Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction franchise created by Glen A. Larson. The franchise began with the original television series in 1978 and was later followed by a short-run sequel series (Galactica 1980), a line of book adaptations, original novels, comic books, a board game, and video games.

    During a peace conference at an agreed meeting place the Cylons, with the help of a human named Baltar, attacked the twelve colonies in an attempt to wipe the human race from the face of the galaxy. Those who survived fled out into space in whatever space vessels they could find. One battlestar did survive, the Battlestar Galactica. Galactica leads a rag tag fugitive fleet on a lonely quest that seeks the galaxy for a lost world. The quest for the 13th colony. A planet known as... Earth.  

     Glen A. Larson, the creator and executive producer of Battlestar Galactica, said he had conceived of the Battlestar Galactica premise, which he originally called Adam's Ark, during the late 1960s. Originally, the series incorporated many themes from Mormon theology, such as marriage for "time and eternity", a "council of twelve," and a planet called Kobol, as Larson was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, he was unable to find financial backing for his TV series for a number of years. Battlestar Galactica was finally produced in the wake of the success of the 1977 film Star Wars.

     During the eight months after the pilot's initial broadcast, 17 original episodes of the series were made (five of them two-part shows), equivalent to a standard 24-episode TV season. Citing declining ratings and cost overruns, ABC canceled Battlestar Galactica in April 1979. Its final episode "The Hand of God" was telecast on April 29, 1979.

 

  

  The original series maintained a cult fandom, which has supported efforts by Glen A. Larson, Richard Hatch, and Bryan Singer (independently of one another) to revive the premise.

Richard Hatch produced a demonstration video in 199899 which featured several actors from the original series combined with state-of-the-art special effects. This video, titled Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming, was screened at some science fiction conventions, but it did not lead to a new series.

In 1999, the producer of Wing Commander, Todd Moyer, and the producer of the original TV series, Glen Larson, announced plans to produce a motion picture based on the TV series. It would have featured Battlestar Pegasus.

In 2000, the director and an executive producer of the X-Men movie, Bryan Singer and Tom DeSanto, began developing a Battlestar Galactica TV miniseries under the auspices of  for the Fox TV network. A continuation of the original series but set 25 years later, Singer and DeSanto's version included several members of the original cast reprising their original roles as well as newer characters being introduced. It was intended to be telecast as a backdoor pilot in May 2002, and pre-production commenced and sets had even been partially constructed with a view to filming starting in November 2001. However, production delays caused by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks meant that Bryan Singer had to drop out, due to his commitment to direct the X-Men 2 movie. This caused the executives of Fox TV to lose interest in this project.

 

 

 

   

Battlestar  Galactica  Cast

Terry Carter
Richard Hatch
Dirk Benedict
Lorne Green
Maren Jensen
Herbert Jefferson Jr.
Tony Swartz
John Calicos
Laurette Spang
Jane Seymour
Pilot and 2 parter.
Rick Springfield
Anne Lockhart
Ed Begley Jr.
Larry Manetti
David Greenan
Jonathan Harris
Patrick MacNee
Dick Durok
Col. Tigh
Captain Apollo
Lt. Starbuck
Commander Adama
Athena
Lt. Boomer
Jolly
Baltar
Cassiopiea
Serina
Pilot/3 parter
Zac -- Apollo's Brother
Sheeba
Stringbean
Giles
Omega (bridge crew)
Voice of Lucifer
Voice of Imperious Leader
Imperious Leader

 

EPISODE GUIDE

     There are 24 42 minute episodes in all. The pilot counts as three episodes in the series. Great effects and a wonderful cast couldn't save the terrible writing on the show. 

NOTE: Dick Durok who was the physical person of the Imperious Leader, also donned the creature costume in the series, "Swamp Thing"

Saga of a Star World (1) 9.17.78
Saga of a Star World pt2 9.17.78
Saga of a Star World pt3 9.17.78
Lost Planet of the Gods pt1 9.24.78
Lost Planet of the Gods pt2 10.1.78
The Lost Warrior 10.8.78
The Long Patrol 10.15.78
The Gun on Ice Planet Zero pt1 10.22.78
The Gun on Ice Planet Zero pt2 10.29.78
The Magnificent Warriors 11.12.78
The Young Lords 11.19.78
The Living Legend pt1 11.26.78
The Living Legend pt2 12.3.78
Fire In Space 12.17.78
War of the Gods pt1 1.14.79
War of the Gods pt2 1.21.79
The Man With Nine Lives 1.28.79
Murder on the Rising Star 2.18.79
Greetings From Earth pt1 2.25.79
Greetings From Earth pt2 2.25.79
Baltar's Escape 3.11.79
Experiment in Terra 3.18.79
Take the Celestra 4.1.79
The Hand of God 4.29.79

 

 


 

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