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Battlestar Galactica

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Battlestar Galactica is a franchise of science fiction television series and films, the first of which was produced in 1978. A series of book adaptations, original novels, comic books and video games have also been based on the concept. A reimagined miniseries aired in 2003, and a regular television series aired from 2004 to 2009.

All of the Battlestar Galactica productions share the same premise: In a distant part of the universe, a civilization of humans live on a series of planets known as the Twelve Colonies. In the past, the Colonies have been at war with a cybernetic race known as the Cylons. With the help of a human named Baltar (intentional in the original series, unintentional in the reimagined series), the Cylons launch a sudden ambush on the Colonies, laying waste to the planets and devastating their populations. The handful of human survivors flee into space aboard any spacecraft they can reach. Of all the Colonial Fleet, the Battlestar Galactica appears to be the only military capital ship that survived the attack. Under the leadership of famed military leader Commander Adama, the Battlestar Galactica and its crew take up the task of leading the small fugitive fleet of survivors into space in search of a fabled refuge known as Earth.

Glen A. Larson, the Executive Producer of Battlestar Galactica, has stated in many interviews that he originally conceived of the Galactica premise, which he originally called Adam's Ark, in the late 1960s. However, he was unable to get the project greenlit for many years.

Battlestar Galactica was finally produced in the wake of the success of the 1977 film Star Wars. In fact, 20th Century Fox sued Universal Studios (the studio behind Battlestar Galactica) for copyright infringement, claiming that it had stolen 34 distinct ideas from Star Wars. Universal promptly countersued, claiming Star Wars had stolen ideas from the 1972 film Silent Running (notably the robot "drones") and the Buck Rogers serials of the 1940s.

Initially, Larson envisioned Battlestar Galactica as a series of made-for-TV movies (a three-hour pilot and two two-hour episodes) for the ABC television network. A shortened version of the three-hour pilot, Saga of a Star World, was released in Canadian theaters (before the series aired) and American theaters (after the series aired), and instead of two additional movies, a weekly television series followed.

In 1979 at the 6th Annual People's Choice Awards, the series won for Best New TV Drama Series.

The initial episode of the series was broadcast on September 17, 1978. However, approximately 60 minutes into the first episode, the broadcast was interrupted for a significant period--almost an hour--by the announcement of the signing of the Egyptian-Israeli Camp David Accords, deeply marring the broadcast as much of the initial episode was not seen. During the eight months after the pilot was broadcast, 17 original episodes of the series were aired (five of them two-part shows), totaling 24 hours of broadcasting. Citing declining ratings and cost overruns, ABC cancelled Battlestar Galactica in April, its last episode "The Hand of God" premiering on April 29, 1979.

During the autumn of 1979, ABC executives met with Galactica's creator Glen A. Larson to consider a relaunch of the series. A suitable concept was needed to draw viewers, and it was decided that the arrival of the Colonial Fleet at contemporary Earth would be the storyline. A new television movie entitled Galactica 1980 was rushed into production. Again, it was decided this new version of Galactica would be made into a weekly series. Despite the early success of the première, the show failed to achieve the popularity of the original series and was canceled after only ten episodes.

In this 1980 sequel series, the fleet finds Earth and covertly protects it from the Cylons. This series was a quick failure due to its low budget (e.g., recycling footage from the 1974 Universal Studios film Earthquake during a Cylon attack sequence), widely-panned writing, and ill-placed time slot (Sundays at 7:00 p.m., a time slot generally reserved for family-oriented programming and, more specifically, 60 Minutes). The show also had to adhere to strict content restrictions such as limiting acts of violence and being required to shoehorn educational content into the script and dialogue. To cut costs, the show was set mostly on contemporary Earth, to the great dismay of fans. Another factor for fan apathy was the nearly complete recasting of the original series: Lorne Greene reprised his role as Adama (and worked pro bono), Herb Jefferson Jr. played (now Colonel) Boomer in only half of the episodes (with almost no screentime), and Dirk Benedict as Starbuck for only one (the abrupt final episode), which was mostly unused footage from the original series. Richard Hatch (Apollo in the original series) was sent a script for Galactica 1980 but turned it down since he wasn't sure what his part in the series would be now that all the characters had changed.

Some syndication packages for Battlestar Galactica incorporate the episodes of this series.

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

Richard Hatch produced a demonstration video in 1998–1999 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 displayed at science fiction conventions, but did not lead to a new series.

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

In 2000, the director and an executive producer of the X-Men film, Bryan Singer and Tom DeSanto, began developing a Galactica television miniseries with Studios USA for FOX. Intended to air as a backdoor pilot in May 2002, filming was scheduled to begin in November 2001. However, production delays caused by the September 11, 2001 attacks meant Bryan Singer had to drop out, due to his directing commitment on X-Men 2. This led Fox to lose interest in the project.

On 20 February 2009, IGN announced that they had information regarding a proposed revival of the 1970s version of the series as a feature film, with Glen A. Larson as writer and producer. Universal Pictures has denied the rumours.

Despite attempts to revive the series over the years, none came to fruition until it was reimagined in 2003 by Universal Television as a miniseries. Sky1 and the Sci-Fi Channel, with Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, were the creative forces behind it. Edward James Olmos stepped into the role of Commander Adama. A weekly new Galactica series followed, premiering on Sky1 in the UK and Ireland in October 2004, and on Sci-Fi in the U.S. in January 2005.

In December 2003, the American Sci-Fi Channel broadcast a three-hour miniseries that reimagined Battlestar Galactica. This miniseries was so successful that Sci-Fi opted to develop this new version of Galactica into a television series.

