Battlestar Galactica

Season 1 Episode 2

Saga of a Star World (2)

Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Sep 17, 1978 on ABC

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  • Felgercarb, Daggits, and other WTF moments SPOILERS!

    After discovering that their food, and water supply has been contaminated the crew of the Battlestar Galactica make plans to head to the planet Carillon to refuel and restock supplies.

    Despite being incredibly flawed, part one of Saga of a Star World at least had intrigue and action going for it. Part two, however, is an overextended transition device. The plot doesn't seem to thicken or advance much at all. It just stagnates until the last 10 minutes where it then opens up rather clumsily. We spent a lot of unnecessary time on Starbuck and the space hooker's budding 'relationship' and just lightly touch on the interesting issues. What happens to the body of government. How are they going to find earth? Why the frack are Cylons basically lizards in tin suits?

    The dialogue is truly horrendous. It comes across as corny and awkward as well as sounding forced. It gets even worse when technobabble is involved. The 'alien' words like felgercarb and frack get extra points for being unnecessarily unnatural sounding.

    The sets and costumes are still rather nice even though the costumes are outlandish. Though most of the stuff is painfully (and I really do mean painfully) fake. The daggit is a perfect example of this. There was no need of putting a trained monkey in an ugly suit. Think of all the money they could save by just having a regular trained dog!

    The acting is once again sub par with the exception of Lorne Greene/William Adama's monologue/discussion with Maren Jensen/Athena. Dirk Benedict seems so out of place at best and down right annoying at worse in his role as Starbuck. Richard Hatch does get a few brief moments to shine as his character Apollo tries to connect with the child survivor, Boxey. Maren Jensen is still absolutely terrible.

    The ultimate nail in the coffin for this episode (and the way it's looking, the rest of the series) is the general attitude of the characters. The twelve colonies have just been destroyed, cylons could attack or take over at any minute, and their food/water ration supplies will most likely run out before they find Earth. Yet, the characters act like this is just another day at the office. Like this happens every single day. With the exception of the previously mention Lorne Greene monologue, you really wouldn't think the world has just come crashing down around them. It's this moment you realize how shallow the original BSG really is. It's just a cheap cash in on Star Wars explosion wrapped in Mormon trappings that was ultimately poorly executed.
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