A positive thread with a positive experience of the finale. Feel free to post yours!
Brilliant ending in my opinion. I've always been a big fan of the more religious side of the show and i'm glad that they didn't feel the need to pander to the hardcore sci fi fans by subscribing to the sci fi "everything must be explained fully and with hard science and observation" kind of thing.
I thought that the opera house as a tool to get everything to align for peace under the guidance of god was really well played (although it was interesting that the quest for peace technically failed in some ways, yet was achieved in others). Galin killing Tory was a definite highlight!
Starbuck as an angel? A lot of people seem to dislike this one, especially the fact that she just dissapears- but I don't think it could have been done any other way. After all she's been through during this voyage, it would have been almost unfufilling for her to simply live the rest of her life on earth (2?) with everyone else, because she had so obviously drifted away from all of that. This is the most nerdy comparison ever, but it reminded me of Lord of the Rings when Frodo succeeds in his mission to destroy the ring, but because of all the things he has gone through, he knows that he will never be able to go back to the way things were, so he sails to the grey havens (heaven). In this case, Starbuck had obviously been prepared by god for this mission throughout her life, and was eventually resserected because her job wasn't finished (Jesus anyone?). Once they had reached their end, she was finally complete, and went off to join anders in a place that she actually belonged (because she was, after all, dead).
A lot of people disliked the fact that the humans all of a sudden just abandoned technology, seeing it as unrealistic, and perhaps counter productive in terms of making sure that we would never go through the cycle of violence again. While this is true, staying together as one group and building an advanced civilization over a few generations that would be more self aware in terms of what had happened as opposed to creating a society that would ultimately forget seems to be the wiser choice, but I think that the conversation between the Adamas about how it was amazing that they found a group of humans that had evolved completely seperately sheds some light on this.
They saw that ultimately, humans are MEANT to exist in the universe, despite all their flaws, through divine intervention or otherwise, and I think it is because of this, that they ultimately took a (strangely optimistic) view that all humans needed was a fresh start, and that the legacy of the colonists would not be science and technology, but rather the best aspects of themselves (as Anders put it, the moments of perfection that all humans strive for). They hadn't really had this chance for a fresh start in their own society because the original human tribes brought technology from kobol to both the colonies and earth.
The skip ahead 150 000 years and the montage of robots at the end was fitting, as was the surprisingly optimistic Caprica 6 angel at the end, and I paraphrase:
"Do you think that humanity is doomed to go through the cycle yet again?"
"No, I don't think they are - something seems different now"