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:''This article refers to the 2019 re-imagined version of ''Battlestar Galactica''. For previous incarnations of ''Battlestar Galactica'', see: either [[Original Series]] or the [[Re-imagined Series]].''

:''This article refers to the 2003 re-imagined version of ''Battlestar Galactica''. For information on the 1978 Original Series, see [[Battlestar Galactica (TOS)]].

{{Series Data
{{Series Data
| image= TRS Title.jpg
| image= Peacock.png
| title= Battlestar Galactica
| title= Battlestar Galactica
| creator= [[Ronald D. Moore]]
| creator= [[Sam Esmail]]
| starring= [[Edward James Olmos]]<br/>[[Mary McDonnell]]<br/>[[Katee Sackhoff]]<br/>[[Jamie Bamber]]<br/>[[James Callis]]<br/>[[Tricia Helfer]]<br/>[[Grace Park]]
| starring=  
| composer= [[Bear McCreary]]
| composer=  
| company= [[w:NBC Universal|NBC Universal]]
| company= [[w:NBC Universal|NBC Universal]]
| seasons= 4
| seasons=  
| episodes= 74
| episodes= 7
| episodelistid=The Re-imagined Series
| episodelistid=Peacock
| channel= [[Sci Fi Channel]] and [[Sky One]]
| channel= [[Peacock]]
| US airdate= 2003-12-08
| US airdate=  
| UK airdate= 2004-02-17
| UK airdate=  
| dvd= 2005-03-28
| dvd=  
| exec producer= [[Ronald D. Moore]]<br/>[[David Eick]]
| exec producer= [[Sam Esmail]]
| producer=  
| producer=  
| supervising producer=
| supervising producer=
| associate producer=
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| co-producer= [[Jane Espenson]]<br/>[[Toni Graphia]]
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The 2003 [[Miniseries]] debut of '''''Battlestar Galactica''''' was a "[[Wikipedia:Reboot (continuity)|re-imagining]]," or updated version of the [[Original Series]] made [[Naturalistic science fiction|more suitable]] to the modern sensibilities of the 21st Century.  Aiming to tackle issues of civil rights, survival, terrorism, and religion, ''Battlestar Galactica'' is an drama following the survivors of a race of humanity&mdash;which number under 50,000. The new ''Battlestar'' was spearheaded by former ''Star Trek: The Next Generation'' and ''Star Trek: Deep Space Nine'' writer/producer [[Ron D. Moore]] and co-produced by [[David Eick]].

A familiar but different [[Galactica type battlestar|battlestar]] ''[[Galactica (RDM)|Galactica]]'' finds herself leading a refugee [[The Fleet (RDM)|fleet]] away from the destroyed [[The Twelve Colonies (RDM)|Twelve Colonies of Kobol]] and on a (and [[Home, Part II|initially fictitious]]) quest for [[Earth (RDM)|Earth]], with turmoil from within and danger from without.
Announced on the 41st anniversary of the [[Original Series|1978 ''Battlestar Galactica'' series]], this new series is inspired by the [[Ronald D. Moore]]-lead [[Re-imagined Series]], but will inhabit its own continuity. Meaning, of course, that it is another re-imagined version of the ''Battlestar Galactica'' story and concepts.<ref name="esmail">{{cite_web|url=https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/battlestar-galactica-reboot-sam-esmail-works-at-nbcus-streamer-1239018|title='Battlestar Galactica' Reboot From Sam Esmail in the Works at NBCU's Streamer|accessdate=17 September 2019|last=Goldberg|first=Lesley}}</ref>

''Battlestar Galactica'' began as a four-hour miniseries pilot on the [[Sci Fi Channel]] in late 2003. As with the Original Series, the show begins with the destruction of the [[The Twelve Colonies (RDM)|Twelve Colonies]], but in a style more familiar and disturbing to today's viewers, making its events eerily reminiscent of feelings felt by many viewers to the sporadic and inconsistent news and chaos shown during the [[w:September 11, 2001|September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks]] in the United States.
Executive produced by [[Sam Esmail]] under an overall deal with [[Universal Content Productions]] that itself was renewed February 2019, this series will leverage the ''Battlestar'' brand for NBC's own specialty streaming service called [[Peacock]].<ref name="peacock">{{cite_web|url=https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nbcuniversals-streaming-strategy-name-programming-lineup-revealed-1240157|title=The Hollywood Reporter: NBCUniversal's Streaming Strategy, Name, Programming Lineup Revealed|date=17 September 2019|accessdate=17 September 2019|last=Goldberg|first=Lesley}}</ref>

