8.7 /10

Official Rating

8.7 /10  

Official Rating

Overview

Battlestar Galactica is a science fiction TV series which was reimagined from the 1978 show. The pilot was released as a mini series lasting three hours, and four regular seasons followed until the run ended in 2009.

The series won a Peabody Award, the Television Critics Association’s Program of the Year Award, a spot on Time’s 100 Best TV Shows of All-Time and Emmy nominations for various aspects of the show, such as writing, costume design and visual effects.

Premise

The show focuses on the last surviving humans from the Twelve Colonies of Kobold, following their nuclear annihilation from the Cylons. President Laura Roslin and Commander William Adama lead the survivors in a fleet of ships with the Battlestar Galactica as the command ship.

The survivors are pursued by Cylons who are determined to kill the rest of the human race, and they travel across the galaxy looking for the long-lost ‘thirteenth’ colony, Earth.

Cast and characters

  • Commanding officer William Adama – Edward James Olmos
  • President Laura Roslin – Mary McDonnell
  • Viper pilot Kara ‘Starbuck’ Thrace – Katee Sackhoff
  • Viper pilot Lee ‘Apollo’ Adama – Jamie Bamber
  • Scientist Dr Gaius Baltar – James Callis
  • Humanoid Cylon Number Six – Tricia Helfer
  • Humanoid Cylon Number Eight – Grace Park
  • Executive officer Saul Tigh – Michael Hogan
  • ‘Chief’ Galen Tyrrol – Aaron Douglas
  • Karl ‘Helo’ Agathon – Tahmoh Penikett
  • Felix Gaeta – Alessandro Juliani
  • Anastasia Dualla –  Kandyse McClure
  • Billy Keikeya – Paul Campbell
  • Cally Henderson – Nicki Clyne
  • Samuel ‘Longshot’ Anders – Michael Trucco

Filming locations

Battlestar Galactica was primarily filmed in Vancouver and Kamloops in Canada. Other locations include:

  • Cypress Mountain
  • West Cordova Street
  • Lynn Canyon Park
  • Deer Lake Park
  • Former Richmond Sand Dunes
  • Abitibi
  • Boundary Bay Regional Park
  • Crease Clinic
  • The Ironworks
  • Mountain View Cemetery
  • Vancouver Central Library
  • Cleveland Dam
  • Orpheum Theatre Vancouver
  • Rogers Sugar Mill

Trailer

The trailer for season one of Battlestar Galactica shows the remaining survivors on board the fleet of ships. A woman talks about how the Cylons hadn’t been a threat for a while, but now they were back.

There are only 50,000 survivors, and a chief says the war is over, so they’re now on the run. The drama intensifies when it’s discovered there is a Cylon posing as a human on board the Battlestar Galactica.

Production

Glen A Larson was the creator and executive producer of the 1978 Battlestar Galactica, and claimed he came up with the premise during the late 1960s, which he called Adam’s Ark. Many themes from Mormon theology were incorporated, such as marriage being for ‘time and eternity’, having a ‘council of twelve’, and a lost thirteenth tribe of humans.

A cult fandom spawned as a result of the original series. Several people attempted to revive it, but nothing happened until the year 2000. This was when the director and an executive producer of the X-Men movie, Bryan Singer and Tom DeSanto, began working on a Battlestar Galactica TV miniseries for the Fox TV network. This involved a continuation of the original series, but set 25 years in the future. Several members of the original cast reprised their roles, and newer characters were introduced.

Episodes and reception

Seasons one to three of Battlestar Galactica ran between 2004 and 2007. They had 13, 20 and 20 episodes respectively. Razor came afterwards in 2007; this was a television film making use of flashbacks.

Afterwards, season 4 aired between 2008 and 2009. Finally, there was a film called The Plan, which featured new material as well as a compilation from the 2004 TV series and the miniseries which aired in two parts before the regular seasons.

Battlestar Galactica has a rating of 8.7 out of 10 on IMDb at the time of writing. Rotten Tomatoes gives it 95%, and 92% of Google users reported liking this TV show.

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Pros and Cons

Pros

  1. Free subscription plan available – People don’t have to part with a monthly fee if they sign up for the free version of Peacock, which is ad-supported.
  2. Reboots of classic TV shows – Subscribers can relive childhood memories by watching reboots of series such as Gossip Girl and Saved By The Bell.
  3. Flexible content viewing – There are options for viewing a channel guide, streaming TV shows or movies and browsing short-form content clips.

Cons

  1. Launching later than other new services – Some people may not be on the lookout for a new streaming service now that new platforms from Disney and Apple are here.
  2. Smaller content library – Inevitably, Peacock doesn’t have as large or varied a library as major competitors such as Netflix and Disney Plus.
  3. Ad-free tier may be pricey for some – The ad-free Premium version is a few dollars more expensive than the plans from Apple TV+ and Disney+.

