The Battlestar Galactica science fiction franchise, which began as a 1978 TV series, was "reimagined" in 2003 into a TV mini-series. The mini-series served as a backdoor pilot for a 2004 TV series.
Featuring re-imagined, more deeply portrayed favourite characters from the original series, each season of the show sees the crew of Galactica facing new adventures, challenges, failures and conquests as they travel through time and space trying to find what they're searching for.
The mini-series originally aired in the USA on the Sci Fi channel from 8-9 December, 2003. The full series premiered on 18 October, 2004 and ended in the USA on 20 March, 2009.
The mini-series aired in South Africa on M-Net from 8-22 July, 2005. The full series aired on M-Net Action (previously known as actionX) from 9 August, 2005 to 6 May, 2009. It later aired on TopTV's Fox FX channel. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 2 originally aired on M-Net Action from 12 July to 22 November, 2006, on Wednesdays at 20h00. New episodes broadcast weekly.
Season 2 premiered on Fox FX on Wednesday 7 March 2012, at 20h30. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 20 episodes in the second season.
Difficult choices lead to divided loyalties ... and more daunting challenges.
With Vice President Gaius Baltar and a team of Colonial troops stranded and hunted by Cylon centurions on Kobol, the legendary "planet of the gods," Commander Adama lays clinging to life after being shot while in the command center of the Galactica.
In the aftermath, Crewman Cally, a member of the Galactica's flight-deck crew, assassinates the captive Cylon infiltrator Sharon Valerii.
Like all Cylons, Sharon's consciousness downloads into a new body after her death. Because she still thinks of herself as human, her rebirth among Cylons on occupied Caprica is a nightmarish awakening.
She meets a kindred spirit in "Caprica Six," a Cylon who loved Baltar before she died in the initial attack. Revered as war heroes by their people, the duo become prominent Cylon leaders.
On occupied Caprica, Kara Thrace meets a group of resistance fighters led by a man named Samuel Anders. Their time together is brief but passionate, and before leaving Kara promises to return for Anders as soon as she can.
She then returns to the Galactica with the Arrow of Apollo, her stranded crewmate Karl "Helo" Agathon, and his pregnant Cylon lover, Sharon. They return to find the wounded Adama regaining his strength after a long rehabilitation.
With the Arrow, President Laura Roslin brings her prophetic visions to fruition. The fleet returns to Kobol and opens the ancient Tomb of Athena, where Roslin discovers what appears to be a map to the unimaginably distant Earth.
Aboard the Galactica, Helo's Sharon gives birth to their daughter, Hera. Unwilling to let Sharon raise the infant, Roslin switches the Cylon-human hybrid with a stillborn human baby.
Sharon, believing that Roslin and Adama murdered her daughter, is furious. Roslin secretly arranges for the baby to be adopted by Maya, a surrogate mother who does not know the baby's true nature.
With the hybrid child hidden within the fleet, life moves on. Adama awards his son command of the battlestar Pegasus, the recently returned sister ship of the Galactica.
The fleet prepares for its first presidential election, in which Dr. Baltar emerges as Roslin's chief opponent. Roslin's re-election campaign runs into trouble when the fleet discovers what becomes the central issue of the election: a habitable planet hidden in a nebula, safe from Cylon detection.
Roslin believes that settling there — and abandoning the quest for Earth — is the wrong decision. Unfortunately, Baltar's optimistic plan to settle the new planet draws overwhelming support from voters weary of space travel and Cylon raids.
Baltar is elected president, and his first executive order is for the fleet to land on and colonize the planet, which is dubbed New Caprica.
Life on New Caprica is hard. Supplies are scarce, and the climate is harsh. Baltar's reign is an unhappy one. Deaf to the needs of his people and facing growing political resistance, he acts more like a dictator than like a president.
Roslin abandons politics and returns to teaching, while keeping a close watch on the hybrid baby. Kara rescues Anders as she'd promised, and they marry.
In orbit, the Galactica and the Pegasus patrol with skeleton crews and a tiny, stripped-down fleet. The new colony remains safe from the Cylons ... for one year.
It is then that the Cylons discover the new human colony and invade. The battlestars are forced to break orbit and flee into deep space rather than be overpowered and destroyed. Without them, the planet is defenseless.
Baltar surrenders without a fight, turning his city over to an occupying army of Cylon Centurions.
As Roslin, Kara, and their fellow humans watch their enemies march through New Caprica, they realize that their most difficult struggle still lay ahead...
Mini-Series (3 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 8 Jul 2005 | Finale: 22 Jul 2005 | Fridays, 18h00
Season 1 (13 episodes)
Channel: actionX | Premiere: 9 Aug 2005 | Finale: 1 Nov 2005 | Tuesdays, 18h00
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 11 May 2011 | Finale: 3 Aug 2011 | Wednesdays, 20h40
Season 2 (20 episodes)
Channel: actionX | Premiere: 12 Jul 2006 | Finale: 22 Nov 2006 | Wednesdays, 20h00
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 7 Mar 2012 | Finale: 18 Jul 2012 | Wednesdays, 20h30
Season 3 (20 episodes)
Channel: actionX | Premiere: 18 Apr 2007 | Finale: 29 Aug 2007 | Wednesdays, 20h00
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 20 Aug 2013 | Finale: 31 Dec 2013 | Tuesdays, 20h30
Razor (Note: Razor aired in SA as the first two episodes of Season 4)
Channel: M-Net Action | Premiere: 16 Apr 2008 | Finale: 23 Apr 2008 | Wednesdays, 20h00
Season 4 (20 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Action | Premiere: 16 Apr 2008 | Finale: 6 May 2009 | Wednesdays, 20h00
Channel: M-Net | Aired: 25 March 2011 | Friday, 21h30
Channel: M-Net HD | Aired: 25 March 2011 | Friday, 21h30
BSG 4: Battlestar Galactica 4 Premiere
BSG 3: Who Are The Final Five?
BSG 3: Episode 8 - A Close Look At The Episode
BSG 3: Episode 11- Visual Orgasms
BSG 3: Episode 13 - The Best Moments In Pictures