Battlestar Galactica: Season 2 (2005 - 2006)

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Season 2
Battlestar Galactica

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In its second season, Battlestar Galatica doubles down on the series' high-minded themes and satisfyingly complex storylines.

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Critic Ratings: 11

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User Ratings: 204
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Episodes

1
Air date: Jul 15, 2005
2
Air date: Jul 22, 2005
3
Air date: Jul 29, 2005
4
Air date: Aug 5, 2005
5
Air date: Aug 12, 2005
6
Air date: Aug 19, 2005
7
Air date: Aug 26, 2005
8
Air date: Sep 9, 2005
9
Air date: Sep 16, 2005
10
Air date: Sep 23, 2005
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In the second season of Battlestar Galactica, the Cylons continue their relentless campaign of annihilation. Their Cylon human copies wreak havoc for our intrepid heroes who struggle with internal political struggles while battling the Cylons. Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff) and Helo (Tahmoh Penikett) get separated on Caprica when Starbuck goes on a dangerous mission for President Roslin (Mary McDonnell). Apollo (Jamie Bamber) leads a rescue mission to Kobol. A surviving battlestar is discovered and trouble ensues while people vie for command of the growing fleet and the ragtag band of survivors. Lucy Lawless ("Xena: The Warrier Princess") joins as D'Anna Biers and Dean Stockwell ("Quantum Leap") as John Cavil. Notable guest stars include Michelle Forbes ("Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "The Killing") and Dana Delaney ("China Beach" and "Body of Proof").

Cast

Edward James Olmos
as Adm. William Adama
Mary McDonnell
as Laura Roslin
Jamie Bamber
as Capt. Lee `Apollo' Adama
Katee Sackhoff
as Lieutenant Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace
James Callis
as Dr. Gaius Baltar
Michelle Forbes
as Admiral Helena Cain
Grace Park
as Lt. Sharon Valerii
Aaron Douglas
as CPO Galen Tyrol
Tahmoh Penikett
as Capt. Karl 'Helo' Agathon
Lucy Lawless
as D'Anna Biers
Alessandro Juliani
as Lt. Felix Gaeta
Kandyse McClure
as Lt. Anastasia 'Dee' Dualla
Dean Stockwell
as Brother Cavil
Paul Campbell VIII
as Billy Kiekeya
Dana Delany
as Sesha Abinell
Michael Trucco
as Sam Anders
Nicki Clyne
as Crewman Specialist Cally
Leah Cairns
as Lt. Margaret `Racetrack' Edmonson
Luciana Carro
as Lt. Louanne `Kat' Katraine
Bodie Olmos
as Brendan `Hot Dog' Costanza
Michael Trucco
as Samuel Anders
Kate Vernon
as Ellen Tigh
Sam Witwer
as 'Crashdown'
Graham Beckel
as Col. Jack Fisk
Michelle Forbes
as Adm. Helena Cain
Chris Shields
as Cpl. Venner
Kerry Norton
as Paramedic Layne Ishay
Alisen Down
as Jean Barolay
Lorena Gale
as Priest Elosha
Patricia Idlette
as Sarah Porter
Dean Stockwell
as Brother Cavil
Christian Tessier
as Tucker `Duck' Clellan
Vincent Gale
as Chief Peter Laird
Lucy Lawless
as D'Anna Biers
Rekha Sharma
as Tory Foster
Peter-John Prinsloo
as Lt. Mei `Freaker' Firelli
Ty Olsson
as LSO Capt. Aaron Kelly
Matthew Bennett
as Aaron Doral
Alonso Oyarzun
as Crewman Specialist Socinus
Tamara Lashley
as Sue-Shaun
David Kaye
as James McManus
Jeremy Guilbaut
as Lt. Joe `Hammerhead' Palladino
Kurt Evans
as Paramedic Howard Kim
Christina Schild
as Playa Palacios
John Pyper-Ferguson
as Capt. Cole `Stinger' Taylor
Kavan Smith
as Lt. Richard `Buster' Baier
Malcolm Stewart
as Marshall Bagot
Sebastian Spence
as Noel `Narcho' Allison
John Heard
as Cdr. Barry Garner
James Bell
as Lt. Steve `Red Devil' Fleer
Colm Feore
as President Adar
Dana Delany
as Sesha Abinell
Sean Dorry
as Ens. Joseph `JoJo' Clark
Paul Perri
as Royan Jahee
Christopher Jacot
as Ens. Brent `BB' Baxton
Ben Ayres
as Lt. George `Catman' Birch
Fulvio Cecere
as Lt. Alastair Thorne
Erica Carroll
as Civilian
James Ashcroft
as Security Officer
Tammy Hui
as ECO Lyla `Shark' Ellway
Georgia Hacche
as Petty Officer Sian
Biski Gugushe
as Sekou Hamilton
Garvin Cross
as Collishaw
Derek Delost
as Crewman Specialist Vireem
Holly Dignard
as Asha Janik
Colin Lawrence
as Hamish `Skulls' McCall
Don Thompson
as Spec. 3rd Class Anthony Figurski
Tim Henry
as Doctor
Aaron Pearl
as Ens. Abel Thornton
Heather Doerksen
as Marine with a Sandwich
Mike Dopud
as Crewman Specialist Gage
Gustavo Febres
as Herbalist
Adrian Hughes
as Lt. Terry `Gunny' Burrell
Kevan Kase
as Pvt. Scott Kelso
Amber Rothwell
as Rya Kibby
Brad Loree
as Bonnington
Kurt Max Runte
as Ens. Charles Bellamy
Michael Ryan
as Ray Abinell
Michael Ryan
as Ray Abinell
James Upton
as Environmental Specialist
Linnea Sharples
as Lt. Emmitt `Sweetness' Jones
Yee Jee Tso
as Staffer
Michael Jonsson
as Pegasus Guard No. 1
Brad Mann
as Pegasus Marine
Raahul Singh
as Kimmitt
Nicholas Treeshin
as Sgt. Watkins
Kimani Ray Smith
as Pegasus Sergeant
Aleks Paunovic
as Marine Sgt. Fischer
Stefanie von Pfetten
as Capt. Marcia `Showboat' Case
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Critic Reviews for Battlestar Galactica Season 2

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Battlestar Galactica is the best character drama that engages the big issues currently on TV.

