Farewell Battlestar Galactica

After watching the last episode of Battlestar Galactica (the reimagined series), I can’t help but feel sad. While I liked some seasons less than others, as a whole it was a great series and one of my favorite shows. Now that it’s all over, I can’t help but feel kind of empty inside. The writers tied everything together as best they could and I’m glad it went out with a bang instead of dragging on (Lost, I’m talking to you) but I still feel sad.

Spoiler-filled post after the jump.

I was disappointed with a few things in the finale. Hera’s role, which was hyped up to be so important ended up being a let down. I couldn’t believe what they reduced her character to. Yeah, yeah, I know being the ancestor of all the modern humans on Earth 2 is important and all, but what about all the other humans from the fleet who went out and populated the world? NONE of their offspring survived?

The whole Kara Thrace mystery still has me guessing. Did she just die on the raptor the first time, and then became a figment of EVERYONE in the fleet’s imagination, kind of like Head Baltar and Head Six? That’s not very believable. Did she resurrect? Is she still human? Why did she disappear? All that confused me.

Some of the flashbacks where gratuitous and served no purpose. Saul and Ellen getting drunk at the bar didn’t really reveal anything or mean anything to me. Boomer’s “I’ll owe you one” would have been a good idea if the writers didn’t beat us over the head with it three times in ten minutes. I could have gone without that flashback.

Roslin’s whole death was a bore. Maybe it’s just me, but I just couldn’t stand her character. It was too earth-mother for me and I couldn’t wait for her to die. The only sadness I felt regarding her character was that Adama was in love with her.

Also, I could have done without the heavy-handed, “Technology is going to be your detriment, humans!” moral at the end. I think if it just ended with Lee turning around and Kara disappearing, it would have been 10x better.

Despite all these complaints, I couldn’t stop crying at the end. I’m happy that the humans and cylons found Earth 2, but when Gaius said, “I know about farming” in that way, I just started bawling. Just the fact that they had all been out in space so long and finally found what they were looking for was so touching.

My favorite part of this season was that when the hybrid and Sam-hybrid both told Kara that she would “bring them to their end,” it actually came true, but not in the way most expected. She didn’t bring her people to the end (as in death), but to the end of their journey — finding salvation.

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Comments

  1. Scott says

    Well said dude. I feel very much the same way. I feel empty now it’s over. I loved the show and the finale. I feel so connected to the characters. They’ve been a part of my life for so many years. My hat goes off to all involved. I just wish it could have kept going on forever. I share your sadness. So Say We All.

  2. says

    Awww, I know how you feel. I wasn’t a Battlestar fan but I watched Stargate Atlantis and that recently got booted as well. Sadness 🙁

  3. says

    Exactly. A lot of the sadness and emptiness is saying bye bye to the characters. Even though it was a “happy” ending, the show ending makes it feel like they’re dead.

  4. Scott says

    Yeah totally. I also feel the finale left us with a sense of melancholy. How they all just dispersed off into the various parts of the planet. It was just so sad. To leave their technology behind and become tribal people living off the land – a huge thing to decide upon. Then to connect it all to our own existence at the end, was an interesting move by Ron Moore, and I’m sure some people didn’t like it, but I felt it was a nice way to close the series. Not only that it really touched me deeply. Suffice to say I have never felt like I do now after any other TV series, movie, or book. So yeah, again, awesome. And it’s nice to find blogs like this to share our sentiments. Cheers, Scott.

  5. JD says

    I too was sadnessed by the end of this journey.
    In many ways, there was a connection with the characters that was real … as real as a Sci-Fi show can be.

    These characters showed the good sides and the bad of all of us. BSG moved away from what made the show successful in the later seasons.

    In the last season, they recovered ALOT of lost ground, but still didnt quite live up to my expectations of the show in the end.

    The finale was good but they lacked a cohesiveness to the myriad of loss ends that had been unravelled during the previous episodes.

    My final two cents …

    – Apollo should have stayed a Viper Pilot = Politics sapped the life out of this character

    – Boomer = Flat out disappointment

    – Baltar – Someone should have offed him in Season 2

    – Agathon = The Man

    – Calle = Just wrong what happened to her

    – Kara = WTF?!?!? No idea here

    – Dualla = WTF!??!?! WHY

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