The new series first aired in the UK and Ireland on Sky1 in October 2004. The series debuted in North America on the Sci-Fi Channel in January 2005. Featuring most of the original cast from the mini-series, Edward James Olmos returns as Commander William Adama and Mary McDonnell as President Laura Roslin. Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Grace Park and Tricia Helfer round out the original cast.

An edited version of the "pilot" miniseries was broadcast on NBC—a corporate sibling of the Sci-Fi Channel—on January 9, 2005, five days before the Sci-Fi series premiere. NBC also aired three selected first-season episodes to promote the show in advance of the second-season premiere in July 2005. Three and a half seasons aired on Sci-Fi and Sky One between 2005 and 2008. Owing to production delays caused by the 2007-2008 Writers Guild strike, the fourth season was split into two parts, with a 7 month hiatus in between. The second half of the season began airing January 16, 2009. The fourth season will also air on Universal HD beginning in July 2009. A two-hour film (set during the show's second season), Battlestar Galactica: Razor, aired on Sci-Fi on Saturday November 24, 2007, as a prelude to the fourth season.

The series has won widespread acclaim among many mainstream non-genre publications. Time magazine, Rolling Stone magazine and New York Newsday named it the best show on television in 2005. Other publications like The New York Times, The New Yorker and National Review also gave the show positive reviews.

The show has received a Peabody Award for overall excellence, several Emmy Awards for Visual Effects, and Emmy nominations for Writing and Directing. Time magazine has named it one of the 100 Best TV Shows of All Time.

The first set of webisodes were a series of shorts produced to promote the third season of the show. They filled in some of the events between the second and third seasons and featured some of the main cast. These webisodes were made so as not to reveal what would happen in the beginning of season three. Season 3 was also set up so that missing the webisodes would not leave a viewer confused about the story.

Each of the ten webisodes was approximately three minutes in length, and they were released two times a week leading up to the U.S. Season 3 premiere.

The Razor Flashbacks were a small series of seven webisodes set during William Adama's fighter pilot days during the later stages of the First Cylon War. They were released on the Internet as "webisodes" leading up to Razor's release. They are now available on the DVD of Battlestar Galactica: Razor and some are inserted into the extended cut of the movie on the DVD (as opposed to none on the shorter version which aired on television). The installments that didn't make the final cut include 1, 2, & the latter half of 7.

Battlestar Galactica: Razor is a television movie produced and broadcast in the gap between Seasons 3 and 4. Razor is also technically the first two episodes of Season 4 though it chronicles events on Battlestar Pegasus in two time periods, both of which are "in the past" with respect to the Season 4 continuity. The "present day" framing scenes are set during Lee Adama's command, in the latter half of Season 2, while "flashback" scenes depict Helena Cain's command in the period between the Cylon attack and the reunion with Galactica in the second season episode Pegasus. Also during the extended episode the Razor Flashbacks, which were previously released as webisodes, were integrated into the movie but only several were inserted into the shortened television cut. It aired in the United States and Canada on November 24 and in Britain and Ireland on December 18, 2007. An expanded version of the movie was released on DVD on December 4, 2007.

In late May 2008, a set of 10 webisodes were announced to be in the works which will be released during the 7 month hiatus between episodes 12 and 13. The web series premiered on December 12, 2008 on SciFi.com. The webisodes are also available to view on Hulu.com, the iTunes Store and on DirecTV's OnDemand service. Canadians are able to view them on spacecast.com/bsg.

On August 7, 2008 Sci-Fi Channel officially announced the production of a two-hour TV movie which was originally supposed to air after the final episode of Season 4. It has since been rescheduled to air sometime in November of 2009. Written by Jane Espenson and directed by Edward James Olmos, The Plan storyline begins before the attack on the 12 colonies and will show events mainly from the perspective of two Cylon agents. Confirmed cast members include Olmos, Michael Trucco, Aaron Douglas and Dean Stockwell. Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Rick Worthy, Matthew Bennett, Callum Keith Rennie, Michael Hogan and Rekha Sharma will also feature. The movie began production on September 8, 2008.

Caprica is a television series, set to premiere on Sci-Fi in 2010, described as "television's first science fiction family saga". It was originally a 2-hour back door pilot for a possible weekly television series but on December 2, 2008 Sci-Fi gave the go-ahead to expand the project into a full series. Caprica will be set on the fictional planet Caprica around fifty years before the events depicted in the 2004 reimagined series. The show will revolve around two families, the Adamas and the Graystones, the building of the Cylons, and the beginnings of the first Cylon War. The pilot is directed by Jeffrey Reiner (Friday Night Lights), and stars Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Paula Malcomson and Polly Walker. Sci-Fi has ordered 20 hours of Caprica including a 2-hour pilot. Production is expected to resume in the middle of 2009 for an anticipated premiere in early 2010. On February 5, 2009 Universal announced a DVD premiere of the pilot on April 21, 2009.

Creator Glen A. Larson is in talks with Universal Pictures to bring Battlestar Galactica to the big screen. The film will not be based on the Sci Fi Channel series of the same title; it will be based on the original series which starred Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict and the late Lorne Greene.

A series of comic book publishers have adapted Battlestar Galactica since its inception.

Marvel Comics published a 23-issue comic book series based upon the show between 1978 and 1981. Walt Simonson, who later wrote and drew Thor, and also had a long stint on Marvel's Star Wars comic, was the artist for the series at its conclusion. Other comics have since been published by Maximum Press, Grandreams, Look-in Magazine, Realm Press and, currently, Dynamite Comics. Of all these series, only those by Marvel, Grandreams and Look-In actually completed their storylines and brought the story to a conclusion. All the other series were cancelled at various points during their run, with no resolutions.

