Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Battlestar Galactica

Season Finale was last Sunday. Pretty wild, I'll let SJS take it away:
"So. Saul Tigh, Chief, Tory and Sam all think they are Cylons; Baltar, after being acquitted on charges, is spirited away by a group of religious nutcases and to top it off, Starbuck comes back from the dead to lead the fleet on to Earth...any one of which would have sufficed for a season ending cliffhanger, but all together? Could it be BSG may have jumped the shark, especially with Tigh & Co. claiming they are Cylons (which would account for 4 of the remaining un-ID'd five Cylons?). Or have they, because of their time on New Caprica, somehow become susceptible to long-range mind games fomented by the nearby Cylon fleet? Are the writers making this up as they go along? Hope not -- BSG has been a remarkable bit of theater and in light of the untimely demise of Firefly (yes, YHS was a fan of that too), one of the few good post Babylon-5 space-based sci-fi series available."
Ditto what he said about Firefly, as well. If you haven't watched Firefly and its follow-on movie, Serenity, you need to. Can't comment on Babylon-5 since I haven't watched it yet, but it's on my to-do list.

As for the season finale, it was definitely full of surprises. It certainly has a feel that the writers may have jumped the shark, but every time Ron Moore and Co. seem to do that they manage to reign it back in. I'm glad they brought back President Roslin's cancer, and it'll be interesting to see where they take Baltar's religious angle. Finally, it'll be nice to have some good ol' fashioned Battlestar vs Basestar action, which has been missing for the second half of season 3.

While we're speaking of BSG, here's a very interesting interview Salon did with show creator Ron Moore. Something you may not have known was Moore's background in NROTC, his military background (dad was a Marine officer), and his desire to allow the show to humanize military personnel, warts and all. Cool stuff.

I'll close with stealing a bit from SJS, what I consider to be one of Col. Tigh's best moments:

"Whatever else I am, I'm an officer in the Colonial fleet and if I die today, that's the man I'll be."