Battlestar Galactica

Season 4 Episode 20

Daybreak, Part 2 (2)

4
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Mar 20, 2009 on Syfy
9.2
out of 10
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720 votes
30

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Admiral Adama leads a group of volunteers aboard the Galactica into a dangerous mission to rescue Hera. With the decrepit condition of the ship, Adama understands that this will likely be the final mission of theGalactica. As the personnel face possible death in the battle, they recall key moments from their time on Caprica before the Cylon holocaust.moreless

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  • Daybreak, Part 2

    10
    Daybreak Part 2 was another perfect episode of Battlestar Galactica and I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of action, drama, suspense, intrigue and character development. The new Admiral and President of the Colonies are selected, and Baltar makes a bold decision. Boomer makes one last decision herself and gets what she deserves. The dream which Roslin, Athena and Caprica Six all shared along with Baltar is played out in the action, and the ending of the episode left us with quite the cliffhanger for the season and series finale. I certainly look forward to watching the next episode to see how it all plays out!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • This is it... we've waited five years for this moment. What an episode, what a finale ... what a show.

    10
    It's been months since this aired, yet I'm still confused, sad and happy all at the same time that things came to an end like they did. Sure, we never got to know what happened to Starbuck, but I've given that one tons of thought. It didn't really matter what she was. When you think about it, Baltar is so similar to Kara it's not even funny. I honestly think that Baltar has been dead from the beginning. Now hear me out on this one! When the colonies were nuked, Caprica six simply pushed Baltar to his knees as the entire building came down. Then all of a sudden, he's alive and well, and then he slowly makes his way off the planet and onto the Galactica. In the episode "The Hand of God", he takes a wild guess and points out the location of where the viper squadron needs to attack. I really don't think it was mere coincidence that he was spot on. He had created the cylon detector, didn't he also save Roslin's life in season two by curing her cancer? There's also the fact that he was seeing visions of Six. There was no explanation for this one, except for "he was seeing an angel". Kara also saw an "angel" in "Someone to watch over me". She sat next to a piano player who reminded her of her own father. Then at the end of the episode she's playing "All along the watchtower" and then suddenly this man disappears. Baltar was an "Angel", Kara Thrace was an "Angel" and so was Caprica Six. I'm more than satisfied with that explanation for all of it. These three characters all played their roles in "Gods" plan. Six pushed Baltar along the way, Baltar brings Hera into the "Opera House"/CIC and temporarily ends the war between Cylons and Man. And Starbuck? She ended the struggle. She solved the "All along the watchtower" puzzle, and she ended the journey.



    I'm going to have to go back and watch things from the beginning, because I really think that the second time through will be so much better than the first now that I understand everything that happened. Battlestar Galactica, in your five years of run time on TV ... you've really outdone yourself. You've shown us that nobody is perfect, you've shown us that there is always hope and there is always a solution ... you've been an inspiration and you will not be forgotten.



    So say we all.moreless
  • How to wrap up a series 101

    9.5
    An almost perfect ending to an almost perfect show. I don't really understand how the people who gave bad reviews wanted it to end. Maybe they took different meanings from the important things that have been said over the 4 years of the show. The last survivors of the human race escaped their tormentors forever and got to live out their days on a so far unpolluted Earth and, eventually, re-built their species with the help of genetically similar beings. Is this not exactly what those survivors whose number is so important throughout the series were looking for from the moment they had to start running for their lives? This show will surely be remembered for all time as a classic which came to an end when the creators wanted it to and didn't out stay it's welcome, as so many American TV shows seem to. All 3 parts of the finale left me completely satisfied and eager for The Plan to be revealed to memoreless
  • the final 2 episodes were the best written in the last 2 years...... this show will be rerun in many many years to come and the true significance of the story, in time... maybe be understood by all.moreless

    10
    an unbelivable ending to the most well writen shown in the last 2 years. (apart from lost).