Both the Grandreams and Look-In comic strips take place early in the series. The other comic series based on the 1978 series have been set after the final episode of the series and ignored Galactica 1980.

The Maximum Press series began with the discovery of a completely unpopulated Earth some fifteen years after the conclusion of the TV show. The look and the feel of the comics had been changed considerably from the series, to give the stories a "more nineties" feel.

The Realm Press series picked up immediately after the conclusion of the final episode of the original series in an attempt to present what they called "Season Two" of the original show.

Dynamite Entertainment is currently publishing comic books featuring both the classic and reimagined Battlestar Galactica series.

Wiz Kids, Inc. (a collectible game manufacturer) produced the Battlestar Galactica Collectable Card Game based on the 2003 mini-series and 2004 TV show. The premier set of this game was released in May 2006. After the release of one expansion set, Wizkids announced the game's cancellation on March 13, 2007.

The original series inspired a Battlestar Galactica board game. The game is set during a training mission, where two to four players maneuver pieces representing Colonial Vipers in order to capture a damaged Cylon Raider. Skillful play includes using terrain elements and a number of special-ability cards to the players' advantage.

A Battlestar Galactica role playing game was released in August 2007 by Margaret Weis Productions at Gen Con.

FASA in 1979 released a tabletop counter piece game for Battlestar Galactica based on the fighter combat, which included the Galactica and a basestar to be launched from, attack with and attacked/defended. The counters for the Vipers and the Raiders included three model versions MKI/MKII/MKIII not just the MKII Viper and Raider MKI.

Fantasy Flight Games has produced Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game. It is a semi-cooperative game for 3-6 players with some players being Cylon agents, either aware at start of the game or become aware later, as Sleeper agents. Each of the 10 playable character has their own abilities and weaknesses, and must all work together in order for humanity to have any hope of survival as well as attempt to expose the traitor while fuel shortages, food contaminations, and political unrest threatens to tear the fleet apart.

In November 2003, shortly before the premiere of the re-imaged TV series, Sierra released the 3D space combat game Battlestar Galatica for the original Xbox and Playstation 2. The game took place 40 years before the original series and featured an ensign Adama flying a Viper during the Cylon war. The game was developed by Warthog.

Battlestar Galactica is also featured as a separate Mod for the game Homeworld 2.

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Battlestar Galactica is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning serial drama television program created by Ronald D. Moore that first aired as a three-hour miniseries in December 2003 on the Sci Fi network and ran for four seasons thereafter, ending its run on March 20, 2009. The series featured Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated Edward James Olmos and Oscar-nominated Mary McDonnell and garnered a wide range of critical acclaim, including Emmy nominations for its creative works, writing and directing.

Battlestar Galactica continued from the 2003 mini-series to chronicle the journey of the last surviving humans from the Twelve Colonies of Kobol after their nuclear annihilation by the Cylons. The survivors are led by President Laura Roslin and Commander William Adama in a ragtag fleet of ships with the Battlestar Galactica, an old but powerful warship, as its command ship. Pursued by Cylons intent on wiping out the remnants of the human race, the survivors travel across the galaxy looking for the fabled and long-lost thirteenth colony: Earth. Unlike most space-based series, Battlestar Galactica has no aliens (apart from the man-made Cylon robots) and intentionally avoids technobabble. Instead, most of the stories deal with the apocalyptic fall-out of the destruction of the twelve colonies upon the survivors and the moral choices the survivors must make in dealing with the survival of the human race, as well as their war with the Cylons. Stories also deal with the concept of perpetuated cycles of hate and violence driving the human/Cylon conflict, and religious issues, with the implication of an active God whose angelic agents intervene on behalf of the main characters, most notably Gaius Baltar.

Over the course of the show's four seasons, the war between the colonists and the Cylons takes many twists and turns. Despite the animosity on both sides, the Cylons and humans slowly turn away from their hatred for each other. Part of this is due to a growing schism within the humanoid Cylons, led by the villainous Cylon Number One, Brother John Cavil. Cavil's obsession with hiding the true genesis of the humanoid Cylons (created by members of the Galactica Crew, who themselves are humanoid Cylons from "Earth" who had their memories erased by Cavil) leads to a civil war among the Cylons, with a faction of the robot race forming an alliance with the humans. Other plotlines involve the mysterious destiny of Kara "Starbuck" Thrace, who is the subject of a prophecy involving her as the "Harbinger of Death", who will "lead humanity to its end" as well as the redemption of Gaius Baltar, as he becomes a pariah within the fleet (after being forced to collaborate with the Cylons) but ultimately finds redemption through monotheism-based religion.

In the final episodes, Thrace (resurrected) leads the surviving humans/Cylons to a new planet which Adama names Earth and which is revealed to be the actual planet Earth of present-day humanity. It is already inhabited by humans who are genetically compatible with the humans from the Galactica. The Earth of legend is now revealed to have been a different planet entirely which is a nuked out, uninhabited wasteland due to that planet's war with its Cylon creations. It is now revealed that all of the events of the series have been occurring 150,000 years prior to the era of present-day humanity. The entire group of humans/Cylons decides to live on the new planet and to discard all technology, and to destroy all of their spaceships by flying them into the sun.

The series ends with a coda set on Earth in the present day, as two "angels", in the form of Caprica Six and Gaius Baltar, muse on whether or not the cycle of violence and war between humanity and machine will happen again or if it had finally been broken. It is implied that the Galactica crew became the ancestors of modern humanity.

