Battlestar Galactica

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Battlestar Galactica (2003 Miniseries) - Part 2.0

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Dec 10, 2003 on Syfy
9.3
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Battlestar Galactica (2003 Miniseries) - Part 2.0
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With all others in the line of succession dead, Laura Roslin, the Secretary of Education, is appointed President of the Twelve Colonies. She plans to gather up all the ships that survived the Cylon attack, including the Galactica, and flee the Colonial homeworlds, never to return.

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  • The war is over. And we lost.

    9.9
    What is this storyline about Baltar seeing visions of Number Six, his Cylon seductress in his head? What indeed? A brain chip? Angel of God? Or is he just plain frakin' nuts? So starts the longest lasting mystery in the story, and as of the Third season conclusion, it has not been solved yet. Just go with it. In terms of action and suspense, this is a slow moving segment. However in terms of realistic drama, it is very powerful. Even though everybody has lost just about everything and everyone that was important, the situation leaves little time to lament. Already, hard choices have to be made, and people have to be left behind. The scene in which the decision if made to leave certain ships behind that cannot travel faster than light, leaving whole families, and thousands of civillians behind to die, is almost unbearable to watch. As Lee slowly counts down the jump away, we hear the voices from those ships begging, screaming not to be left behind, the Cylons indeed appear. "I hope you people rot in hell for this!!!", lee and the president hear as the Cylon's launch the missles, and they jump away, knowing that those civillians are most certainly dead within seconds of their departure. And with so little of humanity left. 50 thousand when Roslin, Lee and the fleet finally reach the Galactica. We meet Leoben, the arms dealer philosopher (LOL). Adama, while overseeing the transfer of arms to Galactica, hets trapped with him at the Ragnar station, and the two seek another escape. Along the way, Adama quickly figures the truth...Leoben is a Cylon. With that fact a little known one, I could never figure out how Adama came to that conclusion so fast, but since seeing Razor, I understand. Two plus Two equals four. You will see more of Leoben in the futue. He has a destiny with one of our crew. We find out a revelation about Kara. Just before scouting their escape from the Anchoridge, she confesses to Lee her passing Zac, Adama's dead son, in the flight class where she was instructor. This despite the fact the Zac was never ready to fly, and it killed him. Soon Kara discovers Three Cylon baseships and swarms of Cylon raiders standing between them and escape.moreless
  • The Battlestar Galactica copes with the huge losses sustained and prepares to re-arm itself for the fight. Laura Roslin assumes her new role as President, coordinating rescue efforts and providing aid. Strong acting and innovative direction.moreless

    9.5
    Part three of the epic miniseries finds humanity trying to restore what is left of society. The Battlestar Galactica is busy re-arming and repairing its damages. Laura Roslin works to gather the stranded survivors together for escape. After the annihilation of the colonies, humanity's focus shifts strictly to survival instincts.



    The actors so vividly portray the twisting emotions which well up with such serious events. Mary McDonnell's newly sworn-in President Roslin shows such tenderness and compassion, but steely resolve in the face of difficult decisions. Mcdonnell walks this tight rope with grace and intensity. Edward James Olmos shows William Adama's tough side while still seeming grandfatherly. Each additional role gives us another important window into the remorse, the reunions, the resolve required to face such dire circumstances as the destruction of one's entire race. Without the human element each performance gives us, "Battlestar Galactica" would be just another space opera.



    Michael Rymer really stretches his directorial wings. The handheld zooms prove very effective in adding extra emphasis on the camera's focus. The revolving shot of Laura Roslin's debate over possible abandonment of slower, more vulnerable ships is choreographed with the precision and care of an orchestrated ballet. Even the fight scene shows a brutality and animal fierceness television is not accustomed to encasing. What we have here is no less a made-for-TV movie than a mosaic, a masterpiece of depth and varying hues of gray.



