Battlestar Galactica

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    When you think of Sci-Fi. Galactica better be one of the names that comes to mind. This is an amazing series, and no version can even come close.

    By Gowienczyk, Nov 20, 2011

    The Original. The Classic. The Adventure.



    Galactica truly blew out of the water during the second Sci-Fi era of Television. If you don't like this series, then you really are foolish and unsensible. With many people finding this series due to a rehash that is far beyond disgusting, it is a growing cult classic. Galactica is a favorite of mine for many reasons. This just drools as the embodiment of Sci-Fi / Adventure for me. It inspires me, and makes my mind open. The plotlines of this series is wonderful and just great to see for yourself. Especially how the characters molded.... this just felt a lot more like a timeless classic than Star Trek: and thats just for the characters. Its a lovely show, and if you haven't seen it, you just are missing out on a timeless, cutting edge classic.moreless

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  • 8.5

    I miss the old series. I watched the episodes on HULU.COM and realized how much I enjoyed it and how much the new BSG ruined a golden opportunity.

    By zzbeach, Nov 20, 2011

    Watching the old BSG episodes I have found out some parts of the storyline that the new BSG didn't use that would have truly enhanced the new show. First, the Cylons were actually a race of reptilians. They created robots to serve them. The Cylon robots either killed off their creators or the Cylons died out or advanced to a different form to a higher plane of exsistance. The robots lived on and now are called Cylons. Without masters, they conquer the galaxy to bring order to what they consider is a chaotic universe. Second, the First Cylon Wars were ones in the defense of other races. The Colonies came to the defense of other races fighting the Cylons. The Cylons wanted to wipe out The Colonies because humans were the only race with the ability to fight the Cylons effectively. Third, there are other known races other than Cylons and Humans. Fourth, Starbuck is a man!



    I think the first three storylines of the old BSG could have been the outline for seven or eight years of episodes. But production costs back then and the lack of computer generated effects made such a show a money pit. Too bad. And too bad the new BSG didn't have more in common with the old show.moreless

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  • 8.5

    Carrying last remnants of Humanity, fleeing from the Cylon tyranny...the last Battlestar, Galactica..leads a ragtag fugitive fleet on a lonely quest,,,a shining planet...known as Earth.

