Lost Planet of the Gods was a two part episode that aired September 24th and October 1st 1978 and continues where the pilot movie ended with Baltar (John Colicos) being pressed into service by the new Cylon Imperious Leader and given complete control over a Basestar with an IL-Series Drone named Lucifer (voiced by Jonathon Harris) as his second-in-command.
Don’t you think naming your evil robot Lucifer is just a bit too on the nose?
“Between Johns I took a correspondence course at Caprica Med School.”
“I’m either in a black void or the rear-screen projection is on the fritz.”
Dude, you’re Lorne Greene, not Charlton Heston.
Strange how all the rookie pilots are young and attractive women.
Space Weddings have a surprising number of candles.
Spielberg totally ripped this off for his Map Room in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Note: Jane Seymour's character was originally supposed to be dying of some form of space cancer and was to have died in the pilot, but the producers changed their minds and decided to keep her on as a regular so they cut out all the footage showing her sick. This was a surprise to Seymour who had no interest in being in a weekly series so she had them kill her off in this episode.
For me the most fascinating aspect of this episode is that we are never sure if Baltar was being sincere with Adama or if he was planning a double cross. Having been betrayed once by the Cylons and almost losing his head it is completely possible that he was being straight with Adam and wanted revenge on those walking toasters. Instead poor Baltar is left trapped in an ancient tomb screaming,“You have not heard the last of Baltar!”
"Seriously, you haven't."
Directed by Christian I. Nyby II this is one of the better episodes of the series as it deals with a bit of the lore of the thirteen colonies as well some fun action. It also contains some great stuff from John Colicos as Baltar, everyone’s favorite Judas. There is some unfortunate sexist stuff between our male heroes and the female pilots but sadly those kinds of jokes were very indicative of television in the 70s. Overall a really good episode.