Saga of a Starworld

Battlestar Galactica (original)The end of a millennium-long war between a distant race of humans and their cybernetic enemy, the Cylons, looms as a peace summit draws closer. But the humans’ aspirations for an end to the war are crushed when the peace meeting turns out to be a well-orchestrated trap, drawing the fleet of heavily armed Battlestars away from the humans’ homeworlds. Only Galactica, a Battlestar under the leadership of Commander Adama, survives the attack, but to no avail – the Twelve Colonies of Man have been besieged and all but destroyed by the Cylons. A massaive evacuation of the survivors, filling every habitable space aboard a fleet of 200 ships, takes place, with Galactica leading them. Adama announces an unprecedented contingency plan – he plans to lead the fleet to a legendary planet called Earth, believed to be the thirteenth Colony.

The Colonial fleet makes a stop at the mining world Carillon to pick up supplies for their voyage, but the cracks are already showing in the humans’ hastily-formed alliance; statesman Sire Uri begins trying to rally support against Adama’s incredible plan in the belief that humanity could surrender to the Cylons and survive. On Carillon, Apollo (Adama’s son) and Starbuck, ace Viper pilots from Galactica, discover that the insectoid Ovions who operate a resort on the planet are harvesting visiting humans for food – and even worse, they have formed an alliance with the Cylons and have leaked news of Galactica’s arrival to them.

Quick strategic thinking on Adama’s part saves the day, and Starbuck and Apollo’s lightning-fast flying is instrumental in destroying the huge Cylon base ship, but as the Colonial fleet prepares to set off on its perilous trip to Earth, Adama does not realize that a traitor within the humans’ own ranks is working with the Cylons to cut that journey short.

Order the DVDsDownload this episodewritten by Glen A. Larson
directed by Richard A. Colla
music by Stu Phillips
series theme by Glen A. Larson & Stu Phillips

Cast: Lorne Greene (Commander Adama), Richard Hatch (Captain Apollo), Dirk Benedict (Lt. Starbuck), Herbert Jefferson Jr. (Lt. Boomer), Terry Carter (Colonel Tigh), Maren Jensen (Athena), Noah Hathaway (Boxey), Laurette Spang (Cassiopeia), Tony Swartz (Wing Sgt. Jolly), Anne Lockhart (Lt. Sheba), David Greenan (Omega), Sarah Rush (Rigel), George Murdock (Dr. Salik), John Dullaghan (Dr. Wilker), Ed Begley Jr. (Lt. Greenbean), John Colicos (Count Baltar), Patrick Macnee (Imperious Leader), Jonathan Harris (Lucifer), Jane Seymour (Serina), Ray Milland (Sire Uri), Lew Ayres (President Adar), Wilfrid Hyde-White (Sire Anton), John Fink (Dr. Paye), Rick Springfield (Lt. Zac), Randi Oakes (Blonde Taurus), Norman Stuart (Statesman), David Matthau (Operative), Chip Johnson (Warrior), Geoffrey Binney (Warrior), Paul Coufos (Pilot), Bruce Wright (Deck hand), Carol Baxter (Woman in elevator), Myrna Matthews (Tucana singer), Stephanie Spruill (Tucana singer), Patty Brooks (Tucana singer), Sandy Gimpel (Seetol), Dianne L. Burgdorf (Lotay), Ted White (Centurion), John Zenda (Dealer), Renè Assa (Gemon)

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Lost Planet of the Gods – Part 1

Battlestar Galactica (original)Boomer and another Viper pilot return to the Galactica after scouting ahead of the fleet, but unbeknownst to the crew, the two pilots have brought a fatal disease back with them, rendering Galactica’s entire pool of pilots unfit to fly – with the exception of Apollo and Starbuck, who are also on their own patrol assignment. Adama desperately orders his son and Starbuck to train the shuttle pilots – virtually all women – for combat flight. The new pilots’ first orders are to raid a Cylon installation and bring back a cure for Galactica’s crew.

