Warning: major spoilers ahead for all four seasons of Battlestar Galactica.
Battlestar Galactica was a series that set a new standard for what audiences can expect from sci fi television. The show could have been little more than a campy project about humans vs. robots in space; instead, it was a saga that covered everything from technology to theology to what it means to be human. Yes, robots did try to destroy humanity, and yes, there were battles in space, but Battlestar was so much more.
The Battlestar Galactica series finale was an epic three-parter that had to tackle an awful lot of very loose ends. The ending has been divisive among fans ever since it first aired back in 2009. The final hour or so is poignant enough to get most people sniffling, but it's also pretty vague and confusing in terms of how it wrapped things up for the show. So, join us as we look back at what the frak happened in the three "Daybreak" episodes at the end Battlestar Galactica back in 2009.
Where They Ended Up
After the survivors of the twelve colonies spent years traversing the stars and avoiding being blown to smithereens by enemy Cylons, they finally made it to a planet that had not yet been devastated by warfare. Given that the most advanced inhabitants were primitive humans, there was no existing name for the planet. It wasn't the original Earth that the survivors had sought for so long, but it was close enough that BIll Adama had no qualms about giving it the same name.
The colony survivors ended up on this new Earth thanks to Kara suddenly realizing the meaning of the tune that would become "All Along The Watchtower." The notes gave her the coordinates for Earth, and she was able to jump them to safety from the exploding Cylon ship. With the grand old Galactica crippled from the final jump, the survivors' only choice was to settle wherever Starbuck had landed them. The fleet had just enough juice left that what was left of Sam Anders was able to pilot the ships into the sun.
The 38,000 or so humans who survived the Battlestar Galactica saga were divided into groups to settle all over the world, with nothing in the way of technology and no conveniences beyond the clothes on their back. It was a bold undertaking by a people ready for a fresh start. Considering that the survivors' DNA was a surprisingly close match to the primitive humans already on Earth, there was even the potential to breed and create a new gene pool.