Battlestar Galactica

Season 4 Episode 21

Daybreak, Part 2 (3)

3
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Mar 20, 2009 on Syfy
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Despite Anders' success at neutralizing the Cylon gun batteries, Adama's volunteer attack force sustains heavy casualties. Cylon Raiders pursue the Vipers and Centurions board the Galactica. Kara attempts to decipher the meaning of Hera's drawing and rescue the Galactica.

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  • Daybreak, Part 2 (3)

    10
    Daybreak, Part 2 (3) was amazingly awesome and a perfect finish to one of the greatest series of all time! I really enjoyed watching the finale of Battlestar Galactica because the fleet and Galactica are reunited after Starbuck finds a new Earth. It was awesome how this storyline kind of resembled stories of Ancient Aliens and interbreeding with early humans. I also liked how the "Angels" who appeared to Baltar and Caprica Six appeared one last time to them, and then again in this new Earth's future which was really cool. Admiral Adama takes Roslin on a flight to see the beautiful animals and lands and to build that Cabin, but this dream isn't fully realized but the related scenes were touching. The people all finally got their new home, which every one truly deserved. The ending was spectacular as the "Angels" discussed Hera being our original physical "Eve" as well as "God" and his plans, along with showing how history may be an inevitable cycle. I was satisfied with the ending and will definitely watch the series again in marathon from time to time!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The End...

    1.0
    Have to say I found the ending disappointing. The whole idea that we evolved from both native, Colonial and Cylon forefathers felt wrong and to unbelievable. Secondly as a non religious person all the religious 'God' clap trap was boring, stupid and offensive to me. I wanted to know how Starbuck susrvived the implosion not rubbish about 'God's Will'.



    They put too much emphasis on this Watchtower song! I have never heard of it and so all the hints/clues/meanings were lost on me. It meant that I had no idea what they were going on about at times (still don't).



    The idea they were pushing that Hera was somehow the ancestor of the human race as a "Mitochondrial Eve" was based on completely wrong science so made no sense whatsoever.moreless
  • Part three: Rest (review is all of all three episodes of the finale).

    7.0
    Well. That was a turn up for the books, wasn't it? While these episodes were broadcast separately (well, 419 was at any rate), Ronald D. Moore penned the three instalments as one script, one movie if you will, so I feel it best to treat them as such in this review. And in so doing, it becomes very clear that there is an intentional concentric structure to the piece. The story essentially moves from chessboard manoeuvring in its first hour to action/emotional apex in its second and then to introspection and finally, rest in its third. There's a distinctly poignant beauty in this most novel-esque narratology, anchored in the one element common to all aspects: the pre-Fall flashbacks. These mire the action in the trope that has always been at the core of the 21st Century Battlestar Galactica: the human character and all its inherent quirks and faults. Moore is wise to incorporate these moments into the finale, despite the inevitable complaints that will arise from many corners that they take up time that could be 'better spent' giving us more coherent answers to whatever minutiae that have been left dangling over the years. And while I will concede that certain aspects of the flashbacks could perhaps have done with a little more treatment (Roslin's in particular lacks any particular oomph and falls a little flat), 'Daybreak' was never obliged to neatly tie up every question, no matter how irrelevant, that has arisen over the years. In fact, if it had, it would arguably have been a disappointment, feeling more like a laundry list than a believable, engaging and satisfying goodbye to the characters that we've come to know and love. The answers we DO get, and the action that they are tied up in, are generally excellent: they make up a significant proportion of the dramatically intense second hour which, unquestionably, is the best aspect of the entire finale. There's tension and suspense galore here, not to mention some stellar special effects, a whole hell of a lot of blood and some damn fine confrontational scenes, culminating in Baltar and Six's brilliant encounter at the 'Opera House'. There are kinks, unfortunately, and they begin to show in the third act as some highly illogical plot manoeuvring jeopardises the believability of the plot. So the Galacticans find what we know as Earth, a planet populated with primitives, and they... decide to abandon everything and start again? You're telling me that 37,000 people would blindly agree to fly all of their technology into the Sun and live, not just without creature comforts, but without basic things like medical science?! Oh yeah, we'll just get rid of all of our advances in childbirth and let what, like, 30% of women die before the sprog pops out? Great idea! Transportation, communication, INSULATION? Oh shucks, who needs 'em, eh? I have a really hard time buying any of this; it smells pungently of a quick fix, driven by a misguided need to tie the events of the Galactica world into our own. The somewhat conservative allegory - that our predilections for technological advancement will only lead to our downfall - functioned as metaphor up to this point, but now it's just blatant finger-pointing, especially when one takes the rather patronising closing scene into consideration. Moore, you really needn't have. Meaning arguably works better when it is not tied around a 70 tonne anvil, towering over your head. The last two or three minutes are a huge let-down as a result of this: they come across as preachy, gratuitous and unnecessary rather than thought-provoking and poignant. It's a shame really as there's a great deal to enjoy in the 'new Earth' scenes: yes, they're rather pedestrian at times but just check out the acting skills on display and the beautiful dialogue they're all given... Adama and Roslin, in particular, even if his decision to bugger off and build that cabin away from everyone is just plain ludicrous. And what exactly was Starbuck, anyway? An angel? Meh. I'd rather hoped Moore wouldn't take the obvious religious route out but alas, never mind. Still, when considered collectively, the three parts of 'Daybreak' make for a generally engaging and satisfying finale. They take that most important of facets as their dramatic core - character - and run with it, giving closure and finality to our favourite players while also delivering some of the finest, and most explosive, dramatic moments the show has ever seen. It's a pity that the 'comedown', if you will, contains a number of very prominent flaws that serve to distract the viewer's attention from the good and leave a slightly bitter after-taste. 'Daybreak' is not the perfect crescendo we had come to expect from this oh-so-wonderful of shows, but perhaps our expectations shouldn't have been so high. It's enjoyable nonetheless and at the end of the day, that'll do for me.moreless
  • Battlestar Galactica comes to a close after four seasons of frakkin intensity I have never seen in another show.

