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Galactica 1980 

When the Battlestar Galactica finally arrives at Earth, they find they must subtly raise its tech level while protecting it from the Cylons.

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Complete series cast summary:
Kent McCord ...  Captain Troy 10 episodes, 1980
Barry Van Dyke ...  Lieutenant Dillon 10 episodes, 1980
Robyn Douglass ...  Jamie Hamilton 10 episodes, 1980
Lorne Greene ...  Commander Adama 10 episodes, 1980
James Patrick Stuart ...  Dr. Zee 7 episodes, 1980
Fred Holliday Fred Holliday ...  Mr. Brooks / ... 5 episodes, 1980
Herbert Jefferson Jr. ...  Colonel Boomer 5 episodes, 1980
Mike Brick Mike Brick ...  Super Scout 5 episodes, 1980
Ronnie Densford Ronnie Densford ...  Super Scout 5 episodes, 1980
Mark Everett Mark Everett ...  Super Scout / ... 5 episodes, 1980
Georgi Irene Georgi Irene ...  Sunshine / ... 5 episodes, 1980
Tracy Justrich Tracy Justrich ...  Starla 5 episodes, 1980
Lindsay Kennedy Lindsay Kennedy ...  Super Scout 5 episodes, 1980
D.G. Larson D.G. Larson ...  Super Scout 5 episodes, 1980
Eric Larson Eric Larson ...  Moonstone 5 episodes, 1980
Michelle Larson Michelle Larson ...  Super Scout / ... 5 episodes, 1980
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Storyline

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 <agilpin@pacbell.net>

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1980 (USA) See more »

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Battlestar Galactica See more »

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(10 episodes) | (7 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

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4:3
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Trivia

Lorne Greene (Adama) and Herbert Jefferson, Jr. (Boomer) were the only regular cast members from Battlestar Galactica (1978) who appeared on this show. As a last ditch effort to raise ratings, the producers brought back Dirk Benedict as Starbuck for the last episode. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Captain Troy: [after taking off in a Viper from the Galactica] Well, how did you like that?
Jamie Hamilton: Don't bother me, I'm praying.
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Fun show!
27 March 2008 | by stevenfallonnycSee all my reviews

I have no problem at all admitting I like "Galactica 1980". I deliberately avoided buying any bootlegs of the show because I figured the new (and bad) Galactica show would eventually see this released.

Sure it's flawed, but it was a fun show. It actually started off with a really good three-parter, when Troy and Dillon first come to Earth to check things out for the Galactica. I liked that Apollo did appear in a photograph and that one of the main adult characters was a grown-up Boxey. And seeing Boomer again was also great.

I remember as a kid being disappointed that the Cylon attack on Los Angeles was "fake" (a "computer simulation" to see what would happen if the Cylons found Earth) because it was done so clever and well, using the "Earthquake" movie footage. The subplot with Robert Reed as the doctor who makes friends with Troy and Dillon starts off good but Reed's character is simply forgotten about after a few episodes unfortunately. Instead, an Earth woman befriends the Galactica guys and the focal point eventually becomes a bunch of bratty kids, which is where the show starts to get a bit annoying.

The plots are cool, but frankly there just were not enough Cylons in the series. Finally towards the end of the series they start to appear, but in a goofy Halloween setting.

The last episode is generally regarded as the best because it shows the return of Starbuck, who actually makes friends with a Cylon after being stranded from the fleet in flashback. It was very cool seeing Boomer behind the controls of a Viper again. Even this episode has a few problems, such as the Cylon's voice, and where DID he find that girl? The ending is downright sad. Also, there was no Troy and Dillon for this final episode (the actors must have loved that).

So yeah, it has tons of stock footage, goofy kids and thin plots. But it is a fun show, and definitely a fun watch. I for one and very glad it is on DVD, although no extras is a disappointment.


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