The series is filmed at Vancouver Film Studios, and on physical locations in and around Vancouver, Kamloops and Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.

After the failure of attempted continuations of the original Battlestar Galactica series by Tom DeSanto and Bryan Singer, and by original series star Richard Hatch, it was uncertain whether the series would be resurrected in any form. These previous attempts all involved using the original cast, or at least the original characters and plot. None of these projects proceeded beyond the developmental stage.

Then in 2002, Ronald D. Moore approached the Sci-Fi channel with an idea for a re-imagined version of the series. The Sci-Fi channel liked his darker vision of Battlestar Galactica, and commissioned a miniseries to act as a backdoor pilot, with the possibility of a regular television series thereafter.

Despite strong ratings for the miniseries, cost concerns led to uncertainty over whether the project would be expanded. Finally, British Sky Broadcasting offered to co-sponsor part of the first season's budget in return for early airing rights. The first season of thirteen one-hour episodes was ordered by the Sci-Fi Channel on February 10, 2004. Produced in 2004 by David Eick and Ronald D. Moore, and starring the original cast from the 2003 miniseries, it began airing in the United Kingdom and Ireland on October 18, 2004. The series proved successful, attracting favorable comments from reviewers, and generating considerable anticipation in the US.

It began airing in North America three months later, on January 14, 2005 in the United States, and January 15 in Canada. The first episode aired in the US and became one of the highest-rated programs ever on Sci-Fi, with 3.1 million viewers. Successive episodes proved equally successful. The first episode of the regular series, "33", won the 2005 short-form Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation while the series as a whole was honored with a Peabody Award.

Battlestar Galactica's first episode was later made available for viewing in its entirety, and without charge from the Sci-Fi website. Moore also sought to address the "Internet Generation" by posting podcast commentaries on individual episodes on the official Sci-Fi website.

Moore left his position as producer on HBO's Carnivàle after its first season to concentrate more on BSG.

Following the success of the 13-episode Season One, the Sci-Fi Channel ordered a 20-episode second season on February 9, 2005. The season premiered in the US on the Sci-Fi Channel on July 15, 2005, with the UK, Ireland, and Canadian premiere in January, 2006. In the fall of 2005, airing of the second season halted, as it was part of Sci-Fi Channel's standard airing schedule normally used for its Stargate series, which was to split a 20-episode season into two parts (a "winter season" and a "summer season") to avoid heavy competition with major networks that follow a spring/fall schedule. Universal Home Video took this break as an opportunity to package the episodes aired thus far into a DVD set, calling it Season 2.0. The final episode of the first half, "Pegasus", was originally 15 minutes too long for broadcast, but according to creator Ronald Moore, the production team decided to cut the episode to time rather than pad it out to fill 90 minutes, as this was deemed impractical. The longer version of "Pegasus" appears on the Battlestar Galactica Season 2.5 DVD set, which was released in the US on September 19, 2006. Sky did not contribute financially to the second season, though UK broadcasts credit the company at the end of every episode.

The second half of Season Two (Season 2.5) began airing on January 6, 2006, after a three-month hiatus, during which the Sci-Fi Channel mounted a huge publicity effort. Battlestar Galactica picked up considerable critical acclaim from the mainstream press, including being named the #1 show of 2005 by Time Magazine, and being listed on numerous Top Ten lists by publications such as the Boston Globe. The American Film Institute also named it one of the ten best television shows of 2005. There was some criticism that a few episodes following "Resurrection Ship, Part 2" were not up to par with previous episodes, such as the episode "Black Market", for which even Ron Moore expressed some disdain. Moore stated in his blog that he felt this was a result of the larger workload the series faced with twenty episodes, instead of thirteen in Season One. However, episode 15, "Scar", was thought to bring the series back up to its high level of quality, and subsequent episodes "The Captain's Hand", "Downloaded", and the two part finale "Lay Down Your Burdens", were hailed by fans and critics alike. Moore expressed that the longer break between Seasons Two and Three (seven months instead of two) would help to ensure that all episodes were up to the high level of quality that the production team strove to maintain.

Season Two was released on DVD in Australia on August 15, 2006. The entire season is collected in one box set. Season Two, however, began its first run on Australian television just two weeks prior to this on Network Ten, at 11pm on Wednesdays, meaning that the complete season became available the day before the third episode aired.

Ten "webisodes" called Battlestar Galactica: The Resistance were designed to focus on events that take place on New Caprica between seasons two and three of the television series, and aired on SciFi Pulse. Because of legal issues, almost no news appeared after the original announcement, but the broadcast date was eventually revealed on August 28, 2006 on Sci-Fi's website by Sci-Fi's Head of Internet Programming, Craig Engler. The release schedule was twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The first webisode was posted Tuesday, September 5, 2006, and the last posted on Thursday, October 5, 2006, one day before the first episode of Season Three.

The webisodes themselves have caused a conflict between NBC and those involved in their development, relating to the royalties that the developers should receive. NBC Universal, the major studio behind the reimagined series, refused to pay residuals to or credit the webisode writers on the grounds that the webisodes were promotional materials. In response, Ronald D. Moore said he would no longer release any webisodes to the studio's custody. NBC Universal then took control of the webisodes, and filed an unfair labor-practices suit against the Writers Guild of America. The Guild told Moore and other NBC Universal television show producers to halt production of any further webisodes until a deal over residuals had been reached.

The Resistance webisodes are included in the Region 1 DVD release of Season Three, and are expanded in content and running-time from their original online incarnation. They are not available on the Region 2 and Region 4 DVD releases.

