As far as series finales go, Battlestar Galactica’s double-pronged send-off was the stuff of legend. Many of us were left wondering how so many loose ends could possibly be resolved in the span of two measly episodes. How many more babes could Baltar possibly bed between now and the end of the world? Would the only known Cylon-human hybrid in the universe wind up on the wrong end of a vivisectionist’s scalpel?
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Did it matter, anyway, given that the rest of humanity only had a few more weeks’ worth of food and fuel rations, and no habitable rock to call home? What the frak is Starbuck? And is Bob Dylan really the savior of all mankind?
In Daybreak, Part I, it’s a flashback frenzy as we glimpse what life was like back in Caprica City before the nukes. Turns out that the answer is a lot more complicated than, “Less radioactive.” Better still, this is the flashback as nature (or at least as Syd Field) intended – to provide an often surprising context for these characters that we thought we’d grown to know so well.
Who would have imagined that Adama was just one or two bureaucratic butt-smooches away from landing a cushy desk job? Or that Baltar was the product of a particularly modest upbringing…..and not even an English one at that?
It’s all just enough to make us care that much more about our favorite characters before they go flying off toward almost certain death in that last-ditch attempt to rescue Hera. Who is being held captive in the middle of Cylon central. Which is located in the middle of an asteroid field. Next to a black hole.
No pressure or anything
As for Daybreak, Part II:
Would you believe that, when caught between a rock and a hard place, or – more specifically – between a black hole, an asteroid belt, and some really pissed off Cylons, humming a few bars of a trippy 60’s folk rock tune can transport you to a magical, happy place without the use of hallucinogens?
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Yeah. You do have to see it to believe it. And the show, for the most part, does manage to go out in a blaze of glory. Well, one character in particular goes out in a blaze of hydrogen and helium.
Has more jaw-dropping, buzz-worthy closure been provided to any series in recent television history? You tell us.