Sci Fi, Jan. 21, 10 p.m.
Buckle up, fanboys and girls: Battlestar Galactica is jumping to Sunday to escape a threat more deadly than genocidal Cylons: declining ratings. ''It's a good move,'' says executive producer David Eick, adding that going up against the fall armada of broadcast-network premieres for the first time ''proved too much to overcome.''
When the politically charged, spiritually angsty drama returns from its winter hiatus, the emphasis shifts from those sneaky Cylons to the Earth-searching, spacefaring humans. For starters, Adama (Edward James Olmos) faces a choice no man should have to make: Obliterate a planet to keep the Cylons from getting their synthetic mitts on the Eye of Jupiter, which holds a clue to Earth's location — or leave it be, since the blowout would kill his son Lee, a.k.a. Apollo (Jamie Bamber)?
We assume Adama finds a crafty solution, since Eick discloses that Apollo is slated to serve as a defense attorney in the war crimes trial of Cylon sympathizer Gaius Baltar (James Callis) and continue his adulterous romance with Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff), who's also married. Cracks Sackhoff: ''I don't know any other job where you get paid to make out with two different good-looking men and not be called a ho.'' Actually, we may soon call her ''Starchild''; revelations about Starbuck's abusive upbringing and her ''cosmic destiny'' prompt a dramatic life change. Starbuck's unfolding saga and a story line involving the identities of the final five Cylons, says Eick, combine for Galactica's ''biggest cliff-hanger ever.'' We can't resist: Holy frak! —Jeff Jensen