Order the DVDsDownload this episodewritten by Glen A. Larson & Donald P. Bellisario
directed by Chris I. Nyby II
music by Stu Phillips

Guest Cast: Jane Seymour (Serina), Sheila de Windt (Lt. Deitra), Janet Louise Johnson (Sgt. Brie), Bruce Wright (Bay technician), Paul Coufos (Guard), Jennifer Joseph (Female warrior), Janet Lynn Curtis (Sorrell), Leann Hunley (Female warrior), Gay Thomas (Female warrior), Larry Manetti (Corporal Giles), Millicent Crisp (Female warrior)

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Lost Planet of the Gods – Part 2

Battlestar Galactica (original)Forced to flee through a wormhole by Cylon attackers, Galactica arrives at Kobol, the planet which – according to legend – was the birthplace of the entire human race. Adama takes this opportunity to look for clues to the whereabouts of Earth, and Apollo and Serina take advantage of a lull in the constant barrage of Cylon attacks, and get married. But Baltar is only a few steps behind the Battlestar, and when he leads the Cylons in an attempt to wipe out Adama and his crew, a heavy toll is exacted with the loss of the Earth’s coordinates…and the loss of Apollo’s new bride.

Order the DVDsDownload this episodewritten by Glen A. Larson & Donald P. Bellisario
directed by Chris I. Nyby II
music by Stu Phillips

Guest Cast: Jane Seymour (Serina), Sheila de Windt (Lt. Deitra), Janet Louise Johnson (Sgt. Brie), Bruce Wright (Bay technician), Paul Coufos (Guard), Jennifer Joseph (Female warrior), Janet Lynn Curtis (Sorrell), Leann Hunley (Female warrior), Gay Thomas (Female warrior), Larry Manetti (Corporal Giles), Millicent Crisp (Female warrior)

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The Lost Warrior

Battlestar Galactica (original)Fighting a losing battle in a Cylon ambush, Apollo is forced down on an isolated, sparsely-populated human colony, where lawlessness has set in, forcing the pilot to hide with a widow and her son. The settlement is held in the thrall of an extortionist named Lacerta, who demands tributes from the townsfolk – or else they’ll face a fatal confrontation with “Red-Eye.” Apollo discovers that Red-Eye is, in fact, a malfunctioning Cylon which Lacerta has learned to control. He also discovers that the late husband of the woman sheltering him was also a Colonial Viper pilot…who died trying to rid the colony of the lone Cylon. Apollo’s only hope for escape is to engage in an old-fashioned shootout with the alien.

Order the DVDsDownload this episodeteleplay by Donald P. Bellisario
story by Donald P. Bellisario and Herman Groves
directed by Rod Holcomb
music by Stu Phillips

Guest Cast: Johnny Timko (Puppis), Kathy Cannon (Vella), Lance Le Gault (Bootes), Claude Earl Jones (Lacerta), Red West (Marco), Larry Manetti (Corporal Giles), Jason Donahue (Jason), Carol Baxter (Macy), Mary Kaye (Mars Vi), Rex Cutter (Red-Eye)

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The Gun on Ice Planet Zero – Part 1

Battlestar Galactica (original)The Cylons have taken over a new weapon, which convinces Adama that Galactica is on a course for another ambush. Apollo and Starbuck lead a mission to disable the weapon, but their team includes a motley mix of Colonial warriors and freed prisoners, not all of whom see any reason to help Apollo or Galactica’s crew.

Order the DVDswritten by Michael Sloan, Donald P. Bellisario and Glen A. Larson
directed by John Ireland, Jr.
music by Stu Phillips

Download this episodeGuest Cast: Roy Thinnes (Croft), James Olson (Thane), Christine Belford (Leda), Richard Lynch (Wolfe), Denny Miller (Ser 5-9), Britt Ekland (Tenna), Dan O’Herlihy (Dr. Ravishol), Larry Manetti (Corporal Giles), Alan Stock (Cadet Cree), Curtis Credel (Haals), Jeff Mackay (Komma), Larry Cedar (Cadet Shields), Alex Hyde-White (Cadet Bow), Patrick Milholland (Killian), Walt Davis (Vickers)

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The Gun on Ice Planet Zero – Part 2

Battlestar Galactica (original)Sheltered by the planet’s population of clones, Apollo and Starbuck make a desperate bid to disable the weapon over the objections of its creator, Dr. Ravishol. And the closer the warriors come to the deadline for their attack, the easier it will be for Baltar and the Cylons to pick Galactica and the Colonial fleet out of the sky, ship by ship…

Order the DVDswritten by Michael Sloan, Donald P. Bellisario and Glen A. Larson
directed by John Ireland, Jr.
music by Stu Phillips

