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Galactica 1980
Galactica 1980 - intro.jpg
Galactica 1980 intro
Format Science fiction
Created by Glen A. Larson
Starring Lorne Greene
Kent McCord
Barry Van Dyke
Richard Lynch
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 10 (List of episodes)
Running time approx. 45 mins
Original channel ABC
Original run January 27, 1980 – May 4, 1980
Preceded by Battlestar Galactica

Galactica 1980 is a science fiction television series, and a spin-off from the 1978–1979 series Battlestar Galactica. It was first broadcast on the ABC network in the United States from January 27, 1980, to May 4, 1980.



A massive write-in campaign began with the cancellation of the original Battlestar Galactica. Because letter writing campaigns in favor of restoring cancelled television programs were uncommon in 1979, it prompted ABC to re-think their reasons for canceling the show. After some deliberation, they contacted Glen Larson to see about reviving the series, albeit in some modified and less-expensive format.

Both Larson and the network felt the show needed some major change of focus to re-launch it as a spinoff, and Larson and Donald P. Bellisario decided to set the new series five years after "The Hand of God", the final episode of the original series. This would allow them to weed out many supporting characters who were now considered superfluous - Colonel Tigh, Athena, Cassiopea, Boxey, etc. - which would bring down production costs. The only major characters to return from the original series would be Commander Adama, Colonel Boomer (replacing Tigh), Apollo, Starbuck, and Baltar. Baltar was to have somehow made atonement for betraying the Colonies to the Cylons, and was now the President of the Council of Twelve.

Upon discovering a 'present day' Earth completely unable to defend itself from the Cylons, Adama decided to just head off into deep space to lead the Cylons away from the planet, but Xavier suggested using Time Travel Technology to alter Earth's history so its technology would develop more rapidly up to a Colonial level. The Council votes this suggestion down, so Baltar steals a ship capable of time travel and heads into Earth's past to carry out his plan anyway. After some deliberation, Starbuck and Apollo are sent after him to bring him back or at least un-do his changes to history. Episodes would feature a new "Time Mission" every week, generally with Apollo at some different time in the past, and Starbuck flying back and forth between "Now" and "Then" to give information and support to Apollo. ABC approved this pitch, and gave the go-ahead to develop a pilot for the series.

Unfortunately, Dirk Benedict was apparently unavailable at the time of filming. Richard Hatch (Apollo in the original series) apparently was sent a script for Galactica 1980 but turned it down since he wasn't sure what his part in the series would be now that all the characters had changed. [1] It was decided the series would take place thirty years after the end of the original series, and that Boxey would be renamed Troy and would take Apollo's role, while a character named Lt. Dillon would take over the Starbuck part. President Baltar was written out entirely, and Commander Xavier or Doctor Xavier was created to take up his role as resident bad guy.

After the pilot was completed, the network was unhappy with the time travel aspects of the story, and agreed to pick up the series only if that subject was dropped. Larson and Bellisario reluctantly agreed, and the series instead became focused on Troy's and Dillon's attempts to protect some colonial children on Earth. Bellisario later re-tooled the original time travel concept and re-used it as the basis of the considerably more successful Quantum Leap. [2]

The name "Pacific Tech" ("Pacific Institute of Technology") used in the three-part opening episode "Galactica Discovers Earth" is a name used several times in films and television when directors/writers/producers wanted to depict a science-oriented university without using a real institution's name, as also was earlier done in The War of the Worlds and later in Real Genius; an earlier draft of the script used the real-world name "Caltech".


Set during the year 1980, and a generation after the original series, the Galactica and its fleet of 220 civilian ships have finally discovered Earth, only to find that its people are not as scientifically advanced and that the planet can neither defend itself against the Cylons nor help the Galactica as originally hoped. Therefore, teams of Colonial warriors are covertly sent to the planet to work incognito with various members of the scientific community, hoping to advance Earth's technology.

