Spoilers, though its for a show off the air for five years, so not sure if that applies.
So, God saved Gaius Baltar using an angel who looked like Number 6. Baltar, slowly, painfully, over several years comes to believe in God, and somehow is essential at saving the human race despite enabling the destruction of 99.99% of it. The faith aspects of the show are really quite interesting--kudos to the showrunners for keeping everyone's motives murky, sometimes even to themselves. Not sure why only Baltar could see his angel, whereas everyone could see Kara Thrace, even though she was unclear as to what she was.
Adama's final choice, to sit alone on the hilltop (while Mosaic) was a little puzzling. Roslin's death was no surprise, and I'm curious why he decided to be a hermit.
So humanity decides to abandon its technology. New Caprica was kinda awful, so New Earth was better off without tech. Maybe after the results of their technological dependence was the near complete extinction of humanity, I can buy this, but not sure if the story earned it.
Wouldn't saber tooth tigers eat some of those people? I would have thought about keeping my technology. Achaelogists found Hera's body 150,000 years later--why didn't they find a Raptor part?
Why did Caprica Six turn good again? I can't remember. She was instrumental in the destruction of the colonies (and presumably didn't save Baltar--that was the angel version) and pretty ruthless. But now she's pretty and vulnerable and likes short guys. I am confused.
Who wrote the note about the 12 Cylons in Adama's quarters?
Was the final five thing just hokey? Thousands of years ago, five sentient cylons fled earth after creating resurrection and more cylons. They found human engineered cylons that looked like the ones from 1978 and then made a deal with them. But not the five--it was the other ones. Who were really bad, and then tricked the final five and got them to Caprica before they met the other ones (right, didn't Adama and Tigh meet during the cylon wars), then made them think they were human, and then they were not because of the Bob Dylan song. And the Indian one was really mean too. And Galen was just really depressed.
As I wrote before, I liked this show--I didn't give up on it, even though it took me the better part of a year to get through it. I think seeing it in that compressed fashion accentuated some of the plotting issues (see above), but made for real poignancy with some of the relationships--Adama and Roslin, Agathon and Athena, Tigh and Adama. It also highlighted the redundancy of some of it--I am sure that is part of the cinema veritae nature of the overall aesthetic, but it would have been nice to been able to know which episodes I could have skipped.
In retrospect, I wish the show had done more with:
- The Cylon Civil War including more tension with the fleet in Season 4.
- Giving Starbuck an overall character arc besides making her go crazy and turning her into an angel.
- Fallout from Adama's coup, quitting the admiralty, rejoining the admiralty, etc.
- Raising the stakes by killing off important characters.
- Either explaining more about the whole old cylon/new cylon thing or ignoring it completely
- Not having Lee Adama so inconsistent--or at least as a more well thought out idealist.
Otherwise, i liked very much the
- Military and political context and culture
- Roslin and Adama
- space battles
- a sense of urgency--everything seemed to put pressure on the survival of the human race.
- The Boomer/Sharon/Athena characterizations
- The insurgency
- Doc Coddle
Probably lots more. But that's my summary thoughts.