Friday, March 20, 2009

All This Has Happened Before...

...and we should be so lucky that a show like this will ever happen again.

Tonight is the series finale of Battlestar Galactica, one of the best television shows of all time. A remake, no less, that didn't just update the sets, but completely reimagined a pre-existing series, and made it so much better the first series should be forced to change its name. (If you're a massive fan of the 1970s version, please don't hate me for saying that.) The last handful of episodes have been stunning examples of what television can, and should, be. One crew member who has been on the show from the beginning (I won't spoil in case you're waiting to watch this on DVD) is tried and charged with treason, and as he sits in the airlock about to be executed, he suddenly looks down, then looks up and delivers a line so mundane, so beautiful, and so heartbreaking it literally made me catch my breath. And then the screen instantly went black. That scene will always haunt me.

We've seen friends become enemies, we've watched the characters lose loved ones and mourn their deaths, and in one case -- something I've never seen before on TV or in movies -- mourn their own death.

This show has always had a lot to say about life, death, procreation, why we're all here, religion, not having religion, desire, following that desire, knowing when to call it quits or when to keep going. What began as a show that acted as a subtle metaphor for terrorism and 9/11 has become a show that's about all of us.

Tonight, in a 2-hour finale, it comes to an end. I hope you'll be watching. I know I will. So say we all...

10 comments:

Eric said...

I will really miss this show. I remember when the season where they were on New Caprica started and I was blown away by them showing the "good guys" doing suicide bombings.

I will really miss this show. Despite the fact that they obviously didn't have it all planned from the beginning and were kind of making it up as they went along it was still one of the best shows around. As far as social and political commentary I don't think anything else on TV even compares.

It's too bad so many people didn't watch it, and even made fun of it, because of the "sci fi" (or is it syfy now?) structure and bad memories of the original.

metalman777 said...

There just aren't many shows like BSG. I started watching it because I'm mildly obsessed with The Office and they all made fun of Dwight because he watched it! I was shocked when I ordered the DVD's and got hooked instantly!

There are some gaping plot holes that I'm hoping they tie up tonight (http://bit.ly/tBoxU). I'm sadly looking forward to tonight's finale!

Anonymous said...

Hi Nikki, this is off-topic but I was wondering, I subscribe to your feed due to my interest in Lost. Is it possible to filter your RSS feed so that I only get posts labeled with Lost?

Doe said...

Frakkin' yeah I'll be watching tonight. :o)

Nikki Stafford said...

Anonymous: I have no idea how to focus the RSS reader. You'd have to check blogger for that one.

Or, a better idea, you could read ALL of my posts and start getting turned on to other shows! :)

mgkoeln said...

Wow! So that's it?! It completely got me on an emotional level, but my brain's still trying to figure out, what it all meant. Who or what are Kara and the immortal Six and Baltar angels? And what about this 13th cylon Daniel they mentioned some weeks ago? Was it Baltar? Was it Kara (Danielle)? Was it not important at all?

Gonna have to sort my thoughts a little...

mgkoeln said...

Thinking it over a little, I must say that I really liked the finale as a whole, but found the ending a little preachy.

I always loved that the show was about what religion makes people do, without really answering whose beliefs were wrong or right. The finale made it quite clear, though, that Ronald D. Moore seems to believe in a higher power - which also came in quite handy to wrap up the whole Kara/Baltar/Six angel storyline without having to explain anything.

The 150.000 years later bit seemed a little too in the face for me. Didn't we already get the whole "technology is dangerous" message when the fleet steered into the sun?

But most of all, I'm probably just annoyed, that Baltar and Six got the final words, as most of Baltar's storyline in the past two seasons didn't really get me hooked.

Still, the whole colony battle rocked, and there were lots of great character moments at the end. Roslins in-flight death was very poetic! And how ironic that Tigh tells Tyrol, he would have done the same to Tory, if she had killed Ellen, when he once had killed her himself. Missed Xena, though! Would have loved to get her in the finale somehow, as Lucy Lawless was very prominently featured in "The Last Frakkin' Special".

So, as a whole, I'd give the finale a 7.5/10.

SenexMacdonald said...

@ Nikki

Check this out.
http://webcast.un.org/ramgen/ondemand/specialevents/2009/se090317pm.rm

It is the creators and some of the actors for BSG at the UN!!

Doe said...

Did you catch the "see you on the other side" line? I immediately thought of Lost.

felicityk said...

mgkoeln: RDM has made it clear in interviews that Daniel was never meant to have any special significance. He was only there to explain why there was a #8 (Sharon) but no #7.