Battlestar Galactica is a show that, alongside Star Trek and Stargate, is hailed as one of the best sci-fi television shows ever made. Both the original and remake series have their own acclaim to fame and are each worth a long rewatch during this pandemic.
Yet out of the two, the rebooted Battlestar Galactica series, which began in 2003, is truly something special. The remake series replaced the original show's glossy 70's aesthetic with a darker, more violent universe.
Battlestar Galactica's reboot contained themes and character arcs that also changed with the times, involving truly deep ideas such as the existence of God, what it means to be human, are we truly alive, and the separation of military power and politics to name just a few.
This series has created several iconic storylines and moments that fans of either drama or sci-fi can enjoy with extremely complex characters that show how heroes can become villains and villains can become heroes because in the end to be human is to be complicated.
This acclaimed early '00s tv show created a whole new generation of fans not only of Galactica but also of sci-fi dramas themselves. In a show filled to the brim with truly epic moments, here are just a few that truly defined Battlestar Galactica.
10. Gaius Feels "God's Presence"
Gaius Baltar is easily one of the show's best characters. He is a man known by many names. A world-renowned scientist, coward, destroyer of the twelve colonies, cult leader, psychopath, and all-around absolute jerk. Yet despite the horrendous actions he has involved himself in, he still finds people willing to believe in him.
This religious belief in Gaius Baltar reached a high point for the man when, after escaping his own execution, he is led into a storage compartment which is filled with very attractive men and women who worship Gaius Baltar as God's messenger.
Gaius, being the selfish man he is, goes along with the cultist's delusions and finds himself alone with one of his followers, Tracey Anne, who exposes herself to him and places his hands on her chest. When she asks "Do you feel God's presence?" Gaius simply responds "You know what? I think I do."
Obviously, this moment is not part of a massive space battle or a shocking revelation. Yet this tiny moment shows how vile Gaius Baltar is in manipulating people, especially women, into giving him self-satisfaction.
This moment also shows just how lonely Gaius Baltar truly is in humanity's new hierarchy as he constantly searches for any sort of human companionship, no matter how crazy the situation may be.