    9.5
    This is my first and only BSG review as I recently finished watching the entire series for the first time. I have to say that, while I may not have been along for the ride as a lot of other fans were, I have come to know and admire these characters and this has become one of my all-time favorite shows. I just wish I had discovered it sooner. As with other reviewers, I am going to review the entire three-part finale in one go, so bear with me.

    While the first part of the finale lacked some firepower, it was necessary to establish exactly what was going to happen in the remaining parts. Boomer revealed her true colors once and for all and betrayed everyone by kidnapping Hera and taking her to the Cylon Colony, a massive ship which took my breath away. The Cylons and humans choose their sides and prepare for the battle. While this may not seem like much, it got my heart pumping and ready to go in to the final episode. I was not disappointed.

    The final battle with the Cylons was epic and extreme. I watched in shock as the Galactica took the beating of its life while Cylon Raiders streamed everywhere while the troops entered the Colony to save Hera. While I expected Boomer to finally get what was coming to her (she was getting very annoying at this point), I didn't expect her to go out by Athena's hand. I thought she would die while helping the troops escape, but there was some measure of poetic justice in Athena killing Boomer that I can respect. I have to say that I also expected a LOT more bloodshed and at least several main characters to die. This was, after all, a very dangerous mission, as Admiral Adama put it, and the liklihood of every one of the main characters making it out of there alive was highly improbable, but in the end I'm glad everyone made it out alive. I was a little sad that Racetrack and Skulls died, but they unintentionally saved everyone by going in with their nukes ready. The opera house scene was very well done and I had almost forgotten that no one knew that Cally was killed by Tory. She definitely got what was coming to her when Tyrol snapped her neck. The deaths of the remaining bad Cylons was also awesome, especially with the cowardice of Cavill revealed as he killed himself rather than be killed by the crew of Galactica.

    The third part (it might not be the technical third part, I know) began with Starbuck putting the coordinates for the real Earth. I was surprised to discover that this was NOT the Earth that they had previously discovered, but was instead an untouched planet which would be the final resting place of the remnants of the human race. While it is a little hard to believe that all 37,000 of them would give up their advances in technology without so much as a fuss, I can accept that because look at where technology had gotten them. They might as well start over.

    The resolutions of the characters we had come to know were very bittersweet, as is the case in most shows' finales. I was most moved by the death of Roslin and I admit that I cried in every scene she was in on Earth until she died. I have never been so moved by a character before but her strength and determination touched me and I hated the fact that she had to die, but how they did it was beautiful and very sad at the same time. Gaius and Caprica 6 finally got together and their respective angels left them to their own devices, which was a nice touch because they got back together in the end, despite everything that had happened between then and the Fall. The one ending that I wasn't completely satisfied with, however, was Starbuck and Lee's. I, along with many other people I'm sure, fully expected them to get together in the end, as the show had been suggesting for some time. But Starbuck vanished without a trace, leaving Lee to explore the world and do what he wanted without so much as a full explanation. Was Starbuck an angel? I guess we will never fully understand what she was.

