Saturday, April 11, 2009

I rewatched the BSG series finale

In the end it is all about the stories of the couples.

The action show that is the first part of the finale, with the gunfire and the symbolism and the getting the girl back, and the how did Laura get to the CIC? just doesn't work, but that's ok because...

Adama and Laura are the heart of the story. Really, they wanted to tell you about the sentimental military leader and the hard-nosed civilian leader.

It is all set up to cut off at the end of the Adama-Laura story. He says "it reminds me of you," and then there is a long black out. After that they give you the epilogue with angel-six and angel-Baltar and the fearful images of Japanese robots. They should have ditched the epilogue.

The Apollo-Starbuck story is a FAIL. Not just because of the loose ends, but because the storytellers didn't know where to go with it. They never did. How to make a love story out of the original show's action hero buddy pairing? How to actually get Batman in bed with Robin? And have Robin be, not just more than a sidekick, but some kind of spiritual presence? This is beyond current storytelling technology.

The Baltar-Six story. He says "I do know about farming, you know," and cries, and she says "I know, it's ok." That is the win for the show.


Matthew said...

They tried SO HARD to make Apollo and Starbuck work, which is why their story (with the Anders complication thrown in) was so interesting. I don't think the problem was getting Batman in bed with Robin, because they had so much chemistry the whole time--I think the problem was what to do with Starbuck 2.0.

Making Starbuck just disappear--what was that? I know it's something that we're not supposed to know the answer to, but the Baltar and Six angels (who seemed to me like a waaaaay late last-season afterthought) should have known what was up, and maybe could have dropped a hint.

I thought Six telling Baltar "I always wanted to be proud of you, that was what was missing" was particularly good as well.

I agree that the epilogue was overdone. Funny, but not the ending for which I had been hoping. We get the tantalizing idea of the Baltar and Six angels and whoever "God" is, but did we really need more than one shot of a robot (yes, we get it).

I took about a day between the first and second halves of the episode because I actually had to get some things done, but I can remember thinking "how is Galin not going to immediately strangle whatshername when they link up to decode resurrection?" At least I wasn't disappointed.

I just finished watching it tonight, which is why I'm so anxious to talk about it.

Rob Helpy-Chalk said...

I just finished watching it tonight, which is why I'm so anxious to talk about it

So did you understand why one of the brother Cavil shoots himself when the human-cylon truce breaks down?

Matthew said...

I have no idea why that happened. My immediate thought was that the writers decided that he was just fed up with the whole thing and knew he was going to die, but that makes no sense for the brother Cavil character, which was pretty much set on doing anything and everything possible to survive.

I think it was a poor choice and a jarring thing to do, when with the same effort they could have had him gunned down in the crossfire.

Your previous question about how Laura ended up in CIC I imagine revolved around the storytelling necessity that she be there with Adama (and not lost somewhere on the ship). If we accept that Baltar and Caprica Six somehow made it in, the question of Laura doesn't really come up, since she was following them and Hera.

That guy that Adama made admiral in the end--was he even around before the last two or three episodes?

Rob Helpy-Chalk said...

He was first introduced in the Pegasus episodes--he was one of the Pegasus crew. He plays a big role in the webisodes "Face of the Enemy" which bridged seasons 4 and 4.5.