***THE FOLLOWING POST CONTAINS SPOILERS. DO NOT READ IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW***
SciFi’s Battlestar Galactica ended Friday. Having written about the show here before, I thought I’d weigh in on the much anticipated finale. I don’t think I’m alone in saying that from the first episode right on through the penultimate show last week, this was some of the best science fiction I had ever seen. The writing was consistently flawless, continually engaging, and always unpredictable. The characters were interesting and felt real. The special effects were cool. I absolutely loved everything about it.
And then, in one fell swoop, Ronald Moore destroyed it all.
I’m not even sure where to begin. This ending has me completely at a loss. Over the past year or so, everything coming from Moore and the cast on how it would wrap up was about how bleak and nihilistic and unhappy the ending would be, and this seemed consistent with the general no-punches-pulled attitude of the series. The way it actually closed seemed pollyanna-ish compared with what was expected; and that’s not to say that I wanted to see everyone die. It’s just that this ending did not feel right. It didn’t fit with the tone of the show.
The whole anti-science, destroy all technology and start over thing was annoying, but I could almost understand why the characters would make that decision after what they’d been through. At the same time, it was such a disjointed thing to do after just a few episodes ago making my science-y little heart sing with Anders’ speech about wanting to be connected to the mathematics of the universe (among other things).
Then there’s the part that really pissed me off: answering every deep and intriguing mystery with a shrug and a simple “God did it.” WHAT THE FRAK?! (That is the last time I will ever use that word.) It felt cheap, like they took the easy way out. To end such a well-crafted story with that kind of cop-out resolution (if you can even call it that) is beyond infuriating. I feel so cheated. I know it’s just a TV show, but I’ve invested a lot of time in this story and these characters and to have them sold so short feels like a betrayal. They were owed more than this. When Ronald Moore showed up onscreen at the end, I wanted to punch him in his smarmy little face.
Even more than that, when you start to really think about it, this finale is full of plot holes and inconsistencies. It’s almost like he thought people would either love it and overlook the fact that the story didn’t make sense, or they’d hate it and not care. I know I’m repeating myself, but it just doesn’t fit. 4 years of great writing only to be wasted in a lazy wrap-up. If I worked on the show, especially as a writer, I would be profoundly angry. Well, I guess I am pretty profoundly angry as it is.
I wrote last year that Battlestar Galactica was and could be a great show despite its roots in Mormon mythology, and it was, almost to the end. I was deceived. It ended as Mormon propaganda after all. I just wish I’d seen it coming. I wouldn’t have wasted my time. I am finished with this series, and will not be watching any subsequent ones. It’s dead to me. Congratulations, Ronald Moore, for alienating your fanbase. Tim3P0 was right on when he called you George Lucas, jr.