Yesterday the moment was finally there for me to watch the show's ending.
I was, and still consider myself to be, a great fan of Battlestar Galactica.
Before watching the episode I had wondered for quite some time how they were gonna connect all the threads.
In my mind there had to be closure on many fronts, and one and a half hour seemed to be a somewhat small frame to work with.
Still I had trust in the ability of the writers to wrap things up in a way worthy of the past years of my devotion.
Sadly that trust seems now misplaced.
There are many people here that seem to share a delusion that this finale was in line with the rest of the show.
Straying from the question of wether or not this is true or not for just a moment, I would like those people to tell me why they were watching the show.
Why watch a show that (as you so proclaim it to be) was never really working toward a grand explanation, why watch it if you never got the feeling that there must be something more behind the plot lines than just some random events and statements such as 'Kara Thrace is the harbinger of death'.
Cause if you accept this ending to the show, you accept that all those hints and promises were empty and meaningless.
"The dying leader will know the truth of the opera house..."
The first question that came up to me during the finale was: "What truth?", why was it important for Roslin to have visions for such a long time about her walking down a hallway following a child in futility? What did that vision try to tell her? That that was going to happen? In no way did it tell her anything useful. If this God had some devine plan in which she was to take part I must've missed it, because her running after Hera had no purpose what so ever.
Kara Thrace is the harbinger of death...
Probably the biggest let down of the entire show is to find out that Kara's special destiny was nothing more than getting a set of notes from a toddler and using them as coordinates. Why did she have to die before that? Why did she have to go into the maelstrom and blow up, then return. Why did she know where to find (frakked up) Earth? Why was her body there? And how could she suddenly vanish? This implied she was another one of those 'angels'. Very convenient, that way you don't have to explain any of the previously made claims that there was something more going on. NOTHING about this was answered. And if you think that this non-explanation fits the show you've been wasting your time. Like many on this forum I always thought (silly me) that these 'teasings' of a greater scheme would have some sort of meaning. That eventually the puzzle would be complete and you would FEEL something when you found out the 'truth', because that's what good stories do: they leave you feeling something... sadness... shock... joy... anything. But those people now being satisfied with this ending must've been waiting for something meaningful?
What was the grand purpose of Hera? They say humans are unfit to go on like this, but they're perfectly capable of procreating amongst their own kind. The cylons are not but what's the benefit for humans? Clearly the end implies that the cycle of human behavior is not broken, so Hera had absolutely no meaning. If God had some grand plan with them it definitely failed.
The whole thing with Baltar and Caprica was also totally pointless. We're led to believe throughout the entire series that God had some purpose for Baltar. After 4 seasons we find out only that HE HAS TO SURVIVE. He doesn't become some kind of leader, he doesn't raise Hera together with Six, doesn't protect her in anyway. No, they arrive at Earth and the 'angels' let them off the hook, they've done what was necessary. In fact, their acts were so meaningless that even Caprica herself couldn't believe it, asking "and that's it? that's all God wants of us?".
The list goes on and on.
I think many people have the fear that if they denounce the finale, they denounce the show. That if they somehow allow themselves to feel disappointment, they allow themselves to consider watching the past 4 seasons as a waste of time. I would like to assure those people that that doesn't have to be the case. I cried my eyes out during the series finale, even though it left so many questions unanswered in such a disappointing way, it was still painful to let go of these characters. I love the potential for more that this show had. The great storylines that had developed, even though not being finished in the way they deserved, the way we deserved them to be finished. Sadly the memory will now always have a sour aftertaste, that it didn't become what it could've been.