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Neil Lindholm
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Whatever you do, avoid GALACTICA 80, the sequel. 80's television at its worst. 
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I did notice that a few weeks ago, Marc, thanks.. but I actually picked up the DVD set back in the '00s, for a ridiculously-high sticker price at the time... then managed to snag the Blu-ray set for quite a bargain, only a few months back.

I don't mind owning two different sets--they both come in handsome display boxes, and the DVD set is in the original 4:3 TV ratio (and one of the discs became damaged over time), whereas the Blu-rays are widescreen-enchanced.

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Let me get this straight — you paid too much, then you paid extra for LESS?

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Neil: Whatever you do, avoid GALACTICA 80, the sequel. 80's television at its worst.

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Well, the final episode with Dirk Benedict returning as Starbuck and Gary "Space Ghost" Owens as the voice of Cylon Centurion Cyrus, was tolerable.   

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"Let me get this straight — you paid too much, then you paid extra for LESS?"

Amusing, I know.  Either way you cut it... I paid less money for something extra I already own, and/or I paid extra money for something with less picture!

A dedicated fan, a Galactica uber-nerd, or "one born every minute"... even I can't decide!  Any or all?  :)





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Also for the record:  There is no defending "Galactica: 1980 !"



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This is a nice write-up over at The Digital Bits, with many opinions that I happen to agree with:




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The image of the Battlestar Galactica comic book brings back memories. I adored BSG back when it was on the air and was determined to get every comic book. At a local flea market, a guy had a box of comics, everything for 25 cents. Did I pick up the old Neal Adams X-Men comics in the box, or the old Fantastic Four comics? Nope. Stocked up on those precious BSG comics. Ironically, you can probably still find these issues in the 25 cent bins. Doesn't matter though as I enjoyed them more than I would have enjoyed the older stuff. 
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That episode with Starbuck and the Cylon from Galactica: 1980 is the only one from that earlier incarnation of the franchise that bears re-watching with the possible exception of the pilot. If nothing else, (and that's likely) 1980 has that going for it.

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I recently watched the original series for the first time, and enjoyed it. It has a certain wacky charm and earnestness that’s strangely endearing. 

GALACTICA 1980 is truly awful. Almost unwatchable. As Brian notes, only the pilot and the Starbuck episode are remotely passable.

I haven’t seen the rebooted series, but I’ve heard mixed reviews. The usual race/gender-swapping and darkening of the original concept doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence, but I do have a lot of respect for Ron Moore as a writer and producer, based on his STAR TREK work.
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This also doesn’t fill me with confidence regarding the reboot:

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The GALACTICA 1980 pilot fell apart for me when Dr. Zee's simulation of Earth under Cylon attack was just stock footage of Los Angeles being destroyed from EARTHQUAKE (1975) with Raiders matted in...

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Just for the record, I wasn't saying the GALACTICA 1980 pilot was worthwhile. I was saying that the Starbuck episode from GALACTICA 1980 and the pilot to the original series were worthy of revisiting. The rest of the franchise from that era is difficult for me to get through. For instance, the original series episodes with Randolph Mantooth and the group of survivors from Terra literally makes no rational sense. 

GALACTICA 1980 has exactly one watchable episode, and that's the one with Dirk Benedict. That and the original pilot to BATTLESTAR are the only ones I'd recommend to anyone.

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