BSG – thoughts on the final episode

I wasn’t fond of Baltar’s soliloquy about god; it’s not that I disagreed, per se, I just didn’t think it was necessary to make it all explicit. Anyone who’s watched the show should have already been able to see what the show’s creators were trying to say, that god is inherently unknowable and it is ridiculous to get into a dick swinging match about whether your beliefs or someone else’s beliefs are uniquely correct. So I thought it was overkill to come right out and say it. On the other hand, someone pointed out to me that this scene could be viewed as Baltar’s redemption for his original sin. I’m still mulling that over. I thought his redemption came later in the show, on earth, when he told Caprica 6 that he knew a little about farming (from his father) and then started crying. But maybe that’s just because I have my own kettle full of father issues.

I have mixed feelings about the fleet’s decision to abandon all of their advanced technology and start from scratch on the new earth they found. On one hand, the series has been building towards that decision and arguing for it from the start; there was always a theme about the dangers of technology, that it is folly to think that our clever devices will save us. I have a great deal of sympathy with that point of view. On the other hand, could such a tremendous decision really be made without any sort of discussion and argument? Did no one object? The way that decision was made and played out just didn’t seem realistic to me. Maybe a more interesting question, though, is whether I agreed with the decision. To which I say, well… sort of. There is definitely a strong anti-technological bent to my thinking. But if push came to shove, I really doubt I would be willing to walk away from all the tech and gadgetry. Most of it, yes. 99%, probably. But not all. Creative use of tools is part of what makes us human. So in that sense, I found the show’s conclusion unrealistic and unfulfilling.

This is sort of a dull blog entry… sorry. I thought I’d have more to say.

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