Types of content available

Peacock has over 15,000 hours of content on offer, which includes sought-after TV series, a range of movies and a selection of original features and shows. There are also linear channels available, which is similar to the setup with Pluto TV. These include live content, such as 24/7 feeds of particular channels.

Those subscribed to the premium pricing tier of this platform gain access to Premier League games which can’t be viewed on linear TV. Full episodes of shows such as The Tonight Show are available on a daily basis from 8pm ET.

In terms of original content, Peacock focuses on the nostalgia factor for reboots of classic shows. For example, Saved By The Bell, Punky Brewster and Battlestar Galactica are receiving this treatment. Other original content includes Dr Death, Rutherford Falls and a docuseries about Saturday Night Live.

In the TV shows department, you can expect such titles as The Office, Law & Order, Parks and Recreation, Two and a Half Men and Chicago Fire. A lot of the shows you can find on Hulu are also available on Peacock – notable examples include Cheers, House, Frasier, 30 Rock, Friday Night Lights and Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Film titles to keep an eye out for in the Peacock content library include American Pie, Meet the Parents, Back to the Future, Brokeback Mountain, ET, Erin Brockovich, The Breakfast Club, Dallas Buyers Club, Knocked Up and Jaws. Franchises featured on Peacock include Fast & Furious, Bourne and Despicable Me.

Top Peacock TV shows and movies

Division One – When a new female coach arrives to head up a womens’ collegiate soccer team, they have to decide if they’re going to keep losing or start winning.

MacGruber – After over a decade in jail, it’s time for MacGruber to seek out Brigadier Commander Enos Queeth.

Expecting – Ellie asks her gay best friend Jonathan if he’ll donate his sperm so she can become a mother.

Clean Slate – A car wash owner in Alabama is overjoyed to have his estranged child return after 17 years. Then he finds out his child is a proud trans woman called Desiree.

Girls5Eva – A girl group reconnect after having a one hit wonder in the 90s and decide to give fame another go.

Saved By The Bell – Peacock is rebooting the 90s drama which followed A.C.Slater, Screech, Zack Morris and Kelly Kapowski through high school, college and adult life.

Punky Brewster – Abandoned by her parents, a child is taken in by a photographer whom Punky and her dog Brandon teach a few things about lightening up.

One Of Us Is Lying – Based on the novel, this show tells the story of five high school students who walk into detention, but only four walk out.

Battlestar Galactica – A group of people on the battleship Battlestar Galactica have to leave their planet after an attack from Cylons.

The Office – This mockumentary focuses on the lives of typical office workers at the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Frasier – A psychiatrist called Dr Frasier Crane relocates to Seattle so he can have a fresh start. He ends up on the air as a radio psychiatrist.

Will and Grace – A lawyer allows his best friend to stay in his house when her marriage breaks down. But she never leaves.

Everybody Loves Raymond – A comedy focusing on successful sportswriter Raymond Barone and his life with a jealous sibling and obnoxious parents.

Parks and Recreation – Leslie wants to help a local nurse convert an abandoned construction site into a community park, but encounters obstacles from the neighbours.

30 Rock – Focuses on the head writer of a sketch comedy show who has to run it successfully while dealing with kooky stars and an arrogant boss.

Bates Motel – Norman Bates struggles with his life when his mental health suffers. Norma, his mother, tries to get him the right help.

Cheers – People from various walks of life come together at a bar called Cheers, run by Sam in Boston, and share their experiences while working and drinking there.

User interface

Peacock took the inspiration for its user interface from that used by Sky in the UK for its streaming services. Generally speaking, there are three options for subscribers when they enter the app – they can go to channels, trending or browse. While they pick one of the options, a video will autoplay in the background.

When a user enters browse mode, they will be able to look through over 15,000 options across TV and movies. This is where the app looks most similar to competitors such as Disney Plus or Netflix, as the selections are broken down into rows.

If they go into the trending tab, they will see short-form content such as news, pop culture or a sports event highlight reel. This is where the section aims to compete with YouTube, as Peacock hopes to lure people away from there and towards the streaming service – which has more to offer beyond this kind of feature.

In the channels section, people will find that the interface here is most like traditional TV. As seen with cable packages, there is a channel guide to scroll through, with options ranging across TV shows, movies, news, sports and various specialised content hubs.

Here are some of the additional features subscribers can make the most of with Peacock:

Curation hubs – Fans of a particular show will be able to navigate to its hub and choose one of the characters. From there, they can watch set sequences such as episodes which focus on them.

Profiles – All Peacock accounts include the option to create a profile. You can create a profile for each member of the household. Various Universal characters are available for use as avatars.

Parental controls – Accounts can be set up in Kids Mode, which enables just content which is focused on children to be shown when browsing with this profile.

Multiple streams – Peacock lets you stream on multiple devices simultaneously, allowing for clashes over what to watch to be avoided.

No ads – While there are tiers in the pricing structure which feature ads, there are only five minutes worth of advertising per hour. Furthermore, these can be removed altogether for an additional $5 per month.

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