Sci-Fi Channel’s Battlestar Galactica has become a phenomenon. It's a re-imagining of the 1970’s science-fiction series of the same name, and this new version is enjoying a far greater success than its predecessor. While the original series only lasted one season, Sci-Fi will premiere the second half of the show’s fourth and final season on January 16th.
The story behind Battlestar Galactica is fairly simple. The series takes place in a distant part of the universe, where a civilization of humans live on planets that are known as the Twelve Colonies. For 40 years, the colonies have had an armistice with the Cylons, a cybernetic race that, at the beginning of the series, launches a sneak attack on the colonies, wiping out most of the populations of each planet.
The Battlestar Galactica seems to be the only military ship to survive the attacks because it was considered past its prime and was in the process of being decommissioned when the Cylons launched their strikes. (I write "seems" because fans of the show know the Battlestar Pegasus showed up during Season 2, but is no longer around) Under the leadership of Commander Adama the Galactica takes up the task of leading a fugitive fleet of survivors to a legendary refuge known as Earth.
Sci-Fi premiered its initial take on the original story in a mini-series that premiered in Dec. 2003, with Edward James Olmos playing Adama. In the four seasons since we’ve seen the fleet evade the Cylons while searching for Earth. There are 12 humanoid Cyclon models and we’ve known for some time what seven of them look like, in the waning moments of the Season 3 finale we learn who four of the remaining five models are and the revelation was shocking considering some of them are key characters and two of them lead the resistance against the Cylons during part of Season 3.