Battlestar Galactica: Season 1 (2005)



Critic Consensus: A captivating combination of riveting political drama and science fiction fantasy make Battlestar Galactica must-see sci-fi.


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Air date: Jan 14, 2005
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David Eick and Ronald D. Moore's dark reinvention of the cult sci-fi series picks up where the 2003 miniseries left off. An old battleship named Galactica leads a fleet of survivors away from their planets, which were decimated by a nuclear attack perpetrated by a race of machines known as Cylons. Galactica's senior officer, Cdr. William Adama (Edward James Olmos), and the newly sworn-in leader of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol, President Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell), discover how relentless the Cylons can be when they briefly manage to track, harass and nearly exhaust the fleet. Worse, the Cylons have created copies of machines that appear human, some of which have infiltrated the fleet as unwary sleeper agents. Lt. Sharon "Boomer" Valerii (Grace Park) learns she is a Cylon after she sabotages Galactica's water supply. And another copy of Boomer uses Lt. Karl "Helo" Agathon (Tahmoh Penikett) as a guinea pig in an experiment the Cylons are conducting on the devastated Colonial world Caprica. A suicide bombing on Galactica forces the Colonial leadership to publicly divulge the existence of humanoid Cylons and the likelihood that some are operating within the fleet, fostering feelings of paranoia in an already stressed and depressed populace. Adama and Roslin are tasked with forging a new government and replenishing their supplies of water, fuel and fighter pilots, while they also try to keep hope alive during their search for the fabled lost colony Earth. Meanwhile, Dr. Gaius Baltar (James Callis) must cope with his role in the near annihilation of his people, his place in the new space-faring community, and the intrusions of an incorporeal entity---that only he can see---which has taken the form of the sixth humanoid Cylon model (Tricia Helfer) to guide the troubled genius.


Edward James Olmos
as Cdr. William Adama
Mary McDonnell
as President Laura Roslin
Jamie Bamber
as Capt. Lee `Apollo' Adama
Katee Sackhoff
as Lt. Kara `Starbuck' Thrace
James Callis
as Dr. Gaius Baltar
Tricia Helfer
as Number Six
Grace Park
as Lt. Sharon `Boomer' Valerii
Aaron Douglas
as CPO Galen Tyrol
Tahmoh Penikett
as Lt. Karl `Helo' Agathon
Alessandro Juliani
as Lt. Felix Gaeta
Kandyse McClure
as Petty Officer Anastasia `Dee' Dualla
Paul Campbell VIII
as Billy Kiekeya
Sam Witwer
as `Crashdown'
Nicki Clyne
as Crewman Specialist Cally
Alonso Oyarzun
as Crewman Specialist Socinus
Bodie Olmos
as Brendan `Hot Dog' Costanza
Biski Gugushe
as Sekou Hamilton
Lorena Gale
as Priest Elosha
Matthew Bennett
as Aaron Doral
Christina Schild
as Playa Palacios
Jill Teed
as Sgt. Hadrian
Luciana Carro
as Lt. Louanne `Kat' Katraine
Tobias Mehler
as Zak Adama
Terry Chen
as Perry/Chuckles
Colby Johannson
as Dwight `Flat Top' Sanders
Kate Vernon
as Ellen Tigh
Cailin Stadnyk
as Ens. Davis
Chris Becker
as Cylon Robot
Leah Cairns
as Lt. Margaret `Racetrack' Edmonson
Alex Zahara
as Vallance
Eric Breker
as Gemenon Captain
Alex Green
as Deckhand
Morris Chapdelaine
as Reporter No. 2
James Ashcroft
as Spectator No. 1
Paul Cummings
as Pilot/Fireball
Curtis Ricks
as Marine No. 2
Nimet Kanji
as Candace Myson
Ron Selmour
as Seaborne
Shaw Madson
as Marine Corporal
Bill Meilen
as Caprica Cleric
Patricia Idlette
as Sarah Parker
David Kaye
as James McManus
Graham Young
as Marine No. 1
Malcolm Stewart
as Marshall Bagot
Allison Warren
as Reporter No. 4
Robert Wisden
as Wallace Gray
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Critic Reviews for Battlestar Galactica Season 1

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7)

There's no reason for Battlestar Galactica to push its tone to the point of dreariness; it already works perfectly as a space-age mood piece.

