Battlestar Galactica: Season 1 (2005)

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

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Critic Ratings: 12

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User Ratings: 338

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Air date: Jan 14, 2005

Adama (Edward James Olmos) pushes his exhausted crew to the brink to keep the fugitive fleet out of the Cylons' clutches. Meanwhile, Baltar (James Callis) fears President Roslin (Mary McDonnell) will learn of his role in the Colonies' destruction.

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Air date: Jan 14, 2005

Boomer is unsettled when she awakens drenched to the bone and in possession of an explosive -- moments before the fleet's water supply is drained by a sudden explosion aboard the Galactica. Meanwhile, on Caprica, her doppelganger attempts to rescue Helo (Tahmoh Penikett).

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Air date: Jan 21, 2005

To replenish the fleet's water supply, Apollo visits a prison ship to find recruits for an ice-mining operation. He ends up being taken hostage by the convicts' leader (Richard Hatch), an alleged terrorist. Elsewhere, Adama assigns Baltar to create a device to weed out Cylon moles; and Boomer tries to rescue Helo under the watchful eyes of Number Six and Doral (Matthew Bennett).

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Air date: Jan 28, 2005

Starbuck's guilty feelings about the death of Zak Adama return to haunt her when she is ordered to train replacements for 13 Viper pilots killed in a flight-deck accident; Sgt. Hadrian (Jill Teed) tries to solve the mystery behind the detonators in Boomer's ship; and President Roslin discusses her cancer with a doctor.

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Air date: Feb 4, 2005

President Roslin questions the judgement of Adama and Apollo when they put the fleet at risk to find Starbuck, whose Viper disappeared after a run-in with a Cylon patrol.

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Air date: Feb 11, 2005

A Cylon suicide attack kills three, forcing Adama to reveal to the fleet of survivors that their numbers have been infiltrated by Cylons disguised as human beings. To beef up security, he calls on Sgt. Hadrian to investigate the recent breaches, with the focus squarely on Tyrol and Boomer.

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Air date: Feb 18, 2005

A spat with Number Six over metaphysics sends Baltar into a panic when she appears on the Galactica in the persona of a woman who accuses him of treason. Meanwhile, the president has a collapse; Tyrol tinkers with the Cylon raider piloted by Starbuck as she struggles to recover from her injuries; and Boomer and Helo try to elude Cylon pursuers on Caprica.

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Air date: Feb 25, 2005

Adama assigns Starbuck to interrogate a Cylon prisoner (Callum Keith Rennie) who claims to have planted a nuclear warhead somewhere within the fleet, leading to an intense battle of wits and wills; an uncertain Boomer asks Baltar to test his Cylon detection device on her; and Number Six schemes to keep Helo on Caprica.

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Air date: Mar 4, 2005

Fearing Adama has been replaced by a duplicate, President Roslin urges the commander to subject himself to Baltar's Cylon detector. Meanwhile, Tigh's estranged -- and very flirtatious -- wife visits Galactica.

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Air date: Mar 11, 2005

Starbuck plans a daring raid on a Cylon refinery to replenish the fleet's fuel resources; President Roslin experiences vivid -- and prescient -- hallucinations due to an anti-cancer drug; Boomer and Helo's flight from the Cylons is complicated by her sudden illness.

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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.

Critic Reviews for Battlestar Galactica Season 1

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

The 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…

As solid as each episode is, I feel like I want to skim through the remaining episodes and get right to the end of the second season.

Jul 2, 2019 | 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…
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An episode like this almost renders further discussion of it meaningless, because it needs to be experienced, and felt, in order to be understood.

Oct 11, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

This four-hour two-parter had a lot to establish and, as a result, can feel a wee bit bloated at times. But for the sheer number of things it did right, it scores a win.

Oct 11, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…

[The pilot is] a masterfully crafted episode of television, and if you want something that's going to grab you right away, this is it.

Jun 30, 2020 | Full Review…

The acting is generally good, and seems to get better as the series progresses and the actors get more comfortable playing their respective roles.

Jan 22, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | 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…

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…

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…

There's so much I'm hoping season two will shed some light on, mostly involving what the heck are the Cylons up to?

Oct 11, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Battlestar Galactica: Season 1

  • Oct 13, 2020
    Simply put one of the best Science fiction shows of all time! An absolute must watch!
  • Sep 23, 2020
    A genius reboot of something that was at best a campy genre flick. So basically the opposite of the reboots we get these days.
  • Jul 07, 2020
    When the series originally ran, I only watched it occasionally as I found it annoyingly like an unbelievable melodramatic soap opera. When it began running again recently on the Comet network, I began watching it from the start trying to get into it since I wondered why others seem to like it so much. Scenes with Olmos and McDonnel provided most of the positives IMO and at times there was excellent dialogue. Some episodes were entertaining while others reminded me of why I was originally annoyed. Some of the key characters were conveniently depending on the episode turned into overly emotional nut cases like Cally Henderson and Kara. At times they were believable but then the writers couldn't resist making them max psychos too often. Am sure many viewers loved that in Kara but I dislike crazy people and they made her too crazy at times. I'm a decades old fan of intelligent science fiction and overall the series had little to interest me science wise as the space setting was just an excuse for writers to jerk around the many emotional people that tend to like soap operas.
  • Jun 24, 2020
    The re-imagining of the '70's TV show is done superbly. Gone is the bad acting and amateurish feel, replaced by serious drama performed by a talented cast. This show has become the standard by which all reboots are measured.
  • Apr 15, 2020
    Solid series. Every arc is always somewhere between good en really really good, which is rare
  • Jan 25, 2020
    One of the best series that I ever watched.
  • Jul 31, 2019
    A show with some heavy hitting acting and drama. Very well written with an appropriate budget to match its grand vision. Perhaps one of the best sci-fi shows ever.
  • Feb 05, 2019
    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 looks 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. Although 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. Avoid any and all of this POS!
  • Jan 14, 2019
    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.
  • Nov 03, 2018
    One of the best shows of all time

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