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Galactica 1980
Episode Studies
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This is the home page of PopApostle's exploration of Galactica 1980. This will include studies of the original TV series, the Galactica Discovers Earth novelization of the pilot episode, and the re-imagined comic book mini-series published by Dynamite Entertainment in 2009.

What can be said about Galactica 1980 that has not already been better said by more bitter men than I? Suffice it to say the show was atrocious and I include studies of the episodes only out of a misguided sense of completeness in covering every BSG-related story I can find. The journey was truly painful, so I hope PopApostle's fans appreciate it and the torment I endured. John Kenneth Muir probably best summed up Galactica 1980 in his 1999 book An Analytical Guide To Television's Battlestar Galactica: "...the show is as universally despised today as it was two decades ago." Now make that three decades and change.

 

I do not consider either the TV series or the comic book mini-series reboot to be part of the "mainstream" Battlestar Galactica chronology, due to various discrepancies and idiocies contained within each, which are pointed out in the following studies.

 

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Galactica 1980 TV Series  Galactica 1980 Comic Book  Steampunk BSG

 

Battlestar Galactica (1970s)

 

Preludes  Season One  Beyond Season One 

 

 

Galactica 1980 TV Series
 
Galactica 1980: Galactica Discovers Earth (Part 1) Galactica 1980: Galactica Discovers Earth (Part 2) Galactica 1980: Galactica Discovers Earth (Part 3) Galactica 1980: The Super Scouts (Part 1) Galactica 1980: The Super Scouts (Part 2)
"Galactica Discovers Earth"
Part 1
"Galactica Discovers Earth"
Part 2
"Galactica Discovers Earth"
Part 3
"The Super Scouts"
Part 1
"The Super Scouts"
Part 2
Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4 Episode 5
After many yahrens of travel, the Colonial fleet at last nears Earth, but quickly discovers that the world that has beckoned them is not advanced enough to withstand a potential Cylon onslaught. Xavier goes renegade, travelling into Earth's past to offer superior technology to Nazi Germany. Troy, Dillon, and Jamie continue their pursuit of Xaviar. After a Cylon attack on the school ship, Troy and Dillon have no choice but to evacuate a group of children to Earth. Several of the Galactican children lie close to death after drinking polluted Earth water.
         
Galactica 1980: Spaceball Galactica 1980: The Night the Cylons Landed (Part 1) Galactica 1980: The Night the Cylons Landed (Part 2) Galactica 1980: Space Croppers Galactica 1980: The Return of Starbuck
"Spaceball" "The Night the Cylons Landed"
Part 1
"The Night the Cylons Landed"
Part 2
"Space Croppers" "The Return of Starbuck"
Episode 6 Episode 7 Episode 8 Episode 9 Episode 10
Troy, Dillon, and Jamie are forced to hide the Galactican children at a Little League baseball camp. An advanced Cylon Raider crash-lands on Earth. Troy and Dillon are ordered to stop the Cylons on Earth at all costs. The Cylons destroy two of the fleet's agro ships, forcing the Galacticans to start an agricultural colony on Earth. Dr. Zee recounts to Commander Adama a startling and vivid dream he had...about a Warrior named Starbuck.
 
Galactica 1980 Comic Book
 
Galactica 1980: Galactica Discovers Earth Galactica 1980: Greetings from Earth Galactica 1980: Experiment in Terra Galactica 1980: The Night the Cylons Landed  
"Galactica Discovers Earth" "Greetings From Earth" "Experiment in Terra" "The Night the Cylons Landed"  
Galactica 1980 #1
(Dynamite)
Galactica 1980 #2
(Dynamite)
Galactica 1980 #3
(Dynamite)
Comic Book
30 yahrens after fleeing the Colonies, the fleet at last finds Earth. With the apparent death of Commander Adama, Dr. Zee takes command of the fleet and begins a Colonial invasion of Earth. Dr. Mortinson attempts to lead the way to peace between the Colonials and Earth. The Cylons rain destruction down upon Earth. With the Galactica already destroyed, can anything stop them?  
         
         

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