When it comes to challenging science fiction, “Battlestar Galactica” wrote the playbook. The 2003 series gained a huge fan base and critical acclaim when it reimagined the 1978 cult classic and turned it into a gritty dystopian drama.
With TV production slowed and delayed, now is a great time to catch up on “Battlestar Galactica.” Fortunately, you can watch the show without cable for free – including the 2003 mini-series (“Part 1” and “Part 2”) and then watch the four seasons that aired 2004-2009, including two extra feature-length movies “The Plan” and “Razor.”
How to Watch BSG Online Free
You can watch all Battlestar Galactica episodes for free on the NBC streaming service Peacock (see our review of Peacock). As long as you don’t mind a few ads, this is a great way to watch all the episodes and the mini-series. While Peacock offers a free and pay-tiered service, all 4 seasons of Battlestar Galactica are available for free. You can sign up and start watching BSG right now.
Peacock is supported on Roku, iOS, Apple TV, Xbox One, Playstation 4, Android devices, Chromecast, and more.
Also, as a reader pointed out in the comments, while not on-demand, Comet TV routinely airs BSG episodes. Their schedule changes every so often, but currently, they are airing about 8 episodes a week.
Buying the Series
Sure, you could watch for free on Peacock, but the channel could take the series down at any time. If you buy the episodes, then you own them, and you can watch them whenever you want.
You can buy the show by the season or by the episode on a variety of platforms. Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play, and Itunes all offer it for about $2.99HD/$1.99SD an episode and $34.99-$39.99 per season.
What Makes BSG a Good Binge
You think things are bad now – at least we don’t have a fleet of sentient robots trying to hunt us down, right? That’s the premise of both iterations “Battlestar Galactica,” the first of which premiered in 1978. The first was a cult favorite, but the second version of the show gained huge fan traction when it aired 2003-2009. Its intricate plots and grim, dystopian feel made it just right for the post-9/11 years. The world felt like it had lost its innocence and so it was only fair that science fiction had lost it as well.
Today we face a different sort of threat, as we all quarantine ourselves and watch first responders deal with COVID-19. While it’s a stressful time and “Battlestar Galactica” can be pretty stressful to watch, it can be therapeutic as well. Humanity has faced challenges of many kinds and has largely risen to the occasion. Watching characters survive and thrive in the worst of circumstances may give us all some hope. So say we all.
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