WDTPRSer BSGers will want to discuss the last episodes.

I read an interesting entry at CMR which has a prognostication that seems plausible.

We have reached the last few episodes and the writers are beginning to tie up ends.

If you haven’t yet delved into BSG, and think you might want to, I recommend that you leave this entry immediately, close your eyes, plug your ears and chant incessantly "not listening not listening not listening".

Don’t risk ruining your surprise in watching it for the first time from the beginning.

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  1. little gal says:

    I just placed BSG on my Net Flix cue based on the comments of this blog!

  2. Good heavens, I use to watch BSG when I was a teen with my dad (ok, so I’m revealing my nerdy side).

    Is that still on?

    I was actually a big fan of Seaquest DSV, which ran for about 3 years.

  3. Landon says:

    Fr. Z,
    Thank you so much for providing this resource. I am going to watch the latest episode right now and respond. I have a huge hole in my life when it comes to discussing up to date BSG and what better way to fill it than on my favorite liturgically minded blog.

  4. DavidJ says:

    I read the assessment, and I have to say that I disagree with his feeling of Felix being “forced” into his role. Felix and Helo have always been moral forces on the show, both speaking up for their convictions of what is right, even when it’s inconvenient. Where Helo has grown through it, though, Felix has always been handed a worse situation for his troubles. He’s responsible for stopping Rosalyn’s election fraud, remember? His doing the right thing costs him everything he has, yet he still, til the end, has the conviction to follow his beliefs in doing the right thing, despite the cost.

    Of course, it ultimately leads to his death.

    I think Felix’s story arc is probably the most tragic, in the classical Greek sense. He’s really never gotten a break.

  5. Gerriet Suiter says:

    I agree that I thought Felix wasn’t out of character when he took part in the revolution. What I didn’t care for was the way he wavered at the end when he realized what the revolution meant. I just don’t see how the whole “oh God, what have I done?” benefited his character development.

    For that matter, I really enjoyed the mutiny but wasn’t crazy about how it was resolved. The Admiral gathered an army, walked onto the bridge, took back the ship, and no shots were fired? Sorry, I don’t buy it. It was too easy.

  6. DavidJ says:

    Felix was naive. He didn’t really see past his point of “I’m right, and something needs to be done.” He didn’t ever consider who he was taking up with.

    I think the revolutionaries were in two camps: One, people who just didn’t agree with the way things were going, with the Cylon coexistance and all, and two, people looking for an excuse to cause chaos. Contrast the guard who let Tyrol go with the one Pegasus torturer. Hotdog with the other Viper pilot. The first camp didn’t actually want bloodshed, just change. The second camp wanted an excuse to let loose.

    Felix thought everyone was in the first camp. Felix thought he’d win, Adama would say he’d been wrong, and all would be right in the world. He didn’t count on the second camp of revolutionaries. He didn’t think Zarek would use the opportunity to seize power by murdering the quorum.

    Felix just didn’t think about what would happen when the RTF (Rag-Tag Fleet), already on the edge of collapse, lost the only thing holding them together.

  7. Father Z.,

    There was an excellent article about Battlestar
    Galactica and its last few episodes in “The
    Atlantic” earlier this year. You can read it
    here: (http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200901/battlestar-galactica)

  8. MargaretMN says:

    BSG has been great this season. I didn’t see a problem with the Felix/Tom revolution. Revolutions can start that way with some guy with personal resentments. If you look at mutinies etc. historically that’s often how they finish up. We only tend to remember the ones that were successful.

  9. Paul says:

    With just a few episodes left, I\’m worried how they\’ll resolve all the remaining questions without dropping 45 minutes of exposition on us. But I trust the writers to handle that fairly well, so my main worry is that it will end with everyone (or at least every one of the protagonists) dead and the ultimate triumph of grittiness and despair. I want see Lee\’s answer to \”All of this has happened before…\” (\”But it doesn\’t have to happen again\”) win out, but I\’m not really sure it will the way things are going.

  10. DavidJ says:

    I believe the final episode is supposed to be multi-hour.

  11. Jacob says:

    Though others have been quite impressed with the last ten episodes of the series so far, I’ve felt they’ve been hit and miss.

    If any of you out there watched a cop show on FX that wrapped up late last year, you know what I mean by constant tension and “How’s it going to end, how are they going to get out of it??”

    BSG right now feels more like The X-Files and RDM is Chris Carter running out of time trying to explain everything he piled throughout the course of the show, always saying, “We’ll get to the truth, eventually…”

    Right now, I’m just looking to see if the writers have totally forgotten about Cally or if there will be some justice there.

  12. Andy Lucy says:

    I don’t think that RDM is in the same situation as Carter. RDM has stated repeatedly that he is ending the show on his terms… and he has told the story exceptionally well, thus far. The items that absolutely need closure are significant, but not that numerous.

    As to what Tyrol will do when finds out that Tori whacked Cally… will he really care? After what she pulled on him with Hotdog? I dunno… part of me says the old Chief would drag her to a launch tube… but the new Cylon Tyrol… I just don’t know.

  13. DavidJ says:

    Sadly, I think the chief eats a bullet before the series ends. I’m not sure he’ll be able to forgive himself for this one.

  14. Laura Lowder says:

    I can’t see references to BSG or any of the Star Trek shows without thinking of Sister Scholastica – What a gal!

  15. Magdalene says:

    What is BSG???

  16. BSG. Battlestar Galactica, is going to go down as one of the best sci-fi series–best TV series–ever. The only thing separating it from greatness and extraordinary greatness will be how the writers tie up the series. Let’s be done with Calvinistic doom and gloom and look for a little bit of hope here at the end. If the show ends with hope on the horizon, then, truly, we will have witnessed a great drama.

  17. Todd says:

    I don’t know if anyone is still reading this thread… but what if Galactica herself is the “dying leader”? I just saw the preview for next week on SciFi, and that seems to make a surprising amount of sense.

  18. Todd: INTERESTING IDEA! Remember how Tigh heard the song in the ship’s bulkheads?

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