-year-old boy in Saint Paul, Minnesota who had become obsessed with the program.[5][6] On May 18, 1979, the theatrical version of the pilot was released in American theaters. In later years, Universal would recut the entire series into a series of two-hour telemovies. These were then widely syndicated to theatrical and television markets around the world. The profits from this syndication effort helped Universal recoup its enormous investment in the series.


While primarily English, the Colonial language was written to include several fictional words that differentiated its culture from those of Earth, most notably time units and expletives. The words were roughly equivalent to their English counterparts, and the minor technical differences in meaning were transparent to the viewer.

Distance and time units Colonial times were never fully explained, but appear to have been primarily in a decimal format. Time units are millicenton (approximately equivalent to one second), centon (minute), centar (hour), cycle (day), secton (week), quatron (unknown, perhaps 1/4 yahren), sectar (month), yahren (Colonial year), centuron (Colonial century). Distance units were metron (meter), micron (possibly a kilometer but also sometimes confused with a unit of time), and parsec.
Expletivesfrack (interjection), felgercarb (noun), golmonging (adjective)
Miscdaggit (Dog), ducat (ticket), pyramid (card game), triad (a full-contact ball and goal game similar to basketball)
Figures of speech — there were a number of these used in the series, such as "daggit dribble," a term used to condemn falsehood.

Video releases

The series first saw selective release on VHS videotape from Universal Studios Home Entertainment in the 1980s and 1990s. The full series was available in PAL format on VHS in the European and Australasian markets. In the North American (NTSC) market, only selected episodes were released - the theatrical edit of the series pilot episode, "Saga of a Star World," plus all one-hour episodes except for "Take The Celestra." Universal later added two of the two-part episodes, "Lost Planet of the Gods" and "The Gun on Ice Planet Zero", as well as the feature film "Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack" (a theatrical edit of "The Living Legend" and "Fire In Space"), the Galactica 1980 feature film "Conquest of the Earth" (composited from "Galactica Discovers Earth" and "The Night The Cylons Landed") and the Galactica 1980 episode "The Return of Starbuck". Universal never released the remaining two-part episodes - "War of the Gods" and "Greetings from Earth" - for North America in any form. Series fans in America had to wait until the 2003 DVD release in order to purchase the complete series.

Universal test-marketed a VHS release of the uncut series pilot movie, "Saga of a Star World", in parts of North America. This extended VHS version is extremely rare. The only major differences between the regular and extended versions are the background color of the box and the listed running time of the movie.

Three of the feature film edits had a limited release on Pioneer's laserdisc format. These were "Battlestar Galactica", the theatrical edit of the series pilot; "Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack", and "Conquest of the Earth". In the case of the pilot movie, time compression techniques were used to squeeze the movie onto a single laserdisc.

In the 1990s, Playback Video of Great Britain released a limited edition VHS box set of what was supposed to be the entire series. Fans who bought the set found that three of the one-hour episodes had been replaced with two-hour syndicated telemovie edits. These were "Space Prison", "Space Casanova", and "Curse of the Cylons". Also included was the telemovie version of "War of the Gods," with extra footage. This marked the first time that a series episode had been released on video with additional footage that was not part of its original broadcast format. However, the syndicated two-part version of "Greetings From Earth" was included instead of the original television movie edit. This VHS boxset proved popular with fans. Fan reaction subsequently prompted Universal to secure prints of all of the telemovie edits, along with their extra footage, for a future DVD release of the series. The Playback Video VHS box set has since been discontinued but can still be found in aftermarket channels. As present, it marks the only release of any of the syndicated telemovies in any form.

The full series was released on Region 1 DVD in 2003 as Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Epic Series which was packaged in a limited edition "Cylon head" box set with six double-sided discs. Extras for the Region 1 release included an episode guide and collector's book, more than 3 hours of deleted and alternate scenes, new interviews with television series creator Glen A. Larson, a 45-minute documentary on the making of Battlestar Galactica, a featurette on scoring the television series, a featurette on the creation of the Cylons, an audio commentary for the television pilot episode with Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, and Herbert Jefferson Jr., and previously unreleased photos and concept drawings. It also featured the original television movie edit of "Greetings from Earth". This set is currently available in two different packaging styles - one with an oversized "Cylon head" box, and one with a smaller, bas-relief "Cylon head" embossed on the front of the box. The series was also released on Region 2 DVD in 2004 on seven single-sided discs. This set included all of the episodes but omitted some of the extra features.

"Mission Galactica" made its DVD debut in 2008, in a plain-vanilla format without any extras but digitally restored to the same level as the series. As of 2009, "Mission Galactica" is only available in PAL Region 4 (R4) format.

As of September 2009 the complete series can be watched online at[7] However, access is currently restricted to viewers in the United States.

See also


  1. ^ Universal in Talks for "Battlestar" Movie, Hollywood Reporter, February 20, 2009
  2. ^ Bryan Singer to Direct and Produce "Battlestar Galactica" movie, Entertainment, August 13, 2009
  3. ^ Bryan Singer to Direct "Battlestar Galactica",, August 13, 2009
  4. ^ Larson confirmed this on the Sci-Fi documentary "Sciography"
  5. ^ Associated Press. "TV Death". AP, August 25, 1979.
  6. ^ Associated Press. "St. Paul's High Bridge: Suicide Hot Spot"., February 5, 2008.
  7. ^

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Commander Adama: Mister President, I request permission to leave the fleet! I have reason to suspect our home planets may face immiment attack!
[Cylon raiders blasts away the bridge of the Atlantia and portions of the bridge explode]
Commander Adama: Maintain contact!
[The communication image of Adar distorts, then clears]
President Adar: [last words] How could I've been so completely wrong? I led the entire human race to ruin!
[A Cylon raider blasts one of the Atlantia's anti-assault batteries and the explosion surges into the bridge, knocking out communications]
Commander Adama: Mister President!

