Galactica 1980 – Complete Series (1980) – Review

I thought it would be nice to take a look back at one of the landmarks in television history or rather it’s bastard stepchild and that would be Galactica 1980The original Glen Larson series was canceled after only one season, even when the ratings were good it was still just too damn expensive to warrant staying in production. On the plus side Galactica 1980 is so damn fun to watch as it is simply one of the goofiest things I’ve ever seen aired on Network television (this from a guy who watched every episode of Manimal and Automan), and that kind of entertainment value is pure gold in my book.

Below you will find links to my reviews of the short lived adventures of Commander Adama, Captain Troy, Lieutenant Dillon, and Docter Zee as they finally reach that shining star called…Earth.

vlcsnap-2015-09-18-16h36m41s747Galactica Discovers Earth

In the series pilot “Galactica Discovers Earth” we find our heroes having finally reached Earth, but only to find it technological useless in a fight with oncoming Cylons.  A group of Colonial fighters must do their best to help advance Earth enough to help fight.

vlcsnap-2015-10-08-14h04m19s326The Super Scouts

In “The Super Scouts” Cylons attack the fleet’s school ship so a bunch of kids must flee to Earth and hopefully not die from the pollution caused by a corrupt small town.

vlcsnap-2015-10-14-20h28m39s060Spaceball

In “Spaceball” Troy and Dillon are marooned in space while Jamie brings the Super Scouts to a baseball camp. Evil Xaviar tries to take the kids hostage before Colonel Briggs can get in the way.  Hijinks ensue.

vlcsnap-2015-10-17-14h38m14s119The Night the Cylons Landed

In “The Night the Cylons Landed” an advanced Cylon ship crash lands on Earth during Halloween. Troy and Dillon must track them down before they can radio the Cylon Empire that they have found Earth.

vlcsnap-2015-10-18-12h17m28s997Space Croppers

In “Space Croppers” we see two agro ships destroyed by the Cylons so Troy and Dillon must immediately begin to colonize Earth. Only a racist farmer stands between them and famine.

vlcsnap-2015-10-18-18h59m31s185The Return of Starbuck

In “The Return of Starbuck,” the final and best episode of the series, we find Starbuck marooned on a barren planet where he befriends a fellow crashed Cylon.

Overall the acting in Galactica 1980 is what you’d typically expect to see in an 80s show of this genre, and the highlights really come from the cameos, but the effects are low grade and laughable at best, and you could make a drinking game with every time they use the exact same shot of the flying motorbikes taking off over the city.  All said and done this show is a fun way to kill ten hours.

Saga-of-the-Star-World-300x142You can check out all my reviews for the original series here: Battlestar Galactica

Mike Brooks

Mike Brooks

Film grad who spends most his time trying to catch up on his "To Watch" pile of movies.