July 13, 2009
Battlestar Galactica Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica may rank among the most impressive SF series of all time, but its finale (reviewed here [Part One] and here [Parts Two-Three]) stirred up some controversy.
Was it really, as Brad Templeton argues, the worst ending ever?
July 13, 2009 @ 5:54 pm
I hated Dead at 21’s ending, much like Terminator’s, but I suspect that’s because they didn’t think it would be a real ending.
July 13, 2009 @ 8:07 pm
Worst ending was actually Firefly. You know the one where they were brutally killed by a large (and delusional) television station?
Overall I thought the BSG ending was pretty good. There were a few things they should have answered or explained better. But it was far from “the worst”.
July 13, 2009 @ 11:11 pm
I rather liked the ending, actually. Sure there are unanswered questions, but I never expected them to tie everything up nice and neatly, neither did I want them to. You have to leave a few things open else it doesn’t feel like anything happens afterwards.
It’s possible some people might feel more satisfied once they’ve seen The Plan. Of course, it’s also possible they won’t.
July 13, 2009 @ 11:40 pm
Here, in my final post on the ending, I present the case that its final hour was the worst ending in the history of science fiction on the screen.
The last twenty minutes were the worst ending in the history of science fiction on the screen.
July 14, 2009 @ 12:54 am
Hmmm. The “Soprano Cut” then; fade to black with the Galactica having just made her last jump. Works for me! :)
Personally, I found the ending OK, but have to agree with Brad’s view that it didn’t live up to average standard of the show. What really grated for me was that 150,000 years – as Brad pointed out that’s far too early and is probably due to RDM getting confused about what “Mitochondrial Eve” actually means. There are also a couple of major ice ages between then and now, one of which wiped out most of the first attempts of humanity to leave Africa. The way I interpreted that ending was that most of them would probably die in rather unpleasant ways like starvation, food poisoning or just plain being eaten. Would suck to be one of their kids…
I’d have much preferred it if they’d have dumped the “mDNA Eve”, “racial memory” lines and implausible “let’s dump tech” line and gone with an arrival ~30K years ago. That fits with the estimates of Mankind’s first move from a hunter-gather society to the establishment of agriculture and other early signs of pending civilization, and is early enough that legends of their gods could have evolved into ours. All it would have taken is a change to one caption and a bit of dialogue when they were on the bluff looking at the natives – maybe I’ll do that after I’ve done the “Soprano Cut”.
Time to fire up Premiere.
July 14, 2009 @ 3:57 am
I would pay for a set of DVDs with only that version of the finale. I won’t pay for a set containing the one that was aired.
I watched the TiVo’d recording a couple of weeks late, and up until that last jump I was wondering what people had been complaining about: the finale was going incredibly.
It’s almost like someone made a bet with Moore about how quickly he could ruin the series. “I can trash that series in 20 minutes, Bob!”
Just about any ending, including the Battlestar Galactica being in a snow globe or Roslin waking up in bed next to Bob Newhart (even playing God!), would have been better – so it’s pretty easy to come up with endings I’d have preferred.
July 14, 2009 @ 4:16 am
Templeton’s panties got into a twist because of the role religion played in his favorite sci-fi series, that’s all. Science Fiction is supposed to be used as a tool to debunk religion, not validate it — didn’t y’all get the memo? The real problem with the ending was not the God angle, or where in the timeline of humanity’s development BSG arrived (150000 years back? 30000 years back? Who cares? The point being made: WE are descended from THEM). The problem was the loose ends that must have seemed cool in a writers’ room meeting two years earlier but which nobody had the discipline or creativity to resolve — the opera house, “All Along the Watchtower,” the “Harbinger of Death,” the Death of Starbuck, the list goes on. How does a writer create an angle like the opera house, weave it in and out of the story for several seasons, without any idea of what it is supposed to mean or how it resolves? I had no problem with head-Baltar and Head-Six being angels, but what, then, was Starbuck at the end? A different kind of angel, corporeal, confused, and un-aware? A ghost, corporeal, confused, and un-aware? An angry actress fulfilling her contractual obligation? Any kind of clue would have been great…
July 14, 2009 @ 6:22 am
hear, hear! My sentiments exactly. Well said!
July 14, 2009 @ 8:25 am
I kind of saw the whole God / Angels / Demons thing coming from pretty much when Gaius got setup as a Messianic figure and got over that whole sinking feeling then; after that it was just a matter of waiting for God to step from the Machine. A little more fore-shadowing would have been nice, but it was pretty clear that any “plan” for the final season was made up near the end of season 3 and the “They have a plan” line in the opening credits was just that, a line.
That said, the “Opera House” was a pretty ingenious idea given the constraints of 20 episodes and so many loose ends left to try and wrap up (and who’s fault was that?), but that and other stuff, Starbuck in particular, were very much “WTF!? That’s IT!?” moments. RDM et al needed a whack up the head with the JMS clue bat a long time ago; just imagine how much better things could have been if they’d worked out the overall story no later than mid-S2…
July 14, 2009 @ 10:45 pm
Most disappointing? Biggest drop in quality? I’d agree with those.
July 15, 2009 @ 11:20 pm
Sorry to add to an old thread, but my RSS has been acting up, I thought B42 has been silent.
The worst TV show ending, bar-none was: Farscape
The Peacekeeper Wars tried to fix the crappy ending, but little can calm the rage I felt when I saw the ending.
BSG: I agree with most others on here; just stop watching it about 20minutes before the end. Speaking of shows with crappy endings, is Heroes still on? I stopped watching that when they introduced a baby that gave Hiro some of his powers back.
July 16, 2009 @ 9:33 am
It was so bad, it got five Emmy nominations.
July 20, 2009 @ 12:49 am
At least they didn’t jump the shark until the very end.
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