Battlestar Galactica (Tv Series) 2004

Battlestar Galactica is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning serial drama television program created by Ronald D. Moore that first aired as a three-hour miniseries in December 2003 on the Sci Fi network and ran for four seasons thereafter, ending its run on March 20, 2009.

The series featured Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated Edward James Olmos and Oscar-nominated Mary McDonnell and garnered a wide range of critical acclaim, including Emmy nominations for its creative works, writing and directing.

Plot: Battlestar Galactica continued from the 2003 mini-series to chronicle the journey of the last surviving humans from the Twelve Colonies of Kobol after their nuclear annihilation by the Cylons. The survivors are led by President Laura Roslin and Commander William Adama in a ragtag fleet of ships with the Battlestar Galactica, an old but powerful warship, as its command ship. Pursued by Cylons intent on wiping out the remnants of the human race, the survivors travel across the galaxy looking for the fabled and long-lost thirteenth colony: Earth. Unlike most space-based series, Battlestar Galactica has no aliens (apart from the man-made Cylon robots) and intentionally avoids technobabble. Instead, most of the stories deal with the apocalyptic fall-out of the destruction of the twelve colonies upon the survivors and the moral choices the survivors must make in dealing with the survival of the human race, as well as their war with the Cylons. Stories also deal with the concept of perpetuated cycles of hate and violence driving the human/Cylon conflict, and religious issues, with the implication of an active God whose angelic agents intervene on behalf of the main characters, most notably Gaius Baltar. Over the course of the show’s four seasons, the war between the colonists and the Cylons takes many twists and turns. Despite the animosity on both sides, the Cylons and humans slowly turn away from their hatred for each other. Part of this is due to a growing schism within the humanoid Cylons, led by the villainous Cylon Number One, Brother John Cavil. Cavil’s obsession with hiding the true genesis of the humanoid Cylons (created by members of the Galactica Crew, who themselves are humanoid Cylons from “Earth” who had their memories erased by Cavil) leads to a Civil War between the Cylons and a portion of the robot race forming an alliance with the humans. Other plotlines involve the mysterious destiny of Kara “Starbuck” Thrace, who is the subject of a prophecy involving her as the “Harbinger of Death”, who will “lead humanity to its end” as well as the redemption of Gaius Baltar, as he becomes a pariah within the fleet (after being forced to collaborate with the Cylons) but ultimately finds redemption through monotheism-based religion. In the final episodes, Thrace (resurrected) leads the surviving humans/Cylons to a new planet which Adama names Earth and which is revealed to be the actual planet Earth of present-day humanity. It is already inhabited by humans who are genetically compatible with the humans from the Galactica. The Earth of legend is now revealed to have been a different planet entirely which is a nuked out, uninhabited wasteland due to that planet’s war with its Cylon creations. It is now revealed that all of the events of the series have been occurring 150,000 years prior to the era of present-day humanity. The entire group of humans/Cylons decides to live on the new planet and to discard all technology, and to destroy all of their spaceships by flying them into the sun. The series ends with a coda set on Earth in the present day, as two “angels”, in the form of Caprica Six and Gaius Baltar, muse on whether or not the cycle of violence and war between humanity and machine will happen again or if it had finally been broken. It is implied that the Galactica crew became the ancestors of modern humanity.
Cast
Main characters
* Edward James Olmos — William Adama
* Mary McDonnell — Laura Roslin
* Katee Sackhoff — Kara “Starbuck” Thrace
* Jamie Bamber — Lee “Apollo” Adama
* James Callis — Dr. Gaius Baltar
* Tricia Helfer — Number Six (Caprica / Shelley Godfrey / Gina Inviere / Natalie / Lida / Sonja)
* Grace Park — Number Eight (Sharon “Boomer” Valerii / Sharon “Athena” Agathon)
* Michael Hogan — Saul Tigh
Supporting characters
* Aaron Douglas — Galen Tyrol
* Tahmoh Penikett — Karl “Helo” Agathon
* Alessandro Juliani — Felix Gaeta
* Michael Trucco — Samuel T. Anders
* Paul Campbell — Billy Keikeya
* Nicki Clyne — Cally Henderson Tyrol
* Kandyse McClure — Anastasia “Dee” Dualla
Recurring characters
* Richard Hatch — Tom Zarek
* Lucy Lawless — Number Three (D’Anna Biers)
* Matthew Bennett — Number Five (Aaron Doral)
* Callum Keith Rennie — Number Two (Leoben Conoy)
* Dean Stockwell — Number One (Brother Cavil / John)
* Rick Worthy — Number Four (Simon)
* Lorena Gale — Elosha
* Rekha Sharma — Tory Foster
* Kate Vernon — Ellen Tigh
* Donnelly Rhodes — Sherman “Doc” Cottle
* Luciana Carro — Louanne “Kat” Katraine
* Samuel Witwer — Alex “Crashdown” Quatararo
* Leah Cairns — Margaret “Racetrack” Edmondson
* Michelle Forbes — Helena Cain
* Mark Sheppard — Romo Lampkin
* Erica Cerra — Maya
Ratings
The first half of Battlestar Galactica season 4 averaged a 1.8 Household rating, 1,576,000 Adults 18-49 (+15%); 1,726,000 Adults 25-54 (+19%) and 2,326,000 total viewers (+13%). Among Adults 18-49 & Adults 25-54, this is the best half season or full season performance for the series since Battlestar Galactica season 1 (Jan-April 2005). Battlestar enjoyed its best season ever for female viewers, delivering 592,000 Women 18-49 and 646,000 Women 25-54.
Awards
Wins
2005
* Hugo Awards, Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form (“33”)
* Peabody Award
* Spacey Awards, Favorite Limited TV Series
2006
* Saturn Awards, Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series
* Saturn Awards, Best Supporting Actor on Television, James Callis
* Saturn Awards, Best Supporting Actress on Television, Katee Sackhoff
* Scream Awards, Best Television Show
* Spacey Awards, Best Television Show
* VES Awards, Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Broadcast Program, Commercial, or Music Video (Cylon Centurion in “Fragged”)
2007
* ALMA Awards, Outstanding Actor in a TV series, mini-series, or TV movie, Edward James Olmos
* Emmy Awards, Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series (“Exodus, Part 2”)
* RedEye, Best TV Character, Kara Thrace a.k.a. Starbuck
* Saturn Awards, Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series
* VES Awards, Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Broadcast Program (“Resurrection Ship, Part 2”)
* VES Awards, Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series, Commercial, or Music Video (“Exodus, Part 1”)
2008
* ALMA Awards, Outstanding Actor in a Drama Television Series, Edward James Olmos
* Emmy Awards, Outstanding Special Class – Short-format Live-action Entertainment Programs (“Razor Featurette #4”)
* Emmy Awards, Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series (“He That Believeth in Me”)
* VES Awards, Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or Special (Razor)




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