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

It's astonishing how confident Moore and the Battlestar writers are. They clearly know they have many more stories to tell, so dropping dozens of revelations into the last few minutes of the season... is no problem.

Jul 31, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Now, Roslin gets downright cutthroat over her man.

Mar 8, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

I love Dean Stockwell on this show. I mean, I love him in general, but he brings this edge of disgusted weariness that really sets him apart from the other Cylons. He seems to hate everyone.

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

But however it got there, if the job of it is to keep you salivating for the next series, it's very much mission accomplished.

Oct 12, 2017 | Full Review…

[Ronald] Moore does a great job keeping the story moving from episode to episode, utilizing both capsulated plots and compelling season-long storylines.

Jan 22, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

The two parter that ends the season, "Lay Down Your Burdens" satisfactorily concludes the political campaign that had served as an undercurrent to the season, and the last act of the finale is a jaw-dropper.

Sep 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Season Two tightens the dramatic screws further.

Sep 17, 2019 | Full Review…

"Battlestar Galactica" has established itself not only as better than the original, but maybe as one of the best shows on television.

Jan 2, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

This was a very good season of television, sci-fi or ortherwise.

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

Battlestar Galactica sure knows how to intrigue its viewers from the get-go, doesn't it?

Oct 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Battlestar Galactica: Season 2

  • Jan 24, 2019
    Sci-Fi Channel's re-imagined Battlestar Galactica delivers an amazing second season that's extraordinarily compelling and incredibly daring. After surviving an assassination attempt Commander Adama struggles to reunite the fleet, which faces new threats when they cross paths with the Battlestar Pegasus, commanded by the war-mad Admiral Cain, and a divisive presidential election that will determine the future of the 12 Colonies; meanwhile Starbuck makes contact with a human resistance on Caprica and works on developing a rescue mission. The cast delivers some truly outstanding performances; especially Edward James Olmos and Grace Park. And several impressive guest stars make appearances, including Michelle Forbes, Lucy Lawless, Bill Duke, and Dean Stockwell. Additionally, the writers do a remarkable job at building multi-episode story arcs and at following ongoing plot threats. And the directors maintain a consistently gritty and intense look and feel. Taking on some of the most controversial political and social issues of the day, Battlestar Galactica's second season is a riveting and thought-provoking sci-fi drama.
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  • Feb 23, 2019
    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.
  • Jan 14, 2019
    A season where the humans spend most of their time in a concentration camp, help prisoner by the cylons. We see the difficulties that the humans have making ethical choices versus saving their own skin in this less these less than ideal situations. A very daring and different move than the average sci fi show. This makes for a great sci fi drama.
  • Aug 11, 2018
    Although the story goes quite deep and all over the place, it brings with it a complex interwoven story that's a bit less smooth than S01.
  • Mar 05, 2017
    During the first season of Battlestar Galactica, I was intrigued by the overall storyline. However, in terms of drama and character development, I was left wanting. Unfortunately, that exact same pattern plays out in this first half of Season Two. For a basic summary, this season sees the Galactica-led colonial fleet still trying to survive the enemy Cylon force. These ten episodes specifically focus on Sharon, the Cylon who shot Commander Adama at the end of Season One. The chaos that incident reeks on the fleet is also a main plotline. In terms of general human vs. Cylon plotline, these episodes advance the plots nicely. However, once again, there is just so much potential for this show as of yet untapped. For example, the whole "Cylons look like us" angle has unlimited dramatic and psychological potential, yet (at least so far) it has been used only as a plot convention (with no real substance). What it really comes down to, though, is that I believe BSG actually tries to be TOO gritty and true-to-life (perhaps as a counterpoint to the often over-the-top Star Trek). When I'm immersed in a TV show, I want to see some high drama, even if it is a little contrived at times. I want to see Captain Kirk talk down a computer, Jack Bauer take out a whole terrorist cell in one day, or Fox Mulder get to the bottom of a government conspiracy. BSG is so measured and slow-developing that it is tough to maintain an exciting narrative over multiple episodes. Overall, then, though this first half of Season Two does an adequate job of advancing the basic plots from the first season, it still kind of just drags along in terms of characters and drama. The first-half finale, "Pegasus", is easily the best episode of the bunch, so I still will be watching (and hoping for bigger and better things) the 2.5 set. For the first season and a half of Battlestar Galactica, I kept wanting more from the show in a number of different areas. Amazingly, this second half of Season Two fulfilled all those empty areas! I had pined for more overall drama, and the early-episodes story arc of this set (involving the Pegasus) provides that in spades. I had wanted better character development and that improved as well, focusing on the two Adamas, Laura Roslin, and Starbuck. Mainly, though, I was really waiting for more background information on the Cylons and their potential future relations with humans. Well, the final three episodes of this season focus specifically on those issues and provide easily the best drama of the entire series to date. Actually, the final episode is so startling and different from anything previous that it was a complete shock (albeit in a good way) to my system. It really invigorates a show that needed to be shook up a bit. Thus, more than at any other point in this show so far, I am re-charged and ready for the third season, hoping that it will continue to break new ground in challenging viewers on a deeper level.
  • Jan 09, 2014
    S2: Where we meet Pegasus, and she's not very nice.

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