OMG, how exciting is this? It’s like i just got out of BSG rehab, and then I ran into my dealer on the street, and he was all, “I got some real nice stuff, man. Check it.”
I hope by “this fall” they mean “in 4 weeks.” But I’m guessing not…
Battlestar Galactica has come to an end. I can hardly believe I’m typing those words! It’s truly the end of an era – one of the best shows on television over the past decade came to a close last night. I’d like to share some of my thoughts on the finale, and what the series in general means to me.
BUT…I can’t do that without giving up major spoilerish information for the several friends I have who are slowly working their way through the DVD sets right now. So for those peeps – look away!
And…we’re back. Let’s discuss “Daybreak” shall we?
Overall I really loved the finale. I thought it brought what the viewers were craving – excitement, answers, and closure. First there was that tense and riveting battle at the Colony to free Hera from Cavil’s evil clutches. It reminded me a lot of the latter part of “Razor” – big mission, everyone do exactly your part at the right time – cool stuff. (P.S. Kudos to Joyous, who immediately clued into why the Centurions from Galactica were painted with red stripes – brilliant!)
Then we got some answers we’ve been waiting for – the meaning of the opera house, Kara’s mission and that song, and whether or not Gaius and Caprica Six would get back together. Not to mention the big reveal – karma’s a bitch, Tory! That’s a secret we’ve been sitting on for months, and what a crazy way to resolve it.
When all was said and done we got the true answers about Earth – that as many people hoped, the “Earth” found at the end of season 3 was not the one we’ve been searching for all that time. Perhaps it was just called by that name according to myth.
But as I said, one of the things we really got from this finale was closure – we were able to focus on the central characters and lay them to rest in their own little pockets of a new world. Athena and Helo reunited with Hera, and got the happily ever after she didn’t believe was possible. Roslin learned that her quest based on the Scrolls of Pythia were not in fact wrong – she was the dying leader bringing humanity to find Earth before she passed away (MAJOR tears from me in like, every one of her scenes). Adama bid good-bye to both of his loves – his ship and his mate (more tears). Starbuck at last completed the mission she was given and could rest in peace. We’ll never really know who or what she was in the last season, but does it really matter? Chief goes off to found what I assume will be Ireland or Scotland, which is totally hot, and I will go live with him there. Maybe we can invite “Admiral Hoshi” with us? How about that business – my little gay man as acting admiral – holy frak! And lastly, Tigh and Ellen can walk off into the sunset living the life of love and leisure they hoped for so many years ago. What a cute couple.
And I’d like to give a little shout-out for the best line of the finale, bar none – Roslin to Doc Cottle, after she thanks him profusely for all his help, and he doesn’t know what to say – “don’t spoil your image, just go light a cigarette and grumble.” HAHAHAHA!!!! Awesome – such a great insider joke meant for the loyal fans.
There are some folks out there already decrying the finale, but for me it was an elegant way to end the show on a high note. The parable-like message was clear – those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. It also had a nice little green planet message – a return to an agrarian society, which was really cool. And I loved the final moments – showing us to our faces that our society is on the verge of creating its own Cylons – will we learn from what books, TV and movies have taught us about that so many times before?
As for the series as a whole, I’m grateful to the writers, the crew, and the incredible cast for giving us years of exquisite television. BSG delved into fascinating characters that truly resonanted with me in a way that few shows ever accomplish. It gave me a new way of looking at our country, our society, and our world. To say I learned more about the Iraq War from watching Battlestar Galactica than any other source is indicative of how powerful and personal a show it was.
It’s time to bid adieu to this smart, provocative and relevant political drama. Farewell, Galactica.
Are you tired of the winter blahs on TV? Dreading another titular top 12 on American Idol? Wondering when Heidi Klum will ever grace your screen again? Grrrrrl – I feel you. So when the boob tube is bumming you out, just remember three things:
Carla is crazy/awesome on Top Chef! You go, girl!
Battlestar Galactica is nearly over, but we can count on Starbuck to tell us where to go!
And you do NOT want to mess with Mama Sun on Lost.
(That last one is totally on my desktop right now.)
