The WORST episodes of Battlestar Galactica (2003)

Every episode of Battlestar Galactica (2003) ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Battlestar Galactica (2003)!

In a distant part of the universe, a civilization of humans live on planets known as the Twelve Colonies. In the past, the Colonies have been at war with a cybernetic race known as the Cylons. 40 years after the first war the Cylons launch a devastating attack on the Colonies. The only military ship that survived the attack takes up the task of leading a small fugitive fleet of survivors into space in search of a fabled refuge known as Earth.

Last Updated: 12/8/2022Network:Syfy
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Unfinished Business
star
7.24
2735 votes

#1 - Unfinished Business

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/1/2006

Adama stages a boxing tournament on the Galactica to help the crew relax. The competitive atmosphere sets off a brutal match between Kara and Lee. Flashbacks from New Caprica reveal the origin and nature of their dispute.

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A Day in the Life
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7.33
2672 votes

#2 - A Day in the Life

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/18/2007

Chief Tyrol and his wife Cally become trapped in a malfunctioning airlock. Adama remembers his late wife Carolanne as he marks his wedding anniversary. His relationship with President Roslin continues to become more friendly and personal.

Directors: Rod Hardy
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Black Market
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7.34
3095 votes

#3 - Black Market

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/27/2006

After a shocking murder by black marketeers on Battlestar "Pegasus", Lee is charged with solving the crime. Roslin seeks to stamp out the black market by introducing new trade regulations.

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The Woman King
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7.36
2684 votes

#4 - The Woman King

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/11/2007

The Sagittarons allege that a doctor is discriminating against them. As Helo investigates, he becomes concerned that the doctor may even be murdering patients. Meanwhile, Athena unwittingly brings Hera to the doctor for treatment.

Directors: Michael Rymer
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Scar
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7.37
3100 votes

#5 - Scar

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/3/2006

A crazed Cylon Raider attacks the Colonial fleet in a series of hit-and-run attacks. Overworked Viper pilots must defend a mining operation from this Raider that they nickname "Scar."

Directors: Michael Nankin
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The Passage
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7.37
2780 votes

#6 - The Passage

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/8/2006

The Colonial fleet faces starvation when the food-processing machines are contaminated. Kat plays a vital role in the success or failure of the "Passage" through space.

Directors: Michael Nankin
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Escape Velocity
star
7.42
2995 votes

#7 - Escape Velocity

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/25/2008

Gaius Baltar sets off a debate on religious freedom when he promotes his belief in a single God.

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Taking a Break from All Your Worries
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7.46
2600 votes

#8 - Taking a Break from All Your Worries

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/28/2007

Now onboard Galactica, Baltar faces charges of treason. He contemplates suicide with the help of Number Six. Questions remain about his true identity. Is he a Cylon or isn't he? Apollo shows off the new drinking establishment on Galactica, Joe's Bar, to Tyrol. Apollo thinks about Kara and wonders whether his marriage to Dee is worth saving.

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Bastille Day
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7.47
3886 votes

#9 - Bastille Day

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/28/2005

The fleet has found a source of water, but who will take on the difficult and dangerous job of mining it from the icy planet? Commander Adama and President Roslin send Lee to the Astral Queen, a prisoner transport ship, with an offer for its inmates: Volunteer for this mission and earn "freedom points".

Directors: Allan Kroeker
Writer: Toni Graphia
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Colonial Day
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7.47
3120 votes

#10 - Colonial Day

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 3/18/2005

When President Roslin calls an Interim Quorum of the Twelve Colonies, she discovers that democracy brings its ugly stepsisters — politics and deadly intrigue — to the party. Tom Zarek, the charismatic convicted terrorist, is elected as the delegate from Sagittaron and immediately proposes elections for the vice-presidency.

Directors: Jonas Pate
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Maelstrom
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7.48
2524 votes

#11 - Maelstrom

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/4/2007

Kara continues to have dreams about Leoben Conoy and the mandala she painted at her old apartment on Caprica. While on patrol in her Viper, she encounters a Cylon Heavy Raider. When Tyrol cannot verify Kara's claim that the Cylon ship struck the Viper, Admiral Adama and Lee become concerned about her mental stability.

Directors: Michael Nankin
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Water
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7.48
4184 votes

#12 - Water

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/14/2005

Lt. Sharon Valerii wakes up soaking wet in the tool room with an explosive charge in her duffel bag. Shortly afterward, a mysterious explosion destroys all the port-side water tanks on Galactica, creating a crisis for the entire fleet. Sharon can't remember a thing, but all the evidence points to her as a saboteur. She confesses her concern to Chief Tyrol, but he can't believe she's responsible.

