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Encyclopedia > Battlestar Galactica (1978 TV series)
Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica intro
Format Science fiction
Created by Glen A. Larson
Starring Richard Hatch
Dirk Benedict
Lorne Greene
John Colicos
Maren Jensen
Noah Hathaway
Jane Seymour
Herb Jefferson, Jr.
Tony Swartz
Laurette Spang
Terry Carter
Ed Begley Jr.
Rick Springfield
Anne Lockhart
David Greenan
Sarah Rush
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States
No. of episodes 24 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 45 minutes per episode
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 17, 1978April 29, 1979
External links
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction television series, produced in 1978 by Glen Larson and starring Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict. Battlestar Galactica. ... Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction franchise. ... Image File history File links Battlestar_Galactica_1978_-_intro. ... Glen A. Larson (born 1937) is a television writer and producer. ... This article is about the actor. ... Dirk Benedict (born Dirk Niewoehner on March 1, 1945) is an American movie and television actor, perhaps best known for playing the characters Lt. ... Lorne Greene in his role as Ben Cartwright in Bonanza Lorne Greene as Commander Adama in Battlestar Galactica Lorne Greene O.C., LL.D. (February 12, 1915 – September 11, 1987) was a Canadian actor best known for two iconic roles on American television. ... John Colicos (December 10, 1928 - March 6, 2000) was a Canadian born actor. ... Maren Jensen was born on September 23, 1957 in Glendale, California. ... Noah Hathaway as Atreyu Noah L. Hathaway (born November 13, 1971) is an American film actor, whose roles included Boxey in the original Battlestar Galactica film and TV Series, and Atreyu in The Neverending Story. ... Jane Seymour OBE (born Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg on February 15, 1951) is an English actress probably best known today as the co-star of the James Bond film Live and Let Die and star of the TV series and film Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. ... Herbert Jefferson, Jr. ... Tony Swartz (born September 24, 1943 in Iowa as Russell Anthony Swartz) is an American actor who is perhaps best remembered for his role as Flight Sergeant Jolly on the original Battlestar Galactica television series. ... Laurette Spang-McCook (born May 16, 1951 in Buffalo, New York, USA as Laurette Michelle Spanglet) is a retired American television actress. ... Terry Carter is an African-American actor who is perhaps best rembered for his roles as Sergeant Joe Broadhurst on McCloud and Colonel Tigh on Battlestar Galactica. ... Edward James Begley, Jr. ... Rick Springfield (born Richard Lewis Springthorpe on August 23, 1949 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) is a songwriter, musician and actor. ... Anne Lockhart as Lieutenant Sheba in Battlestar Galactica Anne Lockhart (b. ... Sarah Rush, (born September 20th, 1955), is an American television actor. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The following is a complete list episodes for the original continuity of Battlestar Galactica. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... A television program (US), television programme (UK) or simply television show is a segment of programming in television broadcasting. ... // Events February 1 - Bob Dylans film Renaldo and Clara, a documentary of the Rolling Thunder Revue tour premieres in Los Angeles, California March 1 - Charlie Chaplins coffin is stolen from a Swiss cemetery 3 months after burial March - Leigh Brackett completes the first draft for Star Wars Episode... Glen A. Larson (born 1937) is a television writer and producer. ... Lorne Greene in his role as Ben Cartwright in Bonanza Lorne Greene as Commander Adama in Battlestar Galactica Lorne Greene O.C., LL.D. (February 12, 1915 – September 11, 1987) was a Canadian actor best known for two iconic roles on American television. ... This article is about the actor. ... Dirk Benedict (born Dirk Niewoehner on March 1, 1945) is an American movie and television actor, perhaps best known for playing the characters Lt. ...


The premise of the series takes themes from Chariots of the Gods and Mormon theology.[1][2] The show lasted only one season in 1978–1979, but has since developed a cult following and several books have been written continuing the sagas of the characters, many co-authored by Hatch. After its cancellation, its story was continued in 1980 as Galactica 1980 with Adama, Lieutenant Boomer and Boxey/Troy being the only continuing characters. Book cover for Chariots of the Gods? Chariots of the Gods?: Unsolved Mysteries of the Past is a controversial book written in 1968 by Erich von Däniken. ... This article is about the history and use of the word Mormon. For information about the religious beliefs and culture of Mormons, see Mormonism. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the 1980 television series; for related topics, see the main Battlestar Galactica page or Battlestar Galactica (disambiguation). ... The original Boomer. ...