Captain Apollo: No way those can outfight us without a 10-to-1 margin.
Lieutenant Zac: Apollo, better look at your scanner.
[A solid wall of Cylon raiders is chasing them]
Captain Apollo: No, but a 1000-to-1, that's not fair.
Lieutenant Zac: What does it mean?
Captain Apollo: It means there's isn't going be any peace. They might not be much of anything if we don't warn the fleet.

Commander Adama: Mr. President, a wall of unidentified craft if closing in on the fleet.
Count Baltar: Possibly a Cylon welcoming committee?
Commander Adama: Sir, might I suggest we launch a welcoming committee of our own.

Boxey: Can I ride in your ship, sir?
Captain Apollo: Fighter planes are no place for little boys.
Serina: They're going to have to be if our people are going to survive. We must fight back.
Commander Adama: Yes, we are going to fight back. But not here, not now, not in the Colonies. Not even in this star system. Let the word go fourth to every man, woman and child who survived this holocaust. Tell them to set sail at once in every assorted vehicle that will carry them.

Count Baltar: If a handful of survivors did indeed escape, they would have neither fuel nor food for a prolonged voyage.
Cylon Centurion: The information is not complete. It is offered in eschange for life.
Count Baltar: And what is the standing order, for humans, from your Imperious Leader?
Cylon Centurion: Extermination.
Count Baltar: Then carry out you orders. If they exist, they're doomed.

Lieutenant Boomer: Just keep it up, old buddy, you're going to get us into real trouble.
Lieutenant Starbuck: Ten thousand miles from nowhere, our planets shot to pieces, people starving, and I'm gonna get us in trouble? What's the matter with you? I tell you... Yeah, well, we might as well live for today, we might not have many left.

Lieutenant Starbuck: I'm just curious about what all that excitement was about back on the barge.
Cassiopeia: That woman is a member of the Etori sect amongst the Geminese. They don't believe im physical contact between genders, except when sanctified by the priest during High Worship of the Sun Storm, which comes once only every seven years!
Lieutenant Starbuck: No wonders those little buggers are such good card players.

[Admiring Starbuck's space fighter]
Cassiopeia: It's beautiful, isn't it? It's a perfect machine! Born to dance among the stars!
Lieutenant Starbuck: Yeah, it's bumping into them that has me worried.
Cassiopeia: Why did you volunteer, Starbuck?
Lieutenant Starbuck: Well, somebody had to do it.
Cassiopeia: Did Apollo made you?
Lieutenant Satrbuck: Yes, you certainly have a way of cutting through the felgercarb.
Cassiopeia: Do you ever take that smoldering weed out of your mouth? [kisses him]
Lieutenant Starbuck: I have this wonderful speech all prepared...
Cassiopeia: About this being your last night here? About possibly not seeing another night as this one, or another girl as beautiful as I am, ever again?
Lieutenant Starbuck: Yeah, well, that speech is a little better that the one I had. Would you mind if I borrowed it on some future occasion?

Lieutenant Boomer: What if we miss a mine?
Captain Apollo: One of us will be the first to know.

Imperious Leader: Welcome, Baltar. I have grave news. A handful of Colonials prevail, but we will soon find them.
Count Baltar: What of our bargain? My colony was to be spared!
Imperious Leader: I now altar the bargain.
Count Baltar: How can you change one side of a bargain?
Imperious Leader: When is no other side. You have missed the entire point of the war.
Count Baltar: But I have no ambitions against you.
Imperious Leader: Could you think me so foolish as to trust a man who would see his own race destroyed?
Count Baltar: Not destroyed, subjugated, under me!
Imperious Leader: There can be no survivors. So long as one human remains alive, the Alliance is threatened.
Count Baltar: Surely, you don't mean me?
Imperious Leader: We thank you for your help, Baltar. Your time is at an end.
Count Baltar: No! You can't! You still need me! ARGH!
[A Cylon slits Baltar's throat]

[Exploring the dark surface of a planet]
Lieutenant Starbuck: I wonder this looks like in the daytime?
Lieutenant Boomer: Hey, this is the daytime.
Lieutenant Starbuck: Oooh... lovely...

Cylon Centurion: Our raiders are all destroyed.
Imperious Leader: All destroyed? How? We took them by surprise.
Cylon Centurion: Apparently it was not as big a surprise as we had hoped for.

1978 TV series


  • Fleeing from the Cylon tyranny, the last Battlestar Galactica leads a rag-tag fugitive fleet on a lonely quest... a shining planet known as Earth.
    • Commander Adama

Saga of a Star World

  • How could I've been so completely wrong? I led the entire human race to ruin!
    • Last words of President Adar aboard the Battlestar Atlantia, moments before its destruction

1980 TV series

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No episode specificed

  • FRACK!
    • common in-character expletive
    • (Spelt FRAK in the Re-imagined series)
    • common in-character expletive


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