TV Review: Battlestar Galactica – Daybreak: Part 2

Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica, SciFi, Airs Friday 10/9c

Episode: “Daybreak: Part 2” (Season Four, Episode 22)

Synopsis: Here we are. Finally, the season finale for one of the best television shows on cable. Bill Adama is set to lead a team of volunteers on a suicide mission around the orbit of a black hole to rescue Hera, who has been kidnapped by Cylon Numero Uno. With the rogue team of Centurions on their side and the element of surprise, a stripped down Battlestar Galactica plans to bust into the Cylon stronghold and snatch what everyone believes is the future of the human and Cylon races. In the aftermath of the battle, Galactica and the fleet must find a new home.

Review: This is the moment that BSG fans have been waiting for over the past four years. For better or for worse, the series is over. Sure, there’s some one-shot movies coming down the pike – Caprica on DVD in a couple weeks and The Plan in the fall, showing the Cylons’ motivations behind the entire series. However, this two-part episode put a cap on the series.

First, let’s start with overall impressions on how things ended. While I didn’t think everything was perfect, I was satisfied with how the story ended. The right people died, and the right ones lived. Storylines were tied up in a nice way, in particular the final fate of Gaius Baltar and Caprica Six. Even the end of Kara Thrace was fine. It was pretty much what I expected, and it dovetailed into the more real aspects of the Gaius and Caprica “angels” we’ve seen throughout the show. I’d rather see something I expected than something I didn’t that doesn’t work.

I did enjoy seeing how the final siege tied into President Laura Roslin’s vision from a few years ago, which first revealed the Final Five Cylons. I’m sure this wasn’t exactly planned from the beginning, but it had that illusion.

Next, a word about the two episodes as a two-part show. This worked much like a movie without the need of a set-up. The first half was front-loaded with tons of action, which I absolutely loved. We’re talking an hour or more of action while the humans and rebel Cylons storm the colony, and this was awesome.

The second half of the finale was taken at a much slower pace. The decision of the network to show it as a two-hour episode was the right choice. I would have been bored and let down if the last episode of the series (Part 3) was the premiere event. It was necessary to wrap up the stories of people like Adama/Roslin and the Tighs. But it did run a bit slow.

So, overall, I was fully satisfied with the ending, and I don’t feel like I wasted four seasons of televisions. Oh, and the highlight of the night was Tyrol’s reaction to the truth about Callie’s death. Rock on, Galen!

Up Next: No more BSG… just a few weeks for Caprica on DVD and a few months for The Plan.

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Kevin Carr crawled from the primordial ooze in the early 1970s. He grew up watching movies to the point of irritation for his friends and was a font of useless movie knowledge until he decided to put that knowledge to good use. Now, Kevin is a nationally syndicated critic, heard on dozens of radio stations around the country, and his reviews appear in a variety of online outlets. Kevin is also a proud member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Central Ohio Film Critics Association (COFCA).

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