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Old June 27th, 2005, 01:18 AM   #31
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Don't have that ep. Can you do an audio capture, or give a link?
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Old October 7th, 2005, 05:30 AM   #32
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this episode was cheesy but not as cheesy as Magnificent Warriors was.
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Old October 7th, 2005, 10:39 AM   #33
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TMW is more tolerable from my standpoint because at least there isn't this pretension of being something bigger which GFE and the whole Terra trilogy suffers from.
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Old September 30th, 2006, 08:49 PM   #34
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Compared to Siress Beloby, the Terran refugee kids were Shakespearean masters. She really was just an awful idea. Especially the flowers bit. With apologies to the actress.
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Old September 30th, 2006, 08:54 PM   #35
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Just the sight of Brett Somers in her full-blown Match Game persona is what makes her presence so jarring in that episode. I've seen her in plenty of other shows where she's just fine, but in Galactica I half-expected to see Charles Nelson Reilly as her attendant.
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Old September 30th, 2006, 09:07 PM   #36
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Old October 20th, 2006, 11:06 PM   #37
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Indeed this two part episode did possess that Cheesy quality, but the one part I loved about it was at the end, when Apollo and Starbuck ,capture the Eastern Alliance guys, and fly their Terra ship back to the Galactica, (Since their vipers were unflyable).

The colonial warriors do a kind of "Crocodile Dundee" line, reminescent with Paul Hogan's,"THAT'S NOT A KNIFE....THIS IS A KNIFE"!, when the Alliance Commadant boasts that only the Eastern Alliance is the most powerful in all the Universe, and then that beautiful moment arrives, when they approach the Galactica, and Apollo and Starbuck say their lines with such delightful innuendo that the Commandant's ship was a measly piece of felgercarb running around space, compared to the magnificent Battlestar........NOW THAT'S A SHIP! AND FAR MORE POWERFUL!!!! Kudos!

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Old November 9th, 2008, 02:55 PM   #38
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Do you think that Ray Bolger found it ironic that he went from playing a scarecrow to Hector, who is essentially a tin man?!
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Old November 11th, 2008, 08:11 AM   #39
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Do you think that Ray Bolger found it ironic that he went from playing a scarecrow to Hector, who is essentially a tin man?!
I think he did. As I recall he was given the role of the tin man originally and wanted to play the scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz.

I also really like this episode.
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Old November 2nd, 2010, 09:19 AM   #40
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This one is perhaps the worst one ever made. The Eastern Alliance couldn't fight their way out of a paper bag. The ship the Earthlings/Terrans were on was from Buck Rogers In The 25TH Century. This episode was the beginning of the end of a great concept. Hector and Vector at least knew the difference between the genders however. I also noticed that this 2 hour episode had the opening narration by Patrick Macnee included in it. Larson was hoping for a spin-off series.
this was were starbuck was first shown as a girl maybe this was where they got the idea. ps they should have backtracked and gotten those raider's left out of fuel at living legand, and used hector/vector as the basis for suicide fighter's the cylon scanner's would pick them up as robot's not human just a thought.
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Old November 27th, 2010, 05:42 PM   #41
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I confess, I liked it. Although I would have toned down the bit with the robots, it was good.
I would have explored the particulars of why Terran society was seemingly more advanced in robotics than the Colonials. Perhaps prejudices stoked by the War? Would a Cylon have recognized H&V as "fellow machines"?
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Old January 18th, 2011, 03:38 PM   #42
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Was Greetings the only episode filmed on location? In all these yahrens of following Galactica, I don't ever remember any of the cast or crew mentioning it at a convention or reading an article in a magazine or on line about filming there. Are the structures still there? Have any of you visited the location? For that matter, did any of you go, or know someone who went, to Expo 67?
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Old February 17th, 2011, 11:57 PM   #43
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The frame for the Buckminster Fuller dome still exists:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montreal_Biosph%C3%A8re

The exteriors in SOASW of Caprica were shot in Long Beach, IIRC, night scenes at Gamoray were at a college in SoCal, I think someone said near Northridge.
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Old May 11th, 2011, 11:40 PM   #44
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Just the sight of Brett Somers in her full-blown Match Game persona is what makes her presence so jarring in that episode. I've seen her in plenty of other shows where she's just fine, but in Galactica I half-expected to see Charles Nelson Reilly as her attendant.
Shakin' my head. Can't see why you liked her Belloby so much, yet can't stand a good ep like GFE.
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Old November 18th, 2011, 04:06 PM   #45
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GFE was guilty of poor pacing more than anything else. It would have made a tolerable, maybe even good ep at 1hr, but I'll tell ya, I really can't sit through the whole thing. It's the ONLY Galactice ep I don't watch enthusiastically. Even EIT is cool as far as I'm concerned (Amnesia line & all).

