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Episode 20: Daybreak, Part 2; March 20, 2009
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3/12/09: Thanks in part to some tips, we've tracked down the "source" of yesterday's rumor here at the IMDB Forums. The "spoilers" were posted in response to some horrific speculation found here. Though we admit to finding some aspects of the info we posted yesterday intriguing and possible, based on the poster's lack of a track record, we have to chalk it up to complete speculation. We stand by our posting it because we did (and still do) find some of it plausible so it's not going anywhere. We promise to have some real spoilers posted some time tonight.

3/11/09: This info concerning all three hours of the finale has been posted to the Ragnar Anchorage Forum and elsewhere. We can't confirm the source yet, so it goes as rumor for now:
  • Most of the crew volunteers for the suicide mission.
  • The plan is to use Galactica as bait while a small team (including Athena and Helo) infiltrate the Colony using a Heavy Raider (Galactica doesn't just jump in and start shooting - there's a good chance that Hera will be killed if Galactica and co. jump right in and just start shooting).
  • A massive fight ensues. Galactica gets the hell knocked out of it. The Cylons take the ship, and they're about to take out Adama and Tigh in CIC until they meet some unexpected resistance from Gaius Baltar. Baltar is critically wounded.
  • At the Colony, Boomer betrays Cavil and hands Hera over to Athena, though Helo is wounded (and possibly killed).
  • Boomer and the Guardians (who turn on Cavil because he's going to dissect Hera) turn off Cavil's control over the Centurians and Raiders - but Boomer dies by Cavil's hand.
  • The freed Raiders and Centurions recognize what Cavil has done to them, and, more importantly, that Anders is piloting Galactica, and so they stop attacking the humans and turn on Cavil.
  • Another massive fight ensues. Cavil and co. are destroyed, but Galactica is crippled.
  • The fleet jumps to the sight of the battle to evacuate Galactica.
  • The Raiders and Centurions feed Anders the location of a habitable world that Cavil knew of, then leave forever. Anders feeds the fleet the coordinates and everyone jumps there, though the strain of jumping the shattered Galactica kills Anders.
  • Roslin dies aboard the ruins of Galactica. Adama stays with her, alone on a dead ship. Baltar dies on the new planet...which he dubs Earth.
  • Hera reveals that Daniel survived, after a fashion, and that he's been guiding his loved ones as best he can through projection. Starbuck and Baltar are his children (and yes, eat your heart out, smooching Luke and Leia from ESB, the original Starbuck DID have sex with her brother); and Daniel plugged into Roslin after she took on Cylon blood.
  • After Apollo runs around in a lush field shooting his gun into the air like a maniac, he and Starbuck embrace.
  • Flash forward to thousands of years later. The setting: the planet the humans and Cylons settled, specifically, NYC. "All of this has happened before...."
3/11/09 Con't: TPR Comments: Assuming that this info is true, we're guessing that part one would end with Boomer giving Hera back to Athena, while the Cylons close in on Adama and Tigh in CIC. Part two would pick up with Baltar coming to the rescue while Boomer and the Guardians (the old Centurions) turn off the inhibitors. Based on this info, Anders, Baltar, Boomer, Helo and Roslin die, whilc it seems that Adama grieves and possibly eventually dies alone as well. The "Head" or "Inner" characters would turn out to be Daniel projecting to the Cylons, the Final Five, his children Baltar and Kara and Roslin who has Cylon blood. What this info doesn't explain is how Hera is significant if she's actually the third half-Cylon/half-human after Baltar and Kara. It also doesn't explain how exactly Daniel survived or how Kara came back from the dead. We also still have no news of Tyrol's fate since he found out that Boomer took Hera, although a Chicago Tribune interview indicated that he spent episode 418 in the brig.

3/11/09 Con't: TPR Comments Con't: Lastly, the info says nothing about the flashbacks, which have already been confirmed by Jamie Bamber. He said that we see Kara and Lee at their beginning, which would likely involve Zak, or his funeral at the very least.
We also have location pics of a strip club where Adama and Tigh apparently watch Ellen as well as Roslin's trip to the fountain on Caprica. We can chalk Roslin's scene to a vision similar to either "Faith" or "The Hub," but that doesn't explain the Adama/Tigh/Ellen scene. Even so, we are backtracking on the probability of the finale being flashback-heavy in general. When Romo Lampkin and the captains were first listed as appearing, we assumed a flashback to Baltar's trial, but now that Lampkin has been back a couple of times and the captains are part of the new Quorum, we expect they appear in the present and not flashback. This still doesn't explain Prosna or Zak or Shona (Anders' Caprica resistance member who died when Kara blew the Cylon baby factory) being listed as appearing, but since Zak was listed for the previous episode and was nowhere to be seen, maybe someone was misleading us or they only appear in some sort of montage of existing footage.

1/10/09: We know that a number of dead (or one-off) characters appear and that the episode involves a space battle and numerous ground fights. Now with that preface, we want to bring up Star Trek: The Next Generation. Ron Moore co-wrote the finale for that series as well. In that case, he used three timelines (the past, the present and the future) to craft an emotional finale that managed to be a retrospective on the series by taking us back to the characters as they were at the beginning and teasing long running storylines (Picard/Crusher; Riker/Troi/Worf; Geordi's eyesight; Data's wish for emotion) in the future. Q, who had appeared in the pilot of that series, was also worked to bookend the series. We're guessing that Moore has used a similar approach in the BSG finale. There will be common story threads that originate in the miniseries that will run through the various timelines glimpsed.

Con't: We're guessing Zak's appearance is part of the resolution of Kara and Lee's relationship. Roslin was seen in hospital garb, but also at the fountain on Caprica, and we're guessing that this might be similar to the storyline from "Faith" where that dying character wanted to cross the river. Roslin has to die (doesn't she? She's been dying for the entire series) so we think hers is a vision rather than a flashback. We're guessing we'll also go back to the miniseries since Prosna appears as well as Baltar's Caprica home. Romo Lampkin as well as the captains that served as judges at Baltar's trial appear so that timeframe is likely revisited. Xeno Fenner from the labor strike returns although we're not sure why that would be revisited.

Con't: The climax involves a huge space battle which looks to involve the humans and their few Cylon allies and the other Cylons on the other. We can't be sure, but since the miniseries began with the humans versus the Cylons, we're betting that the final battle will be the same. Things deteriorate to "ground fighting" with Helo and Athena in one firefight and Baltar and (Caprica?) Six in another. Lee is also involved in a fight, although he was separated from the other main characters at that point. There are indications that some characters die. However, we hope that the series doesn't not end with the Cylons managing to finish what they started back in the miniseries with the extermination of humanity. Although, if those are the two sides fighting, the fleet doesn't stand much of a chance of survival. Lastly, the series apparently ends with Inner Six (whose true nature has already been revealed by this point) strolling through Times Square in modern day New York City. Tricia Helfer was also glimpsed on that same location in a black dress while James Callis was both in Baltar and Inner Baltar attire. So we know Inner Six is there, but what about the other three characters? Are Baltar and Six "hiding" on Earth and obvilious to their true nature as Tyrol, Tigh, Tory and Anders were on the colonies? The appearance of Inner Six is enough for us to interpret it as a nod to the cyclical story and that she's foreshadowing "our" Earth's destruction just as Caprica Six's stroll through the Caprica market was just prior to those attacks.

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