I thought it would be a good idea to have a thread for people who are new to the Peabody Award- and Emmy Award-winning series. Time Magazine, New York Newsday and Rolling Stone Magazine have called BSG "The Best Show on Television." The American Film Institute has named the show one of the 10 best on all of television. I'll provide a brief summary of key episodes and general overviews of the Miniseries and each season.
This thread is aimed at helping new viewers to catch up on the storyline and mythology of the series before the start of Season 4. "He That Believeth In Me," the first episode, will air on Friday, April 4, 2008 at 10 pm on the Sci Fi Channel. The show also airs on the Space network in Canada and Sky One in the U.K.
A half-hour special "Battlestar Galactica: Revealed" will air on Friday, March 28, 2008 at 10 pm on the Sci Fi Channel, followed by a half-hour special "Battlestar Galactica: The Phenomenon" that highlights the positive response from critics and fans over the last four years. Both specials can be seen in their entirety at the official website, www.scifi.com/battlestar.
The direct link to the video of "Battlestar Galactica: Revealed" (available only to U.S. residents)
"Battlestar Galactica: Revealed" is also available on this very guide. Click on the Videos tab toward the top of the page, just below the banner photo, or visit the Summary page of this guide.
DVDs and ONLINE VIDEOS
All of the previous seasons and the TV movie "Battlestar Galactica: Razor" are available on DVD. A limited number of full-length episodes can be seen as streaming videos through legitimate online sources including the Sci Fi Channel (www.scifi.com/battlestar), Hulu (www.hulu.com/battlestar-galactica) and Fancast (www.fancast.com/tv/Battlestar-Galactica/8792/videos?). Individual episodes may be purchased for download from the Amazon Unbox Video service.
The narratives in this thread include spoilers from the Miniseries; from episodes of Season 1, Season 2, and Season 3; and from the TV movie "Battlestar Galactica: Razor." It is intended to serve as a means for new viewers to catch up on the show quickly before watching Season 4. Do not read if you want to watch all the previous episodes without knowing the stories ahead of time.
The Miniseries showed the thriving human civilization of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol, particularly the most important Colony, that of Caprica. The Colonies had fought a brutal war against the robotic Cylons, whom the humans had created. The Cylon War had lasted about 12 years. Once humanity had fought off the threat of extinction, the Colonials signed an armistice with the Cylons. The Cylons left for a world of their own and at the time of the Miniseries, no one had seen them in 40 years.
The noted scientist Dr. Gaius Baltar inadvertently gave the Cylons access to the defense mainframe computer system, letting the Cylons bypass the Colonial defenses. Dr. Baltar was shocked to learn that some of the Cylons were now indistinguishable from humans. One of those human-form Cylons was his new girlfriend. She says that there are 12 models of human-form Cylons. She is Number Six. She says that even if she is "killed" in the attack, her consciousness will download into an identical body somewhere else. She can't die.
Meanwhile, the battlestar Galactica was scheduled to be decommissioned and turned into a museum. Her commander, William Adama, oversaw the preparations and ceremony. He is alerted to the news of the massive Cylon attack against the Colonial homeworlds. Billions of people are slaughtered in the nuclear attack. The Cylons disable all the networked computer systems on the homeworlds and in the Colonial ships. Fortunately for the Galactica, Adama had always insisted that no networked computers be allowed on his ship. All of the other battlestars are apparently destroyed, leaving only the Galactica to fend off the Cylons.
The entire Colonial government is wiped out. Lee Adama ("Apollo"), the son of Commander Adama, discovers that the Secretary of Education is still alive. Laura Roslin realizes that with all the other political leaders dead, she is now the president of the civilian government. She meets with Commander Adama, who wants to engage the Cylons in battle. President Roslin argues that one battlestar cannot hope to defeat the Cylon armada. She also says that the Galactica needs to survive in order to protect the civilian ships that now hold the remaining members of the Colonial civilization. Eventually Adama accepts Roslin's argument. He takes the Galactica away from the war zone and brings the surviving civilian ships with him.
Lee Adama is reluctant to work with his father. The two have a strained relationship. Lee thinks that his father pushed Zak, Lee's brother, into becoming a Viper pilot. [A Viper is a single-pilot attack spacecraft.] Zak was killed in a Viper accident. Zak had been involved with a talented pilot named Kara Thrace, with the call sign of "Starbuck." Starbuck is now a Viper pilot on the Galactica, one with a problem with authority. She was in the brig for striking the Executive Officer (XO), Col. Saul Tigh, but Adama needs her piloting skills, so she is released.
On Cylon-occupied Caprica, a Raptor (a small reconnaissance spacecraft) lands. Lt. Sharon "Boomer" Valerii and Lt. Karl "Helo" Agathon find survivors. Helo selflessly gives up his seat so that a civilian may board the ship and escape. In the crowd, he sees Dr. Baltar. Baltar is in shock because he knows he played a large part in letting the Cylon attack happen. Helo doesn't know this. He only knows that Baltar is a famous and brilliant scientist, one who could be helpful to whatever human society that remains. Boomer is upset about Helo's sacrifice but she eventually accepts his decision. A young boy named Boxey joins Baltar and Boomer on the Raptor, which takes off and heads back to the Galactica.
Adama learns about the human-form Cylons. Meanwhile, Baltar now has visions or dreams of his girlfriend from Caprica, Number Six. She appears to talk to him, even while other people are in the room. No one can see her except Baltar. She advises Baltar and comments on people that he talks to. Baltar names Aaron Doral as a Cylon. Doral had been leading a tour group through the Galactica before the attack. He claims that he is being accused unfairly.
Adama says that he can't run the risk of taking him back to the Galactica. Doral is left behind on Ragnar Anchorage after Adama's troops take supplies to replenish the Galactica's stores. Doral screams that he isn't a Cylon.
As Adama addresses the crew at a memorial ceremony for their fallen colleagues, he says that he knows the way to Earth, a place known only in legend. He says that he will lead them there. Afterward, President Roslin says she knows that Earth doesn't exist. The deceased former president Adar didn't believe Earth existed. Adama admits that he made up the information. He says that it's not enough for the people to survive. They also need to have hope.
After the Galactica and her crew leave Ragnar Anchorage, Doral turns to see several human-form Cylons enter. Among them are several copies of the model known as Leoben Conoy. There are also copies of Aaron Doral, which confirms that Doral is a Cylon. Even more surprising, there are copies of... Sharon Valerii, "Boomer"!
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