After years of searching for Earth, the Galactica finds Earth. Adama would like to land but a child prodigy named Dr. Zee advises Adama against it because he believes that if they do that the Cylons ...
The planet's future hangs in the balance when Troy and Dillon alert Galactica that they are pursuing two enemy Cylons bent on commandeering a powerful New York City broadcasting facility to transmit ...
A year after Liberation Day, courtesy of the red-dust bacteria, the humanoid, lizard-like aliens develop a resistance to the micro-organism and try to regain control of the Earth--only now some humans are knowingly working with them.
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
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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. In fact it would be at least in the 1970s since television signals travel at the speed of light and the Galactica was obviously far more than a light year away from Earth at the time they received the transmission. See more »
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 »
With apologies to Homer Simpson, I can't believe I watched the whole thing!
2003 saw the re-launch of the Battlestar Galactica in the form of a cable
miniseries and the DVD release of the 1978-79 original, promoted as the
"Complete Epic Series". Amidst the fan hackles that were raised over the
mini-series, (a top-to-bottom remake, and not the continuation many fans
hoped for) Richard Hatch's 4&1/2min promo trailer The Second Coming
a new mystique. Hatch's post-series novels continued to sell and even
pre-production remnants from Tom DeSanto's aborted 2001 revival attempt
gleefully feasted upon by fans.
The one thing that didn't enjoy renewed interest was Galactica 1980, a
series few remember and fewer even knew existed. Every other incarnation
Galactica can be enjoyed on multiple levels, but G80 is only good for
the p*ss, MST3K-style. This is truly one of the worst, most hilariously
misbegotten pieces of television in existance.
As with all roads to hell, G80 started out with the best of intentions, as
Glen A Larson's pitch to revive the recently-canned Battlestar was seized
upon by ABC, who had a gap in their Sunday night schedule. But a number
problems quickly developed to ensure utter disaster. First, the budget
severely reduced from the original (hence Galactica finding earth, which
minimized sets and effects). In turn, most of the original cast were
unwilling or unable to return. This led to an abrupt rewrite, which set
show thirty years after the BSG, causing major continuity problems with
BSG's final episode (which ended with footage of the Moon landing), so as
accommodate the casting of Kent McCord and Barry Van Dyke. Of the
cast, only Lorne Greene (and to a distinctly lesser extent, Herb Jefferson
Jr) returned, sporting a ragged fake beard and barely concealed
embarrassment. ABC demanded that "educational dialogue" be shoehorned
the scripts (in accordance with the 7pm kiddie timeslot) and that a cadre
cute kids (many played by Larson's own offspring!) and a truly loathsome
genius (the infamous Dr Zee) be added.
Larson, aware that things were spinning out of control, wrote (and
most of the episodes himself in an attempt to minimize the damage, but to
avail. Last of all, ABC rushed the series into production, where all of
above factors collided into one hell of a train wreck.
And as they say about train wrecks, you can't take your eyes off Galactica
1980. From the eye-rolling dialogue, delivered with almost poignant
sincerity, (you've really gotta feel for these actors, you really do) to
awful attempts at humor (an earthbound Cylon being mistaken for a
reveler, for one) to the heavy, heavy, HEAVY reliance on stock footage
BSG (dig the opening five minutes of Space Croppers) and other sources,
(Silent Running, Earthquake and I swear to god Close Encounters!) its an
unmitigated campfest nearly all the way.
I say nearly because, if there is anything close to a decent episode in
series, it has to be the final one, "The Return of Starbuck". Dirk
returns one last time as everyone's favorite space-hopping skirt-chaser
a flashback story with very little (thank god) of the regular cast. It's
suprisingly touching send off for the space cowboy and an indication of
Galactica 1980 could have been with the right kind of handling.
And yeah, I watched it all. It was mid 96, my parents had cable and I had
no life. And here I am telling you all about it....
But honestly, I've probably piqued your curiosity by now, right? So go
hop on Petition Online and start rallying Universal to release this
"Complete Epic Series" on DVD straight away! The commentaries would be
worth the price tag alone.....
PS: Believe it or not, the voice of the Imperious Leader in Space Croppers
(sorry to bring that episode up again) is none other than 24's Mr
Dennis Haysbert. Kinda prophetic, don't you think?
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