Do not read this if you follow BSG, haven’t yet seen last night’s episode, and are averse to spoilers along the lines of “Oh, look, it got even grimmer. Who’da thunk?” Because today’s post will carry such vague, thematic spoilers.
Here we go.
Oh look. It got even grimmer. Who’da thunk?
Way back in high school I remember reading an Alistair Maclean novel called HMS Ulysses. Set during World War 2, it described the slow, death-by-a-thousand-cuts of an Allied warship in the wake of an on-board mutiny, escorting a supply convoy across the wintry North Atlantic. The story was relentless. Things started off bad and got worse. The convoy was lost. The ship sank trying to ram the enemy after losing all its weaponry, and even that heroic final gesture failed.
Even at the tender age of fourteen, I knew it was my kind of book.
After watching last night’s “The Oath”, I have to wonder if Ron Moore et al aren’t taking us down exactly the same road. Mutiny. A powerful, smarter enemy. A failed mission, all hope lost, a whole species staggering galvanic through the cold starry seas while enemies without and within tear at its flanks. Is this how it’s going to end? Are we in for eight episodes of death throes? Will our last view of the ragtag fleet consist of nothing but charred wreckage, tumbling slowly on to heat death through sheer inertia?
No other show would have the balls. Even this show will give us more than that. They’ve promised us answers, after all: Kara Thrace, the Final Five, the hybrid prophecy. They won’t just leave us hanging, nor will they desperately cobble together some half-assed topheavy retcon to insult our intelligence (*coughXFilescough*). There will be resolution.
But after that resolution— once the loose ends have been resolved — what use is the fleet? What use is humanity? There’ll be only one question left to answer, the very first question the series ever posed, back at the start of its epic journey: what makes us, as a species, worthy of survival?
What if we’re not? What if we don’t?
Could there be a more perfect ending to it all?