Download this episodeGuest Cast: Roy Thinnes (Croft), James Olson (Thane), Christine Belford (Leda), Richard Lynch (Wolfe), Denny Miller (Ser 5-9), Britt Ekland (Tenna), Dan O’Herlihy (Dr. Ravishol), Larry Manetti (Corporal Giles), Alan Stock (Cadet Cree), Curtis Credel (Haals), Jeff Mackay (Komma), Larry Cedar (Cadet Shields), Alex Hyde-White (Cadet Bow), Patrick Milholland (Killian), Walt Davis (Vickers)

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The Young Lords

Battlestar Galactica (original)Starbuck crash-lands on a distant planet during a patrol, and is found by a group of children. But rather than nursing him back to health, the youngsters plan to propose a hostage exchange with the Cylons – a Colonial warrior for their abducted father. Starbuck would rather try to rescue the father of the children from the Cylons so they can all escape, but he’ll have a hard time persuading the children to help him.

Order the DVDsDownload this episodewritten by Donald P. Bellisario, Frank Lupo and Paul Playdon
directed by Donald P. Bellisario
music by Stu Phillips

Guest Cast: Audrey Landers (Miri), Charles Bloom (Kyle), Bruce Glover (Megan), Brigitte Muller (Ariadne), Jonathan B. Woodward (Robus), Adam Mann (Nilz), Jonathan Harris (Spectre)

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The Living Legend – Part 2

Battlestar Galactica (original)Commanders Adama and Cain have been butting heads since the moment the Pegasus reemerged. Cain favors a more aggressive stance toward the Cylons, feeling that Adama has become too accustomed to running. Cain leads a mission with both crews, scoring a victory against the Cylons but also accumulating a larger number of casualties than usual. When Adama tries to relieve Cain of his duties, the commander of the Pegasus goes renegade, risking the safety of both ships for one more victory.

Order the DVDsDownload this episodeteleplay by Glen A. Larson
story by Ken Pettus and Glen A. Larson
directed by Vince Edwards
music by Stu Phillips

Guest Cast: Lloyd Bridges (Commander Cain), Jack Stauffer (Lt. Bojay), Rod Haase (Tolan), Junero Jennings (Helmsman), Ted Hamaguchi (Helmsman)

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Fire In Space

Battlestar Galactica (original)When a Cylon suicide attack leaves Galactica crippled and aflame in space, emergency systems isolate everyone where they are. Adama is injured and must rely on his officers to hold the fire at bay. The ship’s fire control crews are unable to contain the blaze, and the situation is evolving into the worst case scenario – unless the fires aboard Galactica are extinguished, the Battlestar and her crew could be destroyed.

Order the DVDsDownload this episodewritten by Terrence McDonnell & Jim Carlson
directed by Michael Sloan
music by Stu Phillips

Guest Cast: William Bryant (Chief fire officer), Jeff Mackay (Fireman)

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The Hand of God

Battlestar Galactica (original)A momentous opportunity arises for Galactica to slip through the perimeters of the Cylons’ defenses undetected, and Adama decides to risk it all to destroy the single Base Ship that stands in the way. Apollo and Starbuck board the Cylon vessel, using Baltar’s captured fighter, and sabotage the Cylons. But during their escape, Apollo and Starbuck lose a device which transmits the proper recognition signals from their Cylon ship. In the desperate firefight which follows, Adama’s forces gain the upper hand – but will anyone remember which captured Cylon fighter is being flown by Apollo and Starbuck?

Order the DVDsDownload this episodewritten by Donald P. Bellisario
directed by Donald P. Bellisario
music by Stu Phillips

Guest Cast: David Greenan (Omega)

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Galactica Discovers Earth

Battlestar Galactica (original)The beleaguered Battlestar arrives at Earth, a full generation after having received the planet’s location. But there are two problems: the Cylons are still in pursuit of Galactica, and somewhat to the crew’s surprise, Earth (in the year 1980 A.D., by its time scale) isn’t even remotely capable of withstanding a Cylon attack. Adama’s grandson Troy (who spent his childhood with the nickname “Boxey”) and Lt. Dillon remain on Earth as their ship departs Earth once more in an attempt to divert the Cylons from the defenseless human race. A plan emerges to give the human race a higher order of technology to defend Earth from the Cylon onslaught, but there is disagreement over how much technology should be given to a race which is just as likely to destroy itself. And one member of the Council of Twelve decides to take matters into his own hands, traveling back in time to arm the people of Earth with advanced weaponry…but he may be handing dangerously sophisticated technology to precisely the wrong players in Earth’s history.

