Battlestar Galactica

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jan 14, 2005 on Syfy
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The Cylons attack the battlestar Galactica and the rag-tag fleet exactly every thirty-three minutes, leading many to believe that there is a traitor in their midst.

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  • Actually, you can add one.

    This is pretty much a perfect start to this series, in every way.

    Without wasting any time, it jumps off of the piggyback that the miniseries gave it and starts exploring the different things it can do. Everybody in the main cast makes a difficult decision, none of those decisions aren't given enough screen time to feel monumental, and it culminates in the literal genocide (potentially) of 2% of the human race. If that's not dark enough for you, I'm not sure what will be.

    The 33-minute space jumping leaving everyone exhausted is a, well, exhausting way to start off a show. By the 30 minute mark I was literally on the edge of my seat hoping that the Cylons wouldn't show up after the next timer, because 238 is just such a horribly exhausting number and these people NEED A BREAK. The makeup really sells the exhaustion that these people are feeling as well as the acting, and at times it can be really hard to watch people looking and acting this utterly beaten.

    The personal story, told about Gaius Baltar, is also exciting. We get a wonderful glimpse into his mind and the ramifications of Number Six in his head. He gets some great dialogue too as he attempts to have regular human conversations while still talking to Six at the same time (what?). As an atheist myself, I'm not sure I like the idea that Baltar repenting can save him, but it doesn't detract from the intense drama of those final scenes either. The very last scene, with the baby being born, is incredibly touching, and a wonderful bit of acting on Mary McDonnell's part makes you really sometimes think that there might actually be hope in this incredibly dark world.moreless
  • Killer Episode

    As someone who came into this without watching the mini-series, I had no idea what had happened before. But I was able to follow the story and was able to pick up most of what had happened from this episode, it still left many unanswered questions but answered enough to keep me interested and totally hooked. The story is great and thought provoking. The charachters and acting were first rate. Overall the production is first rate and has a very cinematic feel. So impressed - can't wait for the next episode!moreless
  • 33 Was an Awesome First Episode of the New Battlestar Galactica!

    33 was a perfect and awesome first episode of the first season of Battlestar Galactica first aired in 2005. The story pics up where the mini series left off as the Colonial Fleet continues to flee the Cylons who are now attacking every 33 minutes. This has taken a huge toll on the crews of the ships as there are no replacement crews and every one is worn to the brink. There were some sad moments and important decisions made, ultimately to save the Fleet. The scenes of Halo back on Caprica were interesting. Gaius Baltar had some interesting scenes with the blonde Cylon which raise new interesting questions. It was cool how the Cylons used the Olympic Carrier, but sad for the passengers lost. There were so many touching moments, like when Billy told President Roslin the new head count. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The Best of the Best

    Warning: Do not watch this episode unless you wish to be disappointed in all future sci-fi series. "33" embodies everything that is great about science fiction, and is pitch-perfect in almost every respect. I've watched this episode many times on DVD, andit never gets old.
  • "This is the first time I truly, truly felt bad for the crew..."

    So the story has begun. We open to find that the Cylons find where the battlestar is every 33 minutes, which is a pretty cool concept. This is the first time I truly, truly felt bad for the crew whenever they showed how sleep deprived they were.

    I thought the episode was a little boring for the first 20 or so minutes until they said that that one ship was missing. One of my favorite parts of the episode was when Starbuck refused to take her pills and then told Apollo HOW to get a crew member to agree with his wishes (by smacking her on the mouth) and they both just started laughing. It was a light moment in an all around dark, dark episode (I LOVE DARK T.V.). So I've decided that Boomer does NOT know she is Cylon. When Starbuck says "it's because she's a Cylon" i thought we would get some reaction from her face. So she's a sleeper. I've decided. Now to the part that is truly awesome. When they shoot a civilian ship. I really, really wished they showed people inside of it, but that is just my sick twisted mind there (and I also read they original planned for that and if you look closely there is some movement on the ship). The ending was hopeful and it was eh. :P No, just kidding I really enjoyed it. The President's acting is amazing.

    The stuff with Helo on Caprica seemed a little out of place, but I guess they had to get that storyline going somewhere and I am excited to see where that goes with Boomer and everything. 8.5/10.moreless
Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

William Adama

Grace Park

Grace Park

Sharon "Boomer" Valerii

James Callis

James Callis

Gaius Baltar

Jamie Bamber

Jamie Bamber

Lee "Apollo" Adama

Katee Sackhoff

Katee Sackhoff

Kara "Starbuck" Thrace

Mary McDonnell

Mary McDonnell

Laura Roslin

Paul Campbell

Paul Campbell

Billy Keikeya

Recurring Role

Sam Witwer

Sam Witwer

Alex "Crashdown" Quartararo

Recurring Role

Nicki Clyne

Nicki Clyne

Cally Henderson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Adama: I know there's a whole lot of people aboard this ship that wish you weren't feeling as good as you are.
      Tigh: If the crew doesn't hate the XO, then he's not doing his job.

