Galactica 1980 1 Season 1980

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Treacherous Xaviar, the renegade Galactican, in disguise sends Troy and Dillon on a phony space mission that makes them targets of a Russian killer satellite, so that he can take as hostage the earthbound Galactican children who Jamie has entered in what turns out to be a hilarious, out-of-this-world charity baseball game, on "Galactica 1980".

Starring:
Kent McCord, Barry Van Dyke
Runtime:
49 minutes
Original air date:
March 30, 1980

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Season 1
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    1. Conquest of the Earth, Part 1 In the first episode of the new story, 30 years have passed and the good ship Galactica is nearing the end of its search for Earth, which is home to their ancestor brothers. But the spectre of danger from their long-time enemies, the Cylons, causes the decision to bring Earth into their own century of development. Part 1 of 3.

    TV-NR 49min January 27, 1980
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    2. Conquest of the Earth, Part 2 The thrilling adventures of "BATTLESTAR GALACTICA" continue in Part Two of "Galactica Discovers Earth, " when Commander Adama (Lorne Greene) dispatches two young pilots, Capt. Troy (Kent McCord) and Lieut. Dillon (Barry Van Dyke) to the planet Earth.

    TV-NR 49min February 3, 1980
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    3. Conquest of the Earth, Part 3 In the exciting conclusion of "Galactica Discovers Earth, " Capt. Troy and Lieut. Dillon are running out of time to stop Xaviar from bringing advanced rocket technology to the Nazis in 1944 Germany.

    TV-NR 49min March 10, 1980
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    4. The Super Scouts, Part 1 The exciting and challenging adventures of "Galactica 1980" continue when a Galactican shuttle-craft filled with children is attacked by the treacherous Cylons and some of its occupants are forced to flee to Earth -- where they establish a settlement to insure the future of their civilization -- but are unaware of the earthly dangers that threaten their extinction.

    TV-NR 48min March 16, 1980
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    5. The Super Scouts, Part 2 Commander Adama and teenage genius Dr. Zee board an incredible new antigravity spaceship for an emergency mission to Earth in an effort to save three children in Troy and Dillon's group who -- by Earth's standards -- have died, meanwhile Sydel, convinced that the troop of boy scouts are aliens from space, closes in to capture them, on "Galactica 1980".

    TV-NR 49min March 23, 1980
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    6. Spaceball Treacherous Xaviar, the renegade Galactican, in disguise sends Troy and Dillon on a phony space mission that makes them targets of a Russian killer satellite, so that he can take as hostage the earthbound Galactican children who Jamie has entered in what turns out to be a hilarious, out-of-this-world charity baseball game, on "Galactica 1980".

    TV-NR 49min March 30, 1980
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    7. The Night the Cylons Landed, Part 1 Earthbound Troy and Dillon rush to the East Coast to intercept what they believe to be a downed Galactican spacecraft, but find that it is really the first ship of the treacherous Cylons to locate the lost human civilization they want to destroy, in "Galactica 1980".

    TV-NR 48min April 13, 1980
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    8. The Night the Cylons Landed, Part 2 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 earth's location to their hostile forces in space, which could lead to the destruction of Earth on "Galactica 1980".

    TV-NR 48min April 20, 1980
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    9. Space Croppers The lives of all Galacticans are in the hands of Troy and Dillon after a Cylon warship destroys the space fleet's farm ship, and food supplies have to be replenished immediately from Earth, on "Galactica 1980".

    TV-NR 48min May 4, 1980
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    10. The Return of Starbuck The fate of space warrior Lt. Starbuck (special guest star Dirk Benedict) is revealed in a vivid dream of teenage genius Dr. Zee in which Starbuck crashes on a desolate planet where he reassembles a Cylon robot for company and meets a woman of unearthly beauty in "Galactica 1980". Dirk Benedict created the role of Starbuck in the "Battlestar Galactica" series.

    TV-NR 49min May 4, 1980

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Genres Science Fiction
Director Barry Crane
Starring Kent McCord, Barry Van Dyke
Supporting actors Robyn Douglass, Lorne Greene, James Patrick Stuart, Allan Miller, Paul Koslo, Bert Rosario, Fred Holliday, Jeremy Brett, Mike Brick, Nicholas Davies, Ronnie Densford, Mark Everett, Georgi Irene, Tracy Justrich, Lindsay Kennedy, D.G. Larson, Eric Larson, Michelle Larson
Season year 1980
Network NBCUniversal
Executive Producer Jeff Freilich
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224 of 229 people found the following review helpful By J. McDonald on October 12, 2007
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Basically, you should buy this entire box-set for a single episode. "The Return of Starbuck". Your original Battlestar Galactica collection isn't truly complete without it. No matter what is said of this series as a whole, this one episode truly captures the feel of the original series.

