After four seasons, the fate of Battlestar Galactica and her fleet is revealed after a treacherous rescue mission to save Hera.
I honestly can't believe this is the last recap I'll write for Battlestar Galactica. What a frakkin' ride this show has been, particularly in the last ten weeks. We've discovered Ellen was the fifth and final Cylon, said goodbye to Dualla after her shocking suicide, and saw humans and Cylons working together to ensure their survival. We've also questioned who and what our heroine Starbuck really is and seen the ever-stoic Adama become an alcoholic and drug addict. But there are still so many questions to be answered! Could the show resolve them all in just two hours and 11 minutes? Let's find out.
Last week, I mentioned how much I enjoyed the flashbacks of some of the fleet's lives in Caprica before the fall, but I wished there had been more. Well, this week, my wish came true, and the somewhat disjointed flashbacks from last episode were fleshed out in much more detail.
Tigh, Ellen and Adama
I have to admit I was shocked to see Adama and Tigh hanging out and discussing Tigh's retirement and Adama's new job interview in a strip club! But I couldn't stop chuckling at the awesomeness of this bromance and Tigh's super-drunk and gravely voice — complete with several "Yeahs!" after he took shots. I was actually even a little annoyed that Ellen showed up to crash the party, though I understand why she did. They needed to show that Ellen and Tigh, as dysfunctional as they are, are meant to be together forever. It was nice to see a more touching and loving side to their relationship.
We also saw Adama asked to take a lie detector test for a new cushy job he was interviewing for. But midway through, he decided he'd had enough and took off. After he returned to the bar for a few more shots, he headed outside to vomit (in one of the grossest vomit scenes I've watched on TV), then looked up at the stars, just knowing his true destiny.
After watching her heartbreaking reaction to losing her family last week, we got to see a lighter, naughtier side of Roslin. We met her blind date, Sean Ellison, and in one of the funnier moments of the show, she realized how she knew him. He was one of her former students! He knew that she was his teacher and wanted to go on a date (love that), and looked like a smitten puppy. She paused for just a second and brilliantly poured a large glass of wine and said something along the lines of, "the night is young, let's see what happens." After their date, which went well enough for them to end up in bed, she gave herself a long look in the mirror. She then asked Sean to leave, telling him it will never happen again. She lights herself a cigarette and makes a phone call accepting a job with the mayor's campaign. It's an awesome moment.
Kara, Zak and Lee
Kara, Zak and Lee have had way too much to drink at their little dinner party, and Lee and Kara have to help Zak to the couch so he can pass out. Lee tries to take off, but Kara insists it's time for shots. Heh. The two have an undeniable sexual chemistry, but they also just have a really good time together. Whether it's the liquor talking or they have no shame, Kara double-dog dared Lee to take her right on the kitchen table (with Zak sleeping on the couch)! They got a few smooches in before Zak stirred and talked in his sleep, snapping the would-be lovers out of their trance. They stopped making out and even looked a little guilty. This says soooo much about the rest of their relationship.
Baltar and Six
Baltar, who has taken up with Six again, admitted he may have found a way for her to get access to the colonial defense systems — you know, that little tiny catalyst to the nuclear holocaust. "What a man does for love," he added wistfully.
This was such a gigantic and action-packed part of the finale, I can't do it justice off my notes alone, so here are the broad strokes.
While preparing to go on a possible one-way rescue mission, Adama handed over command of the fleet to Hoshi, and Lee handed over the presidency to Romo Lampkin! Ha! They both looked slightly terrified, but accepted the jobs.
Roslin and some of the medical staff that stayed behind on Galactica prepared the sick bay for soon-to-arrive casualties. Roslin was mightily hopped up on drugs to give her two more days of life. She thanked Cottle for being an amazing doctor and keeping her alive as long as he did. What a spectacular moment of acting — one of many in this episode — by Mary McDonnell.
The Cylons and Colonials decided the best way to attack the Cylon colony was to hook Anders up to the main control in the CIC so he could mess with the colony's systems while the assault teams found Hera.
I was hoping we'd get a little redemption from Baltar and we do! He decided to stay behind on Galactica with Caprica Six to fight off any invaders from the colony. They had an awesome reunion, complete with a kiss and figuring out that both of them see hallucinations of the other. They exclaimed, "You see him/her?" Awesome.
