Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Last Fracking Episode



While David Chase left me a little peeved and unsatisfied with the ending of the Sopranos, Ronald D. Moore and the folks at Battlestar Galactica truly went out with a bang featuring a significant twist at the end of it all.  The final episode of BSG aired last night on Sci Fi / Syfy and did not disappoint.  For those who have not seen said episode and do not want to be spoiled, I'm giving you about 25 lines of space between the rest of the post.  Come back later and read after you've watched....
























...still here?  Good.  The two hour finale did not drag on at all and seemed more like a one-hour episode.  This is probably because it was action packed from start to finish.  The whole invasion of the Cylon base ship was thrilling television and featured some solid visual effects.  The cylon-on-cylon metal-on-metal battle scenes were really well done.  I especially enjoyed the post-invasion scenes on Galactica as Roslin, Athena, Six and Baltar were searching for Hera.  The here and now was a near-exact parallel of the earlier visions the characters had of looking for Hera in the Opera House.  When Baltar and Six looked up to see the final five positioned exactly as they were in the vision, I thought the payoff was well worth it.  After a botched attempt at a truce (thanks to Tory receiving a much deserved neck-break courtesy of Tyrol), all hell breaks loose and Starbuck is forced to jump to coordinates she realizes are part of the music notation Hera painted in an earlier episode.  

It just so happens that the jump leads them to "real" Earth and the crew takes a raptor down to Africa.  After all the metal cylons (centurions?) jump in the base ship and fly it away, Admiral Adama orders all of the remaining fleet to be flown into the sun by Anders.  Essentially the human race is starting over with no trace of technology remaining.  After Starbuck disappears (WTF?) and Roslin finally succumbs to cancer (please give Mary McDonnell an Emmy for this season!), we fast forward 150,000 years!  The last tease is a news report revealing that Hera turns out to be the ancestor of the entire present-day human race.  Everyone on the planet today descended from the human-cylon hybrid.  MINDFREAK!!!

Overall I thought the end to an outstanding television series was a fitting one.  We wrapped most all of the loose ends with the exception of Starbuck.  Can anyone explain why she just vanished?  And why Lee didn't question it at all?  I'm a bit disappointed that my favorite character on the show was not given a proper send-off.  The end twist was awesome though and well worth the wait.  It's completely plausible that advanced intelligent life could have existed elsewhere in the galaxy and stumbled upon Earth hundreds of thousands of years ago only to start over from scratch.  Much better than some random Journey song playing in a diner.

Caprica is the next show I'll be watching on Syfy and we saw previews of it during this final BSG (it looks like "frack" will be carried over to the new series as well).  It looks to be more of a planet-bound drama.  I'll miss the space scenes that BSG did so well but since Caprica is another Ronald D. Moore product, I'm definitely jumping on-board.  

3 comments:

Stacey said...

I just finished watching it and was less impressed with the finale. It felt a little sloppy to me but did wrap up a lot of the plotlines in cool ways. Remember Gaius' angels sermons? I think that explains Kara's "disappearance" while talking with Lee. I only cried once - Adama and Laura's scene of course. I measure a show by how much it makes me cry which is still why I watch Grey's Anatomy :-) I did not like the Angel/Devil Gaius and Six in modern day Earth but it does demonstrate the shape of things that could come...

Kevin R. said...

Starbuck was an angel or something, sort of like Head-Six and Head-Baltar, but not really (since everyone could see her, etc.). But the same idea. And so when she completed her 'mission', she vanished.

My thoughts: http://www.alarak.com/acheron/?p=151

Mommy, Esq. said...

I did not like it. Not at all realistic that they would abandon technology - not at all consistent with human nature. Also did not like the 150k years later bit. Leave them in the grasses and it would have been more powerful. Overall though a great series.