Battlestar Galactica (1978) - the original series was a pretty good one. I really felt like they were in space and like their storyline was real. I don't really know what happened to the revival. Although they do have some interesting ideas, it just doesn't feel real and there's way too much drama. But the original had the right mix.
I watch this now, after a season and a half of the new Battlestar remake and I laugh. The space physics are done completely wrong, the dialog is totally cheesy. But for the time it was made in, I am sure it was a super cool show. I still plan to keep watching it. Just to see how the original compares to the new one, to see if they follow the plot the same and they do eventually reach earth, or if they are just going to use the original as a basis to capture the attention of all the viewers who remember the original.
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.
This show was ahead of its time. I didn't realize until recently that there was only really one season. It was played so much in re-runs that I never thought much about it. The pilot immediately captured my attention. The remainder of the show has much cheese to it but for the most part was still ahead of its time. It's successor, Galactica 1980, was nowhere near as good. The new Battlestar Galactica is much better. But this is sort of a "feel good" show even though it is about a disaster of such magnitude.
I happen to turn on the Scifi channel this morning and saw the pilot episode. I loved this show as a boy. In the beginning, this show as both brilliant and original despite what George Lucas alleges. However, there is only one thing that bothers me. The fact the producers used the same space footage over and over and over and over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over and over and over and over over and over and over and over again. Bad joke but I couldn't resist. ;)
Honestly, I really did like watching this show, but don't think I can give it a rating higher than a Good because even though I liked it and watched it regularly, I knew it wasn't the best of the best.
Of course it was counting on the popularity of Star Wars to carry the show, but the actors seemed to make this show funnier somehow.
The next version of this show just hasn't captured me like the original. I remember seeing it on my Tivo lineup and being disappointed when I realized it wasn't the "real" Battlestar Galactica. The new one has the benefit of better effects, but the characters just don't seem as interesting as in the original.
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.
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.
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.
It\'s a really good show, too bad they had problems with getting enough money and support, otherwise it would\'ve ended way better, than the sharade it became. If you haven\'t seen this show, you are missing out on something special!
Starbuck always getting into hairy situations and Apollo getting him out of them, Adama with his wisdoms and strategies, Tigh with his silent but professional skills commanding the bridge.
The women and Apollo\'s kid with his robot dog.
It\'s better than Star Trek tos to me!
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?
Sure it was rumored this show was a rip off of Star Wars but it was, if you'll excuse the obvious pun, lightyears beyond the original Star Trek, Lost in Space, or any other science fiction show on television at the time and I was thankful for it. Lorne Greene led the cast as Commander Adama, the last surviving Battlestar Commander, trying to save what was left of humanity while searching for the legendary thirteenth colony, Earth.
Although Adama's right-hand man, Colonel Tigh (played by Terry Carter) presented many unused story possibilities, the producers focused primarily on Adama's son and fighter pilot captain, Apollo (portrayed by Richard Hatch)and his womanizing, gambling, cigar-chomping loose-cannon friend Lieutenant Starbuck. Whenever there was trouble, Starbuck could usually be found if not right in the middle of it, at least somewhere on the edges, and it was usually up to Apollo to get him out of it.
As played by Dirk Benedict, Starbuck quickly became one of the more interesting characters in the show, though the writers never did do much character development beyond what was absolutely necessary for any of the characters. Still, Starbuck was a loyal friend, and an incredible pilot when he needed to be. It no doubt saved him from being tossed out of the service many times.
The bad guys were the Cylons, a race of purportedly reptillian aliens bent on destroying the humans wherever they were found. It was always somewhat unclear why Adama decided to run for Earth when he would be, in essence, leading the Cylons straight to it as well. They had used a human's own lust for power against him, turned him traitor to his own people and then, in the feature film, executed him. In the television series however, this man Baltar (played by John Colicos) was granted a reprieve from execution, although he was never far from it due to his repeated failures to catch the Galactica and destroy the humans. Ironically, the Cylons had the best-looking ships in the series, sleek and definitely dangerous, but even though it took three centurions to pilot them, they always seemed to be outmaneuvered by the Colonial Vipers, even when these colonial ships were piloted by people who had never flown a real fighter before.
The acting was sometimes overdone, but then they never claimed it was Shakespearean theater. It worked beautifully for what it was: pure escapist fantasy. The only complaint about it were certain scenes used over and over and over again, but that was no doubt done to save money. It had to have been the most expensive show to shoot of its time, with all the special effects involved.
Over-all, it was immensely enjoyable, and could have continued for more seasons if the right writers had been found. Unfortunately, it barely made it through two seasons.
