Galactica 1980

Season 1 Episode 1

Galactica Discovers Earth (1)

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 27, 1980 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Thirty years after its voyage began, the Galactica finally nears Earth. However, they are dismayed to learn that Earth's technology is no match for the Cylons. Adama sends representatives ahead to Earth to secretly speed up the planet's technological development.

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  • Oh. My. God.

    After almost exactly 28 years, I was able to see this again. I think I'll wait at least 28 more before I watch it next time, if there is a next time. It was that bad. The '70s had its share of bad TV. This was worse than anything else I can remember. It made the original Battlestar Galactica and Larson's Buck Rogers look like high art. There was absolutely no redeeming value to this episode. To call the dialog trite or hackneyed would be flattery of the highest order. The "humor" was something that perhaps a second grader might find funny. And to tell us when a scene was supposed to be funny, they played "funny" music that even Benny Hill would have rejected. The actors seemed to know this was Z-grade as well. I can't remember the last time I saw so many bad performances. This was the second time Robbie Rist of "Cousin Oliver" (Brady Bunch) infamy could be accused of helping a series jump the shark. If Ted McGinley is the king of shark jumping, surely Rist is the crown prince. This was a sort-of-reunion with Robert Reed (they had no scenes together), and somehow the bad acting spread from Rist to Reed. The special effects were cheaper and far shoddier than in the original series, sometimes showing part of the mounts holding the models for filming.

    Too bad this wasn't made today. It would have been put out of its misery within three episodes instead of ten. This was certainly the low point in Glen Larson's career.moreless
Barry Van Dyke

Barry Van Dyke

Lieutenant Dillon

Robbie Rist

Robbie Rist

Dr. Zee (January-February 1980)

Kent McCord

Kent McCord

Captain Troy

Lorne Greene

Lorne Greene

Commander Adama

Robyn Douglass

Robyn Douglass

Jamie Hamilton

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • When Dillon makes changes to Mortinson's equations that are on a monitor and Mortinson goes on how no one on Earth could do such a thing, it is very similar to a scene from the sci-fi movie The Day The Earth Stood Still.

    • The simulated Cylon attack on Los Angeles uses footage from the disaster movie Earthquake.

    • Troy mentions his parents (actually should be adoptive parents) and a picture of them is briefly shown. While Captain Apollo of the original series was known to be Boxey's surrogate father, the picture also shows Cassiopeia. A romance between those two characters was never shown in the original series.

    • Addition to above: Note that the Cylons in "The Night the Cylons Landed" use terms like "centons."

    • Goof: Regarding the use of Earth time measures, perhaps the Fleet had adjusted their usage after seeing Earth used a system like that back on Terra ("Greetings from Earth" 1 and 2; "Experiment in Terra").

    • Goof: For some reason, Captain Troy's quarters are located on a freighter. Usually warriors would be quartered on their warship, in this case, the Galactica.

    • Goof: Troy and Dillon have Vipers that each seat two people. Yet the stock footage shows the familiar one-seat Viper. This raises an interesting plot point. If the Viper seats two, why do Troy and Dillon take two Vipers when they would fit into just one? That's less of a chance to be detected.

    • Goof: In the opening narration, Adama states the voyage has lasted for years. The convention has always been to refer to common units and objects using alien terms that are similar yet different from Earth speech. Adama should have referred to "yahrens" instead of years.

    • Goof: In "The Hand of God" on the original BSG, Apollo picked up the signal of the 1969 lunar landing. Presumably this signal had to travel for several light years to reach Galactica and could not travel faster than the speed of light. But for the sake of argument, let's say the episode takes place in 1969. If the new show takes place 30 years later, it would have to take place in at least 1999, not 1980. And while mention is made of time travel existing, there is no indication Galactica travels back in time.

    • Goof: At one point it is mentioned that all warrior patrols to Earth have reported back to the Galactica, except Troy and Dillon. If Troy and Dillon are supposed to be the best Warriors, as their status as main characters would have indicate, are we supposed to believe that none of the other attempts to contact Earth resulted in the kind of comical bungling we see here? All the others assimilated perfectly, accomplished their mission and went home? Even the guy who went to the SOVIET UNION? If so, why do later episodes imply only Troy and Dillon are stationed on Earth, when others are clearly more competent than they are?

    • Goof: After Troy and Dillon are arrested and thrown in jail, they promptly escape by turning invisible, tricking the guard into opening the cell door. Standard police procedure is to confiscate all personal affects of prisoners, and there is no way the police would have allowed Troy and Dillon to keep their rather large wrist-watch computron devices.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Dillon: (watching video of Los Angeles) What's that odd looking brown haze hanging over the city?
      Troy: Must be some sort of defense shield.

    • Biker: Hey! You turkeys pull over! We want to talk to you!
      Dillon: You must have us confused with someone else. ( nodding towards Troy) My name isn't Turkey and neither is his.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The opening montage for Galactica 80 shows a montage of clips from episodes of the original Battlestar Galactica series: ' Fire In Space', ' Lost Planet of the Gods', 'Gun on Ice Planet Zeero' and ' Saga of a Star World'.

    • Boxey from the original BSG is now grown up and known as "Troy." He says Boxey was a nickname when he was a kid, implying his real name has always been Troy.