The original Battlestar Galactica, airing in 1978, ran for 24 episodes. It focused on a group of survivors displaced from the Twelve Colonies when attacked by a cybernetic race known as the Cylons. People escape in ships and grouped around a large carrier – the Galactica – as they travel to a rumored Thirteenth Colony called Earth.

The follow-up series, Galactica 1980, began as a 2-hour movie before running 10 additional episodes. This show wasn’t as well received as the first series and was quickly canceled.

However, in 2003, when the Sci-Fi Channel (now SyFy) authorized a revival via a three-hour mini-series, it ...

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