Greetings from Earth
|"Greetings from Earth"|
|Battlestar Galactica (1978) episode|
|Episode no.||Season 1
Episode 19 & 20
|Directed by||Ahmet Lateef|
|Written by||Glen A. Larson|
|Original air date||February 25, 1979|
"Greetings from Earth" is an episode of the original Battlestar Galactica television series.
A human sleeper ship found drifting in space is brought aboard the Galactica. This leads to argument and debate on whether to awaken its occupants. Their ship is eventually escorted by Apollo, Starbuck, and Cassiopeia to the planet Paradeen, a planet embroiled in a bitter war with the Eastern Alliance.
While aboard their Vipers, Captain Apollo and Lieutenant Starbuck intercept a primitive spacecraft which fails to respond to communication. They take it in tow and bring it back to one of the Galactica's hangar decks.
Once there, the Colonials discover the ship contains six humans - two adults and four children - who are lying in transparent tubes in a state of suspended animation. Speculation arises that these humans may be from Earth. Despite the objections of Commander Adama, the Council of Twelve demands that Dr. Wilker and Dr. Salik bring the travelers out of their sleep-like state.
One of the travelers, Michael, awakens, and confronts the Galactica crew. He has difficulty breathing, and it becomes clear that the travelers cannot survive in the Galactica's atmosphere. The Fleet begins to demand information about the travelers.
Adama, Apollo, Starbuck, Cassiopeia, and Dr. Salik devise a plan to put the sleeper ship back on its original course. Michael and Cassiopeia sneak back aboard the ship, and Michael flies it out of the hanger and resumes its course to its original destination. The Council of Twelve are told that the ship has been jettisoned to avoid further contamination. Upon hearing this, Sire Geller is outraged and confronts Adama. Adama comforts Geller by explaining that Apollo and Starbuck will just fly after the ship in their Vipers and retrieve it.
Apollo and Starbuck escort the humans (and Cassiopeia, who is on board the ship) back to their original destination, the planet Paradeen. Arriving at Paradeen, the Colonials are introduced to the family's android caretakers, Hector and Vector. The Colonials discover that the travelers are descended from inhabitants of the planet Terra, part of which is enslaved by the Eastern Alliance, a totalitarian, expansionist empire responsible for destroying the majority of the population on Paradeen. Unknown to the group, an Eastern Alliance spacecraft located Apollo and Starbuck's ships as they entered the atmosphere of Paradeen, and is in pursuit of them.
Michael's female companion, Sarah, feels an attachment toward Apollo and doesn't want him to leave, so she destroys Apollo and Starbuck's Vipers.
While Apollo, Starbuck, and Cassiopeia are in an abandoned city looking for records and archives of the planet's history, the Eastern Alliance ship lands on the planet and locates Michael's residence, holding Sarah hostage. Apollo and Starbuck return, and stealthily incapacitate the Alliance personnel guarding the house. They enter the house and quickly draw their lasers at the Alliance commanding officer, apprehending him. Apollo, Starbuck, and Cassiopeia leave Paradeen in the Eastern Alliance's own ship, with the members of the Alliance in custody. As they approach the Galactica, the members of the Alliance gaze in wonder at the sheer size of the battlestar.
"By the good graces of the lords of Kobol, the Galactica continues to lead her flock of survivors towards the coordinates, given us by those great white lights that vanished as mysteriously as they first appeared. There are those who speculate that those lights, advanced ships really, might have come from Earth, giving us great hope that they have a highly developed technology. Even now, our long range scouts patrol the quadrants, watching for signs that indicate that we are drawing close."
"The ships have been gone for almost a secton now, and still no word. The Council has asked me to appear before them for an inquiry."
- Sire Geller addresses Flight Sergeant Jolly as "Lieutenant" in this episode. It is unclear whether this is an error or whether Jolly has actually been promoted to Lieutenant by this time.
- The model for Michael's ship was later repainted and reused as Ranger 3 for Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
- Part of the episode was filmed in Montreal, Quebec at the site of Expo 67. The prefabricated buildings left over from the World Expo fell apart in the harsh Canadian winters. What remained made perfect futuristic ruins.
- Originally, "Greetings From Earth" was aired as a two-hour special on ABC on February 25, 1979. In later broadcasts, and in syndication, it was broken into two parts.
- The episode was intended as a backdoor pilot for a spin-off series that failed to materialize.
- This is the last appearance of Maren Jensen as Athena in the series, as well as the last appearance of Noah Hathaway as Boxey.
- Lloyd Bochner and Randolph Mantooth guest starred together on this episode. They previously worked together on the Emergency! season 2 episode "Decision (aka Problem)"."
Cast of characters
- Lorne Greene as Commander Adama
- Richard Hatch as Captain Apollo
- Dirk Benedict as Lieutenant Starbuck
- Terry Carter as Colonel Tigh
- John Colicos as Count Baltar
- Herbert Jefferson, Jr. as Lieutenant Boomer
- Maren Jensen as Lieutenant Athena
- Noah Hathaway as Boxey
- Anne Lockhart as Lieutenant Sheba
- Laurette Spang as Cassiopeia
- Tony Swartz as Sergeant Jolly
- John Dullaghan as Dr. Wilker
- George Murdock as Dr. Salik
- Randolph Mantooth as Michael
- Kelly Harmon as Sarah
- Murray Matheson as Geller
- Bobby Van as Hector
- Ray Bolger as Vector
- Lester Fletcher as Donner
- Gillian Greene as Melanie
- David. G. Larson as Baby Walker
- G. Eric Larson as Todd
- Michelle Carol Larson as Charity
- Alex Rodine as Lanceman
- Gary Vinson as Doyle
- Lesley Woods as Aggie Moreland
- Kimberly Woodward as Loma
- Lloyd Bochner as Commandant Leiter