Saturday, March 14, 2009

Sit Rep

***Spoiler Alert***

So for the record, I loved the "choose your side" way of setting up the final battle (which, judging by the previews for next week's series finale, will be a doozy). It was such over-the-top drama, but it worked perfectly.

Also really liked the flashbacks. I'm not sure how much they added, but there was something sad and powerful about each of them and together they acted as a terrific reminder of how much you've cared about these characters for the last six years and how much the entire landscape of the show has changed since the miniseries. (I have no doubt that Lee and the bird will be especially important next week. Thoughts? Theories?)

Finally, what could be the most cryptic yet prophetic line from last night: Anders saying, "Find a Perfect World for the End of Kara Thrace."

What does it all mean? We'll find out next Friday night. See you all there.


Anonymous said...

I thought the flashbacks might have something to do with "this has all happened before and it will all happen again." I wonder whether the end might take us back to the beginning?

VOTAR said...

I was busy getting drunk, getting laid, and playing Wii tennis.

Not exactly in that order.

Lex said...

The flashbacks were extremely well done and, combined with Kara's piano scenes and Gaeta's mutinee and execution, are the best thing about season 4.5 by far. But the flashbacks also highlighted the MAJOR failing of the last two (or even three) seasons...the episodes stopped being about the characters themselves and starting being about the meta-story and the mythology. Character development had pretty much come to a crawl by season 3. One of season 1's strengths was that every character appeared, even if for five seconds. There have been so many points recently where I stop and ask myself "Wait, did I miss an episode? Where is so-and-so? And why hasn't so-and-so done anything lately?" Each episode now showcases a few characters, and is only marginally about them anyway. The story is now more concerned with Cylon mythology than anything else. I don't care about Anders' semi-conscious ramblings. I don't care about Ellen's backstory revelations. Meta-plot should always take a backseat to character development.

I love the show, I really do. I just wish the writing's quality could have stayed consistent. There have been so many "why the fuck?" moments that have aggravated me. Tigh bedding Caprica Six and getting her pregnant for example. The first two seasons explore Baltar's relationship with Caprica Six in detail, and even reveal that she sees her own version of Baltar...and all of that gets abandoned by the writers when the two characters finally meet again? Why?


End rant.

(I'm still gonna watch the final episode, of course. I'm BSG's bitch by this point.)

BonnieBelle said...

I got to meet Chief Tyrol today in person, and hear about him getting drunk with Storm Troopers. That is all.

Anonymous said...

Bonnie--So lucky. The Chief has been my guy since the show started. *Fangirl swoon.*

Anonymous said...

Lex, the last few pages of a story are not the place for character development, they are the place to bring the plot to a conclusion. And in mythic fiction (which BSG arguably is) the only character insights left are to show how the character is going to meet their demise. I'm actually frustrated that so much time has been spent watching Adama whine and cry all over the bulkheads because his boat has holes in it. Or watching Kara noodle on the piano for an entire episode just to make the vague point that she might be the offspring of a 7. The only questions left for me are whether all this is going to make any sense and who's going to be left standing, if anyone.

Pale Writer said...

I don't understand at what point people who like Battlestar Galactica stopped liking the things that make it what it is. "Interesting characters? Frak that shit, more pew pew pew!" The last few episodes have been tonally setting us up for the ending, and the plot threads that have been introduced have more or less been answered. Sure, we still don't know about the Opera House or about who's been orchestrating this, but most other questions have, in fact, been answered.

My own opinion on this episode: I thought it reminded me a lot of West Wing's "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen". I, of course, mean that in the best way possible.