Friday, June 13, 2008

So, What's With the "Planet of the Apes" Ending to Battlestar Galactica? [UPDATED]

WTF? I almost expected to see the Statue of Liberty half-buried in the sand.

Not to mention the fact that it felt like they condensed 3 episodes down into 1. Literally. Some of the editing and cuts from one scene to another were bizarre.

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At 6/14/2008 12:37 AM, Blogger Bender said...

I was pretty bleh about the episode. And, after dragging and dragging and dragging the last several episodes before, they did seem to rush three or four episodes into the last 10 minutes.

But the whole post-apocalyptic wasteland is so 1970s and before. I thought that the idea of world-wide destruction caused by nuclear war went out with the Cold War. Sure, the followers of the Prophet might yet nuke one or two of our cities, but missiles flying anywhere and everywhere no longer seems plausible.

I suppose that what we saw might not have been nuclear bomb destruction (notwithstanding the geiger counter clicking), but the remains from catastrophic global warming. The message could be that, if we don't all get rid of our cars and shut off all our electricity, then the whole earth will burst into flames, incinerating entire cities.

I just hope that, after exploring the whole God question, and increasingly pointing toward One God, the series does not end with a bunch of liberal pieties and leftist propaganda.

At 6/14/2008 7:13 AM, Anonymous crankycon said...

You beat me to the punch. For the final two minutes all I could think was, "Damn them all to hell!"

We'll see where they go with this - though it will be a while before we do see it, since it sounds like they're not even coming back until 2009. I have a bad feeling they're going to go all PC, leftist claptrap on us.

At 6/14/2008 7:15 AM, Blogger Donald R. McClarey said...

It struck me as malicious cruelty to fictional characters and a piece with the bleak attitude of the show. I hope it will eventually turn out that wherever they are, it isn't Earth.

At 6/14/2008 2:53 PM, Blogger James H said...

Well, as I guess I willgive an contrary viewpoint here.

I loved most of the show. I dop agree that some it seemed rushed.

THe sort of Coming out of the Hidden 4 should have taken a whole episode to itself. I am hoping in the last part of the Season we can return to them more. In fact I suspect we will.

I have no real objections to the last destruction of Earth. By the way I guess there is some thought this might not be Earth. Recall that the shot we saw last night , unlike the one that ended last season, showed no Land Mass from Space. Just Ocean!! However I am not holding much out on that theory though and accepting that is Earth.

THe destruction of the Earth like we saw last night was one of the prevelant theories. I was shocked it occured last night though. I have to say that would have been a bummer to end the whole series on so I am thankful for that.

I feel confident that the Producers and writers of this show are going to make sense of all this. We still have a lot of lose ends to say the least.

I am tempted to think the Writers are toying with the idea of different Earths and different Dimesnions here. THe fact that the HEad 6 , the HEad Blatar, and now we have this weird alertnative Viper show up lead me to that perhaps.

I liked the show last night

At 6/14/2008 9:40 PM, Blogger Dale said...

It's Earth--no two ways about it.

And it's more PotA than you imagined. The broken bridge is probably the Brooklyn. There's a nice comparison here that seems to cinch it.

[Someone tried to argue that they're on Ellis Island, but that doesn't work for the Bridge perspective, IIRC.]

However, note something--all of this has happened before, all of this will happen again.

The Earth was probably destroyed in a battle between their cylons and humans. The radiation level is pretty low if they can stand there, and the geiger wasn't clicking like mad. Note also that the biosphere looks pretty OK, all things considered--still a big blue marble.

IOW, I'm still processing it--I'm reserving full judgment until I see what they do with it.

Oh, and I have another "Final Cylon" candidate--Doc Cottle. Borrowed from another site, but it's a theory charging up my list.


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