Battlestar Galactica is American Sci-Fi drama that is a remake of the 1978 series with the same name. This very popular science fiction TV show has 4 seasons, which I will review separately. But first, let me say something about Battlestar Galactica without spoilers, so those who still haven’t got the chance to watch this amazing TV show can read it.
Battlestar Galactica (or BSG) is the name of this popular sci-fi TV show, but it is also the name of the space battleship commanded by William Adama. The main story in BSG is the events that took place in the second war between humans and cylons (robots created by people). After the first war, cylons left from the 12 colonies (12 planets that are home of the humans) and with that, the war was over.
But then after 40 years they return and kill almost everybody on the 12 planets. With only a few spaceships left, commanded by Adama, people leave Caprica (one of the 12 planets) in search for Earth.
The people from the 12 colonies believe in Gods. In their ancient religious books it is written that there is a 13-th tribe that has taken different path and went to some planet that is called Earth. Because almost every human on the 12 planets is killed and they are left without hope, their leader commander Adama tells them that he knows where Earth is, but only to give them hope.
Miniseries & Season 1
Season 1 has only 13 episodes, but it also has 2 pilot episodes (BSG miniseries) that are 3 hours long. The 2 miniseries are all about the beginning of the second cylon war. It tells you little about the history between human and cylons and the destruction of almost every human and city in the 12 colonies. The pilot episodes end with the commander Adama, telling the crew and the people on his ship that he knows where Earth is and that Earth is the place where people will be safe from the cylons.
In the first season of Battlestar Galactica, newly elected president Laura Roslin reveals that she has cancer and only couple of months to live. Knowing that commander Adama doesn’t know where Earth is, she still believes that they will find that planet, because she recognizes herself with some character from their holy book, a person for which is said to bring mankind to Earth. The president sends Starbuck to a secret mission back to cylon-occupied Caprica, so she will get the Arrow of Apollo, item that will help them to find Earth.
Because of that decision, commander Adama terminates her presidency and sends her to the brig. Also some pilots accidentally find Kobol, planet that is believed to be the place where the 13 tribes lived together with gods. The 13th tribe is the people that left to the planet so called Earth. A lot of people believe in this legend and that’s why Adama sends some people to Kobol, so they can find something more about that place.
The first season ends with Sharon (Boomer) destroying cylon resurrection ship (spaceship where cylons resurrect after they have been killed) and short before she understands that she is a cylon. After she comes to Galactica, commander Adama congratulate her for the successful mission, but her secret programming is activated and she shoots Adama with a gun twice.
Season 2 has 20 episodes, as the next two seasons. A lot of things happen in this season, but the most important is the following. Commander Adama lives, but in the first few episodes he is in unstable state. The president, commander Adama and other members of the crew go to Kobal, and there with the help of the Arrow of Apollo, they find some clues about the location of Earth.
Sharon is killed by a member of the crew, but other cylon Sharon comes to Battlestar Galactica and gives birth to baby that is half human and half cylon. Season 2 ends with Dr. Gaius Baltar winning the presidency and ordering a move to the new habitable planet that they have found.
After a year of living on that planet, called New Caprica, cylons finds them and Gaius Baltar surrenders in the name of the 12 colonies. Adama and his crew that stayed on Galactica, jump immediately after they see the cylons and leave the people on New Caprica unprotected.
Season 3 & Razor
Season 3 starts on New Caprica, four months after the cylon occupation. There is a resistance, which tries to kill as much cylons as they can, but the damage they make is insignificant because they resurrect themself. After some time fighting, the resistance gets in contact with Galactica and prepares rescue mission. With the help of Battlestar Galactica, cynols on New Caprica are defeated and the people liberated.
Now the search of Earth continues as Laura Roslin is the newly elected president. Also Gaius Baltar joins the cylons on their baseship, because the people on Galactica treat him as a traitor. As humans continue the search for Earth, cylons decide that they also want to find Earth and live there.
With the help of Baltar, the cylons find the temple of five where Battlestar Galactica already arrived. At the temple, humans were unable to find clues about finding Earth. After they left the planet where the temple of five is, a star in the same system explodes, causing supernova and destroying the planet.
Just before the sun explodes, cylons left Dr. Baltar on the surface of the planet, where humans “rescue” him. After some hard interrogation, Baltar gives them no information about the cylons and soon after he is given a fair trial. In the trial (last two episodes of season 3), Baltar is prosecuted as not guilty.
In the last episode, Battlestar Galactica and the other fleet ships will finally arrive to Ionian Nebula. There, Lee will see Starbuck alive in the same ship that exploded and killed her. Starbuck will tell him that she knows where Earth is, that she’s been there and that she will take them there. With that scene season 3 ends.
Also I forgot to mention that in the end of this season, four members of the Galactica’s crew (Samuel Anders, Galen Tyrol, Saul Tigh and Tory Foster) understand that they are one of the final five cylons.
After season 3 ends, movie called “Razor” is released. This movie is better to be watched after the second season (or even better after the 17-th episode of second season) because it’s all about the battleship Pegasus. If you watch it after season 3 you may not like it very much, because here Pegasus is ancient history.
Season 4 & The Plan
Season 4 is the last season of Battlestar Galactica and it has 20 episodes. The first episode starts with Apollo and Starbuck. Although everyone knows that she died, Starbuck comes to the ship as a member of the crew. Her mystery continues and after couple of episodes she will find her dead body on the planet Earth.
After Gaius Baltar was released from the brig and prosecuted as not guilty, group of people will start to worship him. Then he will start preaching the beliefs of one true God.
In the meanwhile, war between cylons is starts because 3 cylon models don’t agree with the decisions of the other 3 models. After some time three cylon models (Twos, Sixes and Eights) will make a pact with the humans and together they will destroy the resurrection ship. With that cylons will no longer be immortal and their lives will be more meaningful.
The four of the last five cylons will be publicly revealed as D’Anna (number three) will be resurrected by the other cylons (she was killed in the third season by the cylon number one and boxed).
With the help of the final five cylons, the location of Earth will be found. Soon after humans and some of the cylons finally arrived to Earth, they’ll find that Earth has been destroyed by nuclear bomb 2000 years ago and that there are no conditions for life.
The four cylons (Samuel Anders, Galen Tyrol, Saul Tigh, Tory Foster) will find out that they lived on that planet 2000 years ago and that they created the 7 cylon models. Also the fifth of the last five cylons will be revealed (Soul Tight’s wife).
Many thing will happen in the end of season 4, but the most important is that humans, together with cylons, will find new habitable planet, and they will call it Earth. This new home will be perfect for life, and in fact this planet is out Earth, many many years before our time.
After the fourth season, a movie called “The Plan” is released. This movie is best to be watched after 15-th episode of season 4. In this movie you will mostly see the first 2 seasons from cylons perspective. Also you will know everything about their PLAN that is mentioned at the beginning of every episode.
So that’s everything about Battlestar Galactica! If you liked this review, don’t forget to comment and like this article.