While the design of the battlestar ''Galactica'' was probably the most familiar element derived from the Original Series, many elements of the new show were altered. The commander, [[William Adama]], is a battle-hardened, secularly-minded commander on the eve of retirement for himself and his [[Cylon War|combat-decorated]] old battlestar. The names of Original Series characters are now the pilot call signs for his son, [[Lee Adama|Lee "Apollo" Adama]] and the crack pilot, [[Kara Thrace|Kara "Starbuck" Thrace]]. Starbuck's change into a female character initially became a torrid issue to Original Series fans who feared this and other changes would render an inferior series.
Additional details on development, plot, casting, and airdate were not yet available as the series is considered in-development as of 17 September 2019.  
However, some fans became pleasantly surprised of the quality of the miniseries and the regular series. Unlike its Original Series counterpart, the new series has not only survived to prepare for a [[Season 4|fourth and final season]] in 2008, but has received many awards and nominations, including several Emmy nominations, a Peabody Award, a Saturn Award, and a Hugo Award. Its popularity has even given the show its own spin-off series, [[Caprica (series)| Caprica]]. In addition, the series has been sold to many other countries across the world.

== Series development ==
== Series development ==

After the miniseries, the regular series itself was not immediately approved due to financial considerations. Initially, Universal Studios and Sci Fi Channel both deemed that the series was unaffordable, despite [[David Eick]]'s and David Kissinger's attempts to secure funding for the series. Fortuitously, the UK network [[Sky One]] was looking to fund "high-profile American shows", "ultimately making up the difference between what Universal felt it could afford and what we needed to make the show", according to Eick.<ref name="pg 41">{{cite_book|last=Bassom|first=David|authorlink=|authorlinkurl=|coauthors=|year=2005|title=[[Battlestar Galactica: The Official Companion]]|pages=41|editor=ed. Adam "Adama" Newell|publisher=Titan Books|location=|id=ISBN 1-84576-0972}}</ref>
Once funding was secured, the official announcement for the series' launch was given on 10 February 2004.<ref name="pg 41"/> Moore, a majority of the production staff, as well as every principal cast member from the miniseries returned to work on the series. Moore also hired the show's writing staff, including [[Toni Graphia]], [[David Weddle]], [[Bradley Thompson]], and [[Carla Robinson]]. <ref>{{cite_book|last=Bassom|first=David|authorlink=|authorlinkurl=|coauthors=|year=2005|title=[[Battlestar Galactica: The Official Companion]]|pages=41-43|editor=ed. Adam "Adama" Newell|publisher=Titan Books|location=|id=ISBN 1-84576-0972}}</ref>
Principal shooting on the [[Season 1 (2004-05)|first season]] was from 19 April to 15 September 2004, with each episode taking eight days to shoot. In an interesting twist, the series was first broadcast on a European network, Sky One, between 18 October 2004 to 24 January 2005.<ref>{{cite_book|last=Bassom|first=David|authorlink=|authorlinkurl=|coauthors=|year=2005|title=[[Battlestar Galactica: The Official Companion]]|pages=43|editor=ed. Adam "Adama" Newell|publisher=Titan Books|location=|id=ISBN 1-84576-0972}}</ref> As part of the funding agreement, Sky One was given the opportunity to play the new series first, leaving Americans to wait several months before the series would debut in the Americas.
== Noted changes from the [[Original Series]] ==
The basic story is still present: robotic [[Cylons (RDM)|Cylons]] conduct a [[Fall of the Twelve Colonies|surprise attack on the Colonies]], thus forcing several stranded spaceships to coalesce around the last surviving [[Galactica type battlestar|battlestar]], ''[[Galactica]]'', to seek a mythical [[Thirteenth Tribe (RDM)|Thirteenth Tribe]] where the survivors hope to find shelter from the Cylons.
Many of the fine details changed from the Original Series.
