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24 March 2009 @ 09:48 am
I stayed up waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too late last night, because the hubby and I watched Daybreak, and then decided to go for broke and stay up until one in the morning watching the finale! I am tired this morning, but it was worth it.

~ I about had a heart attack when Helo was shot. I was sure they were killing him, and then I lived in fear that they were going to kill Athena, too, and Baltar and Six were going to raise poor little Hera. But that did not happen, oh no! I actually sat up and squee'd and pointed frantically at the screen when we got the shot of the Agathons walking together across the meadow.

~ The battle to rescue Hera actually held a LOT of tension for me, as i knew they could conceivably kill off whoever they wanted. I was on pins and needles for most of it.

~ The opera house/chasing Hera through Galactica stuff was really, really well done.

~ Grace Park is a kick ass actress. *loves*

~ So is Katee.

~ I love how they used to "classic" cylon models in this episode. There were a lot of really lovely callbacks to both the old series and the miniseries in this.

~ OMG, I choked up when Doc Cottle and the Pres had their little moment - mostly because Doc Cottle got all choked up! Awwwwww. *sniffles*

~ How awesome was Baltar and Caprica Six? They were frakking brilliant all the way. LOVED that they got to see each other's delusions/angels finally.

~ Speaking of angels - so that's what Kara was, huh? Like a Baltar/Six for EVERYONE. I did not have a problem with this, actually. I was sort of vaguely expecting something once she told Lee she'd be leaving, but then when he turned and she wasn't there, it still sort of hit me and made me tear up. Kara gets to be with Sam forever and ever, now, and that's not something I ever would've guessed would make me happy, back when they introduced Samuel Anders. Sure, the original Lee/Kara shipper in me MIGHT have liked them getting together in the end, but I don't think so. I don't think Kara could ever have made it stick, no matter how much she might have wanted it to, and even though Kara Thrace and Lee Adama would always love each other on some level, always - I think having her romantically with Lee in the end would have cheapened the love we know she felt for Anders, and in some ways, cheapened the characters of Lee and Kara. The connection they had was much more complicated than the original romantic tension they were introduced with. I didn't need a kiss to feel it between them, there at the end.

~ We're calling it "Earth" because we deserve to finally find "Earth". Heh. :D

~ OMG, I cried and cried when the President died. I knew it was coming, and it didn't matter.

~ I also cried, believe it or not, when Baltar broke down at the end. "I know about farming, you know." And he breaks and genuinely cries for maybe the first time in his life, and Six holds him and says "I know." For a character I spent more than half the show despising, his ending sure choked me up. James Callis is a fantastic actor.

~ and I cried some more with the last shot of Adama, sitting on his hill. This is where they should have ended it, actually, with some of those shots of places on Earth, and then a fade to black. The epilogue felt like an anvil, and wasn't necessary. We got that the humans/cylons were actually our ancestors without the cut to 150,000 years later, thanks.

So, did this finale work for me? Absolutely. Did it have problems? Oh, yeah, starting with "let's give up all of our technology and try to live like natives!" With no tools and a few provisions. Um...'clean slate' does not mean 'stupid'. Most, if not all, of those 38,000 people would die of starvation, disease, etc. But okay, I'll suspend my disbelief. If I could suspend for The Dark Knight (plot holes the size of school buses, literally!), I can suspend for this. The emotional payoff worked for me. The finding Earth thing worked for me. The characters worked for me. I am pleased, and emotionally wrung out.
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rhienellethrhienelleth on March 24th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was a little miffed by that - why even include it at all? Now it's this thing that never really meant anything.

a joyful girl getting loud: [bsg] little ghostperi_peteia on March 24th, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC)

Most of the stuff on BSG never really meant anything!
Trixietrixalicious on March 24th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
I know that Eric Stoltz's character on Caprica is named Daniel and I think that was all planted to hint toward the new project. I still thought that there would be an explicit connection before the end of the series, instead of just a throwaway. We'll see, maybe I'm wrong and RDM and DE just didn't realize they had used the same name.
rianeficmusings on March 25th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
I loved the finale too. I'm utterly emotionally drained, wept for Sam...but it fit, in the end. Kara was an angel after all - and now she finally gets to be with Sam.

I was a mess when Sam whispered "See you on the other side." *sob*

And yeah, when Gaius said that he knew about farming and actually shed genuine tears - that was surprisingly moving! I stopped hating him!