    Richard Gibbs's well rounded soundtrack provides a poetic backdrop to these events. He has the ability to match the on-screen elements with the perfect mood, whether it be sweeping violins flanked with soaring voices, or dark pounding drums and disturbing melodies.



    "Battlestar Galactica" sweeps through these riveting moral predicaments and gives us a dramatic epic capable of stimulating our brains as well as our eyes. They not only survive, but prove to be very worthy of survival.moreless
  • And the war is lost..

    9.0
    So, it looks like Cyclons got this war and Educational Mister becomes the president and she has to start with hard choices - first there is the crew and the commander of Galactica who does not seem to be very happy with her in the led and they have the different ideas. Then she has to make a decision - jump away to safe place and leave many people alive or risk with all and as Apollo so cleverly notice -it is all about surviving now.



    I really most say I like where the story is going and those hard choices, the camera work.. well done.moreless
  • A great start!

    10
    Battlestar Galactica

    Miniseries

    Battlestar Galactica is a reimaginning of the 1978 series of the same name. In a future, the humans live in 12 colonies. The humans created the Cylons, robotic beings, to make life easier. They rebelled and a war was held. An attack was done to the 12 colonies, and the humans joined a fleet of ships lead by Commander William Adama of Battlestar Galactica to the legendary 13nth colony: Earth.



    I started watching BSG about a month ago and my impression on it is that it is awesome! The miniseries, considered a backdoor pilot, is an awesome start. The miniseries is great. So awesome and so full of action. If you want to start watching BSG, then start here.moreless
  • Continues to be great!!!

    8.5
    This shows dilemma is very similar to the hard and moral choice made in 24, funny, the channel is the same.



    After the last episode i oouldn´t expected worse. Hard decisions are necessary to be done and because a educational minister is now the president, this creates some emotional conflit. As expected, Apollo and Co are fine.



    Gaies is more stranger than ever, is really his conscience that is playing with him or he really have a ship installed in his head? Hard to say, but the writers structure a way for that sexy woman to appear and have her share of participation.



    The war is lost, so the last part should be interesting, with some resolutions and finding the real traitor.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

Kwesi Ameyaw

Kwesi Ameyaw

Liner Captain

Guest Star

Moneca Delain

Moneca Delain

Blonde Woman

Guest Star

Tim Henry

Tim Henry

Caprica Doctor

Guest Star

Lorena Gale

Lorena Gale

Priest Elosha

Recurring Role

Michael Hogan

Michael Hogan

Col. Saul Tigh

Recurring Role

Alonso Oyarzun

Alonso Oyarzun

Socinus

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Tigh: In case you haven't heard, there's a war on.
      Roslin: Colonel, the war is over and we lost.

    • Apollo: The President has given me a direct order.
      Adama: You're talking about the secretary of education! We're in the middle of a war, and you're taking orders from a schoolteacher?

    • Apollo: Dr. Baltar, Captain Lee Adama. The President's asked to see you, sir.
      Baltar: President Adar is alive?
      Apollo: No, I'm afraid Adar is dead. President Laura Roslin was sworn in a couple of hours ago.
      Baltar: Oh. (pause) Who?

    • Laura: I have cancer.
      Billy: I know. Little things. Couple of comments you made.
      Laura: My prognosis is doubtful. I wish I could say it was the least of my worries. But the world is coming to an end and all I could think about is that I have cancer and I'm probably going to die. How selfish is that?
      Billy: It's not selfish. It's human.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Part 2.0 and Part 2.5 aired on the same night as the second part of the 4-hour miniseries.

      The miniseries has been divided into Parts 1.0, 1.5, 2.0 and 2.5 in this guide because iTunes divided the miniseries into four (unequal) parts.

    • Giana, the woman who is rescued from Caprica by Boomer and Helo, was played by Lymari Nadal. She is the wife of Edward James Olmos.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Ragnar Anchorage: Ragnar Station Ammunition Reserve is named for Ragnarök, the events and final battle that would lead to the death of the gods in Norse mythology.

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