Edward James Olmos during "Battlestar Galactica" - Los Angeles Premiere at The Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic)
TV - Movies
How The Ending Of
Galactica Ruined
The Show
According To Fans
The reimagined version of “Battlestar Galactica” premiered in 2004 and tells the story of the last remnants of humanity trying to escape the murderous androids that they created. Despite initially praising the show, fans and critics began turning on the show by Season 3 due to its increasingly strange and seemingly random plot twists — particularly criticizing the final episode.
George R.R. Martin, author of “Game of Thrones”, and other critics criticized the finale’s use of deus ex machina in the finale, when Starbuck was resurrected and then disappeared at the end, with no explanation outside of godly interference. Other critics felt the finale betrayed the narrative that the show had built and opined that such a bad ending damaged "Battlestar Galactica" and its potential legacy.
Showrunner Ronald D. Moore has since defended the ending while acknowledging that a lot of fans were unhappy. In 2020, he said that the original version of the finale was closer to four hours long and nonlinear, which may have provided the additional context fans needed to appreciate the show’s ending.