It was "reimagined" in 2003 by the Sci-Fi Channel (see Battlestar Galactica (re-imagining)). The complete series recently aired on Sundays on ION Television from April 8, 2007 to June 24, 2007. It is not currently scheduled for renewal. [1] This article does not cite its references or sources. ... SCI FI (originally Sci-Fi Channel, sometimes rendered SCI FI Channel when part of a longer phrase) is an American cable television channel, launched on September 24, 1992, specializing in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal programming. ... The Battlestar Galactica science fiction franchise, which began as a 1978 TV series, was reimagined in 2003 into the TV miniseries. ... ION Television is a broadcast and cable television network first broadcast on August 31, 1998 under the name PAX TV (early on in its development, it was called PaxNet). ...

Contents

Narration

The opening narration (spoken by Patrick Macnee) is as follows: Patrick Macnee (born Daniel Patrick Macnee on February 6, 1922 in London) is an English born American actor. ...

There are those who believe that life here began out there, far across the universe, with tribes of humans who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians, or the Toltecs, or the Mayans. That they may have been the architects of the great pyramids, or the lost civilizations of Lemuria or Atlantis. Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man who even now fight to survive somewhere beyond the heavens...

The short version of the narration (spoken by Patrick Macnee) is as follows: The Atlantes – columns in the form of Toltec warriors in Tula. ... This article is about the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. ... Lemuria is the name of a hypothetical lost land variously located in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. ... For other uses, see Atlantis (disambiguation). ... Patrick Macnee (born Daniel Patrick Macnee on February 6, 1922 in London) is an English born American actor. ...

There are those who believe that life here began out there, far across the universe, with tribes of humans who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians, or the Toltecs, or the Mayans. Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man who even now fight to survive somewhere beyond the heavens...

During the narration, the viewer could see scenes of nebulae and other celestial phenomena.


Patrick Macnee played the voice of the Cylons' Imperious Leader throughout the series, and appeared as Count Iblis in "War of the Gods," a two-part episode which aired in January 1979. Patrick Macnee (born Daniel Patrick Macnee on February 6, 1922 in London) is an English born American actor. ... Count Iblis (kaʊnt ɪbli) is an alien on the TV series Battlestar Galactica. ...


The closing narration (spoken by Lorne Greene) is as follows: Lorne Greene in his role as Ben Cartwright in Bonanza Lorne Greene as Commander Adama in Battlestar Galactica Lorne Greene O.C., LL.D. (February 12, 1915 – September 11, 1987) was a Canadian actor best known for two iconic roles on American television. ...

Fleeing from the Cylon tyranny, the last battlestar, Galactica, leads a rag-tag fugitive fleet on a lonely quest for a shining planet known as Earth.

Plot summary

For more details on this topic, see Destruction of the Twelve Colonies.

Humanity lived on twelve colony worlds in a far distant star system. They fought a thousand-year war with the Cylons, war robots created by a reptilian race which expired long ago. Having never been commanded to cease fire, these war robots continuously waged war against the colonials. Mankind was defeated in a sneak attack on their homeworlds conceived by these robotic servants, now referred to as Cylons, and carried out with the help of Baltar (John Colicos). Protected by the last surviving warship, a Battlestar called Galactica, the survivors fled in any ship that could fly. The commander of the Galactica, Commander Adama (Lorne Greene), led this "rag-tag fugitive fleet" in search of a new home on a legendary planet called Earth. The episodes dealt with the fleet's struggle to survive the Cylon threat and to find Earth. The Destruction of the Twelve Colonies was a fictitious interstellar holocaust first depicted in the 1978 motion picture Battlestar Galactica, which set the stage for the subsequent original television series. ... The flag of the Twelve Colonies in the reimagined series The Twelve Colonies of Man or Twelve Colonies of Kobol constitute the main human civilization in the fictional universe of the original 1978 science fiction film and television series Battlestar Galactica, and in the subsequent miniseries (2003) and series reimagining... This page is about the Cylons from the original Galactica series and its spin-offs. ... Lorne Greene in his role as Ben Cartwright in Bonanza Lorne Greene as Commander Adama in Battlestar Galactica Lorne Greene O.C., LL.D. (February 12, 1915 – September 11, 1987) was a Canadian actor best known for two iconic roles on American television. ...


