Battlestar Galactica: Season 3 (2006 - 2007)

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Season 3
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Dark, charming and unusually thoughtful, Battlestar Galactica's third season continues to improve on the show's most addictive elements.

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Critic Ratings: 14

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User Ratings: 215
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Episodes

1
Air date: Oct 6, 2006
2
Air date: Oct 6, 2006
3
Air date: Oct 13, 2006
4
Air date: Oct 20, 2006
5
Air date: Oct 27, 2006
6
Air date: Nov 3, 2006
7
Air date: Nov 10, 2006
8
Air date: Nov 17, 2006
9
Air date: Dec 1, 2006
10
Air date: Dec 8, 2006
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The space opera's third season picks up a short time after the Colonial fleet was forced to abandon the bulk of humanity on the harsh but habitable New Caprica as the Cylons descended upon the defenseless settlement. While the commanders of Galactica and Pegasus, Adm. William Adama (Edward James Olmos) and Cdr. Lee "Apollo" Adama (Jamie Bamber), clash over the admiral's plan to rescue those left behind, resistance guerrillas led by Col. Saul Tigh (Michael Hogan) use suicide bombers to strike back at the Cylon occupiers on New Caprica. The occupation produces heroes, traitors and hostages---the last best personified by Capt. Kara "Starbuck" Thrace (Katee Sackhoff), who becomes a Cylon's love interest. Captive Cylon Sharon (Grace Park) redeems herself when she agrees to help Adm. Adama rescue the citizens of New Caprica. While the rescue operation unfolds, defrocked president Gaius Baltar (James Callis) locates Sharon's Cylon-human baby and accepts an invitation from D'Anna (Lucy Lawless) to join the Cylons. The large-scale rescue proves successful, but the occupation leaves emotional scars on the survivors, particularly Starbuck and Tigh, who stir up dissent within the ranks. Adm. Adama endeavors to heal his crew with a boxing event that ends up being cathartic for Starbuck and Apollo. While trying to prove his worth to the Cylons, Baltar helps D'Anna probe the mythical "final five" humanoid Cylons---who have become lost to the rest of their race---an investigation that doesn't sit well with the Cylon Cavil (Dean Stockwell). A food shortage forces the Colonial fleet to traverse a dangerous passage to an algae planet, home to a mysterious temple that houses a veritable road map to Earth, which the Cylons also covet. The tragic loss of a troubled crewmate and a sensational trial onboard Galactica become game-changing milestones during the fleet's quest for Earth.

Cast

Edward James Olmos
as Adm. William Adama
Mary McDonnell
as Laura Roslin
Jamie Bamber
as Cdr. Lee `Apollo' Adama
Katee Sackhoff
as Capt. Kara `Starbuck' Thrace
James Callis
as Dr. Gaius Baltar
Tricia Helfer
as Number Six
Grace Park
as Lt. Sharon `Boomer' Valerii
Aaron Douglas
as CPO Galen Tyrol
Alessandro Juliani
as Felix Gaeta
Tahmoh Penikett
as Capt. Karl `Helo' Agathon
Kandyse McClure
as Lt. Anastasia `Dee' Dualla
Lucy Lawless
as D'Anna Biers
Matthew Bennett
as Aaron Doral
Michael Trucco
as Samuel Anders
Luciana Carro
as Lt. Louanne `Kat' Katraine
Nicki Clyne
as Crewman Specialist Cally
Leah Cairns
as Lt. Margaret `Racetrack' Edmonson
Kate Vernon
as Ellen Tigh
Bodie Olmos
as Brendan `Hot Dog' Costanza
Mark Sheppard
as Romo Lampkin
Dean Stockwell
as Brother Cavil
Rekha Sharma
as Tory Foster
Amanda Plummer
as Oracle Selloi
Alisen Down
as Jean Barolay
Chelah Horsdal
as Didi Cassidy
Ryan Robbins
as Charlie Connor
Carl Lumbly
as Lt. Daniel `Bulldog' Novacek
Sebastian Spence
as Noel `Narcho' Allison
Ty Olsson
as LSO Capt. Aaron Kelly
Mylene Robic
as Officer No. 1
Rachel Hayward
as Blonde Woman
Barry Kennedy
as Adm. Corman
Christian Tessier
as Lt. Tucker `Duck' Clellan
Colin Lawrence
as Hamish `Skulls' McCall
Don Thompson
as Spec. 3rd Class Anthony Figurski
Jeff Sanca
as Pyramid Player No. 4
Larissa Stadnichuk
as Suicide Bomber
Ian Rozylo
as Convulsing Pilot
Aleks Paunovic
as Sgt. Fischer
Peter-John Prinsloo
as Lt. Mei `Freaker' Firelli
Paul Campbell VIII
as Billy Kiekeya
Sam Witwer
as 'Crashdown'
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Critic Reviews for Battlestar Galactica Season 3

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

Given how far it surpasses nearly everything else on TV, I'm hoping a mainstream audience will follow.