The Sci-Fi Channel ordered a 20-episode third season on November 16, 2005, which premiered in the US on October 6, 2006, and in Canada on October 7, 2006, with the first two episodes being shown together. The broadcast schedule for Season Three did not include a long hiatus in the middle of the season, as with Season Two. Production began in April 2006 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Sci-Fi Channel moved the show to Sundays on January 21, 2007, the first time the show had changed nights since it began airing.

Season Three was broadcast in high-definition on Sky One HD in the UK and Ireland, starting on January 9, 2007, and in the US on Universal HD, starting on January 27, 2007.

After the initial five episode long New Caprica story arc, Season Three consisted of mostly stand-alone episodes. In the podcast for the Season Three finale, Ron Moore stated that in an effort to attract new viewers, the Sci-Fi Channel pressured the production team to make stand-alone episodes, instead of focusing on previously established storylines. However, this met with a negative critical reception, and Moore stated that by the end of Season Three, the critical reaction and declining ratings following this paradigm shift forced the Sci-Fi Channel to admit that stand-alone episodes simply do not work in the format that the series has established for itself, and Moore went on to say that because of this the Sci-Fi Channel promised that it would not put any pressure to make stand-alone episodes in Season Four.

Moore and his production team routinely cited the network's "hands off" approach to the series as one of its strong points, the writers were being given free rein to do what they thought best in the first two seasons. This made the Sci-Fi Channel's intervention in the series especially unusual.

Moore infamously explained in the episode podcasts for season 1 that literally the only time Sci-Fi Channel asked him to change something in the first two seasons, was early in production when they were a bit uneasy about the extremely dark tone of the series, and asked if Moore could insert some lighter material, such as everyone having a birthday party for someone. The result was that Moore sarcastically inserted a scene into the beginning of the fourth episode, "Act of Contrition", in which a number of pilots are celebrating a Raptor pilot's 1,000th landing when a munition accidentally discharges, killing and injuring a number of crewmen. Moore said that Sci-Fi Channel responded by saying, "We get it," and never tried to interfere in the running of the series again.

Season Three was released on DVD in the United States on March 18, 2008.

Beginning October 5, 2007, the Sci-Fi Channel began airing short, two-minute vignettes chronicling the rookie mission of young William Adama during the last day of the First Cylon War. These short presentations include depictions of Cylons and their vehicles in incarnations similar to those made popular by the original 1978 series. The mini-episodes, collectively known as "Razor Flashbacks", serve as a backdrop leading up to the television movie, Battlestar Galactica: Razor, and aired during the Friday-night presentation of Flash Gordon for eight weeks as well as being made available online at SciFi Pulse. The Razor Flashbacks are actually taken from the made for TV movie Razor and were not originally intended as stand-alone web features. Instead they were aired early as a promotion for the main feature. As of November 25, 2007 the Razor Flashbacks are no longer available on SciFi, and the entire Razor website on SciFi.com has been removed though are available on the Razor DVD as well as the Xbox Live Marketplace. In addition several of the shorts were reintegrated back into the Razor movie in the extended edition released to DVD.

The Sci-Fi Channel confirmed on March 22, 2007 that Battlestar Galactica had been renewed for a fourth season of 22 episodes, which producers David Eick and Ronald D. Moore later announced to be the series' last. The series finale aired on Friday March 20, 2009.

The first 2 slots of season four's 22 episode order were taken up by the two-hour TV movie Battlestar Galactica: Razor which served as an unbroken extended episode detailing the chronicles of the Battlestar Pegasus. It premiered November 24, 2007 in the US and December 18, 2007 in the UK before an extended version was promptly released on DVD. Razor had Michelle Forbes reprise her role as Helena Cain, and co-starred Australian actress Stephanie Chaves-Jacobsen who played Kendra Shaw.

The rest of the fourth season was split into two parts, partly due to the writers' strike. The first set (dubbed Season 4.0 in its subsequent DVD release) consisted of 10 episodes which premiered April 4, 2008. The Canadian cable channel Space has so far aired season four on the same dates. In the UK, Sky One began airing Season Four on April 15, showing the first two episodes on that date, placing the UK four days behind the US screenings. The first part of Season 4 began broadcast on Universal HD on August 30, 2008. In Australia, the first half of season 4 began screening on Ten HD as of September 4, 2008 beginning with Razor.

Linking both halves of season 4 together was a set of 10 webisodes which played a similar role to that which The Resistance played between seasons 2 and 3. The series was released during the weeks leading up to the premiere of episode 13, starting on December 12, 2008, and ending on January 12, 2009, collectively titled The Face of the Enemy.

The second half of season 4 (referred to as Season 4.5), consisting of 10 episodes, began airing on January 16, 2009. The season (and series) finale was split into two episodes in the United States, with the normal length first part airing on March 13, and the second, with a runtime (including adverts) of 2:11, airing March 20.

In Australia, the second half of season 4 premiered on the Australian Sci-Fi channel on Foxtel January 31 and continued on a weekly basis with each of the remaining episodes of the series airing about 6 hours after the US until the final episode on March 21.

On August 7, 2008, SCI FI released an announcement about a new 2-hour Battlestar Galactica special event directed by series star Edward James Olmos and written by series writer Jane Espenson. The special event will air in fall 2009.

The first half of Battlestar Galactica season 4 averaged a 1.8 Household rating, 1,576,000 Adults 18-49 (+15%); 1,726,000 Adults 25-54 (+19%) and 2,326,000 total viewers (+13%). Among Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54, this is the best half season or full season performance for the series since Battlestar Galactica season 1 (Jan-April 2005). Battlestar enjoyed its best season ever for female viewers, delivering 592,000 Women 18-49 and 646,000 Women 25-54.

