To me this episode of Battlestar Galactica ended too soon. As Apollo and Starbuck head to the celebration. The dome picked up a faint transmission from earth, in fact it was the Apollo moon landing. If they really wanted to continue the series, they should have followed Richard Hatch\'s book called \"Armageddon\". But they try to revised the series with that flop called \"Galactica 1980\" which I really hated with a passion. The original has a chemistry that was good, but the 1980 series didn\'t.
This episode was clearly meant to be no more than one more step in the Galactica's search for Earth, but for various reasons, it is the last step we get to witness in the Battlestar Galactica series (excepting, of course, the notorious Galactica 1980 Series).
Shifting gears from flight to fight, Commander Adama and Colonel Tigh bring the war back to Cylon shores, strategizing a direct (sneak) attack on a Cylon basestar. The old animations of Cylon fighters (retired for a few episodes, since "War of the Gods") return, and we see some new laser shows and a little more of the basestar interior. The battle has some suspense and is, if it isn't anything else, invigorating in its putting the Cylon forces on the defensive.
Sheba's budding relationship with Apollo is given more range in this episode, even if it mostly makes explicit what has seemed implicit for episodes and episodes. Anne Lockhart does a nice job bringing emotion to some of the best scenes in the episode.
But most attractive about this episode are the scattered and fuzzy clips of the first moon landing -- strange and foreign to the Galactica crew, but familiar to us, offering hope that the search for Earth is hardly futile, is maybe coming soon to a close... and is (possibly) a search for us! It makes for a great capstone to the series, even if the Galactica must continue its search beyond the frame of the season, and of the series itself.
I haven't seen the entire series, but this is a worthy end to it. I've only seen the first ten episodes, then jumped ahead. Finding a Cylon basestar the Galactica decides that it's done running and is going to attack it head-on. After watching how this series ends up, I'm going to have to go back and check out the episodes I missed, as well as those from Galactica 1980. Also, the ending is wonderful (rather expected, but still great).
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