Battlestar Galactica (season 3)
|Battlestar Galactica (season 3)|
Season Three DVD cover
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Original network||Sci-Fi Channel|
|Original release||October 6, 2006– March 25, 2007|
The third season of the reimagined science fiction television series Battlestar Galactica premiered on the Sci-Fi Channel in the United States on October 6, 2006, and concluded on March 25, 2007. Unlike the previous season, it was not split into two parts and did not have an extended hiatus during the middle of the season. The third season contained 20 episodes.
Cast and characters
- Edward James Olmos as William Adama
- Mary McDonnell as Laura Roslin
- Katee Sackhoff as Kara "Starbuck" Thrace
- Jamie Bamber as Lee "Apollo" Adama
- James Callis as Gaius Baltar
- Tricia Helfer as Number Six
- Grace Park as Sharon "Boomer" Valerii/Sharon "Athena" Agathon (Number Eight)
- Michael Hogan as Saul Tigh
- Aaron Douglas as Galen Tyrol
- Tahmoh Penikett as Karl "Helo" Agathon
- Nicki Clyne as Cally Henderson Tyrol
- Kandyse McClure as Anastasia Dualla
- Alessandro Juliani as Felix Gaeta
- Donnelly Rhodes as Sherman Cottle
- Rekha Sharma as Tory Foster
- Callum Keith Rennie as Leoben Conoy (Number Two)
- Lucy Lawless as D'Anna Biers (Number Three)
- Dean Stockwell as John Cavil (Number One)
- Matthew Bennett as Aaron Doral (Number Five)
- Rick Worthy as Simon (Number Four)
- Richard Hatch as Tom Zarek
- Kate Vernon as Ellen Tigh
- Michael Trucco as Samuel Anders
- Mark Sheppard as Romo Lampkin
- Leah Cairns as Margaret "Racetrack" Edmondson
- Bodie Olmos as Brendan "Hot Dog" Costanza
- Luciana Carro as Louanne "Kat" Katraine
- Jennifer Halley as Diana "Hardball" Seelix
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Survivor count|
|34||1||"Occupation"||Sergio Mimica-Gezzan||Ronald D. Moore||October 6, 2006||Unspecified|
|Four months into the Cylon occupation of New Caprica, the resistance continues to attack both Cylons and collaborators. Meanwhile, Adama and Apollo argue over the plan to rescue the colonists.|
|35||2||"Precipice"||Sergio Mimica-Gezzan||Ronald D. Moore||October 6, 2006||Unspecified|
|The morality of suicide bombings is debated among the resistance leaders as the Cylons enact harsh measures on the civilian population in an effort to quell the growing insurgency.|
|36||3||"Exodus (Part 1)"||Félix Enríquez Alcalá||Bradley Thompson & David Weddle||October 13, 2006||Unspecified|
|Both the resistance fighters on New Caprica and those within the fleet make final preparations for the evacuation of the planet, while Number Three has strange dreams which lead her to a human oracle.|
|37||4||"Exodus (Part 2)"||Félix Enríquez Alcalá||Bradley Thompson & David Weddle||October 20, 2006||Unspecified|
|With the return of the Galactica, the insurgents on New Caprica begin an all-out uprising in an attempt to evacuate the stranded colonists.|
|38||5||"Collaborators"||Michael Rymer||Mark Verheiden||October 27, 2006||41,435|
|The Circle, a secret tribunal onboard Galactica, decides the fate of Colonials who collaborated with the Cylons during the occupation of New Caprica.|
|39||6||"Torn"||Jean de Segonzac||Anne Cofell Saunders||November 3, 2006||41,422|
|As Starbuck and Tigh seed discontent among Galactica's crew, Baltar attempts to help the Cylons deal with a virus spreading among their race.|
|40||7||"A Measure of Salvation"||Bill Eagles||Michael Angeli||November 10, 2006||41,420|
|With the discovery of a dying Cylon Basestar, Adama and Roslin debate the morality of deploying a biological weapon against the Cylons with the intention of eradicating them.|
|41||8||"Hero"||Michael Rymer||David Eick||November 17, 2006||41,421|
|Adama confronts one of the darkest moments of his career when "Bulldog" Novacek, a pilot who was thought to have died years ago during a secret mission, escapes the Cylons and arrives on Galactica.|
|42||9||"Unfinished Business"||Robert Young||Michael Taylor||December 1, 2006||41,422|
|In order to ease tensions among the crew, Galactica holds boxing matches between various crew members, while flashbacks detail Apollo and Starbuck's falling out on New Caprica.|
|43||10||"The Passage"||Michael Nankin||Jane Espenson||December 8, 2006||41,420|
|When the fleet's food supply is contaminated, Galactica's pilots must lead the ships through a hazardous star cluster. Meanwhile, Kat must suddenly confront a dark secret from her past.|
|44||11||"The Eye of Jupiter"||Michael Rymer||Mark Verheiden||December 15, 2006||41,402|
|While collecting algae on a barren planet to use as food, Tyrol discovers the Temple of Five, built by the thirteenth tribe. However, a tense standoff ensues when the Cylons arrive looking for the temple.|
