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Battlestar Galactica [1978] (1 disc)

Director:Richard A. Colla
Writer:Glen A. Larson
Composer:Stu Phillips
Length:125 minutes
(2 hours 5 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:SciFi
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IMDB Rating:7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:75%
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Synopsis: An attack on the Human colonies nearly wipes out the species. The survivors must band together to go in search of the legendary thirteenth colony sight: Earth.

Reaction: This is a very influential series from the late '70s though the effects and filming style do seem quite dated by today's standards.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Richard A. Colla => Director
Glen A. Larson => Writer
Stu Phillips => Composer
Dirk Benedict => Lt. Starbuck
Ed Begley Jr. => Flight Sgt. Greenbean
Herb Jefferson Jr. => Lt. Boomer (as Herbert Jefferson Jr.)
Jane Seymour => Serina
John Colicos => Baltar
Laurette Spang => Cassiopeia
Lew Ayres => President Adar
Lorne Greene => Cmdr. Adama
Maren Jensen => Athena
Noah Hathaway => Boxey
Richard Hatch => Capt. Apollo
Rick Springfield => Lieutenant Zac
Terry Carter => Colonel Tigh
Tony Swartz => Sgt. Jolly
Wilfrid Hyde-White => Sire Anton

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The producers were sued by George Lucas, who claimed that some of his ideas from Star Wars had been used.
  • Although Cassiopea was a prostitute in the pilot movie, she was never identified as such. The euphemism "socialator" was used (in the [Battlestar Gallactica] universe, a socialator is defined as a female who is proficient in the arts of music, dance and entertainment, and trained to engage in conversation on a variety of subjects).
  • In addition to playing Starbuck, Dirk Benedict also served as a stunt double for one of the Capricans being killed (falling to his death as the result of the Cylons attack) in the {Destruction Of Peace} sequence.
  • Don Johnson was originally offered the role of Starbuck.
  • [?] Sophia Loren served as a model for a "likeness" (i.e. picture) of Adama's wife Ila, which can be seen during the scene where Adama sifts through the ruins of his family's home on Caprica after the Cylons' attack on Peace.
  • The name of the ruling council, Qurorum of the Twelve, is taken from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) which has a Quorum of the Twelve in its governing structure.
  • As part of the settlement with George Lucas, they were not allowed to show laser trails when they use their blasters. All you see is the weapon lighting and then whatever damage was caused. The only time you see a laser or light trail is when they're in space, the Colonial Vipers and Cylon fighters.
  • Terry Carter was initially cast as Lt. Boomer but broke his ankle while skating at Venice Beach with his daughter. Unable to play the more physical part of Boomer with a cast on his leg, Glen A. Larson cast Carter as Col. Tigh instead. All during the three hour pilot, Colonel Tigh has his left leg in a cast.
  • Moffit, the robotic daggit dog, was actually played by a chimpanzee named [?] Evie.
  • Footage of the Agroships is from the film Silent Running.