Season 2 Regular Cast: Lorne Greene (Commander Adama), Kent McCord (Captain Troy), Barry Van Dyke (Lt. Dillon), Robyn Douglass (Jamie Hamilton), Patrick Stuart (Dr. Zee), Herbert Jefferson Jr. (Colonel Boomer), Fred Holliday (Brooks)

Order the DVDsDownload this episodewritten by Glen A. Larson
directed by Sidney Hayers

Guest Cast: Robbie Rist (Dr. Zee), Richard Lynch (Xavier), Robert Reed (Professor Mortinson), Christopher Stone (Major Stockwell), Sharon Acker (Secretary), Richard Eastham (General Cushing), Albert Paulsen (?), Louis Turenne (?), Michael Strong (?), Pamela Susan Shoop (Ms. Carlyle), Vernon Weddle (First cop), David Moses (Second cop), Brion James (Willy), Mickey Jones (Donzo), Duncan Mackenzie (First pilot), Bruce Douglas (Second pilot), Eddie Firestone (Derelict), Frank Downing (First guard), Don Maxwell (Second guard), Ted Gehring (Sheriff), Curt Lowens (German commander), James R. Parkes (Walt Griffin), Bruce Wright (Aide), Adam Starr (Willy Griffin), Missy Francis (Little girl), Todd Martin (Third German), John Zenda (Cop), Erik Holland (Second German officer), Eric Forst (First German officer), Hank Brandt (Colonel), Duncan Mackenzie (Third guard), Jonathan Williams (Second guard), Paul Brown (Fourth guard), Ray Duke (Newspaper boy), Doug Hale (Air Force Major), Billy Jacoby (Tucker)

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The Super Scouts – Part 1

Battlestar Galactica (original)Adama’s plan to use the Colonial fleet to decoy the Cylons away from Earth appears to be working – all too well, in fact, when the Cylons viciously attack the fleet, causing critical damage. As the situation grows bleaker, Troy and Dillon transplant the fleet’s children to Earth, disguising them among the human population. But this attempt to blend in goes disastrously wrong as the Colonials – and their children – discover the vast differences between human behavior and physiology, and their own.

Order the DVDsDownload this episodewritten by Glen A. Larson
directed by Vince Edwards

Guest Cast: Allan Miller (Colonel Sydell), George Deloy (Dr. Spencer), John Quade (Sheriff Ellsworth), Mike Kellin (Stockton), Michael Swan (Collins), Carlene Watkins (Nurse Valerie), Caroline Smith (?), Jack Ging (?), Helen Page Camp (Saleslady), Simon Scott (Captain), Ken Scott (Co-pilot), Mike Brick, Jeff Cotler, Nicholas Davies, Ronnie Densford, Georgi Irene, Tracy Justrich, David Larson, Eric Larson, Michelle Larson, Jerry Supiran, Eric Taslitz (Super Scouts)

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The Night the Cylons Landed – Part 1

Battlestar Galactica (original)It is learned that the Cylons have already infiltrated Earth, though by accident. Troy and Dillon race to the planet, only to discover that a Cylon centurion and a new breed of much more human-looking Cylon have arrived and found a perfect explanation for their presence – Halloween. Even with two mere Cylons on Earth, the human race faces the real possibilty of invasion and extinction…and they aren’t even aware of it.

Order the DVDsDownload this episodewritten by Glen A. Larson
directed by Sigmund Neufeld, Jr.

Guest Cast: Wolfman Jack (Wolfman Jack), Peter Mark Richman (Colonel Briggs), William Daniels (Norman), Lara Parker (Shirley), Marj Dusay (Mildred), Val Bisoglio (Arnie), Bernie Hamilton (Cop), Heather Young (Star), Roger Davis (Andromus), Sheila de Windt (Stewardess), Rene Levant (1st Officer), Jed Mills (Cabbie), Ed Griffith (2nd Officer), Timothy O’Hagan (Karon), Rex Cutter (Centurion), Robert Lunny (Britton), Ken Lynch (Grover), John Finnegan (Oficer in trauma room), Herb Vigram (Pop), John Widlock (Chuck), Dan Ferrone (Police Sergeant), Alexander Petala (1st tough), Cosie Costa (2nd Tough), Tony Miratti (3rd tough), Louis Sardo (4th tough), Paul Tuerpe (Fireman), Chip Lucia (M.C.)

