Devastated by a surprise attack by the Cylons, the last surviving Battlestar,
Galactica gathers together the survivors in any spaceship that will fly and
starts to run. Relentlessly pursued, the Convoy has only one hope, to reach
the fabled 13th colony, located on a shining planet called Earth.
The Convoy of refugees is attacked exactly thirty-three minutes after every
FTL (Faster Than Light) jump, leading many to believe there is a traitor in
Boomer (Park) wakes up in a storage locker soaking wet and carrying a bag
with a bomb in it. Moments later, several explosions rip through the Battlestar
Galactica bleeding her of 60% of her water. Now the crew struggles to find
another source of water before riots threaten to destroy the convoy.
Lee 'Apollo' Adama (Bamber) has an idea to use prisoners to collect a new
supply of water from underground on an icy moon, but the leader of a group
of insurgents uses the opportunity to take some of the ship's officer's hostage.
Act of Contrition
When an accident causes the death of twenty of Galactica's fighter pilots
on the hangar deck, Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace (Sackhoff) must train a new
squad, bringing back painful memories for her and Lee Adama.
You Can't Go Home Again
When Starbuck goes missing under enemy fire, Apollo and Commander Adama (Olmos)
stir up resentment by using too many of the Galactica's scanty resources in
their attempts to find her.
When an attack by some of the new humanoid Cylons reveals their existence,
a tribunal is convened to determine if any more of them are hiding among the
crew of the Galactica.
Six Degrees Of Separation
Baltar (Callis) has an argument with Number Six (Helfer) over the existence
of only one true god that leads her to disappear from his life. Soon after
he is called to the bridge where he sees her standing there. He initially
tries to pretend that he does not see her as is generally the case but soon
learns that this Cylon is calling herself Ms Godfrey. She accuses Baltar of
being the traitor responsible for the failure of the Colonial Defences. She
provides proof in the form of a disc that once analysed will prove that he
Flesh and Bone
Starbuck has a crisis of conscience when she is ordered to torture a Cylon
prisoner to find out where a bomb has been hidden somewhere in the fleet.
Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down
Col. Tigh's (Hogan) estranged wife turns up on the Galactica, asking for reconciliation
but while the XO might think see survived the attack, Commander Adama and
President Roslin (McDonnell) think she could be a Cylon.
The Hand Of God
As fuel supplies run dangerously low, Commander Adama decides to launch an
attack on a Cylon base and steal their fuel.
Tom Zarek (Hatch) has himself nominated for the role of Vice President, as
an assassin is located on board the Cloud Nine Luxury liner. As tensions flare
the cruel hand of politics leads to murder, and the election of the most unlikely
Kobol's Last Gleaming (Part
1 & 2)
On a routine scouting mission, a raptor discovers a planet that matches the
description of Earth. On further investigation it is revealed to be Kobol,
the fabled birthplace of mankind and home of the Gods. President Roslin and
the religious representatives of the fleet see it as a sign that will point
them to Earth but Commander Adama decides to air on the side of caution.
For years fans of the original series from 1978 had been clambering
of a remake or continuation of the story of a rag-tag fugitive fleet on a
lonely quest to find a shining planet, known as Earth. Now their wish has
been granted but they could have never expected anything like this.
After setting the story going in the brilliant mini series,
the first season hits the airwaves running. The original premise of the Cylon's
launching an audacious surprise attack on the Twelve Colonies and Galactica
leading a convoy of survivors on a lonely quest to find Earth was still the
main theme but those fans expecting the cheesy, 70s style of the original
series where shocked to find in its place one of the most intelligent science
fiction programmes to hit television in a very long time. The new 'Battlestar
Galactica' is a completely different entity.
This is a show that highlights the dangers of been on the run
from Cylon tyranny. The programme is about survival and the decisions and
consequences that come with that. Here we have a military presence, the guardians
of the fleet and the only thing keeping the Cylon's from finding and destroying
them. We also have a civilian presence, in the form of the President of the
Colonies, whose office oversees the interests of the survivors. These themes
were presence in the original series but in the new version, these factors
are a lot more prevalent. We now have two types of approach and views, one
military and one political, leading to conflict and debate that sees an uneasy
alliance between the two governing factions.
There is also a third element that makes the show completely
different from the 1978 series, as the Cylon's now look human. Unbeknownst
to the saviours, the Cylon's have evolved to the point that they can recreate
the human form exactly. A synthetic Cylon that is undetectable by the human
eye or medical science can infiltrate the fleet and cause as much havoc as
you could possibly imagine. As a viewer we see their nefarious plans unfold,
as we know from the pilot, there are only a few Human models. President Roslin
and Commander Adama don't know this however, meaning anyone could a Cylon
agent. This raises a level of paranoia and suspicion that is a tremendous
These three elements are brilliantly brought together to provide
a continuing story that is told from multiple aspects. Bringing these elements
to life is an excellent ensemble cast that includes some established actors
and some getting their chance at the big time. Veteran TV actor Edward James
Olmos is Commander Adama, the highest-ranking military officer left and probably
finest the fleet has ever seen. A role like this demands an actor that can
portray authority but have the utmost respect of his fellow cast members.
