Battlestar Galactica

Synopsis

After some 40 years of peace, the Twelve Colonies of Kobol are suddenly attacked by their own creations, the Cylons, who nearly wipe out humanity. All that remains is a ragtag fleet bearing approximately 50,000 precious lives with only a single battlestar to defend them from extinction.

The people are led by President Laura Roslin, a school teacher turned politico who sheds the mantle of Secretary of Education for the higher office in spite of having terminal breast cancer. Her counterpart is the aging Battlestar Galactica's commander, William Adama, a brilliant and strong-willed military officer who was on the verge of retirement before the attack.

Together, Adama and Roslin must work to keep the fleet united and protected while they search for Earth – all with the Cylons in relentless pursuit.

EJO's Role

Edward James Olmos as Admiral William Adama

Edward James Olmos plays William Adama in the rebooted "Battlestar Galactica" films and series.

Adama is an unorthodox military tactician with a deep and abiding love for his crew. He is particularly close to his executive officer Saul Tigh (Michael Hogan) and viper pilot Kara Thrace (Katee Sackhoff), while his relationship with his son, Lee, is strained.

Adama begins the series with the rank of commander but President Roslin promotes him to admiral during the show's second season.

His relationship with Roslin doesn't get off the best of starts but after a few serious missteps they work to overcome their differences for the good of the people.

Behind the Camera

In addition to his onscreen work, Edward James Olmos also directed four episodes of the regular series -- "Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down", "Taking A Break from All Your Worries", "Escape Velocity", "Islanded in a Stream of Stars" -- and the movie "Battlestar Galactica: The Plan".

The Numbers

The serial drama began with "Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries", which aired in 2003. The actual series ran for four seasons with a total of 73 episodes aired from 2004-2009. There are also two other BSG TV movies.

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Episodes

Battlestar Galactica crew from Season Three

Before watching any Season One episodes, you'll want to watch the 2003 "Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries". Season One episodes aired from November 2004-January 2005.

  1. 33
  2. Water
  3. Bastille Day
  4. Act of Contrition
  5. You Can't Go Home Again
  6. Litmus
  7. Six Degress of Separation
  8. Flesh and Bone
  9. Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down
  10. Hand of God
  11. Colonial Day
  12. Kobol's Last Gleaming I
  13. Kobol's Last Gleaming II

Aired from July 2005-March 2006

  1. Scattered
  2. Valley of Darkness
  3. Fragged
  4. Resistance
  5. The Farm
  6. Home: Part I
  7. Home: Part II
  8. Final Cut
  9. Flight of the Phoenix
  10. Pegasus
  11. Resurrection Ship: Part I
  12. Resurrection Ship: Part II
  13. Epiphanies
  14. Black Market
  15. Scar
  16. Sacrifice
  17. The Captain's Hand
  18. Downloaded
  19. Lay Down Your Burdens: Part I
  20. Lay Down Your Burdens: Part II

Aired from October 2006-March 2007

  1. Occupation
  2. Precipice
  3. Exodus: Part I
  4. Exodus: Part II
  5. Collaborators
  6. Torn
  7. A Measure of Salvation
  8. Hero
  9. Unfinished Business
  10. The Passage
  11. The Eye of Jupiter
  12. Rapture
  13. Taking A Break from All Your Worries
  14. The Woman King
  15. A Day in the Life
  16. Dirty Hands
  17. Maelstrom
  18. The Son Also Rises
  19. Crossroads: Part I
  20. Crossroads: Part II

Aired from April 2008-March 2009

  1. He That Believeth in Me
  2. Six of One
  3. The Ties That Bind
  4. Escape Velocity
  5. The Road Less Traveled
  6. Faith
  7. Guess What's Coming to Dinner
  8. Sine Qua Non
  9. The Hub
  10. Revelations
  11. Sometimes a Great Notion
  12. A Disquiet Follows My Soul
  13. The Oath
  14. Blood on the Scaless
  15. No Exit
  16. Deadlock
  17. Someone to Watch Over Me
  18. Islanded in a Stream of Stars
  19. Daybreak: Part I
  20. Daybreak: Part II

The rebooted BSG was kicked off with a miniseries in 2003 and there have been two other TV movies made as a part of the universe.

  1. "Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries"
  2. "Battlestar Galactica: Razor"
  3. "Battlestar Galactica: The Plan"

Recommended Viewing Order

To those who may not have seen "Battlestar Galactica", I make the following recommendation in terms of viewing order:

Major spoilage could occur if you watch them in any other sequence.

The Peabody
Battlestar Galactica cast and crew accept a Peabody Award

In 2006, "Battlestar Galactica" accepted a prestigious Peabody Award. The George Foster Peabody Awards are given for broadcasting excellence in both news and entertainment, are given annually by the University of Georgia. They are the oldest honor in electronic media, do not recognize categories, and no set number of awards given each year.

