Farewell Galactica

Battlestar Galactica

It’s taken me a few days to process the final episode of Battlestar Galactica and place it within the context of the series. The initial controversy over the changes they made to the 70’s series, and the subsequent controversies they encountered over the balance of the series all seem like hollow voices now. I feel like I’ve just witnessed something that will never be repeated again.

I still don’t know how the creators managed to keep such a dark tone throughout the series and present such adult themes without network executives or activist groups sticking their unwelcome and ignorant opinions into the mix. HBO and Showtime can get away with more, but I challenge you to show me a series that deals with the modern zeitgeist better than Battlestar Galactica. Torture, paranoia, the cost of war, religion, rape, cruelty, honor, deceit, sacrifice and the sum total of the human experience were all addressed in one way or another throughout the series. Galactica was very much a product of the mood in America following September 11th and they never compromised on that.

It was abundantly clear that everyone involved in creating Battlestar Galactica was heavily invested in what became a five year long movie. Galactica benefits from a level of cohesion that almost every series lacks. Every epic series I can think of either loses its way on the journey (X-Files), goes on too long (ER), or gets the plug pulled too early (Firefly). Galactica flew straight from the beginning and ended at the perfect time.

The series finale was deeply satisfying. The action of the first hour was intense and thrilling. In fact, it was better than most action movies, but even more importantly, because you knew this was the final episode, you knew everyone was vulnerable (not that Galactica ever had a problem with axing a character). The second hour was a pure character study that both wrapped up their lives and answered all questions. The answers to all the mysteries took Galactica to another level entirely.

I’ve purposely removed any indication of how Battlestar Galactica ended, in the hopes that if you haven’t seen the series that you will invest the time to see how good television can be at its height. I doubt if we’ll ever see a series that performs as well from beginning to end and absolutely represents the time it was created, better than Battlestar Galactica. The finale took a fantastic series and made it eternal. Thanks to the creators, cast and crew of Battlestar Galactica.

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2 Responses to Farewell Galactica

  1. Cyrli Liddinton says:

    Your comments and thoughts are right on the money! Shame I didn’t have a 2:1 bet on it. good job.
    So say we all.

    ….shhh..now 43….I still use the same desk i had when I was around 12. inside the deskdraw is a sticker from the bubblegum cards of Apollo. Glad they had a lot more hot chicks in this series.

    I’d love to have Playboy special edition – the women of BsG!

    • TheBeefboy says:

      Ha! Yes…. So say we all.

      Thanks for the comments. Yes, I was a big fan of the 70′s Battlestar too. I have friends who never watched the new series because Starbuck was a woman, and that’s their loss. While the old series has a place in my heart, there really is no comparison. After all, the new series had a five year run and a brilliant ending. The old series ended with Galactica 80!

      I’d like that Playboy edition of the women of BsG too! I’ll give you next best thing… the Beefboy Galleries of Battlestar Gallactica! Mouse-over the links to the old section of my site with the galleries of:

      Tricia Helfer

      and boudoir photos of Katee Sackhoff (about halfway down the page), and Grace Park (about a third of the way down the page).

      Tell you what… I’ll go do my homework and get a set of photos for each of them up on the new section of the site soon!

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