Well, Friday was the series finale of Battlestar Galactica – if you haven’t seen it yet, or intend to, fair warning – spoilers abound from this point on.
I don’t know if this answered all the questions or not – it seemed to, it felt like it did, but then, I also felt myself going, “but – what about…?”
In the episode, the Galactica and her skeleton crew go after Hera, the Cylon/human hybrid child of Helo and Athena, who has been stolen by the Cylon’s and taken to their colony which sits on top of a singularity (black hole). Galactica gets the crap kicked out of her in the battle.
Stuff happens, they get Hera back. This is where it comes back to the opera house visions that so many of the characters have shared. In the end, we see that the ‘opera house’ is the command center and this is where ‘peace’ is worked out; let Galactica go with the Cylon’s who want to go with her, and Hera, and in return the final five will give the remaining Cylon’s resurrection technology. Again.
I think the best part of this was when the Chief learns that his wife was murdered by one of his fellow Final Five. He doesn’t even hesitate – he snaps her neck in a fit of rage. It was violent, yes, but it felt to me like it brought him full circle again. He was always a very human character, and his troubles with his wife, it was sort of laid out that maybe he didn’t even really love her after all. But when he found out what had happened, all of that doubt was thrown aside and he acted in a very human way and avenged his slain wife (who I believe he loved very much).
In the end, the ‘peace’ gets interrupted by this act of the Chief’s, and the Cylons? Well, they decide it was all a trick and decide to blow everyone away. This is when Starbuck has her moment and leads the fleet to Earth once and for all. The song, “All along the watchtower”? Well, she’d converted the notes to numbers, remember? And now she enters those numbers into the FTL drive and takes them to Earth. A pristine Earth; pre-industrial, pre-verbal, ancient Earth. The survivors decide to live simple lives, sending their ships into the sun. They don’t build cities or space ships; they abandon technology in the hopes of breaking the cycle.
Looking out on the native, nomadic tribal peoples they find, Apollo decides to pitch this concept to the others. He tells them all to let humanity start all over again, leave their technology behind, which has almost always gotten them into trouble. Let the Colonials enter Earth with just their basic possessions. Of the native peoples he says, “We can give them the best of us.” They agree. We watch as the fleet moves off on course for the sun.
Which brings us back to one of the core concepts of the old show, reimagined like so many other concepts for the new show: There are those who believe that life here began out there, far across the universe, with tribes of humans who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians, or the Toltecs, or the Mayans…