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Battlestar Galactica 

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Following the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol by the Cylons, a rag-tag fugitive fleet of the last remnants of mankind flees the pursuing Cylons while simultaneously searching for their true home: Earth.
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Top Rated TV #111 | Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Edward James Olmos ...  Commander Adama 2 episodes, 2003
Mary McDonnell ...  President Laura Roslin 2 episodes, 2003
Katee Sackhoff ...  Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace 2 episodes, 2003
Jamie Bamber ...  Lee 'Apollo' Adama 2 episodes, 2003
James Callis ...  Gaius Baltar 2 episodes, 2003
Tricia Helfer ...  Number Six 2 episodes, 2003
Callum Keith Rennie ...  Leoben Conoy 2 episodes, 2003
Grace Park ...  Lt. Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii 2 episodes, 2003
Michael Hogan ...  Col. Tigh 2 episodes, 2003
Matthew Bennett ...  Doral 2 episodes, 2003
Paul Campbell ...  Billy 2 episodes, 2003
Aaron Douglas ...  Crew Chief Tyrol 2 episodes, 2003
Barclay Hope ...  Transport Pilot 2 episodes, 2003
Lorena Gale ...  Elosha 2 episodes, 2003
Kandyse McClure ...  Dualla 2 episodes, 2003
Connor Widdows ...  Boxey 2 episodes, 2003
John Mann ...  CAG / ... 2 episodes, 2003
Alessandro Juliani ...  Gaeta 2 episodes, 2003
Nicki Clyne ...  Cally 2 episodes, 2003
Michael Eklund ...  Prosna 2 episodes, 2003
Tahmoh Penikett ...  Lt. Karl Agathon 2 episodes, 2003
Ginger Broatch Ginger Broatch ...  Cami 2 episodes, 2003
Alonso Oyarzun Alonso Oyarzun ...  Socinus 2 episodes, 2003
Ty Olsson ...  Capt. Kelly 2 episodes, 2003
Ron Blecker ...  Launch Officer 2 episodes, 2003
Ryan Robbins ...  Armistice Officer 2 episodes, 2003
Tim Henry ...  Doctor 2 episodes, 2003
Kwesi Ameyaw ...  Liner Captain 2 episodes, 2003
Brenda McDonald Brenda McDonald ...  Old Woman 2 episodes, 2003
Suleka Mathew ...  Reporter / ... 2 episodes, 2003
Erin Karpluk ...  Woman #1 2 episodes, 2003
Jenn Griffin ...  Woman #2 2 episodes, 2003
BJ Harrison ...  Woman #3 2 episodes, 2003
Moneca Delain ...  Blonde Woman 2 episodes, 2003
Zahf Paroo ...  Man #1 2 episodes, 2003
Robert Lewis ...  Man #2 2 episodes, 2003
Denzel Sinclaire Denzel Sinclaire ...  Man #3 2 episodes, 2003
Nadine Wright ...  Chantara 2 episodes, 2003
Michael Soltis ...  Chantara's Husband 2 episodes, 2003
Fred Keating ...  Jr. Reporter 2 episodes, 2003
Lymari Nadal ...  Giana 2 episodes, 2003
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It's been 40 years since the 12 colonies of mankind have heard from their progeny, the Cylons -- robotic creatures who rose up and declared war on their masters, then disappeared. In a sudden, devastating strike, the Cylons return and lay waste to the colonies, aided by human-looking Cylon variants and an unwitting fifth columnist. The attack forces Commander William Adama to call into action his museum-piece warship, the Battlestar Galactica, and soon its company of hotshot fighter pilots is blasting away at the invaders. But their best efforts can't prevent the colonies' obliteration. Fleeing the Cylon genocide, the Galactica leads a rag-tag fleet of survivors on a lonely quest to find humanity's fabled 13th colony -- a planet known as Earth. Written by ahmetkozan

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Official Sites:

Official site | Sci-Fi Channel | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Battlestar Galactica: Die Miniserie See more »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Some of the small arms in the miniseries are actually famous anime weapons, such as the Seburo MN-23 (from Masamune Shirow's Dominion Conflict) which were used by Galactica's boarding party at Ragnar Station. See more »

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Adama takes his glasses off twice when first contacting Apollo on Colonial One. See more »

Quotes

[his decommissioning speech]
Adama: The Cylon War is long over, yet we must not forget the reasons why so many sacrificed so much in the cause of freedom. The cost of wearing the uniform can be high, but...
[very long pause]
Adama: sometimes it's too high. You know, when we fought the Cylons, we did it to save ourselves from extinction. But we never answered the question "Why?" Why are we as a people worth saving? We still commit murder because of greed and spite, jealousy, and we still visit all of our sins ...
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Crazy Credits

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Intense, moody, and dark. Much better than expected.
9 January 2006 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

Those who are used to SciFi's standard fare are likely to be a bit bored by the realism, character development, intelligent dialog, and lack of explosions, mutant organisms and/or poor special effects. This is REAL science fiction, not cheap shock effects strung together with a mediocre plot. Hand-held photography- pioneered in groundbreaking series like ER and Firefly - has started to become cliché. Nevertheless, it works in this film partly because it is not overdone. The shots alternate between a hand-held documentary feel and a more standard dramatic presentation.

I was never a big fan of the original Battlestar Galactica TV show, and I have only seen a few SciFi originals which did not embarrass me on behalf of the entire genre of science fiction (Farscape and both Dune Mini-series being the exceptions). SciFi hypes their productions heavily, and they are almost always disappointingly silly. So, I was not inclined to go into this with an open mind. If anything convinced me to give it a shot, it was the fact that E J Olmos was hired to play Adama and that Mary MacDonnell was on-board. To say the least, I was very pleasantly surprised by the production quality, intelligent script, and the cast. This is more than a reinvention of BSG, it is a vast improvement over the silly cowboy histrionics the first series devolved into.

The story begins just before an invasion of 12 planets colonized by humans. The invading force has infiltrated all of the defense networks by positioning key agents in positions where they can easily exploit vulnerabilities, and has basically disabled all planetary defenses, leaving everybody and everything vulnerable. There is no battle. The few vestiges left of the once thriving human population are those who were fortunate enough to have been in space at the time of the attack. From this dire premise, Battlestar Galactica proceeds.

All considered, this is a film about the human will to survive, redemption and the spirit of hope. Though dark, moody, and as fragmented as life often is, BSG is also driven, suspenseful, and very well written. The cast is as talented as it is visually striking - mixing weird beauty, youthful energy, and hard-edged agedness. None of the actors misstep, and each seems to know their character particularly well. This is an unusual quality for SciFi originals, and shows that the network invested in quality directing talent and worked with reasonable production deadlines (as opposed to rush-jobs).

I strongly recommend this film for serious science fiction fans.


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