Olmos has this in abundance and makes an excellent leader. Mary McDonnell
also has to have an heir of authority about her character. As President Roslin
she is a lowly minister suddenly thrown into a position of power because she
is the only ranking politician left alive after the attack. This is a role
that she never really wanted but raises to, even if most people think she
isn't up to the task. The part needed a good actress to play the role and
Mary McDonnell is that actress.
As well as the veteran actors, the series is also filled with
some excellent up and coming talent. In one of the most controversial decisions
by series developer Ronald D. Moore, Starbuck is now a woman but don't let
this put you off. Katee Sackhoff is astounding in the role and if you still
had any doubts over her portrayal of the role after the mini series, then
the first season will put any worries to bed. She makes the part her own and
she is still the rebellious rouge you all loved but there is a bit more depth
to the character that in the original series. Jamie Bamber is grows into the
role of Lee 'Apollo' Adama. He doesn't quite have the screen presence that
Richard Hatch had in the original but over the season the character and his
portrayal do get stronger. Stealing the show are the performances of James
Callis and Tricia Helfer as Dr. Gaius Baltar and Number Six. As in the original,
Baltar is the man who betrayed the human race to the Cylons but in this version
no one knows this yet. Instead he is the chief scientific advisor to the fleet
and given the task of finding out if there are any Cylon agents in the convoy.
Unbeknownst to everyone else, Gaius still sees the Cylon who drew him to their
cause. She might be a figment of his imagination but she is real to him and
still has some influence. It is Gaius's fall into madness and his ultimate
portrayal of the human race that makes this storyline so riveting.
Add to this, good performances by Grace Park as Lieutenant Sharon
'Boomer' Valerii, Aaron Douglas as Chief Petty Officer Tyrol and Tahmoh Penikett
as Lt. Karl 'Halo' Agathon and you have an excellent ensemble that really
pushes the show along.
Filled with outstanding episodes from start to finish, the first
season of 'Battlestar Galactica' is one best start to a science fiction series
ever. While some shows do take a while to get going, this hits the ground
running and increases the pace during the thirteen-episode run. Fans of the
original may not like its serious style and gritty approach but this is intelligent
science fiction that treats the audience with respect and a certain amount
of intellect, unlike many shows in the genre. This is the first must watch
Sci-Fi show of the new millennium.
Presented in 16x9 Widescreen with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack,
'Battlestar Galactica' has never looked so good. The brilliant visual effects,
set and production design are vividly brought to life in a crystal clear picture.
The sound is also first rate, especially during the space battles when your
surround sound really comes into its own.
Deleted Scenes (48.27 mins)
Scenes include 'International Main Title', more Apollo and Starbuck, an extended
briefing, a Presidential gift, a call from Commander Adama and a rousing speech
We see more of Boomer's realisation, planting of evidence, the Chief finding
something, covering for Boomer, a subplot for Boxey, the Presidential arrival,
the integration of the Chief, Adama and Roslin talk about Earth and Six and
Gaius talk about women.
Act of Contrition
Apollo and Starbuck discuss new pilots and the Chief is interviewed.
You Can't Go Home Again
Six talks about the President and Adama talks to the doctor.
Billy holds his first Press Conference, Starbuck in the hospital, the engineering
crew make a still and Boomer talks about the Cylons.
Six Degrees Of Separation
The Chief tries to get the Cylon fighter working but needs Starbuck's help.
Flesh and Bone
Starbuck finds a strange device and Gaius has some news for Boomer.
Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down
The crew talk about sex, Gaius tries it on with Starbuck and Adama finds a
message. The Hand Of God
The President's visions increase
Extended version of the electoral debate.
Kobol's Last Gleaming (Part 1)
Boomer gets in some practice, the President sickness increases and she gets
new pills, Apollo talks to Starbuck, Tigh forgets his anniversary, Apollo
talks to Boomer, Tigh talks about Kobol and Gaius leaves Six.
Kobol's Last Gleaming (Part 2)
The President makes a decision and Apollo gives a briefing.
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Season 1 DVD Trailer (0.37
Watch the trailer for the classic 70s TV show starring Gil Gerard.
Season One of 'Battlestar Galactica' is presented well on DVD.
The episodes have never looked or sounded as good and the deleted scenes are
a real bonus. The inclusion of a few commentary tracks, a making of… featurette
or commentary on the deleted scenes would have been welcomed however but you
can't have everything. This should not put you off purchasing one of the best
new science fictions shows in a very long time however.
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