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Is it possible to follow Battlestar Galactica 2003 TV series without watching 1978 original Battlestar Galactica series? Yes, definitely. Although some of the basic concepts / names etc. are the same, this is a complete reboot/re-imagining of the series.


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Unlike Galactica, many of the civilian ships were not equipped with effective water recycling system. Quote from your source: Many of the ships like the Virgon Express were not made for long-term voyages - >and will have to tank off of us periodically. This, possibly coupled with the sabotage disrupting (or stopping completely) the recycling process (see ...


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From the original movie: "We count thirty Rebel ships, Lord Vader, but they're so small they're evading our turbolasers." ―Lieutenant Tanbris, to Darth Vader, during the Battle of Yavin Which came out in 1977, while Battlestar Galactica first aired in 1978 (thanks @CodesInChaos). So Star Wars had it first.


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Richard Hatch played Apollo in the 1978 series, then played Tom Zarek, the political activist, in the 2004 series. Ref: Wikipedia - Battlestar Galactica


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Why would a ship able to recycle all water consumed have trouble running out of water? Well, it surely takes time to recycle the water. And you would need water for all necessities over that time. If you don't have enough water, how you are supposed to survive, given that water is the most important necessity for human and other living things. Borrowed ...


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You don't have to watch both, they are not related or have any sort of continuity, but you need to watch the 2 episodes mini series before watching the 2003/2005 version.


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Why would it be near the ship? It would be travelling away, spreading wider as it went, at the same speed as when it blew out. It would be a slightly more difficult task than throwing a handful of ball-bearings from the top of the Empire State Building, then running down to the street to go find them. Edit: Let me add some weight to this initially rather ...


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As someone who watched and loved the 1978 series as a teen... No, you don't need to watch both. They are actually surprisingly unrelated. They have roughly the same central concept of a fleet which is fleeing genocide at the hands of the "Cylons", but that's really about where the similarities end. The Cylons are completely different in the original show. ...


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If we recycle all water in a self-sustainable way, and lose 60% of our water, the only way our loss is sustainable is if our initial water utilization was only 40% or less. That is, we're in big trouble unless our ship was carrying 250% of its peak water demand. This seems inefficient. If we can carry that much water, why worry about recycling so ...


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Star Wars had them first . http://www.imsdb.com/scripts/Star-Wars-A-New-Hope.html OFFICER: We count thirty Rebel ships, Lord Vader. But they're so small they're evading our turbo-lasers! VADER We'll have to destroy them ship to ship. Get the crews to their fighters.


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The showrunner, Jason Rothenberg, is a big fan of BSG. This might be an explanation, in parts. "How would you describe the genesis of the concept for The 100? The show is based on a book. Last year, I was looking for a pilot to write and I had a meeting with the publisher. They told me about this idea and it instantly blew my mind. I think I can ...


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The premise of this question is based on a few faulty assumptions. Turbo has 2 correct definitions, and one odd tacked on thing that almost counts as a 3rd definition. Definition 1, meaning "big or fast". Much as you can have turbocapitalism (an accelerated/exaggerated form of capitalism), you can have turbolasers. These would presumably have a higher rate ...


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I don't remember there being a solid explanation for her new state/resurrection. An astral projection is one possibility, but I'd like to go even further to explain her pivoting role regarding the location of earth. It could be she was some sort of angel, sent out to guide the humans, as she disappears in the end when she has fulfilled her purpose. She is ...


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Battlestar Galactica apparently exists in the world of Dollhouse, but only as a show. That would explain calling someone a Cylon. Sharing actors is nothing new. Summer Glau is in Dollhouse, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Firefly / Serenity (along with Alan Tudyk who also appeared in Dollhouse). This does not suggest that they are all in the ...


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Previous answers are spot-on, but there are other (perhaps even major) points of water loss that each overlooks that would cause loss even in a system with 100% recycling efficiency: People transferring from ship to ship. If an individual comes from another ship in the fleet and eats and/or drinks while aboard the Galactica, then departs, the quantity of ...


