What the Frak?

Alright. Anyone who knows me knows how much I adore Battlestar Galactica. I have my official guides and the “How to Spot a Cylon Poster” and the Propaganda ones too! A brief look at my status’ show an almost unhealthy amount of references to Jamie Bamber and Katee Sackoff and the announcement she might be the new Doctor Who companion had me walking around with a grin on my face for two days straight. Its therefore not that strange that I feel empty inside. I will now feel as dated saying frak as I would frell. I may as well start refering to warriors. I’m out of touch and already feeling like I need to go watch some Sanctuary. But as much as I adore her, Amanda Tapping is no Katee Sackoff!!!


And yet, The Plan fails to inspire the delight it should. My heart doesn’t leap at the thought of more cylon adventures as much as it leapt at the beginning of season four. Caprica leaves me feeling vaguely interested. Make no mistake, I’ll watch them, as religiously as Kara Thrace is. But my unlimited and unrestricted love is gone. Ron Moore, you’ve stripped me of my soul! Be greatful Joss Whedon built me another that’s pretty and contains Eliza Dushku and Helo and Romo Lampkin!


For all its mysticism battlestar left me with nothing but plot holes! Did Ron Moore join an evangelical church sometime in the last twelve months, because it felt like I was reading a twilight novel! Perhaps I should compare and contrast to season 1! Laura Roslin v Kara Thrace. Religious prophets of two different times. The big difference? Drugs. A non-religious explanation. It didn’t matter whether you believed in god, gods or Bill Adama! It still made sense. There was no definitive divine power and ultimately it was humanity (and their cylon counterparts) that dictated the cause of events. Things happened, eights overcame their programming, hybrids were concieved but all of this was within the realm of possibility. Really! If all that was going to happen was god was going rto stick a bunch of coordinates in Kara Thrace’s head he could’ve done that at the end of the miniseries!

As Adama said at the beginning “We never answered the question "Why?" Why are we as a people worth saving? We still commit murder because of greed and spite, jealousy, and we still visit all of our sins upon our children. We refuse to accept the responsibility for anything that we've done, like we did with the Cylons. We decided to play God, create life. And when that life turned against us, we comforted ourselves in the knowledge that it really wasn't our fault, not really. You cannot play God then wash your hands of the things that you've created. Sooner or later, the day comes when you can't hide from the things that you've done anymore.”

But thats exactly what they did!!! At the end they were like, well we’ve found a new planet and instead of actually developing! Of living with the cylons! They all just went of individually and spawned the whole cycle again! But we got cancelled and we need an ending... so oh well!


If the Plan came after, or potenitally had a bit that came after I’d be happier, or at least optimistic. But that’s it. The end! There is a higher power. Starbuck’s an Angel! This is fact! And by dropping in some fully developed humans didn’t he just go fuck around with Darwin to a degree! Really! And I hate to make the Whedon comparisons but with a Whedon show at the end you think back and go Ohhhh!!!! He really is smarter than everyone else. At the end of Battlestar you frown slightly and go “Really? That’s it? Seriously though? You couldn’t count the number of cylon models?” At its heart, I think it comes down to the fact that they never thought they’d get beyond the miniseries, then the first twelve episodes, then they only thought they’d only get to the first new planet. And their parent comapny just kept adding episodes here and there. While Whedon, for exmaple (because everything is held in comparison to him)

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Mar 22, 2009 5:40AM EDT

WHAT!? your totally wrong i loved it. i loved the whole episode i was nearly peeing myself the whole time. there was so much crazy stuff happeneing so fast it was insane. i felt like they ended the show at the proper time in the proper way with just enough surprise and answering those few final questions we have. and the show didnt get cancelled ive read like three interveiws before the final episodes series came out and ron moore had a specific ending for the whole series planned from the very beginning. he ended the show because it was the end of the story. smart producers/writers/directors like him know when to end a good show before the story get stretched too thin. i mean i agree with alot of what your saying but i think i enjoyed it alot more than you apparently have. its sad to see it go you know? OH and did you see the preview for the cyoln's plan special thing coming this fall? from what they said it looked like a 2-hour special about the story from the cylon point of veiw. i think that sounds potentially really good. i imagine it being the cylon point of veiw from the very beginning when they were banished from the colonies all the way to the point of where they left off in the finale. i wonder if the rest of the cylons got enough of the plans to rebuild their resurrection ship. hmmmmm maybe your right i do have a few questions to ask.

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Mar 22, 2009 5:52PM EDT

The article you pasted this from is cut off at the end. what is the source? I want to read the rest.

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Mar 23, 2009 8:47AM EDT

I felt like I should have been smoking something really strong by the end - that way I might have been able to figure out what the heck possessed them. I was emotionally ready, prepared if you like, to see all my favourites go down in a blaze of glory.But none did. We had angels, we had sarcastic visions, we had - well, who the frakk knows what we had. We didn't have satisfaction. That's for sure.

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