Number Four (Battlestar Galactica)
Simon O'Neill, is a fictional character, a Cylon from the reimagined Battlestar Galactica series. He first appears in an episode written by Carla Robinson and directed by Rod Hardy. Like the Cavils and the D'Annas, in contrast to the Leobens, Number Sixes, Sharons, Simons appear to be uncommon and never appear in large groups, he has a more prominent role in the movie The Plan. A Number Four first appears posing as a human physician treating Kara Thrace for ballistic trauma in what was a hospital on Caprica. In reality, he was performing invasive medical tests on her reproductive organs. After Starbuck begins to suspect the doctor's true nature, she kills him, escapes from the facility, her fears are confirmed. This copy is gunned down by resistance fighters who rescue her. At least one other copy is seen on Cylon-occupied Caprica, it is revealed that a Number Four was the Caprica Buccaneers' team doctor and worked against the resistance by contaminating radiation meds and giving too much morpha.
This copy was eliminated after Samuel Anders saw the Four copy who cornered Starbuck outside the Cylon facility Another Four - named Simon - was a medic in the Colonial Fleet on Gemenon and lived on the ship Cybele in Galactica's refugee fleet with his human wife Giana O'Neill and stepdaughter Jemmy. This Simon was reluctant to act against humanity because he loved his stepdaughter. A Brother Cavil attempted to pressure him into blowing up the Cybele. Simon airlocks himself instead. Giana learned the truth about her husband. Although she was distraught, she reasoned he must have killed himself rather than follow the Cylon plan and thus was heroic in a way. According to a Six, he killed himself out of resurrection range and is thus dead. A Four is present in President Gaius Baltar's office during the Battle of New Caprica. One Four, assigned as part of one Basestar's command crew that witnesses a sister Basestar's plight, determines a decision to rescue the infected Basestar cannot be reached scientifically.
A Simon captured from that same infected Basestar near the Lion's Head Nebula is interrogated on Galactica. He reveals information about the ship and the Cylons' motives for abandoning it, in exchange for a cure promised by the humans. However, there is no cure, only a treatment, it was thought this Four was killed when Karl Agathon sabotages the environmental control system, killing the Cylon prisoners to stop them from being used as biological weapons. Simon returns when a Number Three model talks to Baltar in The Passage, after consulting with Simon about the Cylons' next move towards Earth. Number Fours are nearly always featured as a Doctor or Medic, has a fascination with the possibility of Humanoid Cylons being able to reproduce, he speaks calmly and and seems to use logic to solve his problems and make decisions. When Galactica attacks the Colony in the final episode, a Four shows no concern, believing the odds are in the Cylons' favor and there is no need to worry. Ellen Tigh makes the veiled comment Number Four would want to study Caprica Six and Saul Tigh's baby if given the opportunity.
Caprica Six takes this to be a threat against her baby. Ellen's veiled threat is proven to be valid, as this Four does get the chance to operate on Hera when she is kidnapped by Boomer; this Four is killed by Boomer herself who snaps his neck in order to return Hera to her parents during the attack on the Colony. Several Number Fours are among the boarding party led by John Cavil that storms Galactica during the assault on The Colony. At least one is killed by the CIC crew. After a tenuous truce is declared, one Four oversees the transfer of resurrection data from the Final Five to the Colony Hybrids, but the truce is broken when Galen Tyrol murders Tory Foster; the Four in the CIC is shot dead by Starbuck in the ensuing fight. The remaining Fours aboard the Colony all perish when it falls into the naked singularity it was orbiting and is obliterated. Number Four at the Battlestar Wiki Number Four at Syfy
Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction media franchise created by Glen A. Larson; the franchise began with the original television series in 1978 and was followed by a short-run sequel series, a line of book adaptations, original novels, comic books, a board game, video games. A re-imagined version of Battlestar Galactica aired as a two-part, three-hour miniseries developed by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick in 2003; that miniseries led to a weekly television series, which aired until 2009. A prequel series, aired in 2010. All Battlestar Galactica productions share the premise that in a distant part of the universe, a human civilization has extended to a group of planets known as the Twelve Colonies, to which they have migrated from their ancestral homeworld of Kobol; the Twelve Colonies have been engaged in a lengthy war with a cybernetic race known as the Cylons, whose goal is the extermination of the human race. The Cylons offer peace to the humans. With the aid of a human named Baltar, the Cylons carry out a massive attack on the Twelve Colonies and on the Colonial Fleet of starships that protect them.
