This Friday on Sci-Fi Channel Battlestar Galactica will wrap up it’s series run.
I’ll be watching the 2-hour series finale but I have to say I have a hate/love relationship with the show. I admire some of the things they’ve done with the show in terms of the way it looks, the chances they’ve taken with the characters (no one is just black or white, they’re all shades of gray) and the fact it’s a sci-fi series when there are so few on these day.
I have a problem, however, with the fact that the darn show seems to take itself so seriously.
Yes, I realize that being the only survivors of the human race pretty much takes the bounce out of one’s step. But one of the ways I deal with stress and disaster and things going to hell in a hand basket is to joke about it. Gallows humor, I suppose you could call it. But it helps.
So, initially, I refused to watch the show. And not because I was one of those fans of the 70s version. It just didn’t appeal to me. My brother, however, was watching it and I started watching it around the third season. Which I believe is the season they were on New Caprica. Anyway, I got the prior seasons on DVD from the library and watched those.
And now, I’m waiting to watch the season finale this Friday.
However, I’m wondering if the writers/producers for Battlestar are going to pull a Sopranos. The last episode of that series, from what I understand, ended rather abruptly. (I never watched The Sopranos but I heard about the ending on the news).
Just recently, a Showtime series called The L Word, ended its series run by not revealing who had killed a main character.
There seems to be a new development of ending series—not just seasons–with stuff hanging in the balance. Some speculate that it’s being done in order to set up possible movie versions, or sequels, or even another series down the line.
I have no idea. I just know that I, myself, prefer loose ends neatly tied up. They don’t have to be tied up in a big, fat, pink “happily ever after” bow. But they do have to be tied up. I don’t like loose ends.
That’s not to say I don’t appreciate an ending that suggests that the characters will go on after the series is over. But to leave questions hanging? Subplots unresolved? That’s very frustrating. At least to me.
So, me, my brother and my son are wondering just what the heck is going to happen on Friday with the crew of the Galactica, with the Cylons, and with every subplot and character question they’ve raised over the last five seasons.
I fear that there’s no way they’re going to resolve everything in just two hours. And on the Battlestar Galactica Special that was on just the other day, Ronald Moore, the series creator, said that, during the writer’s meeting for the final episode, they decided that the plot wasn’t that important. The characters were.
Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! That’s a sign, at least to me, that they’re planning on not resolving some of the loose ends of the series.
We will see.