    By my1sunshine, Nov 20, 2011

    Battlestar Galactica came right on the heels of Star Wars mania, and as such was often accused of being a poor copy. But Battlestar Galactica was never a poor copy. It was a fresh perspective of the thoughts first postulated in 1968 by Erich von Däniken in his famous book, Chariot of the Gods. The theory was that life here may have began out there. That ancient astronauts may have visited/colonized this planet, and may be responsible for many cultural references and mythologies of ancient past civilizations, such as Greece, and are the basis of the legends and philosophies of different religions , Toltec, Myan, maybe even Christianity. , and may have been responsible for the building of The Great Pyramids, Lymeria, Atlantis. The echoes of these theories were voiced in the opening of almost every episode each week. The story begins "out there". Manking had flurished on an ancient planet called Kobol, until an unknown disaster forced it's inhabitants to migrate to the stars and form colonies. Twelve were esablished, one was lost, but legend has it that they headed for and settled on a planet called Earth. Little information is known about this colony. Meanwhile, a reptilian race called The Cylons were known as conquerers, and had built robitic centurians to serve as shock troops and slaves to the Cylon order. One day, the Centurians rebelled, and killed of their masters, maintaining the Cylon name. They built and annointed a leader in the image of the reptillian Cylons, and resumed the former races conquering philosophy. On the Colonial front, two ruling bodies were established. A civillian goverment called "The Council of the Twelve" and a a military was set up, establishing protection for our race with "Battlestars" ( sort of a futiristic well armed aircraft carrier. This brought about crossing paths with the Cylons. The Colonies had drawn up, and tried to maintain diplomatic relations with The Cylons, which were constantly breaking down due to The Cylons treatment of other allied cultures. One day, The Colonials were forced to take military action when the Cylons invaded and took control of the Hisaris home world, a close ally of the Colonies. This sparked a war between The Colonies and the Cylons that lasted for a thousand years. At the end of that period, the Cylons proposed peace, and an armistice was set up to be signed by both. But it was a trap. With the Colonial military posture relaxed, and their guard down, the Cylons launched an all out final attack, and effectively destroyed the twelve colonies, all but wiping out humanity. The commander of the last surviving Battlestar, Adama..gathers together all that he can muster of the last remaing humans, to search for the lost tribe that colonized Earth,..all the while with the Cylons in hot pursuit. It is on armistice day that the series begins, and you take it from there. The series establishes wonderful characters. Adama, played by the late Lorne Greene, is a warm fatherlike figure, on who's shoulders the survival of humanity rests upon. His son, Captain Apollo, played by Richard Hatch (Tom Zerrick in the new show) is a young, serious warrior, with a strong moral stance and pretty much the head warrior of the group. His best friend, and the best warrior in the fleet is a cigar chomping, womanizing Lt. Starbuck, played with a glint in his eye by Dirk Benedict. Rounding out the close trio of warriors is Herb Jefferson Jr., playing Lt. Boomer. The head villian in charge of the Cylons is Baltar played with a deliciously evil stance by veteran John Colicos. Baltar had been a member of the council of the Twelve, and had set up the armistice, but had his own agenda. He wants to rule the Colonies himself. It is he who is responsible for the weak colonial defence situatio when the Cylons attack. He is double crossed himself by The Cylons, and ordered to be executed. However, when the Imperious Leader Cylon is himself destroyed by the colonials, his succsessor figures that Baltar, being human, might best know how to find the remaining humans, and so his impending execution is stayed, and he is given command of his own Cylon Baseship. Baltar knows however that he will only stay alive until the humans are found, and so sets out to warn the colonials, but of course, they don't believe him. He is left to die by both camps, which snaps Baltars's mind. When he returns, he is all but insane, and plots his own rule of the galaxy. It is a wonderful premise which, unfortunately, went largely unrealized in the end. The show did not last long, for many reasons. First..it was the most expensive show in the history of televison at that time...one million per hour. Contrary to other reviews, it was not the special effects that took up most of the budget..it ws the bridge set. Ther were some twenty of so real, working computers on that bridge. Computers like that were hard to come by, were expensive, and were leased from an outside company. Adding to the show's woes was the network's constant attempts to formulize the show, (Let's do a western, a murder mystery, a trial show, a disaster movie) which was common practice in the seventies. Also common practice, was the hiring of former big names who's career had been on the decline, but still demanded high pay. This also did not help the budget, which left little money left for new effects, which is why, if you watch, you will see the same effects used constantly over and over and over again, ad-nausium. I think this was, perhaps the most annoying aspect of the series. The three hour premier was a bit too long, two hours would have done the story justice, and helped pacing considerably. Standout episodes abound, "Lost Planet of the Gods", a two parter and the first story after the pilot film, "The Long Patrol" is delightful, "Gun on Ice Planet Zero" has a lot of action and suspense, The Living Legend two parter is perhaps the best of the bunch, the incredible "War Of The Gods" episodes, and the series finale, "The Hand Of God". I'll be posting individual reviews for these and others. While watching, please don't compare it to the current series. You'll best enjoy this one taking it for what it is, a product of it's times.moreless

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  • 8.5

    So much better then the new virson of the series.

    By robman500, Nov 20, 2011

    The Original is so much better then the remake virson of the show, i tried watching it but i just could not get into it. This is a cult classic. I loved the Cylons in their shiny silver shuits and the red flashing light, which reminds me of the red light used on KITT in Knight Rider. Believe it or not this show is 30 years old now. The special effect at the time were amazing and great acting.



    I have this on dvd now, i prefure this show compared to the star wars films. People will always remember this virson then the remake.moreless

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  • 10

    The original is still the best....

    By McBurgermeister, Nov 20, 2011

    This show was tremendous. Although many accused it of trying to be a television version of Star Wars, it was much much more than that. This show stood on it's own as the last military ship of a civilization lead the remaining civilian populous on a trek to find another civilization in which they could live. Each episode normally featured some exploits from it's two heroes, Starbuck and Apollo as they traversed the galaxy. If you like action, drama, cool space age robots (they were cool in the 70's), special effects that were ahead of their time and adventure, then this show is for you. The original is still the best may be a tag line for some other shows, but for Battlestar Gallactica it is more than true. From the eyes of a 14 y/o in the late 70's this show was all about the good versus evil struggle, and lots of fight sequences that by todays standards may be lacking. But still, this will always be a classic to memoreless

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  • 9.8

    The Old Show Rocks! The NEW show is SCHLOCK!!!

    By quietman40, Sep 28, 2007

    Has it all, over the newer version. Heart and humor. In 20 years, people will still remember the original, whilst the current show will be akin to the abysmal Galactica 1980; acknowledged but ignored. Fans of the older series generally do not seem to enjoy the latter version as much. I count myself among them. I've watched every episode of the classic series, and yet not made it through an entire one of the new series. I've tried several times. It's simply too painful to sit through. Maybe it's a sign of the changing times. It's not Sci-Fi; it's a Soap Opera with lasers. *yawn*moreless

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  • 7.7

    After years of peace the cylons attack, driving the survivors of the twelve colonies flee. Their destination, the legendary 13th colony - Earth.

