Space Prison consists of two tenuously linked 60-minute episodes of the TV series Battlestar Gallactica. Heavily influenced by Star Wars, the futuristic series starred Lorne Greene as Adama, commander of the mile-wide Gallactica battlestar. Adama's younger cohorts (read: the series' Luke Skywalker and Han Solo) were Captain Apollo (Richard Hatch) and Lieutenants Starbuck (Dirk Benedict) and Boomer (Herb Jefferson Jr.); the resident damsel in distress was Athena, played by the luscious Maren Jensen. The villainy was in the hands of the treacherous Count Balter (John Colicos) The two episodes included herein are "The Long Patrol", first telecast October 15, 1978, and "Man With 9 Lives", originally shown January 28, 1979. In the first, Starbuck is taken prisoner in a space penitentiary where all the inmates are descendants of long-forgotten criminals. In the second, Fred Astaire guest-stars as a glib stranger who may well be Starbuck's father.
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