Battlestar Galactica (2004) - Season 1

Battlestar Galactica (2004) - Season 1

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Cast: Edward James Olmos, Jamie Bamber

     
 
David Eick and Ronald D. Moore's dark reinvention of the cult sci-fi series picks up where the 2003 miniseries left off. An old battleship named Galactica leads a fleet of survivors away from their planets, which were decimated by a nuclear attack perpetrated by a race of machines known as Cylons. Galactica's senior officer, Cdr. William Adama (Edward James Olmos),

Overview

David Eick and Ronald D. Moore's dark reinvention of the cult sci-fi series picks up where the 2003 miniseries left off. An old battleship named Galactica leads a fleet of survivors away from their planets, which were decimated by a nuclear attack perpetrated by a race of machines known as Cylons. Galactica's senior officer, Cdr. William Adama (Edward James Olmos), and the newly sworn-in leader of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol, President Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell), discover how relentless the Cylons can be when they briefly manage to track, harass and nearly exhaust the fleet. Worse, the Cylons have created copies of machines that appear human, some of which have infiltrated the fleet as unwary sleeper agents. Lt. Sharon "Boomer" Valerii (Grace Park) learns she is a Cylon after she sabotages Galactica's water supply. And another copy of Boomer uses Lt. Karl "Helo" Agathon (Tahmoh Penikett) as a guinea pig in an experiment the Cylons are conducting on the devastated Colonial world Caprica. A suicide bombing on Galactica forces the Colonial leadership to publicly divulge the existence of humanoid Cylons and the likelihood that some are operating within the fleet, fostering feelings of paranoia in an already stressed and depressed populace. Adama and Roslin are tasked with forging a new government and replenishing their supplies of water, fuel and fighter pilots, while they also try to keep hope alive during their search for the fabled lost colony Earth. Meanwhile, Dr. Gaius Baltar (James Callis) must cope with his role in the near annihilation of his people, his place in the new space-faring community, and the intrusions of an incorporeal entity-that only he can see-which has taken the form of the sixth humanoid Cylon model (Tricia Helfer) to guide the troubled genius.

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Picking up where Sci Fi Channel's 2003 miniseries left off, Battlestar Galactica - Season 1 begins with the remnants of humanity (all 48,000 of them) on the run in what’s left of their space fleet. The Cylons -- the robot race that destroyed the humans’ home planet, Caprica, at the miniseries’ conclusion -- have both the numbers and the superior technology. What the humans have is the titular, outdated flagship and a ragtag military led by the gruff career soldier Cmdr. Bill Adama (Edward James Olmos) and his frequently depressed, hard-drinking second-in-command, Col. Saul Tigh (Michael Hogan). On the political side, the newly installed president of the Colonies, Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell), tries to assert her authority with the military while dealing with the needs of her constituents. Vice President Gaius Baltar (the amazing James Callis) is haunted by his collaboration with the enemy and driven half mad by the frequent appearance of Six (Tricia Helfer), a Cylon agent only he can see. Fighter pilots Lee "Apollo" Adama (Jamie Bamber) and Kara "Starbuck" Thrace (Katee Sackhoff) wage the day-to-day battles against Cylon raids. A hit right from the start, and justifiably so, Battlestar Galactica rises above the sci-fi shoot-‘em-up clichés, thanks to producers David Eick and Ronald D. Moore, who have created a sci-fi universe in which they weave a rich dramatic tapestry. Consider the series' treatment of religion: The Cylons are monotheists, while humans are polytheists (which is manifest in amusingly pluralized cusswords). In addition to their numeric and technological advantages, the Cylons also have the treachery edge, and some have adapted human form. This allows for creepy infiltrations of the Galactica, including one that becomes apparent in the amazing season finale, "Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part II," in a truly jaw-dropping moment of violence. A classic cliff-hanger, the January 24, 2005, episode effectively whet appetites for Season 2, which premiered on July 15th with the series’ highest ratings ever.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/20/2005
UPC:
0025192792823
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
12:36:00
Sales rank:
5,874

