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Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction television series, produced in 1978 by Glen Larson and starring Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict. The premise of the series incorporates themes from Chariots of the Gods? and Mormon doctrine, world view and culture. The show lasted only one season in 1978 to 1979, but has since developed a cult following and several books have been written continuing the sagas of the characters. After its cancellation, its story was continued in 1980 as Galactica 1980 with Adama, Lieutenant Boomer, now a colonel in the Colonial Service, and Boxey, now called Troy, being the only continuing characters.

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1 BSG 1980 Flying motorcycles?
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2 No more Cylons Replaced with the lame Eastern Alliance
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3 Never Boned Still rocks.
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4 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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1 "Starring Lorne Greene", who got about ten seconds of air time per episode. Other sci-fi shows at least tried to make us feel they took place in a future place and time; Cattlecar Galactica looked like they grabbed a busload of people from the nearest disco and dropped them onto a sci-fi set. And, in a sci-fi program, a lead character named "Starbuck"? (were the writers enamored of "The Jetsons"?) I am a long time sci-fi fan, but could never even sit through one episode of this. -- Submitted By: (jgf) on May 29, 2014, 2:34 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 They lost a HUGE amount of funding because Lucas sued for copyright infringement, completely ridiculous, TOTALLY different premise than Star Wars,,,,so funding was RADICALLY cut, this is the cause of the majority of the complaints on here,,,,i.e., little to no special effects, characters disappearing,,,,then it was moved to a Sunday night format where the FCC had decreed that all Sunday night programming had to be educational,,,so no more cool laser fights,,,,by then it was just Apollo and Starbuck ferrying a bunch of stupid kids (Jason, Moonstone, and Starla, anyone?) around, flying motorcycles,,,,and lots of other stupid crap but the station had to do the best they were given,,,,I don't even want to talk about how Godawful G1980 was,,,,except the last episode with the return of Starbuck,,,,,one part that was unintentionally hilarious was how in the voiceovers Starbuck sounds like a polished poet, and the quality of the special effects went down with Cy the Cylon because the suits wanted to have a character that was more identifiable so you can actually hear the actors tones in Cy's dialogue,,,,,never could really get into the new ones, though there were a few good scenes,,,, -- Submitted By: () on April 29, 2014, 4:45 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 The worst episode in this series, IMO, was the one where they landed on the Cowboy Planet and there was this Cylon gunslinger everyone had aptly nicknamed 'Red Eye' essentially running the town. I am well capable of Suspending Disbelief for the sake of Science Fiction but this episode really took me to the limits of that skill. -- Submitted By: (Friedrich_Feuerstein) on September 12, 2012, 11:21 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 The Eastern Alliance were put into BG because they were cheaper to use in an episode than the Cylons -- less involved costumes, less special effects, etc. The original BG got into a major budget crunch towards the end of the original run, and the EA episodes are a symptom of this. At least the Cylons did feature in the last episode of the original run. -- Submitted By: () on January 6, 2012, 8:52 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 Gotta be the Eastern Alliance. I can at least remember some of the Cylon episodes, but I can't remember anything about the EA except when they escaped off the Galactica (with Baltar's help, so again it goes back to the Cylons) -- Submitted By: (John63btf) on December 16, 2011, 11:19 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 For me, it boned when they went to some hidden base- and immediately happened upon a cantina bar virtually identical to the one in the original first "Star Wars" movie [and IIRC I don't think this went unnoticed by Lucas]. Couldn't they try to be a little original? Oh, and it didn't help that Lorne Greene's Adama patriarch was even duller than Adam Cartwright [Ben's eldest son] on "Bonanza". -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on June 13, 2011, 6:53 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
7 I think as the stink of Rotten Fish from 2003's BSG fades into the background- 1978's show seems better all the time! -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on January 19, 2010, 12:19 pm - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
8 I got quite bored with the Eastern Alliance. The Cylons were much cooler villains. As for Glactica 1980 being a reason? No no. I just don't think that reason belongs in the list for this show. Galactica 1980 was a separate show altoghether and did quite well in earning it's own Boning. -- Submitted By: (Friedrich_Feuerstein) on January 19, 2010, 12:13 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
9 Yeah, I don't think it's fair to lump Galactica: 1980 in with this show. If you do, of course the show jumped with the really weak and low budgeted 1980 show, but if considered on its own, I don't think the original had TIME to jump (only 22 episodes). I agree with the poster who commented about the end of the season declining a bit in quality (though I disagree about the scripts; most of them were fairly good IMHO). I think the show, given a proper budget and more time, could have become something very special. As it is, it's probably going to be remembered fondly for its beloved characters, great (for the time) SPFX, original premise (not really that much like Star Wars, despite the look and similar names), and as something of a missed opportunity for TV science fiction. -- Submitted By: (BaronCathode) on December 26, 2009, 4:14 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
10 I don't know if I could nail it down to a specific episode, but there is a clear decline in quality from the beginning of Battlestar Galactica (classic) to the end, and this is explained in some of the bonus material on the DVD set. Supposedly, the original intention was to make four TV movies similar to the opening three hour special, and then proceed to the regular series. The higher budgets for the 'movies' would pay for a pool of special effects shots and the construction of a wide range of models, props, sets and other hardware, which could later be reused, keeping the costs down and the quality relatively high. Instead, they went straight to the series after only one movie, without the budget to sustain the level of set design, etc. established in the first six or so episodes. The results are glaringly apparent towards the end of the only season: the Cylons practically disappear, to be replaced with human adversaries that were cheaper to film, the same special effects sequences are repeated endlessly and (newly generated) SFX-intensive stuff is avoided wherever possible to save money. When I recently watched the series again for the first time in nearly 30 years (gotta love DVDs!), I was stunned at how glaringly apparent this is. Even some of the mid level cast members disappear (with no explanation) towards the end of the series. In the interviews on the DVD, some cast members admit that they were getting the scripts with no time to rehearse and were effectively reading it off cue cards, and in some of the later shows you can really tell. This doesn't consider the scripts: here, the quality is pretty bad from the start. It's a shame, because BG was almost the only big chance that 'science fiction' (or whatever you want to call it) got on American television for a very long period of time (basically between the original Star Trek, and the advent of Star Trek: TNG). It's sad with the budget and opportunity available that more wasn't made of it. And if Battlestar Galactica is a shark jump, then Galactica 1980 is a ballistic missile launch! -- Submitted By: (Eugene) on July 24, 2009, 7:01 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
11 Ana Alicia's acting was great, greatly disa.. no jk it was awesome. -- Submitted By: (ChrissyM) on July 23, 2009, 7:04 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
12 The first season was good, showed promise. Galactica 1980? if you gave me the choice between watching that and hitting my face with a 2X4, I'll take the 2X4, less painful. -- Submitted By: (BrewMaster) on July 13, 2009, 10:22 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
13 Battlestar Galactica itself still rocks and never BTFed, although the "Wild West" episode with Starbuck defending a village against gunslinging Cylons came close. The actual fish-boning didn't take place until they decided to make Galactica 1980, and it's not fair to blame the GOOD season of BG for that. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on June 26, 2009, 9:30 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
14 If only their Harleys didn't fly. -- Submitted By: (Bobsuruncle) on June 9, 2009, 12:47 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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