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Can I watch Battlestar Galactica 2003 without knowing the original 1978 series?

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 ...
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Why would a ship that is able to recycle all water consumed have trouble running out of water?

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 ...
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Are there any actors who appear in both versions of Battlestar Galactica?

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 that is able to recycle all water consumed have trouble running out of water?

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 ...
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Can I watch Battlestar Galactica 2003 without knowing the original 1978 series?

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 didn't they just try to retrieve the water they lost?

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 ...
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Can I watch Battlestar Galactica 2003 without knowing the original 1978 series?

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 ...
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Why would a ship that is able to recycle all water consumed have trouble running out of water?

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 ...
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No time-dilation during attack on Cylon colony near black hole in "Daybreak" (s4e19)

Short answer: There's probably no meaningful time dilation on The Colony. An accretion disc can vary in size depending on a huge number of factors, but in general the disc is many dozens or even ...
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Did the Cylons Attack All of the Colonies?

The entire premise of the series is that the civilization of the Twelve Colonies has been attacked and the Battlestar Galactica is protecting a fleet of approximately 50,000 survivors of all the ...
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Did the Humans find out about Gaius Baltar's role in the sabotage of the fleet?

No, nearly all the characters do not find out, BUT an injured, nearly dying, and drug-induced Baltar confesses to Laura Roslin while they were visiting the basestar to ask the hybrid questions about ...
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How much did Blade Runner influence the Reimagined Battlestar Galactica?

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 ...
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How did Starbuck come back?

From both the TV series and tie-in "Final Five" Comic mini-series, we can deduce that Kara "Starbuck" Thrace is a kind of "angel" who is one counter part of two, the ...
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Why would a ship that is able to recycle all water consumed have trouble running out of water?

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 ...
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Can I watch Battlestar Galactica 2003 without knowing the original 1978 series?

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 ...
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How is it that some of the Cylons are born and others grown in fluid?

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 ...
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What was Starbuck?

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 ...
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Why didn't they check the Cylon ship that crashed into the Galactica?

The Galactica was massively undercrewed for battle operations (it was a museum ship), and there was almost no elapsed time within the show between the end of the first episode and the start of the ...
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Why Did Starbuck Grab the Ejection Handle?

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,...
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In Battlestar Galactica's The Woman King, where did the refugees come from?

It is not just Sagitaron refugees, but these are mentioned as being singled out The refugees are people that ended up on Galactica either during or immediately after the evacuation from New Caprica ...
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Did the Humans find out about Gaius Baltar's role in the sabotage of the fleet?

No Although Baltar is put on trial it was for "collaborating" with the Cylons on New Caprica. His involvement in the original attack is referenced but under interrogation he is unspecific in what ...
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Why did Cally get blown out of the airlock?

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 ...
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Why did Cally get blown out of the airlock?

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 ...
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Did the Cylons Attack All of the Colonies?

In the TV movie The Plan (released after the series, but set as a parallel story to the first season and a half), we hear one of the Cylon hybrids reporting on the attacks while various scenes of ...
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Why did Cally get blown out of the airlock?

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 ...
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Battlestar galatica movies and series watch order

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 ...
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Can I watch Battlestar Galactica 2003 without knowing the original 1978 series?

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 ...
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Is it possible to start watching Battlestar Galactica (2004) at Season 4.5 and understand the rest of the series?

I'm a bit at loss, since I don't know what the recap went over, but I think you could generally understand it. However, even the Opera House reveal sequence would be lost on some, if they hadn't seen ...
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Is the Reimagined Battlestar a reboot or a sequel to the Original Battlestar?

Both contain references to the modern world, the original series being set after the lunar landings, and the re-imaged series being set 150,000 years before today. The implication of the final ...
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Is the Reimagined Battlestar a reboot or a sequel to the Original Battlestar?

I don't think it can be a sequel as both series show the destruction of, and evacuation from, Caprica and its colonies. The final episodes of the new series show that the phrase "all this has happened ...
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