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anotherskinjob
Fri, Apr 3, 2009, 10:05am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2 (April Fools Version)

Alex99:

Point taken on aliens and mysticism but really what the Ship of Light mythology is about is evolution of a sorts. People familiar with the B5 Vorlons and Shadows know what I'm talking about.

Are "angels" and an unknown, seemingly capricious God less mystical than the story showing a possible future for humanity if they can break the cycle of violence?

If the BSG story has meaning beyond survival [a question now very much in doubt, I suppose] then I don't think it's a shark jump to show a possible evolutionary path for humanity, especially when Daybreak shows evolution through breeding in both Cylon/Colonial and Colonial/Human contexts.

If BSG is only about survival, then the God/Angels mythology is tacked-on gibberish that does little than provide the writers a mechanism to advance the plot. Under that view, I completely see your standpoint and the show would have been better as a linear action drama. No harm, no foul.

I didn't bring mysticism or God into the proceedings; I was just imagining a way to resolve some pretty clear contradictions.
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anotherskinjob
Wed, Apr 1, 2009, 10:15am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2 (April Fools Version)

well played, sir.
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anotherskinjob
Tue, Mar 31, 2009, 11:48am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2 (April Fools Version)

This is written off the top of my head. Honest feedback and elaboration are welcome.

I can't take credit for originating the theory below, I'm just running with it.
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Having stewed over the finale for awhile I can say that BSG ran out of time before being able to wrap things up and the writers had no answers to the vast numbers of questions they faced at the end.

The clues are in Starbuck's paintings of the gas giant with the Ships of Light, like those in the original BSG.

I suspect that had we gotten a Season 5, the writers could have explained Starbuck's ressurection by having her reborn on a Ship of Light and facing "higher beings" who give her the coordinates to Earth via clues ["Watchtower"/colors]


Heck, once the Ship of Light visit is established, you've broken from deus ex machina because as original series fans know the Ship of Light mythology was based on a more evolved human- a human who had broken the cycle of karma through selflessness, as opposed to Count Iblis who used his evolved status to gather worshippers. I see some of the possibilities with Baltar's "cult", Kara Thrace as a harbringer and even the hybrids as avatars of this evolved intelligence who can tap into the higher-order thinking that involves the Ships of Light.

Along with these story arcs or themes fans could finally get into the meat of the mythology- a discussion of:

the unitary nature of God [are Cylons closer to God than Colonials?],

karma and breaking the cycle of karma through free will [is that the lesson that the Final Five were trying to impart before they moved on to the other side? Is that what Anders tapped into at the end?]

and ultimately questions of good vs. evil [were the Cylons evil for rebelling? were the Colonials evil for creating something they intended for slavery? Do good and evil even matter?]-

the big questions that were so abruptly spoken to at the very end of the Finale in a fashion that seemed to warn more about building dancing robots than breaking the cycle of violence and hate.

That's the missed opportunity I see and it's why I can still appreciate what the showrunners did while being disappointed.
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