Parts One and Two

Written by Glen A. Larson

Original Airdates: Mar. 16 and 23, 1980

Troy and Dillon are aboard the Gemini freighter, a school ship, teaching a science class to children when suddenly the ship comes to a stop. Moments later, a squadron of Cylon fighters attacks the ship. Boomer leads a viper squadron to fight them off. Dillon and Troy load 136 children into shuttles and evacuate before the ship explodes. Troy and Dillon's shuttle is damaged so they have to land on Earth. The shuttle is picked up on radar and Colonel Sydell assembles a team to investigate the UFO landing. To prevent discovery, Troy and Dillon launch the shuttle into outer space. The children find that they have greater strength due to Earth's weaker gravity.

Troy and Dillon ride their turbocycles to get Earth clothing for them. Troy goes to a department store and Dillon goes to a bank. The teller doesn't believe his cubits are real gold, and she gets suspicious. Dillon panics and pulls a laser gun on her, and she hands him a bag of money without him even asking. He runs to the department store and gives the money to the sales lady for the scout supplies. They turn invisible and escape from the police. Later, Jamie, Mr. Brooks, and the air force arrive to investigate the UFO landing and only find the scouts.

That night, Moonstone, Starla, and Jason become horribly ill. Troy, Dillon, and Jamie take them to a hospital for treatment. In the morning, they discover that the children drank water fom a polluted lake owned by the Stanford Chemical Plant. They go to see Mr. Stockton, the plant manager, and he promises to look into the situation. Once they leave, he calls the sheriff and tells him to run the scouts out of the area. The sheriff does a check on Troy and Dillon and discovers they are suspected of bank robbery. The police investigate the camp, but Troy, Dillon and the scouts turn invisible and hide in the trees. They pelt the police with apples and then steal their police cars. At the hospital, Dr. Spencer realizes the children are not human. Jamie convinces him to investigate the polluted lake.

Mr. Stockton shows up and escorts, Dr. Spencer, Jamie, Troy and Dillon to the police to lodge a complaint against them. Before they get there, the hospital nurse radios Spencer, saying that the children are on the verge of death. They rush to the hospital and take the children away. Dillon calls the Galactica and requests a rescue ship be sent at once. Dr. Zee, Adama, and a medical team pilot Dr. Zee's new anti-gravity ship to Earth. The children are taken inside, as is Mr. Stockton. Dr. Zee shows Mr. Stockton a simulation of what will happen to the environment ten years later if changes are not made. Stockton discovers that his son will be dead. He swears to do whatever it takes to prevent it. The children are healed and the spaceship takes off just as Colonel Sydell and the sheriff arrive on the scene.

For a more in-depth synopsis, be sure to read Matthew Wharmby's hilarious review of this episode.

The Super Scouts arrive, and Galactica 1980 plummets into an abyss it would not survive. In the beginning, we're forced to endure a series of boring classroom educational lessons. Things get even worse when the intergalactic 'Our Gang' reaches Earth. We get ultra-cute campfire songs and even more educational lessons shoved down are throats. The original series had flaws, but at least it never insulted its viewers by getting into preachy moral issues. Galactica 1980 gives us an ultra-simplistic environmental message of "Don't pollute the water," and does so with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. And there is certainly nothing dramatic about the possibility of the Super Scouts dying. Most fans were probably rooting for it to happen. I don't think it's fair to blame Glen Larson for this (even though he wrote the episode). His hands were tied since the network insisted the Super Scouts be a part of the show. Still, give him some credit for at least attempting to keep the main plot of the Cylon threat moving (although at this point it has become a minor plot). Dr. Zee stating that the Cylons have evolved in the 30 years since the destruction of the Colonies is both logical and compelling. This would be expanded upon in The Night The Cylons Landed, but in an extremely dissapointing way.

It is revealed that Colonials have super powers on Earth due to its weaker gravity. These powers, along with advanced technology and the ability to turn invisible, essentially make the Colonials invincible, thus robbing the series of any possible drama. In Galactica 1980, there are no worthy villains. The bumbling cops and incompetent military personnel never have a prayer of apprehending Troy and Dillon, so there's no suspense. And it's certainly not funny to watch Earthlings constantly being confounded by extra-terrestrials. Yet that is what we're forced to endure again and again throughout the entire series.

Patrick Stuart assumes the role of Dr. Zee.

Since the Cylons are waiting for the Galactica to lead them to Earth, it makes no sense that they would reveal themselves, especially just to attack a single colonial freighter.

Dillon states it has been a generation since the Cylons attacked.

Dr. Zee's anti-gravity ship is introduced for the first time in part one.

The Cylon's new Super Raider is introduced for the first time in part one.

Except for the new Cylon ship, the space battle in part one is composed entirely of stock footage from the original series.

The scene in part one where Adama and Dr. Zee discuss Cylon evolution was repeated in The Night The Cylons Landed, part one.

Troy and Dillon teaching the kids on the ship about gravity, etc., and Dr. Zee's speech about preserving the enviroment are more examples of the educational dialogue required by the network. The school ship lessons are, of course, pointless and only serve to bring the story to a grinding halt.

A funny incident occurred during the shooting of this episode. On the burning school ship, when Troy and Dillon come out of the entryway, a beam is supposed to fall and almost hit them. They were puzzled when it didn't happen, and simply ran off. The director walked out to where the beam was supposed to fall and said, "Wasn't there supposed to be a beam?" Way up in the rafters, someone yelled, "Beam!" and a beam crashed down and missed hitting him by an inch and a half.

The Gemini freighter, one of the featured ships of the Colonial fleet in the original series, is destroyed in part one. Ironically, the Gemini freighter is also destroyed in Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming, the movie trailer created by Richard Hatch.

The massive fires seen inside the Gemini freighter are stocks shots from the Battlestar Galactica episode Fire In Space.

Adama steps foot on the planet Earth for the first time. This should be a big deal, but neither Adama nor the script make it out to be.

Kent McCord (Troy) was one of the most vocally opposed to the addition of the Super Scouts. He tried to explain to anyone who would listen that the show could be intelligent and still attract a young audience, but his words apparently fell on deaf ears.

Needless to say, when the Super Scouts became regulars, everyone (both cast and crew) knew the series was doomed.

As bad as this episode is, the part where the Super Scouts mess around with the gadgets in Colonel Sydell's car is a stone scream.

Blooper - part one: When Troy and Dillon evacuate the children from the Gemini freighter, there are flames everywhere, yet the children are walking. Also, the fire is literally burning them all, but there is no reaction.

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