These attacks devastate the Colonial Fleet, lay waste to the Colonies, destroy their populations. Scattered survivors flee into outer space aboard a ragtag array of available spaceships. Of the entire Colonial battle fleet, only the Battlestar Galactica, a gigantic battleship and spacecraft carrier, appears to have survived the Cylon attack. Under the leadership of Commander Adama, the Galactica and the pilots of "Viper fighters" lead a fugitive fleet of survivors in search of the fabled thirteenth colony known as Earth. Glen A. Larson, the creator and executive producer of Battlestar Galactica, claimed he had conceived of the Battlestar Galactica premise, which he called Adam's Ark, during the late 1960s; as James E. Ford detailed in “Battlestar Galactica and Mormon Theology,” a paper read at the Joint Conference of the American Culture and Popular Culture Associations on 17 April 1980, the series incorporated many themes from Mormon theology, such as marriage for "time and eternity", a "council of twelve," a lost thirteenth tribe of humans, a planet called Kobol, as Larson was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
However, he was unable to find financial backing for his TV series for a number of years. Battlestar Galactica was produced in the wake of the success of the 1977 film Star Wars; the original Cylons of Battlestar Galactica, robotic antagonists bent on destroying all humankind, owe much to Fred Saberhagen's berserker stories, including Saberhagen's fictional race The Builders whose "sliding single red eye" became the signature design element for the Cylons. Larson had envisioned Battlestar Galactica as a series of made-for-TV movies for the American Broadcasting Company. A shortened version of the three-hour pilot, Saga of a Star World, was screened in Canadian theaters and in American and Australian theaters on. Instead of two additional TV movies, ABC decided to commission a weekly TV series of one-hour episodes. In 1979 at the sixth annual People's Choice Awards, the TV series won in the category of "Best New TV Drama Series"; the first episode of the TV series was broadcast on September 17, 1978.
However, about 30 minutes before the end, that broadcast was interrupted by the announcement of the signing of the Egyptian–Israeli Camp David Accords. After the interruption, the episode picked back up. During the eight months after the pilot's first broadcast, 17 original episodes of the series were made, equivalent to a standard 24-episode TV season. Citing declining ratings and cost overruns, ABC canceled Battlestar Galactica in April 1979, its final episode "The Hand of God" was telecast on April 29, 1979. During the autumn of 1979, ABC executives met with Battlestar Galactica's creator Glen A. Larson to consider restarting the series. A suitable concept was needed to draw viewers, it was decided that the arrival of the Colonial Fleet at present-day Earth would be the storyline. A new TV movie called. Again, it was decided this new version of Battlestar Galactica would be made into a weekly TV series. Despite the early success of the premiere, this program failed to achieve the popularity of the original series, it was canceled after just ten episodes.