Directors: Rod Hardy
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Act of Contrition
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7.48
3881 votes

#13 - Act of Contrition

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/28/2005

After a flight deck accident kills 13 pilots and wounds many others, Kara is thrust into service as a flight instructor and ordered to turn a group of civilian pilots and academy washouts into full-fledged Viper pilots.

Directors: Rod Hardy
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Sacrifice
star
7.50
2885 votes

#14 - Sacrifice

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/10/2006

A woman takes hostages on Cloud Nine and demands that Adama turn over Sharon in order to avenge her husband's death at the hands of the Cylons.

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Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down
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7.51
3241 votes

#15 - Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 3/4/2005

President Roslin's fears that Commander Adama is a Cylon are stoked when she learns he's making secret wireless calls to other ships. Then, to make things worse, a single Cylon raider appears near the Galactica and begins acting strangely after being damaged in battle.

Directors: Jonas Pate
Writer: Jeff Vlaming
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Six Degrees of Separation
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7.53
3286 votes

#16 - Six Degrees of Separation

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/18/2005

When Baltar and the Number Six who lives in his head have a falling out, she abandons him, only to surface a short while later aboard the Galactica. But now she's called Shelley Godfrey, everyone can see her, and she's telling them that she has evidence, passed on by the late Dr. Amarak, that will prove Baltar sold out the human race to the Cylons.

Directors: Robert Young
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The Son Also Rises
star
7.53
2635 votes

#17 - The Son Also Rises

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/11/2007

When Baltar's representatives face assassination attempts, Adama asks Lee to protect Baltar's lawyer. After taking on the assignment, Lee seeks to play an active role in Baltar's defense.

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Epiphanies
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7.54
3065 votes

#18 - Epiphanies

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/20/2006

As President Roslin nears death, Dr. Gaius Baltar must be groomed for the worst case scenario. Roslin orders the death of Sharon's unborn child. A sabotaged Viper leads to an investigation that uncovers a movement of people seeking peace with the Cylons.

Directors: Rod Hardy
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Dirty Hands
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7.55
2714 votes

#19 - Dirty Hands

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/25/2007

Amid a heated labor dispute, Tyrol asks the imprisoned Baltar for advice. Seelix becomes involved after she is turned down for flight training.

Directors: Wayne Rose
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Litmus
star
7.55
3471 votes

#20 - Litmus

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/11/2005

When a new copy of Doral, a Cylon who had been previously exposed while serving as the Galactica's public-relations officer, sneaks aboard and blows himself up, killing three people, Commander Adama and President Roslin must finally make public the terrifying secret known only to a select few: Cylons now look like humans.

Directors: Rod Hardy
Writer: Jeff Vlaming
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The Ties That Bind
star
7.55
3047 votes

#21 - The Ties That Bind

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/18/2008

Kara Thrace seeks her own path in the search for Earth while the Cylons face the threat of sentient Centurions. A member of Galactica's crew learns a dark secret about a loved one.

Directors: Michael Nankin
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Flesh and Bone
star
7.57
3387 votes

#22 - Flesh and Bone

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 2/25/2005

A Cylon, who calls himself Leoben, is discovered on one of the ships in the fleet. Commander Adama sends Kara to interrogate him — or, rather, it. The Cylon tells Kara that he planted a nuclear device on one of the ships. Although she doesn't believe it, Kara passes on the warning.

Directors: Brad Turner
Writer: Toni Graphia
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The Captain's Hand
star
7.58
2813 votes

#23 - The Captain's Hand

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired 2/17/2006

Apollo assists in the search for a missing Raptor team as the new commander of the Pegasus grows increasingly unstable.

Writer: Jeff Vlaming
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A Disquiet Follows My Soul
star
7.60
3312 votes

#24 - A Disquiet Follows My Soul

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/23/2009

Tigh and Number Six take their first glimpse at their unborn child, Tyrol offers Adama Cylon technology in return for his fellow Cylons properly reintegrated into the fleet, and an attempted coup leads to a costly struggle to maintain civility.

Directors: Ronald D. Moore
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The Road Less Traveled
star
7.61
3062 votes

#25 - The Road Less Traveled

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/2/2008

Specialist Tyrol continues to sink into despair after his recent loss. He becomes curious about Gaius Baltar's sermons and the following he has attracted. The crew of the Demetrius grow concerned about Kara's mental stability as an old enemy arrives with a tempting offer.

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