Season 1, Episode 1 (Pilot / 3hr. premiere)
Date: 9/17/1978

 

Directed by: Richard A. Colla, Alan J. Levi (uncredited)

Also Starring: Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene, Herb Jefferson jr.

Terry's Character: Col. Tigh

Genre: Sci-Fi / Adventure

Plot Summary: The story of how the 12 colonies of man are destroyed after a 1000 year war with the evil Cylon Empire. Through deceit, the Cylons are able to destroy the Colonies' entire fleet, except for the Battlestar Galactica, captained by Commander Adama. Adama gathers up the few remaining humans left on all the twelve worlds and embarks on a journey to find the mythical planet Earth, the supposed thirteenth colony of Mankind, lost ages ago when humans first left the motherworld, Kobol. With food and fuel running out, the fleet heads for an ore planet, Carillon, hoping to get what it needs. The Ovions, who populate the planet, are being controlled by the Cylons, who set a trap for the Galactica. The fleet gets food and fuel, and escapes, destroying Carillon and a Cylon Base Star.

Notes: The Battlestar Galactica pilot, "Saga of a Star World," was actually made as a television movie. There are several versions of this movie, including the three-part episodic version seen in syndication on the Sci Fi Channel.

Terry was first approached for the part of Lt. Boomer, but broke his ankle during a rollerskating accident. He was later asked to play the part of Col. Tigh. During the filming of the pilot he still wore a walking cast though, which they painted black. If you watch clearly this is viewable in some scenes. You can also see it in his walk.

Near the end of the episode a rare occasion is witnessed: the viewer gets to see Tigh showing Adama a hardcopy printout of an official communiqué.