Battlestar Galactica, Part II

Well, we finally finished up watching Battlestar Galactica (you can see the first half review, here). Major spoilers to follow, so if you haven’t seen it and you think you might want to some day, I wouldn’t read any farther.

What a great show. I’m not saying every episode set the world on fire, but, top to bottom, one of the most consistently interesting and exciting shows I’ve ever had the privilege of watching.

The gimmick of not revealing the “final five” Cylons (the bad guys – robots who want to destroy the human race, but can be indistinguishable from people) until the end was great. Not only did it really keep us guessing, it also gave us endless hours of conversation ala LOST.

I thought they did a really good job with the Cylons. They seemed realistic to me. It was like they didn’t quite get it or understand what it was to be human. Close, but not quite, the way you you could mimic something and have all the appearance of getting it, but not actually getting it. I liked how they didn’t quite understand what love was, or the way they’d be so cruel but then if a human did one bad thing the’d be like, “You see! You see how awful and brutal you are!” I don’t know, it just seemed believable to me, like that’s the way super intelligent killer robots would act.

There were so many great characters. Boomer/Athena was (were) a great character(s). (Side note, as an actor you totally want to be a Cylon. You can’t die (a new copy of the robot comes online with all of your memories) and you can be in multiple places at the same time (more than one copy of the robot can be active at once). Never ending paycheck!) The “Eights” were sort of the most human, and were therefore the most caught between the two worlds and thus had the most interesting storylines. The three gentlemen I talked about last time (Admiral Adama, Colonel Tigh, and Brother Cavil) were all fantastic characters who were fantastically acted, right up until the end. Even some of the side characters got to have a story line or two.

You know who didn’t get to have a story line or two? The black Cylon! Seriously! Early on in the show, they introduced one non-Caucasian Cylon, and the he just disappeared. Every single other Cylon model had a major role to play in the series, but not the black one. No sir. He never even appeared in the background of the ship. I guess it was the back of the starship for that one.

I thought the end was pretty decent. It is comforting to know that, no matter how many times the cycle of humanity repeats itself, our crowning achievement is always “All Along the Watchtower”. I thought Roslin’s death was handled pretty well, which was probably tough, given that it had been building up basically since season 1.

However, I was deeply disappointed that Starbuck 2.0, as well as Baltar and Caprica 6’s hallucinations, turned out to be angels. I don’t know why this upset me so much, but I thought that part was really stupid. I also never really liked the character of Gaius Baltar. I felt like he could have been cool, a genius who unwittingly nearly destroyed the human race, but he never really made it for me. At the beginning he was too goofy to seem like a genius, and at the end, the whole sex-cult leader thing didn’t do it for me. We never once saw any evidence of the fact that he was a genius; whenever he did something smart it was completely by accident. He was also apparently irresistible to women, though I couldn’t give you a single reason why.

Anyway, as good as everybody predicted, and now we have to find something else to do with our time. Any suggestions?

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8 thoughts on “Battlestar Galactica, Part II

  1. I’ll post this here so I don’t ruin anyone’s Battlestar experience from the Facebook comments. Honestly, I thought the series took a bit of a slide after the whole “New Caprica” episodes. Something about the tone and the bitter infighting just didn’t do it for me. The final five reveal was pretty good, though. I remember when they did the big reveal (the four), I thought it was quite the mindblow.

    Agree about your assessment of six and Gaius being angels, I’m not sure how that even made sense. I would have rather had the obvious hallucination or an internal projection of some remote beings, at least those could have made for interesting plots. Seems like they cheated to tie up some loose ends. Also agree that Gaius (the real one) never showed his supposed intellect, but I did like what his chaotic decisions and actions did for the plot of the series overall.

    Great series overall, though. Some fantastic episodes, a few misses, but definitely worth the time. As for the next thing, I hear Caprica pales in comparison so I haven’t bothered. Maybe you’re looking for sci-fi, but I’ve been finding BBC’s “Sherlock” on PBS to be great. First season is on Netflix, and the second season episodes are streamable from PBS (for a limited time).

    -Vince

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    • Yes, Sherlock has already been recommended to me. In fact, a co-worker gave me Season 1 on DVD and I lost it!! Oops.

      The two I really want to see are Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, but I refuse to buy DVDs anymore, and we canceled our Netflix, so I think it will be a while.

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    • Okay, first off, even if I knew they were angels doesn’t mean I have to like it. Like Vince said, I would have preferred a real hallucination, or a transmitting microchip, or that Gaius ended up being a Cylon, or pretty much any other explanation.

      Second off, just because someone says they are an angel doesn’t mean they are an angel. Anyway, actions speak louder than words: every second that she wasn’t proclaiming herself an angel, she was busy air humping Baltar’s brains out (literally apparently). Not exactly pious, or celibate, or angel-y.

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      • True, you don’t have to like it, but I am just saying it shouldn’t have been a HUGE surprise to you at the end. I was more saying that for people who got to the end and were like what?? .. They had been setting up that ending since the show began.

        Also, maybe you just need to change your definition of what an angel does 🙂

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      • Can we at least agree to call her a succubus?

        Yes, I feel like they were trying to set up a Sixth Sense moment, where everybody would be like, “Whaaat?” and then think back and go, “Yeah, I guess everything does fit!” Obviously the major theme of the show was god. However, I think they misjudged that a little bit: people were tuning in to see a sci-fi show, not a religious one. For me the religion served as backdrop to make the sci-fi world seem a little more feature rich. I don’t want magical Deus ex Machina explanations in my sci-fi shows, I want science-based fiction, with logical explanations.

        Now, who cares what I want, it’s their show and they did a pretty damn good job with it, so who am I to say, but perhaps there were more people like me out there then they realized.

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