This was the original sweeping epic of man in search of his origins and fighting to overcome the many obstacles placed in his way.
A beautifully done show with a high price tag, sadly its expense helped to secure its demise. It took what wowed audiences a year before in the film "Star Wars", and brought it to the little screen, albeit in a more technically sophisticated way thanks to John Dykstra's special effects.
The heavy use of mythology and religion, along with the usual doses of action, adventure, and drama sprinkled with tales of love, made the show an all-around favorite for all audiences, and is certifiably a cult-classic.
Nowadays, it is heavily maligned by those who could not appreciate it for what it represented in its time (because they weren't around or were very young). With the strong performances by the legendary Lorne Greene, and a veritable parade of other film and TV legends as guest stars like Lloyd Bridges, Wilfred Hyde-White, Fred Astaire, John Colicos, and Patrick Macnee, the show provided a sweeping tale of faith, determination, and most of all, perserverance.
Today a convoluted "re-imaging" attempts to introduce literalism and realism to a show that was merely an "escape" and provided "hope". With its heavy dose of the usual cliche sex and violence, foreboding sets and brooding characters filled with a dark loathing, along with nonsensical mocking of the original through its character's dialog and the twisting around of the original's plots to feign originality, the new treatment entirely misses the point of this, the original.
I have to admit the special effects and all are better on the new one, but I still love my childhood fix and really it is almost two differant shows.. but without what was for the 70's great effects and storytelling and some of the episodes still stand out, we would not have todays.. oh and I still have a crush on the original Starbuck
This was a good show, but I'm not inclined to contribute here any more, and there is no way to close one's account here. This was a good show, but I'm not inclined to contribute here any more, and there is no way to close one's account here. bye bye
this series shows how hard it truely was to get a decent looking series that doesn't suck back in the day. this series would have had a much large following, and longer run now. and I know for sure this series back then made the modern version more fezable and a better series all around.
I love this show. As a kid, I played Starbuck and Apollo (I could never choose between the two). Gallant and heroic, the characters developed campy plotlines with great determination. Even though they used the same fight scenes repeatedly in each and every episode, I have to say I love those Colonial vipers! I still like their uniforms better than anything else I've seen to date.
This is my first review, so I\'ll do my best :) This is an awesome show! I had to get the series on DVD so I could watch it over and over again. It had a certain charm that has been lost in recent shows set in space. (Excluding Stargate SG-1) An extrodinariry show that really needs to be revived.
I've always been a fan of BSG as a child, from the first episode I had seen. Of course as a child, what makes a quality program is very differnet to when you are all grown up. That's why I am basing this review on how I feel the show is now - regardless of when I first watched it.
The good: The special effects are fantastic in this show, still great these days I think. I love the look of the models much more than that of CGI in most recent tv & movies as they provide a more relistic look. The acting is mostly good in this series with generally a good sense of humour from the main cast, especially Starbuck.
The bad: The Cheese... This show is just so cheesy as with many other TV series of it's time. Like when there is something that is supposed to be humourous, that silly music plays in the background. Not to mention almost every episode ends in a light-hearted joke and everyone smiling. If you love cheese, you'll love this :)
I Started Watch Battlestar Galactica About 2 Years Now And I seen all the episode plus the last episode before it got took of on ABC.
The Best Episode Is "Return Of Starbuck" It Was Very Good Episode Were You See The What Happend Starbuck After so meny years. I Think It Should Of Carryed On And Made Me But Angey Because They Got Rid Of It..
But Still It Was Good And It The Best
But I Think Battlestar Galactica New Version 2003 Is Better..
Star Trek probalbly the best scifi made and held up. A high brow style like Babylon 5 but with the humor of SG1 and Firefly. Now the Original Battlestar Galatica goes back more geared for kids to an earlier time. A Lost in Space that kids young can enjoy but also family entertainment. Great visual and special effects that hold up to the new one. Great chemistry with actors who sell a story. Lorne Green I always felt was the anchor of the show which the actors could sell their parts. Not to mention the cast looked like they enjoyed being with each other like a family. Adama and Tigh great friends and loyal commanders. Our heroes Apollo, Starbuck, and Boomer a bunch good fellas helping the fleet out as often as possible. A sense of nobility. Humanity pulling together to save the race. Entertaining stories with the crew. Starbuck who steals the show was a good friend of Apollo and Boomer who would be their in a pinch. A free spirit but descentant man. This was important for the caring of each other. The evil villan Boltar and the cylons just a great enemy of the fleet. The new BSG is lacking alot of this style. The lack of moral code bothers me when I watch this new one. The old one gave young people a sense of what is to be the good guys. If you haven't watch this series in awhile get the dvd set and re watch the classic BSG. You will be surprised how good it is. Cheesy in some parts but not filthy and vulger as in the new one. I want to be entertained not have to take a shower.
