Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Battlestar Galactica Series Finale

Didn't love it.

Remember the first few seasons opened with some text about the premise of the series, stating that the Cylons were made by made, rebelled, and then tried to wipe us out? That always ended with the words "And they have a plan." Well, they got rid of that for the last season because it became pretty obvious that they Cylones didn't have a plan. Or, at least, the writers never had a plan. One of the great things about this series was all of the incredible plot twists, mysteries, and enigmatic moments. And when it was finally time to wrap up them all, it just didn't happen.

But I liked it.

If you were looking for a culmination of those extended plotlines or any kind of explanation or real resolution -- and who wasn't? -- it's hard to believe you'd watch this and not be let down. At the end of the day, almost all of the questions were answered with "It was God." We're talking about a literal deux ex machina. Who was Starbuck? An angel or emissary of God. Who were the mysterious Six and Baltar that only those two could see and hear? They were angels or emissaries of god. What was the significance of Hera? She was a tool used to work God's will.

This was all very well done, well written, well acted, and entertaining. But it wasn't science fiction. And, frankly, it wasn't satisfying on any real, emotional level. Anybody can come up with a lot of cray ideas and plot lines, but to ultimately explain it all by saying it was God is ultimately cheap and lazy.

But I liked it. The acting, as always, was first rate, Baltar and Six were finally given things to do, and that opening space battle was one of the best I've ever seen.

But it would've been nice to not have the entire four seasons culminate with a literal deus ex machina. But that's just me.

But even forgetting that, there were too many other things that just didn't make sense to me.

Why was Romo Lampkin elected president? How did that happen? Was he really next in line? How was he the least bit qualified?

Why did everybody agree to completely give up on their technology and live off of the land? I just didn't buy that for a second.

Why did elder Adama fly away and abandon his son and the colony? His girlfriend died about ten minutes into his trip. He really never wants to see his son again? He never wants to see his friends again? I just didn't believe that at all.

But, ultimately, it was ok. I enjoyed it. But it did put a slight damper on the series as a whole, since looking back at some of the best moments and plots and realizing that they would end with such a lackluster explanation (that is to say, no explanation) sucks.

But it's still one of the best TV shows of all time.

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