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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.

Pfui.

(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).

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misunderstruck
Apr. 6th, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
there was at least one vague hint that it wasn't God but some kind of space alien

Are you talking about the "it doesn't like being called that [god]" comment?
werthead
Apr. 6th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
Yup. There was also a load of dialogue cut from this scene which would have made it a bit more clear, with Baltar and Six betting on what would happen next in the cycle, but it got cut for time. A shame because it did seem to give a little bit more closure to what was going on.

Also, one of the writers said later as far as she was concerned, the head-beings and 'god' were basically the Beings of Light from the original series who'd turned up to give humanity a helping hand along the way.

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