Now actually, I never watch the broadcast GFE episode at all- I watch the Kerin version instead!
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Old August 26th, 2013, 03:42 PM   #46
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Adama says that "Terra" is Gemonese for "Earth." Here on Earth, "Terra" is Latin for "Earth." So is Gemonese the same as Latin?!
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Old August 26th, 2013, 09:43 PM   #47
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Sic.


Given the obvious similarities in Colonial and Earth cultures, it would appear that the root language at least evolved in the same basic direction.
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Old April 29th, 2015, 12:26 AM   #48
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So I'm rewatching the series. I am watching the David Kerin edits of BG and the Redux edits of G80.

As I watch the episodes, I go back and read the battlestarwiki.org notes and analysis. Thought I'd comment on them and add a few of my own. For this, I am only including the programme itself and not canonizing the books.

Battlestar Wiki Analysis:

None.

Battlestar wiki questions:

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Why do the doors in Michael and Sarah's home on Paradeen make the same door chime as Galactica's doors?
They also make the same sound when they open/close, though the sound is cut off mid-way.

Additional questions:

How unimportant is Athena's job when she can be spared to be a teacher? (Incoming complaints about how teachers are important too!)

Sheba's pretty heartless to comment that Apollo looks like he lost his first love.

Wouldn't the homing beacon also draw the attention of the Eastern Alliance? (Michael even expresses concern about this)

Why does Apollo need the homing beacon to find Lunar Seven? Homing beacons don't work in reverse. Besides, couldn't he just plot the course of the ship back to Lunar Seven? (That assumes the ship didn't make any evasive maneuvers to throw off any pursuing craft.)

Why did they need a homing beacon at all? They already knew where Paradeen was.

If the ship was only 20 hours late, couldn't the Galactica's scanners have seen the planet?

If the ship had left Lunar Seven only a month ago and the ship is only capable of sub-light speed, then both Paradeen and Lunar Seven should have even been in the same star-system, unless stars are extremely close to each other there.

Unless the neutron weapons are different, the city should still be contaminated.

Strange that they'd place the archives below a power generating station.

No one in the house heard Apollo and Starbuck climbing around on a metal roof?

Michael seems to read quite a lot into Sarah calling the children "ours". What was she suppsoed to say? "Are both your child and my children all right?"

Personal comment:

This episode has a bad reputation that is not completely deserved. While the last half of the episode really drags and is quite boring, the first half is some of the finest science fiction on television. The moral debate about the fate of the "earthlings" was fascinating to watch. Political and moral discussion of this magnitude was only done in one other episode of Battlestar Galactica, that being Saga of a Star World, when they took on the debate of disarmament. Less Paradeen and more of this would have rocketed the episode to probably one of the best not only of Galactica, but maybe one of the best science fiction episodes ever.
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Old May 27th, 2015, 11:52 PM   #49
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This feature-length "big" episode was the weakest of the longer stories with way too much cheese (too many kids, the school scenes, the goofball androids, the crappy romance, the stupid Quorum members antics), but it was entertaining enough in a disposable way. You do get the sense of something significant happening and the Terra trilogy would get better.

One of those that I appreciated much more when I was young on first transmission; unlike the pilot I was allowed to watch the 2-hour broadcast back in '79 (98 minutes without adverts).

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Old September 3rd, 2016, 11:22 PM   #50
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Bill Cotter, one of the big experts on World's Fairs (and author of several books on them) has a page on his website using caps from "Greetings From Earth" to note the actual locations of the Expo '67 ruins that Dirk Benedict and Bobby Van visited when filming the episode. The Galactica shoot marked the first time some of these placed had been visited in several years!

http://www.worldsfairphotos.com/expo...-galactica.htm
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Old September 15th, 2016, 09:33 PM   #51
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Kudos to their location scout.
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Old October 19th, 2017, 08:37 PM   #52
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I know about the city scenes being in Montreal, but where were the outdoor rural farm scenes shot?
The one writing mistake that always bothered me about this episode is that Michael says that they've been cut off from communications between planets, and they never knew there was a city nearby. Yet Sarah says that she heard that the city was attacked while the children were in school.
Also, where did all the dead bodies in the city go? Did the attack happen long ago enough for them to have decayed?
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