Episode:Saga of a Star World
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|"Saga of a Star World"|
|A triple episode from Original Series|
|Episode Nb||Season 1 Episode 01|
Richard A. Colla|
Alan J. Levi
|Written by||Glen A. Larson|
|Produced by||John Dykstra|
|Director of photography||Ben Colman|
Robert L. Kimble|
|Original air date||
USA: September 17, 1978 (ABC)|
UK: September 4, 1980
|Extended info||Series premiere|
|The Twelve Colonies of Man are annihilated by the Cylons. Adama, commanding the last surviving Battlestar, takes it upon himself to lead all remaining survivors aboard 220 ships to find a new home. After the Galactica’s fighter pilots successfully navigate a path through the Nova of Madagon minefield, the spoiled Sire Uri proposes to settle down on Carillon, where food and entertainment are provided by the natives. However, Adama suspects a Cylon trap.|
- "Saga of a Star World" is the 1st episode of the only season of the original Battlestar Galactica television series.
- When a peace accord seems to be signed between the Cylons and the Twelve Colonies of Man, a recon patrol makes a surprising discovery.
- Adama commander of battlestar Galactica, witnesses powerless to the death of a close one.
- The peace treaty proposed by the Cylons actually hides a deadly large-scale plan.
- Five battlestars are positioned not far from the old moon Cimtar; Galactica, Atlantia, Acropolis, Pacifica and Triton.
- Aboard battlestar Atlantia, President Adar makes a toast with the Quorum of Twelve delegates for the celebration of a peace accord on the verge to be signed between the humans and the Cylons at the era of the seventh millennium of time. Among the Quorum members are Count Baltar and Commander Adama.
- Aboard battlestar Galactica, Lieutenant Zac, Apollo's youngest brother, is eager to be part of a routine patrol with his brother to prove his legitimacy as a Colonial warrior. He rushes into Galactica's quarters to ask Lieutenant Starbuck to be replaced by him. Starbuck is reluctant, but when Apollo comes into the room, Zac tells his brother that Starbuck does not feel well. Apollo, aware of the trickery, eventually allows his brother to do the patrol with him. Zac leaves the room, expressing his joy. After they tried to remember their youth, Apollo leaves Starbuck and tells him to "take care of the stomach."
- A theatrical version of "Saga of a Star World", entitled Battlestar Galactica, has been edited and released in Canada, Europe and Australia in July, 1978, two months before this episode aired on US television. It was released in 1979 in UK and US cinemas. It used the Sensurround audio cinema process for the English language.
- This episode has been split into three parts for syndication. They all start with the opening credits sequence and the narration of Patrick Macnee, and end with the full episode ending credits sequence. The different DVD and Blu-ray editions contain the episode as it was aired for the first time in USA yet it is written Part I, Part II and Part III on the different covers and menus.
- The original transmission of this episode was interrupted on the East Coast for more than an hour due to the signing of the Camp David Peace Accord between Israel and Egypt. President Jimmy Carter hosted the signing between Israel's Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egypt's President Anwar Sadat. ABC chose to continue the transmission from the exact point of the interruption since it had heavily promoted the show and was committed to the new series.