Definitely Not Battlestar Ga-craptica



Scene from the Battlestar Galactica finale "Daybreak", featuring my two favourite characters, Caprica Six and Gaius Baltar


Happy birthday to William Shatner, who turned 78 on Sunday. Wow. 78. Further wow: I know William Shatner’s birthday.

Apropos of nothing: Melissa G. sends us Hamlet’s Facebook page! And as usual, Dawn L. sends us someone’s top 5 weirdest fetishes. Does this count as a Daily Perv Link (TM)? Heck, why not. The piggy-back rides sound particularly odd to me.

As I currently await the most recent episode of Heroes to finish downloading, I’m reflecting on the series finale of the “re-imagined”Battlestar Galactica, a show considered by many to be the best American TV show ever witnessed on free television. I had previously listed what I consider to be the best sci-fi finales in TV history. I’m not quite sure Galactica lives up to that list, but it is an extraordinarily well produced and evocative ending. Unlike many who’ve written about it, I’m not the least disappointed.

Expect a full review of the finale on sometime very soon. I will say, though, that I’m unsure of how I feel about Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower” playing such a prominent and unironic role in the finale. Music has long been BG‘s “other” character, pushing mood and content further than I think any previous TV score has managed.

The secret Cylon “summoning” music was one of this season’s open secrets. Composer Bear McCreary has been candid about borrowing heavily from the Dylan song to elicit the summoning tune. Without giving away too much of a spoiler, it was a bit of an anachronism to have the Hendrix version erupt later in the show, even having Starbuck utter the line, “There must be some kind of way out of here” before engaging the Galactica’s FTL drive.

The brilliance of the finale, as I hope to make clear in a future article, is in its reliance on character, rather than plot, to tie the elements together. No plot could have satisfied the legions of rabid fanboys eager for resolutions to all the show’s lingering mysteries. The right approach, then, was to relegate exposition to deus ex machina, and to focus both on the rightness of character reaction and on some underlying theme or messaging.

Here’s a fan-made compilation of scenes from the series, accompanied by McCreary’s version of “All Along The Watchtower”.

In Other News…

And further apropos of nothing, here are a few random photos from the past couple of weeks.

Giving my talk at the WHO simulation in Montreal.
At a “bhangra and Caribbean” party in Toronto this past weekend.