Saturday, March 21, 2009

Galactica ends with a clean slate

So "Battlestar Galactica" ended up being a cautionary tale. About humanity creating robots that will eventually be at war with us. In what seems like a related story, "Terminator: Salvation" is in theaters this summer.
Last night's series finale gave us what we expected, an hour of almost nonstop action and cool stuff getting blowed up and Athena shooting Boomer to death and Cavill killing himself, and the second hour gave humanity a new home, "New Earth" as it turns out, which is our Earth, a pristine Garden of Eden that happens to be 150,000 years before our present time. In other words, they came here a long time ago from a galaxy far far away.
I came away mostly positive about how the show ends, since it gave me a lot of bullet-riddled toasters and wrapped up the mythology with answers and just a few questions, but questions I don't really care get answered, such as how Starbuck was a ghost/angel or if Chief, Tigh, Ellen and all the other cylons are still alive since they don't die unless acted upon like Elves from "Lord of the Rings."
I admit to being quite sad when Laura finally succumbed to her cancer, even if we all knew it was coming. In the flashbacks, though, she was quite the reckless cougar, wasn't she? Rowr. She was the one character who rocked my world from day one. All the rest looked like drunks full of angst, but that was the theme of this entire series.
Big ups to producer Ronald D. Moore for playing the original show's theme as Galactica made its way to a very hot death on the sun. And I thought the last half-hour or on Earth was most pleasant. Western Canada, er, Tanzania was beautiful and serene, and a great place to restart civilization, albeit one without grand cities or comforts. Couldn't they have at least saved the toilets from the ships before burning them like a New World conqueror burning his ships to motivate the explorers?
By the way, were they supposed to interact with the primitive early humans? The tribes had to have seen these fancy ships buzzing overhead, right? The Colonial humans would have been like gods, which makes me wonder if that's Moore giving a smirking nod to those who preach the idea that humanity got help from aliens to get civilized and build the wonders of the world.
If Hera is supposed to be the "Earth Mother" from the fossils seen at the very end by Angel Six and Angel Gaius, does that mean since she was half-cylon half-human, that she married an Earth human to start a family and the DNA sequence we enjoy today? Eh, it doesn't matter, does it? The series is finished, and for the most part I enjoyed being a part of the phenomenon.

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