I previously posted an initial review to the series finale. But at the time, directly after watching the episode, I didn’t have my thoughts together on how to talk about it. I’m not entirely sure I do now, but we’ll give it a shot. Below are the notes I took while watching it for the first time:
Things I liked:
- The only good thing I can think about this show ending is getting to tie up the loose ends.
- Still love the Caprica flashbacks.
- I love Doc Cottle and the fact that he’s just a big teddy bear underneath the gruff exterior.
- It would be fun to explore the idea of life in the fleet with Admiral Hoshi and President Lampkin.
- Weird yet cool to see red-stripe Centurions.
- Nice to see the museum setup presented in the mini-series.
- Pretty awesome to see old school Centurions battle it out with the newer models.
- Despite not liking Cavil, I do enjoy his sarcasm sometimes.
- Glad to see things came back full circle with Six and Baltar.
- They gunfights are always awesome to watch, but after all they have gone through, how do they still have any ammo left?
- Having Adama and Tigh as your commanding officers would be terrifying.
- I so want this soundtrack. Why doesn’t iTunes have it?
- The Final Five in CIC/Opera House was fantastic.
- As soon as I saw the craters, I knew they were at our Earth.
- Helo living when I thought he was dead for sure.
- I love the fighting Agathons.
- Ron Moore’s cameo.
Things I don’t like:
- Knew the previous week that Laura’s blind date was going to be a former student
- I do not need to see Adama puke. But I guess after seeing his sob and drool on Lee’s hand, I guess it kind of fits.
- No theme song?! I understand this one and the one before it are supposed to be one episode, but it’s the last time we’ll see a new show. C’mon.
- It hurts to see Galactica take such a pounding.
- Goodbye, beautiful ships.
And now that things are over and the dust has settled, I’ll share my thoughts on the two things that caused me the most iffiness if you will about the finale.
Kara: I wasn’t sure what to think about her role. I knew as soon as the went to the tight shot of Lee talking about exploring that she wouldn’t be there when he turned around. Granted, I thought she’d be walking away, but I was still partially right. I was confused by this move at first, but the more I thought about it, the more I was okay with her just drifting away. I personally think she was an angel, and that since her mission was complete it was time to go to the “other side” as Sam put it. Any time the show would have spent explaining in more detail owho or what she was would’ve cheapened it I think and taken away from the overall sense of finality for the show. I’m pretty sure Kara vanishing was something you either liked or hated, and I liked it.
The fleet being our ancestors: At first I thought it was kind of schmalzy, but now I guess it’s ok. It makes sense with the role of Hera and why she was so important to everyone if she became mitochondrial Eve. And I can appreciate Lee’s nobel thinking in wanting to leave all the temptations and pains associated with technology and weapons behind, but this is where I still don’t like things. It’s not practical. You just landed on a planet where you know nothing about the wildlife and vegetation, and you want to abandon all your technology? What about medicines? Yes, Baltar knows how to farm, but how many other people do? I’m glad they were definite about there not being anything produced after that moment in the timeline, because I’m not sure I want to see how well (or poorly) the survivors faired.
But more importantly: What did you think?