I just watched it, and I thought it was good. I’m pretty sure that it was always written not as a bridge but to placate fans in between the long season breaks. And I personally don’t care too much that it had very little to say directly about the action in the series.
I really liked the wartime imagery focus on WWII rather than Iraq and Afghanistan. It was a nice break that kept the action totally ramped up, which I think is the strong point of that show. Did anyone else notice the WWII visual metaphors? Pearl Harbor, the “just following orders” mentality, Kamikaze Cylon ships, small force attack/rescue missions, Mengele-like experimentation and the like? It definately made the war elements of the show much more dire, as it invoked the end-of-life-as-we-know-it Nazi threat instead of the attack-as-funds-are-available al Queda threat. And considering this show’s facility with that kind of imagery, that really is saying something.
As for Kendra being a Cylon, I really hope not. That would totally undo all the gravitas her character accumulated in dealing with her guilt. If its revealed that she is a Cylon, then everything she went through means nothing, as all she was doing was killing things that she is not, and apparently only shares a dim and stolen genetic heritage with. Revealing her as a Cylon later on would basically be taking her entire character back to zero, which would be really confusing as the end of the show is probably going to have enough loose ends to wrap up. Besides, we all already have a hope for who the last Cylon is, and making it a character nobody has seen before would really piss some fans off.
I also thought the throwback Cylons were pretty cool. “By your command,” indeed!
Oh yea. I almost forgot. Did I really need to be reminded in the ad breaks, twice no less, that there were a coupla’ lesbians on board? Gee, thanks for the update Quiznos. I think I got it the first time I saw it. Honestly now….did anyone else record it? Go back and look at the first Quiznos Moment where they remind us that Six is gettin jiggy with captain deathmonger. They give it to us like a secret whispered between 13-year old boys.
Overall, it was a win for the show. And it certainly quenched any and all frustrated desires I have for the regular seasons to come back. Plus, its gonna get those producers more money, and they certainly deserve it and all the other measures of success we can heap upon them, and hopefully encourage more intelligent and worthy SF programs.