Battlestar Galactica (1978)

Battlestar Galactica 1978


Run Date: Status: Ended   Premiered: Sep. 17, 1978   Last Aired Finale: Apr. 29, 1979
Network: ABC
Genre: Science Fiction, Action and Adventure, Drama

Battlestar Galactica (1978) Overview

Set in a distant galaxy, Mankind has reached its Seventh Millenia of recorded history. Twelve worlds in a multi-star system are home to the Twelve Colonies of Man. According to the ancient writings, the Twelve Colonies were settled by those who journeyed from the mother world of Kobol. Also by the ancient writings a thirteenth tribe of humans moved across the stars to settle in another world called Earth. But over the millenniums Earth has become a myth and little is known about the Colonials true origins, save for the writings in the Book of Kobol. It is unknown how the Colonials came to know about Earth, since they did not appear to maintain communications with their distant brethren.

For the past one thousand years, Man has fought the robotic Cylon Alliance. The war began when the Colonies intervened in Cylon aggressions against the Hassarians in a neighboring star system. The Colonies are united by a President and governed by The Council of the Twelve, a ruling body comprised of one representative from each Colonial world. The state of war is ever-present and the Colonies have deployed space-borne military defenses against the Cylons and other unseen hostiles, such as pirates. The strongest of these defenses are the Colonial battlestars..

Council member Baltar has struck a peace agreement with the Cylons. He has convinced President Adar and the rest of the Council of the Twelve to accept the Cylons’ word. Only Adama of the battlestar Galactica shows concern and muted resistance. The Colonial fleet is gathered as a peace envoy under a joint Cylon – Colonial truce.

But the Cylons deploy a Trojan Horse strategy against the Colonies: Under the guise of peace, the Colonial military is ambushed and destroyed with only the Galactica surviving. While the Colonial fleet is being destroyed the unprotected civilian populations of the Twelve Colonies are assaulted and also destroyed. With no hope of survival against overwhelming Cylon forces and with no true defensive capability remaining a handful of surviving Colonials flee the Twelve Colonies in civilian starcraft. Under the command of Adama on the Galactica, they head into deep space, searching for the Thirteenth Tribe of Man who are “on a shining planet known as Earth.”

As the Cylons move into the Colonial worlds and round up prisoners they discover that surviving Colonials have fled to the stars. The Cylons Imperious Leader orders Baltar to finish his mission of destroying the Colonials. He provides Baltar with the necessary Cylon forces and ships to do the job. It is up to the crew of the Galactica to lead the Colonial survivors and the rag-tag fugitive fleet to safety while encountering new friends and foes, tackling internal strife and starvation, and outmaneuvering Baltar and the ever pursuing Cylon forces.


Cast and CharactersBattlestar Galactica 1978 Cast

  • Lorne Greene as Commander Adama
  • Richard Hatch as Captain Apollo
  • Dirk Benedict as Lieutenant Starbuck
  • Herbert Jefferson, Jr. as Lieutenant Boomer
  • Laurette Spang as Cassiopeia
  • Maren Jensen as Athena
  • Anne Lockhart as Lt. Sheba
  • Noah Hathaway as Boxey
  • Terry Carter as Colonel Tigh
  • Tony Swartz as Flight Sergeant Jolly
  • John Colicos as Baltar


Opening Narrative:

“Their are those that believe that life here began out there, far across the universe with tribes of humans who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians or the Toltecs or the Mayans. They may have been the architects of the great pyramids, or the lost civilizations of Lemuria or Atlantis. Some believe there may yet be brothers of man who even now fight to survive, from far away, amongst the stars. or somewhere beyond the heavens.

Closing Narrative:

“Fleeing from the Cylon tyranny, the last Battlestar, Galactica leads a rag-tag fugitive fleet on a lonely quest…a shining planet known as Earth.”

NOTE: Battlestar Galactica returned to television in 2005 as a miniseries and then a TV series! Check out our Battlestar Galactica (2005) page!


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