Commander Adama and Colonel Boomer — now second-in-command — on the advice of Doctor Zee, a teenage prodigy serving as Adama's counsellor, sends Captain Troy, who is the adopted son of Adama's own son Apollo, and Lieutenant Dillon to North America, where they become entangled with TV journalist Jamie Hamilton. After an initial, epic time travel adventure to Nazi Germany in the 1940s (to stop rebel Galactican Commander Xavier, trying to change the future to improve Earth's technology level), the three friends devise ways to help Earth's scientists and outwit the Cylons in the present day. Meanwhile, Adama sends a group of children from the Galactica fleet (the Super Scouts) to Earth in order to begin the process of integrating with the population. However, due to differences in gravity and physiology, the children must deal with the fact they have nearly super-human powers on Earth.

The fates of several characters from the original series are explained during the course of the series. Apollo is apparently dead, the cause of his seeming death not addressed. Starbuck was marooned on a desert planet, although the script for the episode "The Wheel of Fire" (unfilmed at the time of cancellation) indicated that Starbuck was eventually rescued from the planet by the inhabitants of the Ships of Light and became one of their inhabitants. Captain Troy is revealed to be Boxey, and Lt. Boomer has risen to the rank of Colonel and has become Adama's second in command. Baltar was apparently rescued from the planet he was marooned on in "Hand of God", and is now Commandant Baltar of the Cylon fleet pursuing the Galacticans. The fates of several other characters, including Adama's daughter Athena, Colonel Tigh, Starbuck's girlfriend Cassiopeia, and Muffet the robot dog are not revealed. These characters are absent from the second series.

Recurring cast


The show was canceled after only ten episodes, many of which were multi-part stories. The final episode shown was "The Return of Starbuck" which featured a guest appearance by Dirk Benedict from the original series. Larson even began to develop a sequel to this episode, but the series was canceled during production of episode 11, "The Day They Kidnapped Cleopatra", which remained unfinished.

Syndication and beyond

The ten Galactica 1980 episodes were rolled into the television syndication package for Battlestar Galactica and were given the same title as its parent program.

Following the series demise, a feature called Conquest of the Earth was stitched together from sections of the three "Galactica Discovers Earth" episodes and the two "The Night the Cylons Landed" episodes. A scene of John Colicos, playing Baltar, was also spliced in to this release. The latter footage was actually taken from an episode of the original series— Baltar makes no appearance in any Galactica 1980 episode — and is partially dubbed, so as to make the speech sound relevant to the Galactica's new situation. Several early scenes involving Adama and Dr. Zee are also partially dubbed, to add more explanatory detail and to explain why two actors appear playing the role of Dr. Zee. The feature was released in cinemas in Europe and Australia and on home video elsewhere.

DVD release

On December 23, 2007, Universal released all of the Galactica 1980 episodes on DVD in a 2-disc set. This release is touted as "The Original 'Battlestar Galactica's' Final Season." [3]


In August 2009, Dynamite Entertainment released a Galactica 1980 comic series. It was written by Marc Guggenheim and is a re-imagining of the original series.[4]


See also

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1978 theatrical film

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Commander Adama: Mister President, I request permission to leave the fleet! I have reason to suspect our home planets may face immiment attack!
[Cylon raiders blasts away the bridge of the Atlantia and portions of the bridge explode]
Commander Adama: Maintain contact!
[The communication image of Adar distorts, then clears]
President Adar: [last words] How could I've been so completely wrong? I led the entire human race to ruin!
[A Cylon raider blasts one of the Atlantia's anti-assault batteries and the explosion surges into the bridge, knocking out communications]
Commander Adama: Mister President!

Captain Apollo: No way those can outfight us without a 10-to-1 margin.
Lieutenant Zac: Apollo, better look at your scanner.
[A solid wall of Cylon raiders is chasing them]
Captain Apollo: No, but a 1000-to-1, that's not fair.
Lieutenant Zac: What does it mean?
Captain Apollo: It means there's isn't going be any peace. They might not be much of anything if we don't warn the fleet.

Commander Adama: Mr. President, a wall of unidentified craft if closing in on the fleet.
Count Baltar: Possibly a Cylon welcoming committee?
Commander Adama: Sir, might I suggest we launch a welcoming committee of our own.

