Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Battlestar Galactica, or How 'Revelations' is an understatement!

Battlestar Galactica: Revelations (mid-season finale)
[Spoilers Alert!]

Holy Frak!
After a two-part episode arc (concluded beautifully by Ms Jane Espenson!) BSG gave us the episode we were all waiting for (and yes, it's taken me this long to digest it - or at least try to). Revelations was what a good BSG episode should be: intriguing, well-written, character-driven, suspenseful and high with the stakes (I'm sure there was a scene were Lee was in a towel, but I know why Ron and David would see that it wouldn't add that much to the storyline, but I wouldn't have complained about that too much).

So, now that we found Earth there are a bunch of lingering questions, which the Sci Fi Channel will have us ponder for the next... oh yeah. EVER. Ugh, I though waiting til Spring 08 for Season 4 was hell. Waiting for Season 4.5 Spring 09 is gonna be worse! What to do with our time? Re-watch everything and ponder s'more:

- Will Kara forgive Anders for being a(n albeit pretty) Cylon?
- Xena told us that the 5th Cylon wasn't in the fleet. Does that mean a) the Final Cylon is dead (Zak? Callie?), b) on the Cylon basestar as D'Anna said this (Roslin? Helo? Baltar) or c) Just elsewhere... but Moore has said over and over again that we know who the Final Cylon is, so... what the frak?
- I re-watched Razor and got this from the Hybrid/wikipedia:

"At last, they have come for me. I feel their lives, their destinies spilling out before me. The denial of the one true path, played out on a world not their own, will end soon enough. Soon there will be four, glorious in awakening, struggling with the knowledge of their true selves. The pain of revelation bringing new clarity. And in the midst of confusion, he will find her. Enemies brought together by impossible longing. Enemies now joined as one. The way forward at once unthinkable, yet inevitable. And the fifth, still in shadow, will claw toward the light, hungering for redemption that will only come in the howl of terrible suffering. I can see them all. The seven, now six, self-described machines who believe themselves without sin. But in time, it is sin that will consume them. They will know enmity, bitterness, the wrenching agony of one splintering into many. And then, they will join the promised land, gathered on the wings of an angel. Not an end, but a beginning."

Okay so we've got to the part BEFORE the mention of the fifth (enemies brought together, etc.) I just have no idea what the whole "the seven, now six, self-described machines who believe themselves without sin" (are these the other cylons?) And then there's the whole "Kara Thrace is the harbinger of death" stuff... yah, she brought 'em to Earth which seems to be 'death-like' but is there more?
- "All of this has happened before. And all of this will happen again." Huh? Will we ever get to know what this means?
- Why is Hera so special? I mean, sure, she's the first human-cylon baby - but then what about Tyrol and Callie's baby; how come she doesn't get an opera house dream-vision. And what'll happen with that Tigh-Six baby on the way?
Too many questions! But god this is an amazing show. 2009 you can't come soon enough. Here's hoping they'll be a TV movie in Fall 2008 to fill in the void (or that Caprica miniseries, whichever).

[photo via Sitrep - which also has an amazing Buffy 'Where do we go from here?' mashup with Revelations' last scene]


Anonymous said...

Battlestar Galictica Revelations

And so, Battlestar Galactica is reduced to a simple fable - we run from our past, believing the future holds something better for our species, while praying we can rise above our dark “human nature” before we do ourselves in. This episode was a mirror, showing how despite hope for a bright technological future, we’re simultaneously on the knife’s edge of destruction.

In one episode, Battlestar Galactica moved beyond the addictive, nit-picky details like “who is the last Cylon?” and “how did Tigh get Six pregnant?” and reminded me of the big picture - our irrepressibly hopeful yet frustratingly misguided humanity.

Enter Doctor Zee - The Fifth Cylon

“The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr

Michael Parsons said...

"And the fifth, still in shadow, will claw toward the light, hungering for redemption that will only come in the howl of terrible suffering."

Baltar - He needs redemption. Unless you are talking physical suffering then it is Roslin. If it is Roslin I hope she bitch slaps Tori