We finished the series several evenings ago. I've taken some time to let it simmer and collect my thoughts on the show.
This will contain spoilers. Most people who were watching this show have already finished it or know how it ends. We were the late comers.
Unlike many sci-fi shows and movies before, BSG had a real natural feel with spaceship combat. The detail with centrifugal forces made the dog-fight scenes a joy to watch. I am always left wanting more. The first time I recall seeing this kind of detail to physics in a sci-fi show was in BSG's older brother, Firefly. One fault to this was that the Colonial Vipers and the Cylon Raiders did emit sound out in space. The silence was a detail that Firefly remains superior with. Their space was truly silent.
Another thing I liked about the series was a relatively low tech level. In spite of space travel and FTL, there were no lasers or beam weapons. Everything was still ballistic. This is quite easy for audiences to understand as it is no more advanced than our own technology. Their greatest weapons were nukes, as is ours.
At times it was more difficult to pop in the DVDs and watch BSG than it was to watch something like Firefly, because the drama was so heavy. BSG is not an uplifting show. Often quite a downer. This may be part of why I feel it is better. Something about that pain or effort making the trip worth the time.
Another very interesting thing about BSG was the UN appearance. I don't believe any other show has this honor:
By Matt Blum lMarch 19, 2009 | 8:00:00 AMCategories: Television
link to article
link to BSG at UN video
I really admired that the people behind the show saw an ending and took the show too it's conclusion. No matter if the finale was good or bad, this is a very good aspect of any show. Especially with one that contains so much scrutinized continuity. The story was more important that trying to wring out as much profit as possible. That always leads to jumping the shark. I felt BSG succeeded in ending before that point.
The series' conclusion is far more complete and satisfying than LOST (compared only that the two shows were quite popular at around the same time and ended nearly the same time, too). The ending was nice and tied ALMOST everything up. The ending wasn't totally surprising, but it was a satisfactory twist.
I was disappointed with the Opera House dream that Roslin, Caprica 6 and Sharon shared revealed as the Galactica's CIC bridge room was quite anti-climactic. I'm not sure how else to conclude that thread, though.
The very end of the series has a scene of the Messengers, (or Head Baltar and Head Six as the fanbase called them), in the modern day Earth as we know it. This heavily suggesting that they were angels or something similar, hence the title Messenger. Throughout the show, these characters appeared to Gaius Baltar and Caprica Six and only to them. Their appearance at the end in this manner suddenly gave the show a very real super natural quality. There always was a quality just on the edge of super natural throughout, but here it was nothing less than divine.
As for the colonists becoming the origin of the human race, there are some complaints about this aspect in many of the reviews I've read. This sat fine with me. One argument was that English language could not likely survive 150,000 years into the future relatively unaltered. It's unreasonable to try to argue this point, I don't believe the English language was supposed to be taken literally, but rather just simply the most convenient language to make the show for it's viewing audience. I'd say the languages of the colonies were probably resembling nothing we'd recognize.
There are enough open ended threads that could lead to more adventure (Baseship of Centurions sailing the vastness of space).