Once they jumped next to the creepy colony, the enemy immediately began a massive attack on Galactica, lauching what seems like an endless number of raiders. Galactica's viper pilots held their own, with the assault teams ready to enter the colony. Adama ordered that Galactica be flown directly into the colony to punch a whole in its side to gain access to the interior. Lee, Kara, Athena, Helo and a bunch of ally Centurions (marked with a red paint) busted through to find the little girl who meant so much to so many. It's just in the nick of time, because Cavil's Cylon lackey had begun testing her with an extremely disturbing looking instrument. Boomer finally grew a conscience and broke the guy's neck. She carried Hera out to the Athena and Co., and told the crew to tell Adama that she owed him one. There was a cool flashback that showed that Boomer was about to be washed out of the flight program, but Adama gave her another chance. She told him she would repay him one day when it really mattered. Aw. Athena didn't really give a crap and ended up blowing her away with her machine gun.
Cavil and a few others got aboard Galactica, while the others brought Hera back on board. During one of the battles, Hera freaked and ran off without her parents, and we got an amazing montage of Roslin and Six's opera-house vision cut into the present situation. The two eerily matched. Roslin instinctively knew Hera was in trouble and left the sick bay to rescue her, but just like in the vision, Six and Baltar came to the rescue.
Cavil made it to the CIC and took Hera hostage at gunpoint, but the Cylons promised him the power of resurrection if he let Hera go and promised to end the war. He agreed and the final five stuck their hands into the goo bath with Anders in order to download the resurrection blueprints. Tory warned them they would all see into each other's minds and might not like what they see. They told her to get over it, but she looked scared. With good reason. When they began to download, all five of them saw that Tory murdered Callie by airlocking her. Chief was so furious, he choked her to death, stopping the download. Cavil thought it was all a trick and ordered another attack, but things went so awry that he took the coward's way out and shot himself in the head.
A New Home
Chaos erupted on the ship after Cavil's suicide and the raiders began firing again. Kara desperately tried to figure out the jump sequence inspired by "All Along the Watchtower," and succeeded. We saw a sweeping shot of our moon, rising above our beautiful planet Earth.
They landed in Africa and did recon of the planet, then realized the only human-like life was still very primitive and tribal. But, the planet was rich with wildlife, soil for cultivation and materials for starting over again. But, Lee had an idea: Get rid of the technology and don't build any cities. So, after dropping off the 38,000 odd survivors at different spots around the globe, they programmed Anders to fly all of the now-empty ships directly into the sun.
I'll go into more detail about all of the resolutions in the full recap tomorrow, but here's the rundown:
-Adama said goodbye to Lee and Kara: He's wasn't coming back and took Roslin for a final ride in a raptor to look for a spot to build her a cabin. Sadly, she died next to him before he could find that spot.
-Kara told Lee her time is done in this existence; she's finished what she set out to do. As Lee said goodbye, Kara disappeared into thin air. "You'll never be forgotten," Lee said.
-Chief asked to be dropped off in the middle of nowhere to live the rest of his life alone
-Tigh, Ellen, Helo, Athena and Hera were all alive and well
150,000 Years Later
The last image we see is of the hallucination/vision versions of Baltar and Six walking through Times Square in New York City, a whopping 150,000 years later. They commented on the advancement of technology, and whether or not we will go down the same path of self destruction Cylons and Humans did before. Six was hopeful.
So am I.
Here are some of my favorite moments:
-Galactica jumping directly next to the colony and ramming the crap out of it.
-The Boomer-Athena showdown, complete with the flashback of her with Adama.
-One of the most stunning images from the opera house vision is when we pan up from the CIC to Anders' goo bath. We see the final five, and then flash to them as the ghostly blank-white blobs from Roslin's vision. Which then begs the question: Where is the moment where Lucy Lawless recognizes the final five, including Ellen? Where is Lucy Lawless at all in this episode? I would have loved to see a moment with her and the final five.
-Baltar and Six's reunion, and the moment they realize they both see hallucinations of each other.
-Adama addressing the fleet saying, "Galactica's seen a lot of battles, this will be her last. She will not fail us if we do no fail her." This is one of many, many times that I teared up during the finale. Love it or hate the finale, at the end of the day, one cannot deny the emotional power of the episode.
-Chief strangling Tory after learning she murdered Callie. Ha!
-I knew the minute the episode transitioned from the battle scenes to the resolution on "Earth," fans would either love it or hate it. Part of me thought ending with just the shot of Earth would be stunning. The other part of me needed closure about Kara, Roslin and the rest of our beloved fleet. And I was completely devastated by Kara's disappearance and the scene with the bird finally flying free from Lee's apartment. I was really hoping that she and Lee would be able to find happiness in this new world, but after talking to Ron Moore, I see that that was never the plan. Sigh.
-I was hoping Roslin's death would not be too painful to watch, and it turned out to be sweet, emotional and completely not over-the-top. Just beautiful. All I could think about was Adama talking to her flower-covered grave. And how frakkin' amazing was the music throughout the episode.
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