March 20, 2009

Goodbye Battlestar Galatica

Tonight marks the series finale of 'Battlestar Galactica.' I was a latecomer to the show.

I didn't start watching it until sometime during season three. Before some of you purists have a fit let me clarify by saying that I didn't just jump right in to the show. Thanks to the magic of Netflix I was able to start from the beginning and catch up.

Initially I was a bit hesitant to watch. I watched the original series and figured that there was no reason to watch this one. I have fond memories of taking the Universal Studios Tour and going through the BSG section. I still remember that cylon that would talk to us.

Anyway, I didn't get caught up in the questions about whether the show spent too much time moralizing or preaching. I don't watch sci-fi for lessons in morality or ethics. I get that sort of stuff from more appropriate places.

It was the interaction between the characters that really drove the show for me. The people made it fun to watch. So tonight I'll be curious to see if it really does a good job of tying up the loose ends. Tonight we'll see if they answer what happened to Starbuck and all of the other questions.

I rather expect that it is going to end a bit like The Sopranos. Some of us are going to love it and some of us are going to hate it. For now we'll just have to wait and see.


Anonymous said...

Ya, it was a load of carp. Eick and Moore did pull another "The Prisoner" finale, leaving plenty of unanswered questions and inconsistencies to plot elements they littered along the way. Essentially, they were sloppy, lazy, and lacked the imagination of skilled sci fi writers. Moore in the finale 'special' even admitted to 'winging it' with plot elements along the way, having no clue where it should go; he did whatever made sense at the moment and got him out of whatever lame cornered he painted himself into. They did what no cylon could do- they killed the franchise. I certainly won't be buying it on DVD and Blu-Ray, not after that catacylsmic failure of an ending.

Anonymous said...

Fellow Anonymous...

You're making it seem like they jumped the shark. Of course, not all parts of the finale will satisfy the arm-chair writers and directors like yourself. Looking at it: Eick and Moore pulled together all major loose ends and left the viewers with enough to imagine the directions their favorite characters would take. It was far better than many other finales out there... didn't drag on, but didn't cut things short. I say "well done" and thank you for 4 seasons of fantastic television.