Insights On Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5

Published 6 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:06 pm,

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When you think Battlestar Galactica, (BSG), do you think of any other TV series like the modern day Star Trek series, Carnivale or Roswell?  Or how about Mission Impossible II?  Why would you, you may be asking?

You would if you were a follower of Ronald D. Moore, the man behind the show that has us scrambling to figure out who the final Cylon is.

Ronald D. Moore’s past experience as producer and writer have brought him to this point – where he’s got a pretty good handle on how to deliver a story.  His experience gives him the edge he needs to explore the darker side of humanity, to deliver a dark compelling story about how the Human race has been reduced to a few thousand individuals trying to survive while sorting out their place in the scheme of things.  Moore explores delicate social balances while the surviving fleet of humans pursue what they first thought was nothing but a religious myth.

I came across a recent interview of Moore and something he said there made me nervous… I think we need to be emotionally prepared for what is coming at us in the second half of the final season of BSG.

In his mind, he loved the way the HBO show The Sopranos ended, but said that was an open ended finale.  The characters were meant to live on after the show ending moment.  With Battlestar Galactica, he pointed out that the ending of the show will be the end of their narrative.  As in the end of the sentence.  A period.  Done…  oh my.

What does he have in mind then?  Or more accurately, what is on the digital media that is holding the rest of season 4?

If you hadn’t noticed (but how could you not), getting to the end of this tale wasn’t just about technology revolting against its creators.  It also incorporated a religious overtone with polytheists vs. monotheists.  Of the strength of ones own faith, pursuing that which they could not see.  Yet pieces of this mythical quest slowly came to be, giving it more credence as time went on, making it seem more the truth than a myth.

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Ronald D. Moore

Moore has explored the blurry edge of theological differences between the opposing forces who are now strained allies.  Yet regardless of what faith they held dear, it seemed all for naught in the mid-season finale as they arrived at what was thought to be Earth…  A devastated and ruined Earth.  Now their faith is in question.

As Moore puts it, both sides feel betrayed by their faith, that they may possibly have no God – and now have to deal with themselves.

A rather sobering point that Moore made was in reference to the upcoming unveiling of the final Cylon.  He compared this to the famous question back in the 80s: “Who shot JR?” No matter who it turns out to be, some of us will be let down while others will feel justified.

It’s here that I must warn you that to avoid going crazy, whoever it turns out to be, we have to accept it and move on.  No second guessing.  The fun, the ride… will be over alright?  I don’t want my readers going crazy!  Besides, we’ll find something else to conjecture upon somewhere down the road!

As far as that final Cylon, we won’t have to wait for the very last-minute end of the series to find out who or what it is – because Moore didn’t want this reveal to be so all important that it becomes the reason for the series/final season.  He did pitch that once we see who it is, the revelation will fit into the entire mythology of the show itself.

Hmm…  now does that get the wheels turning or what?  I’ve already started second guessing my own choices, but I will remain steadfast on principal.

A snippet on the prequel Caprica:

Moore almost gave up on getting Caprica off the ground.  Being a character based drama in a world stemming from science fiction that wasn’t always going to be riddled with action was a hard pitch but he made it stick with the network.  He obviously is putting a bit of pressure on himself since he realizes no one has ever really pulled off a successful series with this mix, but feels if the show is a success, it would go a long way to validating the genre.

I think if anyone can do it, he just might be able to make it stick.

Have your Vipers in their launch bays ready to go because Battlestar Galactica will return to the Sci-Fi Channel on January 16th for the conclusion of this 4th season!


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  1. Maybe I’m the only one, but determining who’s the final Cylon really isn’t that big a deal. I’m more into the overall story…

    Any word on if there going to release the first half of season 4 on dvd?

  2. But it is indeed engaging to try and calculate through various clues who it just might be and determining who that final Cylon is has definitely caught the imaginations of the fan base!

    Season 4.0 of Battlestar Galactica can be pre-ordered now for the Jan 6, 2009 release date.

    It’s 4 disks with a runtime of 755 minutes.

    But alas, it IS season 4.0 which indicates they are looking to do a 4.5 since this is the first 10 epi’s of the season.

    Wow. They just don’t quit daffing with the customers, do they?

  3. The “Who’s the last Cylon infiltrator” is somewhat interesting but its really a small part in the struggle to find Earth. Its really a drag as you start to realise that the humans are totally being manipulated by the Cylons…
    Once we find out who the last Cylon is we can finally move on and get on to something bigger.
    This who’s the last Cylon crap, is turning the show into a total Soap opera…
    Thanks for the tip on the dvds. Only a few more weeks!!!

  4. Heres a thought.

    Maybe the final Cylon is the Galactica herself!

  5. I’m sorry…but what is up with the Farrah Fawcett hairdo? I found it very hard to take that photo seriously.

  6. Ermm… Can you hear that music too?
    I need to find my way to get out of here.

  7. 12 Colonies & 12 Cylon Models

    but theres a 13th tribe, so… possibly a 13th Cylon?

    Kara Thrace finds her own dead body on “Earth” filled with Cylon remains…

    President Roslin has cancer and the words “…and the dying leader shall know the meaning of the opera house…” still have to be resolved

    Six and Tigh have a child… The FIRST successful paring of cylon parents. why now?

    Whatever the answers to these questions, they MUST be resolved by episode 20