Battlestar Galactica (1978–1979)
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Lost Planet of the Gods: Part 1 

When a large number of Colonial Warriors come down with a serious infection, Apollo and Starbuck must train a number of female shuttle pilots to fly Vipers for combat duty.


Glen A. Larson (created by), Glen A. Larson | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Hatch ... Captain Apollo
Dirk Benedict ... Lieutenant Starbuck
Lorne Greene ... Commander Adama
Herbert Jefferson Jr. ... Lieutenant Boomer
John Colicos ... Count Baltar
Maren Jensen ... Lieutenant Athena
Noah Hathaway ... Boxey
Laurette Spang ... Cassiopeia
Tony Swartz Tony Swartz ... Flight Sergeant Jolly
Terry Carter ... Colonel Tigh
George Murdock ... Dr. Salik
Ed Begley Jr. ... Flight Sergeant Greenbean
Sheila Wills Sheila Wills ... Lieutenant Deitra (as Sheila DeWindt)
Janet Julian ... Lieutenant Brie (as Janet Louise Johnson)
Jane Seymour ... Serina


Out on patrol, Apollo and Starbuck come across a great void, while Boomer and Jolly are infected with a plague that soon infects the remaining Viper pilots. Soon, Apollo and Starbuck find themselves having to train a group of female cadets, including Apollo's fiancée, Serina. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Release Date:

24 September 1978 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the opening teaser footage, there is a scene in which Starbuck, while training the female cadets, says, 'Remember, you're flying a viper. Thinking what you want it to do is enough to make it happen.' This doesn't appear in the actual episode. See more »


The first time we see Rigel (Sarah Rush) issuing launch orders, her hair is up in a bun. This is most likely footage reused from the pilot episode, since a few minutes later, and during the rest of the episode, her hair is elaborately braided. See more »


Capt. Apollo: What are you using as a fix?
Lt. Starbuck: The end of my nose. I used to be pretty good at this at the academy, so don't disorient me.
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Edited into Remembering 'Battlestar Galactica' (2004) See more »


Main Title: Theme from Battlestar Galactica
Composed and Conducted by Stu Phillips
Performed by The Los Angeles Philharmonic
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flight of the tiger-kittens
14 April 2017 | by RavenGlamDVDCollectorSee all my reviews

Unreserved big-time like!! Major mistakes just have to be swept away into that black void of space. Fly on!!

Kudos to John Colicos, a marvelous display as über-traitor Baltar. The best villain on film, major contender at least! Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict make for the finest couple of heroes I've ever seen in my life. Lorne Greene commands respect. And this comes from The Raven, who usually only comments on glamorous actresses. So, the day I start speaking about male performances, you have to know they just got to be exceptional.

A Colonial Viper makes a fella's heart proud. Even if it is the Viper scenes, especially the sidelong in-flight cockpit scenes, above everything else, that show the most need of modern technology's updating. Showing that flight simulator was the most major mistake, as believability is forever ruined once you've seen everybody walking round the flying machine.

Lucifer totally messes up the Baltar scenes. Looks like a totally queer creature with a teardrop-shaped head wearing a bathrobe. The thing should have been a match for evil Baltar, not this faggy little halfway-demonic bastard.

Back in the pilot, Jane Seymour had a promising start, but it didn't really go anywhere. The feisty Bond girl from LIVE AND LET DIE finally comes to her right in this episode. Love that long hair! By the way, of international stars, Jane was The Raven's first love, donkey years ago. That long, long hair, ooh wow...

I love the way the girls are scared little bunnies when the cockpit hatches come down to close around them. They then find their inner adventurous selves and go in for the hunt.

Research shows that the concept of this show, as far as sexuality is concerned, was toned down after the initial test run, the pilot. Laurette Spang, Cassiopea, was introduced as a socialiter, which is the otherworldly smart way of saying prostitute. Nix on that, the network executives said. Cassiopea is now a nurse, and in this episode, doesn't get much screen time, little more than a background story character. And referring back to the pilot, Maren Jensen appeared in her underwear, 'futuristic' black-banded lingerie, bare legs. Now, sporting the same look, there is a whole room filled with models (sigh, I'm only male) and they're wearing those lingerie (double sighs) and they're all leggy and barefoot, but... drat my bad luck, now it's flesh-colored bodysuits underneath. There was, besides Maren's scene in episode 2 (the second part of "Saga of a Star World") also the extremely pretty dancing girl in episode 3 (the third part of "Saga of a Star World") and things were obviously deemed as getting too hot under the collar by the standards of network TV in 1978. And so The Powers (far mightier than the vast Cylon Empire) put their foot down, and robbed us of what would have been an even much cuter scene, this "flight room meeting" where Captain Apollo briefs the Playboy centerfolds... oops, Starbuck's Angels (as I've just seen here, somebody else's bright comment)... By today's standards, this is tame, cute, glamorous, what a shame it was reigned in.

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