For a few years my favourite TV show was the new Battlestar Galactica. I watched the original as a teen-ager, since it didn’t have much competition at the time, but Ron Moore’s new version is literally and figuratively light-years ahead. Like many great shows, it is not only a drama but a mystery. There’s a hidden backstory for the audience to puzzle out as we watch.
While watching it, I did a lot of detailed analysis. I even worked out an invented backstory that was a mixture of where the writers appeared to be going and some interesting ideas of my own.
Some of it turned out to be right. I made good predictions that the Final Five would be old (and could be characters like Saul), that Ellen Tigh was the 5th because of the romance and that Earth (at least the first one) would likely be vacant and in ruins.
However, my near-certainty that the story would be set in the future, and have real-SF explanations for its events turned out to be quite wrong, and the “god did it” ending in the past was so disappointing that I ended up dubbing it “the worst ending in the history of on-screen SF.”
Nonetheless, the blog is here, with smart and stupid moments, as it contains some worthwhile discussion of the hard details of the show, the science, and where it was great and where it made mistakes.