I considered reviewing this show episode by episode but after re-watching a few of them I realized that was not really necessary as I can really throw them all into one review.
Who’s in this?
Lorne Green reprises his role as Commander Adama only now he has a Santa Claus beard and mustache. You know him from Bonanza of course, Battlestar Gallactica and dog food commercials.
Kent McCord as Captain Troy one of the two new stars. Although he is supposed to be Apollo’s adopted son- the Boxey character. McCord has played police and military types over the years. Perhaps best known for his role on Adam 12.
Barry Van Dyke as Lt. Dillon the other part of the pair. The second oldest son of Dick Van Dyke. Best known for working with his dad on Diagnosis Murder.
Robyn Douglass as Jamie an earth woman from 1980 who runs into and befriends Troy and Dillon. She was in a handful of things between the late 70’s and the late 80’s. I know her best as Katherine in Breaking Away (one of my favorite movies of all time).
James Patrick Stuart as child genius Dr. Zee. Stuart was like 11 when he did this. I guess he concectrated on school after this show flopped. About a decade later he showed up again and has worked steady since 1990 in everything from Seinfeld to CSI and as a voice actor in cartoons and video games.
What’s this about? So the Gallactica has finally found earth in the year 1980. Okay that sounds simple enough. Oh wait, the Cyclons have followed them, there’s a guy who uses time travel and there’s these scouts with super powers and Troy and Dillon have shiny motorcycles that fly. What the hell? It’s like the ideas from Battlestar were not good enough so they mixed in ideas from C.H.I.P.S, Buck Rogers and various other shows and then swirled them all round and hoped all these ideas could last for an hours long show. Toss is some known actors in various epsiodes including Robert Reed (he thought the Brady Bunch had bad scripts, just wait), Christopher Stone (the Howling), Richard Lynch (great villain who was in like everything). The show became worse as it went along. There was some time travel idea early on, but that quickly fell aside for all kinds of half-baked silliness. All the ideas of Battlestar Gallactica are mostly tossed aside for a buddy action show kind of like C.H.I.P.S and the Dukes of Hazzard only without the cool stunts and fun. Any potentail early on quickly faded away and weekly (or weakly) Troy and Dillon would limp through various impropable situations. Adama stood there looking stern and talking to Dr. Zee. Jamie seemed interesting at first, but after the first few episodes she was shoved into the background. Oh and wait until the super scouts show up. Kids with problems might be okay, perfect kids from space should make you sick yet no one writing this show realized that. The worst thing about this show is probably what it is in relation to Battlestar Gallactica. If it had been it’s own show with all of the above it would have been bad enough. However inbstead Battlestar Gallactica had real potential but was cancelled after just one season. Then eight months later the network allows a variation to come back on. Yet they get rid of most of the cast of the previous show, cut down the villains, cut down the special effects, limit the action and add in a pair of stars with no chemistry. I never saw the show when it was on The one saving grace out of the ten episodes is the final one “The return of Starbuck” which goes back in time to tell what happened to Starbuck. A fairly good episode, but unfortunately the rest of the series never showed any of the flavor that’s in the last episode.