Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica

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Director: Michael Rymer

Cast: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff

     
 
One of the most popular television series of the late '70s science fiction boom gets a new look for the new millennium in remake, created as a made-for-cable miniseries. Four decades after the Cylon Wars, the Cylon robots (some of whom have since assumed human form) have launched a vicious nuclear attack, leaving only a few Colonial forces to lead the survivors to

Overview

One of the most popular television series of the late '70s science fiction boom gets a new look for the new millennium in remake, created as a made-for-cable miniseries. Four decades after the Cylon Wars, the Cylon robots (some of whom have since assumed human form) have launched a vicious nuclear attack, leaving only a few Colonial forces to lead the survivors to safety. Led by starship commander Adama (Edward James Olmos) and politician and possible presidential successor Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell), the crew of the Battlestar Galactica searches the galaxy for the mythic 13th Colony of Kobol (otherwise known as Earth), their destination and only hope for survival. Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries also stars Jamie Bamber, James Callis, and Grace Park.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The original Battlestar Galactica, developed for TV in 1978 by producer Glen A. Larson in response to the phenomenal success of Star Wars, was a space opera in the grand old tradition: floridly melodramatic and more than a little campy. That can't be said of the 2003 miniseries, which reimagines Larson's show with relative sobriety and downplays the original's outlandish elements. As the story begins, it has been 40 years since the end of the First Cylon War, and the human survivors of Earth's 12 Colonies are about to decommission their last battleship, the Galactica. At precisely this moment the long-dormant Cylons mount a new offensive designed to wipe out humanity once and for all. Edward James Olmos makes a less avuncular and more hard-nosed Commander William Adama than did Lorne Greene in the earlier version. Jamie Bamber portrays Adama's son Lee, code-named "Apollo." In a welcome bit of surprise casting, Lee's buddy "Starbuck" -- Dirk Benedict in the earlier series -- is played by a woman, Katie Sackhoff, and the male-female competition creates a dynamic that heightens tension and supplies some gently humorous touches as well. Olmos also gets support from Mary McDonnell as Laura Roslin, an administrator who has assumed responsibility for thousands of civilian refugees. Usually seen in more serious fare, McDonnell makes an interesting foil for the grizzled combat veteran played by Olmos. And, of course, let's not forget the human turncoat Baltar (James Callis), whose treachery facilitates the Cylon scheme. Callis isn't as overtly smarmy as his Larson-era counterpart John Colicos, but his villainy is no less deep-dyed. Producer Ronald D. Moore, who created the Star Trek spin-off Deep Space Nine, mounts a very elaborate production, and director Michael Rymer eschews flamboyant heroics in favor of darker shadings in the material. As a result, this miniseries will appeal not only to lovers of the Larson show but also to sci-fi fans accustomed to the more complex and sophisticated genre offerings that have blanketed the small screen over the last decade.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/28/2004
UPC:
0025192446627
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
3:03:00
Sales rank:
38,186

Special Features

Closed Caption; Making-of featurette; Battlestar Galactica: The Lowdown; Audio commentary

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward James Olmos Commander William Adama
Mary McDonnell Laura Roslin
Katee Sackhoff Kara "Starbuck" Thrace
Jamie Bamber Lee "Apollo" Adama
James Callis Dr. Gaius Baltar
Tricia Helfer Number 6
Callum Keith Rennie Leoben Conoy
Grace Park Sharon "Boomer" Valerii
Michael Hogan Paul Tigh
Matthew Bennett Aaron Doral
Paul Campbell Billy Keikeya
Aaron Douglas Chief Petty Officer Tyrol
Lorena Gale Priest Elosha
Barclay Hope Transport Pilot
Kandyse McClure Petty Officer 2nd Dualla
Connor Widdows Boxey
Michael Eklund Crewman Specialist Prosna
Alessandro Juliani Lt. Gaeta

Technical Credits
Michael Rymer Director
Dany Cooper Editor
David Eick Executive Producer
Deborah Everton Costumes/Costume Designer
Harvey Frand Executive Producer
Richard Gibbs Score Composer
Richard Hudolin Production Designer
Christopher Eric James Screenwriter
Ronald D. Moore Screenwriter
Joel Ransom Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Side A
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. Wecome 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]

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4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
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A better story, better effects and all round better storytelling. Gone is the campy, feel goodness of the first series. While it worked in the 70's it could not be done in the post 911 era. You really get a feel for what happens when this fictional civilazation is attacked and razed to near extinction. And the biggest surprise..Starbuck being a female actually works! Hopefully the series will hold up just as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This a first rate military and human drama with an intelligent plot that obviously mirrors current events. It has the feel of a documentary sometimes and also kind of like ER with superb special effects. And remember this is just TV.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There's very little to complain about, and a lot to like about this mini-series. The story is engaging and well-acted, and the visuals are excellent. I had to keep reminding myself that this was a TV show and not a theatrical movie. A great job by the folks at Sci Fi.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I only have vague memories of the original series, I remember thinking that it was pretty cheesy and bland in comparison to other similar shows at the time. However, after watching this miniseries last night I'm very excited to see the rest of the series. I feel like there was a pretty decent plot, the cast was engaging and they've set up quite a predicament with the Cylons. I think all of the changes I've heard about from the original series were good decisions and that the series has greatly been improved because of them. I like how low-tech and 80s feeling a lot of the technology is and I like how they explain that away. There were only a few truly groanable moments during the miniseries, and for a science-fiction series, that's not bad. Don't be frightened off because it is in space and they use a few words that sound made up. As much as it is hard to believe, about 10 minutes in you forgive all of that and won't even notice it. I know this is hard to believe and I wouldn't say that about most science fiction, but they really do a good job of not making it too far-fetched. Give it a shot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This mini-series is sci-fi, but it is not all about effects and bad science. It is about human drama, human failings, human values. It's about being human, and not. The science fiction setting is just the backdrop against which the writers play out basic themes found in all times of great strife. If you enjoyed the moral dilemas covered by the TV series "Picket Fences" then you ought to enjoy the ones brought forth in the mini-series as well as the ensuing 2 regular seasons of Battlestar. You really have to watch through the full first year to appreciate the relevence of the story lines and the depth of the characters, both human and cylon. I rate movies by the number of 'aha' moments of insight, the number of believable 'turning points', the number of scenes I can't stop replaying in my head. With that scale in play, I have to agree with all those entertainment magazines that claim BG's first two seasons were some of the best drama on TV. They are right. Other reviews give comparisons with the old series, so all I'm going to say is this one stands on its own entirely. Forget the old one, only the names are similar.
TimHeckman More than 1 year ago
Listening to the news about this one before it came out made me think, "this is going to be bad". Remaking that cheesy series? The Sci-Fi Channel? Starbuck a woman? I was really surprised by it, and got hooked on the series.
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