|45||12||"Rapture"||Michael Rymer||Bradley Thompson & David Weddle||January 21, 2007||41,401|
|The human-Cylon standoff over the mysterious Eye of Jupiter has reached a breaking point. On the algae planet, D'Anna, Baltar, Brother Cavil, and a team of Centurions prepare to assault the Temple of Five, where the Eye supposedly lies hidden.|
|46||13||"Taking a Break from All Your Worries"||Edward James Olmos||Michael Taylor||January 28, 2007||41,403|
|Baltar is interrogated aboard Galactica, while a makeshift bar called "Joe's" in the hangar deck becomes popular and the relationship problems of Apollo, Dualla, Starbuck and Anders unfold.|
|47||14||"The Woman King"||Michael Rymer||Michael Angeli||February 11, 2007||41,401|
|Helo investigates a doctor tending to civilian refugees that may be harming Sagittaron patients.|
|48||15||"A Day in the Life"||Rod Hardy||Mark Verheiden||February 18, 2007||41,398|
|Cally and Tyrol are trapped in an area with a dangerous hull breach; Adama struggles with troubling memories of his wife on their anniversary.|
|49||16||"Dirty Hands"||Wayne Rose||Jane Espenson & Anne Cofell Saunders||February 25, 2007||41,400|
|After an accident nearly kills President Roslin, Tyrol defies Adama to demand safer working conditions throughout the fleet - and makes himself the rallying point for a strike.|
|50||17||"Maelstrom"||Michael Nankin||Bradley Thompson & David Weddle||March 4, 2007||41,400|
|Starbuck's past comes back to haunt her when Adama has doubts about her fitness for duty.|
|51||18||"The Son Also Rises"||Robert Young||Michael Angeli||March 11, 2007||41,399|
|When Baltar's representatives face assassination attempts, Adama asks Apollo to protect Baltar's lawyer.|
|52||19||"Crossroads (Part 1)"||Michael Rymer||Michael Taylor||March 18, 2007||Unspecified|
|Tensions mount as Baltar's trial begins. Caprica Six stirs memories of Colonel Tigh's wife.|
|53||20||"Crossroads (Part 2)"||Michael Rymer||Mark Verheiden||March 25, 2007||Unspecified|
|Gaius Baltar's trial concludes. The fleet jumps into the Ionian nebula, and four of the final five Cylons discover their own true identities.|
The Sci-Fi Channel ordered a 20-episode third season on November 16, 2005, with production beginning in April 2006 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The season premiered in the United States on October 6, 2006, in Canada the following day, and in the UK on January 9, 2007; with the first two episodes being shown together. The broadcast schedule for season three did not include a long hiatus in the middle of the season, as with season two. The Sci-Fi Channel moved the series to Sundays on January 21, 2007, the first time the show had changed nights since it began airing.
The season received universal acclaim from critics, scoring 94 out of 100 based on 14 reviews from Metacritic. The series also placed on numerous critics top ten lists of both 2006 and 2007 by publications such as the Chicago Tribune, Entertainment Weekly, Newsday, The New York Times and TV Guide.
The third season received four Emmy Award nominations: Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Ronald D. Moore for "Occupation / Precipice"), Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Félix Enríquez Alcalá for "Exodus, Part 2"), Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series ("Exodus, Part 2"), and won for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series for "Exodus, Part 2", the series' first Emmy win. Ronald D. Moore was also nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for Episodic Drama for "Occupation / Precipice".
Home video releases
The third season was released on DVD in region 1 on March 18, 2008, in region 2 on September 3, 2007 and in region 4 on November 20, 2007. It was also released on Blu-ray Disc in region 1 on July 27, 2010.
The sets include all 20 episodes from the third season, plus an extended 25-minute longer version of "Unfinished Business". Special features include creator Ronald D. Moore's podcast commentaries for all 20 episodes. Actors Grace Park and Tahmoh Penikett join Moore for his podcast commentary on "Unfinished Business", and Moore's wife Terry Dresbach appears frequently throughout the podcasts as well. Moore also provides a new commentary track for the extended version of "Unfinished Business". Executive producer and writer David Eick provides commentary for "Hero". Bonus podcasts for the final three episodes are also included—writer Michael Angeli and actor Mark Sheppard on "The Son Also Rises" and Sheppard himself on both parts of "Crossroads". Also included is the ten-part webisode series Battlestar Galactica: The Resistance, deleted scenes for various episodes, and 22 of David Eick's videoblogs.
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