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Ryan UK
Mon, Apr 27, 2009, 4:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2 (April Fools Version)

Agree with some of the above posts: Lord of the Rings was bad for hundreds of different reasons; the ending probably being one of the least of them. That Peter Jackson made it into such a watchable film series is nothing sort of a miracle.

But I digress...

When you write a TV show, you have to make it open-ended, you can't start with an end in sight. You look at B5, it tried hard, but the final season was terribly fudged, due to reasons outside the writer's control.

The point is, you don't know how long a show will last. You can plan for five years and then have the show cancelled after a single year (Odyssey 5 being a great example), or you can plan for just a few episodes and go on for forty-six years (Doctor Who). As such, you simply cannot have it both ways. Ron Moore's way, making it up as he went along, may have resulted in an unsatisfactory ending (for some, anyway), but in TV terms it was just about the only thing he could have done, under the circumstances.

The ending is just about the most difficult trick for a writer to pull off, tying up all loose ends into a satisfactory whole. DS9, The X-Files, you name it - many great shows have suffered for a lackluster finale.

Perhaps instead of moaning that there were some plot threads left dangling, perhaps instead we should celebrate the fact that it was as good as it turned out to be... face it, RDM did a great job with a near-impossible task.

It was flawed, sure, but it could have been a hell of a lot worse.
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Ryan UK
Fri, Apr 24, 2009, 7:12am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2 (April Fools Version)

So some people liked the ending, some didn't. No change there. However, I'm not sure I like the theory that "it's Ron Moore's show, it's his art, we should just accept his vision".

True, it's Ron's show, but he writes it for us, the viewer. He gets paid by sci-Fi to produce a show that gets viewers and advertising. Forget the art, everyone's in it to make money. The explosions and the drama are just there to appeal to as many demographic groups as possible.

No-one's saying that unresolved plot points are a bad thing. 'The X-files' was full of un-resolved questions, and 'The Prisoner' positively thrived on them. 'The Italian Job' is heralded as a classic film, and that ends on a (literal)cliffhanger.

So the problem is not unresolved plot-points per se, but how they are presented.
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Ryan UK
Sun, Feb 22, 2009, 7:09am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Sine Qua Non

Given that we know Romo's extremely adept at psychological manipulation, I was under the assumption that the gun-pointing and the story of Romo's family were just an elaborate trick to force the reluctant Lee into realising his own leadership skills.

That's how I interpreted it anyway.
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