Boxey: Can I ride in your ship, sir?
Captain Apollo: Fighter planes are no place for little boys.
Serina: They're going to have to be if our people are going to survive. We must fight back.
Commander Adama: Yes, we are going to fight back. But not here, not now, not in the Colonies. Not even in this star system. Let the word go fourth to every man, woman and child who survived this holocaust. Tell them to set sail at once in every assorted vehicle that will carry them.

Count Baltar: If a handful of survivors did indeed escape, they would have neither fuel nor food for a prolonged voyage.
Cylon Centurion: The information is not complete. It is offered in eschange for life.
Count Baltar: And what is the standing order, for humans, from your Imperious Leader?
Cylon Centurion: Extermination.
Count Baltar: Then carry out you orders. If they exist, they're doomed.

Lieutenant Boomer: Just keep it up, old buddy, you're going to get us into real trouble.
Lieutenant Starbuck: Ten thousand miles from nowhere, our planets shot to pieces, people starving, and I'm gonna get us in trouble? What's the matter with you? I tell you... Yeah, well, we might as well live for today, we might not have many left.

Lieutenant Starbuck: I'm just curious about what all that excitement was about back on the barge.
Cassiopeia: That woman is a member of the Etori sect amongst the Geminese. They don't believe im physical contact between genders, except when sanctified by the priest during High Worship of the Sun Storm, which comes once only every seven years!
Lieutenant Starbuck: No wonders those little buggers are such good card players.

[Admiring Starbuck's space fighter]
Cassiopeia: It's beautiful, isn't it? It's a perfect machine! Born to dance among the stars!
Lieutenant Starbuck: Yeah, it's bumping into them that has me worried.
Cassiopeia: Why did you volunteer, Starbuck?
Lieutenant Starbuck: Well, somebody had to do it.
Cassiopeia: Did Apollo made you?
Lieutenant Satrbuck: Yes, you certainly have a way of cutting through the felgercarb.
Cassiopeia: Do you ever take that smoldering weed out of your mouth? [kisses him]
Lieutenant Starbuck: I have this wonderful speech all prepared...
Cassiopeia: About this being your last night here? About possibly not seeing another night as this one, or another girl as beautiful as I am, ever again?
Lieutenant Starbuck: Yeah, well, that speech is a little better that the one I had. Would you mind if I borrowed it on some future occasion?

Lieutenant Boomer: What if we miss a mine?
Captain Apollo: One of us will be the first to know.

Imperious Leader: Welcome, Baltar. I have grave news. A handful of Colonials prevail, but we will soon find them.
Count Baltar: What of our bargain? My colony was to be spared!
Imperious Leader: I now altar the bargain.
Count Baltar: How can you change one side of a bargain?
Imperious Leader: When is no other side. You have missed the entire point of the war.
Count Baltar: But I have no ambitions against you.
Imperious Leader: Could you think me so foolish as to trust a man who would see his own race destroyed?
Count Baltar: Not destroyed, subjugated, under me!
Imperious Leader: There can be no survivors. So long as one human remains alive, the Alliance is threatened.
Count Baltar: Surely, you don't mean me?
Imperious Leader: We thank you for your help, Baltar. Your time is at an end.
Count Baltar: No! You can't! You still need me! ARGH!
[A Cylon slits Baltar's throat]

[Exploring the dark surface of a planet]
Lieutenant Starbuck: I wonder this looks like in the daytime?
Lieutenant Boomer: Hey, this is the daytime.
Lieutenant Starbuck: Oooh... lovely...

Cylon Centurion: Our raiders are all destroyed.
Imperious Leader: All destroyed? How? We took them by surprise.
Cylon Centurion: Apparently it was not as big a surprise as we had hoped for.

1978 TV series


  • Fleeing from the Cylon tyranny, the last Battlestar Galactica leads a rag-tag fugitive fleet on a lonely quest... a shining planet known as Earth.
    • Commander Adama

Saga of a Star World

  • How could I've been so completely wrong? I led the entire human race to ruin!
    • Last words of President Adar aboard the Battlestar Atlantia, moments before its destruction

1980 TV series

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  • FRACK!
    • common in-character expletive
    • (Spelt FRAK in the Re-imagined series)
    • common in-character expletive


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