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Has anyone seen it yet?
it's still bouncing around my head. Fantastic in places, a tad heavy handed toward the very end...
I was praying that they didn't go for the big twist of "everyone watching is a cylon" and when it did come, i flinched with dislike, feeling a bit cheated before the robot montage came along and basically hammered me brutally back in to the story being told, at the end my jaw was somewhat on the floor.
This is what the original series used to begin with back in 1978 when i used to watch it.
"There are those who believe that life here began out there, far across the universe, with tribes of humans who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians, or the Toltecs, or the Mayans. That they may have been the architects of the great pyramids, or the lost civilizations of Lemuria or Atlantis. Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man who even now fight to survive somewhere beyond the heavens..."
That this new show should be so thematically aligned with the old one makes me feel like a very long journey just came to an end.
I was all over the place during the PEW PEW bits, and certain stuff at the end really got to me. The final scene with Baltar, when he turned and he had tears in his eyes. That was magic.
Also Stealthy is going to be very pleased about one bit.
Most responses to it I've read about are grumbles about the whole deus ex machina thing; but, well, that was the point, wasn't it? I think it all works pretty brilliantly: that there's a central power that's trying to perfect an algorithm for a civilisation that won't destroy itself (which generally happens whenever that civilisation itself tries to play God), maybe? The action of the 'angels' was to plant the seeds of the next cycle. Of course if you get down to specifics it all only hangs together pretty loosely.
How to go about this without resorting to spoilers. I think... the honour system. The following characters deserve a medal:
1) Galen Tyrol - for giving people exactly what they fucking deserve; regardless of race, species or gender.
2) Gaius Baltar - for being the universe's biggest pimp.
3) Racetrack and Skulls - for saving humanity. And because no-one else will.