Apr 24, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The new "Battlestar Galactica" is joyless, somber and a little boring.

Apr 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Cylon-led human police forces, civilian kidnappings, roadside ambushes, executions: BSG is as real as science fiction gets.

Apr 20, 2018 | Full Review…

The political maneuvering and philosophical debates have relevance for our own time, but there's more than enough action to keep the show from getting preachy.

Oct 11, 2017 | Full Review…

And without giving anything away, viewers will be in for a number of downright unexpected twists and turns as they sit captivated through this triumphant first season.

Oct 11, 2017 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

he basic-cable budget sometimes shows in the production, but the writing and performances are first-class, especially Edward James Olmos as the noble but authoritarian commander in charge of saving the last remnants of humanity.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Lifetime is outside looking for its feminism.

Jan 26, 2018 | Full Review…

The strength of this series is the way its characters each choose to react to this untenable situation

Oct 11, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

BSG is filled with scenes where brilliant actors such as Mary McDonnell or Edward James Olmos are called on to deliver lines about 'firing up the FTL drives for a jump' with a straight face.

Oct 11, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

But if anyone had any doubts about the strength of the brand new reboot of Battlestar Galactica, then surely 33 - its first proper episode - would have put them to bed.

Oct 11, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Battlestar Galactica: Season 1

What amazes me it the rating this series has and I will stop there as not to insult the people who gave this crap more then one star. It latched onto a lot of cookie cutter movie making stereotypes and maxed them out. Funniest is British accent equals evil genius which I expected with Baltar but did they have to bring in London born Mark Sheppard to be his defense attorney. There's much too much music over dramatizing usually nothing at all. We have a doctor smoking cigarettes while treating patients just because it's cable and they can only to shock people. We have a drunken first officer, Colonel Saul, allowed to remain in charge because he's a troubled man. Which is the character development of just about every single character. Insert name.... brooding troubled past.... Then there's the now you're dead, now your not. Not the Cylons, the humans. Not sure how anyone believed Starbuck really died and then there's the sometimes terminal, sometimes not President Roslin and forgotten cure for cancer. Another cookie cutter next season opener line, "I thought you were dead". The now I'm a Cylon, now I'm not is a bit overused. Every word is our English except "frack". So where the first couple of "frack you" of "go frack yourself" may be amusing in one episode, the next four or five hundred are not. The only reason I watched any of it is because I'm a gamer and have two monitors. I wasn't doing what you would be doing which is wasting your time sitting down watching it. I'm guessing most of the glowing reviews are from the now unemployed cast members.

Ronald Moore, who did a pretty good job on ST-TNG fails miserably in the reimaging of Glen Larson's 1970's original Galactica turning it into a SFX laden soap opera and a bad one at that The female cast is nice to look at but lookas are not everything. As for the males, James Edward Olmos and (ironically) Richard Hatch are worth anything. The ship, which retains pretty much the same silhouette as the original, is a high point as is Mary O'Donnell ("Independence Day") as Laura Roslin. Althought blasted as a traitor, Richard Hatch did well as Tom Zarek. Otherwise Katie Sackoff, Grace Park, and Tricia Helfer are all just eye candy. The best part this reimaging? When they finally stopped production on this abomination.

I don't like most reboots of TV series, but Battlestar Galactica is a reboot that got it right and took a silly, campy show from my childhood and make it into an amazing and philosophical sci fi show with great characters undergoing struggles for survival. You really feel for these people and their struggle to do the right thing, protecting the humans, in a time when they need to balance freedom with having an effective military strategy to protect what is left of their entire race from genocidal cyborgs that are trying to kill them. A female president and a male military leader often in conflict with opinions about what the best course of action is. Cyborgs that appear human among them so no one is completely sure who they can trust makes this even more interesting. The spin on Baltar is very interesting, it is no longer black and white if he is a bad person (in the reboot) or just a human being whose very poor judgement has lead to the near destruction of his race. A very interesting show and a welcome spin on a classic sci fi show.

