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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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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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USA

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English

Release Date:

27 January 1980 (USA) 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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Jamie Hamilton: Don't bother me, I'm praying.
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A truly awful series and not at all like the original.
20 December 2002 | by Rob_TaylorSee 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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