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March 21, 2009

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Randy Jensen

I enjoyed reading your review. The finale left me wishing that even more mystery had been left unexplained, as I've tried to explain on my own blog. Some people seem delighted with the explicitly supernatural answers to various questions; others are incensed and complain that the show isn't wholly naturalistic. As for myself, I simply wish the show had left us with more ambiguity.

Fr Fenton

I enjoyed your review. The finale left me with the question -- will it all happen again a la Terminator? Definitely an interesting twist. Thanks for the thoughts.

Karen

It was an excellent finale to an excellence series! Great points.

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Mhee

I would say from the closing that it's entirely possible (probable in fact) gaius IS god or, possibly, 'little' gaius is -doesn't he say you know IT doesn't like that name did you see where Caprica (possibly they Devil?) is looking and gesturing (off camera)
And then all the silly MEs he says.
ME ME..... kind of like he's saying ME, HE, is God.
So even if he says HE instead of IT - then all the MEs still favor Gaius to be God.

extraterran

How odd. Why only Biblical references in this review? The entire show has had an international, multi-cultural thrust through and through, from its multi-racial cast to its multi-genre/tradition music. The theme of the Cylon revelations is drawn from Indian music. The ideas of Resurrection and the cyclical natural of being and trying to get off the cycle of birth, war, death, are very much in keeping with Hindu beliefs about reincarnation and the becoming free from the wheel of life. And Kara Thrace? She could be an angel or something mystical, but what she definitely is is Ronald D. Moore's deus ex machina: God from the machine. Literally and literarily. In this case, whereas the deus ex machina is considered incredibly bad form in writing, here, it's apt, perfect, and pointed. Ronald D. Moore is a genius (and that's him reading the National Geographic).

extraterran

Typo: cyclical nature of being

extraterran

Regarding complex systems or complexity theory: this is technical term known to mathematicians and those who do modeling of (and sometimes experimentation in) social, ecological, economic, and also physical systems. BG has been also all about portraying the complex system of the human survivors and Cylons forming social systems (and individualized deviations from the norm) within the physics of space travel. I wonder if Ronald D. Moore and Umberto Eco have ever met, because introducing the modern physics twist to religious hintings is like the ending to The Name of the Rose (that's not a spoiler for any of you who have not read The Name of the Rose, as you have to read the whole thing to get the fabulous surprise ending). Caprica 6's statement that something surprising might happen is an old saw in complexity theory, making one witty, elegant conclusion to the meaning of the entire saga.

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