In this 1980 sequel series, the Colonial fleet finds the Earth, it covertly protects it from the Cylons. This series was a quick failure due to its low budget panned writing, ill-chosen time slot; the TV series had to adhere to strict content restrictions such as limiting the number of acts of violence and being required to shoehorn educational content into the script and dialogue. To cut costs, the show was set on the contemporary Earth, to the great dismay of fans. Another factor for fan apathy was the nearly complete recasting of the original series: Lorne Greene reprised his role as Adama, Herb Jefferson, Jr. played "Colonel" Boomer in about half of the episodes, Dirk Benedict as Starbuck for one episode (the abrupt final episode, though his character was to h
Richard Hatch (actor)
Richard Lawrence Hatch was an American actor and producer. Hatch began his career before moving on to television work in the 1970s. Hatch is best known for his role as Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica television series, he is widely known for his role as Tom Zarek in the reimagined Battlestar Galactica. Hatch was born on May 21, 1945 in Santa Monica, California to John Raymond Hatch and Elizabeth Hatch, he grew up with 4 siblings. While in high school, he aspired to become an athlete in pole vaulting, only had a passing interest in acting, as he considered himself too shy and insecure; the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, while Hatch had just started college, turned him towards acting. I was expressing feelings and emotions I tended to keep locked inside of myself." Hatch began his theatrical career with the Los Angeles Repertory Theater, as well as shows in Chicago and Off-Broadway. Hatch began working in television in 1970 when he starred as Philip Brent in the daytime soap opera All My Children, a role he played for two years.
In the following years, he made guest appearances in prime time series such as Cannon. In 1976, Hatch gained his first major television role as Inspector Dan Robbins on the detective series The Streets of San Francisco, as the replacement for Michael Douglas, who had acted Inspector Steve Keller in the series, but had resigned from the cast that year. Though the role was for only one season, Hatch won Germany's Bravo Youth Magazine Award for the role. Following this, he had a recurring role on the series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman for one season. In 1978, Hatch gained a starring role in Glen A. Larson's sci-fi series, Battlestar Galactica, which aired for a single season before its high cost motivated its cancellation by ABC-TV. Hatch was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the role. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Hatch made guest appearances on such series as Hotel. In 1990, Hatch appeared on Santa Barbara. Originating the character Steven Slade. In 2013, Hatch made a guest appearance in an adult-oriented episode of The Eric Andre Show on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.
Hatch made several low-key theatrical film releases, including Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen and Prisoners of the Lost Universe. An abridged version of the pilot episode of Battlestar Galactica was released in cinemas overseas and for a limited run in the U. S. as was a sequel film, Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack, made from episodes of the series. He starred with Leif Garrett with Arte Johnson in Second Chance. In the 1990s, Hatch attempted to revive Battlestar Galactica, he began writing novels based on the series, wrote, co-directed and executive-produced a trailer called Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming in the hopes of enticing Universal Studios - the rights holders for the franchise, into producing a new series. Hatch's series would have been a direct continuation of the original 1978 series, would have ignored the events of the failed spin-off Galactica 1980, in which Hatch had not appeared. Original actors John Colicos, Terry Carter and Jack Stauffer appeared in the trailer with Hatch.
Though the trailer won acclaim at science-fiction conventions, Universal was not interested in Hatch's vision for the revival of Battlestar Galactica, instead opted for a remake rather than the sequel for which Hatch had campaigned. Hatch, who had remortgaged his own house to produce the trailer, was bitterly disappointed by this turn of events and was critical of the prospective new series. In 2004, he stated to Sci-Fi Pulse that he had felt resentment over the failure of his planned Galactica continuation and was left "exhausted and sick... I had, over the past several years, bonded with the original characters and story... writing the novels and the comic books and campaigning to bring back the show." Despite his resentment, Hatch developed a respect for Ronald D. Moore, the remake show's head writer and producer, when Moore appeared as a featured guest at Galacticon and answered questions posed by a hostile audience. In 2004, Hatch was offered a recurring role in the new Battlestar Galactica series, which he accepted.
