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BSG TOS 1980 - Season 1 - Episode 05

My Rating - 1

Fan Rating Average - 4.82

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Several of the children get sick after drinking polluted water. Troy, Dillon, Jamie work to shut down the chemical plant responsible for the contamination. [DVD]

- So the adults do have the super powers after all. That's good, eliminates the technical problem of the previous episode. Except for the fact that we still don't have an answer as to why they haven't used these powers until now.

- According to Dr. Zee, the Cylons will attack Earth in the year 1990.

Remarkable Scenes
- The landing of Dr. Zee's flying saucer.

My Review
The second part of this veiled ecology story wrapped into a kids' show like its predecessors was largely a waste of time. Super Scouts could have easily been compressed into a single episode and been more effective for it, though in the end, I would contend that it was entirely a misguided effort to even bother making this episode in the first place. The colonials are wasting their time tipping off Earth authorities every episode to their existence. How many times can they possibly write off these "UFO sightings" as natural phenomena? It's already a cliche for viewers and it's beginning to push the limits of suspension of disbelief as well.

I've voiced my annoyance for a children-centric plot before, but one aspect of Galactica 1980 that's supremely annoying is the reliance of Dr. Zee as a plot device. Any TV series which regularly relies on a super genius is having creativity problems. Furthermore, add "offscreen missions" to the formulaic approach Galactica 1980 seems to favor. Once again at the very end of this episode, Troy and Dillon go on a mission not depicted onscreen. We have no idea what this mission is, but maybe it's better that way.

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