Though it is often stated that all this took place "thousands of years ago", that is not so. The era in which this exodus took place is never clearly stated in the series itself. Various implications on screen in fact suggest the series was taking place concurrently with the broadcast of the episodes. That is, the thousand year war with the Cylons would have started somewhere around the year 978 AD (by our calendar), the destruction of the Colonies occurred around 1978 AD, and the episodes of the series took place in the years 1978-79. Exodus is the second book of the Torah, the Tanakh, and the Old Testament. ...


However the later Galactica 1980 series, which was expressly set in 1980, to some extent contradicts that. The destruction of the Colonies had taken place around 30 years before the events depicted in that sequel (i.e. around 1950), even though that was impossible given the events in the final episode of the original series. This article is about the 1980 television series; for related topics, see the main Battlestar Galactica page or Battlestar Galactica (disambiguation). ...


The implication of the final aired episode, The Hand of God, was that the original series took place after the Apollo 11 moon landing in July, 1969. Perhaps decades (or even centuries) after, allowing for the time necessary for the propagation at light-speed of television images of the landing, which were picked up by the Galactica. The Hand of God is an episode of the original Battlestar Galactica televison series. ... The Apollo 11 mission was the first manned mission to land on the Moon. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ...


Pilot

The pilot to this series, the biggest budgeted (US $7 million) pilot ever up to that time, was originally released theatrically in Canada, Western Europe and Japan in July 1978 in an edited 125-minute version. (See Saga of a Star World for information on the pilot). A television pilot is a test episode of an intended television series. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... The United States dollar, or American dollar, is the official currency of the United States. ... The borders of Western Europe were largely defined by the Cold War. ... The following is a complete list episodes for the original continuity of Battlestar Galactica. ...


On September 17, 1978, the uncut 148-minute pilot premiered on ABC to spectacular Nielsen Ratings. Two-thirds of the way through the broadcast, ABC interrupted with a special report of the signing of the Camp David Accords at the White House by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, witnessed by U.S. President Jimmy Carter. After the ceremony, ABC resumed the broadcast at the point where it was interrupted. This interruption, however, did not occur on the West Coast. is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention ratings they are often referring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the audience size and composition of television programming. ... Celebrating the signing of the Camp David Accords: Menachem Begin, Jimmy Carter, Anwar Al Sadat. ... For other uses, see White House (disambiguation). ...   (‎, August 16, 1913 – March 9, 1992) was a Polish-Jewish head of the Zionist underground group the Irgun, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and the first Likud Prime Minister of Israel. ... Muhammad Anwar Al-Sadat (محمد أنورالسادات in Arabic) (December 25, 1918 – October 6, 1981) was an Egyptian politician and served as the third President of Egypt from September 28, 1970 until his assassination on October 6, 1981. ... For other persons named Jimmy Carter, see Jimmy Carter (disambiguation). ...


In 1978, 20th Century Fox sued Universal Studios (the producers of Battlestar Galactica) for plagiarism, claiming it had stolen 34 distinct ideas from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Universal promptly countersued, claiming Star Wars had stolen ideas from their 1972 film Silent Running (notably the robot "drones") and the Buck Rogers serials of the 1940s. The lawsuit was eventually dismissed in 1980 as being "without merit". Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... This article is about the American media conglomerate. ... For other uses, see Plagiarism (disambiguation). ... This movie poster for Star Wars depicts many of the films important elements, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters Star Wars, retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981 (see note at Title,) is the original (and in chronological... For other uses, see Silent Running (disambiguation). ... Buck Rogers is a fictional pulp character who first appeared in 1928 as Anthony Rogers, the hero of two novellas by Philip Francis Nowlan published in the magazine Amazing Stories. ...


