As a whole, I think the ending was fitting for the show. This doesn’t mean I liked it (or hated it). I understood it, I accepted it and I don’t know how they could have done it better. I found it predictable (mostly, there were two deaths that didn’t surprise me in that they happened, but more in how they happened), they didn’t explain everything and I didn’t expect them too.
What did I love? I loved Baltar and Caprica being able to see their Chip People. I loved any scene with Mary McDonnell and Eddie Olmos. Especially her death scene. Loved the predictable ending. Yes, you heard me, I loved the fact that the ending was predictable. It was the ending I’d pick. Heck, the only change I would have made was that I’ve had ended it with someone making a Cylon, and you pull back to see the Final Five. But then again, the point of the show was not a utopian future where everyone’s perfect and we can save the world (Babylon 5 and Star Trek fall into this mold). The point of BSG was always to demonstrate that we suck. We make bad choices, we do the wrong things, no matter how much we try to be right. So to end it on the question of ‘Will we do the right thing?’ was appropriate.
What did I hate? Hera. Seriously, that kid actor was well chosen for looks, but they made her seem like a slow kid on the short bus. They should have at least had her talk more often. Or ever. She was supposed to be the savior of us all, well damn it, make us LIKE her. I’m choosing to blame direction versus acting, since I have a really low bar for kid actors, and I’d rather thing her moronic behavior was choice. And that way I feel free to tell the directors ‘You suck!’ I wouldn’t tell her that. I’d tell her to not mimic the kid who played Anakin in the fourth/first Star Wars movie, or MacCauley Culkin.
What did I want explained? How the hell they hid everything from history. There was too much ‘future’ stuff on old Earth. Also, where the hell did Kara go? I didn’t like how Starbuck turned out (though running around shooting things made me happy), and her ended was a ‘What the Frak?’ moment. Also, the vagaries of the whole G-d thing was perplexing and interesting at the same time.
I’m glad it’s over, I’m glad there was an ending that left me questioning, and I’m semi-glad about a political/family drama called Caprica. Oh, and I’d like to see The Plan. If it does explain everything. Or at least the Cylons.