Battlestar Galactica

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 24

    The Hand of God

    Aired 4/29/79

  • S 1 : Ep 23

    Take the Celestra

    Aired 4/1/79

  • S 1 : Ep 22

    Experiment in Terra

    Aired 3/18/79

  • S 1 : Ep 21

    Baltar's Escape

    Aired 3/11/79

  • S 1 : Ep 20

    Greetings from Earth (2)

    Aired 2/25/79

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lorne Greene

    Commander Adama

  • Richard Hatch

    Captain Apollo

  • Dirk Benedict

    Lieutenant Starbuck

  • John Colicos

    Baltar

  • Herbert Jefferson Jr.

    Lieutenant Boomer

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  • Opening Narration: (Used on the video version of "Saga of a Star World") "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... far, far away amongst the stars..." -- read by Patrick Macnee. Alternate Narration: (TV Version of "Saga of a Star World") "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" -- read by Patrick Macnee. Short Narration: (Episodes 4-11, 19, 23-24) "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" -- read by Patrick Macnee. Closing Narration: (Episodes 3-24) "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" -- read by Lorne Greene.moreless

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  • Quotes (69)

    • Apollo: No way those guys can outfight us without a 10-to-1 margin. Zac: Apollo, look at your scanner... (seeing a solid wall of Cylon ships is chasing them) Apollo: No, but 1,000-to-1, that's not fair.

    • Commander Adama: Mr. President, a wall of unidentified craft is closing in on the fleet.
      Baltar: Possibly a Cylon welcoming committee?
      Commander Adama: (Sarcastically) Sir, might I suggest we launch a "welcoming committee" of our own?

    • Cylon Centurion: By your command, Imperious Leader.

    • Commander Adama: 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.

    • Athena: Sir, we're picking up attack signals between purple and orange squadrons. We don't have purple and orange squadrons. Adama: (confused) Purple and orange? Col. Tigh: Starbuck and Apollo? Adama: Lord help them both.

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

    • Starbuck: Remember, these controls are as sensitive as a school girl's lips.

    • Baltar: Lucifer.. I'll tear you apart limb by limb, circuit by circuit. You have not heard the last of Baltar!

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    Notes (21)

    • John Dykstra, Richard Edlund and Joe Goss won the 1979 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Individual Achievement - Creative Technical Crafts" for this episode. John E. Chilberg II, Mickey S. Michaels and Lowell Chambers were nominated for the 1979 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Art Direction for a Series" for this episode.

    • "Saga of a Star World" originally was a theatrical movie that ran in Canadian and and US theaters. When the movie was edited for TV, there was a major change for the fate of Baltar. In the theater version, Baltar was executed after being dragged before the Imperious Leader. In the TV version, he was 'held for execution' and eventually spared by the Leader's successor.

    • The "Land Ram" vehicle used in this episode, and a few others, was made by Sno-Cat and credited to their parent company Thiokol.

    • John Dykstra, Richard Edlund and Joe Goss won the 1979 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Individual Achievement - Creative Technical Crafts" for this episode. John E. Chilberg II, Mickey S. Michaels and Lowell Chambers were nominated for the 1979 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Art Direction for a Series" for this episode.

    • John Dykstra, Richard Edlund and Joe Goss won the 1979 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Individual Achievement - Creative Technical Crafts" for this episode. John E. Chilberg II, Mickey S. Michaels and Lowell Chambers were nominated for the 1979 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Art Direction for a Series" for this episode.

    • Baltar was originally slated to die in this episode, with the near beheading actually taking place. This was shown in the Marvel Comics adaptation which was released 3 months prior to this episode, and Colicos can be seen practicing the death scene in the DVD set extras for this episode. Glen Larson was so impressed with Colicos' performance that he had the script re-written and scenes re-shot to keep him on the show. Curiously enough, Baltar is also shown bald in the adaptation though no explanation has been given for this from Marvel, Colicos or Larson.

    • Jane Seymour's final appearance as Serina.

    • C.O.R.A. is a clear ancestor to K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider, another Glen Larson series.

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    • Creator Glen A. Larson has stated in a number of interviews (regarding both shows), that he recycled the sliding red "sensor" idea on the front of the Cylons' helmets, to use on the front of supercar K.I.T.T., in Knight Rider a few years later. The accompanying sound effect is also noticeably similar, both for that of K.I.T.T.'s sensor, and for that of his evil prototype K.A.R.R.

