Anyone who thought the story might end with the ragtag Colonial Fleet finally finding Earth has been suckerpunched right out of the airlock. After a tense episode of Cylon revelations and hostage deadlocks, the euphoria of the Admiral's announcement to the fleet could be matched by only one thing.
And that was the magnificent tracking shot at the end where they get down to find their new home to be a burnt-out nuclear ruin.
And was that supposed to be the Brooklyn Bridge at the end?
Even more so than war, BSG's major theme has been faith - and since they had nothing left to believe in, the human survivors found themselves clinging to a religious myth of "earth". Nobody believed it existed: Adama used the scriptures as a carrot to give his fleet hope. It only became apparent that maybe Earth did exist when the spacefarers opened themselves up to a world beyond their reason. Not that BSG is a religious show: Maureen Ryan writes an excellent column on the Chicago Tribune site, reckoning that the revelation reinforces the central theme of our show: "that salvation doesn't necessarily arrive in the manner in which you expect it."
...After four years of awesome performances from Edward James Olmos, the scene where his entire world collapsed when discovered Colonel Tigh, his closest ally - had been a Cylon all along has got to be one of the best of all.
At Chud.Com, Natalia Castro proves that it's never too late to get into BSG:
Last tuesday, I finally saw the mid season finale of Battlestar Galactica. It took me a long time to become a fan of this show but slowly and quite painlessly I got there, and this episode sealed the deal for me. Needless to say, I was impressed. Very impressed.
Other finale reviews from Brittany at The Two Cents, Cory Johnson of 411mania, A recap quiz from GeekSugar and some reviews from Sci-Fi Haven by Chris McQuillan and Samuel T. Cogley (who used to be an attorney of some renown.)
It's been over a week since the finale, and does the final tracking shot, which I think is destined to go down as a classic, still resonate with you?