Battlestar Galactica: Hitchiker’s Guide Edition

The Battlestar Galactica finale is properly entitled “Daybreak II” and it will be available on Hulu this coming Saturday. In the meantime, here’s Part 1 for your viewing pleasure and to get you up to speed.
I have sufficiently cleared the spoiler zone, but I’m a little late for my taste. However, if you haven’t seen “Daybreak II” on live broadcast on Sci-Fi Channel, on DVR, or on iTunes, then deal with it. You can always watch BSG’s finale 6 days from now.

One of my favorite shows has come to an end. Unfortunately, so has a personal blogging tradition over the couple of years. Thankfully, my blog isn’t completely dedicated to BSG, or else I’d be obligated to follow up on all cast and creative staff of BSG in their new endeavors.

ThePete posted his reaction to “Daybreak II” yesterday and he wasn’t too thrilled. As a creative exercise, he started writing his own finale last week and it is a good read!  I half-hoped to see a blog reaction from Brian, but I’ve already seen his reaction on Facebook.We both agree that the ending was very “Hitchhiker’s Guide.”. Throughout the series, the Fleet could have used a Hitchhiker’s Guide to get them through the Galaxy before they plotted their half-baked trek to Earth.

I have to admit I liked the finale. It was an effective coda to the series, which seemed to be coming to an end too soon. So much happened quickly in Season 4.5  and I wish some questions were answered earlier. Here, however, we get the answer on how Kara Thrace is the Harbinger of Death.

As if destroying the Resurrection Hub and bringing the Fleet to a nuked-out Earth wasn’t enough, Kara Thrace then gets further confimation from a naked man in the bathtub that she is the Harbinger of Death. It’s enough to frak anyone up. She then participates in the rescue of Hera Agathon, a mission that ultimately leads Cavil’s gay cruise to its doom. While the Cylons aren’t taken completely by surprise with the Battlestar’s final mission, the Colony’s destruction mirrors that of the destruction of the Colonies in the pilot episode.

Sam Anders, the naked man in the bathtub, provides the back door to shut down the Colony’s hybrids, which is similar to how the Cylons shut down Colonial defense computers with the back doors provided by Caprica Six in Baltar’s operating system code. Once there, the Final 5 function as the diplomats, even offering resurrection technology as a condition of peace. While the Cylons ignored the Colonies post-war efforts at diplomacy, this time they’re listening. However, the effort is undermined by Tory, as Tyrol learns the truth of “Oh my god! They killed Callie” and pulls out of the downloading process. At this point, Cavil’s faction, misinterpreting the interrupted data flow as a trick, tries to make one last stand against the Battlestar. However, a dead Racetrack shoots nukes at the Colony, bringing an end to Cavil’s faction. Destruction for destruction is returned.

Sharon Valerii redeems herself by rescuing Hera from Simon’s experiments, but she intuitively knows it’s one of her last acts. Once she sees Sharon Agathon, she knows this is so. Perhaps she can feel what Athena is feeling, but it’s more likely that if someone snatched her child from her, this is what she would do. Athena’s anger outweighs whatever gratitude she may have, so she shoots Boomer, putting an end of the confusing “Tale of Two Sharons.”

Baltar and Six may have collaboratively brought about the Colonies destruction, but they come back together and make sense of the Opera House visions they both experience about Hera. Athena originally interpreted it as Six abducting Hera, but it turns out to be one where she rescues her in the confusion of Battle. They also manage to protect her when Cavil wants to take her captive and reverse engineer her. Ultimately, Hera is the future of the human race, confirmed by both Head Baltar and Head Six. They seem to be free of the torment of these angels/devils once their mission has been fulfilled.

Now for the Hitchhiker part:

The most useless elements of Colonial society, including the break-away Cylons are drawn to Earth 2, thanks to some captains in bubble baths. Technically, Sam Anders and the Basestar Hybrid aren’t captains, but they fit the joke better than Adama or Sonia.

Starbuck is definitely in tune with the Earth’s computer program as she’s able to transpose the music into numbers and punch it in to the FTL’s coordinates. However, shortly after everyone’s landed on Earth, we learn she was an apparition the whole time since her return. Here, I feel a little cheated, as how does this one function as flesh and blood. Baltar’s and Six’s spectres, on the other hand, are just that.

Sharon and Helo, upon landing, have a happy end to their star-crossed relationship as they engage in friendly competition over which parent is a better hunter. Baltar goes back to his farmer’s roots and Six happily becomes a farmer’s wife. Of course, she never had anything against farming at all, but it was important for Baltar to accept this part of himself in front of her. Adama literally goes out to pasture as he takes Roslin on one last flight to view the wildlife. As for everyone else, they’re just trying to get settled. The naked man in the bathtub drives the fleet into the sun, but not before Kara Thrace kissing him goodbye. The Centurions get the Basestar and they’ll hopefully do a better job of creating a Cylon society than the Final Five and Cavil ever did. They might do well to Borgify any remaining Cavils out there.

Now here’s where it gets really Hitchhiker’s. They’ve already been to a destroyed Earth, same topography and all, only to jump to a more verdant and identical Earth. This one has human beings in a very primitive state, pre-verbal according to the landing party, but genetically compatible. Conveniently, convergent evolution conveniently ensures humanity’s survival. In reality, convergent evolution doesn’t guarantee genetically identical organisms, but let’s suspend our disbelief for a moment. Romo walks around in his blue trenchcoat, which sort of looks like a blue bathrobe. All we need is a visit from the Doctor, who once implied that he knew Arthur Dent. Lee Adama makes a decision for the colonies to go completely Luddite, but there’s hope the Colonials gave the prehistoric humans the wheel.

The ending makes it clear it’s our world’s prehistory as Hera is implied to be Mitochondrial Eve. 150,000 years later, Head Baltar and Head Six go on a tour of New York City and pass by Ronad D. Moore reading about the discovery. Six seems certain what happens before won’t happen again, but it ends with clips of current, but primitive androids, which implies what could happen if we’re not too careful. “All Along the Watchtower” is still part of the Earth’s code as it’s played at the end.

Now on to Caprica, where the Colonies begin their downfall with creating Cylons. Also, a movie from the Cylon’s perspective is coming in the Fall.

4 thoughts on “Battlestar Galactica: Hitchiker’s Guide Edition

  1. How can anyone not notice the connection? I’m sure it will go unacknowledged in RDM’s commentary track just like Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit wasn’t acknowledged in the episode of the same name.

  2. The two Earths are not identical. The Earth found in “Daybreak” is the one seen at the end of “Crossroads”. The Earth found in “Revelations” had different continents.

    1. You know, you could be right. I wasn’t paying paying attention.

      However, where is the proof for your assertion? Do you have any screen shots to demonstrate this?

      Also, would you be able to recognize an Earth continent? I have to wonder.

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