    every angle was covered, every story wrapped up, every purpose of every characters actions was displayed, truly a masterpeice of writting and directing.

    the final moments of the double episode had me at total awe....... congratulations to all envolved in the show.

    hope that this year the show receives all the awards and recognition it deserves.

    im very sad to see it end.... but will enjoy the reruns forever......



    we should all take note from the subconcience messages and do all we can to prevent self anialation in the long run.moreless
  • Every little plot point all the way through the series culiminated in one of the best conclusions to a television show I've ever seen. It made me cry at the end, it was that good.moreless

    10
    First and foremost, people need to take a step back and probably rewatch the entire show all the way through before hating the writers because of their ending.



    From the beginning of the series I knew this as a Suspenseful, Scifi-ish, Drama that would weave and swerve and take us all for a fun ride. At the end they took us to the height of the ride and dropped us from the cliff, as if the world was ending...and then dropped us on a nice landing pad as if we had just come down....a little bumpy, but good.



    1) The Writing was PERFECT, They wrapped up all their loose ends that they needed to, left enough for people to think about and ask questions if they want(and create fanfiction out the yin-yang), and stayed true to their main themes throughout the entire production run.



    2) The Acting was good...in fact most of these actors were never big names, but I will forever remember them for the work they put out...they were all given very difficult roles to portray and they did them beautifully, I was amazed.



    3) If you were watching for all the small issues...every little plot point and how it tied into the big picture, and looking at it all as a story with a message at the end, then you were watching what I was watching. If you watched a show with awesome action and good plot but that "shortchanged" you with the ending, then you weren't watching it as it was intended...remember the messages throughout the show, this was all very much set up to tell a moral or an ending at the end.



    This show was very much written with the Well-Made Play Formula and the Spirit of the Greek Tragedies in mind. The Theatre and Literature Scholars of the group can agree with me...it was written with the Overarchign story the entire time...very much a Greek Tragedy that happens to twist the ending...but leaving a lot of loose ends...Euripides is a good starting point. This show was never meant to be something that was 'just a scifi show', it was always meant as a work of art and a complete story, and this ended exactly how every story should.



    "All of this has happened before, and all of it will happen again."



    So Say We All!moreless
Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

William Adama

Mary McDonnell

Mary McDonnell

Laura Roslin

Katee Sackhoff

Katee Sackhoff

Kara "Starbuck" Thrace

Jamie Bamber

Jamie Bamber

Lee "Apollo" Adama

James Callis

James Callis

Gaius Baltar/Head Baltar

Tricia Helfer

Tricia Helfer

Caprica Six/Head Six

Ronald D. Moore

Ronald D. Moore

Man Reading Magazine (uncredited)

Guest Star

Tobias Mehler

Tobias Mehler

Zak Adama

Guest Star

Dan Payne

Dan Payne

Sean

Guest Star

Kate Vernon

Kate Vernon

Ellen Tigh

Recurring Role

Donnelly Rhodes

Donnelly Rhodes

Doc Cottle

Recurring Role

Aaron Douglas

Aaron Douglas

Galen Tyrol

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Adama: This is the Admiral. Just so there'll be no misunderstandings later, Galactica's seen a lot of history, gone through a lot of battles. This will be her last. She will not fail us, if we do not fail her. If we succeed in our mission, Galactica will bring us home. If we don't, it doesn't matter anyway.

    • Cavil: Please continue stating the perfectly obvious. It fills me with confidence.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series.

    • Edward James Olmos read the "Previously on Battlestar Galactica" line at the beginning of the special two-part broadcast of the final regular episodes of the series.

    • The second and third hours of the series finale, "Daybreak", aired on the Sci Fi Channel on Friday, March 20, 2009. The extended 2-hour and 11-min. broadcast did not include the usual main title sequence. The survivor count was not shown onscreen either.

      Editor's note: Though the final two hours (broadcast time) are considered to be Part 2 of "Daybreak", they have been separated into two episode guides to accommodate links to legal online downloads from iTunes.

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