Special Features

One of 3 Collectible DVD Exclusive Trading Cards
Disc 1: Feature commentary with Director Michael Rymer and Executive Producers David Eick and Ron Moore on Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries
Disc 2: Pilot commentary with Director Michael Rymer and Executive Producers David Eick and Ronald D. Moore; "Bastille Day" episode commentary with Executive Producers David Eick and Ronald D. Moore; "Act of Contrition" episode commentary with Executive Producers David Eick and Ronald D. Moore
Disc 3: "You Can't Go Home Again" episode commentary with Executive Producers David Eick and Ronald D. Moore
Disc 4: "Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down" episode commentary with Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore; "The Hand of God" episode commentary with Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore; "Colonial Day" episode commentary with Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore; "Kobol's Last Gleaming: Part 1" episode commentary with Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore
Disc 5 (bonus materials): From Miniseries to Series
Change is Good
Now They're Babes
The Cyclon Centurion
Future/Past Technology
The Doctor Is Out (Of His Mind)
Production
Visual Effects
Epilogue
Deleted Scenes
Battlestar Galactica Series Lowdown
Sketches and Art
"Kobol's Last Gleaming: Part 2" episode commentary with Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward James Olmos Commander Bill Adama
Mary McDonnell President Laura Roslin
Katee Sackhoff Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace
Jamie Bamber Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama
James Callis Doctor/Vice President Gaius Baltar
Tricia Helfer Number Six
Michael Hogan Col. Saul Tigh
Grace Park Lt. Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii
Tahmoh Penikett Lt. Karl 'Helo' Agathon
Alessandro Juliani Lt. Gaeta
Kandyse McClure Petty Officer Dualla
Paul Campbell Billy Keikeya
Aaron Douglas Chief Petty Officer Galen Tyrol
Nicki Clyne Crewman Specialist Cally

Technical Credits

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Battlestar Galactica: Season One
1. "It Has Begun" [4:53]
2. Decommissioning the Galactica (Main Titles) [5:58]
3. Playing With Starbuck [8:02]
4. Dr. Gaius Baltar [2:39]
5. Welcome Aboard, Apollo [8:29]
6. Heart to Heart [7:26]
7. "Humanity's Children Are Returning Home" [6:19]
8. Caprica Under Attack [2:30]
9. Condition One, Ready for Action [8:56]
10. Running Into Trouble [8:55]
11. Brace for Contact [9:21]
12. Winning the Lottery [6:43]
13. Taking Command [12:24]
14. Struggle to Survive [1:24]
15. Search for Ammunition [7:47]
16. Left Behind [9:57]
17. What if God Made a Mistake? [8:35]
18. Enemies Are Among Us [8:10]
19. Detecting Cylons From Humans [8:31]
20. War, A Futile Mission [13:27]
21. Action Stations! [7:51]
22. Legend of the 13th Tribe [8:13]
23. There Are Only Twelve Models [9:22]
24. End Titles [5:25]
Disc #2 -- Battlestar Galactica: Season One
1. Every 33 Minutes [10:10]
2. The Next Cycle [8:43]
3. No Enemy Contact [13:49]
4. "It's Either Them or Us" [12:14]
1. Unaccounted [9:41]
2. Venting Water [5:56]
3. Cylon Aboard [18:52]
4. Positive Contact [9:26]
1. Slave Labor [5:59]
2. Fight for Freedom [8:45]
3. A New Era [21:03]
4. Defending the Articles [7:53]
1. Hangar Deck Disaster [10:10]
2. Training New Pilots [8:43]
3. Personal Feelings [13:49]
4. Incoming! [12:14]
Disc #3 -- Battlestar Galactica: Season One
1. Stranded [5:25]
2. Leave No One Behind [12:29]
3. Beyond Military Needs [15:53]
4. Take Me Home [10:05]
1. Suicide Bomber [5:34]
2. A Witch Hunt [6:58]
3. The Next Step [16:08]
4. Taking the Fall [15:16]
1. Accused of Treason [8:04]
2. A Traitor Among Us [6:18]
3. Man or Machine? [16:06]
4. Exonerated [13:30]
1. Cylon Onboard [7:27]
2. Interrogating a Machine [5:09]
3. Let the Games Begin [22:57]
4. Dehumanization [8:25]
Disc #4 -- Battlestar Galactica: Season One
1. Who's Going First? [8:59]
2. Lost and Found [7:48]
3. Need for Secrecy [16:37]
4. Getting Tested [10:33]
1. Crawling With Cylons [6:34]
2. Plan of Attack [9:45]
3. Grounded [12:02]
4. "The Back Door Is Open" [15:36]
1. An Historic Gathering [8:07]
2. Electing a Vice President [8:45]
3. A Whole New World [17:20]
4. Politics and Dancing [9:44]
1. Rude Awakening [6:19]
2. It's Not Safe on Galactica [10:54]
3. The Birthplace of Mankind [13:17]
4. Believe in the Gods [13:26]
Disc #5 -- Battlestar Galactica: Season One
1. Raptor Down [5:11]
2. Homecoming [7:38]
3. The Chosen One [18:32]
4. A New Generation [12:37]

