Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Battlestar Galactica finale, finally!


So, that happened.  Battlestar Galactica has aired its last episode.  For real this time.  Not the "last" episode they aired last year where they got to Earth and no one was there.  No, this is the last one for sure, forever.  Until Caprica and the "from the Cylons perspective" special movie thingy.

But this final finale got me thinking.  Because of all the, uh ... well here's what happened.

***Spoiler Alert***

Okay, the humans and Cylons have formed an uneasy alliance.  A big ole Basestar has been riding with the fleet for awhile and Cylon skin-jobs of various numbers (mainly the chicks) are all over Galactica trying to fix the ship.  Oh yeah, Galactica is old and falling apart.  Fearing that she will only be able to "Hyperspace" jump a couple more times, Admiral Olmos decides to abandon ship and live on the Basestar.

Meanwhile, Boomer, pretending to be Athena who herself once pretended to be Boomer, but whose real name is Sharon, kidnaps Hera - the child of the real Athena and Helo.  So, Admiral Olmos forms a rescue mission and calls for volunteers to infiltrate the Cylon super-secret base and get the child back.  Most of the above-the-line stars sign on - including crazy Baltar.

An elaborate plan is formed and the Galactica jumps to the super-secret Cylon HQ.  Once there, they launch all the ships, ram the station (with the Galactica, no less), and deploy a "ground" assault.  They get the kid, nobody important dies, and after a tense hostage moment with Cylon Al (Dean Stockwell) they decide to make peace with the Cylons.  However when some complicated information exchange with the Final Five and the Cylon HQ hits a snag, everybody starts shooting.  During the firefight, Starbuck - remembering a song from her youth - punches in jump coordinates and the ship zaps away to another star system.

Unfortunately, this proves to be the Old Girl's last jump as re-entry literally breaks the Galactica's back.  (sniff).  The Admiral announces that wherever they are, this is where they're going to stay.  Fortunately, Starbuck's inspired jump coordinates have led them to - wait for it - Earth!  Maybe not their mythical Earth, but the one we're familiar with.

What I didn't mention was a series of Lost-type flashbacks to before the attack on Caprica (the planet, not the hot Cylon chick).  Besides being interesting, I'm not sure why these were included.  Maybe to show how far the characters have come.

Now, since I was watching this on my DVR and not looking at the counter, I had no idea when the show was going to end.  You know how when you're watching a show and you can tell when it's wrapping up by how close to the top of the hour it's getting.  Or on 24 when the clock literally counts down to the end of the episode.  Well, not having this info, as far as I was concerned every "wow" moment could have been the end of the series.  I was very pleased to discover that they wrapped things up quite nicely, even with a cheesy "150, 000 years later" epilogue featuring  Ghost/Hallucination/Angel Baltar and Ghost/Hallucination/Angel Caprica Six.  (Watch for Ron Moore's cameo as the Bearded Guy reading a National Geographic.)

What began as a re-tread, re-imagining of a 70s era TV show, turned into a formidable show in its own right.  Much like Kenneth Branagh's version of Hamlet (or Henry V or Much Ado About Nothing) Ron Moore and David Eick seemingly took the original source material and tuned it to their own liking.  I mean, who would have thought that Apollo and Starbuck were call signs and that Apollo's last name was Adama?  Or that you could make Starbuck, Boomer and the Cylons, women?

With old properties being made new - like Star Trek, Transformers, Speed Racer - the series that pretty much led the way shows how it should be done.  With respect, courage, and a lot of fun.  I'm going to miss this show.

So, say we all.

-posted by ReevesReel-

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