He portrayed Tom Zarek, a terrorist turned politician who spent twenty years in prison for blowing up a government building. After Zarek's death, Hatch commented that "never did I play this character as a villain nor did I think he was one and I still feel that way," and that he considered the character to be a principled figure, driven to violence after being "blocked in every way possible" by Roslin and Adama. "Zarek and Roslin all wanted power for the same reason, to make a positive difference." Alongside his attempts to revive the original Battlestar Galactica, Hatch created trailer for his own space opera ent
Karl C. Agathon is a fictional character on the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica TV series, portrayed by Tahmoh Penikett. Agathon is an Electronic Countermeasures Officer, part of a two-person Colonial Raptor crew based on the Battlestar Galactica, is paired with Sharon "Boomer" Valerii before the Cylon attack on the Twelve Colonies. Unlike other major characters such as Kara "Starbuck" Thrace or Gaius Baltar, the series reveals little about Agathon's life before the events of the series, it is confirmed Helo is a Caprican, why he and Starbuck knew each other. The backstory Tahmoh Penikett and Katee Sackhoff came up with to explain a comment from Thrace in "Scattered" that she and Helo "go way back" is the two were old friends for a long time who most attended the academy together as cadets and as "drinking buddies". During the Cylon attack and Sharon's Raptor is damaged, he takes a shrapnel hit in the leg and they are forced to land on Caprica. While making repairs, they are mobbed by a group of survivors desperate to get off the planet.
A lottery is used to decide. The injured Agathon sacrifices his own seat to allow Dr. Gaius Baltar, discovered in the crowd, to survive. Boomer lifts off with refugees aboard and Helo is left on the nuked and occupied Caprica with only a med kit and sidearm. After the Raptor leaves, Agathon flees into the wilderness and tries to elude Cylon forces, surviving by using anti-radiation injections and the other contents of his survival kit, he is captured by a Number Six copy, but is rescued by Valerii. Valerii's true motive in accompanying Agathon is the participation in a Cylon experiment designed to attempt to create a viable Cylon/human hybrid offspring; the Cylons track Agathon's progress toward a military base in Delphi, placing him in situations designed to result in affection and love towards Valerii. The experiment results in a successful pregnancy after Valerii has sex with Agathon, though as an unintended side effect, she falls in love with him as well. Agathon soon discovers the truth about her Cylon nature after spotting another Number Eight copy while trying to infiltrate the Delphi military base.
Believing that he is being led into a trap, he runs from Valerii. She catches up to him and reveals she is pregnant. Despite shooting her in the shoulder, Agathon realizes he can't bring himself to kill her and instead, at her urging, takes her with him to the Delphi museum, it is there he is reunited with fellow Galactica pilot Kara "Starbuck" Thrace, on a special mission from President Laura Roslin to recover the Arrow of Apollo. After nearly being killed by Thrace, Valerii flies off. Agathon and Thrace make their way first to Thrace's old apartment to retrieve a new mode of transportation, into the woods in search of another military base. While stopping to get their bearings, they run into a group of Pyramid players-turned resistance fighters. After Thrace is wounded and captured by the Cylons and the others track her down and attempt to rescue her from the hospital where she is being held, they are aided by Valerii, who returns in a stolen Heavy Raider. With the Arrow of Apollo in hand, Agathon and Valerii leave Caprica and make their way to Kobol to rejoin Roslin.
Upon rejoining the Colonial survivors aboard the Astral Queen, Agathon pulls his gun on Lee Adama in order to stop him from shooting Valerii, whom Adama blames for the attempt another Valerii copy makes on his father's life. While searching for the Tomb of Athena on the surface of Kobol, Agathon admits to Valerii he still loves and trusts her. After finding the Tomb of Athena, Agathon returns with the group to Galactica three months after being MIA and presumed dead, his homecoming is bittersweet. However, Helo finds support from Starbuck and Chief Petty Officer Galen Tyrol, in love with the original Galactica crew member version of Sharon before her ultimate betrayal of the fleet and death. Helo is accepted by the crew when he recommends the Blackbird should be encased in carbon-composite skin to make it a stealth ship. After the appearance of the Battlestar Pegasus, Agathon witnesses Sharon's torture and attempted rape by Lieutenant Alastair Thorne, a Pegasus crew member and Cylon interrogator.
