Crossroads 2

Crossroads 2, the Battlestar Galactica season finale was – I thought – very nicely done. Here are my kneejerk reactions:

1. The plot (mostly) seemed to go where I expected: 

(a) Gaeta testifies? Check.

(b) Baltar acquitted because it just wasn’t fair to punish him for what the Cylons ultimately imposed on New Caprica? Check.

(c) Adama casts the deciding vote? Check.

(d) Most of the final five revealed? Check. With an additional surprise: Tyrol is the fourth!

(e) Starbuck assumes the spiritual role of leader to Earth? Check.

2. Baltar is about to become a spiritual leader/figurehead among a bunch of fleet chicks? Wonder where that is going? Already, the sci-fi channel forums are filling up with “Cult of Baltar” posts.  They’re hilarious!

3. The stage is now set for Act III. There are more than enough plot points bouncing around, now. They need to be resolved, not further complicated. Season 4 should provide more than enough time to accomplish this. Then, the series should end.

3. Counting Tyrol’s kiddo, we now have TWO human/cylon hybrid children onboard galactica. How freaky is THAT?

4. Baltar’s arrogance after he was acquitted is enough to make me vomit. I think he is now on the journey toward the power-hungry megalomaniac that we knew in the old series. I would love to see him ultimately in command of the “evil” Cylon forces.

5. How much time will be spent parsing the lyrics to All Along the Watchtower during the next eight months? Any early interpretations?

6. And while we’re on the subject…I thought switching to a rock soundtrack when the ships launched at the end of the episode was sheer briliance from a musical standpoint. Again, it signals the ushering in of a new act.

7. The most surprising line in the whole thing: Starbuck, who says of earth, “I’ve been there.” I’m really, truly intrigued to find out how and when and what she found.

8. The thing I liked most was, again, Starbuck’s line: “Everything’s going to be okay.” Could it be that we are now going to turn from a dark, bleak story to one of hope? I think a bold move in this way: shifting the dark tone of the series to something more hopeful, would be great.

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3 Responses to Crossroads 2

  1. James says:

    Technically… Tyrol wasn’t really a surprise, if you listen carefully to the preview clip from Crossroads, Part 1 near the end you can distinctly hear Tyrol as the one saying “We’re cylons.”

    I loved the last 2 episodes, and it pains me to see the 2008 date as the time I must now wait in order to see more new episodes.

    My prediction is that rather than rehash the original series where Baltar becomes the human leader of the cylons and the conflict goes on and on, we’ll actually see some sort of peaceful resolution between the majority of humanity and cylons. The main reason for this is because in BSG-world, Earth is where the human-cylon model was conceived and their purpose was actually to shepherd the rest of humanity home for reconciliation. In other words, Earth will be the location for the Deux Ex Machina where the rag-tag band of survivors of the 12 colonies come to grips with the fact that humans and the new cylons are really not that different and can co-exist.

  2. Matt says:

    On waiting until 2008, I feel your pain, James.

    I’m going to try and watch the whole series through, front to back, this Spring and Summer – see if I can make any more sense of all of this. There are so many plot points to tie together – its hard to keep track of them all.

    Also thinking about a series of posts on the theology of BSG – looking at Christian, Jewish, Bhuddist, Pagan, and Hindu influences (they’re all strongly present), but focusing on how the Judeo-Christian story of sin, exodus, and deliverance plays such a huge role.

  3. Thurman8er says:

    Catching up a bit here.

    I think the episode was either inspired brilliance or desperate grasp, depending upon how it all resolves. I LOVE Tigh’s reaction to the flipped switch. Also loved the soundtrack of the last section. And doesn’t the use of “Watchtower” mean that once they DO find Earth, it has to be post-1970 or so?

    Starbuck’s appearance was unsurprising but perfectly played. Hey, I suppose if her viper could appear IN A ROOM during flight, that it could just as easily appear on Earth.

    I think the peaceful coexistence is the way to go. After all, these last 5 cylons are to be “fundamentally different.” I think that means they will act as liaisons between the two species. As for the fifth, it’s either Roslin…or Dirk Benedict.

    “There are those who believe that there may yet be brothers of man who even now fight to survive…somewhere beyond the heavens.”

    Bom pa pa bom ba pa bom bom bom bom bom Bom bom bom bom bom Bom bom bom.

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