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March 22nd, 2009


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02:00 am - Battlestar Galactica Finale
Wow, that finale was impressively disappointing and overly wacky. I enjoyed the dancing robots, and I enjoyed both the flashback with Laura Roslin on a date with a former student and Baltar and Caprica Six suddenly realizing that both of them could see an angel who appeared as the other. Beyond that, it was a mess. We have technological resurrection and brain downloading, as well as actual visionary angels with externally verifiable existence and people returning from the dead in some mystical fashion. Give that the original (and IMHO laughably terrible) BSG featured a cameo appearance by the Devil, this level of supernatural wackiness to some degree fit, but it was no less silly. Of course, all this was still far less silly than the idea that 35,000+ people would all suddenly decide to give up all of their technology and pretty much doom 95% of them to death by starvation or predators in the next year or two (if not the next month or two). Glossing over that fact that Lee Adama's obviously terrible idea mysteriously gained the support of all or almost all of the refugees was beyond ludicrous.

OTOH, we visited alephnul, skelkins, & hereville, and they suggested that you could make it all make perfect sense if when the Galactica jumped to Earth, they couldn't find the fleet, and so the fleet had gone on to some unknown destiny among the stars, while the thousand or so survivors of Galactica, and their handful of battered raptors and vipers were forced to set down on Earth before the Galactica completely broke up. Then, it wouldn't be a matter of giving up technology as much as not having anything beyond one survival kit for every three or four people and a few crates of unreplacable medicines and rations. I liked much of the show, but I've rarely seen an ending that made less sense. The only good explanation is that whatever god was involved in all this was playing with the people like pawns and influence them all to give up their technology so that all that they would leave behind would be Hera's genetics. In any case, I'm very glad that we watched T: SCC & Dollhouse last night, since both were far more worth seeing than BSG (which is something that I never thought that I'd say about any episode of Dollhouse).
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From:pompe
Date:March 22nd, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)
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Without having read anything of your post below the cut I'd like to convey my relief that I'm not the only one who is bound to be disappointed.
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From:aekiy
Date:March 22nd, 2009 11:55 am (UTC)
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Completely agreed. I also thought it was horrifically ridiculous that one man doomed all humanity out of a petty need for vengeance, and everyone was OK with this and he faced no consequences for it—not to mention the obvious failing of addressing technology as humanity's primary enemy. Ew.
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From:rhiannasilel
Date:March 23rd, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
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A friend and I were discussing this in IM last night and we both came to the conclusion that the script was like that 10 page paper you were supposed to write all semester but kept putting off until the day before it was due and then rushed something together at the last minute just so you didn't get a failing grade.

There were a few things about the episode I did like in the first half and they really could have done a lot with what they had to work with but it was like they threw it all together without really caring. It was definitely a disappointment.
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From:lanithro
Date:March 23rd, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
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I thought it was phenomenally silly too. From Lee Adama's horrible idea to magical disappearing Starbuck to the Chief ruining the last chance for humans peacefully coexisting with Cavill's faction of cylons due to poor impulse control.

I didn't hate it, but it seemed like cheating to promise to explain everything and for that promised explanation to then be "It was God all along! Ahahaha!"

And the last minute and a half... was... er... bad.

On a more positive note, I really liked Baltar's fate. On one hand, he had redeemed himself somewhat to be worthy of Six (who I think also achieved redemption over the course of the series) but his eventual punishment for his crimes was hilarious and horrible at the same time. Here's a chap with relentless ambition and delusions of grandeur who clawed himself out of his working-class roots on ability and charm and ruthless will to succeed... and he ends back up as a farmer for the rest of his life.
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From:hygelakthedread
Date:March 23rd, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
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I'd avoided seasons 3 and 4, not liking the way things were going, and waited until the end before deciding whether to invest the time in watching it all.

Glad I waited. That ending was so bad, it went back and made the miniseries and first season suck. Sort of like the Matrix movies.

"Wait, everything they did had no meaning, because GOD was guiding them all along." Um... suck!

I went to Half Price Books yesterday and sold my DVDs of the miniseries and first season (fortunately, I'd only ever borrowed Season 2). Why bother ever watching them again?
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From:heron61
Date:March 23rd, 2009 07:31 am (UTC)
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I liked the 2nd Matrix movie more than the first, and enjoyed most of the last one. OTOH, despite looking interesting, after seeing that, I'm vastly more dubious about watching Caprica.

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