Along with Tyrol, Helo stops Thorne from raping Sharon but in the process, they accidentally kill him. Admiral Cain's summary trial and death sentence of Agathon and Tyrol bring Galactica to confrontation with Pegasus. Although the death sentence is not carried out and Tyrol remain in the brig, where Tyrol gives Helo his blessing for a relationship with Sharon; the two are released by Colonel Jack Fisk, with all charges being dropped. Following his captivity on Pegasus, Helo is reunited with his version of Sharon as her pregnancy continues; when President Laura Roslin proclaims her intention to force Sharon to undergo an abortion in order to eliminate the perceived threat Helo and Sharon's child represents to the fleet, Helo begs Admiral Adama to overrule Roslin and allow himself and the pregnant Sharon to leave the fleet and find a world where they could live in peace without being persecuted. Adama refuses and
Black Market (Battlestar Galactica)
"Black Market" is the fourteenth episode of the second season of the reimagined Battlestar Galactica television series. It aired on the Sci Fi Channel on January 27, 2006. In the episode, Apollo's investigation of the fleet's black market becomes intertwined with his involvement with a prostitute; the episode was a disappointment both to executive producer Ronald D. Moore and to critics, several of whom called it the series's worst episode. Haunted by his near-death experience after ejecting from the Blackbird, Apollo begins sleeping with Shevon, a prostitute on Cloud Nine who reminds him of his pregnant girlfriend who died in the Cylon attack on the Twelve Colonies. Dee asks Apollo. President Laura Roslin decides to crack down on the black market within the fleet. Commander Jack Fisk at first advises against it but volunteers Pegasus to take the lead. Fisk is found garrotted in his quarters. Assigned to investigate the murder, Apollo discovers Fisk was involved in the black market, that Vice President Gaius Baltar and Colonel Saul Tigh were among Fisk's trading partners.
Roslin asks Baltar to resign. Responding to an emergency call from Shevon, Apollo rushes to Cloud Nine to find her bruised and distressed. Thugs enter Shevon's attack Apollo; as he is being strangled, a gangster tells Apollo to stop investigating Fisk's murder, threatens Shevon and her daughter Paya if he refuses, knocks Apollo out. Apollo wakes to find the wielder of the garrote murdered. Tom Zarek enters the room soon after, he claims he refused to join Fisk's smuggling network and suggests that the murderer's corpse was given to Apollo as "a way out" of his investigation. Apollo is not dissuaded, so Zarek mentions a man named Phelan who runs the black market and gives Apollo the location of his ship. On Phelan's ship, Apollo discovers the black market is hoarding antibiotics and trafficking in children. Phelan, who turns out to be the gangster from before, reveals that Shevon works for him and defends the black market as necessary. Apollo offers Phelan amnesty if he will shut down his operation.
When Phelan refuses, Apollo kills Phelan. Apollo acknowledges. However, he warns the smugglers to remove the human smuggling and murder parts of their operation or he will shut them down. Roslin objects but acquiesces to the resolution. Zarek makes his way aboard Phelan's ship surrounded by his men, indicating that Zarek will take over the black market. Shevon refuses saying she can not replace his lost love. Dee returns to Billy Keikeya. Apollo's journey through the fleet's criminal underground culminating with the encounter with Phelan was inspired by Heart of Darkness; the writers were excited by the combination of this storytelling device with the opportunity to complicate Apollo's character. Moore was happy with the script when it was written but came to believe the episode was flawed. In October 2005 he wrote, in reference to the still unaired "Black Market", that he was "positively angry with myself at something I knew in my bones had fallen well below the bar I set for myself and for the show in general."
In particular, he felt that the episode was too conventional in its execution. Moore attributed what he considered a drop in quality from other episodes to the second season's increased production schedule. Moore was disappointed with how the black market's illegality is established. At first, Moore notes, it is difficult to see what distinction Roslin makes between legitimate and illicit commerce in a post-apocalyptic environment; the distinction may only become clear to the audience once the child trafficking is revealed, but Moore came to regard this as a "cheap" dodge of the dilemma. Critics shared Moore's disappointment with "Black Market". Rose Wojnar of The San Diego Union-Tribune gave the episode a D+, calling it "one of the weakest, if not the weakest, episode of an otherwise outstanding series so far." Jacob Clifton of Television Without Pity gave it a D, writing, "Good acting is marred by nonsensical plot and unreadable dialogue." Clifton elaborated that the episode "sucked hard". Keith McDuffee of TV Squad considered the episode unnecessary.
