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The science fiction series Battlestar Galactica ran for only a single season before being cancelled because of its large budget and falling ratings. Battlestar Galactica tells the story of a group of humans escaping an army known as the Cylons as they try to find their human cousins on Earth. Since the original series was cancelled a spin off show has been produced and a series of remakes, books and video games.

The series creator Glen A. Larson attempted to gain financial backing for his story of interplanetary war from the 1960s onwards. The success of science fiction movies, such as Star Wars in the 70s led to American television network ABC and Universal Studios backing the show for production in 1978. Initially Larson wished to produce three two hour movies based on the search for Earth, but following the success of the three hour long pilot 17 one hour long episodes were commissioned. Before being shown in the U.S. a movie version of the series pilot was released in Canada and Japan.

Despite high initial ratings for the series the large budget began to cause problems for the series producers; after losing its place as the highest rated show on Sunday nights in the U.S. ABC cancelled the series. In the final installment of the classic series of Battlestar Galactica, entitled The Hand of God the humans who escaped their home planet after it was attacked by the Cylons receive a transmission from Earth. Showing the Apollo 11 moon landings the Battlestar Galactica, the spaceship from which the show gets its name sets off with its armada of human flown ships to find Earth.

A sequel entitled Galactica 1980 followed the adventures of the crew of the ship as they reached Earth in the year 1980. A highly successful reworking of the original series was produced in the U.S. in the 21st century.

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  • The fate of space warrior Lt. Starbuck is revealed in a vivid dream of teenage genius Dr. Zee.

  • The lives of all Galacticans are in the hands of Troy and Dillon.

  • Troy and Dillon alert Galactica that they are pursuing two enemy Cylons.

  • Earthbound Troy and Dillon rush to the East Coast.

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