    By mbcben, Sep 25, 2007

    This is a show featuring well written scripts, bad special effects, and bad acting. But the show has a charm to it. The cast is really into what they are doing and it translates through the screen. The stories are well written and go places no other sci-fi show has gone before. The special effects, though considered state of the art, reflect the mediocre effects of the day. If you can get past the negatives, you'll find yourself actually having fun as Starbuck and company escape the ever viligiant Cylon army. The show is a must see for any fan of the new series on Sci-Fi, if just to see how far TV has come with special effects.moreless

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  • 9.9

    An amazing television show that fell victim to a high budget. Far supperior to the new version in every way!

    By kensforce, Jul 30, 2007

    No TV series that lasted only one season can boast a bigger fan base than Battlestar Galactica. The series that Newsweek Magazine dubbed "Son of Star Wars" still, 25 years later, hosts hoards of loyal die hard fans. What is the appeal for the series so many years after it left the airwaves in 1979? A series so popular that it was revived this year by the SciFi Channel as a new mini-series. This fleet on the run story based loosely on Mormonism may actually be more popular today then it was then. As a fan of the show from it's original airing I can tell you that the series left a lasting effect. I can still remember being that eleven year old boy that tuned in every Sunday night with joy for a new episode of Galactica. Star Wars had come to TV. Or at least the next best thing. Remember there were no DVD's or VCR in the late 1970's. Galactica was intentionally designed to capture the momentum of the hugely popular George Lucas epic. It did the trick. The show was a huge hit with my generation. But this show was no clone. The series itself stood on its own. Great special effects, good acting, and stories that sparked imagination made the show unique for it's time. What did in Galactica? Simple. Money. Each episode was heavy on the special effects side. Each episode ran around the million dollar mark to produce. Today that may not be much but back then it was unheard of. No amount of ratings could equal the cost. The show was popular, but not that popular. Yet despite this the fans have stayed loyal to the show throughout the decades.



    The story itself focused on the last remaining refuges from a once great intergalactic society running for their lives from the Cylon Empire. The Cylons may be Science Fictions most inept villains ever. They can hardly walk above a shuffle and could never hit anything they aimed at. In comparison Stormtroopers (Star Wars) look like Special Forces. Regardless the Cylon Empire did manage to destroy almost all of humanity in a "Pearl Harbor" like sneak attack on a day that was bring peace between the two races. Survivors of the Holocaust boarded what ships they could find and formed a fleet behind the last surviving Battlestar. The Galactica. The only hope for these survivors was to reach a lost tribe of mankind that existed in myth. Their home world known only as Earth and it's exact location a mystery. The fleet plotted the best course they could with the limited information available and began a journey to save mankind.



    From the original posting on Monster Island News. (http://monstermovieblog.blogspot.com/2007/01/battlestar-galactica-tv-1978-1979.html)moreless

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  • 8.9

    This show should be a classic as it anticipated several more recent ones in its sword & sorcery manner, although the later shows are superior in quality and style.

    By Atterdag, Jul 05, 2007

    The late seventies saw a resurgence in space opera, that would later be followed up by more 'realistic' shows – this early Battlestar Galactica perhaps was more of an early version of SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis than the later Battlestar series with its theme of ancient civilizations having von Däniken roots out in space. It is interesting that so many names have been reused in the later Battlestar galactica series, such as Adama and Starbuck, although the characters were quite different. The idea of putting Lorne Greene in space served to emphasize the space opera character of the show, space opera often defined as placing a classic western in space. Is it on DVD?moreless

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  • 9.7

    Lorne Greene is Comander Adamo the leader of a star ship. Along with him are his son and daughter and a warrior named Starbuck. They are travelling to find a planet on which they can settle but they must fight the Cylons.

    By myscoutster, Apr 09, 2007

    I love any show where Lorne Greene plays a father figure. But the character I really enjoyed was Starbuck. He was cute, funny and dramatic at the same time. He wasn't one of the sons but was treated like one by Adamo. He was best friends with Richard Hatch's character. I was 13 when the show came out and was attracted to the character relationships but the fight scenes were cool and exciting as well. The show came out around the same time as Star Wars but I guess people felt it failed in comparison because the series didn't last more than a season. Its a shame because it was well done.moreless

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