On April 27, 2006, the Sci Fi Channel announced that a prequel spin-off of BSG was in development. Caprica will take place over 50 years before the current series, before the original Cylon War, and will chronicle the Adama family and Caprican society as well as show the advancement of technology leading to the Cylon revolt. On March 18, 2008, Ronald Moore, the Head Writer confirmed that Caprica is in fact a go project with a two-hour backdoor pilot to be produced initially. On December 2, 2008 SCI FI announced that it had given the green light for a full series. The first season, composed of 20 episodes including the pilot, is currently slated to resume shooting in the middle of 2009 for a premiere in early 2010. An uncut version of the pilot will be released on DVD on April 21, 2009, prior to the series' broadcast debut.

Religion and theology flavored the original series, and they are prominent in the reimagined series.

Perhaps the most prominent religious component is the series' overarching theme: the human survivors search for Earth. That search is motivated by ancient religious texts' references to a 13th tribe of humans that established a civilization on a distant planet called Earth. Various religious relics and ruins, both on the 12 colonies and elsewhere in the galaxy, provide clues to Earth's location.

Many of the humans share in polytheism, worshiping the gods of Kobol. This appears to be the official state religion of the colonies; government oaths reference the gods and, back on the 12 planets, public museums housed artifacts of the gods.

The Kobol gods have the same names and characteristics as the Greek Olympic gods, and the show makes repeated references to Zeus, Hera, Athena, Poseidon, Ares and Apollo. In one story in season 3, the crew fights with the Cylons to obtain "The Eye of Jupiter"; Jupiter is the Roman equivalent of Zeus. As evidenced by prayers offered by the human characters, the Kobol gods are morally refined and are believed to watch over and intervene benevolently in the lives of the just. This is similar to the conception of the gods during the Greek classical and Hellenistic periods, not the amoral (and very human) gods of the Greek archaic period.

In another parallel to Western polytheism, the names of the Twelve Colonies and their planets are similar to the names of the constellations in the Greco-Roman zodiac. In the early days of the 12 colonies, each colony's flag showed the stellar constellation of its zodiac sign ("Home Pt. 2"). It is implied by the finale that the Greek/Roman pantheons as well as several ancient belief systems including the zodiac were imported to Earth by the colonial survivors.

The principal means of transmitting divine knowledge is the Sacred Scroll. The Scroll chronicles the early period of human existence, when people and the gods lived together on the planet Kobol (at the beginning of the series, the location of Kobol is unknown). The Scrolls tell that at some point in time, twelve human tribes left Kobol and founded the 12 colonies, with a 13th heading towards Earth (miniseries et al.). This is also referenced in the opening words of the Scroll, "Life here began out there" (miniseries).

The show offers little detail of the Sacred Scroll, other than that it contains the Book of Pythia, which chronicles an ancient female (similar to the Oracle of Delphi, herself named Pythia), who journeyed with the 13th tribe on their voyage to Earth. Pythia also described the exodus of the twelve tribes, and the things that happened to them. She describes a dying leader, who will guide the tribes to salvation. Among other things, the scriptures tell of the return to Kobol, stating that bringing the Arrow of Apollo to the Tomb of Athena will reveal the road to Earth. The dying leader is to die just before the end of the journey. President Roslin sees herself as playing the part of the leader in the texts, as she has terminal breast cancer which was cured for a time, but has now returned.

Many of the Cylons also share a religious belief — in this case, monotheism. The Cylons' monotheism seems to share many traits of Abrahamic monotheistic religions: belief that God is omniscient, omnipotent, omnibenevolent, that he will one day deliver divine retribution, and that he intervenes in the world. The actual teachings and laws of the Cylon god are infrequently referenced, but when they are, it is usually conveyed by Number Sixes.

The Colonial military is organized much the same as in the original series, however both are significantly different from any existing military organization. From the episodes aired, a battlestar is the lead vessel in a battle group which normally consists of many smaller vessels. The re-imagined series explicitly places the Galactica as one of two (or three) battlestars within Battlestar Group 75 by putting that group name in its badge as BSG 75. A Colonial Fleet and Colonial Marines exist.

Officers in the Colonial Fleet are given ranks that are a fusion of those presently used in western armies and navies. Ronald D. Moore outlined the rank structure in a blog entry in February 2005, stating that he wanted to keep the "co-mingled" ranks of the original series rather than reassign ranks based on real-world naval structure. To the right is a list of ranks for both officers and enlisted crewmen with the highest rank at the top.

The Colonial Marines have a different rank structure for enlisted men: Private, Corporal, Sergeant, etc. Their officer rank structure has not been revealed and it is unknown whether any commissioned Marine officers survived. Marines on the show have only been led either by Fleet officers such as Apollo, Starbuck, Tigh, Athena, or Gunnery Sergeant Hadrian — the Galactica's Master-at-Arms.

The CO and XO of a battlestar like Galactica are usually a commander and colonel, respectively, and have been since before the destruction of the colonies. Dr. Cottle holds the rank of major, as did Lee Adama prior to his spot promotion to commander for command of the Pegasus. There are a few officers with the rank of captain as well as several lieutenants. The second season introduced Helena Cain (played by Michelle Forbes) as a rear admiral, in command of the Battlestar Pegasus.

Recurring Marine characters include Galactica's Master-at-arms, Gunnery Sergeant Hadrian, played by Jill Teed. The character, however, is never explicitly identified as a Marine. Another recurring Marine character is Corporal Venner, played by Chris Shields. In addition to these Marines, numerous privates and at least two gunnery sergeants are known to exist (one appeared in the season 2 episode "Sacrifice" and another appeared in the season 3 episode "Exodus Part 1").

