Battlestar Galactica - Season Three Finale Report

The sci-fi television series, Battlestar Galactica, wrapped up its third season this week, but fans will have to suffer a long wait, as the new season is set to air in 2008.

And what a wait it will be, as the season finale generated new questions and mysteries for the viewers to ponder on. One major plot twist was the reappearance of Kara "Starbuck" Thrace, a Colonial Viper Pilot played by actress Katee Sackhoff. Fans last saw Starbuck going into a vast expanse of bright light, with Apollo bearing witness to the destruction of her Viper and thus, believing her to be dead. How Starbuck is brought back to life is still unknown to Apollo (and the viewers), but she was quick to inform him that she has been to Earth.

Another thing worth mentioning about the season finale is its unexpected use of the Bob Dylan song, "All Along the Watchtower." The song?s history can be traced back to the time after Dylan was involved in a terrible motorcycle accident. The incident compelled Dylan to start reading the bible, and consequently, the song?s lyrics were derived mostly from bible passages that speak of doom and the end of the world. Why Tigh, Anders, Tyrol and Tory are familiar with the song is still quite vague, but one argument is that the song was used as a way to hint that the 4 characters are, in fact, Cylons. After all, the song is of Earthly origins, and the ones responsible for the existence of Cylons are the inhabitants of the Blue Planet.

On the other hand, one part of the season finale that was quite predictable was the favorable outcome of the trial of scientist and researcher, Gaius Baltar. His leadership skills were certainly flawed, but in times of war and crisis, Gaius did his best to ensure the survival of his people.