What about the other episodes? Well, let's just say that on many occasions, critics have selected Galactica 1980 as the worst sci-fi tv series of all time. How could it turn out so horrid? The budget was slashed to just a fraction of the amount spent on the original series. Also, many of the episodes were aired in an early time slot (I believe it was 7:00pm) which placed restrictions on the content of the series (writers had to avoid writing too many action scenes or even the most innocent adult themes). Galactica 1980 was basically a rushed effort, pushed forward and then severely hindered (by various network executives) on a mission to recoup from their mistake of canceling the original series.

This series may have been a train wreck, but the final episode (The Return of Starbuck) is a bittersweet tribute to the original series. A must have!

P.S.

This is being sold as "The Original Battlestar Galactica's Final Season". It must be noted that the original series was cancelled after the first season. While Galactica 1980 can indeed be considered a continuation of the first season, it is in fact a seperate TV series. Most fans of the original series pretend that Galactica 1980 never happened :)

JM
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Matthew C. Dempsey on December 26, 2007
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I've read many poor reviews of Galactica 1980 over the years, so I was expecting a pretty cruddy show. To my surprise, I actually enjoyed it! Sure, it's more like "Galactica on Earth" than a space show, but that doesn't mean I enjoyed it any less.

It's great to see Adama and Boomer again, and the last episode is really good too. Also, the pilot episode was excellent, as well. Are there some campy moments? Sure. But the original BSG had them too. I found many BSG episodes slow and hard to get through, surprisingly, I got through G:1980 rather quickly.

I say pick it up and add it to your collection!
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A. Kazimierczak on March 8, 2008
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Ever since I bought the Battlestar Galactica complete series I'd been thinking, "What happened to that episode with Starbuck stranded on a planet?? And what about those flying motorcycles on Earth??" I'd almost convinced myself that I'd imagined them, since I did own the "complete series." Well, here they are. I was 6 years old when this series came around and it didn't enjoy the reruns of the original Battlestar Galactica, so my memories of Troy and Dillon (the new Starbuck and Apollo) were sparse at best (it's like when Dukes of Hazzard had those other cousins show up or Airwolf had a whole new cast suddenly show up....crazy 80's TV clones).

Overall the episodes are pure low budget 80's sci-fi trash-- vaguely reminiscent of Star Trek IV in its disturbing blend of heavy handed environmentalism (the "Super Scouts" episodes) and high school theater quality time travel (the pilot episodes with a generic Nazi Germany romp).

It's worth the Starbuck episode though-- he's the best!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Davidp. on March 30, 2012
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I was a teen when this series aired in 1980, and old enough to know how bad it was even back then. I had watched the original '78 series and although I liked it, I realized it was not the best written or produced show. This sequel series, on the other hand, was an ill-conceived and hastily thrown together mess which really tarnished the reputation of it's predecessor.

So why did I buy it? I only really got this series to replace an old EP VHS copy of "The Return Of Starbuck" I bought back in the late '80s. As other reviewers have said, this episode is really the only reason to get this series, and it was worth the price I paid for it ( less than $6.00 ). I will say that rewatching the whole series has been fun in a "Plan Nine From Outer Space" kind of way. The plot holes and implausibilies are so numerous that there should be a drinking game based on the show. I promise you...anyone who tried it would end up in an alcoholic coma.

The quality of the DVDs themselves are 'okay'. Typical for DVD releases of many older Universal television series, the prints are not perfect nor do they appear to be digitally remastered or enhanced in any way. Honestly, this series does not really merit any extensive remastering effort, so the picture quality is fine as it is.

Bottom line; If you're a "Battlestar Galactica" completist, or enjoy watching television shows that are train wrecks, then by all means buy this set ( just don't pay more than $10.00 for it ).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John P. Dorsey on November 28, 2011
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Being a huge fan of the original show, I was glad to see Galactica 1980 released on DVD mostly for its wonderful final episode "The Return of Starbuck", an episode that is just as good as any from the original series. This is a must-see for any Galactica fan.

As for the rest of the series, it is worth watching just to see how amazingly bad a show can be. Galactica 1980 had three fatal flaws. The first was a premise that changed kept changing (first it was about upgrading Earth's technology, then it was about time travel, and then it was about children with super powers). The second was that none of the premises worked. And the third was that it aired during Sunday at 7pm which at the time was designated a children's hour timeslot. Very little violence was allowed, which killed any real chance of drama. Even worse, a certain number of "educational beat" were required to appear throughout every episode. It's amazing to watch the story come to a grinding halt while a character says something educational. During a car chase: "I perceive that this vehicle is powered by an internal combustion engine, and an internal combustion engine, primitive though it is..." Okay, that isn't the exact dialogue, but you get the point. In the episode Space Croppers, we get lectures on Chicano history, how to grow plants called legumes, and how rainful is produced! You have to see it to believe it.

If I were a writing instructor, I would use Galactica 1980 as an example of how NOT to write drama. In any story, it's important to create powerful villains and put the heroes in situations that are difficult to deal with. But all of the villains in Galactica 1980 are weak.
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