* The Cylons were created by humanity itself and not by a [[Cylons (TOS)|separate alien race]].<ref>This shift in antagonists mirror similar dystopian man/machine stories found in such popular films as the ''[[Wikipedia:The Terminator|Terminator]]'' and ''[[Wikipedia:The Matrix|The Matrix]]'' movie series.</ref>
* ''Galactica'' is a 50 year old relic on the verge of decommission.
* The names of "Apollo", "Boomer", and "Starbuck" are changed to call signs.  Most characters have standard first and last names; some first names were not given until later in the series, such as [[Felix Gaeta|Felix Gaeta's]] or [[Anastasia Dualla|Anastasia Dualla's]].
* The alien (and often confusing) terminology used to denote units of measurement, such as distance and time, in the Original Series has been replaced with understandable terminology, such as "year" and not "[[yahren]]".
* The ship designs, save for some revisions to the [[Viper Mark II]] and ''[[Galactica]]'' and a few noteworthy background ships (such as the ''[[Astral Queen]]'' and the [[Botanical Cruiser]]), have been redone.
* The government of the Colonies resembles the United States' democratic republic, with a president, vice president, and secretaries. The [[Quorum of Twelve (RDM)|Quorum of Twelve]] appears later, revised as a senatorial body, in the episode  "[[Colonial Day]]".
* Instead of the other-worldly, Egyptian-esque clothing and city designs (i.e. pyramids) seen in the Original Series, objects are more contemporary in design and function. Indeed, many aspects of contemporary society are very common throughout the new series.
* The [[Religion in the Twelve Colonies (RDM)|religion]] for the Colonials revises the Lords of Kobol to be analogous in name to many of [[w:Greek mythology|the gods in real-world Greek mythology]], making the Colonial religion of the Re-imagined Series truly polytheistic (the Original Series' religion was more monotheistic as [[God (RDM)|God]] is referenced in tandem with the Lords of Kobol, who were more akin to [[w:saint|saints]].)
* The Cylons themselves [[Cylon Religion|celebrate a monotheistic religion]] with a deity similar to the God of the [[w:Abrahamic religion|Abrahamic religions]]. The Cylons and Colonials consider each other's religions to be false, reflecting the current Islam/Christianity/Judaism strife between the Western world and the Middle East, or clashes between colonizing forces and many indigenous or native populations throughout the age of exploration and modernity.
Characters are altered significantly from the Original Series.
* [[Boomer (TOS)|Boomer]], played by [[Herb Jefferson Jr.]], is now the callsign of a female, Lieutenant [[Sharon Valerii]] ([[Grace Park]]).
* [[Starbuck (TOS)|Starbuck]], played as a male character by [[Dirk Benedict]], is now the call-sign of a female lieutenant named [[Kara Thrace]] ([[Katee Sackhoff]]).
* "Adama", "Tigh", and "Baltar" are now surnames.
* The character of [[Adama (TOS)|Adama]], portrayed by [[Lorne Greene]] in the Original Series, becomes [[William Adama]] ([[Edward James Olmos]]). Adama's beliefs are far more secular than his Original Series counterpart.
* [[Apollo (TOS)|Apollo]], portrayed by [[Richard Hatch]] in the Original Series, becomes the call sign of [[Lee Adama]] ([[Jamie Bamber]]).
* [[Baltar (TOS)|Baltar]], who was willingly complicit in the destruction of the Colonies due to his thirst for power, became [[Gaius Baltar]], an arrogant scientific genius that is tricked into working with the Cylons.
* Colonel [[Tigh (TOS)|Tigh]], portrayed by [[Terry Carter]] in the original series, becomes Colonel [[Saul Tigh]] ([[Michael Hogan]]), a grumpy alcoholic plagued by marital and psychological problems.
The show has taken a more realistic turn, scientifically. [[Science in the Re-imagined Series|Realistic science]], which was absent in the Original Series, is applied in this series as best as cinematic and storyline requirements permit.
Certain models of Cylons [[Humanoid Cylon|appear human, right down to the blood]], which generates some very disturbing problems in distinguishing friend from foe.  This mirrors terrorist methods of infiltration and delivering destructive results to heavy population centers (akin to suicide bombers).

