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 to May 4, 1980.
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 Muffit the robot dog are not revealed. These characters are absent from the second series.
The low-rated 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.
1. Conquest of the Earth
2. The Super Scouts, Part 1
3. The Super Scouts, Part 2
5. The Night the Cylons Landed, Part 1
6. The Night the Cylons Landed, Part 2
7. Space Croppers
8. The Return of Starbuck
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