Final Thoughts on the Final BSG

*** Warning – contains spoilers from the series finale***

I think I was one of the few people out there that enjoyed the mostly fitting send-off for Battlestar Galatica. The first hour was an edge-of-your-seat space battle, and the second hour was trying to give the last remnants of the shredded cylon and humanity races something they’ve been chasing from day one; a clean slate. In most of the forums I’ve read, people are upset the vision of 150,000 years into the future of the series (our present) was a heavy handed warning addressing our quest to become technologically advanced. The robots will destroy their creators, therefore completing the circle of violence throughout the thousands of years. Watch out all you humans/cylons on Earth! The only reason one would have such a reaction to this ‘message’, is if this scenario is somewhat plausible. And it is. Preaching only hits home and measures such acceptance or outrage if there is any sort of inward truth that can be extracted.

As I’ve had a few days to digest the episode, there were many things I loved.

1.) Baltar and Six. From reuniting in combat armor to their priceless reactions regarding their “angels”, these moments really signified why I fell in love with them from the beginning. It was interesting to see their character arcs and I truly enjoyed the ride. It also made me think about how RL society views those with any sort of secular or spiritual bias. Baltar was made to look like he was nuts as time progressed. Hell, he had his own religious following that in both the setting of BSG and arguably in RL were seen as extreme cultists.

Turns out at least in this dimension, he wasn’t that crazy after all.

2.) Finding Earth — If you trace back how they ended up there, you see that without Kara’s death in season 3, she couldn’t have come back as an angel, she couldn’t have accepted so quickly that her own husband was a cylon, and she would not have had that vision of her father/God that gave her the notes for the jump coordinates. It did all fit into place. Those numbers assigned to musical notes would not have worked had Hera not been abducted. Hera couldn’t have been abducted if she weren’t special and valuable to Cavil. Hell, Hera wouldn’t have been possible if Helo hadn’t given up his place on the Raptor to Baltar and met Athena on Cylon Occupied Caprica. Hera wouldn’t have been special to Cavil if the resurrection hub wasn’t destroyed. If the hub wasn’t destroyed, there would be no urgency to actually making life count.

Really, the jump to Earth just followed the “plan” set forth on day one.

3.) The Space Battle at the Colony – I really enjoyed it. Some of the more memorable moments in this series were the battles. I can remember some episodes where I pumped my fist in victory after a fight. This hour elicited the same response.

4.) The send off for Galactica – Galatica went out in style and really emphasized that even when we are at death’s door and we feel we are broken beyond the fix, each one of us the strength to do great things. This ship was the ultimate metaphor for humanity. Sending her into the sun with the rest of the fleet was fitting as she was returned to the elements from which she was made. We let her go instead of holding onto her for our own selfish desires. That metaphor really rang true throughout this ending as well. Everything from Adama accepting Roslin’s death, to Lee uttering that Kara would not be forgotten after she faded.

5.) Tori’s and Cavil’s Death – They had it coming. Tori’s was more fulfilling than Cavil’s, but one could not have happened without the other. When the download of resurrection was interrupted by Chief breaking Tori’s neck for her treachery, Cavil realized in the ensuing chaos that it would never be possible to gain the knowledge to rebuild the cylon forces. Being the control freak he was, he figured out how outnumbered he was and decided to take his own life, instead of someone making that choice for him. While it may have seemed out-of-character for a lot of people, Cavil made it clear he was a machine. A machine with a mathematical basis for life. He ran the numbers and found pulling the trigger to be the only option. Had he been human, those pesky emotions would have played a bigger part.

Things I did not like.

1.) Kara as angel. While Ron Moore was happily doling out happy endings, I was saddened to see that Lee and Kara would never be together in this new life. To have her simply blink away and have Lee be okay with it (after just losing his father), was shitty. “The Harbinger of Death” moniker is confusing as well. Cylons proved they could reproduce given the right circumstances. So could humans and furthermore humans/cylons. For a line that caused Kara so much angst, I just felt it didn’t weigh into the ending at all. Apparently, Ron Moore has said that Daniel was not her father, either and that it was a red herring. What the fuck. It would have made her character so much more compelling and ultimately explained a lot. Why couldn’t she be a hylon and resurrect? Instead, she was the Jesus in this series. Reborn only to disappear without a bodily death at the end, only after leading people to salvation.

2.) Adama disappearing into the sunset with a dying Roslin. Initially, I thought that Adama was going to commit suicide when Roslin died as they needed to get rid of the last raptor. What a fitting ending it would have been that after everything, he gave up his life to be with Roslin on the other side. We find out angels did exist, why not an afterlife? After leading humanity to the planet they deserved, he would have chosen love above all else. There were parts in the show where he was pill popping that made a lot of people think he was on his way out too. It’s almost like that was what the writers were going to do, but ended up chickening out at the last minute. For someone who was all about family, his decision to leave Lee was out of character if he were to remain alive.

All-in-all, I did enjoy the ending. I wept for both their newfound happiness and for their losses. I was satisfied the way the series said goodbye. For all the other people who are so upset with the secular/spiritual overtones, it just comes down to belief. Which if you ask me, was one of the hardest things anyone in this series or in this life has to do. Belief will ultimate trump science in the end, because it will not be our technology that will ultimately define us as humans. It will be the underlying theme of this series — love. But then again, I’m a sappy, utopian, happy ending loving drama queen.

Thanks for the ride, Ron.

One thought on “Final Thoughts on the Final BSG

  1. ed says:

    I thought Adama was going into the sun for a moment myself, but after all he’s been through, he just wants to be alone, not in charge or responsable for everyone any more. Can’t blame him, hell of a last tour.

    Interesting note: Hera = Mitochondrial eve…

    Every human on earth is her descendent. That means none of the ‘survivors’ had children. Nor did any of the hunters spawn, cept for her spawn…

    That struck me as odd. And for any one to gripe at the last montage, it’s almost homage/full circle for Clarke and Asimov’s foundations of Sci Fi/robotics…

    It is the question that IS the question. We can see it comming, do we let skynet go active?

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