== Official Statements ==
== Official Statements ==

* ''[[Ron D. Moore]] discusses using the [[Battlestar Galactica (TOS)|Original Series]] as a template:''

: I approached the original show and looked at what worked and what didn't work. I tried to keep as much of the original show as possible. I kept all the essential elements of ''Battlestar Galactica'': the aircraft-carrier-in-space; the rag-tag fleet; the Cylon attack, the escape and the search for Earth; Commander Adama; Adama's son "Apollo", who's the ''Galactica'''s lead fighter pilot; the rogue pilot, "Starbuck"; their friend, "Boomer"; and Baltar, the traitor. Those were the main things I knew I had to keep – it wouldn't have been ''Battlestar Galactica'' without them.
: I changed the things I knew didn't work. The original [[Baltar (TOS)|Baltar]] didn't have a motivation for betraying his race<ref>Moore's statement is subjective. Some readers may feel that Baltar's motivations were power-based. By deliberately making a deal with the Cylons, he believed that the Cylons would spare his colony and subjugate the human species under him ([[Saga of a Star World]]).</ref>, so I knew I'd have to change that character. I also never understood why the Cylons were so intent on pursuing these humans across the galaxy<ref>For detail on the Original Series Cylons and their motivations, see [[Cylons (TOS)]].</ref>, so I changed the background of the Cylons and their relationship with the human beings. Making the Cylons the creation of humanity enabled the Cylons to have a much more complicated love/hate relationship with humans, and also provided us with a way to use humanoid Cylons in the series, which was something we knew we wanted to do because there would be limits on how much we could use CGI Cylons.
: [[Athena (TOS)|Athena]] didn't seem to serve any function in the original show other than look beautiful and be a love interest for Starbuck, so I just got rid of that character.<ref>The series would transfer the daughter-figure aspects of the Original Series Athena to [[Kara Thrace]] and [[Sharon Agathon]], who [[Torn|later]] receives the callsign of "Athena."</ref> And while I thought [[Boxey (TOS)|Boxey]] was part of the family and decided it would be nice to [[Boxey (RDM)|include him in some peripheral way]],<ref>The character of Boxey in the Re-imagined Series was intended to be part of a family unit with [[Galen Tyrol]] and [[Sharon Valerii]], but a place for the character within story arcs were eventually dropped, and the character has essentially been dropped from the series.</ref> I never considered keeping [[Muffit|Boxey's dog]] for a second. The dog was just absurd! it was right out from the moment I took the show.<ref>{{cite_book|last=Bassom|first=David|authorlink=|authorlinkurl=|coauthors=|year=2005|title=[[Battlestar Galactica: The Official Companion]]|pages=13-14|editor=ed. Adam "Adama" Newell|publisher=Titan Books|location=|id=ISBN 1-84576-0972}}</ref>
* ''Moore discusses the religious aspects of the series:''
: The religious aspects of the show developed naturally out of my intention to reflect every aspect of the human experience. I was delighted because I'm fascinated with this notion of monotheism versus polytheism, and I felt its addition to the show enriched it and helped make it unique.<ref>{{cite_book|last=Bassom|first=David|authorlink=|authorlinkurl=|coauthors=|year=2005|title=[[Battlestar Galactica: The Official Companion]]|pages=18-19|editor=ed. Adam "Adama" Newell|publisher=Titan Books|location=|id=ISBN 1-84576-0972}}</ref>
* ''Moore discusses using the series as allegory to current events:''
: The original "[[MemoryAlpha:Star Trek: The Original Series|[Star] Trek]]" series ... dealt with a lot of hot-button issues at the time: It dealt with racism, and it dealt with war, and it dealt with a lot of ideas that were very, very timely and very important. And this was a chance to make a science fiction show that wasn't purely escapist, but actually dealt with the world that we live in.<ref>{{cite_web|url=http://www.thestreet.com/_tsclsii/funds/goodlife/10276628.html|title=Delve Into 'Battlestar Galactica'|date=5 April 2006|accessdate=9 Feburary 2007|last=Wolverton|first=Troy|format=|language=}}</ref>

* ''[[Jamie Bamber]] talks about the discussions that the cast and crew have regarding the show's content:''
* In lieu of a more distinct title, the initialism "SE" is to be used for any content in this series' continuity, per our [[BW:SEPCON|Separate Continuity]] policy.

