5 Stars

It may have been made in an attempt to cash in on the success of "STAR WARS", but "BATTLESTAR GALACTICA" has withstood the test of time to become one of the best sci-fi films ever made. The story is gripping and, at times, funny. The cast, especially the leads (Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, and Lorne Greene) are all perfect in their roles. The effects, while somewhat dated, are still great to look at. Who can forget the awesome destruction of Caprica? The awesome ships and costumes? The Cylons? All of these elements, and many more, make this one awesome film to behold. A must see for any serious fan of science fiction. Don't listen to those who say that this is nothing but a "STAR WARS" ripoff. They don't know what they are missing!

4 Stars

The Battlestar Galactica movie - episode title Saga Of A Star World - kicks off the Galactica series, and as such it naturally has an incomplete quality. Not that the film doesn't stand well on its own - it does so quite well - but that it is not meant to be seen without also viewing the subsequent series.

Galactica: SOASW is a scifi allegory of the struggle of the state of Israel, and also an allegory on mankind's genesis. Both themes are intriguing and well presented. There is a hawkish view of war and peace issues - crystalized here with the Treaty of Cimtar that is but a cover for the Cylon Empire to launch the largest assault in the history of gaalctic warfare - that is by far BG's most provocative and refreshing quality; most other scifi suffers from a dreadfully pacifistic outlook that has never held up in the real world.

Many viewers at the time of the film's premeire in 1978 were asked to compare Galactica with Star Wars, and noted that Galactica benefits from a much stronger plot and premise than the original SW. The show's stronger plot remains impressive today, as do the performances of the huge cast assembled. Richard Hatch gets the strongest airtime here (subsequent episodes would explore the character of Dirk Benedict's Starbuck) and rounds out Captain Apollo very nicely.

The pilot's lesser qualities center primarily on the lengthy Carillon celebration, clearly inspired by the Mos Eisley bar scene in Star Wars. The Carillon angle is not poorly done, but it detracts from the show's theme about man's genesis. It is, though, good in setting up the show's hawkish outlook on war and peace; the Fleet's ruling Quorom decides to abandon the Fleet's voyage to find the planet Earth, and instead try to open a dialogue with the Cylons - unaware that those same Cylons have made the entire Carillon setup a trap in which to finish off the human race once and for all.

The SFX remain stellar twenty years later, although the sound mixing of the later shows is markedly better, especially in the episodes Lost Planet Of The Gods and The Hand Of God.

In all, though, the Galactica pilot is a good start to a very enjoyable scifi series.

5 Stars

I don't care what the critics say -- Battlestar Gallactica was NOT Star Wars for the small screen! Gallactica is the embodiment of cult evolution theory (as noted in Charriots of the Gods and the likes) and a good ol' fashioned down-to-earth good vs evil Sci-Fi flic. Ok, I admit that I'm remiss it only features a mono soundtrack, but to be honest, after the first couple minutes, you become so involved in the storyline and (although dated) decent special effects (for their time) that you really don't notice.

This is a MUST-HAVE for any sci-fi buff!

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