“Galactica: 1980” Is Looking Pretty Damn Good Right Now, Isn’t It?

Ronald D. Moore’s “Star Trekkian” take on the “Battlestar Galactica” brand name has left millions yearning for the days of Troy and Dillon babysitting a bunch of boy scouts and girl scouts on location in 1980’s California. Viewed 25 years later, (and in relation to Ronald D. Moore’s CRAP FEST), “Galactica: 1980” is a harmless, fun filled romp of a variation on the “Battlestar Galactica” format that had some interesting, additional ideas introduced to the “Battlestar Galactica” format (Sky Cycles, Dr. Zee’s UFO, invisibility) as well as some good chemistry between Kent McCord and Barry Van Dyke. McCord and Van Dyke also lent tremendous credibility to the proceedings with their intelligent delivery of thoughtful dialogue and credible determination of ultimately nabbing “Xavier” and making the Earth habitable and safe for the Rag Tag Fleet.

“Galactica: 1980” becomes increasingly appealing as it ages, because there was a genuine attempt to make the series “canon” with what was established in the 1978 “Battlestar Galactica” series. In the pilot episode alone of “Galactica: 1980”, voice over narration from Lorne Greene immediately links “Galactica: 1980” to the “Battlestar Galactica” series. The fleet has been in space for 30 years (Yahrens), Dr. Zee was born in space with them during the journey, Troy is immediately identified as Boxey grown-up, complete with a picture of Boxey, Apollo, and Serina; that Troy has in his possession. The original spacecraft models, uniforms, sound effects are used, etc. Even Stu Phillips brilliant music has returned. 25 years later, the only fault that really can be found with “Galactica: 1980”, is that Troy and Dillon baby sat a bunch of kids “really alot.” If the only fault you can find with a series is that:

“Gee, this show would be even better if only Troy and Dillon would ditch the kids and just do more time traveling.”

…The show really isn’t that bad after all. The status of the television industry in 2004, and the status of Ron Moore’s CRAP FEST in 2004 reveals one inescapable conclusion. With all of the tinkering ABC-TV did with “Battlestar Galactica”, with all of the mandates from ABC-TV that led to the “Galactica: 1980” series looking as it did, and with how little ABC-TV executives understood what “Battlestar Galactica” really was; ABC-TV executives have still, historically proven themselves to be INFINITELY MORE QUALIFIED to manage “Battlestar Galactica” than Ronald D. Moore has.

ABC-TV executives have been accused of a great many things over the years (mostly by me Grin), but at least ABC-TV never BLATANTLY and DELIBERATELY RIPPED-OFF “Star Trek” the way Ronald D. Moore has.


  1. Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactica.

  2. Researcher says:

    Yeah. Ron’s not going to be able to show his face around these parts.

  3. The new Battlestar Galactica is the greatest show on television.

  4. re # 1, hilarious. Any Office reference will brighten a day.

  5. >>The new Battlestar Galactica is the greatest show on television.

    Don’t be silly. The new Doctor Who is the greatest show on television. The new BSG is only the second greatest show on television.

  6. Hah, good job Chris, I agree with you all the way to the TARDIS.

  7. Lars,

    The new BSG has left “millions yearning for the days of Troy and Dillon babysitting boy scouts and girl scouts”? Not so much…..

    I, unfortunately, remember seeing BSG: 1980 on TV a year or so back, and was embarrassed for your alter-ego-namesake, Glen Larson. I suspect you need to count again, and remember, each finger only counts as one. :)

    Seriously, I enjoyed the original BSG, and have alternatively loved hated the new iteration. I’ll give it credit for putting together a grittier storyline and settings, even though it occasionally wanders a bit. I’ll admit, though, I haven’t watched much of the third season for a variety of reasons.

  8. Eric Russell says:

    I actually purchased the online copy of Languatron’s book back when it was on Lulu for $1.50. It’s title: Universal Studios vs. Battlestar Galactica:: How Universal Studios Mismanaged This Property To Utter Oblivion.