I don’t know if Friday night’s Galactica was the best hour of television I’ve ever watched — but it was certainly one of the toughest.
Amen. I spent an hour watching it Saturday morning, than an hour thinking about it, then another hour watching it again. And I never do that.
I’ve been underwhelmed by the show since about the fifth episode of Season 3, and I *hated* the last season finale. Making Tigh a Cylon is the absolute dumbest shark-jumping desperation move the writers could have made.
This year’s episodes have been good but not great, although I agree the ending of the most recent one was tough as nails (and I mean that in a good way). My capsule review of Ep. 3:
Good: Killing off characters that had become too whiny for their own good. New Cylons being just as merciless as old Cylons. Cylons blowing up other Cylons = cool.
Bad: Lee the politician (who cares?). New, un-improved whiny Starbuck not staying killed off. Not enough Tigh.
Ugly: A committee meeting? C’mon, I get enough of that at work.
I like the underclass “tool” Cylons are threatening to rebel against their new masters, of course, their new masters are smarter and more ruthless and know how to nip a revolution in the bud.
The last 10 minutes were definitely hard to watch.
Man, am I going to have to finally buckle down and watch the show from the beginning? I’ve seen sporadic episodes, and pretty much enjoyed them, but I’ve not had a chance to watch it regularly.
You’re piquing my interest again, guys. Jumped shark or no.
I put the BSG series in the same category as all the newer Star Trek series. Really bad, but I feel compelled to watch them in the hope that they’ll get better.
In BSG I can’t stand the constant whispering and sotto voce. It’s become a soap opera, and the trysts with the absurd and unbelievable Starbuck with anyone are just too much to stomach.
I’ve yet to see the point of the show. I keep watching, hoping that there will be one, but I’m getting increasingly convinced that it will end just as stupid as it has been running.
It’s kind of like Dune. Great writing, keeps you going, but after 4 freaking volumes of waiting for there to be a point or consistency to the stories, I had to give up. BSG is the same. I’ll be reaching that point soon, but perhaps my patience will extend to the end of the season since it’s so short.
And what other series has had such sort seasons and such long breaks between seasons? Why do we watch this?
I’m actually Glad and Sad at the same time that its the last season. The first season was so exceptional, that no other season could live up to it. So I’m really glad the show will be ending this season, since I know it will be resolved, but where else am I going to get my good sci-fi.
God help me, but I can’t even remember what happened. I am seriously getting old. Can someone remind me?
I, at least, am enjoying the show.
Ok, I went over to scifi and watched the end again. I liked the episode, but I clearly did not react to it emotionally the way you did. Sure it was intense, but I didn’t find it so intense that it was hard to watch.
I have loved every season of BSG unlike many, but I, too, am quite happy this is the last season. The premise has kind of a limited appeal, and I would prefer to see them just stop rather than run it into the ground.
I love this show, and I loved this episode, though it was nearly unbearable towards the end. Kinda like watching a Ninja run over a kitten with a lawnmower. your mileage may vary.
For those–and they are legion–who say that naming Tigh a cylon doesn’t make sense, I would just say that Ron Moore has extensively and explicitly stated that the Final Five are completely different cylons. They writers haven’t yet delved into what he means by that, but it seems prudent to keep your powder dry until they’ve turned up their hole cards and show us what they have for us.
Who knows, you might like it?
I bet the last cylon is the admiral himself.
The first Dune book was a closed system. Corrupt Empire and corporations get overturned – by a vengeful young man with all the worst traits of Muhammad and Umar al-Faruq both – what’s not to like? Herbert should have left it at that, perhaps writing a “Dune Silmarillion” in secret for nerds to dissect after his death. Otherwise Dune was perfect on its own.
The miniseries and volumes 1-2(.5) of BSG had some dead air and some badly resolved subplots (miracle cure for cancer, ugh), but that too ended pretty well. To close up the plotholes, I think a year offline would have benefitted the writing; the writers were complaining about feeling rushed in some of the commentary to season 2. As it is I just have to say that, like Aliens, there isn’t a 3.
As for the Flash Gordon remake… they raped the series to death, ate its flesh and made clothing from his skin.
BSG went gone from great to awful in the space of season 3. Season 4 is boring, so far, and I suspect the “reveals” yet coming will be extremely underwhelming. The concept of this show is humanity at war with inhumanity, not whiny navel-gazing about the meaning of it all.
Once the writers of this show turned it from that concept to an exploration of the Israeli-Palestinian confrontation, the writers lost their way and the show lost its soul. I mean, just look at the mow “Razor.” That was godawful story-telling at its absolute worst.
The cylons might have a plan, but it’s clear Ron D. Moore never did. Just listen to the podcasts he put out in season 3.
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