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Battlestar Galactica (2004) - Season 1 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This remake of the old 70's sci fi show is the best! There has NEVER been a better sci fi show on television, bar none. Every episode of this program leaves me wanting more and more and more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The show does hark back to the classic series in many ways, but, does take a darker look at the left over humans position in the realm of things. There is some good humor within the show to help things along and it is done in a nice manner. The special effects leave something to be desired, but that is ok. It seems most of the budget for the show is spent upon the writing of the show, which, I argue is excellent. The plot makes good sense, the story is wonderfully written and weaves action, drama and humor wonderfully. It exceeded the expectations of many when it came out and I think has paid proper homage to the original series. Bringing back the original Apollo (from the original series) as a character on this series was a wise move. If others from the original series would be willing to come onto the show, it could only improve it that much more. Definitly worth checking out. The current season can be seen on the Sci-Fi Channel on Friday nights at 10p.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say that this series deals more with the real physic (and other sciences) than the series of the 1970's. Part of the conflict that was in the earlier series that I miss from the current series is "only men are warriors." That gender conflict was something that made you wonder about the society and how it would change. The other part is about the Cylon origin - humans? That never sat well with me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you were a fan of Babylon 5 and Space: Above and Beyond, this show is for you. Those two shows combined spoiled me. Great acting, great special effects, and FANTASTIC plots. Since those shows went off the air, I've been searching for something with some DEPTH, and I've come up short year after year. I was never a fan of the original battlestar. Just didn't like anything about it. (i'm only 24, but reruns do exist) Along comes this show, I was skeptical, but gave it a shot. It blew me away. It's got everything the above shows have, and MORE. I watched the season finale 2 nights ago, and was on the edge of my seat. For the first time in a long while, when the words 'To be Continued" came onto the screen, I yelled at my TV! The characters are not 2d. They are dirty, gritty, they have dispair, they have faith. They are real. A testement to some great writing. In one 60 minute episode, the plots twist and turn all over the place, even while keeping up the action. If your the kind of person looking for more than just 'alien nose piece of the week,' pick this up. You'll love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a fan of sci-fi since sitting watching Start Trek (The original) I have seen many series come and go and enjoyed some whilst turned others off after a few episodes. Battlestar Galactica's original series was poor in my eyes and I did not watch it that often. The new series however is one of the best things on TV at this time. It is not often that I would go out and buy a DVD set of a show I watched for free on TV but BSG was one of the exceptions. It has many great plots, gritty acting and makes you want to keep coming back for more. I have just watched the second series on SCI-FI and also screamed when the 'to be continued' sign came up. A must for all sci-fi fans and more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A really good series
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the better Sci-Fi series out there. I don't have the SciFi channel, so I don't get to watch these on TV. I had seen the mini-series a few years ago and finally got curious enough to see what the did with the series, so bought the DVDs of season 1, thinking that "hey, a season on DVD is cheaper than a month of cable which is 95% crap". Did not regret this, the show is done quite well. Also, very nice to not have commercials or the irritating crap at the bottom of the screen on most channels. I just ordered season 2.0. I'm hooked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rented the first season DVDs at the recommendation of a friend…and I knocked out season one in 1 week. This is SciFi with great characters, great plot twists, great writing….everything you could want. The final testimnet to how good this is my wife is hooked on the show! After I watched the 1st two seasons and was half way through season 3 I told her she should watch it, that I think she would like it. She’s not into Sci-fi so said “thanks, but no thanks”. As I was watching season 3 I could see her slowly getting caught up in the show, she started asking questions about things. So I told her she should start with DVDs from the beginning. She was completely against the idea since she already knew some plot twists from watching some of season 3 and thought it wouldn’t be interesting to start at the beginning. I told her to at least watch the first 2 disks to get some character background. She agreed…and in 2 weeks has watched all of season 1 and 2 and has started season 3. And this is from a non-SciFi fan.
pandora_576 More than 1 year ago
This is TV that is relevent to our times. Politics, religion, war, moral ambiguity it has it all. The plots twists and turns, the characters are flawed and human. You love them, you hate them but they move you emotionally. This show sucks you in, it pushes the edges of all envelopes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well worth the cost, as this is a series that will stand up over time. The stories and production are excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Season 1 of Battlestar Galactica is one of the best-crafted dramas, be it Syfy or other, I've ever seen. The characters are strong, well-developed, and realistic. The series has plenty of action, great graphics, and tremendous drama. Watching the miniseries alone is enough to hook the viewer for the remainder of the series--not just the season. The cast is phenomenal, as only they could bring such wonderfully rich storylines to life. Props to Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell (who continues to impress in everything), and the stand-out Katee Sackhoff. Kudos to the writers, directors, and especially the producer. What a show!
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