Originally Posted by shadokitty
I enjoy BSG, and at times have thought about Galactica 1980, but from the description you just gave, I think I will give it a pass. I always just thought it was season 2 of BSG, but it sounds completely different, and not nearly as good.
If you come across a cheap ($5 or less) copy it's worth a purchase/viewing "just because" but don't expect much. It's mostly Earth-bound, literally, and the plots are fairly typical 80s cheese mixed with obvious, in-your-face, environmental messages. That wouldn't bee so bad if they were well done, but they are not.
In a episode where they partnered with a Earth farmer to grow grain for Galactica, along with a not-so-subtle subtext of racial tolerance, they plowed furrows with their hand lasers and sowed the seeds by jumping very high, scattering seeds while in the air, after which a flying saucer, built onboard Galactica, seeded the clouds so it'd rain. The cloud seed material included a special nutrient which would cause the seeds to germinate and grow to maturity in a few days. Of course this is done in a rural, although populated, area and is observed by the episode antagonist. Just defies logic.
At this point they also have a group of a dozen or so Galactica kids on planet who are posing as a Boy Scout troup. They bring all the standard, and bad, kid based episodes. Or rather "kids with super powers" type episodes as the kids, like the adults, are "better" due to the lower Earth gravity.
The series shows lots of missed opportunities and promise. I got the impression they really didn't know what to do with the series and were throwing stuff against the wall to see what, if anything, would stick.