Bear McCreary is the sole composer for the Battlestar Galactica series, taking over from Richard Gibbs, who composed the music for the mini-series. McCreary has released three BSG soundtracks, one each for seasons 1-3.

Season one's main title is divided into two segments, the first containing clips from the 2003 miniseries and previous episodes, and the second an action-oriented montage of images from the coming episode.

The Sky One version of the title sequence for season one featured a Hindu mantra, the Gayatri Mantra, taken from the Rig Veda (3.62.10). In the US, the music was an original instrumental piece by composer Bear McCreary called "Two Funerals" originally written for the episode "Act of Contrition". As of season two, the main title sequences in all territories where the show airs now use the Sky One title sequence, the Gayatri Mantra version written by miniseries composer Richard Gibbs.

The words in the mantra are "Om bhūr bhuvah svah tat savitur varēnyam bhargō dēvasya dhīmahi dhiyō yō nah pracōdayāt", which may be translated in various ways but means approximately: "Oh all-protecting lord, please guide our intellects, so that we may proceed in the right direction towards enlightenment".

For season two, the Sci Fi Channel eschewed Moore's "in this episode" montage until the fifth episode.

The opening from the season two onwards, with the exception of a few episodes, lists the exact number of survivors in the fleet. The number is updated for each episode following deaths and births from the previous one (and anything that occurs during the pre-credits sequence, such as the discovery of the Battlestar Pegasus).

On March 17, 2009 the United Nations hosted a Battlestar Galactica retrospective including a discussion with Mary McDonnell, Edward James Olmos, Ronald D. Moore and David Eick on human rights, terrorism, children and armed conflict, and reconciliation between civilians and faiths. The Discussion was moderated by actress Whoopi Goldberg and also included Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict; Craig Mokhiber of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; Robert Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Planning; and Famatta Rose Osode, from the Permanent Mission of Liberia to the UN.

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List of Battlestar Galactica (reimagined series) episodes

The reimagined Battlestar Galactica was initially unveiled as a science fiction miniseries which was first broadcast on the Sci Fi Channel on December 8, 2003. It spawned a regular television series which premiered on Sky One in the United Kingdom and Ireland on October 18, 2004 and on Sci Fi Channel in the U.S. on January 14, 2005. The miniseries and the first three seasons have been released on DVD in both the U.S. and United Kingdom. The miniseries and episodes are also available for download in the United States through online services such as the iTunes Store and Xbox Live.

This is a complete list of episodes for the reimagined Battlestar Galactica television series, in chronological order. All titles are provided by the studio, although these titles are not mentioned on screen in the episodes themselves.

Battlestar Galactica was a three hour long miniseries which acted as the backdoor pilot for the subsequent 2004 television series. The pilot was written by Ronald D. Moore who reinvented or, as Moore describes it, "reimagined" the concepts which drove the original 1978 series. It premiered in the US over two nights (December 3 and 4, 2003) and received critical acclaim and, at the time, was the most-watched program ever to air on the US Sci Fi Channel.

A series of ten short webisodes released online semi-weekly as promotional material in advance of season 3. Each of the webisodes chronicle some of the missing timeline between the end of season 2 and beginning of season 3. The original title of this series was to be Battlestar Galactica: Crossroads ("Crossroads" was later used as the title of the third-season finale).

In 2007, starting in October and concluding mid-November, SciFi Channel released a series of seven short "webisodes" (or "featurettes" as described in their credits) called the Razor Flashbacks. The URL for each webisode suggests that the internal name may actually be Takeover. They featured a young Lt. William Adama (played by Nico Cortez), and original-series-style Cylons and Vipers near the end of the First Cylon War. The bulk of the vignettes take place in Adama's fighter pilot days but the series concludes with a scene of Commander Adama reminiscing on the flashbacks set just before the Galactica's soon-to-be-aborted decommissioning ceremony begins.

The webisodes were written by Michael Taylor and directed by Wayne Rose for the first two episodes and by Félix Alcalá for the last five. They were first made available directly from the official series homepage at SciFi.com/battlestar and were later included on the Razor DVD. These webisodes are somewhat independent and are not simply excerpted from Razor, although Razor integrates approximately half of the webisode material directly. The webisodes are also available as free downloads on the Xbox Live Marketplace, some of which are featured in high-definition 720p resolution.

According to SciFi Wire, the SciFi Channel ordered 22 episodes to be made for season four, an increase from 13 as originally announced. The production of the season 4 initially began May 2007. A special TV movie (or "extended episode") premiered November 24, 2007 and was released on DVD a short time later. The rest of the season began April 4, 2008 but because of the WGA strike, it was postponed but was announced to continue January, 2009. Season 4 episodes were added (and in some cases re-added) to iTunes in SD and HD format, along with the miniseries and all the other Seasons on September 9, 2008.

Battlestar Galactica: Razor was the first television film based on the 2003 reimagining of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. The movie was filmed as the first two episodes of the 22 in the production order of Season 4, but was broadcast six months before the rest of the season on November 24, 2007. It was released in an extended form on DVD shortly after. Razor doesn't directly carry on from the events at the end of season three but follows several narrative threads set earlier in the series; the main framing story is set between "The Captain's Hand" and "Downloaded", but most of the film details the sparsely-known history of the Pegasus from just prior to the Cylon attack up until Admiral Cain's demise. Razor was also intended to act as a backdrop for season four by seeding subtle insights of events yet to occur despite its apparent discontinuity between the preceding and successive seasons.

