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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Release Date:

22 October 1978 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the popular Robert Thurston novelization of this episode titled "The Cylon Death Machine," most of the book is in the usual third-person perspective while other parts are split into two first-person viewpoints: the lead convict, Croft; and the young captured pilot, Cadet Cree. See more »


The length of Starbuck's hair throughout the episode "The Gun On Ice Planet Zero" part 1 & 2 is different. Apparently Dirk Benedict got a haircut somewhere along the shoot and it shows up in different scenes. See more »


Wolfe: We're not barge Lice.
Thane: Or grid rats.
Croft: Yes we are, we were picked for this drop because we're expendable.
Capt. Apollo: Nobody's expendable. Your here to do a job on the Cylons, not each other.
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References Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940) See more »


Exploration/Theme from Battlestar Galactica
Composed and Conducted by Stu Phillips
Performed by The Los Angeles Philharmonic
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Britt Ekland

Being a BATTLESTAR GALACTICA fan, you want this to work, and you cheer for it to work, and you are prepared to overlook some obvious mistakes. One thing's very obvious: The Cylons lose their appeal as menacing thugs when they walk about half machine upper bodies and obviously human lower bodies, they now look like rip-off material, come on, they were so on the right track, so reminiscent of the fascist Imperial Stormtroopers of that other space saga franchise. But when the camera lingers on them, and their speech patterns take forever to complete a sentence, they're just unintentionally goofy.

Cloned Bond girl! THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN's Britt Ekland appears. Wow, but the excitement for me was when her name appeared. Like, me, "ooh it's gonna be Britt Ekland!" but unfortunately, her appearance is a major letdown, she is dressed like an Eskimo, you can hardly see her face, okay, that's not true, but unfortunately she seems to have short hair, like some pixie cut. Pretty face, though. Oh well, there's still the Part 2.

Interesting load of characters, with the Landram vehicle, with that heavy laser gun mounted on its back, being a major asset to selling the snowy battle scenes, especially when the Cylon Raiders zoom in like demented bats from hell.

A hell of a lot of work and a lot of expenses, obviously.

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