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In a really weird way, the reboot is also a sequel series to the original galactica series. In Galactica 80, the fleet has found earth and they send a small contingent of children to live on it. The cylons also send a small contingent (no idea why)that are humaniform cylons to hunt them down. One of the big themes of the reboot is "all this has happened ...


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Both Blade Runner and Battlestar Galactica are influenced by earlier work. In fact, the very first story to talk about robots actually used the term to refer to artificial humans. You can find a list of "Artificial Human" tropes here http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ArtificialHuman Ronald Moore did acknowledge that Battlestar Galactica had similar ...


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Starbuck is some kind of "Angel": An oracle, a messenger, a goddess, and/or prophet. She is one of two counterparts that exist across space & time. The other being Pythia (Saul's Mother) who existed right before the 13th Tribe's exodus from Kobol. Together they make up a long-term being, "Aurora, Goddess of the Dawn." Aurora is the goddess of the ...


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From both the TV series and tie-in "Final Five" Comics, we can deduce that Kara "Starbuck" Thrace is a kind of "angel" who is one counter part of two, the other, Pythia (Saul's Mother - Final Five Comic Reveal), whom together make up Aurora, Goddess of the Dawn. Sometimes, A Great Notion... The series, like a lot of science fiction, features a spectrum of ...


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While their discovery was likely inevitable, Tory was afraid of dying. Fear of death makes humans do irrational things. One of the key story elements of Battlestar Galactica was how human (or not) the Cylons were. As for did Galen find out? That's a plot element in the finale, Daybreak:


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There is no direct explanation for her immediate reaction, perhaps it ties into the feeling of what she believes she should do in relation to her counterpart, Pythia who was sentenced to die on a pyre, but actually died in the 13th tribes escape featured more in The Final Five comic Book? Pythia was an ancient oracle, believed to have been one of the ...


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This is actually covered quite clearly during the show itself. It's a bit spread over episodes, but the main explanation comes in season 4 episode 11 (Sometimes a Great Notion) and 15 (No Exit). If you haven't gotten that far, the remainder of this post is a major spoiler. The big reveal is that the thirteenth tribe that left Kobol for earth was not a ...


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Okay, so... Battlestar Galactica gets complicated because of all the miniseries and web series, etc. Netflix used to have the main series (minus one or two minor web series) and provided them in order, which made life so much easier. Sadly, Netflix took the modern BSG down, but you can still find DVDs at libraries, etc. So the answer to #2 is yes, there is a ...


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An IMDb commmon cast/crew search isn't really yielding a lot of the same people at the supervising to executive producer levels, so my guess would be that it's simply the fact that both shows were shot in Vancouver and are drawing on the same acting, production, and SFX pools. And that you're liable to see similar crossover of cast/crew from BSG with other ...


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Did Galen ever know that Cally was killed by Tory versus committing suicide? Yes, he did. In the series finale Daybreak while the Final Cylons's minds are linked together Galen sees Tory's memories of killing Cally. This revelation triggers Galen to break from the download procedure and strangle Tory. As for why Tory killed Cally...for a variety of ...


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Although I agree with both answers in fear being one big potential motivator for Tory in this instance, I specifically find Tory to become ruthless when feeling insecure (see ongoing relationship with Laura Roslin). In addition I think there is more to this event that meets they eye, because of the reveal that not only is she one of the final five, but also ...


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A chronological timeline of Battlestar Galactica re-imaged (2004) universe, including web series, spin-offs, and tv movies. Caprica - A Prequel to Battlestar Galactica (2004) taking place 50 years before The Fall (The Beginning of Battlestar Galactica), feautiring the origins of this era's cyclons and with a generational tether back to an iconic BSG ...


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There are a million thematic links -- sleeper agents vs. cylons who think they're human. the goo-bath you get in the attic vs. the resurrection ship. the philosophical struggle between tech and real and "hybrid" as at the end of TDH with Anthony. The good guys being bad guys being good guys until they're all sort of blended together and only your actions ...


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I have never watched more than a couple of minutes of the 1970s version but happily watched all of the 21st Century reboot. As other have said, the 21st Century version can confuse people because it begins not with Season 1 but the Mini Series, which is possibly the best part and not to be missed, apart from showing the beginning of the story. It stands up ...


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