Only the first 12 episodes of season four (including Razor, which is technically the first two episodes of the 22 ordered for season 4 ) were filmed before the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike halted production of all scripted TV shows.

For the 10 regular episodes, Battlestar Galactica averaged a 1.7 Nielsen household rating, 2.2 million total viewers, 1.6 million viewers in the 25-to-54-year-old demographic, and 1.5 million viewers in the coveted 18-to-49-year-old demographic. This represented an increase of 13 percent in household rating, 11 percent in total viewers, 14 percent in viewers aged 25-to-54, and 6 percent in viewers aged 18-to-49 over the same set of episodes in Season 3. It was the best showing for the series in the 25-to-54 and 18-to-49 demographics since the first half of Season 2 (July to September 2005). Season 4 also saw an increase in female viewers. The series saw an increase of 23 percent in female viewers aged 18-to-49 and an increase of 25 percent in female viewers aged 25-to-54 versus the last 10 episodes of Season 3; the top four episodes of Battlestar Galactica in terms of female viewership all aired in Season 4.

To bridge the gap between episodes 412 and 413, a third set of webisodes similar in purpose to The Resistance, which aired between Season 2 and 3, was aired. The set of 10 webisodes was entitled The Face of the Enemy, and was released two times a week leading up to the second half of the season, beginning on December 12, 2008. The series was directed by Wayne Rose and written by Jane Espenson and Seamus Kevin Fahey.

As the second half of Season 4 was halted from production due to the writers' strike in America, the final 10 episodes were pushed back to January 16, 2009. This half-season is advertised as "Battlestar Galactica: The Final Episodes" by the SciFi Channel. The final episode was aired on March 20, 2009 and is over two hours in length.

On August 7, 2008 the SciFi Channel announced that a two-hour television movie will air after all of the series episodes have aired. So far, the confirmed cast includes Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Callum Keith Rennie, Michael Hogan, Michael Trucco, Aaron Douglas, Dean Stockwell, and Edward James Olmos (who will also be the movie's director). The plot of The Plan is set after the events of the Cylons' attack on the 12 colonies. It began production on September 8, 2008.

The Plan is likely the final Battlestar Galactica television movie; most of the sets were struck after production and many of the props were sold at auction in January 2009.

The miniseries was released in the UK on March 1, 2004 and in the U.S. and Canada on December 28, 2004, and included deleted scenes, audio commentary, and a behind-the-scenes documentary.

The first season was released to DVD on March 28, 2005 and September 20, 2005 in the UK and North America respectively and included deleted scenes. The American set also included featurettes, and a tongue-in-cheek promotional special filmed for the Sci Fi Channel in addition to the miniseries. However, it does not contain the special features that were included on the mini-series stand alone DVD release.

The second season was released in its entirety in a single volume in the UK, New Zealand, and Australia, but issued in two separate volumes (dubbed "Season 2.0" and "Season 2.5") in the U.S. to correspond with the mid-season break in the broadcast schedule. Each U.S. volume contains half of the season, along with deleted scenes and podcasts that were previously available on the official website. "Season 2.5" also contains an extended version of "Pegasus", the last episode of the first half of the season. The Region 2 DVDs include the extended version of "Pegasus", as well as the commentaries and deleted scenes from the U.S. 2.0 release, but do not contain any of the commentaries and deleted scenes from the 2.5 release (other than the extended Pegasus episode), nor the original, shorter version of "Pegasus" included on the U.S. 2.0 release. The Canadian DVD release of Season 2.0 was delayed until April 25, 2006, as the episodes had only begun airing in January 2006.

The third season came out in R2 on September 3, 2007 and in R4 on November 21, 2007. R1 was set for a March 25, 2008 release date. The R2 & R4 DVDs do not contain any extras but R2's box set came with a 45 minute recap of the previous two seasons (consisting of clips of the seasons strung together with a voice-over).

The fourth season, like season two, will be released in two parts. In regions 1, 2 and 4 the television movie Razor were included in "Part 1" (as it is technically a part of the season despite it being released separately at an earlier date). In region 1, however, the extended and shortened versions of Razor will both be included in the "4.0" box set.

On August 14, 2007, Universal Studios Home Entertainment announced that the mini-series and Season One would be released on December 4, 2007, in the North American market, on the now discontinued high definition disc format HD DVD. The technical specifications include 1080p/VC-1 transfers of the mini-series and each episode is in 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio, plus Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround sound and Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1 surround audio options.

In January 2006, Apple began offering the miniseries, season 1 and season 2 episodes for purchase on the U.S. version of its iTunes Store. After a delay, season 3 episodes were also made available. NBC Universal, the producer and owner of the show, has provided a number of its shows for purchase the day after broadcast to U.S. customers. In early December 2007 all of the iTunes Battlestar Galactica episodes were removed along with other NBC-Universal content.

Shortly after being removed from the iTunes service, Amazon's online Video on Demand store started making them available for sale. All season 1-4 episodes as well as the miniseries and the TV movie Razor are available for purchase in high-quality Windows Media Format.

Since May 2008, the newest episodes are added to Scifi.com Rewind and NBC's Hulu sites eight days after the original air date. As of May 6, Battlestar Galactica can be downloaded through the Zune marketplace.

All four seasons as well as the mini-series are currently available in both HD and SD format for purchase through the Xbox Live Marketplace for playback via Xbox 360 game consoles.

On September 9, 2008, all episodes so far including the miniseries were released on iTunes, being released in both Standard and HD format.

In February 2009, episodes of Battlestar Galactica became available in HD format at the UK iTunes Store.

In March 2009, PlayStation Network began offering episodes for download on the PlayStation 3 and PSP devices.

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