So, how was the ending? Should I watch this show?
I watched seasons 1 and 2 a long while ago, on DVD, with my family, but it’s in the marathon viewings that a shows’ strengths and weaknesses are laid bare. Especially the weaknesses, my goodness. If there’s a week between each episode during which you can talk to other fans and sort of make up explanations for stuff, it has to help the show make more sense, and if the show repeats storylines or doesn’t pay attention to its plot holes, that buffer time between each episode masks the effect. Watching the episodes all in a row makes it really obvious if they don’t quite hang together right.
If the show is good, though, marathon viewings only make it better, because it makes it easier to see all the interweaving plotlines and so on that make it so amazing. This is why I love Dr. Who, Babylon 5, and even Xena– they only get better when you watch them all in a row.
I started watching Battlestar Galactica a while ago, but it didn’t stand up to my marathon consumption as well as it could have, and I lost interest somewhere in the second season. “The three plots it started with were really cool,” I said to myself at the time, “but now there are thirty plots and I just don’t believe that they even can resolve them all satisfactorily, let alone that they will. If it turns out the writers weren’t just making shit up to keep people watching, I’ll try the show again.”
And so, viewers of the long-awaited finale: were they just making shit up? Or was there a story being woven here, one whose end could be predicted from its beginning, one that will reward a faithful viewer with a spectacular resolution?
In other words, should I watch this thing, or not?
Please, no spoilers in the comments– I just want a general opinion of the watchability! After all, if the answer is “yes, it all makes sense,” I’m going to want to watch it all. 🙂