Amanda Keith of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group wrote, "'Black Market, one of the most reviled episodes of the entire series, deserves it." Simon Brew of Den of Geek wrote, "this the weakest episode of the show... it still manages to blast pretty much every other show off the screen." Jason Davis of Mania gave "Black Market" an A-, praising the development of Apollo's character and Bill Duke's performance but criticizing the plot. StephenFlagg of ScrewAttack called it the series's worst episode, but said, "Bad? Yes. Boring? Yes. Terrible? No." Alan Sepinwall praised Duke's performance but called "Black Market" "one of the series' low points". "Black Market" at the Battlestar Wiki "Black Market" at Syfy "Black Market" at TV.com "Black Market" on IMDb
Seraphs (Battlestar Galactica)
The Seraphs were an alien race in the original Battlestar Galactica series from 1978/79 and its spinoff series, Galactica 1980. They were never expressly referred to by name in the series, but were called "Seraphs" in the scripts for the episodes in which they appear, as well as in the mid-1990s Galactica comic books; the Seraphs were a noncorporeal race of sentients who first appear in "War of the Gods". They show up again at the conclusion of the "Terra" story arc and in the Galactica 1980 episode "The Return of Starbuck" which explained the origins of the mysterious Doctor Zee, they were to figure in the episode "Wheel of Fire", in preproduction when the series was cancelled. The Seraphs are represented in the 2003 reimagining by the mysterious "angel" characters who appear throughout the series' run. Seraphs are wingless angels, traveling in a large spacecraft most referred to as the Ship of Lights, they appear humanoid, though their faces are always veiled. When Lieutenant Starbuck attempts to touch one, his hand goes through its body.
It is revealed in "Experiment in Terra" that they can take on a normal human form when called upon to do so. In this particular instance a Seraph appeared as a normal human and called himself John and acted as Apollo's liaison during the Terra crisis; when asked about their origins, the Seraphs claimed to have ascended to their present state: "As you now are, we once were. This references the concept of deification in Mormon cosmology, succinctly summarized in a couplet by Lorenzo Snow: "As man now is, God once was: As God now is, man may be."Commander Adama realizes the Seraphs are the same angelic "Beings of Light" mentioned in "The Book of the Word", the dominant Colonial Scripture, that these beings have played a part in human society. In "War of the Gods", the crew of the ship indicate; because it is implied that Count Iblis is the original basis for Satan or "evil", this could imply the Ship of Lights and its inhabitants are meant to represent angels or "good", though this is not directly stated.
This is indicative of the absolutist Manichaean world-view of the original Battlestar Galactica. In Galactica 1980's last episode. "The Return of Starbuck", the character of Dr. Zee is revealed to have been born to one of the Seraphs known as "Angela". While the series was cancelled before it could be shot, a script was written where it is revealed that Starbuck had in fact joined the Seraphs; the Ship of Lights is a Seraph spacecraft from the original Battlestar Galactica television series. It emits an loud sound that can be heard by people in nearby spaceships and is sufficient to render humans unconscious; the Ship of Lights carries smaller craft. In the re-imagined series, this vessel appears in a painting created by Starbuck. In addition, that series' Resurrection Ship restores characters to life, in both series Lieutenant Starbuck/Kara Thrace is part of a resurrection-related plot that leads the characters toward Earth; the model for the Ship of Lights was made out of neon lights and plastic by Universal Hartland Visual Effects.
