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22 June 2010 @ 01:37 pm
Day 22: "Epic finales are epic"  
Day 22 - Favorite series finale

Battlestar Galactica

"All of this has happened before...but the question remains, will all of this happen again?"

If we're going by a series finale that gave a conclusion to a story, where the characters and their storylines and specific journeys were fulfilled and resolved, and was ultimately satisfactory to everything being told right from the beginning, that had a powerful and beautiful message in the end, then I'd definitely go with the two hour Battlestar Galactica series finale of "Daybreak, Parts 1 & 2", without a doubt. There's something so poetical about it that I cannot even begin to describe.

While yeah, fandom pretty much exploded after the finale aired because it wasn't what they expected it to be, but honestly I cannot see BSG ending any other way than what it did. These people deserve a happy ending, deserve to have something conclusive to their journey after all they'd been through. I loved everything about it. This finale stayed true to the heart and soul and core of what Battlestar Galactica had been about since the very beginning, which was of the characters and about humanity, about finding a common ground with their enemies-turned-allies, of finding that place to call home and wanting to break the cycle that has been continuing for thousands and thousands of years. The themes of what it means to be human, about humanity and our very nature, about the cycle of life and about time, about learning from our mistakes of the past. It's just beautiful, and for the second half of the finale they used that time to really conclude certain character storylines and I loved how every single one of them turned out. Now surely there are things left unanswered and certain things left untouched, but overall I think this finale really was perfection in every sense of the word. From the mythology and unraveling of the mysteries such as the Opera House and Kara's destiny, to the emotional character arcs and storylines to the gorgeous and thought-provoking coda at the very end, it fits so well like pieces of this larger puzzle we've been figuring out since day one, it's just remarkable. The BSG finale is certainly beyond spectacular and I couldn't be happier with it, and the more I rewatch it the more I fall in love with how it played out.

I especially love this scene, which is SPOILERISH FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T SEEN THE FINALE! But if you don't care then alright, go watch it, because I still get chills whenever I watch it:

For those that disliked it well, I have to say it's their loss if they can't appreciate the beautiful meaning behind it all. Like I stated above, this finale really makes you rethink about not just life in general, but about human nature and our tendency to repeat history and whether we can correct our mistakes. There's plenty of meta in this finale, particularly within the coda itself, which is what makes Battlestar Galactica incredibly different from other shows. It doesn't give all the answers away thus allowing us to theorize and question and have deep conversations and debates about what things mean. The deep thought-provoking message the show was conveying to us, the audience, through this finale is so poignant and so appropriate for the universe surrounding the show itself really gives us a chance to step back and think, and I really love that. Hell, even today I'm still thinking and mulling it over and coming up with new thoughts and theories to it.

I have so much love and appreciation for this finale. Battlestar Galactica is that show that I still maintain is the best television show ever, and with this finale it truly does shine brightly in my eyes. It really was absolutely phenomenal, both the show and the finale as a whole, and nobody will convince me otherwise. So say we frakking all! ♥

Runner Up: I have to give an honorable mention to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series finale, because whether or not one's opinion is regarding the seventh season as a whole the series finale really truly was spectacular in its own right. It wasn't really an end, but it was satisfactory to the entire legacy of the Slayer and it was very empowering and made a huge impression on me, personally.

Masterlist of days here.
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what doesn't kill me better run: buffy: gryffindorcarlyinrome on June 22nd, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)

I agree about "Chosen." I hated the sixth and seventh seasons so much I like to pretend they didn't happen, but "Chosen" was such a positive statement for Buffy and such the antithesis of the anti-feminist rhetoric of the past two seasons; it was the show I loved again.

Renée: BTVS. Buffy Summers.rogueslayer452 on June 23rd, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)
God, the sixth season was just depressing. I understood the intent that not everything is shiny and happy, but did they have to go to those kinds of lengths? I disliked everyone in that season, and at the time I didn't realize it but yeah, there were some horrible moments that I'm like, what the hell is this? I generally loved S7 though, even if I disliked Buffy for some of the time, but "Chosen" was definitely more uplifting and symbolic of what Buffy had been from the beginning. Strong, empowering, with her speech and the montage that went with it, basically speaking about the general "us" of girls out there...that stayed with me for a long time. I loved it.
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Renée: Cylons. By your command!rogueslayer452 on June 23rd, 2010 02:52 am (UTC)
No other television show is comparable to the genius and brilliance of BSG. This is just fact.
Nicole Anell: bright shiny futurenicole_anell on June 23rd, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
DAYBREAAAAAAAAAK! The object of so much undeserved scorn. Those final scenes just knocked me in the gut over and over with how heartbreaking and uplifting and *beautiful* it was.
Renée: Cylons. Happy endings are love.rogueslayer452 on June 23rd, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)
You know what's weird? I never quite understood what people disliked about it. I've seen many opinions and the like, some of them about their pairing some of them about how things were left, particularly why Lee wanted them to discard all technology, and of course the coda. But if people took the opportunity to really think about it they would see just how beautiful the storytelling of the finale is.

So yeah, this finale is by far my favorite because even with some flaws it might have had, it stayed true to the heart of what the show was telling us. I've rewatched it many times and it never ceases to make me tear up at the end.
Nicole Anell: battlestar galactica otpnicole_anell on June 23rd, 2010 03:25 am (UTC)
See, I understand a lot of what people disliked (although it's funny how EVERYBODY disliked something different if you really ask them, and just about the only thing they agree on is that It Sucked) but I have never understood the *hate*. Like, the intense levels of it!

Also: I feel like I'll have lost something on the day the final scenes no longer make me cry.
Renée: Six/Gaius. Your destiny awaits.rogueslayer452 on June 23rd, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
I know right? The hate is ridiculous. I understand disliking certain aspects but the whole thing? Seriously, I don't get it. It makes me wonder if we're sentimental saps for loving it so much.

Which I have no shame in whatsoever, just so you know. ;)
Margot Mary May Margene: bsg; hera/kara (connection)ginevra_alessa on June 23rd, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)

I thought I was like the only person who actually liked the BSG finale ha
It made me cry like wow
Renée: Cylons. By your command!rogueslayer452 on June 23rd, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, there's plenty of us out there. It's just the haters are way more vocal, which is a shame. I still don't get that, but whatever.

The BSG finale is made of love, end of story. ♥
cheerful_earl: Gaius and Sixcheerful_earl on June 28th, 2010 06:38 am (UTC)
I love the finale. Some people have such issues with it, some of which I understand, some of which I don't, but I thought it was lovely and so fitting.
Renée: Cylons. Happy endings are love.rogueslayer452 on June 28th, 2010 07:08 am (UTC)
It's so fitting. And the more I watch it, the more I appreciate what Ron Moore did with the entire concept of the ending. I think it's just beautiful and fits the story completely. A perfect bookend to these characters, but not really an ending because, as the coda suggests, it's all happened before but we can prevent it from happening again. It's those connections that make me smile, that the entire journey was satisfying and fulfilled.

also makes me squee that we're descendants from them, jsyk ;p