I am puzzled as to why so many of you are writing reviews for Season 2 of the reimagined series currently being shown on Sky. This, as the title clearly points out, is the original movie from 1978. It is unfortunate that Amazon themselves cannot tell the difference as they have listed the actors from the reimagined series as the stars!
This is the film that started it all 28 years ago (God, that makes me feel old!). Universal wanted to cash in on the success of the then newly released Star Wars and asked TV producer and creator Glen Larson to come up with something. That something became Battlestar Galactica. Almost 30 years on the effects do look cheesy and dated, but for what it did for TV sfx was astounding. Only movies had previously been filled with such effects. The pedigree of the effects team was obvious, with many coming straight from Star Wars to this.
The story of the original has almost been taken up by the remake. The only obivous changes are that time has moved on in the last 28 years and we are more aware of other events. The story tells of how the Cylons lure the humans into a treaty to allow them to strike. The story of how the Cylons came to be or why humanity is in dispute with them is never revealed. But the characters are the same and their drive and motivations are the same.
For those that only know of the remake, you may be disapointed with this, but it is still a worthwhile viewing. For those of us old enough to remember the original, it is an opportunity to spend some time in nostalgia.