As I mentioned earlier this week, my friend Kerry and I had a two-hour discussion/debate/hand-wringing session about how "Battlestar Galactica" (Sci Fi, 10 p.m.) is going to wrap up.
One of the reasons why this show remains the best-written show on TV is that it brings up a specific set of questions for which there are no easy answers, but it sure as hell is fun to speculate about them.
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Based on the previews, tonight is a Starbuck-centric installment in which we hopefully, finally get some answers as to who or what she is.
As we speculated the other night, our theory (FWIW) includes the possibility that she is the first human/Cylon hybrid. As we learned two weeks ago, there was a discontinued model of Cylons called Daniel, which were wiped out by Cavil. Daniel is also the character Eric Stoltz will be playing in the upcoming BSG prequel "Caprica," the man who supposedly invents the Cylons.
We saw Starbuck's mom in flashbacks in previous years, a Colonial veteran who fought in the Cylon war. Could her father be a Daniel? Is that why Starbuck has such an important destiny? We know Daniel was a sensitive artist, and we know Starbuck is an artist.
In addition, Starbuck and her mom didn't get along. Could it be because her mom knew that her child was a half-Cylon?
Finally, with the Starbuck mysteries, what was that Starbuck-like remains on Earth in the crashed Viper, and what happened to Starbuck when she disappeared? Did she crash on Earth and download into a new body? Did the Cylons build the Viper she returned in?
Those were most of the questions and thoughts we had just about one character. It only scratches the surface of the other questions we had, and how it will all play out.
Some of the other things that come to mind:
--Did Tigh's unborn baby, a pure Cylon, download into Anders when the baby died last week?
--What is this other "colony" that Cavil mentioned to Ellen?
--Will someone finally please explain Head Six and Head Baltar?
--How did the Lords of Kobol come up with those prophecies anyway? (We speculated about time travel clearing up a lot of things, but that would a big disappointment).
--Who/what is the Cylons' god?
--What is the meaning of the dreams that Laura, Six and Boomer had about the opera house? And why is Hera so important?
OK, I might be running out of internet here, so I'll leave the rest of it for another time. I'm not even touching on the final fate of the various characters we've known for all these years.
It's been a long time waiting for these questions to be answered, but my guess is that the wait will be worth it.
WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: If you aren't obsessed with BSG, there are still plenty of options for you to watch this weekend, although next weekend is going to be even better with the return of "Breaking Bad" and the debut of "Ashes To Ashes."
But in the meantime, Fox has its new episodes of its own sci-fi with "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" at 8 p.m. and "Dollhouse" at 9 p.m.
CBS is also all-new with "Ghost Whisperer," "Flashpoint" and "Numb3rs."
The other pick of the night, besides "BSG," is "Friday Night Lights" (NBC, 9 p.m.), which includes Landry's crush on his new bandmate, with predictably less-than-stellar results.
On Sunday, as noted yesterday, "Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC, 9 p.m.) returns with a new series, now it two-hour blocks. And, as noted yesterday, I'll be watching something else.
Fox has new stuff on its animation block (except "Family Guy," which is a rerun) and CBS has a new "Amazing Race," followed by the Tom Selleck TV movie "Jesse Stone: Thin Ice" (CBS, 9 p.m.), the fifth installment based on the Robert Parker books.
ABC will present a special, two-hour "Brothers & Sisters" beginning at 9 p.m., displacing "Desperate Housewives" for the week.
On cable, HBO has new episodes of "Big Love" and "Flight of the Conchords," beginning at 9 p.m., while Showtime counters with new episodes of "The L Word," "United States of Tara" and "Secret Diary of a Call Girl."