: We discuss everything. We even do try to discuss the sci-fi techie stuff, but we're just not very good at it. When [[A Day in the Life|the script]] throws out something like [[Cally Tyrol|Callie]] [''sic''] and [[Galen Tyrol|the Chief]] in space without any protection, lots [of us discuss] around the set if that was really possible. In the end, we all bow down to the experts who tell us it is. That shuts us up very quick. The political stuff, that's the juice of the show with the cast. That's pretty much what we like to inhabit, those social-political dilemmas and what they mean morally and legally, and how they pertain to the world that we're in now. The interesting thing about this show is that a lot of people come up to me and say, "Is it really liberal, or something?" but everyone across the political spectrum can find a view that they can side with. We don't cast moral judgment on any of them. It is all shades of gray that are out there to be interpreted, and that's the beauty of the writing, I think.<ref name="TV Guide">{{cite_web|url=http://www.tvguide.com/News-Views/Interviews-Features/Article/default.aspx?posting=%7BAC4FC1D4-115F-457C-8E4A-01A539D77D39%7D|title=''Galactica'''s Jamie Bamber Visits a Heavenly ''Ghost''|date=23 February 2007|accessdate=23 February 2007|last=Cohn|first=Angel|format=|language=}}</ref>
<!-- == See Also ==
* ''Bamber discusses being sympathetic to the [[Cylons (RDM)|Cylons]]:''
: The Cylons do garner your empathy gradually, as you see more and more from their point of view. That's a bold move. There is a lot about them that should be sympathetic to a Western American audience. They are monotheists, they kind of believe in redemption and rebirth and all these things that a lot of us believe in. The humans are polytheists and are a bit more anachronistic.<ref name="TV Guide"/>
* ''[[Edward James Olmos]] discusses what the series is to him, referencing [[Sharon Agathon]]'s birth of [[Hera Agathon|Hera]]:''
: No, I think it was [<nowiki></nowiki>[[Sharon Agathon]]'s] [[Hera Agathon|baby]] that really pushed her to the point of being more human than android. The love of a child is really the premise of this story. [[William Adama|My [character's]]] love of my children, [[Laura Roslin|Roslin]]'s love of humanity — all of us are her children. I have my son [Major [[Lee Adama|Lee ''Apollo'' Adama]]], and of course I just [[Maelstrom|lost]] my [surrogate] daughter [Captain [[Kara Thrace|Kara ''Starbuck'' Thrace]]], which was brutal. <ref name="ew ejo">{{cite_web|url=http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20036782_20037403_20015932_2,00.html|title=Four-ward, Cylons: EDWARD JAMES OLMOS|date=|accessdate=31 May 2007|last=|first=|format=|language=}}</ref>
* ''Moore discusses mapping out the series:''
: Each season, we mapped out where we wanted to go by the end of that season.  That’s how I like to approach things.  At the beginning of [[Season 1 (2004-05)|season one]], we talked about where the end of the first year would be.  And then, into the [[Season 2 (2005-06)|second year]], we broke it up into groups of the first 10 and the second 10, and kept that style of planning, all through the show.  I would say, somewhere mid-way through the second season, I started thinking seriously about what the end of the series itself might be.  Ideas for where we were headed and what it all meant started to coalesce over the course of the third season.  In season three, we started talking in earnest about, “Well, okay, if we do end it next year, what would it really be?,” and it just felt like, “Yeah, this is the right time to do it.”  In terms of whether we’ve had enough time, I feel like we have.  We’re really taking our cues from the story itself, and it just feels like the story has moved forward aggressively.  What I’m proud of about the series is that it’s been unafraid to take risks and it’s been unafraid to move strongly forward, instead of trying to tread water.  It just feels like the momentum of the series is now moving towards a conclusion. <ref name="crave">{{cite_web|url=http://www.craveonline.com/filmtv/articles/04648062/battlestar_galactica_ronald_moore_talks_about_earth.html|title=Battlestar Galactica: Ronald Moore talks about Earth|date=13 June 2007|accessdate=15 June 2007|last=Topel|first=Fred|format=|language=}}</ref>
* In the finale of ''Battlestar Galactica'', it was revealed that the series took place more than 150,000 years before the present day. Therefore, unlike most space opera series, the reimagined ''Battlestar Galactica'' was a saga of ancient history rather than future history.
== See Also ==
* [[Themes in Battlestar Galactica (RDM)]]
* [[Themes in Battlestar Galactica (RDM)]]
* [[Philosophy in Battlestar Galactica]]
* [[Philosophy in Battlestar Galactica]]
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* [[Nicki Clyne]] as [[Cally Tyrol|Cally]] (2003-2008)
* [[Nicki Clyne]] as [[Cally Tyrol|Cally]] (2003-2008)
* [[Samuel Witwer]] as [[Alex Quartararo|Alex "Crashdown" Quartararo]] (2004-2005)
* [[Samuel Witwer]] as [[Alex Quartararo|Alex "Crashdown" Quartararo]] (2004-2005)
* [[Michael Trucco]] as [[Samuel Anders]] (2008-)
* [[Michael Trucco]] as [[Samuel Anders]] (2008-) -->

