Saturday, March 21, 2009

Battlestar Galactica: My Final Analysis

Scifi fans around the planet are waking up this morning with the final thoughts of the very depressing series finale of Battlestar Galactica. Depressing, it was, and much of a let down. I have to disagree with the LA Times writeup on the series finale.

We knew from the storyline there would be a showdown with Cavil. We also knew Galactica was ready for the bone-yard, and that meant they were gonna have to take root somewhere else. I was just hoping it was not a sad ending where 38,000 people abandon ship, and live out their last days on the only inhabitable planet within a million light years of their home.

I watched it both times it aired last night and into this morning. I was hoping I had missed some details that would possibly cheer me up, but no. By the end of the 2 hour and 11 minute epic episode, I was looking at the clock asking "is it over yet? Enough already."

The closures were disappointing. For those who survived, they settled on various parts of this mostly uninhabited, but fertile planet. Turned out to be the Neanderthal period of Earth's history. While the last sequences try to make us believe it was a different Earth, but we know it was just time travel. The two Angels, the likenesses of Six and Baltar, have been in control of everything. Almost like a big game that God was playing with humanity. Oh I forgot, he doesn't like to be referred to as "God".

The mystery of Hera, wasn't a mystery at all. So 150,000 years later scientists find the remains of a child that held the DNA of all humans. Being a child it is unlikely she had any direct descendants. It was allot about nothing when all was said and done. Did you catch the shameless cameo by Ron Moore holding the National Geographic magazine while Six read it?

Starbuck was an angel? All those cryptic scenes with the pictures she drew and the music, all so she could input the right coordinates to jump Galactica to Earth? Then she just disappeared? This was a major letdown.

The confrontation with Cavil culminates in the CIC where Cavil and his followers back down. Cavil is promised resurrection in return for him giving up the fight, for good. To do this, the final five have to put their hands in the hybrid tank. Tory had her final "soapbox" moment when she realizes Galen is about to find out she killed his wife. I was hoping they would defer to their enlightened Cylon side; hoping their Cylon brethren would realize they've all done stuff to be ashamed of. But Galen freaks out and kills Tory. In the process, the shaky cease fire they just called is broken, Cavil is killed, and the idea of "resurrection" is never mentioned again.

Saul and Ellen go off to Earth with the masses and live happily ever after. Lee, and now President Lampkin, along with 38,000 or so survivors split up and go to different land masses. Galen goes to an uninhabited island in the northern hemisphere, by himself. Ho hum ho hum.

Laura dies, and Admiral Adama buries her. What I don't understand is why he leaves and Lee and Starbuck know he's not coming back?

Sam, who is the hybrid for Galactica, steers the fleet's ships away from Earth to the Sun. Part of that 'disposing of technology because of where it got us the first time' kinda' thing. Besides it would contaminate the natural progression of life on the planet. It's so Star Trek, and very much not in character of Battlestar Galactica.

They still keep the door open for more storylines, though. The scene with Baltar telling Six that he will help her get the information she needs would suggest some things do repeat themselves. The Centurion Cylons were given the Bayship and allowed to go their merry way. After 150,000 years, who can know how they have evolved or what civilizations they have altered or conquered.

This could explain the premise for the original Battlestar Galactica where the Cylons were an alien race not (known to be) invented by man.

Finally, we had the plug for MSNBC at the very end. I thought it added a nice flair to an otherwise sullen and drabby finale.

John Crawford

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1 comment:

Adam Pieniazek said...

I actually thoroughly enjoyed the finale. The way they ended it fit into the show's big point that it might be a story about these space-faring humans and robots but in the end it was a critique of our society. The way they ended it was how the story was organically supposed to end. In the end, the show was a cloaked warning to our society, very much like 1984 and The Matrix.

I literally would not change anything about the finale. What would you have done differently if you were behind the scenes?