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Bsg Post Mortem

**Note** Spoilers to follow.

Several friends and readers think I was too enthusiastic. They make some good points. Here’s what I liked: The last half-hour wasn’t a dream sequence. I don’t know this for a fact, obviously, but if it was a dream sequence the producers and writers better get an unlisted phone number and move to an undisclosed location. At first I thought it had to be a dream sequence because whenever someone sees a lead character fall asleep and wake up in a crazy scenario that’s what intelligent television watching demands. But they’re really committing to this plotline, which is just plain bold and exciting. It creates whole new vistas for storylines, which were threatening to get a bit stale.

I like that the good guys wanted to steal the election and, it turns out, they were right to want to. Meanwhile Adama, in retropsect was wrong — as were “the people.”

I like that we saw a bit deeper into Cylon psychology with their willingness to admit mistakes etc. That they are now — presumably — dedicated to being “the best machines they can be” is an interesting twist and welcome abandonment of the Cylon’s “one true faith” plotline (Note to Al Gore: if you run again you might want to adopt the tagline “I want to be the best machine I can be”). It also demonstrates how young they are as a civilization that they could switch their theology and metaphysics so suddenly. This means, I assume, the opening sequence that ends with “They have a plan” will have to be changed since presumably the plan has been chucked.

Some problems: First of all the Dean Stockwell as Cylon thing doesn’t quite work for me. I think he’s a great character, but he’s hardly an übermensch android and if he’s older than 40 they need to explain how they fast-aged a cylon and why they can only make 12 kinds. More to the point, what really annoyed me was that the Stockwell cylon who was already on the ship (Stockwell-1), instantaneously understood what the new Stockwell (Stockwell-2) was talking about when he said the Cylons had abandoned everything they believe. When did Stockwell-1 get the memo? There’s been no evidence that the Cylons are psychics, so why would he suddenly renounce God like that, based on what Stockwell-2 had said? Even a Cylon ego needs more than that.

Another problem: Why was it hard for the Cylons to find New Caprica? The #6 (AKA, Superhot Blond) died in the nuclear explosion. Wouldn’t her memories go immediately to homebase? Technically, we don’t know that she knew the coordinates of New Caprica. But surely she would have asked during her last tryst with Baltar.

What next? I suspect that the Nos. 6 & 8 who visited Baltar on New Caprica were the “war hero” Cylons. My guess is that the new season will show that the Cylons have given up genocide but have adopted empire. This will allow the humans to play the new generic Palestinians, French Resistance or Bajorans, if you’re a DS9 type. Baltar is already the obvious head of the Vichy government and Starbuck is the new rebel leader. It would be interesting if the Cylon’s split into two camps: The “murder all the humans” camp versus the “don’t you dare kill our pets” camp.

Oh, and yes, I do realize how terribly geeky all of this is and how much I am inviting a K-Lo ban.

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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