I was really jazzed about the show when it first came on, partly because good scifi is hard to come by. I watched the whole thing, every episode up to the end, following their trail of breadcrumbs, waiting for them to explain wtf was going on.
They put it off until the last episode and then “explained” the innumerable plot twists by saying that there is a god after all and he magically made all that shit happen for no discernible reason. Oh, and Starbuck wasn’t a cylon, she was an angel and she ::poof:: disappears.
Now this is not merely offensive to me because I am not religious. I don’t mind religion in fiction. I enjoyed movies like constantine just as much as the next guy, and if they wanna create a scifi universe where there actually is a god, so be it. What pisses me off is that they made shit up, stringing along millions of fans waiting for an explanation they had no intention of giving. They did a little mini-documentary thing just before the last episode where the creator of the show admitted that they had no idea how they were going to end the show when they were writing the last episode. They made random things happen with no intention of ever explaining them.
I felt seriously ripped off. I felt my trust had been violated. I’d been following this show for years, even through the seasons that blew, waiting for an explanation.
I went on IMDB and looked at the reviews for the last episode, and a little more than half are “it was okay” to “yay this is great”, and the rest are pretty much “someone talk me out of throwing away my DVDs right now”.
The show was a scam from the beginning, and I feel even worse because I recommended it to people. The first season or two might be fun to watch sometime very far from now, but I’d have to train myself not to gag at the prospect first.