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5.0 out of 5 stars Wandering in the deserts of space
'There are those who believe
that life here began out there...'
Thus begins the tale of Battlestar Galactica, full of meaning and hope and mystical importance, spoken with the majestic voice of Patrick Macnee (best known from The Avengers).
Okay, enough theology for the moment.
Or, maybe not. The first episode, a movie-length introduction to the series,...
Published on Feb. 13 2006 by FrKurt Messick
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1.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect in every way
Like Mary Poppins-it is almost perfect in every way. Unfortunately, scenes that the Sci-fi Channel edited out to make rooom for additional episodes are still edited out. You can see them under deleted scenes. The Problem is that it is a pain when you want to watch the entire episode in Chronological order and you have to do it in your head instead of seeing it on the...
Published on Oct. 30 2003
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5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive cheese or cheap caviar?,
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This review is from: Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Epic Series (Limited Edition Cylon Head Packaging) [Import] (DVD)I've pre-ordered this set, and I still have fond memories of watching this simultaneously great and terrible sci-fi epic episode by episode back in the 1970's. Quite litteraly, this will be a "blast from the past."
This is to me the best of bad sci-fi, or the worst of great sci-fi. I can't really tell. I just know it's almost always fun to watch.
So, here are the upsides and downsides of this series, to me anyway.
First, it gave us some epic sci-fi at a time when not much sci-fi was being made at all. Star Wars had just happened, and this series probably would not have been made if Star Wars had not succeeded. Still, it was ten years since classic Trek, and about fifteen years before sci-fi started to become mainstream as it is today. This series filled a vacuum.
Second, epic proportions. It was big budget and grand in scale. Lots of what must have been expensive sets. I really felt like I was on an interstellar aircraft carrier. The bridge of the Galactica was immense, and just what I would imagine a ship like that would have.
Third, some great stories. I remember vividly being glued to the tube for the premier movie.
Fourth, great babes! I don't know of any other sci-fi series that had more beautiful women as regular characters. I knew who Jane Seymour was way before most people!
Fifth, a great soundrack. I own the soundtrack album and like to listen to it just as classical music. Galactica's theme song is probably one of the most recognizable TV themes to this day.
First, inconsistent story quality. Some stories were as big as the galaxy, but some were as redundant as a "western in space."
Second, mind-numbing special effects repetition. Watch this DVD set and you'll probably see the same Cylon fighter destroyed several dozen times the same way. It's like they shot all the space dogfight scenes for the premier movie and recycled them over and over in the episodes that followed.
Third, tired plot devices. The kid's robot "dog" runs away and the kid runs after the robotic pet and gets into trouble, or something like that. Yawn.
Finally, I for one am thrilled that Galactica is being "re-imagined" by the Sci-Fi channel. There's one reason to look forward to Winter.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great 70's full Sci-fi series, finally comes out on DVD.,
This review is from: Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Epic Series (Limited Edition Cylon Head Packaging) [Import] (DVD)...This will always be a classic Sci-Fi series and the absolute best from the 1970's, for me, personally. I can always see the entire series, continuously, even though it's definately dated, especially considering Star Trek: The Next Generation series. The series contains everything that a guy likes: action, romance -- especially consider Starbuck and Athena or Cassie and later that little spark or intonation of romance between Apollo and Sheba. There is just one other point I must mention in regret about the series, its overt Mormon theology. But, Mormonism is considered by true Christians to be a cult because it lacks the true message of the Gospel, whereas, with Star Trek:TNG it's just rehashed New Age Theology, in other words just Near east Religions: Toaism, Buddist mixed into the Stories. But by far, Nothing will ever come close to the original BsG Series, especially because that was the best Sci-Fi I grew up with as a teenager, along with Buck Rogers: in the 25th Century, a very close 2nd. The stories were always so captivating and engrossing....
