Wednesday, April 01, 2009


Thoughts on the BSG Finale

The good people at SF Signal have put together another one of their "Mind Meld" features, rounding up responses to a question from various SF/F types. The topic today? "BSG has ended, and no one appears to be thrilled with the finale. What would you have done differently, if you could run the show?"

I was among the respondents. Curious to know where I stand on the BSG finale? (Hint, the second sentence of my response includes the phrase "steaming pile of dogshit"...)

Other respondents include my pals Paul Cornell, Lou Anders, Joel Shepherd, Chris Dolley, and Jayme Lynne Blaschke, among other worthies. I agree with a lot of what they say... except for you, Paul, but it's alright, I forgive you.

And as a bonus from the Onion, Obama Depressed, Distant Since 'Battlestar Galactica' Series Finale.

I'm surprised that you continued to watch the show; I thought your opinion had fallen so much by the beginning of the fourth season that you would have given up (as I did in the middle of the third).
Ted, I almost stopped watching every week from the middle of the third-season onwards. My wife insisted on sticking with it to see how bad it got, though, and weak-willed as I am I allowed myself to follow along. But that only got me through the beginning of the fourth season.

By the time this last "half-season" started, I figured I'd already invested enough pain in the process that I owed it to myself to stick it out to the bitter end, if only so I could complain about it with some sense of authority. The last half-dozen or so episodes were about as much fun as a root canal without the benefit of anesthetic, and I stuck with it only through sheer force of will. (I'll admit to skipping out of about half of every episode, though, and having Allison summarize it for me when I came back in. Usually a few minutes at the beginning and end of each episode was all I could take.)

Clearly, I could have better spent that last dozen or so hours in a much more constructive way. Who knows, maybe I have a masocistic streak?
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