CONQUEST OF THE EARTH
The resulting film is very dire indeed. The first season of Battlestar Galactica was the most expensive tv series ever made at the time because of its changing weekly intergalactic locale. The contemporary Earth setting in Galactica 1980 was an obvious way of cutting back costs by shooting down the block instead of another planet. This need not have been a creative drawback the Jon Pertwee seasons of Doctor Who (1970-73) had successfully done exactly the same thing. What small successes Battlestar Galactica had had came from piggybacking on the success of Star Wars but Conquest of the Earth reduces the intergalactic escapades to such dreary fare as inter-city car chases (where first time driver Barry Van Dyke laughably manages to stunt drive a car on two wheels for several city blocks) and a pathetically self-parodistic sequence where a Cylon turns up at a Halloween party and is taken for one of the partygoers. Indeed, such a scene where the Cylon is reduced to intimidating a horrendously overplaying Wolfman Jack marks a low point in anything they ever represented as a threat.
The combination of two partial plots into one 90-minute feature is fitful. (Why here and in Mission Galactica, which were both re-edited from two-part stories, Glen A. Larson did not leave the original two-parter as it was and saw the need to add another whole episode and then cut them down to feature-length running time, is a puzzle). It does result it a number of continuity gaps. The film, for instance, never cares to delineate the difference between the two different teen genius characters that were played by Robbie Rist in the series. The first story suddenly peters out in the midst of the cop chase and we then take up what seems like several weeks later in the interim, Jamie Douglass has taken to referring to Barry Van Dyke as honey and darling. In the first film, Glen A. Larson took care enough to have new scenes filmed but Conquest of the Earth has such a cynical view of its audience, the assumption seems to be that these things would not be noticed.
There are minor moments of humour with some of the culture clashes but these are stolidly played by the intensely serious Kent McCord and lantern-jawed quarterback Barry Van Dyke. The main culture clash element seems to consist of the introduction of super-gadgetry for the purpose of a quick laugh at the expense of stock types Air Force pilots being stunned by the disappearance of two Viper fighter-planes or a biker gang being flabbergasted and crashing when Kent McCord and Barry Van Dyke take to the air on their flying bikes.
Battlestar Galactica was later reworked for tv as the excellent Battlestar Galactica (2003-9). This produced three individual releases with the mini-series Battlestar Galactica (2003) and the spinoff films Battlestar Galactica: Razor (2007) and Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (2009), as well as the prequel series Caprica (2009-10) and a further prequel web-series Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome (2012).
No trailer here but the pilot episode is online in several parts beginning here:-
The Night the Cylons Landed online in two parts (Part 1 here):-
Part 2 here:-