Ratings

As the series progressed, the ratings began to decline, even though the show still consistently won its coveted Sunday evening timeslot. Although each episode had a budget of about $1 million, the show reused so many special effects shots due to budgetary constraints that many critics derided it as "overplayed into tedium." [citation needed]


In mid-April 1979, ABC executives canceled the still strongly-rated show. Some sources indicate that the million-dollar-per-episode cost led to the show's demise.[citation needed] Others believe that it was a failed attempt by ABC to position its hit comedy Mork & Mindy into a more lucrative timeslot.[3] (The ratings for Mork plummeted far below what they had been for Battlestar Galactica.) The cancellation led to viewer outrage, protests outside ABC studios, and even contributed to the suicide of Eddie Seidel, a 15-year-old boy in Saint Paul, Minnesota who had become obsessed with the program. [2] On May 18, 1979, the theatrical version of the pilot was released in U.S. theaters. Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For an overview of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, see Minneapolis-Saint Paul. ... is the 138th day of the year (139th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from...


ABC executives have noted that the problem lay not in Galactica, but in the time slot. The four or five shows that filled that slot after the cancellation of Battlestar Galactica never reached the ratings achieved by the series.


Off-screen disquiet amongst the lead actors, notably Hatch and Benedict, concerning the deteriorating quality of the scripts/dialogue led them to leave the show, especially in light of Galactica 1980 offerings. [citation needed]


Language

For more details on this topic, see Battlestar Galactica units.

While primarily English, the Colonial language was written to include several fictional words that differentiated its culture from those of Earth, most notably time units and expletives. The words were roughly equivalent to their English counterparts, and the minor technical differences in meaning were transparent to the viewer. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Distance and time units Colonial times were never fully explained, but appear to have been primarily in a decimal format. Time units are millicenton (never clearly defined), micron (approximately equivalent to one second), centon (minute), centar (hour), cycle, secton, quatron, sectar, yahren (Colonial year), centuron (Colonial century)
Expletives — frack (verb), felgercarb (noun)
Miscdaggit (Dog), ducat (ticket), pyramid (card game played in the gaming ship), triad (a full-contact game similar to basketball)
Figures of speech — there were a number of these used in the series, one of the more memorable being "daggit dribble," a term used to condemn falsehood.

This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Daggit is the name of a breed of robot dog owned by Boxey (Noah Hathaway) in the Pilot movie and the original TV series Battlestar Galactica. ...

See also

Spoiler warning: List of episodes of the original Battlestar Galactica // List of episodes of the original Battlestar Galactica The following episodes were later sold as part of the Battlestar Galactica syndication package, with a new introduction sequence. ... Actors who appeared in the original Battlestar Galactica (1978). ... The Battlestar Galactica is a fictional spaceship and the primary setting in the original Battlestar Galactica television series and film, and its subsequent ongoing re-imagining in 2003. ... This article is about the 1980 television series; for related topics, see the main Battlestar Galactica page or Battlestar Galactica (disambiguation). ... The Battlestar Galactica science fiction franchise, which began as a 1978 TV series, was reimagined in 2003 into the TV miniseries. ...

References

  1. ^ Battlestar Galactica Frequently Asked Questions, E21. Are there parallels between Battlestar Galactica and Mormonism?
  2. ^ The Millennial Star, Battlestar Galactica and Mormonism
  3. ^ Larson confirmed this on the Sci-Fi documentary "Sciography"

External links

  • Battlestar Galactica at the Internet Movie Database
  • Battlestar Galactica at TV.com
  • Battlestar Galactica at EPisodeWorld.com
  • Battlestar Galactica Fan Club Contains Episode Guide of the 1978-1980 Series
  • Sheba's Galaxy Contains Episode Guides of the 1978-1980 and the 1980 Series, as well as their Novelizations, and the Comic Book Series
  • Kobol.com FAQ, Interviews, Reviews

 
 

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