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13 May 2009 @ 09:19 pm
BSG (8): Can you?  
Fair warning: This is going to be about BSG's finale. If you haven't seen it yet, be ashamed of yourself and go away. Consider using the saved time to finally catch up with the rest of the world ;)

Also, it's not going to be a review or anything like that. I believe I am far too partial to some aspects of it to do a fair job anyway. It's just some rambling about one particular Rosliny-Adamaish scene. No need to read any further if that's not your cup of tea.


First off, I am a shipper. Not one of those who has the need to pair people off in everything they watch and read, but if some pairing really gets to me, boy am I emotionally invested in them. (From what little "statistical" data I've gathered that particular habit seems to be fairly closely and positively related to the absence of a Y-gene. But I digress.)

My point being: As you just might have gathered before, Adama and Roslin so did get to me.

Their end was everything I expected it to be. Ever since The Hub (at the latest) which aired a good nine months before Daybreak, I expected them to find a home and then for her to die in a quiet scene between just the two of them. In a way those expectations probably diminished the effect - or rather cushioned the blow - quite a bit. So, this final scene didn't get to me quite as much as I had been afraid it would.

However, another scene quietly tip-toed in and - now that it has been a few weeks I feel that I can make the call - is going to be their scene from the finale in my memories. It's the one before they're in the raptor, the one where he christens the planet Earth, the one where he picks her up and carries her. And it's one line in particular:

"Put your arm around me. Can you?"

That's it. That second part, that tiny two-word sentence is the one line that came to my mind again and again afterwards, even before rewatching anything. When it wouldn't go away I started thinking about why exactly it had touched me like that.

Maybe, just maybe, it's because - if memory serves right - that second part is the first time he truly acknowledges out loud what's going to happen. She has done so long ago, he's the one who refuses to let go. But in these scenes he, finally, is doing everything he can to just make things easier on her. No expectations, no strings attached. It very nicely mirrors her vision on board the basestar earlier on, where she dies and he tells her to go and rest now.

Along this line of thought and in response to something a friend of mine said - namely that he should have hurried up a bit with that ring part - I believe he may just have waited with putting his ring on her finger, in a vain attempt of not letting her know just how much this was going to destroy him. Also, as I've said
before, that scene means I do feel I was right. Again, spirit of the law here :)

So much for that. Maybe now that I've written about it it's finally going to leave me alone. That kind of thing has worked before.

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