    All in all, my thoughts and feelings about the finale are summed up in my tears shed over Roslin's death. Though I am a relatively new BSG fan, the show has moved and shocked me in ways that I have rarely felt before. Battlestar Galactica set a new bar for television and I know that this show will be sorely missed. So say we all.moreless
  • In the end, just another Frankenstein misinterpretation.

    6.0
    Over decades of film and television, the Frankenstein myth has been reinterpreted a number of times to fit better with the conservative, religious anti-intellectual ideology american society has often been burdened with. Battlestar Galactica somewhat successfuly navigated its own take on the issue so far, thanks to added depth an intelligence in the writing. But, sadly, that is all gone by the time it wraps up.



    It doesn't help that this last 45 minutes of the show are all about wrapping up each character (some of them more than once) while trying desperately to avoid pointing out the inconsistencies in the plot. But the biggest offender has to be the final modern day coda, which literally includes the words "technology running amok" and seems to make a pretty straightforward case that God doesn't want us to have dancing robots because they will kill us all.



    The "good" Galactica ends with Tyroll losing it after finding out what happened to Callie. That is clever plotting, the product of a good plant set up a while ago that comes back to haunt everybody involved. It is tragedy, something remarkably hard to pull off without being terribly cheesy that still works here. After that, it's all pseudoreligious babble mixed up with some very, very loose science, specifically anthropology.



    As it is, I could have done without part three. The series would probably be more enjoyable without it.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

Dan Payne

Dan Payne

Sean

Guest Star

Kevin McNulty

Kevin McNulty

Frank Porthos

Guest Star

Kate Vernon

Kate Vernon

Ellen Tigh

Recurring Role

Donnelly Rhodes

Donnelly Rhodes

Doc Sherman Cottle

Recurring Role

Aaron Douglas

Aaron Douglas

Galen Tyrol

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • The real world brands/companies/products that can be seen in the final scene are National Geographic, MSNBC, Foot Locker, Swatch, LG, HSBC, Coke and Kodak.

    • The rebel Centurions are painted with a red stripe across their armor so as to distinguish them from Cavil's Centurions.

    • At approximately 14:05 into the episode, a view of the fleet is shown. The yellow ship the camera sweeps past is the Kodiak from the PC game, "Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun".

    • Glasses and binoculars
      When Laura Roslin looks through the binoculars, she stops and says that she wants to see more detail. She puts on her glasses and then continues to look through the binoculars. It's unclear whether this is an "error". While binoculars can correct for nearsightedness and farsightedness, they do not correct for astigmatism. It's entirely plausible that Roslin has astigmatism. If so, then she would have needed her glasses to look through the binoculars.

    • Showrunner and executive producer Ronald D. Moore made a cameo appearance in the final scene as the man reading the "National Geographic" magazine.

    • A re-scored version of the theme music from the original Battlestar Galactica series was played as the fleet left the planet's orbit for the final time.

  • QUOTES (5)

  • NOTES (5)

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

    • The instrument-playing robots seen on a video screen are the Toyota Robot Quartet Band. They have been engineered to play regular musical instruments, such as a trumpet and an electronic-pad drum kit, in the way that a human musician would.

    • The famous Jimi Hendrix version of the Bob Dylan song "All Along the Watchtower" was heard for the first time in the series. Prior to that, the only version heard in the series was Bear McCreary's new version.

    • The FTL coordinates (1123.6536.5321) that Kara derived from Hera's drawing correspond to the notes of the minor scale used in the music score of the episode. More specifically, the numbers describe the notes from the original melody written by Bear McCreary as part of his arrangement of the Bob Dylan song "All Along the Watchtower".

    • 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.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • During Baltar and Caprica Six's flashback, Baltar informs Caprica Six that he would be willing to let her take a look at the defense mainframe. When Caprica Six says that her employers would be very grateful, Baltar says that he isn't doing it for them, but for her. He continues by saying the following:

      Baltar: Because if anyone finds out, I could get my head cut off.

      That was precisely how the Baltar character was executed by the Cylons in the 1978 Battlestar Galactica feature film.

    • Kara "Starbuck" Thrace: There must be some kind of way out of here.

      This is the opening line to the song "All Along the Watchtower". Kara says it at the end of the attack on the Colony ship, when she punches in the FTL coordinates from Hera's drawing, which is also derived from "All Along the Watchtower".

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