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23 March 2009 @ 09:10 am
Battlestar Galactica finale (SPOILERS)  
So did anyone else get a distinct Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy vibe to the final episode? A spaceship carrying the survivors of a doomed race across the stars where they land on prehistoric Earth to start our human race? And to hammer it home, they even put a guy in a bathtub on the bridge of the ship! I fully expected it to end with Baltar complaining to Head Six about his frustrations teaching the Cavemen to play Scrabble: "The only word they know is 'grunt' and they can't frakking spell it!"

Still, it was compelling, epic-feeling, sad, and acted so much better than it was written. Just as a BSG finale should be. The whole rescue of Hera scenario seemed way too easy, but that definitely beats making it drag on any longer than it did. And well, they did have God on their side (not that he likes it when you call him that).

I was troubled by the anti-science, back-to-nature tone of the ending. "Aw, come on, who needs interstellar spaceships and modern medicine! We're all gonna be farmers now! Whether you like it or not!" It's too bad they didn't show Adama forcing that decision on the other 39,000 colonists with a line of gun-pointing marines behind him. It's fascist agrarianism.

Why do the BSG writers hate cities so much? I suppose the answer to that is in the flashbacks to their lives before the invasion. If we rebuild cities, there were will be hot dudes sleeping with their hot brothers' hot girlfriends, dementia patients put in assisted living facilities, old men at strip clubs, and teachers going on dates with their middle-aged former students! Anarchy! Bring on the robotic punishment!!!

At least Starbuck Beeblebrox got to fly off into space to (hopefully) find out who really runs the Universe.

Listening to: Ned's Atomic Dustbin - "Kill Your Television"
saint_boner: rocketmansaint_boner on March 23rd, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
I quit watching several seasons ago and I'm a SiFi junkie, sort of. But I tuned in for the last two episodes just to see how it ended. Did anyone think they were Not going to somehow find Earth. It should have ended with Adama at the grave. Sending all their stuff into the Sun and "going native" was a foerhead slapper. Stupid.
Baltar and the blond as "angles" (knowing God) WTF. If they are then I like where I am at. I asked my bro about that (he watched the whole series)and he said he didn't know what was going on there.
I still don't fell bad for dropping out.
saint_boner: surfboardsaint_boner on March 23rd, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
pardon spelling I'm in a hurry.
traballenguastraballenguas on March 23rd, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
I posted a long thing on my LJ. Maybe I should repost here, to participate in the discussion. In the end, most of the entertainment value was the writers getting themselves out of the huge hole they had dug, and joking about it (there were tons of in jokes there, Cavill getting pissed at Simon for being a stupid Evil Underling, Starbuck saying "Do NOT tell her the plan!", etc.)

But they bailed. It was disappointing, but they hadn't had their heart in it for a while now.
Pallaspallasathene8 on March 24th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
I like the name Starbuck Beeblebrox. It makes me feel like maybe I've missed out on something here, more than all my LJ/FB freinds' praise of this show so far.
JuhnDonn: hankgilmoure on March 24th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
I thought of H. Beam Piper's Paratime universe, where humans developed on Mars and, as Mars ecosystem fell apart, a shipload of colonists crash landed on Earth: Genesis. There's a similar story by James P. Hogan: Inherit the Stars
damabupukdamabupuk on March 24th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
I totally got a Hitchhiker's feel by the end. Didn't even think about the guy in the bathtub on the bridge though. Brilliant.
ameliorist on March 27th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
Holy shit batman. I saw Ned's Atomic Dustbin a few times back in the nineties - and they were most noticable in who they supported! Takes me back to young, slim and single.....;op