The babbling about the end of Battlestar Galactica…

…begins after the cut.


…are you fucking kidding me? Honda’s Asmio robot spells our doom? Seriously?

Never mind the nuclear sword of Damocles that hangs above our heads, or that it’s suspended with the Rope of Intolerance from the Incredibly Shaky Beam of Environmental Collapse? If we’re not nice to our thinking machines, then we’re doomed? Man, frak that.

The coda was a let down. A long time ago, Rick Wadholm said in a critique session that he didn’t trust ghosts, and now I know why. Ghosts are cheating. Angels and demons and all that crap: they’re just narrative devices, and they’re a reminder that everything we’re watching is a lie. The emotional endings that Roslin and Adama and everyone earned, all undone by Ghost Baltar and Ghost Six and Our Blessed Savior Starbuck. No dice, man.

Just as well that SciFi is undergoing its metamorphosis, shedding its skin to become the marketing bastard that is SyFy. Like Derek said on Twitter, “In like a lion, out with a meh.”

I’m glad I saw this. I’m glad I saw it through to the end. And now I want nothing more than to get to work on Windswept so I can read an ending that doesn’t piss me off.

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7 Comments

  1. 3/20/2009

    Exactly. It seems like the last six episodes were one huge contortion just to get to the “and that planet was … EARTH!” ending. And … who cares? Of course it was. So what? It felt … and I can’t believe I’m going to say this about BSG … but it felt amateurish.

    That’s for the shout-out, though. ;-)

  2. 3/20/2009

    *Thanks* for the shout-out, I meant.

  3. Mark
    3/20/2009

    Wow. I found the ending of BSG emotionally satisfying and deeply symetrical. Try dropping in the first episode and seeing how the characters trigger reactions within you now. I thought the whole thing was brilliant.

    I had an emotional reaction somewhere between how I felt at the end of ‘The Fountainhead’ by Ayn Rand, and Wuthering Heights, honestly.

    The whole robots take over the world thing is a bit saturday night live, but the purpose of that was to trigger a little more suspension of disbelief, I reckon. It certainly doesn’t wreak the whole series for me. It was just a bit of last minute fun as far as I can tell.

    Why aren’t you more upset about the Starbuck mystic dissappearance with no other expanation, other than she’s like a god? That didn’t piss you off? That was the hardest thing for me. Without that, how did you manage to get pissed off so quickly?

    I don’t get it. You must be looking for things to get upset about after the syfy dissappointment. On the other hand, I spent the last three hours crying like a baby. I don’t like the syfy thing either, but I have to ask, did you watch the whole series closely? Did you connect with anyone in it? Why didn’t you feel anything? What is wrong with you?

    -M

  4. Adam Rakunas
    3/21/2009

    *TWWEEEEEEET*

    15 yard penalty for Mr. Strachan for reading comprehension (“The emotional endings that Roslin and Adama and everyone earned, all undone by Ghost Baltar and Ghost Six and Our Blessed Savior Starbuck. No dice, man.”), followed by a 10 yard penalty for Mr. Rakunas for not clearly stating that the coda pissed him off, followed by a big mug of cocoa because we’re talking about a television show, and, really, that requires some serious cocoa.

    I followed this show from the get-go, man. The second night of the miniseries, I was at my then-girlfriend-now-wife’s apartment, tearing my attention between what Chief and Adama were saying and her clogged and flooding sink. I’ve bought the DVDs just to pass them around to friends and family without cable so they could get on board the Galactica train. Hell, I’ve even sat on a Galacica panel at a science fiction convention with other nerds to talk about the show. I’ve paid my emotional connection dues, and, like I’ve said, the endings for Roslin, Adama, Ellen and Tigh, Athena and Helo, Sam, Baltar and Six, those were all satisfying and earned. Starbuck got short-changed, and now that I’m thinking about it over my cocoa, I think Apollo did, too.

    I’d have given them their goodbye on Galactica, because I would’ve had Starbuck stay with Sam as he guided the fleet into the sun. And, just as things were getting rough, Sam would spring to life, pull Starbuck into the datastream, and she would have seen and understood. We, the audience wouldn’t, and that’s fine, but the character deserved something other than disappearing in a puff of narrative logic.

    And Apollo would utterly and completely embraced his role as leader and taken over New Zealand. Because New Zealand is awesome.

    One last thought: the singularity was so mis-used. It would’ve been cliche to have everyone tumble in just as they did a FTL jump and travel back in time to Kobol, but, hey, I’d have been cool with that. All this has happened before, all this will happen again. But let’s see if we can keep it from happening.

    I’m still not going to be afraid of Asmio, though.

  5. Adam Rakunas
    3/21/2009

    Oh, and Derek gets a twenty yard bonus for being awesome.

  6. Ken
    4/19/2009

    I discovered BSG at the begining of season 4, and thought it was fantastic SciFi, especaily for TV. I quicky rented seasons’ 1- 3 just to get caught up. Not wanting in incure any late fees ( or do spring clean up), I ended up watching the entire series in just a few days, knowing how it ends. Rarely has TV scifi be so rich in drama, story twists and turns and charactor development and arcs. Couple that with cutting edge visual effects and a distictive docu-look presentation, BSG was a real thinking persons SciFi treat. And I applaud SCIFI channel (NBC) for producing it and hope they see the value in future ‘high-minded’ scifi.
    The biggest gripe I read about concerned the lack of closure – yet that’s what I liked about BSG. All to often in current scifi ( ‘Trek,’Gate,’Wars etc) all hell would be happening, yet in the end the charactors pull a rabbit out of the hat and ‘abracadabra’ everything turns out just fine – all your questions are answered, and they live happily ever after. BSG was a welcome change from that. At least it wasn’t as cryptic as 2001!
    Now that BSG has concluded, there is one less reason to watch TV. Winter’s over, it’s time to turn off the TV and get outside.

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