Mike N

Sadly, Hulu is not available outside the US.

a_c

Of course, the fact that one of the characters is revealed as mitochondrial Eve means that for everyone else, the whole "let's settle down and be farmers" thing didn't work out so well.

Kevin H

The series looks intimidating to get into, as it includes a double digit number of 1 hour episodes, but watching the entire Cosmos series was one of the best things I've ever done and has changed my life for the better.

John

Yeah but the ending of BSG was pretty poor. It's fairly typical of TV shows that they can string you along for years then deliver a lame ending. You as the consumer have no re-course...what are you gonna do? Travel back in time and tell yourself not to bother? You can't 'un-waste' the time you invested in the series.

Wally East

But, if you enjoyed yourself at the time, how was the time wasted?

Bill

But if you enjoyed the rest of the show, was it really a waste? I've never understood how a bad ending "ruins" a show for someone. Sure it's disappointing but to let it color every other episode seems silly.

KK

@2: "Of course, the fact that one of the characters is revealed as mitochondrial Eve means that for everyone else, the whole “let's settle down and be farmers” thing didn't work out so well."

At least for the direct female line of their descendants. I'm guessing their male descendants added to the gene pool a bit. But it would mean that we all have Cylon mitochondria, since it's inherited from the mother.

Bruce G

"to let it color every other episode seems silly"

Ah, but what if part of the enjoyment of early episodes was the anticipation of a good ending?

Rob Sharpe

Once at a concert I heard something interesting. As the musician came out for the obligatory encore many in the audience started shouting their requests from the artists catalog. Toward the end of the musician tuning I heard a lone voice yell out "Play what you want to play!"

The makes of BSG had the right to do what they felt was best with the show. I'm not sure my preferences matter; I'm just happy to have been there.

Eric M. Jones

I told my wife that BSG was FINALLY over. Ye gads, I was strung along for years on that dark science fiction. I didn't want to watch it but couldn't miss it either.

I just pray they won't reincarnate the series--with Baltar and Six leading the modern Earth against the evolved Cylon toaster hoards from Caprica.

crquack

The first two season of BSG were good: Interesting, complex plots, complex characters. That was the only reason why we suffered through the last season which turned into boring, pretentious and self-indulgent tripe. The hokey religious slant did not manage to disguise that the main characters became self-serving and self-interested. The interests of the military reigned supreme, no-one bothered to look at the issues the other 90% of the fleet were dealing with (and if they did so it was only to brush aside any concerns in the name of military expediency, preferably by force). Madam President was a president only when it suited her. Adama Senior sank deeply into alcoholism. Thrace became an outright drama queen (actually she had been that for some time). And on and on. And on.

The final act of sending all the ships and technology within them into the sun and spreading the 40-odd thousand of survivors around the Earth (who in their right mind would have thought of that) was pathetic and laughable.

I sincerely hope this theme is now dead. Any sequel and I shall root for the Cylons.

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Aaron Luchko

@6 "But if you enjoyed the rest of the show, was it really a waste? I've never understood how a bad ending “ruins” a show for someone. Sure it's disappointing but to let it color every other episode seems silly."

I think the problem is that part of the reason that we enjoy fiction like we do is the bits that aren't shown, the back stories that are only hinted at, the potential future. When I think back to an episode I enjoy that's what still makes it good.

When a show goes bad it takes away part of that mystery. The force was never explicitly explained in the original Star Wars and it had a cool mythical quality. The explanation offered in the prequels took away that mystery.

The BSG finale sucked because all the past episodes lose that great promise of a fantastic ending. That all that science/religious debate ends with religion winning in an unambiguous haphazard manner. All the mysteries were solved in an unsatisfying manner. I can't watch an old episode, see head Six, and wonder if she's a delusion, an imprint, or something else. I already know the unsatisfying answer.

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