==Production Crew==
==Production Crew==
* [[Ronald D. Moore]] - Developer / Executive Producer / Writer
* [[Sam Esmail]] - Developer / Executive Producer
* [[David Eick]] - Executive Producer
* [[Toni Graphia]] - Co-Executive Producer / Writer
* [[Harvey Frand]] - Producer
* [[Glen A. Larson]] - Consulting Producer

===Directors & Writing Staff===
===Directors & Writing Staff===
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== Episodes ==
== Episodes ==

:''For a complete list of all episodes, see the [[Portal:Battlestar Galactica (RDM)/Episode Guide - Season 1 Guide|Episode Guide]]''.
:''For a complete list of all episodes, see the [[Portal:Battlestar Galactica (RDM)/Episode Guide - Season 1 Guide|Episode Guide]]''.-->

== References ==
== References ==
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Revision as of 16:29, 17 September 2019

This article refers to the 2019 re-imagined version of Battlestar Galactica. For previous incarnations of Battlestar Galactica, see: either Original Series or the Re-imagined Series.

Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
Created by Sam Esmail
Theme music by
Production company NBC Universal
Number of seasons
Number of episodes 7 (list)
Debut channel Peacock
US first-run airdates USA
UK first-run airdates UK
DVD release
Production staff
Executive producer(s) Sam Esmail
Supervising producer(s)
Associate producer(s)
Story editor(s)
Online Purchasing
Available at iTunes – [ Purchase]


Announced on the 41st anniversary of the 1978 Battlestar Galactica series, this new series is inspired by the Ronald D. Moore-lead Re-imagined Series, but will inhabit its own continuity. Meaning, of course, that it is another re-imagined version of the Battlestar Galactica story and concepts.[1]

Executive produced by Sam Esmail under an overall deal with Universal Content Productions that itself was renewed February 2019, this series will leverage the Battlestar brand for NBC's own specialty streaming service called Peacock.[2]

Additional details on development, plot, casting, and airdate were not yet available as the series is considered in-development as of 17 September 2019.

Series development


Official Statements



  • In lieu of a more distinct title, the initialism "SE" is to be used for any content in this series' continuity, per our Separate Continuity policy.

Production Crew


Directors & Writing Staff

To view the list of all the directors and staff, see the Crew Portal.


For a complete list of all episodes, see the Episode Guide.-->


  1. Goldberg, Lesley. 'Battlestar Galactica' Reboot From Sam Esmail in the Works at NBCU's Streamer (backup available on Archive.org) (in English). Retrieved on 17 September 2019.
  2. Goldberg, Lesley (17 September 2019). The Hollywood Reporter: NBCUniversal's Streaming Strategy, Name, Programming Lineup Revealed (backup available on Archive.org) (in English). Retrieved on 17 September 2019.