Hm. So. Okay. (SPOILERS AHEAD)
I’ll probably write a full recap of the Battlestar Galactica series finale later this weekend, but felt like I should just get my general impressions out, and give a few people a chance to say their “I told you so’s”. Because, yeah, bottom line, that series finale wasn’t what I was expecting. The first hour was kick ass action. The second hour was … something. A happy ending, I guess you could call it. But did the happy ending have to be so LONG? I mean, these characters have all been through hell, so I’m perfectly fine with their story ending on a peaceful note. But really … an hour of smiling and hugging and romping in fields and talking about building cabins and delivering trite lines? Wouldn’t half an hour have been enough for that? Maybe even 15 minutes?
So my impression of the episode as an episode — which is usually my primary standard for judging this show, one week at a time — is that it started strong and ended weak … and slow.
As for how the finale wrapped up the series as a whole, I’m afraid my opinion isn’t much better. And it pretty much boils down to one word: Angels. Not metaphorical angels. Not people from the future who have so much knowledge that they appear to be angels. Not a race of beings called Seraphs who travel in a Ship of Lights and are so advanced that they could be construed as angels by humans. Actual angels. From God. Head Six, Head Baltar, and Undead Starbuck were apparently all angels, carrying out the will of God. And the will of God was apparently to … I don’t know … let the Cylons blow up the Twelve Colonies, then torture the fuck out of the surviving humans for a few years, so that by the time Starbuck jumps them to our Earth (which is the fake Earth), humans and Cylons are ready to live without technology and might not make the same arrogant mistakes they made on Kobol, Caprica, and Real Earth. Something like that.
Because God is apparently willing to send angels to get Gaius Baltar’s rocks off, and to tell him what to do, but not willing to talk to somebody else in all of human history (pick your planet) who could actually do something to change the course of things BEFORE they get so bad.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not entirely against a “God ending”. I kind of suspected it would be the case, although I was hoping for something more scientific or time travel oriented. But there’s a smart way to use God in a story like this, and a lazy way to use God. And this was kind of lazy to me.
In the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” — which, let’s face it, was one step away from a sci-fi story — George Bailey is visited by a guardian angel, who shows him an alternate future, and based on that, George decides to change his future for the better. That story works, because in the end, it’s George who decides his own fate. But in this story, we’ve got Angel Starbuck living as a human for months, actively changing the “fate” of the other characters, and we’ve got Angel Six actively manipulating a very manipulatable Gaius for years. That’s some extremely hands-on “angel” work there, seemingly saved for mankind’s 11th hour, when it can do the least good possible — helping mankind find a new planet where they can possibly fuck things up again, but in the meantime, they get to shit in a hole in the ground, instead of on a toilet.
So. Yeah. There you have that. I still love the series in general for the many hours of great TV it gave me. But color me a little puzzled by Ron Moore’s choices right at the end there.
What did you think?