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Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack (1979)

TV Movie  -   -  Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi  -  1979 (USA)
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Running low on fuel, the Battlestar Galactica receives the help of the supposedly lost Battlestar Pegasus which is taking the offensive with the Cylons.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Apollo (archive footage)
Lt. Starbuck (archive footage)
Cmdr. Adama (archive footage)
Lt. Boomer (archive footage)
Count Baltar (archive footage)
Maren Jensen ...
Lt. Athena (archive footage)
Laurette Spang ...
Cassiopeia (archive footage)
Tony Swartz ...
Flight Sgt. Joly (archive footage)
Lt. Sheba (archive footage)
Col. Tigh (archive footage)
Dr. Salik (archive footage)
Jack Stauffer ...
Capt. Bojay (archive footage)
William Bryant ...
Fireleader (archive footage)
Rod Haase ...
Col. Tolan (archive footage)
Cmdr. Cain (archive footage)


The Battlestar Galactica encounters the Battlestar Pegasus, which they thought to be destroyed. The Pegasus is commanded by one of their most celebrated warriors, Commander Cain. Cain is a strategic genius, but is bent on destroying the Cylons while Adama is happy to acquire fuel and escape, thus keeping his fleet alive to find Earth. When Cain sabotages a mission to obtain fuel, the Galactica and Pegasus are forced to attack a Cylon Base World and three Baseships. While the Galactica stays on to attack the planet, the Pegasus leaves to engage the Baseships (against orders). After the battle, the Pegasus just keeps on going into deep space and is never heard from again. The Galactica gets the fuel it needs and the fleet continues its journey, looking for Earth. Written by Jason Legere <>

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Their very existence menaced by a strange civilization.


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Cain sends the Pegasus through a bright starfield after Baltar's Baseship. According to the dialogue, the Pegasus is traveling alone at this point. However, the exterior shots in this sequence show the Battlestar being followed by at least half a dozen other ships. (These shots are actually of the Galactica leading the fleet through the Nova of Madagon, from "Saga of a Star World"). In the "Living Legend" episodes from which Mission Galactica was derived, the sequence is different and doesn't show this goof. See more »


Count Baltar: Burn, Galactica! You're finished, Adama!
Cylon Centurion: [looking out to port] Sir, if I may...
Count Baltar: I don't want to miss a moment of the last battlestar's destruction!
Cylon Centurion: I really think you should take a look at the other battlestar.
Count Baltar: What are you babbling about? It's impossible!
Cylon Centurion: No. It is a battlestar.
Count Baltar: Turn, you fool, turn! He's coming right for us! Sound the retreat, return to our baseships!
Cylon Centurion: But, we have not finished off the Galactica.
Count Baltar: We're half out of fuel and those Vipers are coming in fresh! Now do as I say ...
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Edited from Battlestar Galactica: The Living Legend: Part 2 (1978) See more »

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And it STILL works for me...
9 April 1999 | by (Bamberg, Germany) – See all my reviews

As I said in my comment about the first part: These two movies are better than most Science Fiction Fans confess.

The scenario in the second movie is not that moving as we don't see the destruction of human civilization, but the aftermath, thousands of refugees fleeing in tiny space cans, protected by only one powerful spaceship.

But when Battlestar Pegasus appears, the story heats up, carrying the battle back to the Cylon Planets. Okay, it has a little bit of Mad Max because all they fight for is fuel for their spaceships to travel on to find the distant Earth, but it works for me. It is thrilling Science Fiction entertainment featuring fine actors and decent special effects (even though those tend to repeat themselves, to say the least :-) ).

I would have loved a continuation with Starbuck and Apollo on board. Instead, we got a second sequel with no name characters who proved that the story had worked before especially because the feature characters were so well-chosen...

So thumbs down for the productions of 1980, but thumbs up for the two movies from 1978.

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