| Season One|
|Season Premiere||July 7th, 1978|
|Season Finale||April 29th, 1979|
|Cast||Richard Hatch; Dirk Benedict; Lorne Greene; Herbert Jefferson, Jr.; John Colicos; Maren Jensen; Noah Hathaway; Laurette Spang; Tony Swartz; Terry Carter; Anne Lockhart|
Battlestar Galactica was an American science fiction television series that aired on ABC from July, 1978 to April, 1979 spanning a total of twenty-one episodes over the course of a single season. It was produced by Glen A. Larson Productions and starred Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene, Herbert Jefferson, Jr. and John Colicos. Recurring guest stars included Maren Jensen, Noah Hathaway, Laurette Spang, Tony Swartz and Terry Carter. The series proved popular enough to spawn a comic book series by Marvel Comics, and later, another comic series by Dynamite Entertainment, a series of novels, a video game, a short-lived spin-off series called Galactica 1980 and an unreleased sequel film called Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming.
The series followed the adventures of the crew of the Galactica, the last Battlestar of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol. Following a surprise attack by the robotic Cylons, the survivors of the colonies flee their devastated homworlds. Commander Adama of the Battlestar Galactica leads a ragtag fugitive fleet, desperately searching for a legendary world, a lost thirteenth colony, whom he believes will aide them in their war against the Cylons - a planet called Earth.
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The Twelve Colonies of Man are destroyed in a Trojan Horse gambit by their 1,000-yahren-old enemies, the Cylons. A surviving military starship, the battlestar Galactica, leads a handful of survivors in a 220+ civilian starship fleet to safety amongst the stars. The Galactica 's commander, Adama, intends to search for a lost Thirteenth Tribe who inhabit the planet Earth. The Colonials face pursuit by their Cylon aggressors -- and the Colonial traitor who helped orchestrate the holocaust: Baltar.
Food and water shortages are causing great tension amongst the civilian populace and the Colonial Warriors struggle to keep the peace. Apollo discovers that Sire Uri has been hoarding all of his food reserves aboard his luxury ship, the Rising Star. To evade the Cylon Menace that is constantly in pursuit of the fleet, Apollo recommends a dangerous plan to bring the fleet through the Nebula of Madagan, which is laden with mines. Colonial Viper pilots scout ahead, destroying the mines, clearing a path for the rest of the fleet. Throughout all of this, Starbuck meets a Socialator named Cassiopeia, and Apollo befriends Serina's son, Boxey. A new ally is added to the mix in the form of Muffit - a robotic daggit that befriends Boxey.
On Carillon, everything seems perfect and the Colonials get a chance to relax. Tension mounts however as Sire Uri suggests a full military disarmament. Adama doesn't trust him and conspires with Colonel Tigh to make sure that all of the Colonial Warriors are on standby while service personnel impersonate them at the party on Carillon. Starbuck and Apollo take the elevator into the lower levels of the mining colony and discover the dark and horrifying truth about the Ovions. Meanwhile, the Cylons plans to wipe out the Colonial Fleet once and for all.
Apollo plans to "seal" (marry) with Serina. Apollo and Starbuck discover a magnetic void ahead of the fleet. Jolly and Boomer bring back a viral plague from their scouting mission to a Cylon asteroid which infects all of the Viper squadron pilots -- and cripples their military capabilities. Baltar and the Cylons threaten the fleet as the Colonials scramble to train new pilots to defend the fleet, while Dr. Salik searches desperately for a cure to the mysterious illness. Adama orders the fleet into the void for safety.
The Galactica and her fleet are led by a lone star in the magnetic void to a dead planet which may contain the key to the Colonials' salvation. Starbuck is captured by the Cylons. Apollo and Serina "seal" as a lone star appears within the void. Adama believes the planet is Kobol, the world "where life began". The Colonials survey the dead world. Baltar appears to bargain with the Colonials. Adama finds proof of the exodus with insights into the Thirteenth Tribe's whereabouts. The Cylons betray Baltar's plans and attack the fleet and Kobol: the new pilots face destruction as they are outnumbered. The ill pilots recover, thanks to Dr. Salik's medical work, and bolster the Colonial defenses. Starbuck is returned, but Serina is killed.
On patrol, Captain Apollo leads a Cylon attack force away from the fleet. When he lands on a remote arming world, he finds danger at the hands of a terrorizing thug - and his malfunctioning Cylon henchman named "Red Eye".
While patrolling in the prototype Recon Viper #1 (with the new C.O.R.A. computer system), Lieutenant Starbuck has his ship stolen and is incarcerated in a case of mistaken identity.
Baltar's Cylon forces herd the Colonial fleet towards a Cylon-controlled ice planet with an ultra-powerful laser pulse weapon, designed by a former Colonial scientist. A Colonial patrol is shot down and one of the pilots captured. As time runs out with the Cylons gaining on the fleet, ground assault teams are formed -- with Warriors and knowledgeable Colonial convicts forced to work together to destroy the weapon.
Time is quickly running out as the Colonial fleet nears a Cylon-controlled ice asteroid with an ultra-powerful laser pulse weapon -- one which has the ability to decimate the entire fleet. And the Colonials discover an entire colony of clones who may -- or may not -- provide much-needed help in destroying their human creator's weapon.
