September 18, 1978 12:00 PM

ABC (8 p.m. ET)

Next to this series, the old Star Trek looks as primitive as Captain Video. But there is a problem. Lorne (Bonanza) Greene and Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict and Maren Jensen are among the last human survivors of an intergalactic war, and that scenario rang the bell of Star Wars distributor 20th Century-Fox, which sued—so far unsuccessfully—to keep the show off the air. (Battlestar’s producer is John Dykstra, whose special effects are as excellent as those he created for Star Wars; the villains even bear a family resemblance to Darth Vader.) May the Nielsen be with it.

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