Battlestar Galactica (1978–1979)
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Gun on Ice Planet Zero: Part 1 

A special task force, mostly made up out of convicts, is dispatched to destroy a giant Cylon operated pulsar cannon on the planet Aracta directly in the Colonial Fleet's path. Having lost a... See full summary »


Alan J. Levi


Glen A. Larson (created by), Michael Sloan (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Hatch ... Captain Apollo
Dirk Benedict ... Lieutenant Starbuck
Lorne Greene ... Commander Adama
Herbert Jefferson Jr. ... Lieutenant Boomer
John Colicos ... Count Baltar
Maren Jensen ... Lieutenant Athena
Noah Hathaway ... Boxey
Laurette Spang ... Cassiopeia (credit only)
Tony Swartz Tony Swartz ... Flight Sergeant Jolly (credit only)
Terry Carter ... Colonel Tigh
Roy Thinnes ... Croft
James Olson ... Thane
Christine Belford ... Leda
Richard Lynch ... Wolfe
Denny Miller ... Ser 5-9


A special task force, mostly made up out of convicts, is dispatched to destroy a giant Cylon operated pulsar cannon on the planet Aracta directly in the Colonial Fleet's path. Having lost a cadet on the planet earlier, Starbuck is eager to join the expedition for once. Boxey and Muffit also join the group as stowaways. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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The original script explained that the Cylons had developed a method for turning asteroids into spacecraft with an undiscovered technology. It was edited out of the final product to save time. See more »


When Athena checks the computer for crew members who are qualified for the secret mission, there are quite a few typos shown on her computer screen. However, when she prints out the list a few moments later, everything is spelled correctly on the printout. See more »


Capt. Apollo: They're clones!
Tenna: We prefer the name Theta-class life forms.
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Edited into The Cylons of 'Battlestar Galactica' (2004) See more »


Exploration/Theme from Battlestar Galactica
Composed and Conducted by Stu Phillips
Performed by The Los Angeles Philharmonic
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This Gun is on target
10 June 2016 | by Fluke_SkywalkerSee all my reviews

Plot; The Cylons herd the Galactica and its fleet near an ice planet where they have built a deadly laser weapon that can destroy ships in space. With no other options, Adama sends down a squad made up mostly of convicts to destroy the weapon.

This is essentially 'The Dirty Dozen' meets 'The Guns of Navarone'. Misfits on a one-way mission. It's a classic formula, and it works very well here in part 1. The production values here are outstanding, first in creating the two crash landings on the snow planet, and then creating the snow planet on a soundstage. It's all first rate stuff, and really helps to narrow that gap between reality and suspension of disbelief. The other aspect that works well here are the guest stars. There are some familiar names and faces--Bond girl Britt Ekland, 'Magnum' co-star Larry Manetti--and a host of colorful character actors who really bring their characters to life.

Being the first of a two-parter, nothing is resolved, but it certainly sets up strong stakes and has me looking forward to its conclusion.

BSG extras - Starbuck's (Dirk Benedict) hair noticeably changes lengths several times throughout the episode.

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22 October 1978 (USA) See more »

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