This show was a chldhood favorite. In the time after Star Wars burst on the scene, the genre of the Sci Fi show was born. This was not the western in space that Star Trek was, this show was all about survival of the human race. We see the best of humanity and the worst of humanity and I was sad to see it go.
Galactica was misunderstood. Many people tended to see it as a rogue series that was attempting to leech off of Star Wars' success. Indeed, much of the special effects and plot elements could be compared to examples seen within Star Wars', but the series definately had an identity of its own.
The cast is strongly anchored by the fatherly Lorne Green, who previously played Ben Cartwright on Bonanza (amongst other projects). In addition, John Colicos plays the evil Baltar, and does a good job at getting the viewer to hate his character.
The charm of the original Galactica is its overall simplicity. We don't see the complication and challenges that are shown in the modern Battlestar Galactica (2003). There are no cylons that look like humans, no crazy scientists with cylon women stuck in their head, no real secretive hidden agendas and coups, nothing. The characters were very stoic, the viewer knew how they felt and why they did what they did. The crew onboard the original Galactica is far more stable and functional than the crew on the new Galactica. Some might argue that the dynaism of the new crew makes the series more intriguing, but I still love the classic series with its charming characters and story lines.
I grew up on this show. The twelve Colonies of Man are destroyed by the Cylon Empire along with every battle star except one the Galactica. Led by Commander Adama the Galactica and a small number of civilian ships head out to find the mythical Thirteenth Tribe which colonized Earth. Along the way the Galactica spends most of the time fighting the Cylons but occasionally encounter other races. Along with Adama are Apollo and Starbuck. Apollo; Adama\'s son is the serious minded leader of Blue Squadron the Galactica\'s suadron of small fighter ships known as Vipers. Starbuck is Apollo\'s fun-loving side kick who spends most of his time chasing women drinking and playing a card game called Pyramid. Apollo and Starbuck normally are involved in all the high-risk missions of the Galactica. Rounding out the cast are Boxey, Apollo\'s son; Boomer and Jolley, two pilots of Blue Suadron; Cassiopia, Starbuck\'s love interest Colonel Tigh, Adama\'s second-in-command; and baltar the man who betrayed humanity to the Cylons. What I liked about this show is that the stories were entertaining and that there was a strong moral ground that a lot of shows (including the newer version of this show) lack. The viewer knew where every character stood. There were no Cylons disguised as humans, attempted coups on the Galactica, or female Starbucks.This show was plain and simple yet entertaining.
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.
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.
After many long weeks of searching, I've finally found and purchased a copy of the Battlestar Galactica DVD box set. That's right, I was never born around 1978, so I missed out on it's deput, and I never caught SciFi's reruns either, but with the DVD set I think I've managed to gain my knowledge of this show.
Battlestar Galactica is one of the old-school classics I'll be enjoying for quite some time. With my interests in robotic characters, technological space travel, and action-pact space fights I became amazingly intersted in the whole series.
The acting and the actors themselves really played out their roles, especially after they had to re-act and replay them after days of script changes(as I've learned in the DVD extras). I should say they must have worked themselves almost to death, but I think their hard work really paid off. There was quite a bit of emotion, comedy, and heroism all throughout the season.
Also, being the same special effects crew with Patricia Rose Duigan, John Dykstra, Laine Liska, and Alvah J. Miller who have had a hand in making Star Wars have performed a wonderful job on their part as well. The whole series almost seemed like the next Star Wars(though some people say BG came first) with it's rather impressive effects. Though it did seem it had it's tiny noticable flaws, such as the begiining of episode 1 where the four battlestars are moving through space, you can see the plastic stand below them that is used to support them on set, it still was enough to keep me amused.
I also enjoyed how the story relates to some parts of the Bible and found the whole idea of egyption civilization being part of one of the old cultures of humanity in the galaxy the characters lived in. I've just about enjoyed almost every single episode, even though the Cylons(the robotic foes) made less and less appearances and having the crew deal with other dangers as they went on, I still enjoyed the series quite well.
It was all indeed cut short by cancelation however, as every other thing on TV has to face, but I think this has lived on with the many fans that have enjoyed it since. A very "must see" and "must buy" title.
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*
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)
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.
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