    • The Cylons of the first series were originally a reptilian race, replaced before the thousand year war by their robotic versions (and which plays into the Cylon origin and war of the current series). This is according to Glen Larson's novelisation of the pilot.

    • It held the #1 Nielsen rating (U.S.) with the premiere of "Saga of a Star World", having the highest viewership in U.S. history for its day.

    • Goof: When the Warriors are playing cards, Starbuck places his cards on the table near the gold coins, saying "A perfect pyramid. Unless there's a better hand, the pot is mine". His right fingers tap on the table and his cigar is in the ashtray. When the shot cuts, his hand is suddenly up by his mouth, holding the cigar, and the cards and coins have vanished.

    • Props from this series were later recycled for Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

    • The first weekly television series that budgeted at over $1,000,000 per episode. Much of this lavish (for the time) sum was consumed by the special effects processes used. This necessitated the frequent, often glaringly obvious, re-use of effects footage throughout the series wherever possible.

    • Goof: Right before Zac shoots down his first Cylon, they show his joystick. Instead of the normal "Fire/Turbo/IM" labels, it says "Stores/Camera Audio/Camera Pulse".

    • Highlights from 'Saga of a Star World (2)' are shown prior to the episode's closing credits.

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    Allusions (9)

    • Terminology: Though much of the terminology is taken from Greco-Roman mythology, much of the "theology" and storyline of Battlestar Galactica comes from Glen Larson's own Mormonism. The 13 tribes, Kobol (an anagram of "Kolob"), and theological concepts in marriage and spirituality are fundamentally Mormon. And the monetary unit, "cubit" is obviously taken from the biblical unit of linear measure of the same name.

    • Character names: Many of Galactica's characters have names drawn from mythology and literature. Apollo was the Greek god of light and the son of Zeus. Athena was the Greek goddess of wisdom and daughter to Zeus. Starbuck was first mate of the Pequod in Melville's "Moby-Dick" and, like his Galactica counterpart, a heavy smoker.

    • Episode Title and Plot:
      This episode borrows heavily from the 1961 classic war movie The Guns of Navarone. Common elements between the movie and the episode include: A friendly fleet has to navigate passage through an area controlled by enemy artillery, the need to create a team to infiltrate enemy territory and disable the weapons, a unit commanded by loyal officers but containing potentially dangerous criminals, aid provided by locals under enemy rule, a suspenseful countdown concerning whether the enemy firepower will be blown up before friendly forces come under enemy fire and more.

    • Episode Title and Plot: The episode's title and much of its content is inspired by the 1960 movie The Magnificent Seven, which in turn was inspired by Akira Kursawa's movie The Seven Samurai (1954).

    • Miri:
      The young girl's name recalls the Star Trek episode "Miri", which also dealt with a group of ungoverned, tribalistic children.

    • Episode Title: Experiment in Terra: The episode's title is a pun based on Blake Edwards' 1962 movie Experiment in Terror.

    • This episode seems to be inspired by the 1978 movie Heaven Can Wait. In both stories an individual is inserted into an already existing person's life by angelic beings and must deal not only with evil doers but uncomprehending loved ones. In fact the all white angelic realm shown on Galactica greatly resembles the one in the movie, right down to the fact that both are run by dignified Englishmen.

    • Faction Names: "Eastern Alliance" and "Nationalists"
      The conflict on Terra in this episode parallels the Cold War between the Communist "East," led by the Soviet Union, and the free (more "Nationalist") "West," led by the United States. This parallel and the message given by Apollo may go to explain why the series was banned in the Soviet Union.

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  • Fan Reviews (35)
  • When you think of Sci-Fi. Galactica better be one of the names that comes to mind. This is an amazing series, and no version can even come close.

    By Gowienczyk, Oct 15, 2007

  • I miss the old series. I watched the episodes on HULU.COM and realized how much I enjoyed it and how much the new BSG ruined a golden opportunity.

    By zzbeach, Dec 19, 2007

  • Carrying last remnants of Humanity, fleeing from the Cylon tyranny...the last Battlestar, Galactica..leads a ragtag fugitive fleet on a lonely quest,,,a shining planet...known as Earth.

    By my1sunshine, Apr 20, 2008

  • So much better then the new virson of the series.

    By robman500, Dec 31, 2008

  • The original is still the best....

    By McBurgermeister, Jan 07, 2009

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