Battlestar Galactica (1978)

Title: Battlestar Galactica
Year: 1978-1979
Creator: Glen A. Larson
Directors: Richard A. Colla, Christian I. Nyby II, Rod Holcomb, Alan J. Levi, Donald P. Bellisario, Vince Edwards, Daniel Haller, Winrich Kolbe
Writers: Glen A. Larson, Donald P. Bellisario, Michael Sloan, Frank Lupo, Paul Playdon, Jim Carlson, Terrence McDonnell
Starring: Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene
Music: Stu Phillips
Synopsis: human refugees are pursued through space by a robot empire
Episodes: 24, c. 48 minutes
Network: ABC
How I saw it: streaming online (Netflix), over the past week
Subjective Rating: 5/10 (Indifferent).
Objective Rating: 1/10 (gets a point for concept) c. 1.6/4 (Eh).

Pretty terrible. The writing is painfully bad, which is particularly annoying given how good the overall plot of the show is. The special effects are pretty good, although the look of everything is shamelessly ripped off of Star Wars. I love a lot of bad science fiction, but this is barely watchable. Strictly heckling value only. I only forced myself to get through it because I don’t want to watch the new series without seeing the original first.


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