Yep. Good call. No Star Trek Disease for this one, thank the gods.
Moore was already starting to stretch it a little thin. This way, everybody, including the writers, can focus on a known end date and a known conclusion, with enough time to get there without rushing. I *do * so hate the “Should I still bother watching?” phase of a good series.
About time. A series like BSG needs a finite lifetime. That is the major problem with series in the States. The desire to keep the cash-cow mooing for as long as possible, and to hell with the story. In this, and not much else, our British cousins have it right.
Sad as I am that the series will be ending, I’m very relieved that it’s been given a finite timeline. Ever since Season Two, it’s been apparent that the writers have a vague plan, but that it wasn’t fleshed out at all and they were largely making things up as they went along (granted, this was far more obvious in this past season). Now that they’ve got one season to wrap things up, I’m confident that they’ll be able to tie things together coherently. If the alternative is an indefinite run, I could very easily have seen myself abandoning the series once it got far enough out of whack.
I had more in mind how often Bonanza was about the Good Bad Guy or the Bad Good Guy disturbing the Whatever at the Ponderosa, or Virginia City, or an Old Friend. Infinite permutations of a few plots. Finding Earth, on the other hand, can only be interrupted by a finite number of Boxing Episodes.
Really? I find it ridiculous how many times Our Hero (be he Immortal, Private Eye, Cop, Lawyer, Whatever) has to help out his friends who are being threatened by Someone (Mob, Loan Shark, Ex-Husband, Girl Scouts).
Wow. Another friend of Duncan McCleod is being threatened by an immortal who will use that friend to force him into combat? How novel!
I pray to the Lords of Cobol that they end it with the 4th season. This means, of all things, no more shitty sideline episodes. Each and everyone should be dedicated to continuing the plot and ending the series.
Does anyone think that Babylon 5 lasted WAY longer than BSG? It just seems that way to me…
I think you’d need to count the actual number of episodes, not just the number of potential seasons. As I recall, B5 had five full seasons of 22(?) episodes each, or 110 total. BSG has had abreviated seasons of less than 22 episodes.
Someone with more time on their hands could figure that out for certain.