2.0 out of 5 stars A great 70's Sci-fi series, finally comes out on DVD.,
This review is from: Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Epic Series (Limited Edition Cylon Head Packaging) [Import] (DVD)This has to be my all time favorite television series. As a kid, I would wildly wait until Sunday evening, knowing far well that my 7th grade classes are just a few hours away. As well, closing upon, 8 - 9:00 depending on the episode, I would anguish at the closing credits. But now I can see the entire series even though it's definately dated, especially considering Star Trek: The Next Generation series. The series contains everything that a guy likes: action, romance -- especially consider Starbuck and Athena or Cassie. There is just one other point I must mention in regret about the series, its overt Mormon theology. It's about .... Time Universal Studios releases this series on DVD, Now, they have to do the same with with the Buck Rogers series. But by far, Nothing will ever come close to the original BsG Series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Battlestar goes DVD just as New Show Destroys Fanbase,
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5.0 out of 5 stars One-Year Cult Series Still Remembered,
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Saga of a Star World: The three-hour pilot that launched the series, later shown in theaters as an edited version. After a thousand years of war, the twelve colonies of man are wiped out by the mechanical Cylons. The Galactica and its ragtag fleet of survivors begins the search for the legendary planet Earth. Grade: A
Lost Planet of the Gods: The Galactica discovers the planet Kobol, where mankind originated. Adama attempts to learn the path its inhabitants took when they journeyed to Earth. Meanwhile, the viper pilots have contracted a disease which forces the fleet to train shuttle pilots (women) to take over as fighter pilots. Grade: A
The Lost Warrior: Apollo is stranded on a wild west planet where things resemble the movie Shane a little bit too closely. Grade: F
The Long Patrol: Starbuck pilots a prototype viper into an unknown galaxy and finds an asteroid penal colony where the inmates are descendants of the original criminals. Grade: B
The Gun on Ice Planet Zero: A giant laser cannon on an arctic-type planet threatens to destroy the Galactica as it comes in range. A "borrowed" plot from "Guns of Navarone." Grade: C
The Magnificent Warriors: The fleet is threatened with starvation and lands on a planet where the local movie theater is playing "The Magnificent Seven." Grade: D
The Young Lords: Starbuck crash lands on a remote planet and helps a group of children rescue their father, who is a Cylon prisoner. Grade: C
The Living Legend: Lloyd Bridges stars as Commander Cain in one of the series' most loved episodes. Lots of action, but lots of repeated effects too. Grade: A
Fire in Space: There's a fire. In space. Grade: F
War of the Gods: Another classic episode. Patrick MacNee stars as the mysterious Count Iblis, who will lead the fleet to Earth for a high price. Grade: A
The Man with Nine Lives: A good story about life in the fleet, featuring Fred Astaire as the man who may or may not be Starbuck's long-lost father. The Nomen make their first appearance in this one. Grade: B
Murder on the Rising Star: Starbuck is accused of murdering a fellow Warrior after a heated game of Triad. Derivative of a thousand other trial episodes of a thousand other series. Grade: D
Greeting from Planet Earth: A ship is found in space that may or may not be headed for Earth. Unfortunately, it is actually headed for a planet populated by the androids Hector and Vector.
Baltar's Escape: Another standard 70's plot about a hijacking. Baltar is the hijacker this time. The Nomen return. Grade: D
Escape from Terra: With the help of the returning Ship of Lights, Apollo must save a planet from global war. Note that the basic premise of "Quantum Leap" is first seen here. Grade: C
Take the Celestra: The officers on the Celestra mutiny. Truly a dud. Grade: F
The Hand of God: Apollo and Starbuck sneak aboard a Cylon base ship and disable its scanners while the Galactica launches its vipers against it. A fan favorite. Last episode of the series, which goes out on a great note with this one. Grade: A
"Lost Planet of the Gods," "Gun on Ice Planet Zero," "The Living Legend," and "War of the Gods," are all two-parters. "Greetings from Earth" is a two-hour special and "Saga of a Star World" was shown as a three-parter in syndication.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another CLASSIC Television Show Comes to DVD!!!,
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2.0 out of 5 stars Has EVERYONE forgot this???,
This review is from: Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Epic Series (Sous-titres français) [Import] (DVD)First before stating why I have given this set such a low rating, let me say the following. I am a 32 year old fan of BG since day one. Owned all of the figures, saw all of the episodes during sydication, etc. I think the episodes on these dvds along with the extra footage are THE BEST that anyone could ask for. So how can I say that and still give this set two stars you say? Here's the problems that are eating at me. First of all, I paid for what is called the "complete set of BG episodes". This is stated in MANY parts of the dvd set, the packaging, the ad on Amazon, etc. Well, this IS NOT THE COMPLETE SET! It is missing no less than 10 episodes. Yes, roughly 30% of the series! For those of you who just said "no it's not", here are the facts. There were 10 episodes made and released in 1980. Only one included Starbuck though. These episodes include when the Galactica found earth. I have the episode list, but it is too long to list here. Here's a link instead, [...]
You would think Glen Larson would have remembered filming these episodes before calling this the "complete set of BG episodes". Unless he was smoking a little too much of the old peace pipe. The number two reason that I am disappointed overall in the set is the packaging. By the Lords of Cobol, it's bigger than a cylon baseship! If you don't own this set and you think the picture of the cylon packaging is neat, THINK AGAIN! It is a square box with a VERY LARGE cylon plastic face GLUED to the front of the box! It DOES NOT easily fit on any shelf or display case. I would have been much happier with a simple but awesome cylon 3D sticker on the front of the box. In short, this set could have been so awesome with just two VERY minor changes. One is, actually make it a COMPLETE set, not a partial one. And two is, get rid of the massively large packaging! If that had been done, I would be giving this set 5 stars! However I must say that I VERY much enjoyed watching the old episodes again. I just wish the set was "complete".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Galactica 80 is not included, but that's okay by me!,
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5.0 out of 5 stars STARBUCK!! Why did you make him a women?,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Battlestar Galatica (1978) TV series Complete.,
This review is from: Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Epic Series (Sous-titres français) [Import] (DVD)My children are looking forward to share the viewing experience with me. They love the classics from my time.
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