Battlestar Galactica Reviews
September 1, 2014
Cult classic from early Sci-Fi TV
August 11, 2008
The pilot film to a great but short-lived tv series with survivors fleeing the Cylon tyranny on their quest of salvation to Earth. Ambitious project for tv with special effects that hold up well (aside from the daggit). Ultimately a victim of high production costs after only 24 episodes. Sued by 20th Century Fox for liberally stealing ideas from Star Wars.
June 16, 2014
Campy, but it has its charms, mainly the likable main characters and the entertaining designs of the aliens.
May 9, 2014
Star Wars was a hit and every Hollywood studio was looking to cash in.
Universal decided to invest in veteran television producer Glen A. Larson's Exodus in space. This is the shorter, tighter, more focused, plot driven 125 minute version of the 139 minute television pilot. Hideously expensive to produce, Universal, always a very practical studio, assembled the theatrical version ahead of the series debut and tested the waters in Canada, before releasing it worldwide. There is the germ of a great idea present in the film's beginning and a likeable cast with a easygoing chemistry do have charm. Shame about the chimp in a suit dog, sorry, daggit and the obvious reuse of effects shots. Signs of the terrible, heavy handed cutes and over reliance on spectacle over character development that would doom the series. Director Richard Colla has a strong eye, avoiding the pitfalls of television cinematography. He shoots wide and slowly reframes shots rather then the usual patchwork of close ups that make up televsion of this period. The lighting is suitably dark and moody, in keeping with the tone of the piece. While this film is not a patch on Ronald D. Moore and David Eick's 2003 treatment of the same material it is an entertaining ride, enlivened by Stu Philip's outstanding score. Hands down the production's highlight.
January 10, 2014
It might seem like Star Wars, though the genre has ventured so far, it's something entirely changing. Though it does have a pretty slow plot, tv-effects, and little excitement. The characters are decent, the costumes are great, but the film doesn't quite deliver as much as the franchise's legacy would have promised.
August 8, 2013
It's a mix between Star wars and Star Trek with a touch of Planet of the apes. Worth the watch for the 70's style.
December 6, 2007
Classic sci-fi goodness. Not a fan of all the recycled footage, but still a great flick. I can't wait to meet Richard Hatch at Hal-Con 2013 in November!
May 2, 2013
A very watchable science fiction movie laden with special effects as you would expect.
February 1, 2013
Watching this, I appreciate the new series. This was so freaking goofy, random and incoherent. I literally had no idea what the crap was going on, and couldn't tell half the cast apart. The dog thing? My god.
December 7, 2012
Would like to get round to seeing!
December 1, 2012
I may be biased, but you know what? F-you.
July 5, 2007
Great nostalgic feelings come with viewing this.
September 29, 2012
Hopeful for lasting peace following centuries of intense warfare, the Twelve Colonies gather to sign a treaty with their dreaded enemies, the Cylons. But after an act of treachery on the eve of the ceremony, the Cylons launch a devastating surprise attack, destroying the Colonies' home planets and most of their military strength. A lone flagship battlestar, the Galactica, remains to aid the surviving colonists on their epic journey for a new home to a far-off legendary planet - Earth.
stars Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch, Jane Seymour, Dirk Benedict, Rene Assa, Lew Ayres, Ed Begley Jr, Geoffrey Binney and Terry Carter.
directed by Richard A. Colla.
August 20, 2012
A feature-length story, cobbled together from old TV episodes, this isn't much cop. Standard TV acting and direction from the mid-70s, and a not all that engaging story, it is TV sci-fi at its poorest.
June 25, 2012
An intriguing premise fails to materialise into anything very special, playing out like a video game with so-so special effects and an assortment of actors with varying degrees of talent. Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict and Jane Seymour deliver fine performances and are quite likeable throughout, but the plot isn't all that interesting, and the film simply comes across as nothing more than an excuse to capitalise on the success of 'Star Wars' (1977).
June 20, 2012
Cheesy "Star Wars" rip-off that serves as a charming time capsule for a specific period of time in which filmmakers were struggling to redefine sci-fi in the wake of The Force.
Not very good, but fun enough for nostalgic film/ sci-fi geeks like me, and it should be a prerequisite for anyone who watches the modern show.
June 17, 2012
As a Space Opera this was excellent. Seeing this in Sensurround was mind blowingly awesome! The New TV rendition is not even worth the airtime to bother watching it.
August 27, 2008
As great as the TV show was, this is just a couple of episodes crammed together, and it shows. It could have been a lot better.
December 6, 2011
This is the story of how the 12 colonies of man are destroyed after a 1000 year war with the evil Cylon Empire. Through deceit, the Cylons are able to destroy the Colonies' entire fleet, except for the Battlestar Galactica, captained by Commander Adama (Lorne Greene). Adama gathers up the few remaining humans left on all the twelve worlds and embarks on a journey to find the mythical planet Earth, the supposed thirteenth colony of Mankind, lost millennia ago when humans first left the motherworld, Kobol. With food and fuel running out, the fleet heads for an ore planet, Carillon, hoping to get what it needs. The Ovions, who populate the planet, are being controlled by the Cylons, who set a trap for the Galactica....
Was inspired to resee the "Battlestar Galactica" tv-pilot and it wasn´t what I remembered it to be... This is a halfassed carboncopy of "Star Wars" with very poor fx, backdrops, wobbly acting and a not that of an intriguing story. However, there are things I do like with "Battlestar Galactica". Gotta like the characters Capt. Apollo (Richard Hatch) and Lt. Starbuck (Dirk Benedict), their outfits and Vipers. Gotta like Commander Adama (Lorne Greene). Gotta like Athena (Maren Jensen). And I reckon the platform for a solid story is there, but with obviously not the right peope in the production seat (and enough money) this just became as said a halfassed "Star Wars" copy. Nothing more, nothing less.
October 1, 2009
Sunday afternoon back in the day watching Battlestar Galactica & wanting to give that Baltar bastard a right good kicking.
I remember the beginning of the A-Team showing Cylons with Dirk Benedict & thinking it was genius,