Saturday, March 11, 2006

Battlestar Galactica Finale

Am I the only one that has this terrible feeling that Battlestar Galactica may have jumped the shark last night?

Well, we've got 7 months to mull that one over apparently!

Until then, there's Doctor Who, and more Stargate, which may have jumped the shark as well.


Blogger Pontificator said...

I have mixed feelings about that last BG episode too. It appears that future episodes will now be tied to New Caprica and an on-going resistance movement against Cylon tyranny.

I suspect that the writers realized, perhaps before the rest of us, that the original premise (escaping from the Cylons and finding earth) could ultimately go nowhere. This was the great weakness of the original Galactica series. And so the writers have made a preemptive change.

But I am concerned. Is BG going to become something like the old series "V"?

About Stargate, I think the series jumped the shark when General Hammond left and Jack was promoted as General. And now that Jack has left, it no longer has the appeal for me. Eliminate the special relationships between Jack and Teal'c and Jack and Sam, and you don't have Stargate anymore.

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Santiago said...

What? Jumped the shark? I thought it was awesome! Then again, I only became a BG fan a few weeks ago, at the prompting of a friend. He always chided me for being a trekkie, telling me that Star Trek is nothing but a fantasy set "in the triumph of the Enlightenement," and that BG is less ideological, and less afraid to ask human and religious questions that Trek writers believer are already answered.

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Jenn said...

Oh man, it totally jumped the shark! I was sitting with my three friends and as the words "One Year Later" hit the screen, we all just sort of cried and groaned, gnashed our teeth, rended our clothes, and put on some sackcloth and ashes. Awful, just awful.

Stargate at least will continue to amuse me. I don't watch that show for the plot, I watch it for the character development and the relationships/bonding/friendships, etc. SG-A I watch for the snark.

1:07 AM  
Blogger Gashwin said...

[Warning: Lots of spoilers in my whinge below]

I was out of town for the finale and got it off iTunes yesterday. I sat in shock. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot! Unexpected plot twists, yes. One year later, in the last 15 minutes? I was hoping it was all one weird dream sequence.

I thought the Tyrell-Priest dialogue was great --- the priest sounded almost like some I know :-). But, after all that agony about him thinking he's a Cylon, that part goes nowhere?

I was actually looking forward to Balthar's presidency -- instead he becomes some kind of Nero, completely out of touch, in the space of 5 minutes?

How on earth does Adama simply accept, in such a short time, that the Cylons are not coming back? After he refused to believe that the first time and tenaciously held onto the belief of Cylon malice?

I'd better stop ...

Of course, I won't (can't?) stop watching. October is a long ways away though ...

8:55 AM  
Blogger Mark Mossa, SJ said...


I'm just wondering if it was just some dream sequence that somebody's going to wake up from in episode one this Fall?

Some premonition of what might happen if Baltar remains in the presidency?

It just seems out of character for Rosslyn & Adama to just basically roll over on the whole thing.

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Grant Gallicho said...

A lot of that episode was hard to take. But I just listened to the back end of the podcast, and it is all for real, folks. My initial reaction was "noooooo!" But after further reflection, it isn't necessarily the initial concept and setup that's so compelling about BSG. If Moore and co. can keep addressing the questions of the day (political, theological, social) in an interesting a smart way, then I'm staying on board. I can't believe the writers want to keep the cast atomized for too long. Somehow, some way, they're going to have to get back together. I have a sneaking suspicion that the cylons we see at the end aren't speaking for the whole, or even the majority, of the cylon race. The priest-cylon's explanation of the truce was suspicious, no? Have the war-hero cylons managed to divid the cylon race into atheists and believers?

10:37 AM  
Blogger A Holy Fool said...

Stargate jumped the shark the moment they introduced the Ori. Is anyone else getting tired of Stargate's denigration of religion?

As for BSG, I thought the finale delivered big-time! Baltar's presidency is every bit the disaster we all knew it would be. The Colonials face enslavement to the genocidal enemy they've fled since the show's beginning. The nascent civilization of New Caprica faces extinction. And, at the heart of this, Starbuck says, "We fight them until we can't."

How can you not love it?

Perfect suspense, with no predictable plot line in sight.

Celebrate this season finale!

10:38 PM  
Blogger Mark Mossa, SJ said...

We'll see . . . I hope you're right about BSG, but I can't help but be a little worried. And I wish we didn't have to wait for 7 months to see what happens.

But, trying to focus on The Doctor!

10:52 PM  

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