The United Nations

Edward James Olmos at the U.N.In March 2009, Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, along with series creators David Eick and Ronald D. Moore were invited to the United Nations to discuss current issues that the show addressed during its run.

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Trivia
  • In 2005, TIME Magazine declared "Battlestar Galactica" the Best Show on Television. In 2008, the magazine also named the series one of the 100 best TV shows of all time.
  • Edward James Olmos directed four episodes of "Battlestar Galactica" – "Islanded in a Stream of Stars," "Escape Velocity," "Taking a Break from All Your Worries," and "Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down" – and the BSG movie "The Plan"
  • Edward James Olmos wears blue contact lenses in BSG in order to help him appear more like co-star Jamie Bamber, who plays his son.
  • Ron Moore and David Eick's reboot of BSG is differentiated from the previous incarnation of the show by being called "The Reimagined Series."
  • Despite consisistently outstanding performances neither Mary McDonnell nor Edward James Olmos were nominated for Emmy or Golden Globe awards during the show's run.
  • Despite stellar reviews from critics around the globe, "Battlestar Galactica" was never nominated for a top acting or show honor with any major entertainment awards group. The show did, however, win a prestigious Peabody Award in 2006, which recognizes distinguished achievement in electronic media. The Peabody Awards are the oldest honor for electronic media.
  • Edward James Olmos' wife (Lymari Nadal) and his son (Bodie Olmos) have both appeared on "Battlestar Galactica". Bodie had a prominent recurring role as a Viper pilot (Brendan "Hot Dog" Constanza) on the series.
  • You may not know it, but Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell's professional paths have crossed before BSG, in a TV production of "12 Angry Men" – she was the judge and he a juror.

Awards

These are the honors Edward James Olmos either won or was nominated for in relation to "Battlestar Galactica"

  • Alma Awards
  • 2008: Won for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Television Series
  • 2007: Won for Outstanding Actor in a Television Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie
  • 2006: Nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Television Series
  • Image Awards
  • 2010: Nominated for Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series for the episode "Islanded in a Stream of Stars"
  • Imagen Foundation Awards
  • 2006: Nominated for Best Actor on Television
  • Saturn Awards
  • 2009: Won for Best Actor on Television
  • 2008: Nominated for Best Actor on Television
  • 2007: Nominated for Best Actor in a Television Program

The Emmys are bestowed by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

  • 2009
  • Won: Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series
  • Nominations: Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Michael Rymer), Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (1 hour), and Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series
  • 2008
  • Won: Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series
  • Nominations: Outstanding Cinematography for a One-Hour Series, Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (half-hour - Animation), and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, Michael Angeli
  • 2007
  • Won: Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series
  • Nominations: Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Felix Enriquez Alcala), Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series, and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Ronald D. Moore)
  • 2006
  • Nominations: Outstanding Costumes for a Series, Outstanding Single-Camera Sound Mixing for a Series, and Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series)
  • 2005
  • Nominations: Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series for the episode "33", and Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series for the episode "The Hand of God"

The Saturn Awards are bestowed by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.

  • 2010
  • Nominated: Saturn Award for Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series
  • 2009
  • Won: Edward James Olmos (Best Actor on Television), Mary McDonnell (Best Actress on Television), and Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series
  • Nominations: Katee Sackoff (Best Supporting Actress in Television)
  • 2008
  • Nominations: Edward James Olmos (Best Actor on Television), and Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series
  • 2007
  • Won: Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series
  • Nominations: Edward James Olmos (Best Actor in a Television Program), Katee Sackhoff (Best Actress in a Television Program), and James Callis (Best Supporting Actor in a Television Program)
  • 2006
  • Won: Katee Sackoff (Best Supporting Actress in a Television Program), and James Callis (Best Supporting Actor in a Television Program)
  • Nominations: Jamie Bamber (Best Supporting Actor on Television), and Best Television Release on DVD

The Hugos are chosen by members (supporting or attending) of the annual Worldcon for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year

  • 2009
  • Nominated for Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form, "Revelations"
  • 2007
  • Nnominated for Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form, "Downloaded"
  • 2006
  • Nominated for Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form, "Pegasus"
  • 2005
  • Won: Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form, "33"

The technical honors that Battlestar Galactica was nominated for or won:

