“Battlestar Galactica” begins its final countdown

 
 

The good news about the final 10 episodes of Battlestar Galactica, which start Friday, Jan. 16 (Jan. 20 in the UK), is that most of our questions will be answered by the end of the series. The bad news is that most of our questions will be answered by the end of the series — because that means it will be over.

This isn’t the time for new viewers to get on board because, well, you can’t. All I can say is that you should get the DVDs and start from the beginning. Battlestar Galactica is one of the best dramas on television. The show took risks in terms of character, story and imagery — and viewers have enjoyed the payoff: a remarkable show.

In case you just need to catch up on the first half of Season 4, you’ll be glad to know that the DVD was released last week. The real reason I mention it is because I had to show you the cover, which apparently should read, “Gah … Lactic … Uh.”

 

Spoilers from the first half of the season follow.

At the end of the midseason break, the Colonials finally reached Earth, only to find a wasteland. That leads President Roslin (Mary McDonnell) to question the prophecy that she would lead the people to salvation and refuge on Earth. Since she may be dying of breast cancer, it’s not the best time for a crisis of faith.

In the next 10 episodes, we will find out what happened to Earth and if any life forms (beyond plants) remain. We’ll learn whether humans will have to find a new home elsewhere. And, of course, we’ll discover the identity of the Final Cylon. Even people who don’t watch the show want to know.

I can’t tell you who that last Cylon is, but based on what we already know, I feel safe saying that if it’s a female, she will be one hot android.

We’ll also find out what happened to Starbuck during the time she was supposedly dead.

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Sci Fi is making it fun to guess with “You Will Know the Truth,” which periodically provides clues to the series’ mysteries. The last clue appears right before Friday’s show. And, of course, cyber-land is ablaze with theories. (One of my favorites is that Dirk Benedict will show up as God.) But one of the best things about BSG is that we have no idea what the answers are. Our personal theories could be right — or something may happen that we’ve never imagined.

The network also released the 13-minute video Catch the Frak Up! that is worth watching even if you remember every detail.

 

Will you be watching when BSG returns? What is your theory about the Final Cylon? Will you keep saying, “frak” or go back to regular swear words?

Friday’s episode of Battlestar Galactica will run 3 1/2 minutes over, so set your DVRs accordingly.

 
 

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