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The Night the Cylons Landed – Part 2

Battlestar Galactica (original)The Cylons, pretending to be indulging in the Halloween festivities, are en route to a radio station which they hope to use to signal the rest of the Cylon fleet. The invaders are also aware of the two Colonial pilots hot on their trail…but the people of Earth are still unaware of the danger in their own midst.

written by Glen A. Larson
directed by Barry Crane

Order the DVDsDownload this episodeGuest Cast: Wolfman Jack (Wolfman Jack), Peter Mark Richman (Colonel Briggs), William Daniels (Norman), Lara Parker (Shirley), Marj Dusay (Mildred), Val Bisoglio (Arnie), Bernie Hamilton (Cop), Heather Young (Star), Roger Davis (Andromus), Sheila de Windt (Stewardess), Rene Levant (1st Officer), Jed Mills (Cabbie), Ed Griffith (2nd Officer), Timothy O’Hagan (Karon), Rex Cutter (Centurion), Robert Lunny (Britton), Ken Lynch (Grover), John Finnegan (Oficer in trauma room), Herb Vigram (Pop), John Widlock (Chuck), Dan Ferrone (Police Sergeant), Alexander Petala (1st tough), Cosie Costa (2nd Tough), Tony Miratti (3rd tough), Louis Sardo (4th tough), Paul Tuerpe (Fireman), Chip Lucia (M.C.)

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The Return of Starbuck

Battlestar Galactica (original)Dr. Zee goes to Commander Adama with a far-fetched claim – he has had a dream about a man he has never met, a man named Starbuck. While Zee has never met him, Adama fondly recalls the ace pilot – and remembers the last time any of Galactica’s crew saw him. Isolated from the rest of the fleet during a Cylon raid and left behind, Starbuck crash-landed his Viper on a distant world, unable to repair the ship or contact his crewmates. Worse yet, the only company Starbuck found immediately on this planet was an equally stranded Cylon pilot. Buried in the desolate tale of Starbuck’s ultimate fate, Adama reveals, are Zee’s true origins as well.

Order the DVDsDownload this episodewritten by Glen A. Larson
directed by Ron Satlof

Guest Cast: Dirk Benedict (Starbuck), Judith Chapman (Angela), Rex Cutter (Cy), Ellen Gurkin (Girl on bridge), Gary Owens (voice of Cy)

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Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar GalacticaForty years after an armistice was signed with the Cylons, a race of cybernetic servants created to aid man, a neutral space station set aside for peaceful negotiations – but never visited by a Cylon representative – is ambushed and destroyed by Cylon forces.

Battlestar Galactica is en route to its decommissioning from regular service. Long since surpassed on a technological level by newer craft, the gigantic Galactica will become a museum commemorating the era of open warfare between humanity and the Cylons; Galactica’s Commander, Adama, delivers a speech at the ship’s decommissioning ceremony warning against becoming complacent against the Cylons. Adama is also grappling with some personal demons as well – his eldest son, Lee “Apollo” Adama, has arrived to participate in the ceremony, leading a symbolic flight of Colonial Viper fighters, another spacecraft retired from service after the Cylon wars. The reunion of father and son is awkward, as the two have barely spoken since Adama’s younger son, Zac, died on patrol.

On the planet Caprica, the seat of the Colonial government, cybernetics expert Dr. Gaius Baltar has been engaging in an affair with a woman who later admits to being a Cylon – but not the kind of Cylon anyone has ever seen before. She’s almost completely indistinguishable from any human. And she has used Baltar’s access to Caprica’s computer networks to render the Colonies’ defenses useless. A massive Cylon assault begins, as the surface of Caprica is peppered with thermonuclear weapons. Even the most advanced Colonial fighters prove useless in the fight, their integrated computer systems wiped out by a previously unknown Cylon weapon. Baltar is led to safety by the Cylon woman known as Number Six, his role in the fall of Caprica known only to himself – and even after they’re separated when Baltar boards a rescue ship, he continues to see and speak to visions of her. The ship he is taken to is also where Education Secretary Laura Roslin was when the Cylons attacked – and the attacks have destroyed so much of the Colonial government that she’s now next in line to assume the Presidency. Apollo is also on that ship, having escorted Roslin away from the decommissioning ceremony in his father’s aging Viper – and having discovered in the process that the decommissioned fighters, which lack integrated systems, are immune to the Cylons’ secret weapon.