One of the best shows of all time

Sadly, the only good season of BSG. I naively thought they would continue but the quality dips considerably early into the 2nd season and the series becomes near unwatchable right after the Pegasus trilogy. Just watch season 1, the Pegasus trilogy and Razor.. avoid the rest .

The reboot of Battlestar Galactica is on several lists of the greatest TV shows of all time, so my wife and I decided to give it a try. We're only part way through the second season, but I've concluded it's overrated. It has some great elements, but it's also cheesy and much of the dialogue is inane. For example: "I need you on the ticket, Dr. Baltar. You're a genius, right?" This line is delivered without irony by Laura Roslin, the president of the colonies who is running for re-election. Did they really need to dumb it down to this level? They might have made more of an effort to SHOW the audience that Baltar was a genius, rather than resort to crappy exposition. Another way we're supposed to understand he's a genius, I guess, is because he's the only character in the show to speak with a British accent. Oh wait, there's also a smart medic who performs surgery because the only doctor in the fleet is light years away. She also speaks with a British accent. Obviously an (unsung) genius too. Everyone else sounds and acts like a Yank, even though the USA, or the UK, for that matter, won't exist for another few thousand years. Oh yes, and there's a spaceship in the fleet called "Columbia." Seriously? Why not call it the USS Gerald Ford? It makes just about as much sense, given the context. In the first episode of the miniseries, all of human civilization is annihilated in a surprise attack by the Cylons (the bad guys), but this cataclysmic event is met with what feels like a collective shrug on the part of the survivors. Capt. Lee "Apollo" Adama, for example, is more concerned with a grudge he has against his father, Cdr. William Adama, than with the fact that every man, woman, and child on his home planet has just been vaporized. Another thing that bugs me is that one of the only black characters in the show seems to be in charge of communications à la Lt. Uhura in the original Star Trek. I can't believe this was a coincidence. It feels like the decision of a timid, unimaginative executive producer. The show came out in 2005, not 1967! With the exception of Lt. Sharon "Boomer," who is Asian, all the main characters are lily-white. Oh, and everyone is a supermodel. So many great series attract huge audiences these days without catering to the lowest common denominator. "A Handmaid's Tale" and "The Leftovers" are good examples. Both of these shows are superbly written and have an ethnically diverse cast. Maybe Battlestar Galactica would have been written differently if it had come out ten years later. The sad thing is, it could have been great. It's just way too cautious.

The last people from a galaxy far from ours are on the run from something they created themselves and can outsmart them like nothing ever could.

As bleak as SciFi can be

poorly edited. scenes linger after they've finished. very short content to ad ratio. acting subpar. space sfx pretty good, cylon fx poor at best. interior sets woeful.

One of the best seasons of television ever produced, Season 1 of Battlestar Galactica presented a revolutionary new vision of science-fiction. The show follows the ragtag Colonial feet as they struggle to survive on the run from a race of synthetic robots called Cylons who destroyed their homeworlds and are intent on wiping out humanity. Starring Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, James Callis, and Tricia Helfer, the cast is quite impressive and delivers some extraordinary performances. The storytelling is also incredibly well-done, constructing an over-arcing plot that's told over 13 episodes; exemplifying the serial format. Avoiding the common tropes of the genre, the series does a remarkable job at staying character centric. And, creator Ronald Moore does an excellent job setting up a mythology and at bringing a sense of realism to the show. Additionally, there's a significant spiritual aspect to the series and its exploration of humanity that's rather unique and compelling. Provocative and edgy, Season 1 of Battlestar Galactica delivers a powerful space opera that's full of action.

Dann M Super Reviewer

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