February 28, 2009: Scared

I realized last weekend that I’m afraid of the end of Battlestar Galactica. I’m resisting watching the last episodes because they bring that ending all that closer.

I’m afraid for two reasons. The first is that I’m afraid the ending will (to be blunt) suck. It’s really hard to pull a great ending off — I’ve never managed to do it — and the rest of the series has set the bar very high. The worst part is that a muffed ending will taint the rest of the series, and will make it harder to re-watch.

The other reason is the mirror image of the first. I’m afraid the ending will be powerful and perfect, leaving me with the longing to spend more time in BSG’s storyverse. I always cry at the end of Lord of the Rings — for years I thought I was sad that Frodo was leaving Middle-Earth, and then I realized I was crying because I was leaving. That’s what I think will happen when Battlestar finally ends: I’ll cry because I’m leaving.

Sure, I’ll be able to go back to that world — all it will take is popping one of the DVDs into the DVD player. But that won’t be the same as visiting my old friends and seeing what’s new with them.

Of the two possibilities, I prefer the latter — too many people have worked too long and too hard for this to fall apart at the end. My heart will break either way; I’d prefer it break over beauty than disappointment.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mrpister
    Mar 01, 2009 @ 00:32:02

    I will definitely miss Battlestar Galactica once the show wraps up. I get depressed just thinking about it. I have to admit that I was worried about which direction the show was going to take after finding Earth, but I think the writers have done an excellent job of writing themselves out of a corner. As much as I don’t want to see the show end, I can’t wait to see how the story of BSG continues to unfold in the last few episodes.

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  2. Mike
    Mar 01, 2009 @ 04:11:39

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