The military command structure has also collapsed, any most of the Battlestar fleet has fallen, leaving Commander Adama in charge of what’s left of the military. Adama orders an immediate course for the Ragnar system, a turbulent nebula into which a Colonial munitions depot is tucked away, dating back to the original Cylon conflict. When Galactica arrives, Adama’s crew finds weapons aplenty to rearm the ship – but there’s also a lone human aboard. An accident with some of the munitions leaves him trapped with Adama, who discovers that the man is a Cylon – something that the rescued Baltar hasn’t shared with anyone.

Rearmed, and now set on a course for what Adama claims is the lost thirteenth colony, Earth, Galactica gets ready – with a largely defenseless civilian fleet in tow – for an escape from the advancing Cylon fleet…or the extinction of the human race.

Download this episodewritten by Ronald D. Moore and Christopher Eric James
based on a teleplay by Glen A. Larson
directed by Michael Rymer
music by Richard Gibbs / additional music by Bear McCreary

Cast: Edward James Olmos (Commander Adama), Mary McDonnell (Secretary Laura Roslin), Katie Sackhoff (Lt. Starbuck), Jamie Bamber (Captain Apollo), James Callis (Dr. Gaius Baltar), Tricia Helfer (Number Six), Callum Keith Rennie (Leoben Conoy), Grace Park (Lt. Boomer), Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Matthew Bennett (Aaron Doral), Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Lorena Gale (Elosha), Barclay Hope (Transport Pilot), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Connor Widdows (Boxey), John Mann (CAG), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Nicky Clyne (Cally), Michael Eklund (Prosna), Alonso Oyarzun (Socinus), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Haili Page (Cami), Ty Olsson (Captain Kelly), Ron Blecker (Launch Officer), Ryan Robbins (Armistice Officer), Tim Henry (Doctor), Kwesi Ameyaw (Liner Captain), Brenda McDonald (Old Woman), Suleka Matthew (Reporter), Erin Karpluk (Woman #1), Jenn Griffin (Woman #2), B.J. Harrison (Woman #3), Zahf Paroo (Man #1), Robert Lewis (Man #2), Denzel Sinclair (Man #3), Lorena Gale (Elosha), Nadine Wright (Chantara), Michael Soltis (Chantara’s Husband), Moneca Delain (Blonde Woman), Fred Keating (Junior Reporter), Lymari Nadal (Giana), Biski Gugushe (Pilot #1), Nahanni Arntzen (Pilot #2), Nogel Vonas (Pilot #3), Ryan Nelson (Pilot #4)

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Razor

Battlestar GalacticaWhen she first boards the Battlestar Pegasus to begin her tour of duty, Lt. Kendra Shaw’s biggest worry is not incurring the legendary wrath of Admiral Cain. Her priorities change drastically when a massive Cylon attack leaves the ship heavily damaged: the armistice has been broken, and every Colonial world is being nuked into oblivion. With her computer network offline for a major refit, Pegasus is the only Colonial ship able to escape the carnage at the Scorpion shipyards. Cain orders Lt. Shaw to perform an uncalculated jump to random coordinates, because the incoming Cylon nukes mean that anywhere will soon be safer than Colonial space.

So far as they know, the crew of Pegasus are the last surviving members of the human race, aboard the sole surviving spacecraft. As they take stock and begin to repair the damage, Admiral Cain announces to her crew that they have a new mission: to take revenge on the Cylons. An early battle sees Pegasus critically outnumbered and outmaneuvered, and when her first officer refuses to act on her orders to keep up the hopeless fight, Cain shoots him through the head on the flight deck and orders the terrified Colonel Fisk to take his place or suffer the same fate. A Colonial networking expert with whom Cain had a relationship during the refit is revealed by Lt. Shaw to be a Cylon in human form; Cain orders her men to interrogate the woman, named Gina, with any means of coercion or degradation that they see fit.

When a small fleet of civilian ships is discovered, Cain orders her crew to board the ships and strip them of key supplies, equipment and capable personnel…and orders the rest left to die. Lt. Shaw and Colonel Fisk carry out those orders, and Cain shows her appreciation by promotion Shaw to captain. But Shaw can’t forget that her new rank pips have been paid for in the blood of others.

