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The series finale is naturally the focus of this set, and I must say I've had mixed feelings about it since it aired. On the one hand, it was an intense, emotional experience, never boring for a moment, and brought nearly every character and plotline to a conclusion. However, I think it may have over-reached, beating us over the head with its "message." Battlestar Galactica was often a reflection of ourselves and our world, but never before had it been didactic, as it is in its final scene.
With another movie on its way and a prequel series for next year, Battlestar Galactica isn't over yet, but this is the end of the story as begun in the 2003 miniseries. It's been a remarkable journey and absolutely essential viewing for sci-fi and non-sci-fi fans alike.
In the words of the immortal Butthead, forewarned is . . . uh . . . something.
I am astonished that the finale of BSG is proving to be controversial. I watched the final episode with a sense of excitement, delight, and deep gratitude. I found it moving and appropriate to the series as a whole. I would rank it with the best series finales that I have ever seen, alongside BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and SIX FEET UNDER. In particular I found the final 20 or so minutes to be especially gratifying, as we see the final 38,000 some odd survivors of the long journey from the 12 Colonies to New Earth finally find their new home. Did everything end precisely as I wanted? Of course not. But what is important is that it ended the way that Ron Moore clearly intended it to end. I had long suspected that one of the first things that had been conceived was the role of Hera (or someone like Hera) in the overall scheme of things. That she would indeed prove to be "The Shape of Things to Come" was something of which I was confident, and I found the role ascribed to her -- essentially the DNA mother of our own humanity -- as both powerful and fulfilling of the great importance assigned to her. [And Ron Moore's brief cameo as the gent reading the magazine about what is obviously Hera's remains was similar to J. Michael Straczynski's cameo at the end of BABYLON 5.]
The 2008-2009 television season has seen the ending of a string of truly great series.Read more ›
BSG in it's latest iteration carried those poor survivors a heck of a lot farther than the original series (there are still die-hard fans of the original series out there, who absolutely HATE this series, but theirs is a minority, I believe).
For a series that had only three well-known actors surrounded by fresh new Canadian, Australian, English and American actors, The talent pool they were taken from is rich indeed, and it showed in their performances. I believe we will be seeing much more of these young people in the future. Of course, they wouldn't be as good without quality writing and directing, either. This series had it all! For once, the network heads decided to let BSG run WITHOUT too much network interference, which ALWAYS destroys the show in question.
I have to give kudos to Edward J. Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Dean Stockwell and all those relative unknowns they acted beside, and the Writers and Directors, as well as the crew for bringing such a quality program to Network TV. Now, I may be just a little bit biased, but I have to say that BSG was (is?) the best show I have seen in the 55+ years I've been exposed to TV. The fact that we have a drama in space turns off some folk, but believe me when I say that I would rather watch a GREAT space drama than a crappy show on Earth that is predictable and boring, with performances on par with a 7th grade reading class!
With all the extras and websites devoted to this series out there, including SciFi Channel, the storyline is now complete, but boy, was it ever difficult to predict what was going to happen next! In four years of predictions, I was right only ONCE, and that came at the end! Ron Moore and David Eick are the next wave in QUALITY storytelling.Read more ›
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I've watched BSG numerous times; these are for my collection. One of my top 3 seriesPublished 5 days ago by sammo
Awesome! My husband and I finished all 4 seasons a few years back and had no idea that there was another mini-season made. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Laura
I had problems with the final disk playing, it would just stop and I'd have to fast forward to get it going again. Read morePublished 3 months ago by G. Glines
I really like all this series but it came to an end so Im sure I will watch them againPublished 4 months ago by Charlie
I fell in love with the full Battlestar Galactica Saga recently, having only seen the edited-down Miniseries some years ago. Wow! Read morePublished 4 months ago by SirGeorge
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I certainly hope it is the studios and retailers realizing that the attempt to rip off the consumer by selling 1/2 seasons at full-season price is a broken premise that has bitten them squarely in the pocketbook. When I can get both 1/2 seasons for the combined price I could get ANY other full... Read More
Dec 27, 2009 by Amazon Customer | See all 5 posts
|"Face of the Enemy" webisodes included?||
Unfortunately it's true. I read somewhere that they will be put on dvd eventually. You'll probably have to buy them separately.
Jul 28, 2009 by Matthew Schenk | See all 4 posts
|4.5 Limited Edition VS 4.5 Regular edtion?||
You should just take it back and make the big stink. You may have to fight with them, but I'd raise a big stink in their store about returning the set or ask for a price adjustment. If I'm not mistaken, I believe you have the full 30 days to return the item to get your money back, not 14 days.... Read More
Dec 28, 2009 by Mark Talmadge | See all 3 posts
|Subtitles on Disk 4?||
It did it with mine, too. There were a couple of things said near the end that I didn't understand, and when I tried to turn them on, there weren't any.
Sep 7, 2009 by BrandonArt | See all 3 posts
Assuming you're in the US, the next full season is still a year off. For this year, they are instead doing a 5 part mini-series called "Children of Earth". It will debut on BBC America in July.
May 26, 2009 by LaBomba | See all 3 posts
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