    • Starbuck: Hey, Apollo, not that I'm not honored by being chosen to sit in my cockpit for the next three hours but...
      Apollo: But why you? Take a guess.
      Starbuck: Because I'm on drugs?
      Apollo: You got it. This patrol is 100% stimulated.

    • Tigh: Yes, we are tired. Yes, there is no relief. Yes, the Cylons keep coming after us time after time after time. And yes, we are still expected to do our jobs!

    • Number Six: Procreation is one of God's commandments.
      Baltar: Really? Well, I'm sure someday if you're a good Cylon, he'll reward you with a lovely little walking toaster of your very own.

    • Cally: Why do the Cylons come every 33 minutes? Why isn't it 34, 35...
      Tyrol: Cally.
      Cally (annoyed): What?
      Tyrol: Shut up.

    • Starbuck: You're the CAG. Act like it.
      Apollo: What the hell is that supposed to mean?
      Starbuck: It means that you're acting like you're everyone's best friend. We're not friends. You're the CAG.

    • Tigh: If the crew doesn't hate the XO, then he's not doing his job.

    • Starbuck: We're not friends. You're the CAG. "Be careful out there?" Our job isn't to be careful--it's to shoot Cylons out of the frakking sky! Good hunting is what you say. And now one of your idiot pilots is behaving like a child, and refusing to take her pills. So she either says, "Yes, sir" and obeys a direct order or you smack her in the mouth and drag her down to sickbay and you make her take those pills.
      Apollo: Well, I'm glad I'm not working for you.

    • Apollo: What about you Boomer? Doc says you're holding out better than any of us.
      Boomer: I'm tired just like everyone else.
      Apollo: Yeah, well you don't look it.
      Starbuck: It's 'cause she's a Cylon!
      Boomer: You're just gonna make me come over there and kick your ass, aren't you?

  • NOTES (14)

    • In a deleted scene from the DVD, the captain of the Tyrrhenian Traveler intends to leave the fleet and make a run for it alone. Roslin asks Adama to send the marines to board her, but he refuses. After Roslin hangs up, Adama orders his pilots to make three passes over the ship to warn it not to leave the fleet.

    • In a roundtable podcast from December 2006, Tahmoh Penikett, Ronald Moore, Jamie Bamber, and James Callis reveal that they consider this to be one of the best episodes of the series.

    • This episode was the winner of the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form in 2005.

    • This episode first aired in the United Kingdom on October 18, 2004, on Sky One, approximately three months before it aired on the Sci Fi Channel in the U.S. Sky One co-financed the first season of the show.

    • This episode received the 2005 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series.

    • This was the first episode to be shown in its entirety online. It was available for viewing on SciFi's official website along with deleted scenes from the episode.

    • SciFi's highest-rated program ever in both January and first-quarter.

      Beat out network shows including: JAG, and Fox's Premiere Jonny Zero

    • Original US Airdate: January 14, 2005
      Aired back to back with "Water"

    • As each of the pilots leaves the flight briefing room, they touch a picture of a man looking out at the destruction of his city.

      Although not explained in the episode that aired, the picture was introduced in a deleted scene from the episode where it was presented to President Roslin. The deleted scene can been seen on the SciFi website.

      It was supposed to have been taken on the roof of the capitol building in Aerilon City during the Cylon attack.

      Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore said that the picture was inspired by the famous picture of the fireman raising the American flag at the World Trade Center site in New York City following the terrorist attacks on the USA of 11 September 2001.

    • At the start of this episode, just over five days have passed since the conclusion of the miniseries.

    • The US version of the series, starting from this (the pilot) episode, made two subtle introductory changes: the Sci-Fi Channel added the episode title (between the "Previously on" section and the start of action) and changed the opening theme music.

    • At the end of the episode, the fleet consisted of 47,973 people.

    • The Rising Star was the name of one of the ships from the original show's fleet.

    • Ron Moore on the picture in the pilot's briefing room: There was a scene cut from "33" where we saw Laura being given her copy of the photo along with a card that said it was taken on the roof of the capitol building on Aerilon during the attack. The photo was inspired by the famous shot of the fire-fighters raising the flag at Ground Zero that became iconic. I thought the Colonies would have their own version of this -- a snapshot taken in the moment that becomes a symbol of the day they can never forget and of all they had lost. The photo itself is of a soldier falling to his knees (possibly shot or simply overcome by emotion) as he stands on the rooftop over looking the devastation of his city, while the Colonial flag waves at the edge of frame. The inscription below the photo on Laura's plaque reads, "Lest We Forget"