Battlestar Galactica - The Complete Epic Series
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Lorne Greene, Dirk Benedict, Richard Hatch. Every big-budget adventure of the original ragtag Galactica crew as they accumulate survivors of decimated planets, evade their robotic pursuers and search for the distant, mythical planet known as Earth." Includes 24 episodes on 6 DVDs in collectible Cylon Head packaging. 1978-79/color/19 hrs/NR/fullscreen.
NOTE:Disc 4 and Disc 5 are single -sided disc whereas Disc 1,2,3,6 are Double-sided disc.
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In the deepest reaches of space, the fight to save all human life from extinction has begun in this science fiction adventure that launched the Battlestar Galactica phenomenon! Hopeful for lasting peace following centuries of intense warfare, the Twelve Colonies gather to sign a treaty with their dreaded enemies, The Cylons. But after an act of treachery on the eve of the ceremony, the Cylons launch a devastating surprise attack, destroying the Colonies' home planets and most of their military strength. A lone flagship battlestar, the Galactica, remains to aid the surviving colonists on their epic journey for a new home to a far-off legendary planet--Earth. They must survive the pursuing Cylons in a series of epic battles that will determine the fate of the human race in this non-stop action-packed classic filled with cutting-edge special effects by John Dykstra ("Star Wars," "Spider-Man").
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because make no mistake: Galactica Mk. II was/is the most laughable, misguided attempt to fix what ain't broken since the New Coke! it never even tried to recapture the spirit, the HEART, of it's ancestor.
(if there's one thing more shameful than misrepresenting a piece of crap as a masterpiece, it's misrepresenting a masterpiece as a piece of crap!)
the word that best sums up the newer version is hip, and "hip" doesn't necessarily gel with science-fiction at it's finest. why do you think the devotees of Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, etc., are stereotyped as "geeks"? because to be cool is to follow and adhere to what's trendy, and the province of sci-fi is deeper, more philosophical matters than that.
the original walks that fine line much more expertly. maybe it is a bit dated and doesn't always disguise the backlot so well, but it makes up for that with rigid attention to story and character. (maybe the newer one tries to as well, but it doesn't do much good when your characters aren't even the least little bit likable.) it assembled fine actors - Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Herbert Jefferson Jr. - into a crackerjack ensemble that could feed off each other. the reboot corralled a completely random bunch who's characters would ultimately have no individual charm, much less collective "chemistry."
and while i certainly applaud any advance in women's lib, there's reasonable limits to everything. converting one or two characters into women is one thing, but half the friggin' cast? they took it to far for it to feel like anything but an attempt to curry the feminists.
the writing of the original might've strayed into cliche' from time to time, to say nothing of noticeably gearing itself to a "family" viewership as per the norm at the time, but it managed to engage and charm in spite of these potential limitations. if nothing else, it's storylines are always coherent and comprehensible. the reboot's writing is so pompous that it might as well be bishop's lecture, not to mention so convoluted that it might as well be in Sanskrit.
in a nutshell, sci-fi fans were handed a textbook bill of goods. please don't let a bunch of dubious critics who were obviously bought off mislead you. don't let the delightful adventure-for-adventure's-sake Galactica stated out as be eclipsed and forgotten in the wake of the disrespectful bastardization perpetrated by Edward James Olmos and Company.
of course, the reboot isn't likely to be forgotten anytime soon, either. well, they do say life is a tradeoff.
The video and audio quality are descent. If I had one criticism, it would be that of the DVD format. These discs are back to back discs that need to be turned over. This is a personal hangup, but I find that such discs are more prone to damage and accordingly need more careful handling. Cheaper for the manufacturer but a bit inconvenient for the consumer.
Nevertheless, my recommendation is that you do not let these minor issues deter you from what overall was a fun nostalgic stroll.
But really, lets not fool ourselves that this was a terrific show in every aspect, it was fraught with all the seventies cliche haircuts, some real cheesy plots, too bad some of the plots weren't better, but that was 70's cheesy tv for ya.
Its too bad the show is so expensive brand new, very surprising, I had to wait to get it used, otherwise, ehh, unsure if I would have paid over fourty bucks, actually I found a used set for under thirty missing the cylon head packaging, but I was near the point I might have sprung for near full price, but hey, buying used is like saving the planet or something, like recycling. Then there is galactica 80, bought that, and I have the widescreen motion picture as well, I remember when the motion picture played at the local movie theater back in the 70's.
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I was surprised; really enjoyed this sci fi show from the Star Wars era. Too bad the costs to make it were so high and there was only one season.