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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "We have at last reached Earth."
Galactica 1980 is one of those curious anomalies in the Battlestar universe in that nearly all fans choose to completely ignore it from the continuity and it has not been included in any of the comics, graphic novels or books published since the 70's. That said, it's really not as bad as people make it out to be and there are some genuinely good moments in the...
Published on 3 Mar 2008 by TK-1308

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2.0 out of 5 stars one redeeming feature
Battlestar galactica was cancelled in 1979..the ratings were solid but because the show cost over a million dollars per episode ( a massively high budget in 1978/9) the continuation of the show couldnt be justified unless it was in the top 3 rated shows at the time, which it wasnt, but did comfortably sit in the top 10 shows all season, thus NBC/universal pulled the plug...
Published on 16 Feb 2008 by Mr. Russell C. Witheyman


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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars one redeeming feature, 16 Feb 2008
This review is from: Battlestar Galactica 1980 - Complete [DVD] (DVD)
Battlestar galactica was cancelled in 1979..the ratings were solid but because the show cost over a million dollars per episode ( a massively high budget in 1978/9) the continuation of the show couldnt be justified unless it was in the top 3 rated shows at the time, which it wasnt, but did comfortably sit in the top 10 shows all season, thus NBC/universal pulled the plug but then came up with a way to continue the show but with a fraction of the budget..makes sense they thought? Unfortunately not for the viewer though!! Galactica 80 is pretty lame stuff..gone are apollo,starbuck and dazzling space battles..what we get here is troy and vance ( troy being the grown up boxy from the first show!!) on stupid flying motorbikes and not much else. The galactica has made it to earth but arrive in 1980 and obviously we are hundred's of years technologically behind and a decision is made by an even older Adama to study earth and stop the cylons who have arrived before them. Great to see Lorne Greene again (with beard this time!) and Boomer crops up in the old colonel Tigh role (we never find out what happened to Tigh btw). The show was canned after half a season and its easy to see why..a bad idea from start to finish.

There is however one saving grace. The final episode "THE RETURN OF STARBUCK" Dirk Benedict reprises his old role in the show most reminiscent of the old Galactica. Adama recounts the tale of what happened to starbuck and its a cracking tale..very sad at the end but won't give away the ending.

Worth getting for the semi-decent opening story and the starbuck ep.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "We have at last reached Earth.", 3 Mar 2008
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This review is from: Battlestar Galactica 1980 - Complete [DVD] (DVD)
Galactica 1980 is one of those curious anomalies in the Battlestar universe in that nearly all fans choose to completely ignore it from the continuity and it has not been included in any of the comics, graphic novels or books published since the 70's. That said, it's really not as bad as people make it out to be and there are some genuinely good moments in the series.
The main arc of the story is set 20 years after the end of the original Battlestar Galactica series. Adama has finally led the Galactica and her fleet to Earth with the help of Doctor Zee, a child with a highly developed mind and consciousness who was born of a colonial warrior and a seraph (see episode 10) and sent to them years ago.
However, their discovery heralds a darker problem - Doctor Zee warns Adama that they cannot land on Earth. Arriving in the year 1980, Earth and it's people are in no fit state to help the Galactica or to defend themselves from the Cylon empire. With the Cylons closing in on the Galactica, the fleet will have to leave and draw their enemy away from the 13th tribe.
They send down covert teams to explore Earth and to make contact with the inhabitants, with the intention of slowly helping Earth's scientists with present day problems. There are those among the council who believe that they should change Earth by whatever means necessary and seek to employ drastic methods to alter technology and history.
One of the teams sent to North America is Troy, a grown up Boxey, and Dillon. They have problems on their first assignment, especially with blending in, understanding humans and trying to remain inconspicuous, often with humorous results. Their missions are further complicated by the actions of renegade council member Xavier.
Out of the ten episodes there are three that stand head and shoulders above the rest. The two part `The Night The Cylons Landed' is a great story when a new Cylon Raider and the next generation of Cylons crash land on Earth. They Cylons are now building machines that look like humans - an idea which is key to the new series. With one Cylon and one Centurion loose on Earth on Halloween (when else!) we get a great story with some funny one-liners from the cast.
The final episode `The Return Of Starbuck' is arguably the best of the bunch and explains what happened to our favourite loveable rogue when his viper is shot down in battle stranding him on a desert planet. He finds the wreck of a Cylon Raider and rebuilds one of the Centurions in an effort to stave off going crazy by himself. There are some truly comical moments in this one, teaching the Cylon Pyramid, how humans give birth and the talks about the need for female companionship.
Adama, Boomer and Starbuck are the only three of the original series cast to feature in the show as the focus is primarily on Troy and Dillon. Troy is played by Kent McCord (who has been in numerous sci-fi shows) and Dillion is played by Barry Van Dyke (yes, that guy who is also in Diagnosis Murder!) and the interplay between them is similar to the Apollo / Starbuck relationship of the original series. Their slow adaptation to life on Earth leads to some funny moments and their views on what we are like as a species allowed the episodes to make commentary on current events like nuclear power, pollution and health care.
They only made ten episodes, mainly multi-part stories so you only get six adventures in total. Alas, the series suffers from aiming the show at a child audience rather than maintaining the standards of the first series and trying to keep the loyal fan base they had established. They also employed several rather more far-fetched scenarios which had never been required in the Battlestar universe such as time travel, cloaking devices and everyone remembers the flying motorcycles. While they assist the plot in certain areas they also hinder it badly in others.
The set is released on 2 discs but has no extras at all, just the ten episodes.
So, all in all, not a bad piece of 80's nostalgia but definitely one for true completists only. Launch when ready!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Battlestar Galactica 1980, 4 Mar 2008
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This review is from: Battlestar Galactica 1980 - Complete [DVD] (DVD)
This series is ultimately for those who watched the series when they were in there childhood and want to re-live that memory. It is also for those who want a complete collection of the orginal Battlestar franchise. It is not for those who think they are going to get a repeat of the first series as it lacks pretty much everything the first series made it famous for. There are very few battles with the cylons and when there are they are not great. This is because of the interfering studio bosses who cut the budget and tried to make it 'educational'. When they were told Dirk Benedict was apparently unavailable at the time, and Richard Hatch didn't want to be connected with the series they should have cancelled the show full stop because they are the cast who the fans wanted to see back. But after a quick, cheap re-think it was decided the series would take place twenty years after the end of the original series rather than five, and that Boxey would take Apollo's role, while "Lt. Dillon" would take over the Starbuck part. President Baltar was written out entirely, and Xavier was created to take up his role as resident bad guy. However, the series was still watched by many and it was going somewhere until they cancelled it. Even the last episode with Dirk Benedict is poor. This is previous footage which was shot for the orginal series but never made it for the final cut so why would it be acceptable for the failing series? Neither orginal actors wanted anything to do with this new series as it had gone away from what the orginal was about. So overall, buy it if your an old fan like me or not at all because to be honest, it's not that great.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ... problems and sort of ended it was kind of good they got funding to make a second series, 27 Aug 2014
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After the first serious hit financial problems and sort of ended it was kind of good they got funding to make a second series. However there is a heft gap between the two and you can see that this was done with less financial backing then the first which ran out of cash anyway.