A Cylon assault demolishes two Colonial agro ships and damages a third. Adama leads a mission to the planet Sectar to obtain seed and supplies from a backwater agricultural outpost of the Colonies.
Lieutenant Starbuck crash lands on Attila, a Cylon controlled world, to find human children leading a guerilla resistance.
The legendary Commander Cain of the battlestar Pegasus meets up with the Colonial survivors and ignites a new campaign against the Cylons at Gamoray. But Adama finds Cain's warmongering ways to threaten the fleet's very existence, despite the renewed morale among the Colonials. Sheba (Anne Lockhart), Cain's daughter and love interest for Apollo, and Bojay (Jack Stauffer) are introduced.
Facing overwhelming odds, Commander Cain, teamed with the Galactica 's warriors, continues his campaign to destroy the Cylons at Gamoray, regardless of the cost. The Pegasus is lost at the end of the episode, after destroying two Cylon basestars. It is theorized that the battlestar escaped into deep space and that Cain will eventually meet up with the fleet again.
A kamikaze wave of Cylon fighters cripples the Galactica -- and internal fires threaten to destroy the battlestar while crew members are trapped amidst the devastation.
Several Viper patrols disappear, including one with Bojay and Jolly, while ghostly lights harass the Colonial fleet. And on a barren world, Apollo, Starbuck and Sheba encounter the mysterious Count Iblis, the lone survivor of a large spaceship crash. Iblis promises salvation for the fleet -- at an extreme price. Meanwhile, Sheba finds herself romantically drawn to Iblis, while Apollo, Adama, Tigh and Starbuck see Iblis as a growing threat -- and one which the desperate fleet is willing to embrace.
Count Iblis's influence over the entire Colonial fleet -- and particularly Sheba -- grows as he works miracles, including the delivery of the traitor Baltar to the Council of the Twelve. Adama, Tigh, Apollo and Starbuck seek to uncover the truth about Count Iblis. And the Ships of Light/Beings of Light are revealed -- and coordinates to Earth are given to Sheba, Starbuck and Apollo.
A man (Chameleon) claiming to be Starbuck's long lost father appears -- and he uses the ploy to hide from the Borellian Nomen -- who seek his life.
Following an intense game of Triad, Starbuck is framed for the murder of a rival Colonial warrior, Ortega, which he didn't commit. And his only chance for acquittal is: Baltar.
An alien spacecraft is discovered by Starbuck and Apollo on patrol. It contains six human fugitives in suspended animation - possibly from the planet Earth. Tension amongst the fleet at the prospects of brethren from Earth rises. In time, the humans are revealed to be from Terra, a Colonial-like world. They are journeying to Paradeen (a nearby colony world) to escape the threat of the Eastern Alliance, a Terran faction with a ruthlessness akin to the Cylons. Starbuck, Cassiopeia and Apollo finish the journey with the Terrans, hoping to find clues to the location of Earth. But the Eastern Alliance pursues the ship to Paradeen, where more troubles ensue.
Apollo encounters Aggie Moreland, Josh Moreland, and Doyle hanging about near the Vipers and the shuttle. The locals are anxious for the Colonials to leave, fearing their presence might attract the attention of the Eastern Alliance. They are also upset to learn that there are children in area. Apollo is ready to take his leave when he discovers that the controls of the Vipers have been sabotaged. Realizing that her deception might be discovered, Sarah admits to sabotaging the Vipers. She had hoped it would make Apollo stay. Sarah remains behind with the children while the rest head to the city to rescue Starbuck.
The captured Eastern Alliance crew (from "Greetings from Earth"), Baltar and the Borellian Nomen (from "The Man with Nine Lives") escape the Colonial Prison Barge and proceed to capture the Council of the Twelve, Boomer and Sheba. A dangerous rescue mission is formed by Apollo and Starbuck.
Apollo is chosen by the Ship of Lights/Beings of Light to perform a mission to save the planet Terra (discussed in "Greetings from Earth") from the Terran faction, the Eastern Alliance.
The Colonial vessel Celestra comes under the command of a Colonial war hero, Commander Kronus (formerly of the battlestar Rycon) whose career is celebrated in a special ceremony. And Starbuck finds his long-lost love, Aurora, who is committing espionage on the Celestra - rebelling against exploitive conditions - with Kronus as the purported leader.
The final episode of Battlestar Galactica before cancellation by ABC-TV in late spring 1979. Sheba, Apollo, Cassiopeia and Starbuck retreat to an ancient navigation dome aboard the battlestar, where they intercept mysterious, fragmented transmissions (recognizable as those from the 1969 Apollo moon landings). As they attempt to enlist Boomer's electronics/communications knowledge with the transmissions, the fleet faces a Cylon basestar. Instead of running, Adama orders a military strike. Both Apollo and Starbuck volunteer to take Baltar's Cylon Raider to the basestar to infiltrate and cripple the ship's systems, to give the Galactica a better chance of victory. Baltar bargains for his freedom in return for tactical data. The Galactica (and Apollo/Starbuck's mission) is successful: the Cylon base ship is destroyed and the fleet departs their galaxy, in search of Earth.
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