The following post contains vital plot points from the season premieres of Battlestar Galactica and Lost. If you haven’t seen them and don’t want to be spoiled - move along…
So let’s talk about all the mind-frakking, time-bending chaos of this week’s stellar episodes! So very much to think about; I’m going to break each premiere down into 5 key discussion points.
1. Earth. Earth kind of sucks. Earth is radioactive. But the real issue here is that Earth was populated entirely by Cylons in human form! The much talked about 13th tribe turned out to not be humans after all. But of course there are questions raised – who nuked the planet? And how do our 4 most recent Cylons have memories of living there, yet up until now believed they were always human?
2. D’Anna. She stayed behind, so that’s the last of the #3 model (that we know of). Executive Producer Ron Moore has confirmed that Lucy Lawless would only appear in this episode. It makes me a little sad, but I’m guessing it falls under “tying up a loose end.”
3. Dualla. Oh no, no, no! This was just heartbreaking. Who doesn’t love Dee? And now she is gone. I admit right up until the last moment, I thought her mind was somewhere else – perhaps that she was the final Cylon? I know a lot of internet boards have buzzed about that for awhile. Regardless, she will be so very missed.
4. Mental breakdowns. Roslin has lost it – Pythia let her down! Adama has lost it – but Tigh won’t shoot him! And I suspect that Dualla’s death is one more thing that’s sending Gaeta over the edge until he…what? The man has a plan, but it’s unclear what that is yet. Could he have a way to find a habitable planet where Roslin and Starbuck have failed? And will he ever frak Hoshi on camera?
5. The final Cylon. I admit, I hadn’t even considered that Ellen could be the fifth. Her character has always been rather tangential, which begs the question – what does it mean? I assume there are connections deeper than Ellen’s marriage to Tigh which will link her into the greater mythology of the show, so we have much more to learn. Also I’m holding a thought in the back of my mind that perhaps this is just a confused vision on Tigh’s part, and that the final Cylon is still out there. Unlikely, I know – but I’ve learned not to take anything on this show at face value!
1. Time skipping. It’s an odd theory of Faraday’s and a bit hard to understand, but the effects are clear – time travel more disorienting than an episode of Quantum Leap! Is it any wonder that a certain red-headed Brit is starting to get a bloody nose? Get that woman a constant, stat!
2. Ana Lucia. I know we kind of hated her on the show for a long time, but wasn’t it nice to see her again? That was probably my favorite scene of the night. “Libby says hi.” HA!
3. Three years earlier. I know this is a little thing, but isn’t it odd to see an actual time stamp before a flashback? I feel like it’s telling us something beyond the obvious, but…I don’t know what that is. It’s one of those situations where I’m sure it’s an easter egg, but it probably isn’t.
4. Characters evolving. I love that Sun is now a total bad-ass. She just rocks. Sawyer, meanwhile, has gone a little soft (and I finally find him attractive). Aaron is suddenly very big, conveniently. Also I thought it was interesting to see Bernard and Rose featured so prominently for a bit until I realized – there’s like no one left! Take away the Oceanic 6, Walt, Ben and Desmond who are off the island. Locke is off hunting, and Claire is communing with her dead father. The list of dead Losties is long (Michael and Jin being the latest). That leaves just Bernard, Rose, Sawyer and Vincent (with Julia and the freighter folk along for the ride). Looks like it’s time for new characters! Although we finally saw the return of Miss Hawking, so maybe more oldies but goodies are on their way.
5. Neil. I totally called it. Out of the blue we have this annoying Lostie who was previously unnamed, but is suddenly at the forefront yelling at Bernard. And then I see – he’s wearing a red shirt! I was all, “Scott, that guy is a total redshirt, he’s dead at the first opportunity.” THWAP! Flaming arrow through the chest. Sometimes I *heart* the writers so much!
So now it’s your turn to talk about these shows – what did you think? And where do you think things are going next?
Battlestar Galactica‘s final episodes are coming in January, but in the meantime you can enjoy the mini-episode being broadcast weekly. It’s a serialized solo adventure for Lt. Gaeta, who seems to have several skeletons in his closet (so to speak).
You can find the episodes on SciFi or YouTube. Or to make things easier, just follow along from the good folks at Galactica Sitrep who are posting them as they become available.