  • 2010 Golden Reels (Motion Picture Sound Editors)
  • Won: Best Sound Editing/Long Form Dialogue and ADR in Television ("Daybreak II"), and Best Sound Editing/Long Form Sound Effects and Foley in Television ("Daybreak II").
  • Nominations: Best Sound Editing - Short Form Sound Effects and Foley in Television ("Islanded in a Stream of Stars")
  • 2009 Golden Reels (Motion Picture Sound Editors)
  • Won: Best Sound Editing - Short Form Sound Effects and Foley in Television ("He That Believeth in Me")
  • 2008 Golden Reels (Motion Picture Sound Editors)
  • Nominations: Best Sound Editing - Sound Effects and Foley for Long Form Television ("Razor")
  • 2007 Golden Reels (Motion Picture Sound Editors)
  • Nominations: Best Sound Editing in Sound Effects and Foley for Television - Long Form ("Occupation" and "Precipice"), and Best Sound Editing in Sound Effects and Foley for Television - Short Form ("Exodus II")
  • 2006 Golden Reels (Motion Picture Sound Editors)
  • Nominations: Best Sound Editing in Television Short Form - Music ("Flight of the Phoenix")
  • 2007 Canadian Society of Cinematographers
  • Nominations: Best Cinematography in TV Series
  • 2010 Cinema Audio Society
  • Nominations: Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television Series
  • 2010 Visual Effects Society
  • Won: Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series
  • 2009 Visual Effects Society
  • Won: Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series
  • 2008 Visual Effects Society
  • Nominations: Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series
  • 2007 Visual Effects Society
  • Won: Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Broadcast Program, and Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series
  • Nominations: Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Broadcast Program, Commercial or Music Video, and Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program, Commercial or Music Video
  • 2006 Visual Effects Society
  • Won: Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Broadcast Program, Commercial, or Music Video
  • Nominations: Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Broadcast Program, Commercial, or Music Video
  • 2005 Visual Effects Society
  • Nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in a Live Act on Broadcast Program

Various other honors for Battlestar Galactica:

  • 2007 Writers Guild of America
  • Nominated for Television Episodic Drama, Ronald D. Moore, for "Occupation" and "Precipice."
  • 2006 Leo Awards
  • Tricia Helfer won Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series
  • 2008 People's Choice Awards
  • Nominated for Favorite Sci-Fi Show
Praise for BSG

"You can look at this saga any way you want – as political drama, religious debate, psychological suspenser, sci-fi adventure, deep metaphor or just plain fun--and it's scintillating from every angle."

– Diane Werts, Newsday

"Driven by violence and rage, Galactica is perhaps the darkest space opera American TV has ever produced. In Galactica's future, humans are on the run, and if external enemies don't get us, internal divisions will... You'll understand them [the characters], their conflicts and their desires, because they're recognizable humans in all their glorious complexity. And that's what makes Galactica a great TV series."

– Robert Bianco, USA Today

"[Battlestar Galactica is] arguably the most potent, dramatically vibrant series on television. ...[I]t packs the power of a gut punch on screen. For that, much credit is due to the immensely compelling cast of characters... Battlestar Galactica burns with a combustive mixture of political turmoil and human drama that is as achingly real and relevant as anything on television".

– Peter Suderman, National Review

"[Battlestar Galactica] has distinguished itself as one of television's very best dramas – on a par with 24, The Wire, and Lost – because it so utterly transcends both its genre and its source material. ...[The] series' sophisticated stories have also attracted a distinctively new breed of fan, one who's not necessarily a sci-fi buff."

– Jeff Jensen, Entertainment Weekly

"[Battlestar Galactica is] not just a cult hit but a significant piece of television."

– Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times

"[Battlestar Galactica is a] sprawling, enthralling tale of human survival ... [that is] full of political allegories and fascinating, multifaceted characters."

– Maureen Ryan, Chicago Tribune

"This is a beautifully written show, driven by character rather than effects...but the effects are damn good. And there's not a better acting troupe at work on television."

– Stephen King, author of Carrie, The Shining, and Hearts in Atlantis

"[Battlestar Galactica] treats contemporary issues from an angle that really makes you think about those issues – issues of race, gender, all those things are dealt with in that context."

– Horace Newcomb, director of the Peabody Awards

"I think it's so passionate, textured, complex, subversive and challenging that it dwarfs everything on TV."

– Joss Whedon, creator of Firefly, Angel, Dollhouse and Buffy the Vampire Slayer

"Battlestar Galactica transcends the sci-fi genre; it competes, creatively, on the same level as any other top-tier drama."

– Tim Goodman, San Francisco Chronicle

My Take

I can sum up my opinion of "Battlestar Galactica" in one sentence: It is the one show I waited my entire life to see.

If you think it is just about killer robots chasing people through space then you are woefully misinformed.

"Battlestar Galactica" is as "real" a TV series as I've ever seen and entirely relevant to the world we live in. And it will be relevant 10 years from now because it deals with those age-old struggles of humanity in addition to recurrent matters of war, politics and religion.

Like Edward James Olmos has said, I almost envy people who did not see the show when it was airing because now they can sit down and watch the entire saga on Blu-ray (or DVD), episodes back-to-back with no commercials or frakkin' hiatuses. But then again, I don't envy them because I got to see it and fall in love with it first time around.

"Battlestar Galactica" is truly the epitome of what I hoped and prayed I'd be privileged to watch – in terms of a science fiction series – in my lifetime, so "Thank You!" to Ron Moore, David Eick, the writers, crew and cast, and of course, Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell, who are the reason I gave the show a chance at all, for coming on board. You gave me the adventure of a lifetime, taught me lessons, and brought to life a love story that will stand the test of time.

So say we all.

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