Actually I haven’t seen much of the two episodes that just aired so I don’t have much to say about them. If anybody has a review or a link to a good review or just wants to talk about how lame it is that I don’t have TiVo, have at it in the comments. [Update – there’s more, but netiquette suggests that I should toss it behind a spoiler wall. More commentary on the other side.]
The episode before the two-part finale, Downloaded, was a complete mindf*ck in so many ways. First there’s the obvious dangling of false hope – you expect the writers to present a hopelessly bleak imminent-doom scenario and then have the fifth columnists within both the Cylon and human factions meet up and settle everything over a 29th-century hookah. Obviously that would end the series, which means that the writers have some disappointment lined up. Maybe that shoe has already dropped and I don’t know it.
Seeing the imaginary Baltar for the first time was a jarring experience even though it finally put to bed that debate about whether Baltar’s #6 was an undetectable chip or some sort of free-floating Jungian onscience-given-form. Not a chip. The most jarring thing is that I actually like this Baltar. For what it’s worth I also like the real #6 a lot more than Baltar’s phantom, which probably comes from Baltar’s #6 being a memory processed through the mind of an emotionally-detached egomaniac. Here’s hoping for more episodes from the Cylon perspective, especially if they make beating up on Xena into a regular thing.
A final obvervation, the abortion subplot also twists our current political climate in amusingly convoluted ways. The show makes it pretty obvious who you’re supposed to root for, who when you think about it corresponds to a future Pat Roberts, religious pandering and authoritarian streak included. Overall a cool show and ten times more thought-provoking than most stuff on TV.