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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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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
Richard Hatch
as Tom Zarek
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'
Donnelly Rhodes
as Dr. Cottle
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
Richard Hatch
as Tom Zarek
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
Callum Keith Rennie
as Leobon Conoy
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 (12) | Top Critics (5)

[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.

June 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.

January 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.

October 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.

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

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.

September 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.

July 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Battlestar Galactica: Season 1


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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.


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