The Last Supper on Galactica

The Last Supper on Galactica

So I think—and this is just my personal opinion—that the most perfect TV series of all time is The Wire.  Just below that, Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (hey, if you haven’t watched it, don’t say anything; if you have watched it, you wouldn’t argue).

Somewhere in there is Battlestar Galactica.  It just ended its four season run with a three-part series ender.  The thing about series that end, rather than get cancelled, is that they can bring things to a close.  They did it magnificently here.  Resolution of the main plot lines in a way that makes sense.  Characters fulfilled.

If you don’t know the show, what follows next will not make sense.  And one thing about being late to the party when it comes to reviewing shows I watch off of iTunes means that spoilers don’t really matter.  So…

Starbuck used the notes drawn by Hera to jump to our Earth.  The whole time, when they were talking about Earth, they were talking about another planet that underwent nuclear holocaust and was still radioactive 2,000 years later.  They spent 3 1/2 seasons searching for Earth, then they found it and couldn’t use it.  Wow.  And that wasn’t even the series finale.

So they come to our Earth, and they call it “Earth” after their Earth.  And it’s 150,000 years ago.  And Hera is the “mitochondrial eve.” And Starbuck was some kind of angel. And President Roslyn died. And even Gaius reached some sort of maturity.

Even Lee realized his joys and was happy, which for him has been an issue the entire four seasons.

And the cylons joined with the remaining 38,000 people. And they set the Centurions free, which they hoped would break the “cycle of violence” which was one of the show’s motifs, how the same things had been happening over and over throughout the past 2,000 years. Even though I have a natural distaste for that phrase, I was okay with it here. The remaining humans disdain building cities and instead decide to set out with “just a few provisions and the clothes on their backs.” “Never underestimate the human desire for a clean slate.”

Overall: A+ for the episodes, and A+ for the series. Well worth the whole thing.

For those of you with no idea what I’m talking about, the series started with a surprise cylon attack on Caprica, the human home world, and all other human home planets, with the remaining 38,000 humans banding together to escape the cylons and find Earth. Over four seasons, they fought the cylons, fought each other, found peace with the cylons, and peace with each other. A really amazing series.


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