Galactica 1980 (1980– )

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When the Battlestar Galactica finally arrives at the planet Earth, they find they must subtly raise its tech level and protect Earth from the Cylons.


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Complete series cast summary:
 Capt. Troy (10 episodes, 1980)
 Lt. Dillon (10 episodes, 1980)
Robyn Douglass ...
 Jamie Hamilton (10 episodes, 1980)
 Commander Adama (10 episodes, 1980)
 Dr. Zee (7 episodes, 1980)
Fred Holliday ...
 Mr. Brooks / ... (5 episodes, 1980)
 Colonel Boomer (5 episodes, 1980)
Mike Brick ...
 Super Scout (5 episodes, 1980)
Ronnie Densford ...
 Super Scout (5 episodes, 1980)
Mark Everett ...
 Super Scout / ... (5 episodes, 1980)
Georgi Irene ...
 Sunshine / ... (5 episodes, 1980)
Tracy Justrich ...
 Starla (5 episodes, 1980)
Lindsay Kennedy ...
 Super Scout (5 episodes, 1980)
D.G. Larson ...
 Super Scout (5 episodes, 1980)
Eric Larson ...
 Moonstone (5 episodes, 1980)
Michelle Larson ...
 Super Scout / ... (5 episodes, 1980)


Thirty years after the events of the series "Battlestar Galactica", the fugitive starfleet finally reaches its legendary destination. But Commander Adama discovers that the planet Earth in 1980 is not technologically advanced enough to help them battle the Cylons. Indeed, by coming to Earth, the Galactica has inadvertently exposed the helpless planet to attack by the android race bent on exterminating all humanity. Therefore, teams of Colonial warriors are covertly sent to the planet to work incognito with various members of the scientific community, hoping to advance Earth's technology. Written by Anthony Bruce Gilpin <>

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Capt. Troy was the same character as Boxey (Apollo's adopted son) from the original Battlestar Galactica (1978), twenty years later. See more »


At the beginning of the series, the Galactica arrives at Earth in the year 1980. It is said by Adama that their voyage has taken 30 years which means that the events of Battlestar Galactica took place around 1950 in Earth time. However, at the very end of the original series (in the episode "The Hand of God"), the Galactica receives a television transmission that shows the 1969 Apollo moon landing. Since the fleet's journey to Earth had only started a few months prior, it means that the events of Battlestar Galactica must have taken place at least in the late 1960s Earth time. See more »


Captain Troy: [after taking off in a Viper from the Galactica] Well, how did you like that?
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Several episodes end with the disclaimer: "The United States Air Force stopped investigating UFOs in 1969. After 22 years, they found no evidence of extra-terrestrial visits and no threat to national security." This is due to the series featuring an Air Force division dedicated to looking for UFOs. See more »


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A truly awful series and not at all like the original.
20 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

The worst series in the world....ever!

After the events of the REAL Battlestar Galactica and series, this troll of a series came along. Gone are Starbuck and Apollo and replacing them are Troy and Dillon. Wannabee heroes who can't act. They might as well have cast Troi (StarTrek TNG) and Dillan (Magic Roundabout) for all the effectiveness they have.

Lorne Greene must have had a mortgage to pay off or something, because I can't see any other reason he'd want to be on board this turkey.

There's a new character, in the form of the obnoxious Dr Zee. A child genius who basically tells Adama what to do. I couldn't help thinking that maybe Adama had gone senile and Zee was his nurse - he always dressed in white, anyhow. It certainly seemed like Adama was senile, he didn't seem to be able to make a decision without consulting the boy-wonder. A far cry from the confident, decisive war veteran of the original Galactica series.

Anyway Troy and Dillon get to inact it up a little and go to Earth on repetitive boring missions. There's none of the interesting space-going malarkey from the original series (even though a lot of it was stock footage) and I don't think I ever saw a starfighter. No budget for anything remotely interesting.

The only gadgets on display were the flying motorcycles (I kid you not) that the heroes use now and again. The special effects of them flying through the air are particularly guffawful, reminding me of those old rear-window shots of roads in black and white films, where the road movements in the background bore no correlation to what the driver did with the wheel.

A truly awful series and not at all like the original. Only one episode is remotely worth watching. Entitled "The Return of Starbuck" it focuses on what happened to Starbuck and has a kind of "Enemy Mine" plot involving a Cylon. Mercifully, it features only very few scenes of Dr Zee and Adama talking and none at all of Troy and Dufus. Nearly all Starbuck.

But, apart from this one episode, the rest of the series is just awful.

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