How much fun would the series finale of a show as good as Battlestar Galactica be without a little discussion? No fun at all, that’s how much. That would be my sign to share thoughts on the show and how they wrapped things up. This is also you the reader’s chance to praise or vent on what you loved and hated about the show.
If you have not yet seen any episodes of Battlestar Galactica, it is highly recommended that you not read any further! There will be pretty thorough coverage of this finale and the last thing we want is for things to be ruined for those who haven’t had the chance to enjoy this amazing show. I’m going to do my best not to explain every last detail, but important segments will obviously not be spoiler-free.
The biggest fear that fans of the show had was that Ronald D. Moore and David Eick wouldn’t be able to close out the show cleanly. So many things had happened; so many things were going on; so many fragile areas. One wrong move could possibly ruin everything and this was a very delicate situation to approach. One thing was for sure going into all of this: some people would love it and some would hate it, so it was all about trying to make it as complete and appealing as possible.
For myself personally, there were a few things I was really looking for them to do here.
One was to eventually find a place to rebuild humanity. Throughout the show’s existence, there was always a search for this mythical place called “Earth” — a search that didn’t turn out so well when it came down to it. But because of the importance of this search, I felt the show wouldn’t be complete without them finding somewhere to land; somewhere to call home. In the episodes leading up to the two-part finale, there was no “goal,” no place they were trying to get to, so my hopes of this happening were becoming dim.
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The second thing I was personally hoping for was unification. The most logical thing that needed to happen to save the human race was for the humans and Cylons to rise up together. They had discovered that human and Cylon could procreate, so it was only a natural and smart solution to consider. To me, there didn’t seem to be another fathomable way to close things properly.
Last of these things was: loose ends. One thing that tears at me when something of this magnitude is coming to a close, is making sure that every last detail is made sense of. There’s nothing worse than a big gaping whole in your mythology, most especially when there is never to be another show that might explain it.
Now that we know what I was personally looking for, we can talk about what went down!
The first hour of tonight’s two-hour long finale was about as intense as Galactica has ever been. It consisted of the one-way mission to find and rescue the child Hera from the still-evil Cylons who were performing tests on her. I have nothing but good things to say about this first hour. It was everything a BSG fan could ask for in drama, intensity, action, devastation, and survival. While most people probably wanted the entire episode to be like this, I was ecstatic that it only was the first part. This one hour brought everything together; it aligned the stars, and set up the show’s closure perfectly.
After the chaos had calmed down just a bit, the savior in Starbuck uses that song we all know so well as the key to Galactica’s final jump. A jump that took them to the Earth they had thought never existed.
The next half of the show is where people will find the most to dislike and the most to discuss or maybe even argue! This half shows everyone finally on a planet (our Earth complete with Moon) they can safely inhabit. Instead of taking all of the ships and technologies that they have, they send the dying Galactica along with everything else into the fires of the sun. With only supplies and a few smaller ships to get around, they begin anew, sending groups of people all over the different continents in order to spread themselves out and begin re-population among some of the tribal and completely primitive people who already seem to live on the planet.
The biggest twist of the night — and this is the major spoiler of this post… last warning — is when we are whisked off 150,000 years into the future and we realize that we’re looking at our very own modern-day New York City. Yes, indeed, Galactica went all Star Wars on us (A long time ago… and such), and it turns out this whole show was actually taking place hundreds of thousands of years before us, and not in the distant future as it seemed.
For me personally, I loved the finale. In a world where we’re used to finale’s being major let downs, I think it’s very difficult for anyone to be critical of BSG‘s. It had all that we loved about the show, it covered most bases, and most importantly, there was some good, clean finality to it all.
Although I did love the show, I can understand where people may be let down. I wasn’t big on the whole “this is the past, not the future” fast one they pulled on us at all. That little twist attempts to take some of Galactica OUT of its fictitious realms, and tries to insert itself into our very own reality. Doing this raises questions like “IF this was how it happened, why are we still evolving as we are now? Wouldn’t this alien civilization have passed along their knowledge of the English language and of their technologies, allowing us to be much further along than we are?” and other very curious head-scratchers that may or may not have answers. Keep in mind, this show is all about the rise and fall of mankind repeating over and over (it’s happened before, it will happen again), so theoretically, this could actually make some sense.
I would have much rather they kept it as a futuristic story, maybe finding an Earth-like planet, or if they needed to find Earth, have it be habitable… maybe even have humans already there and advanced. We’re at a time where we’re sending out satellites to find literally hundreds of suspected Earth-like planets that we’ve never been able to reach, so the thought of other evolved civilizations finding us is more realistic than ever, and would have maybe fit Galactica‘s finale more comfortably.
Overall, though, I don’t look at any of this negatively, or as a failure. Again, I loved the finale, I love how it played out, and I’m completely content with the show as a whole. If you try too hard to find things to hate, you might just miss out on all of the beautiful things there are to love.
One answer we never received, was “Who the hell is this Daniel dude?” We’ve covered the prequel series that’s coming — Caprica — quite a bit, and my personal guess was always that Daniel was Eric Stoltz‘s Daniel Graystone character. We have to keep in mind that while the BSG series is over, Caprica as well as the two-hour TV movie Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, which shows some of the events from the Cylon perspective, may still hold answers. I certainly would not be at all shocked if this wasn’t the last we heard of the Galactica world. We’ve seen it plenty of times. If you build a great science fiction world, it can always come back for more.
Now it’s your turn! We want to hear what you guys thought of the Battlestar Galactica series finale. What made you smile, what made you furious; what do you agree or disagree with me about; we want to know!
Feel free to let your thoughts scream in the comments below.
Thanks for the ride, Galactica, and farewell… for now.