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Michael Giltz

Michael Giltz

Posted March 19, 2009 | 02:20 PM (EST)

Battlestar Galactica Finale DVR Alert!


If you're like me, you're really excited about the series finale of Battlestar Galactica, one of the best shows of the past five years. In the old days, that meant plopping down on the couch Friday at 9 p.m. to see the show. Today, that means setting your DVR and catching it later Friday night or that weekend.

WARNING!

SyFy (yes, that's how they spell their name now) has just announced that the series finale is not 2 hours long. It's two hours and eleven minutes long! As so often happens, this is not reflected yet on my cable TV schedule and probably isn't on yours either. If you don't want to miss the last 11 minutes of the series finale, you must go to your TV and either extend the episode an extra 15 minutes (or half hour) or just tape the next show airing on SyFy.

I have a special twist because I'm taping the episode repeat at 11 p.m. (I also tape Friday Night Lights and Bill Moyers in Primetime and they conflict with the original broadcast.) Now with the original airing running through 11:11, does that mean the rerun will begin a few minutes later or 11:30 or what? To be safe, I'm taping the channel from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Reset your DVR now or you'll have to watch it online or buy it on iTunes or just burn with frustration.

And what do you expect in the finale? I thought the miniseries was good, the first season great and the second season even better. They stumbled a bit in the third season but are barreling towards a finale with great momentum. The cast is outstanding and I for one can't understand why Tricia Helfer hasn't been snapped up by a Scorsese or some other great director. She can do anything. (She does appear on Burn Notice in a recurring role.)

What do you expect to happen? Will Starbuck (Katee Sackhof, another fun actress) and Apollo (Jamie Bamber, sigh) get it on for good? Will Gaius (James Callis) ascend into the heavens and astonish himself as much as anyone else? Will President Roslin (Mary McDonnell) die? Will Colonel Tigh (Michael Hogan) stop growling? Me, I think they're ALL Cylons and that the humans of Caprica were created by Cylons. How else to explain Starbuck?

And don't forget to reset your DVR.