Oct 6, 2006 | Full Review…

In keeping with the show's ominous tone, instead of quick resolutions or merciful diversions, the darkness reaches a palpable extreme during the premiere of the third season.

Oct 6, 2006 | Full Review…

That's been "Battlestar Galactica's" strength from the beginning - using believable characters to explore personal morality and political choices, while avoiding predictable polemics or easy resolutions.

Oct 6, 2006 | Full Review…

If Crossroads, Part 2 didn't negate all criticisms [of season 3], it certainly made the case for the series as an intimate examination of the personal problems of a fleet at war, tempered by big action sequences and even bigger plot twists.

Oct 12, 2017 | Full Review…

BSG truly upped the social commentary ante.

Oct 12, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…

If there's one thing this unusually thoughtful sci-fi series can never be accused of, it's resting on its laurels.

Oct 18, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Seriously, this was a great start to the show. It was so dark and different than a lot of what we've seen before, but still so much the same. Gods bless it.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

The last shot of the season flows through the stars and comes in for a close-up shot of Earth. Giving me goose bumps, and shows just how close the fleet is to a new home.

Oct 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Battlestar Galactica continues to be among the very best series on television, but in its third season, it faltered a bit, going by its own high standards.

Oct 12, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The charm. The confidence. The blatant narcissism. Baltar's back, baby.

Oct 12, 2017 | Full Review…

In fact, Season Three shines as one of the most interesting and deep seasons out there.

Jan 2, 2018 | Full Review…

If you appreciate deep, quality dramas -- and if you can stomach a dark story -- it's not too late to take up the "Galactica" habit.

Oct 6, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Battlestar Galactica: Season 3

  • Feb 23, 2019
    What amazes me it the rating this series has and I will stop there as not to insult the people who gave this crap more then one star. It latched onto a lot of cookie cutter movie making stereotypes and maxed them out. Funniest is British accent equals evil genius which I expected with Baltar but did they have to bring in London born Mark Sheppard to be his defense attorney. There's much too much music over dramatizing usually nothing at all. We have a doctor smoking cigarettes while treating patients just because it's cable and they can only to shock people. We have a drunken first officer, Colonel Saul, allowed to remain in charge because he's a troubled man. Which is the character development of just about every single character. Insert name.... brooding troubled past.... Then there's the now you're dead, now your not. Not the Cylons, the humans. Not sure how anyone believed Starbuck really died and then there's the sometimes terminal, sometimes not President Roslin and forgotten cure for cancer. Another cookie cutter next season opener line, "I thought you were dead". The now I'm a Cylon, now I'm not is a bit overused. Every word is our English except "frack". So where the first couple of "frack you" of "go frack yourself" may be amusing in one episode, the next four or five hundred are not. The only reason I watched any of it is because I'm a gamer and have two monitors. I wasn't doing what you would be doing which is wasting your time sitting down watching it. I'm guessing most of the glowing reviews are from the now unemployed cast members.
  • Jan 14, 2019
    Back to a similar format at season 1, we once again see the humans travelling through space trying to find a new home while avoiding the Cylons. We learn more about the Cylons and see that they are not black and white good or evil either and even they start questioning what they are doing. The ethics and philosophies of their religious view of God is brought up on many occasions, a nice tribute to the original which was very religious in attitude, however, the reboot handles it in a less clear cut way than the original. Balter continues to develop as some kind of cult leader by chance, he struggles to figure out his part in everything, whether he is good or bad, and how people, both human and Cylon are starting to think he is some kind of messiah or something.
  • Aug 11, 2018
    Beter than S02 but still complex to follow.
  • Mar 05, 2017
    For two seasons, I watched Battlestar Galactica expecting a type of greatness that just never seemed to be realized. It had its epic moments, of course, but I always felt as the drama was held back just when it should have been accelerated. In this third season, however, the drama, character development, and overall plotlines are some of the most extraordinary hours ever produced for television. Because I am loathe to give out any spoilers, I won't discuss the contents of the episodes in this review. Suffice it to say, however, that viewers get a "little bit of everything" in this third go-'round, including... -An insider's point of view on the Cylons. -Some incredible emotional drama stemming from the New Caprica situation. -Not a single episode that is a "dud" -A finale that is so epic and surprising that it takes a while to fully even sink in. I started watching BSG because I was looking for another "LOST" (what I consider to be the greatest TV show of all-time). Though I don't think (as a whole) BSG lives up to that lofty mantra, I will say that it's third season is as compelling of drama as anything LOST ever produced. Thus, I do not understand the many people who consider this to be the "weakest" season of the show, as for me it was the season where everything finally came together in the big-time payoff. I can't wait to see what the final season has in store for these characters I now have so much emotional attachment to!
  • Mar 29, 2016
    Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful !
  • Aug 27, 2015
    Truly is a beauty of TV, and personally the best thing ever put to screen, big or small.
  • Aug 23, 2015
    The most perfect season tv can offer. (Also it is my favourite show of all time)
  • Jan 09, 2014
    You don't want to eat algae and watch this.

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