Ten months later, a meeting with another Colonial fleet led by Battlestar Galactica changes the crew of the Pegasus forever; in short order, Cain is killed (by her escaped former lover) and is replaced by Fisk (who is then murdered himself), and command then falls to Pegasus’ chief engineer, Garner, who perishes in a successful attempt to save the ship and her crew. Admiral Adama gives command of the troubled battlestar to his son, Lee “Apollo” Adama. When he reviews the records of the surviving senior officers of Pegasus, Apollo chooses Shaw to be his executive officer, hoping that the appointment will meet with the trust and approval of the rest of the ship’s crew. Their first major mission is a seemingly simple search-and-rescue assignment, to locate a mission raptor and its crew.

What they find instead, however, chills Admiral Adama: an outdated Cylon fleet, dating back to the first Cylon War. When Adama last encountered this kind of Cylon in the closing days of that war, he bore witness to grisly experiments that may have been the first steps in the creation of biological Cylons and their mysterious, ship-controlling Hybrids. Fearing that the missing raptor crew may be subjected to the same horrors by a group of outcast Cylons who think that first war still rages on, Adama transfers his flag to the Pegasus to personally oversee the risky rescue mission. Apollo assigns Shaw to come up with a daring rescue plan, and she’s surprised when her death-defying mission proposal is approved. But in her attempt to carry out her own orders, Shaw can’t decide if she should complete her mission or atone for her sins at last.

written by Michael Taylor
directed by Felix Alcala
music by Bear McCreary

Cast: Edward James Olmos (Commander Adama), Mary McDonnell (President Laura Roslin), Katie Sackhoff (Lt. Starbuck), Jamie Bamber (Captain Apollo), James Callis (Dr. Gaius Baltar), Tricia Helfer (Number Six), Grace Park (Lt. Boomer)

Guest Cast: Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Michael Trucco (Anders), Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Michelle Forbes (Admiral Cain), Graham Beckel (Colonel Fisk), Stephanie Jacobsen (Capt. Kendra Shaw), Nico Cortez (young William “Husker” Adama), Matthew Bennett (Doral), Steve Bacic (Colonel Belzen), Brad Dryborough (Hoshi), Eileen Pedde (Sgt. Mathias), Fulvio Cecere (Lt. Alastair Thorne), Vincent Gale (Peter Laird), Campbell Lane (Hybrid), Kyra Scott (young Helena Cain), Chandra Berg (little Lucy Cain), Peter Flemming (Helena’s Father), Shaker Paleja (Medic Hudson), Andrew Dunbar (Marine DaSilva), Jacob Blair (Squad Leader Banzai), Peter Bryant (Frank Bruno), Chris Bradford (Ops Officer), Tyson Stanley (young Marine), Trevor Roberts (Scylla Protestor #1), Cameron MacLeod (Scylla Protestor #2), Ingrid Tesch (Mother), Joey Pierce (Marine Riggs), Matt Drake (Son #1), Dustin Eriksen (Son #2), Stefan Arngrim (Male Captive), John Hainsworth (Man in Cage #1), Victor Ayala (Man in Cage #2), Deni Dolory (Woman in Cage), Emily Hirst (Child in Cage), Ben Cotton (Terrified Man), Stefanie Von Pfetten (Showboat), Alyssa Minniss (Flower Girl)

Notes: The “ancient” Cylons, and their ships, are strikingly similar to the Cylons and Cylon Raiders from the original Battlestar Galactica, complete with primitive synthesized voices. (The original series Cylons and their ships had already been hinted at in the pilot miniseries’ museum displays, as well as a seldom-glimpsed painting in Adama’s office aboard Galactica.) With the phrase “all of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again” once again coming to the fore, an interesting interpretation could be that the Cylon-Human conflict is a generational cycle that is loosely repeating itself, possibly meaning that the original Battlestar Galactica and the new series may be different epochs on the same timeline. (It should be pointed out that the above is, however, pure speculation.) The “present day” portions of Razor take place soon after the second season episode The Captain’s Hand. More of young Adama’s exploits during the first Cylon War were shown in a series of “mini-episodes” of “Razor flashbacks” aired during commercial breaks in the Sci-Fi Channel series Flash Gordon.

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