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.