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Don't read this if you haven't yet watched the season finales of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA and/ or LIFE ON MARS. I've finally seen both (we are TIVO junkies, so we don't always watch shows the night they air), and... well...

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA ends with "God Did It." Looks like somebody skipped Writing 101, when you learn that a deus ex machina is a crappy way to end a story.

And now LIFE ON MARS ends with "It Was All a Dream." Curiously, I actually found that a bit more satisfying than the end of BSG. But still... really??? C'mon. Writing 101.

Oh, and while I'm at it, let me spoil the new Nicholas Cage movie, KNOWING. I actually enjoyed that one, mostly, although everyone else I know who has seen it hated it. But the ending... this time it was space angels who did it. And when the little kids starting running through the alien grass toward the glowing alien tree, I almost thought the boy was going to say, "My dad used to call me Caleb, but my real name is Adam," and then the little girl would say... oh, wait, you've seen it?

Yeah, yeah, sometimes the journey is its own reward. I certainly enjoyed much of the journey with BSG, parts of LIFE ON MARS, and even some stuff in KNOWING. But damn it, doesn't anybody know how to write an ending any more?

Writing 101, kids. Adam and Eve, God Did It, It Was All a Dream? I've seen Clarion students left stunned and bleeding for turning in stories with those endings.


(I sure hope those guys doing LOST have something better up planned for us. Though if it turns out to be They Were All Dead All Along I'm really going to be pissed).


Apr. 5th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
Given they kept insinuating that BSG was some kind of Greek tragedy I've been trying to rationalize that deus ex machina somehow fits. But I'm still really angry with how they treated the Kara character, who will not be "remembered" as Apollo claimed.

So angry that yesterday I chased some pigeons.
Apr. 5th, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
My family had a long discussion about the "remembering" issue when we watched the finale, and it's pretty clear to us that the Galactica people are remembered through Greek myths, but that there are only a couple perfect analogies -- and no perfect analogies between the actual deity names and the personalities of characters with those names on the show. We did agree, though, that Starbuck is most certainly remembered -- or how else do you explain the mythical Apollo's psycho twin sister who roams the woods and will kill you if you look at her wrong?
Apr. 8th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
Good insight, there. But actually, when Apollo said Starbuck would be remembered, he was referring back to when they first met, drinking at her apartment. Starbuck said she wasn't afraid of dying, only of being forgotten.


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