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Suprisingly well made and grown up for its period
on 23 July 2015
Nostalgia + !!!!! Cheesy dialogue in places, and the obligatory "cute kid" (Boxy and his annoying robot dog) notwithstanding, it is a lot of fun, and surprisingly sophisticated when compared to most TV scifi of the period. Imaginative, intelligent plots and great special effects, by the standards of the time. The appalling conditions endured by the refugees, contrasted with the luxury enjoyed by the elite (as portrayed by the great Ray Milland), show the creators wanted an adult show, like Star Trek, rather than a kiddies adventure. Like Star Trek, it feels as though they were fighting and making compromises with the network in this respect (hence Boxy). No wonder Richard Hatch (Apollo) and the show's creator, the late Glen Larson, who passed away recently, were so keen to re-make the series when the "Powers That Be" finally stopped patronising scifi audiences.
Only problem is a personal one - found myself drawing parallels with the 2000's version, e.g. I could not look at Boomer in quite the same way, or indeed Starbuck! SPOILER ALERT - Cylons origin is different (conforms to typical 70's sci-fi scenario) and a story of clones has "series" of "types" of clone, just as the modern BG has "series" of Cylon "skinjobs". This tended to distract me from the plot, as did the voice of one of my favourite actors Patrick McNee, which is inevitable, given that he died last month.
SUMMARY - a great series of its time, and worthy of the expensive re-launch. I love both, but thankful that Boxy did not re-appear in the latter!