Ship of Lights at Battlestar Wiki Images of the ship and model by Ken Larson Lords of Kobol
Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV series)
Battlestar Galactica is an American military science fiction television series, part of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. The show was developed by Ronald D. Moore and executive produced by Moore and David Eick as a re-imagining of the 1978 Battlestar Galactica television series created by Glen A. Larson; the pilot for the series first aired as a three-hour miniseries in December 2003 on the Sci-Fi Channel, followed by four regular seasons, ending its run on March 20, 2009. The cast includes Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park The series garnered a wide range of critical acclaim both at the time of its run and in the years since, including a Peabody Award, the Television Critics Association's Program of the Year Award, a placement inside Time's 100 Best TV Shows of All-Time, Emmy nominations for its writing, costume design, visual effects, sound mixing, sound editing, with Emmy wins for both visual effects and sound editing.
In 2019, The New York Times placed the show on its list of "The 20 Best TV Dramas Since The Sopranos", a 20-year period many critics call "the golden age of television."Battlestar Galactica is set in a distant star system, where a civilization of humans lives on a group of planets known as the Twelve Colonies. In the past, the Colonies had been at war with an android race of their own creation, known as the Cylons. With the unwitting help of a human scientist named Gaius Baltar, the Cylons launch a sudden sneak attack on the Colonies, laying waste to the planets and devastating their populations. Out of a population numbering in the billions, only 50,000 humans survive, most of whom were aboard civilian ships that avoided destruction. Of all the Colonial Fleet, the eponymous Battlestar Galactica appears to be the only military capital ship that survived the attack. Under the leadership of Colonial Fleet officer Commander William "Bill" Adama and now-President Laura Roslin, the Galactica and its crew take up the task of leading the small fugitive fleet of survivors into space in search of a fabled thirteenth colony known as Earth.
The series spawned the prequel spin-off TV series Caprica, which aired for one season in 2010. Another spin-off, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, was released in November 2012 as a web series of ten 10-minute episodes, aired on February 10, 2013, on Syfy as a televised movie. Battlestar Galactica continued from the 2003 miniseries 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 opera series, Battlestar Galactica has no humanoid aliens, the primary armaments used by both military forces utilize bullets, rail guns, missiles instead of lasers, the series intentionally avoids technobabble.
Instead, most of the stories deal with the apocalyptic fallout of the destruction of the Twelve Colonies upon the survivors, the moral choices they must make as they deal with the decline of the human race and their war with the Cylons. Stories portray the concept of perpetuated cycles of hate and violence driving the human-Cylon conflict, religion, with the implication of a "God" whose angelic agents appear to certain main characters. Over the course of the show's four seasons, the war between the Colonials and the Cylons takes many twists and turns. Despite the animosity on both sides, the humans and a faction of the Cylons form an uneasy alliance, in the wake of the Cylon Civil War; the Cylon leader, a humanoid Cylon "Number One" named John Cavil, precipitated the schism in the Cylon ranks. Cavil deceives the other models by obsessively hiding the identities and origins of the remaining five humanoid Cylon models, the "Final Five", known only to him, are a more ancient type of Cylon, created by a previous iteration of human civilization.
Other plotlines involve the mysterious destiny of Kara "Starbuck" Thrace, the subject of a prophecy claiming that she is the "Harbinger of Death" who will "lead them all to its end", as well as the redemption of Gaius Baltar through the Cylons' monotheistic religion, after he becomes a pariah within the fleet. In the final episodes, an inexplicably resurrected Kara Thrace leads the surviving humans and their Cylon allies to a new planet, which Adama names "Earth"; the first group of survivors settle in ancient Africa. The "real" Earth that the Colonials had searched for during their years in space was revealed in an earlier episode to have been inhabited thousands of years before by a previous form of humanoid Cylons; these humanoid Cylons had created their own Centurion robotic slaves, who waged a nuclear attack against their masters, devastating the planet and making it uninhabitable. The new Earth is found to be inhabited by early humans, who are genetically compatible with the humans from the Galactica and the rest of the fleet, but who possess only the most rudimentary civilization.
The surviving humans and humanoid Cylons settle on the new planet Earth.