Monday, March 23, 2009

Battlestar Galactica: My Final Analysis, Part II

After thoughts, 23 March 2009

Now that I've had time to get some sleep and think about the final episode with a clear mind, I still wouldn't change my opinions of my previous article. I took some time to research and read some of the other reviews on the Battlestar Galactica finale, and do realize some of my assessments were shortsighted.

The one thing I found about this season of Battlestar Galactica was the story was getting too complicated. This is why I had not written any reviews until this last week. There are many details which, if missed during the first three seasons, would greatly impact the emotional event the show was aiming for this season.

I think that it is a fatal error when a show gets too complicated. If this had been any other show, I would not have taken the time to even comment. But as we all know, Battlestar Galactica literally sucked us in; it was profound, and unique in every way. The actors, actresses, and crew put their whole heart and soul into making this season their best, and among the best entertainment available on television.

As a critic, and as an avid scifi fan, I've grown tired of the depressing stories where fear and intimidation rule. It's hard to find good scifi that doesn't feature the terrorist of the week, the gloom and doom, and all things apocalyptic. Not to mention CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. Battlestar Galactica is all that, and much more.

I understand now that Starbuck was either an Angel or a spirit. Lee saw her viper explode. And in a previous version of this story she crashed her viper on Earth. Her spirit (or angel) later found it. But in the end she discovered who she was and why she was there.

The way the people split up throughout the land masses could be akin ot the twelve tribes of Jacob or maybe more directly related the 12 zodiac signs. We saw that back in season 2(?).

What did happen to Admiral Adama? Did he fly off into the sun like the rest of the vessels? What of his vessel?

Some reviews suggested the colonists were the "missing link" between Neanderthals and civilized humans. It's plausible, but there's not much to go on.

Also, I don't think many people would actually survive in the smaller numbers. They have no technology, which they are accustomed to. They are not accustomed to the elements, farming, or living off the land in any way. We know there were several ice ages in the last 150,000 years, meaning the poles were in different places, as well as deserts, plains, and mountains. I doubt very seriously that many would live more than a few years, and the few who did would have to procreate, and then they would have had to survive.

Forget for a moment that they felt they needed to rid themselves of all technology. They could have kept the ships in orbit and got anything they wanted from the planet. Remember, they do not know when or where they are. As President Lampkin commented, why were they so eager to give up their creature comfort? I don't think they were, and none of us would have been. But it would not have fit into Ron Moore's ending.

Contrary to what they led us to believe, there is definitely room for sequels, prequels, spin-offs, and motion pictures.

So say we all!

John Crawford

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