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TV Review: Battlestar Galactica – Season 4 Ep. 19-20: Daybreak


Battlestar Galactica came to an end in Ep. 19: Daybreak Part 1 and Ep. 20: Daybreak Part 2 of Season 4 with a spectacular battle and God. Both parts of Daybreak were good but the first part in my opinion was more satisfying than the second part. The first part dealt with the aftermath of Boomer’s escape as did Battlestar Galactica, Episode 18: Islanded in a Stream of Stars. What I found odd about Daybreak Part 1 was that Admiral Adama let Racetrack and Skulls out of the brig when he said at the beginning of the mutiny in Battlestar Galactica, Episode 14: Blood on the Scales: “there will be no forgiveness” concerning this. These people mutinied against you, killed your men and you let them back into a Raptor? You would think they would have at least been Court Marshalled. Anyway, I digress. Battlestar Galactica, Ep. 18: Daybreak Part 2, the final and longest episode of Battlestar Galactica, got better and better and better. The battle plan was laid out and Baltar did what I expected him to do. I absolutely loved the fact that the Centurions were used the way they were on the side of the Thirteen Colonies with red paint to identify them. It reminded me of The White Hand of Sauron in the Lord of the Rings. The big battle that took place was great, I liked seeing the Raptors jump out of the launch bay into the middle of the asteroid field but what happens to Racetrack I did not get, especially since she is wearing a space suit as well as her co-pilot.

What was fantastic about Daybreak Part 2 was when Hera was running through Galactica (again) during the battle and the shared dream coming into play. Daybreak Part 2 was very well-written all the way up to the resurrection technology download that almost took place. Even Baltar’s speech was good. If he were not there, the alliance and the Cyclons would have killed each other. I also liked how Starbuck used her childhood piano lessons to find the jump coordinates to the planet they soon called Earth and how the angels were discussing the dynamics of a complex system.

What I did not like was the revelation about the “angels” Baltar and Caprica saw and that Starbuck was an apparition. If Starbuck was an angel or a “physical” ghost, how could she touch and have tactile contact while the other two could only appear to and have “voice” contact? And where did Starbuck’s brand new Viper come from? Out of thin air? The answer we were given was God. God made it materialize and Starbuck rematerialize? This answer is dubious and fairly disappointing. I was expecting and hoping for something more clever and ingenious than simply God.

What happened to Sam was both cool and sad. I thought the people on the Galactica would try to help him, not turn him into a colonial Hybrid that eventually commits suicide with the rest of the colonial ships into the sun. I understand that what was left of the Thirteen Colonies wanted to start over again but giving up there technology and “creature comforts” for a complete rural existence? A stretch but the fleet had been put through the ringer because of technology so some of the sentiment I can understand. What Adama said over Rosalyn’s grave was touching as was what Baltar said about being apt at farming. What I did not like was how changeable Colonel Ty and Caprica Six’s emotions were. I thought they were in love? Guess not. That did not really make much sense to me either.

All and all, I found the end to Battlestar Galactica to be somewhat satisfying. I liked the ending the Star Trek: The Next Generation way more even though it was less action based. The ending to Star Trek: The Next Generation was more appropriate and fitting than the one bestowed upon Battlestar Galactica. What did you think of the series finale of Battlestar Galactica?

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