Only really for the die hard fans to be honest, put the money towards the remake which is a hell of a lot better, even though the die hard fans of the original will say it breaks away from the original too much.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars GALACTICA 80 ON DVD AT LAST., 11 Jan 2008
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Though not billed as such this is the very short lived 'Galactica 80' spin-off series. This only lasted around 10 episodes and concentrated on the Galactica reaching Earth. Of the original series cast only Lorne Greene stayed on with one guest episode with 'Starbuck' played by Dirk Bennidict. So instead of Starbuck and Apollo we have Troy and Vance who land there Vipers on Earth during the early 1980's. But all we get is lot's of havoc and running around and no Cylons so it's all a bit dull. Adama is also being advised by an alien Boy named Dr Zee on how to beat the Cylon attacks and make contact with the 13th tribe (Earth). The Starbuck episode is by far the best of the lot as his ship has crash landed. And a malfunctioning Cylon as his only company which was a complete turn around. The planet itself is a clone of the old Earth wild west and none of the inhabitants have ever seen a Cylon. It's still a great buy for the completest of the classis series but it's flawed in many ways.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 9 July 2014
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very good thanks
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2.0 out of 5 stars Its bad, 17 Jun 2014
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I managed to get through the first episode before I gave up. I've been watching a lot of the new series recently and loving it. On that basis I went back to the original. Again great stuff. I should have listened to the other reviewers.

The shift to Earth looks exactly what it is: a cost cutting exercise. Battlestar Galactica is turned into a generic late 70s/early 80s action show. No ... lets be clear ... its turned into a *bad* action show! Such a shame. The TV execs should have just pulled the plug on the show at the end of the first season and allowed it to rest on its laurels. As it is they ripped the heart out of the show and flogged it for another half season before putting it out of its misery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 31 May 2014
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As a lover mant of the old time TV shows from the 70s - 80s, this is a great addition to the collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars Battlestar Galactica 1980 TV series DVD, 19 May 2014
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Arrived quickly, in excellent condition, this is the follow up series to the original Galactica series, which was originally cancelled by the network, a protest followed with the series being commissioned, the story takes us 30 years ahead, still chased by the Cylons, Galactica have found earth, BUT they can't land, earth is not technologically ready for a full scale Cylon attack, so they must secretly help earth get ready, and earth cannot know about the Galactica or the Cylons, but this will take years.
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