BSG season finale: what the frak just happened?

I just finished the 90-minute season 2 finale of Battlestar: Galactica, and I am shocked.

In the last ninety minutes of this season, the show went from in-depth character studies set against a frightening (if half-heartedly explored) demise of civilization, to some time-jumping outsized melodrama with more than a dash of deus ex machina.

How did the characters get to be that way? How does a year on a planet resolve into those two getting married, those two having a child, her and him barely talking to each other, and a broken-down fleet? Fer crying out loud, Adama declared martial law in the first season - and now he can't get a light fixed?

I wholeheartedly agree with the first entry in this BSG bulletin board thread. The author makes some good points about the likeability of seasons 1 & 2.

If season 3 contains anything more than a smattering of a storyline involving an occupation, I may drop it. BSG's first two seasons were unexpected in the right places, conflicted, sometimes with no clear cheerleader. Characters broadly brushed were filled in. But...

BSG writers, please note: I devoted forty-odd minutes of my life a week to watching this very interesting show. But if you turn it into a tedious chore, an occupation drama, where hope is dashed and circumstances become circular, I will drop it from my to-do list.

Written by Andrew Ittner in misc on Sun 12 March 2006. Tags: entertainment