Battlestar Galactica (1978-1979)

USA, 17 September -29 April 1979
1 series, 21 episodes, average 50m
35mm film, colour, 4:3
mono, English

An American science fiction television series created by Glen A. Larson. The pilot episode, Saga of a Star World (17 September 1978) was released theatrically in a shortened version several territories outside the USA under the title Battlestar Galactica (1978).

Premise

Following the near-destruction of the human colonies by the robotic Cylons, the survivors band together in whatever ships they can find to set out on a quest for the legendary lost colony – Earth. Pursued by the Cyclons, the survivors are protected by the last of the mighty Battlestars, Galactica, under the command of Adama.

Episodes

Saga of a Star World (17 September 1978)
Lost Planet of the Gods Part 1 (24 September 1978)
Lost Planet of the Gods Part 2 (1 October 1978)
The Lost Warrior (8 October 1978)
The Long Patrol (15 October 1978)
The Gun on Ice Planet Zero Part 1 (22 October 1978)
The Gun on Ice Planet Zero Part 2 (29 October 1978)
The Magnificent Warriors (12 November 1978)
The Young Lords (19 November 1978)
The Living Legend Part 1 (26 November 1978)
The Living Legend Part 2 (3 December 1978)
Fire in Space (17 December 1978)
War of the Gods Part 1 (14 January 1979)
War of the Gods Part 2 (21 January 79 )
The Man With Nine Lives (28 January 1979)
Murder on the Rising Star (18 February 1979)
Greetings From Earth (25 February 1979)
Baltar's Escape (11 March 1979)
Experiment in Terra (18 March 1979)
Take the Celestra (1 April 1979)
The Hand of God (29 April 1979)

Alternative Titles

Battaglie nella galassia – Italy
Kampfstern Galactica – Germany

Sequel
Galactica 1980 (1980)

Remakes
Battlestar Galactica (2003)
Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009)

See also
Star Wars (1977)

References

Periodicals

  • Fantastic Films vol.1 no.3 (August 1978) pp.45-47 – illustrated interview with John Dykstra (John Dykstra by James Burns)

Books

  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.339 – illustrated credits, review
  • The Encyclopedia of Epic Films by Constantine Santas, James M. Wilson, Maria Colavito, Djoymi Baker pp.76-77
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.22-23
  • Sci-fi Chronicles by Guy Haley (ed.) pp.291; 336
  • Science Fiction Films of the Seventies by Craig W. Anderson pp.191-195