Battlestar Galactica - 1978 - TV

Directed by Richard A. Colla; Alan J. Levi
Writing credits (WGA): Glen A. Larson

Video Clips

"The guest of honor looks absolutely delicious." (1.60MB)

Credited cast overview:
Richard Hatch .... Capt. Apollo
Dirk Benedict .... Lt. Starbuck
Lorne Greene .... Cmdr. Adama
Herb Jefferson, Jr. .... Lt. Boomer
Maren Jensen .... Athena
Tony Swartz .... Sgt. Jolly
Noah Hathaway .... Boxey
Terry Carter .... Col. Tigh
Lew Ayres .... President Adar
Wilfrid Hyde-White .... Sire Anton
John Colicos .... Count Baltar
Laurette Spang .... Cassiopeia
John Fink .... Dr. Paye
Jane Seymour .... Serina
Ray Milland .... Sire Uri

(full cast/crew listing)

Plot Summary

After the destruction of the human colonies, the last major fighter carrier leads a makeshift refugee fleet in a search for Earth. The story is how the 12 colonies of man are destroyed after a 1000 year war with the evil Cylon Empire. Through deceit, the Cylons are able to destroy the Colonies' entire fleet, except for the Battlestar Galactica, captained by Commander Adama. Adama gathers up the few remaining humans left on all the twelve worlds and embarks on a journey to find the mythical planet Earth, the supposed thirteenth colony of Mankind, lost millennia ago when humans first left the motherworld, Kobol. With food and fuel running out, the fleet heads for an ore planet, Carillon, hoping to get what it needs. The Ovions, who populate the planet, are being controlled by the Cylons, who set a trap for the Galactica. The fleet gets food and fuel, and escapes, destroying Carillon and a Cylon Base Star.

Article Excerpt

It's a snap for this beautiful actress to move from the far-flung future to "Somewhere in Time."
by Alan Brender

"Do you want to know the real story about my role in Battlestar Galactica? ... First of all, that two-hour movie for TV was shot and reshot, and in the end it no longer resembled the original script at all. When I accepted the role I was handled a script in which my character was similar in some ways in strength to Jane Fonda's character in The China Syndrome. I was playing a news media reporter who was announcing that everything was being destroyed. She went through traumas there, trying to fight for the rights of the people who were surviving and then realizing half-way through the film that she had the equivalent of galactic cancer. None of this was shown in the final version. They just turned into into a hardware kind of thing.

"I had a wonderful role, and I played the whole thing like a woman who was dying. Then they called up my agent (I had died, mind you, in the film) and said they would like me to do the series. He said: 'Well, she is not doing the series. I told you just one two-hour episode, and that's it. Besides, her character is dead.' They said, 'Well, she's not dead.' 'How can she not be dead?' he replied. 'She wandered around looking sick through most of the movie. She was always seeing doctors and talking about who she would leave child to.'

"They assured us Serina hadn't died; so we went off to see the film. I absolutely could not believe it. They had cut out every scene I had ever talked in. They had all the other characters talking to me and saying things. And they cut to moments when I wasn't looking so pained. My character made no sense at all. I couldn't believe what they had done. There were things happening to me that I had never seen.

"They then said, 'Well, we just have to have her back. What will it take to get her?' I was so angry, I said, 'More. More deniro.' I also said that if I came back there had to be an interesting plot. They said, 'Oh yes, we will make it more fascinating... we have three days to do it in.' They tried to do with me in the next two hours what they would have liked to have done in two years."

Seymour emphasizes that she never had any intentions of doing the Battlestar Galactica series. "They conned me into doing the second two hours because they completely ruined the characterization of the character I was doing in the first. I have never been in a series. I don't want to have to do what Christopher Reeve supposedly has to do to cast over the Superman image. No one knows who I am."

Actually, the last sentence has proven to be not absolutely true. While visiting a friend in New York, the child of that friend stared and started at her and finally said, "Serina."

"And then," Seymour explains, "the little boy said, 'Oh, please kiss me good-night.' His mother said, 'Please do.' So I went to kiss him good- night, and the boy clung to me in absolute horror and said, 'Don't die, Mommy. Don't die.' He totally identified with Boxey. I suddenly realized there was an enormous public out there."

From Starlog #40 (Nov. 1980)